How to make a gift hamper

I don’t know about you, but I absolutely love giving gifts to friends and family. One of the gifts I like to give is a little hamper. They are a great option because you can make them really personal to the individual and can be for any budget.

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A few years ago, I bought my niece a make up bag and put inside some simple make up items suitable for a twelve year old. I had so much fun choosing things that I knew she would like and it ended up turning into a bit of a hamper inside the make up bag. Last year, I picked out bits that I knew my mum would like and made her a pamper hamper instead.

There are so many things you can do but I thought I’d put together a few ideas for inspiration on how you could make a hamper. So lets get started…

The Hamper

The traditional way if a basket with straw in, but why not spice it up a bit this year. You could use a handbag or a shoebox wrapped in paper. Keeping it simple is key because you want to spend more on the contents that you do the box. Other ideas I have seen is using a giant tea cup or planter which you can pick up at garden centres and can be really inexpensive.

The Contents

There are absolutely hundreds of things you could include but I thought I would list a few that I like below.

  • Pamper hamper – Using luxurious products and maybe include some cosy socks
  • A blogger hamper – You could add some cute notebooks, some props, a diary and so much more.
  • Wine & cheese hamper – This would be perfect for anyone who enjoys a wine & cheese night but is unable to go to one this year because of the current restrictions.
  • Beer/ pub night hamper – You could include a pub quiz pack and even a travel darts board.
  • Hot chocolate & other treats – You could add marshmallows, biscuits and chocolates to make a delicious hamper.
  • Childhood rewind – This could be such a blast from the past. You could include old games from the time, a decades CD and lots of other bits all related to their childhood.
  • Movie night hamper – Put in some dvds, popcorn and other treats. Places like Poundland do some popcorn holders so you could even add those in too.
  • Baking hamper – This would be perfect if you are giving to someone who loves watching Bake Off or just generally likes baking. You could add a cook book, some long life ingredients and even some tools

Other Hamper Ideas

If you feel like you are struggling or just don’t have the time to put together a hamper, this section might be for you. There are lots of companies online where you can select products to include in a hamper and they do all the hard work. I recently used Devon Hampers to create one for one of my friends this year for Christmas. I needed to post the persons present anyway so thought this would be the perfect way to do it.

My advice to you would be to have a look at a couple of companies and see what gifts they offer. There is no point in choosing a company to find that they don’t really have any gifts suitable for your recipient. Whilst some companies charge more than others, you want to find out why they do. It could well be because of how safely they package everything for posting. Obviously this will be more important for breakable items such as wines.

I hope this post has given you some inspiration. Have you ever made a gift hamper before? What did you include?

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19 thoughts on “How to make a gift hamper

  1. I loooooove making hampers or gift boxes for people. Like you say, they don’t have to be about food, self-care boxes are brilliant too. And I love the sound of the movie night one as well!

  2. I have made hamper sets before and it is a fun way of gifting although can get more expensive, as I just keep adding to it. You have shared some great suggestions. Thank you for sharing.


  3. Curating hampers, so to speak, is so much fun! I love the ideas of a blogging hamper, childhood rewind, treat, and a baking hamper. I myself have recently fallen in love with the Great British Baking Show. 🙂

    Thanks so much for sharing!

  4. Some awesome ideas here! My husband and I made some fun gift boxes for friends with toys from our childhood like bubbles and glowsticks – along with fruity candies! Hopefully it’ll make everyone feel nostalgic and happy when they go through the items.

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