Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Something New About Christmas Hamper

Christmas hampers make wonderful christmas gifts for the holidays, and they don’t have be expensive or time consuming to order or create.

Whether you choose to save some time and order a custom hamper online or you want to take the do-it-yourself approach and create a Christmas hamper from scratch, giving friends and family thoughtfully packed hampers bursting with yuletide fayre is a great solution to your Christmas gifts list.

There is a great variety of companies online offering pre-designed and customisable hampers at affordable prices in New Zealand. If you’re really short on time you can choose to have all your Christmas shopping done in less than half an hour with the click of your mouse. Or you can choose to purchase hampers online for just a select few on your Christmas gift list.

Either way, purchasing Christmas hampers online means you can reduce your shopping stress and have the gifts you’ve purchased delivered to your door or directly to the home of the person receiving your hamper.

If you’d like to save money at Christmas or if you want to create your own Christmas hampers to give to friends and family, here are some great Christmas ideas and options to get you started.

A home made hamper is a fantastic gift because it can be any size, any price, and filled with any type of gifts. The more personalised and customised to the recipient the better, because of course it’s what you put inside your Christmas hampers that shows thought for the people who receive them.

First of all you’ll need to decide how to package your hamper, and there are places you can go to get containers, gifts and decorations. Traditional hampers are made from wicker baskets but there are many affordable alternatives, such as Christmas themed gift boxes or shoe boxes covered with Christmas paper.

Once you have your packaging sorted, find one or two key items that you know your recipient will love, and then select smaller items to fill the hamper, such as biscuits, chutney, jam, and bottles of wine.

Making your own food and drink is an extra personal touch, so crack out the Christmas recipes and get baking. Fudge, peppermint creams, truffles and shortbread are all quick and easy to make, and including sweets baked from scratch will make your hamper all the more special.

Not sure what to put in your Christmas hampers? If you’re stuck for christmas gift delivery ideas, select a theme that suits the person you’re giving the hamper to and then include gifts and fillers tying into that theme.

* The Movie Buff
Fill with DVDs, a film magazine, movie memorabilia, and their favourite movie snacks, like microwave popcorn.

* The Avid Gardener
Fill with gloves, seeds, gardening magazines, books, plant labels and some windowsill pots.

* The Car Enthusiast
Fill with car care products, an automotive magazine or classic racing DVD, and maybe some fluffy dice to hang on their rear view mirror.

* The Newly Weds
Fill with romantic DVDs, tickets for two to the movies, bubble bath, a book of love poetry, and a bottle of wine.

* The Pamper Queen
Fill with a good novel, bath bombs, body scrubs, chocolates, and a bottle of bubbly.

* The Music Aficionado
Fill with a couple of CDs or even make a mixed CD of their favourite songs yourself, a music magazine, passes to an upcoming local gig, and music merchandise from their favourite band.

* The Sports Nut
Fill with an autobiography by their favourite sports hero, a tee shirt or other merchandise supporting their favourite team, and tickets to a local game.

Once you’ve filled your homemade Christmas hampers, the boxes and baskets can be decorated with ribbons, organza netting, tissue paper as extra finishing touches.


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