I'm a Food Editor who tests Christmas hampers every year - here are my 8 top picks for 2023 (and they're all still in stock)

Here are my favourite Christmas food hampers to buy online for 2023 - tried, tested, and recommended as Christmas gifts...

A selection of the best Christmas food hampers available to buy online for Christmas delivery 2023
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For those of you still Christmas shopping (don't worry you're not alone!) here are the best Christmas food hampers still available to buy online - and all delivered in time for Christmas too. Don't worry, I've got you covered.

This year, choosing my favourite Christmas hampers has been a tough decision as there is a whole array on offer for 2023 including popular brands such as Bettys, Cartwright & Butler, and Snowdonia Cheese. When selecting the best of the best for this roundup I have looked at hampers that include a huge variety - suitable for families to couples to your friendly next-door neighbour. I’ve considered size with a selection of both small and large hampers - and not forgetting how festive and non-festive these hampers are too.

As Food Editor on GoodtoKnow, I have a wealth of knowledge when it comes to compiling the best Christmas food hampers list - which I have been tasked with for many years now and have had the privilege of trying a range of different brands, products, and sturdy (or not so sturdy in some cases!) wicker baskets so I certainly know a thing or two when it comes to the best on the market. 

In this year’s roundup, I've chosen brands that I love, and the majority have been tried and tested firsthand this year with quality, quantity, and value for money in mind.

Recent updates

This article was updated on the 20th of December. We checked the prices of all the products featured in the article and updated some of the deals for accuracy.

Where to buy the best Christmas food hampers

Best Christmas food hampers for 2023

Tried and tested but now OUT OF STOCK

My pick of the best Christmas food hampers

IMP&MAKER Stocking Fillers Gift Box

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IMP&MAKER Stocking Fillers Gift Box

Specifications

RRP: £69
Delivery: Free standard delivery
Available: Now

Reasons to buy

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Great collection of both sweet and savoury
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Something for everyone
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Perfect for sharing

Reasons to avoid

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No hamper
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Quite a bit of unnecessary packaging

Before I begin to break down what's included in this collection and why it's so great - I have a confession to make - the Cocoba Salted Caramel Chocolate Buttons were my favourite, I may have eaten and not shared the entire packet. Phew, glad I got that off my chest! 

Other highlights, besides the salted caramel wonders, were the moreish Hawkens Gingerbread Christmas Tree Biscuits flavoured with stem ginger (and just perfect with a cup of tea), the Belazu Rose Harissa Nut Mix which went down a treat with the Silver and Green Paprika Chilli Olives at a family party, not to mention Joypots Chocolate Coffee Bean Selection, which my husband decided not to share (payback from me eating all the chocolate buttons maybe, who knows?!)

The only negative about this hamper is that it's not technically a hamper as the collection as a whole is delivered in a box padded with a rather large amount of natural wool insulation which I believe was specifically to keep the olives fresh, however, it was very unnecessary for the remainder of the products and left me with a large amount of packaging to dispose of.

Putting that to one side, the contents of this festive collection truly made up for it. It's the perfect gift box for sharing - and there really is something for everyone; from spiced nuts to vegan-friendly chewy sweets, to hot chocolate to paprika spiced olives. It's a little bit different from the rest, which is why I really like it.


Cartwright & Butler The Christmas Joy Hamper

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Cartwright & Butler The Christmas Joy Hamper

Specifications

RRP: £70
Delivery: Standard/Next day delivery
Available: Now

Reasons to buy

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Good selection of both sweet and savoury products
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Beautifully designed gift box you’ll want to keep for years to come
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Reasonably priced

Reasons to avoid

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Gift box not a wicker hamper
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Too festive for some

The design and packaging on this Christmas gift box actually made me say ‘Wow’ out loud. Is it one of the most beautiful, eye-catching, festive designs I’ve seen so far this year. I felt like I was going to open it and see baubles and Christmas decorations stored inside ready to decorate the tree - it made me feel all warm and fuzzy and I flashed forward to Christmas Day.

