This year Phill and I decided to put together food hampers for some family members. We thought it would be a nice personal Christmas gift. It actually works out to be a very economical gift too, especially compared to buying an off-the-shelf hamper which could set you back quite a bit of money.
Here are my top tips for creating a beautiful food hamper:
– Visit your nearest discount store or supermarket to pick up wooden baskets/boxes for your hamper (a picnic basket would also be a nice idea).
-Shred up thick brown paper (the kind you get to pad out parcels), or coloured paper/card if you prefer.
-Select some food items your know your friend/family members love and then add in something luxurious which they may not have tried before (I’ve put in the artisan ‘Just Live a Little‘ granola boxes, handmade in Northern Ireland).
-Add a home-made touch by baking something for the hampers. We made a big batch up Christmas Tree shaped shortbread but handmade fudge and truffles would be lovely too.
-Give your hamper a professional finish. We placed the shortbread into clear cellophane bags (bought very cheap on Amazon) and sealed them with large brown old-fashioned tags. We also bought a big roll of cellophane (Amazon again!) to wrap the hamper in. Some decorative ribbon added some colour and finished the hamper off nicely.
For a first attempt I’m really pleased with how the hampers turned out. Here’s hoping they go down a treat! Do you like to get creative at Christmas? Let me know what home-made gift ideas you have.