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Are Christmas hampers actually worth the price?

A Christmas hamper full of sweet treats and alcohol seems like the perfect gift to buy a loved one – especially if you want to spoil them.

With treats including gold wrapped Christmas puddings,  Italian nougats, chutneys, cheeses and of course lots of booze – hampers are always difficult to resist. 

But are we paying over the odds for something we could arrange ourselves in a wicker basket after buying the products individually?

FEMAIL priced up the contents of eight popular hampers and found that they can cost up to £60 more than the individual items, which means you’re effectively forking out a hefty amount for a basket and some straw – with Waitrose being the worst offender.

However, some offer genuinely good value, such as the lavish Liberty London hamper with its contents costings more than the price of the hamper. While the Christmas hamper from the Hamper Lounge is great value for money too.

Liberty London's Looden hamper, which comes in a big reusable hamper, with leather buckles and a carry handle is great value for money, with three bottles of wine and also a bottle of gin

Liberty London’s Looden hamper, which comes in a big reusable hamper, with leather buckles and a carry handle is great value for money, with three bottles of wine and also a bottle of gin

Liberty London’s Looden hamper 

RRP £250,  Worth £278.25 

The department store is known for its exclusive and fine produce, including food and wine. This year its hamper offerings range from £95 to £350 and cater for those who have a sweet tooth, to others who may care for tea and jams more.

The Looden hamper, which comes in a big reusable hamper, with leather buckles and a carry handle is great value for money, with three bottles of wine and also a bottle of gin.

Meanwhile, the food in the hamper includes treats like their fudge, truffles and chutneys. However, the best news is that the hamper comes in at above what the contents cost.

What’s in the Liberty London Looden hamper?

Camel valley sparking wine x 2 – £34.95 (69.90)

Own label wine London Cru Red –  £34.95 

 Old Tom Gin – £35

 Rosebud Preserves Strawberry Jam – £5.95

 Rosebud Preserves Seville Orange Marmalade – £5.95

Liberty Tomato Ketchup –  £5.95

Liberty Brown Sauce  – £5.95

 Frank’s All Butter Oaties – £9

 Manfood Ale Chutney – £6.95

 Manfood Chunky Piccalilli – £6.95

Buttermilk Sea Salt Caramel Fudge –  £8.50

Buttermilk Vanilla Fudge – £8.50 

Liberty Dark Blend Ground Coffee – £10.95

Liberty Blend Tea – £8.95

Prestat Dark Hot Chocolate Drink -£12.95

Prestat Finest Chocolates and Truffles – £16.95

Prestat Dark Chocolate Sea Salt Caramel Truffles – £16.95

Pump Street Milk Chocolate –  £7.95

Product total: £278.25

RRP £250 

Aldi   – The Exquisite hamper

RRP £89.99, Worth £66.43

The German bargain brand, which have surpassed all our exceptions over the last few years with their award winning wine and food, have created this Specially Selected Exquisite Hamper this Christmas.

Presented in a large wicker basket and hand-tied with a ribbon, the hamper includes four bottles of wine and cakes made especially for the hamper – including a vintage Christmas pudding. 

However for a bargain brand we were hoping to get more than our moneys worth – but the hamper contents come in at just over £66. 

We’re sure an Aldi wicker basket wouldn’t cost over £20 – so it would have been nice to see a few more sweet treats in the hamper.

Presented in a large wicker basket and hand-tied with a ribbon, this hamper includes four bottles of wine and cakes made especially for the hamper including a vintage Christmas pudding

Presented in a large wicker basket and hand-tied with a ribbon, this hamper includes four bottles of wine and cakes made especially for the hamper including a vintage Christmas pudding

What’s in Aldi’s hamper? 

Specially Selected Exquisite Vintage Pudding – £12.99

Specially Selected Exquisite Florentines – £4.99

Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc – £6.99

Lot XI Clare Valley Merlot – £9.99

Lot Series Argentinian Red – £10.99

Veuve Monsigny 2006 Vintage Champagne – £12.49

Specially Selected Exquisite Cake Selection – £7.99 

Product total: £66.43 

RRP £89.99 

Fortnum & Mason’s Grosvenor hamper 

RRP £125, Worth £94.35 

Fortnum & Mason’s is one of the most luxury department stores in the UK so of course they’ll only have the finest products in their hampers.

The Grosvenor hamper has decadent wine and two exclusive jars of preserves, made especially for the hampers, and they’re paired with Sandringham blended coffee and even some champagne truffles. 

Some Fortnum & Mason fans simply buy the hampers for the department stores branded picnic baskets – so they’ll be delighted to know that they’ll be paying under £30 for it with this hamper – as the contents are priced at just under £100.

With decadent wine and two exclusive jars of preserves, made especially for the hampers, they're paired with Sandringham blended coffee and even some champagne truffles.

With decadent wine and two exclusive jars of preserves, made especially for the hampers, they’re paired with Sandringham blended coffee and even some champagne truffles.

What’s in the Fortnum & Mason Grosvenor Hamper?  

