21 Oct Create a box of delights this Christmas
Create a box of delights this Christmas
A luxury Christmas hamper overflowing with goodies is perfect for anyone and buying locally means it won’t be filled with mass-produced items, but quality gifts you’ve personally chosen that you won’t come across every day. You can opt for a ready-made version – ideal for that last-minute Christmas present dash – or spend hours filling a hamper yourself with carefully chosen gifts.
Our live love local shops go the extra mile to stock items that are different to the usual high street and online offerings – and wandering around the area seeking out lovely little treasures to put in your hamper is as much fun as it will be for the person opening them on Christmas morning.
Hampers come in all sorts of shapes and sizes, from wicker baskets to beautifully wrapped boxes, most of which can be used again to make your gift not only gorgeous but sustainable, too.
Create your own
Create your own hamper with gorgeous gifts like luxury cashmere-mix star print bobble hats from Titchfield Village Boutique @ No 3, white star tealight holders from Lulu Loves Home in Stubbington, a hand-poured soy wax scented candle from Bloom Florist in Fareham and Stubbington, and a bag of fragrant coffee beans, produced by Portchester coffee roasting business LowTide and also available at fresh fruit and veg specialists Pickle & Pea.
Fabulous for foodies, the hampers at The Cork & Cheese wine shop, deli and café in Park Gate just fly off the shelves at Christmas. Buy ready–made, or browse the shelves for local chutneys, jams and preserves, English cheeses and local wines to have packed into a bespoke, beautifully presented festive hamper. The Cork and Cheese will also help you create dairy free, gluten free, and vegan hampers.
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For the wine aficionado in your life, pick up bespoke Christmas hampers from Alexander Hadleigh Wine Merchant in the Locks Heath shopping centre. These can be made up to include everything from English wines and spirits to chutneys, pates, specialist jams, curds, and marmalades. Chat with the friendly, knowledgeable staff to ensure you make the right choices.
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Got a sweet tooth?
Channel Willy Wonka and make up a magical hamper from Hilbornes Sweets in Fareham shopping centre – the recipient will think they’ve won a golden ticket! These hampers are bursting with sweet treats and can include anything from retro flying saucers, gobstoppers, and Black Jacks to American candies like Reeces and Hershey’s Caramel Kisses. If you’re making up your own hamper, be sure to include Hilbornes’ range of own-branded sweets, which include old-school favourites like acid drops, cola chunks, and sherbet limes.
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