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Ooo shall we make our own Hampers for Christmas Presents?

Ooo shall we make our own Hampers for Christmas Presents?

So what do we buy those difficult people for Christmas? How about a Bespoke Hamper? And I’m not just talking Foodie ones,  you can make them in any theme for anybody. For me there is nothing nicer than receiving a gift that has been really thought about and designed just for me, what better accolade is there than to have been thought about that much?

And they are so flipping easy!!! To start we need to decide on a Vessel

Vessel 

  • Basket – square
  • Basket – with Handle
  • Large Tin
  • I bought some lovely grey wooden boxes from Waitrose last year for £5
  • Large Cardboard Box covered – with lovely paper – brown is nice!
  • Planter / Terracota pots / trough ?

 

You can find all sorts of lovely things to put the gifts in – just use your imagination!

The key is to buy some celophane – I buy rolls of it (from Lidl at Christmas time £1) When you wrap the Hamper in this lovely shiny stuff it really does look professional – you can then add a bow and tag and Bob’s your Uncle – A perfect personal gift!

Contents

I usually spend a little bit of time thinking about the person I will be making the hamper for, what are their interests? What are their favourite hobbies? I also try and pop in a photo or something nice that is super personal. You could photo copy your photos and use them to cover your hamper box perhaps? How nice for nana and granddad, or mum – it’s so personal!!! and looks so impressive! I know from my own experience when my baby made me a hamper it was as much  the thought that went into it as it was the actual contents. You’ll be surprised how much it means to someone to have a personally made pressie! Try it and watch their face! And you can buy the most beautiful ribbons these days

So some non-foodie ideas:

  • Spa in a jar? beauty products, nail varnishes etc etc
  • Gardening? Seeds, note book, nice planters (in fact you could make the hamper in a planter?)
  • Candles?
  • Knitting / Craft Hamper?
  • Sporty ones maybe, golf balls, gloves, socks – oh you know what I mean
  • How about all the ingredients for a couple of cocktails – you could include a shaker and some cocktail umbrellas?!

 

Foodie? (see more around this post)

Some are my recipes and some are the lovely Sarah’s from Tales From The Kitchen Shed  check out Sarah’s lovely food blog!

So being easypeasylemonsqueezy I’m going to concentrate on a treat ones with food and drinks! Things that look lovely and taste lovely are:

  • Candy Canes
  • Homemade Florentines
  • Booze – Homemade Lemoncello!
  • Homemade Biscuits – Lovely Italian Riccerilli
  • Spatulas / wooden spoons / timers etc
  • Any equipment you know they need or haven’t got!!!
  • Homemade Stem Ginger – Sarah’s  Here
  • Homemade Lemon Curd
  • Homemade Pesto
  • Homemade Granola
  • Homemade Fudge
  • Homemade Marshmallows
  • Homemade Jam
  • Homemade Shortbread
  • Homemade Chilli Sauce Sarah’s Here

 

So have I inspired you? I really hope so….

Come on – you may even enjoy it!

AND massive thanks to Sarah at Tales of The Kitchen Shed!

Big Love Clare x

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Comments

Carole T says:
Yes yes yes. Have done plant pot based ones with packets of herb seeds & have received ones with family film night & Friday night takeaway themes before
    Clare x says:
    Like that idea Carole - Friday Night Takeaway theme - yey!!! Cx
Jane says:
This is a great present! When my husband and I received a hamper made by our kids last year we were so chuffed at the thought and creativity - way better than a shop made one.
Helen says:
I love doing this, and I love receiving homemade hampers too! You can find great little things to go in them all year round :)
Sarah James @ Tales From The Kitchen Shed says:
I love the idea of a personalised hamper, the personal touch makes a present so much more special. Need to have a go at those Florentines. Thanks so much for including my recipes Clare xx