We've all been there - it's Christmas or someone's birthday, and you have absolutely no idea what to do about presents. Spending lots of money on something they won't like is not an attractive option - but equally, it's not great trawling the shops for hours and still coming up with nothing. Us Brits, however, do have a quite cunning back-up plan...
What is it, I hear you ask? Well, a gift hamper, of course! And what makes Christmas hampers so special? There are loads of reasons.
First of all, they are always so nicely presented. A lovely basket or box full of beautifully arranged gifts, with some nice wrapping or packing as well. Essentially, you could fill the hamper with packs of biscuits and chocolate from your local corner shop and it would still look nice and expensive just because of the way it's presented!
The best hampers though obviously have quality inside as well as outside. There is nothing quite like seeing someone's face light up when they discover an assortment of pampering treats inside their hamper, or a selection of wines and tasty snacks.
You can buy gift hampers specially tailored to the occasion and the recipient. Whether it's a birthday, an anniversary or just the opportunity to tell someone how special they are, a themed hamper adds a nice personal touch. It's even become popular to send corporate Christmas gifts to clients as a thank you for their business.
The bonus of hampers UK is that you can pretty much guarantee your present will be used. Because hampers include such a variety of different items, you have a good chance the lucky recipient will like at least some of it! Some traditional options for hampers include chocolates, biscuits, jams and marmalades, wine and champagne, sweets, fruit, candles, tea, coffee, juice, nuts, cheese, teddies, bath products... you name it! There really is something for everyone. And that's only the pre-arranged hampers - if you want to create your own, you can of course fill it with whatever you like.
If you buy your hamper Christmas gifts online, most companies offer very quick delivery (sometimes next day), which is ideal for that last-minute panic present-buying! It'll look like you've put so much effort into it...
Along with being so easy, the other thing that has made hampers so popular is their great value for money. If you buy a ready-made hamper, you pay one price and get everything included, from the packaging right through to the high quality 'ingredients'. All you need to do is choose which one you want and place the order!
So next time you're stuck for gift ideas, remember our great hamper giving tradition and you can't go far wrong.