Foodie Christmas hampers we want ourselves

Is there anything better than attacking a Christmas hamper on Stephen's Day and seeing what's inside? Here are the tastiest and most indulgent hampers we have our eye on

For a gift that will definitely impress, there's no going wrong with a gigantic hamper of someone's favourite treats. Whether you're shopping for the best neighbours in the world, a treat to spoil your parents, or something special for a wonderful friend, here's our list of the best hampers out there to suit any budget.

FOR THE KIDS WAITING UP FOR SANTA…

Christmas will really seem magical for kids who receive this fantastic box of artisan treats, which would also be a lovely gift for any nostalgic grown ups with a sweet tooth. Treats inside the Children’s Dream Gift Box (€66.90) include the Jelly Bean Company, Pandora Bell, The Owl and The Pussycat cookies, Mr Jeffares Cordial, Butler’s Hot Chocolate, Be’s Fairy Food and more. The speciality sweets are presented in a pretty gift box which can be a keepsake for hiding treasures. hampersandco.com

FOR THE PADDY OVERSEAS...

Just one look at the list of delicious Irish treats that can be included in the Paddy Box is fit to set any Irish-blooded person drooling. Barry’s Tea, purple and yellow Snacks, cheese and onion Tayto, Monster Munch, Curly Wurlys, Ballymaloe Relish, Bisto Gravy and McDonnell’s Curry Sauce are just some of the nostalgic favourites that you can include in a box to send to a loved one anywhere in the world (we would like one ourselves to be honest even though there’s a shop right next door). Plus, add in some extra fun bits to remind them of home, such as a mini hurley or a Paddy cap. Put together your own Paddy Box (€49.95), or choose from options such as Not Before Your Dinner (€49.95), Back In The Day (€49.95) and Go On Go On (€59.95). www.thepaddybox.com

FOR SOMEONE WHO DESERVES TO BE SPOILED…

The Glandore Hamper from Town and Country Hampers (€270) is a feast of treats that someone will happily indulge their way through over the festive season. This luxury hamper is packed full of mouth-watering foodie treats, a selection of Irish chocolates from Skelligs, Butlers, and Lily O’Brien's, and the finest wines from small independent vineyards in France. All these treats come presented in an exclusively designed stylish leather bound trunk. We have one hamper to give away to one lucky reader (enter here). www.townandcountryhampers.com

FOR THE #IRISHMADE FOODIE FAN…

SuperValu is the champion of Irish food producers and their Food Academy hampers are a treat for anyone who adores their range of artisan foods. The hampers are packed full of new product discoveries from SuperValu’s Food Academy programme, with favourites such as Happy Pear granola, Tipperary Kitchen Marvellous Meringues and Dr Coy’s chocolate covered almonds to look forward to. The hampers cost €25, €50 or €75.

FOR SOMEONE PLANNING TO STAY IN ON NEW YEAR’S...

This lovely little New Year’s Eve Hamper from Avoca (€39.95) is a lovely way for those planning a low key New Year’s Eve to still mark the occasion. New parents, those who have to work over the festive season or anyone who can’t face the clubs and pubs will still appreciate some bubbles and chocolate to ring in 2018. www.avoca.com

FOR A TRENDY FOODIE...

Online artisan food store Indie Fude has a gorgeous range of hampers, with names like Bad Santa (€59.95), Hot Stuff (€64.95) and Bitter ‘n’ Twisted (€60). For a gift you can’t go wrong with the We Miss Your Already Hamper (€40) which is full of indulgent artisan treats. Keen almond pumpkin spice nut butter, Ballysheil chocolate dulche de leche, Gibney’s Garden Jams in Sherry Trifle, The Foods of Athenry Honeyed Almond & Rosemary Crackers, The Natural Larder Co Bodacious baba ganoush, Eleanor Craig’s apple and cinnamon fudge and more. All these goodies come packed in the Indie Fude eco cotton tote bag, along with a personalised gift card. www.indiefude.com

FOR A LUXE GIFT…

There’s no beating Donnybrook Fair’s hampers, available at Arnotts, for the ultimate indulgence when you really want to spoil someone. The Ultimate Hamper (€295) is full of decadent treats, with Champagne, artisan biscuits, fine port, the homemade Donnybrook Fair Christmas cake and pudding, and more delicious treats, all presented in a handmade wicker basket. www.arnotts.ie and www.donnybrookfair.ie

Other people left to shop for? Check out our ethical style gift guide and our recommended reads written by women for some great stocking fillers.

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