Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Christmas Hampers - The Perfect Way to Send Seasonal Greetings to Family, Friends or Colleagues!


Scratching your head trying to think of original Christmas present ideas for Dad, Aunty Susan, or something a little unusual for your partner? Exhausted the perfume and chocolate truffles? The socks and woolly jumpers? NEWS FLASH: Avoid the same old, same old this year and plump for something a little exotic, edible and elegant. Confused? Don't be. Two words for you: Christmas Hampers.
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That's right, folks. If there's a special someone in your life, and they're worthy of a little more than a bag of chestnuts or bottle of mulled wine from the local petrol station, then Christmas gift hampers are the way to go.

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 Many folks choose to buy hampers from a myriad of retailers who sell pre-packaged or bespoke Christmas hampers bursting with an assortment of sweet and savoury delights, not to mention festive tipples and drinks to oil the celebratory cheer. Whether given as Christmas presents for women, Christmas gifts for boyfriends or girlfriends, hampers create a special gift guaranteed to leave a lasting impression on whoever they're given to.
A gift, more often than not, is judged by the sentiment behind it rather than the gift itself. So why not exceed expectation on both fronts with a personalized hamper? They make the ultimate Xmas gift ideas for men, women, Grannies, Grandads, aunties, uncles and friends, with which to greet the festive season.

Personalised hampers, ladies and gents, normally comprises a festive tipple, in the form of red wine, white wine or even a bottle of bubbly, which can be personalised with any name together with a thoughtful message to make this gift your own.
Festive in appearance and classic in contents, all the delicious delights are usually presented in a wonderfully deep natural wicker basket. But who was the brains behind these beautiful gifts? Believe it or not, hampers have their origins with the English Boxing Day tradition when masters gave servants boxes of useful gifts on the 26th December.
Prior to the mid 20th Century, hampers of food or clothing were given as a charitable gift to people in need and were handmade from wicker. The craftsmen constructed the wicker baskets from plant fibres such as willow switches, bamboos or reeds.
The basket could also be used to store belongings as well as carry items around, and was often known as a "Christmas box." Folks used to treat postmen, newspaper delivery boys and girls, and milkmen. Legend would have it that English Trade Guilds for basket craftsmen existed as early as the 15th Century.
Nowadays, hampers are given as Xmas presents for him and her, whether he/she is a friend, relative, employee or a valued client. And digging and delving is very much what you or your recipient will be doing with a hamper! Rummaging through these deluxe baskets takes you back to the childish excitement of the lucky dip with a whole host of tasty treats to discover and enjoy.
Dig deep and you'll find things like luxury Christmas puds and delicious marmalade's through to olives, jars of crushed chillies and garlic, shortbread, chocolate, to name but a few - perfect pleasures to suit every palate, sweet or savory!
The charity aspect of the hampers hasn't become extinct though. Christmas hampers are still given to underprivileged families as a gesture of kindness and community spirit. So as well as bestowing loved ones with these special gifts, why not do a good turn this festive season and surprise a neighbor or a family who are in need of some TLC?
May the spirit of the hamper live on!


Article Source: 
Susie Davids 




2 comments:

Adam Luke said...

A luxurious hamper makes a great Christmas present for those difficult-to-buy-for relatives, or even for the people you know who already have seemingly everything. Your post is very helpful to find an attractive Christmas present. Thanks!

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