1) Christmas with a royal twist sees a classic wicker hamper with Laurent-Perrier French Cuvée champagne made exclusively for the Prince of Wales’ Highgrove estate, and iced Christmas cake courtesy of Fiona Cairns, creator of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge’s wedding cake. Top of the list is the Banquet hamper (£395), with estate-made gin and preserves, plus wine, chocolates, local-made crackers, decorations and a tea towel. All profits are donated to The Prince of Wales Charitable Foundation. highgrovegardens.com.
2) Dublin-born Michelin star Richard Corrigan, chef/owner of Corrigan’s Mayfair and Bentley’s, is influenced by his roots, and his festive hamper (£120) includes pork pie and Irish cheeses, homebaked soda bread and Christmas pudding from Virginia Park Lodge, Corrigan’s County Cavan estate. He adds Reserva Ondarre Bodegas Rioja red wine and signature Gold tea. For the ultimate luxury, a bespoke butler service (£1,000) is also available. Order by December 15, collect from 28 Upper Grosvenor Street, London W1 (corrigansmayfair.co.uk).
3) The Sweet Hamper (£120, or £150 with a bottle of Mas de Daumas Gassac sparkling rosé) by Yotam Ottolenghi and Helen Goh, the chef’s longtime collaborator, takes inspiration from Sweet the multi-talented Israel-born chef’s recently published book. Rather than ready-to-eat indulgences, the hamper includes the cookbook plus spices, special ingredients (such as gianduja used to make the hazelnut crumble cake) and kitchen tools (such as a cake tin, thermometer, cook’s cloth) for creating delights including prune cake with Armagnac and walnuts. ottolenghi.co.uk.
4) Celebrate Claridge’s first ever Christmas hampers: the Davies (£295) the Brook (£495) and the Mayfair (£895) in homage to the location of the landmark hotel. “The contents are inspired by food memories, my grandmother and seasonal favourites”, says executive chef Martin Nail. Alongside sweet and savoury goodies is an elegant Fornasetti candle like the one used in the hotel’s lobby, bone china art deco mugs and a bellboy teddy bear. giftshop.claridges.co.uk.
5) River Café, the quintessential Italian west London riverside restaurant created by Ruth Rogers and the late Rose Gray, twists tradition with its 30th anniversary celebration boxes (large, £450; medium, £220). Inside, find a signed copy of The River Café 30 Cookbook, together with a chic Paul Smith-designed River Café apron, extra-Virgin house olive oil, Elligo Dell’Ornellaia Grappa Riserva, dried porcini, Billecart-Salmon Brut Rosé champagne NV, Mancini linguini and tender Scaldaferro Venetian rare Soft Almond Nougat and, for Boxing Day breakfast, Sicilian Orange marmalade. rivercafe.co.uk.
6) Fortnum & Mason logo hampers (from £55), envied from Royal Ascot to Henley Regatta, Wimbledon to the world, are topped by the sumptuous Family Christmas Feast (£1,000), filled with Fortnum’s finest whole York decorated ham, Louis Roederer vintage champagne, kir royale preserve, puddings, pies, Stilton and French cheeses. But what would founders Hugh Mason and William Fortnum make of the Gluten-Free Hamper (£75)? Or, indeed the click and collect system whereby customers can choose items from the six-floor Piccadilly flagship store for either home delivery (until December 22 in the UK) or to collect in store. fortnumandmason.com.
7) Daylesford’s organic hampers are filled with products made using recipes passed down through generations of the Bamford family, and lovingly supervised by Daylesford founder, Carole Bamford. For festive cheer, the Drinks Party Hamper (£295) ticks all the celebration boxes with its assortment of wines, champagnes, gin, vodka, mulling spices and juniper berries; The Big Day Hamper (£495) is a nicely indulgent assortment of Château Léoube wines, organic smoked salmon terrine, Wootton venison and cranberry pie, plum and port chutney and Christmas cake; while the epic Kingham Hamper (£2,000), adds turkey, shortbread, granola, salty snacks, jars of sweet treats, mince pies, Panettone, brandy butter and, well, the list goes on… daylesford.com.
8) Cotswold-based family company Regency Hampers takes pride in sourcing locavore products including Simon Weaver’s organic brie, Severn & Wye’s fresh and smoked salmon, smoked fish and poultry products, Cartwright & Butler’s real ale chutney and gin from The Cotswolds Distillery, in Shipston-on-Stour. The handwoven willow hampers are tied with ribbon and dispatched throughout Europe. From a delicious choice, consider Supreme Indulgence (£1,064.25) and the Bollinger Champagne Luxury Pampering set (£119.70). regencyhampers.com.