By: Melissa Andrews
For a Christmas present with a difference a Christmas hamper filled with festive treats is hard to beat. A lot of different department stores and grocery stores are now offering a wide range of Christmas Gifts but why not try and create one of your own to tailor the contents to the person you are giving it to and perhaps even give the hamper a theme to make it even more enjoyable.
If you are planning on sending your hamper through the post then a sturdy picnic basket is a great way to make sure the content arrive in good condition. These can be quite expensive but often it is possible to find them in charity shops for very little money if you are lucky to find the right one. If you are trying to save a bit more money on the actual basket then why not try decorating a cardboard box with some pretty Christmas paper or ribbon to dress it up.
Depending on the type of basket you have if it has a lid or not then you might want to wrap the basket in some cellophane once you have filled it up. Using straw or even shredded paper can make sure that all the contents of the hamper will be kept safe and also this helps to display all the contents at their best.
Jams chutneys and pickles can be jarred up and added to your hamper. If you are a baker then you can also make your own mice pies or cakes to add to the hamper which can give them a great personal touch.
Often hampers might contain a bottle of wine or a spirit but if you are creating your own then try and find out what drink the recipient might prefer that way you can add their favourite bottle of wine that will give it a personal touch. If they are not drinkers then perhaps you might be able to add a nice variety of tea or coffee for them to enjoy over the Christmas period.
Children can also love a hamper as a gift. If you can add some homemade biscuits or even some creative materials or games to the hamper they are sure to be able to be kept busy over the festive period. Perhaps you could even add the ingredients and recipe for them to make their own treats.
If you are lacking in time you will find shops and websites who will be able to create a customised Christmas hamper delivery for you so you can add that personal touch without all the work. So if you are stuck for gift ideas this Christmas, don't worry, you can create a Christmas hamper to suit anyone.