With their eye-watering price tags and lavish designer labels, it is of no surprise these
Harvey Nichols and Harrods are among the high-end retailers that have already unveiled their dazzling selections ahead of the festive season – and they are sure to impress even the most discerning gift giver.
The most expensive showstopper on offer is Fortnum & Mason’s £6,000 Imperial Hamper, which is stuffed full of goodies including a whole Christmas ham, jars of traditional Stilton and elegant Welsh rarebit, as well as fun extra touches like a striped chef’s hat.
Meanwhile Selfridges’ £5,000 Decadence Hamper is packed with treats including and three bottles of Champagne worth some £500.
High street retailers Marks & Spencer and John Lewis & Partners have also released their own hampers which are far more affordable than the luxury offerings – though just as tempting.
So if you have a little extra cash to splash this festive season then scroll down to find out more about each decadent offering…
JOHN LEWIS & PARTNERS
Treasure Chest Hamper: £1,000
Festive treasure: John Lewis’ £1,000 Treasure Chest Hamper is packed with plenty of treats for the entire family, including mini mince pies, Christmas pudding and a chocolate ‘Golden Pod’
This treasure trove from John Lewis includes two bottles of Bollinger Champagne, along with bottles of red wine, gin and whiskey.
There’s also a feast of traditional goodies and innovative treats including mini mince pies, Christmas pudding, brandy butter and fruit fondant mints.
The gifts are beautifully packaged in a woven basket which would be prefect for storing decorations once the festive season has come to an end.
John Lewis picks out the Golden Pod – a chocolate sphere filled with dark chocolate pearls, filled with molten caramel, and topped with delicate flakes of seasalt – as the standout offering. It is available to order from 5 November.
Availability: Available from 5 November.
The Supreme Hamper: £5,000
Christmas classics: Harrods Food Hall favourites are packaged up in this £5,000 hamper
From Champagne and fine wine to tea and coffee, this £5,000 hamper is filled with everything needed to toast to a fine festive season.
The woven hampers are packed with favourites from the acclaimed Harrods Food Hall including smoked salmon, duck foie gras and four different types of caviar.
For those with a sweet tooth, there is also a Christmas cake – one of only 100 handmade every Boxing Day.
Finally to finish the party there are two packets of Harrods six handmade Traditional Crackers, which cost £100 a pop.
Availability: Order online now to enjoy £375 off.
Festive Feast Hamper: £550
Stylish: At £550, this lavish Festive Feast Hamper from John Lewis is a relative bargain
With a three-figure price tag, this festive offering from Harvey Nichols is a relative bargain compared to other high-end department stores.
As the name suggests the hamper is packed with everything needed to create the ultimate festive feast.
Kick off your meal with mouth-watering Mixed Olives with Green Pepper and Chilli before spicing up the main event with Christmas mustard.
Once the food has settled indulge with some of the delightful chocolate on offer including the Milk Chocolate Praline Baubles, ‘Oaty & Crunchy’ Biscuits or 24-piece truffle selection.
And of course, there’s also plenty of wine and Champagne to wash it all down.
Availability: Available to order online.
Decadence Hamper: £5,000
More is more! Selfridges’ Decadence Hamper is overflowing with £5,000 of festive goodies
If your Christmas motto is ‘more is more’ then this £5,000 Selfridges showstopper is the one for you.
As the name suggests, the Decadence Hamper is packed with festive favourites – including Christmas cake, mince pies and panettone – as well as so much more.
There is Golden Oscietra Caviar and truffle oil to top off the treats and each of the bottles included has been carefully selected by a sommelier.
Availability: Order online or via Selfridges’ food concierge team.
MARKS & SPENCER
The Collection Burlington Christmas Hamper: £250
High street heroes: M&S’ The Collection Burlington Christmas Hamper is packed with Prosecco, wine and a mouth-watering selection of chocolates and biscuits
At £250, this delightful offering from Marks & Spencer is the most affordable hamper on our list but is still stuffed full of festive goodies.
Toast to the start of Christmas celebrations with a glass of the retailer’s pre-mixed clementine and cranberry Bucks Fizz, before nibbling on some toast served with the delicious British countryside jam selection.
There is plenty more to indulge in when Christmas lunch rolls around – with Fiorito Prosecco, Clocktower Sauvignon Blanc and Côtes du Rhône Villages all included in the wicker basket.
Finally, there’s enough chocolate to satisfy even the most wicked sweet tooth.
Availablity: Order now for delivery from 01 November 2018
FORTNUM & MASON
Imperial Hamper: £6,000
Big blow-out: The £6,000 Imperial Hamper from Fortnum & Mason
If money is no object then why not go all-out with the £6,000 Imperial Hamper from Fortnum & Mason.
As the luxury retailer states on its own website: ‘When it comes to this Christmas hamper, bigger is most certainly better.’
The hamper is filled with pink and golden Champagne, exceptional reds and whites from every corner of the winemaking map and nightcap-ready Frapin VIP XO and Fouseca 40 Year Old Tawny Port.
For those who don’t fancy an alcoholic tipple there are caddies of the retailer’s most celebrated teas and coffees.
Fresh and exceptional, there’s savoury inside too including a whole Christmas ham, Scottish smoked salmon, Glenarm salt aged rib of beef.
Availability: Not yet available to order.