 Dāo Tinto – £9.95

Vinho Verde Adega de Monaco – £9.50

Piccadilly Salted Caramel Biscuits, 200g – £7.95

Pistachio and Clotted Cream Biscuits, 250g Tin – £12.95

Royal Blend Tea, 250g, Loose Leaf Caddy – £12.95

Sandringham Blend Coffee Tin, 250g – £12.95

Marc de Champagne Truffles, 125g – £13.95

Strawberry Preserve, 200g – exclusive to hampers – £4.25 

Old English Hunt Marmalade, 200g – exclusive to hampers  – £4.95

Hot English Mustard, 200g – £4.95

Product total: £94.35

RRP £125 

Waitrose & Partners No.1 Decadence Hamper

RRP £160 (originally £200) worth £100.23

Waitrose is another high-end supermarket which has a selection of Christmas hampers to choose from this year.

Their No.1 Decadence Hamper looks full to the brim of delights including everything you could want at Christmas, such as olives, a Panettone and Fig & Balsamic Chutney. 

However the cost, which was originally £200 – currently £160 – is a little steep, as once priced up, the contents actually only come to £100. 

This means you’re paying £60 for the wicker basket – so you’re probably better off packing your own hamper.

Their No.1 Decadence Hamper looks full to the brim of delights including everything you could want at Christmas, such as olives, a Panettone and Fig & Balsamic Chutney

Their No.1 Decadence Hamper looks full to the brim of delights including everything you could want at Christmas, such as olives, a Panettone and Fig & Balsamic Chutney

What’s in the Waitrose No.1 Decadence Hamper? 

 No.1 15 Moroccan Mint Tea Bags – £3.00

No.1 Croccante Alla Mandorla -£5.00

No.1 Charcoal & Sesame Wholemeal Biscuits -£2.49

No.1 Dark Chocolate & Ginger Thins -£3.50

No.1 Mixed Berry Italian Nougat-£3.00

No.1 Colombian Reserve Ground Coffee-£3.50

No.1 Lavender Shortbread-£1.79

No.1 Pesto Grissini Rubata- £1.99

No.1 Taggiasca Olives £2.85

No.1 Nocciolato Panettone -£15.00

No.1 Salted Caramel Truffles-£6.00

No.1 PDO Valli Trapanesi Extra Virgin Oil- £11.00

No.1 Italian Cantuccini Selection-£5.00

No.1 Fig, Plum & Cranberry Biscuits-£2.49

No.1 Fig & Balsamic Chutney -£2.75

Château Tour Chapoux Sauvignon Blanc- £9.39

Finca Flichman Reserve Malbec- £10.99

L’Atzar Cava Reserva-£10.99

Product total: £100.23 

RRP £160 

The Hampstead Hamper by Jeroboams.co.uk

RRP £150, worth £122

Its always nice to support local shops instead of big supermarkets and Jeroboams is just that – a local London wine merchant, with shops in Kensington and Hampstead, hence the name of the hamper.

It includes three bottles of their wine, as well as cheese, crackers and grapes, finished off with sweets such as Macaroons and Sally Clarke’s Mince Pies.

The contents add up to £122 so you’re still paying a premium for the packaging. 

The hamper includes three bottles of their wine, as well as cheese, crackers and grapes, finished off with sweets such as Macaroons and Sally Clarke’s Mince Pies

The hamper includes three bottles of their wine, as well as cheese, crackers and grapes, finished off with sweets such as Macaroons and Sally Clarke’s Mince Pies

How much is the The Hampstead Hamper worth? 

 2017 Domaine Louis Moreau Chablis – £18.50

2015 Bodegas Melipal Melipal Supernova  – £18.95

2014 Hunter’s Hukapapa Riesling Dessert Wine – £14.95

English Tea Shop Chinese Lapsang Souchong Loose Leaf Tea 100g – £8.95 

Brillat Savarin Lincet triple cream cheese box – £14.95 

Ballancourt Pheasant Paté with Armagnac – £5.95

Peter’s Yard Crackers for Cheese  – £10.95

Ballancourt Onion Confit with grapes  – £5.95

Sally Clarke’s Mince Pies – £7.95

Sally Clarke’s Almond Macaroons – £7.95

Cinnamon dusted Chocolate Almonds box – £6.95 

Product total: £122

RRP: £150 

Morrisons, The Best Christmas Hamper 

RRP £20, worth £15.90

Morrisons is a great go-to supermarket if you want to pick up a bargain when you do your weekly shop. Now they’ve added some of their Best range into a hamper, including a non-alcoholic cocktail drink, biscuits and the most more-ish cheese Palmiers. 

However, the supermarket have skimped on their basket and instead of delivering your treats in a nicer wicker one, like all the other brands do, its just in a box. While most hampers leave some leeway, on price for the costly hamper that you’ve brought with the food, this one was a bit of a disappointment. 

