A gift hamper is a perfect present on a lot of occasions. They can have a variety of things in them, but they’re often themed around food and drink. It makes them ideal for just about anyone, and it’s a gift that keeps giving (at least until it’s all been eaten). Even once everything is gone from the hamper, the basket can be used for something else. You can buy a ready-made food hamper if you want to, but putting one together yourself can be a lot of fun too. If you want to build a hamper, try these ideas.
Pick a Theme
A food hamper could be anything that you want, but if you’re not sure where to start, it can be a good idea to pick a theme. This can give you some ideas to start with and inspire your choices for your food hamper. Your pick could be based around a particular type of food or drink, whether it’s a tea, coffee, or wine hamper, or it’s a hamper full of sweets. It could be a particular cuisine or country that inspires your hamper. For example, it could be full of Scottish treats or maybe some Italian snacks.
Choose Some Sweet Treats and Savouries
Mix up your hamper by putting both sweet treats and savoury items into it. When you’re choosing your items, think about what’s going to last a while because it won’t all be eaten at once. You might have a hamper that’s entirely sweet or savoury, but it’s a good idea to have a bit of both. If you’re putting in some American sweets, add some savoury snacks from the US too. If you’re putting some shortbread into your Scottish hamper or tea hamper, put some oatcakes in there too. This will give your hamper more variety.
Add Something to Drink
Including something to drink is a good idea too. You might put in a bottle of wine or two or perhaps some bottles or cans of beer. If you’re feeling fancy (and flush with cash), some gin, whiskey, or rum might be good to add to your hamper. You could even build a hamper with cocktail supplies. Or if you would rather keep things non-alcoholic, there’s always coffee and tea. Other soft drinks are available too, from grown-up cordials and squashes to fizzy drinks. Think about what might complement the food if the food is the star of the show.
Add Some Decoration
As well as thinking about the food and drink that you put in your hamper, consider what it’s going to look like. It’s nice to make it look pretty and offer something with the presentation. First, pick out a hamper or basket that you want to use. Then it’s good to have some padding or filler material, especially if you’re planning on having the hamper delivered. You might add a few things to decorate the interior and you can also wrap up the outside with ribbons, cellophane, and tissue paper.
A food hamper makes a good gift for anyone who likes to eat and drink. Putting it together yourself makes it extra special and personal.