Beer Drinker’s Christmas Hamper – Under £40

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…

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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.

Beer Hampers

Beer hampers make ideal gifts for men who are difficult to buy for. Let’s face it, most men like a beer or three, so you can’t really go wrong with giving him a beer hamper for a birthday, Christmas or Father’s Day present.

Beer Hamper

Beer Hamper by Tim Wilson

The first thing you need to decide when making up a beer hamper is what type of beer to put in it. Most men will fall into one of two main camps, bitter drinkers and lager drinkers. For the bitter drinkers you want to be looking for ‘real ales’ from the UK. For lager drinkers you are more likely to be buying a selection of beers from around the world.

Of course, you can also make your hamper more specialist if you know what your man likes. For instance, a selection of stouts (E.g Guiness, Murphey’s etc.) would be perfect for men who like a bit of the black stuff. Also, don’t forget cider and perry (aka pear cider), although not strictly beers these are very popular at the moment and can make great gift hampers.

Once you have decided on what to put in your hamper, you need to find something to wrap it all up in. Whilst some men would doubtless be happy to receive their beer in a cardboard box, it is much nicer to put a bit of effort into making it look like a proper hamper. You can get hamper baskets online fairly cheaply. Just remember that bottles of beer can be quite heavy, so go for a fairly sturdy willow basket rather than a cheap bamboo one.