Morrison's hamper has coffee, chocolate, biscuits and chutney, from the supermarkets The best range

Morrison’s hamper has coffee, chocolate, biscuits and chutney, from the supermarkets The best range 

What’s in Morrisons The Best Christmas Hamper  

 The Best Colombian coffee  – £3

Fruit & Oat Cookie – £1.75

The Best Caramelised Onion Chutney – £1.50

The Best Liquorice & Dark Chocolate – £1.50

The Best Cheese Palmiers – £1.65

Cinamon & Cherry Mocktail – £1.50

Best Cranberry & Almond Nougat – £2.50

The Best White Choc 100g – £2.50

Product total: £15.90 

RRP: £20 

Gourmet Christmas hamper from the Hamper Lounge 

RRP ££276.99 Worth £304.05

 Most of us go to department stores or supermarkets to pick up a hamper, but online and local stores are also a good way to get your moneys worth – as shown with this hamper by the Hamper Lounge.

It has everything you need for Christmas, including wine, gin and jams, plus a selection of cheeses and chocolates. Better still it comes in a pretty wicker basket, worth nearly £40. 

This is also the only hamper that’s worth more than if you bought the individual items on their own.

The Gourmet Christmas hamper from the Hamper lounge gives you a saving and includes cheeses, chocolates and wines

The Gourmet Christmas hamper from the Hamper lounge gives you a saving and includes cheeses, chocolates and wines

What’s inside the  Gourmet Christmas hamper?

 Selection of Cheeses by The Fine Cheese Company – £30

Basil & Olive Oil Crackers by The Fine Cheese Company – £2.25

Fig, Honey & Olive Oil Crackers by The Fine Cheese Company –  £2.25

Ale Crackers by Millers – £2.25

Real Ale Chutney by Cartwright & Butler –  £4.75

Fig Chutney by The Fine Cheese Company – £4.45

Christmas Mini Bauble With Sea Salted Truffles by House of Dorchester – £2.99

Milk Chocolate Selection by House of Dorchester – £10.99

Demerara Shortbread Biscuits Tin by Cartwright & Butler – £9.50

Traditional British Preserves by The English Cream Tea Company – £12.95

Luxury Chocolate Cake by Cartwright & Butler – £12.00

Nepal Mount Everest Supreme Coffee by Sea Island Coffee – £12.00

Earl Grey Loose Tea by The Tea Makers – £7.20

English Breakfast Tea or Sencha & Goji Berry Tea by The Tea Makers – £8.50

Henry Norris Smoky Tea by The English Cream Tea Company Tea – £6.00

Fruit Fusion Tea by The English Cream Tea Company Tea – £6.00

Christmas Sparkle Tree with Sea Salted Truffles by House of Dorchester – £9.99

Orange Liqueur Christmas Pudding by Cartwright & Butler –  £18.00

Jamaica Blue Mountain (Blend 3) Coffee Bags by The Little Coffee Company – £14.05

Blend 1 Arabica Coffee Bags by The Little Coffee Company – £4.50

Blend 4 Organic Coffee Bags by The Little Coffee Company – £4.50

Gold, Frankincense & Myrrh Dark Chocolate Bar by Coco Chocolatier – £5.00

Christmas Spice Milk Chocolate by Coco Chocolatier –  £5.00

Belgian Chocolate Selection by Cartwright & Butler – £13.96

Mulled Wine by Quai Sud – £10.99

Butter Fudge by Cartwright & Butler – £3.50

Biscuit Assortment Tin by Cartwright & Butler – 9.99

Panettone – £12.50

Marc de Champagne Pink Truffles by Prestat – £14.00

Wicker Basket – £39.39

Total: £304.05

RRP: £276.99 

The Misteltoe hamper from Virginia Hayward  

RRP £50, Worth £47 

Packed with a Christmas pudding, wrapped in gold, a bottle of prosecco and fancy sweets bits, including a chocolate tree lolly - it looks like it costs more than it actually does

Packed with a Christmas pudding, wrapped in gold, a bottle of prosecco and fancy sweets bits, including a chocolate tree lolly – it looks like it costs more than it actually does

This small but tightly packed hamper is for anyone wanting to gift friends and family, but can’t afford one of the the more lavish hampers (or prices).

Packed with a Christmas pudding, wrapped in gold, a bottle of prosecco and fancy sweets bits, including a chocolate tree lolly – it looks like it costs more than it actually does.

Better still you’re also getting your moneys worth, with the contents priced at just under £50, meaning you get a bonus wicker basket included.  

How much is the The Misteltoe hamper worth? 

Cambrook Brilliantly Caramelised Sesame Peanuts – £12

Gold Crown Christmas Pudding – £10 

Grandma Wild’s Mini Bites for Sharing Mature Cheddar – £3.99

Joe & Seph’s Caramel Macchiato Popcorn with Scotch Whisky 80g – £4

Maclean’s Sticky Toffee Luxury Biscuits – £2

Market Town Bakery Mixed Nut Topped Cake – similar cake is priced at £2

Stas Milk Chocolate Tree Slab Lolly with Chocolate Stars & Sprinkles – £5

Zonin Prosecco Brut DOC Italy –  £7

 Total (without basket): £47 

 

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