We go on and on every year about the £20,000 Harrods Decadence, but it’s become a bit boring now – for me at least. I think it is time to spread our wings and look around for top tier hampers from other luxury stores and brands. Fortnum & Mason is one such place, and they offer a wide selection of hampers. Let’s have a look at Fortnum & Mason Christmas Hampers – not two but their top four, from lowest priced to the highest.
The Christmas Feast Hamper – £500.00
This takes away all your worries about cooking Christmas dinner, as the name says it’s a feast. Additional bonus – it is priced to fit most everyone’s budget. A sample of the treats you get includes glazed mini ham and smoked salmon, truffle stilton, gooseberry & elderflower preserve, orange & cognac marmalade, a magnum of Blanc de Blancs Champagne and rich King George Christmas Pudding. For those who loves to finish the feast with tea, there is a Darjeeling FTGFOP and Rose Pouchong Tea. Available from 6, December.
Ultimate Wine Hamper – £525
A wonderful gift for a wine lover. A great collection wines, champagnes, and port from the best producers delivered in a traditional Fortnum & Mason wicker hamper. Among the selection are a 1996 Sauternes from Château Rieussec, 2004 Dom Perignon, a fine 2005 red from Château Giscours and a mature Dow port from the 1985 Vintage. No perishables, so you can even order now.
The Windsor Hamper – £1,000
The Christmas Hamper would last a day or two depending on your crowd. For double, the price (yet, still affordable for many) Fortnum promises to deliver a luxurious hamper that is going to last the entire festive season. This wicker hamper contains something for everybody – wines, sweets, savories, and refreshments. Few of the items include the traditional King George Christmas Pudding, Christmas biscuits, chutneys and sauces, Foie Gras Torchon, cheeses and port, wines and Champagnes. Available from 13, December.
The Imperial Hamper – £6,000
Fortnum’s finest of them all, the Imperial Hamper (see featured image). Filled with a collection of mouthwatering delicacies for all and priced at £6,000 (about $7,300), it costs less than half the price of the Decadence. Start your Christmas feast with a glass of Taittinger’s Comtes de Champagne Rose 2004, strawberries, caviar and cheese. Serve your guests with a sweet tooth a slice of beautiful and yummy Very Berry Christmas Cake and Magnificent Christmas Pudding. The Imperial has a nice collection of bottles selected by Fortnum’s sommelier.
And there are plenty of other delicacies, sweets, refreshments, wines and even a bunch of condiments and preserves for everyone to tuck into. Here is a small sample of wonderful items in the hamper – Smoked Salmon, Beluga Caviar, Foie Gras en Croute, Christmas Biscuits, Monte Amiata Olive Oil and Marc de Champagne Truffles.
With the Imperial Hamper, you can have a feast not just for a week or two but an entire month or more. Available from 14, December.
Source: Fortnum & Mason