Following from my recent post about beer hampers I was asked by a friend if I could put together a homemade Christmas beer hamper for around £40. First of all I wanted to see what was available in the way of ready-made hampers so I went online and did a search for ‘beer hampers’. There were lots of people selling beer hampers and gift baskets with prices ranging from as little as £20 right up to £80. Clearly further investigation was needed.
On closer inspection I found that many of the cheaper hampers were little more than tiny gift baskets with one or two bottles of beer in them. On the other hand, the expensive items were more like traditional food hampers with a few bottles of beer thrown in. In fact, nearly all of the hampers I looked at for under £40 had no more than 3 or 4 bottles of beer in them. With that in mind I decided to see if I could put together a DIY hamper that would have at least 6 bottles of beer in it as well as looking fantastic. Here is what I came up with…
This beer drinker’s Christmas hamper is a great place to start in putting together your own hamper. It has 6 bottles of beer and everything you need to make the hamper look fantastic. The total cost was about £34 at the time, leaving £6 left for a few bags of peanuts, pork scratchings or whatever else you fancy putting in it. Obviously these prices are subject to change, but it shows what you can do when you go for homemade over shop-bought hampers.
Food hampers are traditional Christmas gifts that always go down well with friends and family. In fact, they are appreciated so much that making them has become part of my annual Christmas routine. These days nearly everyone is mad on cookery programs and recipe books, so it isn’t surprising that food related presents are a big hit. People are becoming more aware of exotic ingredients and artisan products but they rarely get the chance to go out and buy them. That’s why food hampers are such a great present. In giving your loved ones a selection of tasty treats, you are giving them a bit of luxury and decadence that might otherwise pass them by.
Homemade Christmas Hamper with packaging by DIY Hampers
Food hampers don’t have to be ridiculously expensive. Not everyone can afford Fortnum and Mason hampers crammed full of Champagne, truffles, caviar and smoked salmon. Making your own DIY hampers is a much cheaper alternative. By making them yourself, you can set a budget that won’t break the bank. What’s more, making homemade hampers is actually great fun. In fact, I find that shopping for items to fill up my hampers is far more enjoyable than traditional Christmas shopping.
One way to keep costs down when creating hampers is to make some of the contents yourself. Homemade cakes and biscuits make fantastic hamper fillers. Jams, pickles and preserves also go down well. For my hampers I always make things like Christmas chutney, chilli jam, piccalilli and onion marmalade. By supplementing these with shop-bought cheeses, chocolates and bottles of wine, I can keep costs to a minimum.
Homemade Christmas hampers are highly personal presents that are always appreciated. They require a bit of thought and preparation, but that’s what makes them special. Making your own Christmas hampers allows you to create beautiful gifts, have fun and save money at the same time!