The keepsake festive gift box wasn’t the only ‘Wow’ factor in this collection, as the contents of the gift box are just as impressive too layered with an array of Cartwright & Butler classics as well as festive favourites like mini mince pies, cranberry sauce, and gingerbread fudge. I had to dig through the hamper to find everything and putting it back was a no-go - everything was hidden and packaged so well so I ended up removing some of the stuffing to put things back in.

Highlights from this collection included the ridiculously shiny (how can you get chocolate that shiny?!) dark chocolate-covered almonds which were just wonderful, the subtly flavoured, creamy gingerbread fudge, and the punchy citrus flavour almond-topped mince pies, not to mention the lightly spiced cranberry and orange biscuits which were super moreish. The kids thoroughly enjoyed swishing the hot chocolate stirrer around a warm cup of milk, which we all shared and the cheese and chilli shortbread rounds went down well with a glass of wine as part of a larger cheeseboard selection.

If you’re looking for a hamper that ticks the festive box, has a good selection of both sweet and savoury foods, has good use-by dates, and doesn’t cost an arm and a leg - this is the one for you.


Fitzbillies Christmas Day Hamper

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Fitzbillies Christmas Day Hamper

Specifications

RRP: £110
Delivery: Nationwide/tracked 24 hour service
Available: Now

Reasons to buy

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Ideal for those who have a sweet tooth
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Delicious, quality produce with a good variety to choose from
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Made fresh

Reasons to avoid

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Limited use by dates - everything is made fresh and needs to be eaten in a certain amount of time
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Sweet treats only
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Cardboard box only - no hamper or gift box

Now I’ve never had a delivery from Fitzbillies before so I didn’t know what to expect. The first thing I was hit with was the smell of freshly baked goods - you know that sticky sweet smell that means there is going to be something extra tasty hiding inside. I was a tad disappointed that the Fitzbillies Christmas Day hamper didn’t actually come in a hamper or keepsake gift box however the contents of the collection completely outweighed that for me.

I don’t even know which product to begin with first as they were all so delicious in different ways. The assortment of brownies was the first to go; brought out at a family gathering and there was not a single crumb left. Of course, I kept three aside to thoroughly test (and enjoy!) and they were just delightful; gingerbread brownies, cranberry and chocolate orange brownies. The gingerbread brownies were just heavenly with a light brownie sponge, a rich chocolate flavour, and a subtle hint of ginger from the mini gingerbread man that sat on top. Super moreish and I was sad to see them all get eaten as I would have had a few more, to be honest.

The showstopper that completely blew me away was the massive Chelsea bun Christmas tree. It was incredible. A sticky sweet tear and share that went down a storm. Warmed in the microwave for a few minutes and they were even better. Other highlights included the crumbly heavy-on pastry mince pies and the vibrant, subtly flavoured macaroons (well, except the mint macaroon - that certainly packed a mint punch!). 

All in all a really delicious collection from Fitzbillies that I was more than happy to share with family and more than happy to show off too as the products were super high quality and true to their flavours.


Sweet Hamper Company Huge Christmas Sweet & Chocolate Hamper

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Sweet Hamper Company Huge Christmas Sweet & Chocolate Hamper

Specifications

RRP: £54.50
Delivery: Standard/Tracked delivery available
Available: Now

Reasons to buy

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Full of 37 varieties of sweets
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Nice sized wicker hamper to keep

Reasons to avoid

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Sweets and chocolates only

Take a serious trip down memory lane with this jam-packed hamper full of sweet shop favourites. Before I'd even dived into the contents of this hamper, I was overwhelmed by the sweet smell of chocolate, gummies, and all things covered in sugar and it was certainly a blast from the past well received. 

It may be a small wicker hamper, but don't be deceived as good things come in small packages as this Christmas gift box is heaving with treats. I was actually shocked at how much came out of it, to be honest. An amazing collection, with something for the whole family including chewy sweets, popular chocolate bars, festive favourites, sweet shop classics in striped paper bags including Christmas trees, elves, penguins, giant strawberries - and so much more. 

This has got 'teenage Christmas present' written all over it. However, saying that my sweet-tooth father-in-law would certainly be in his element with this hamper too. It's a niche one that's for sure, which is why I wanted to highlight it as one of my favourites for this year. It's nostalgic, it's retro, it's fun - and I just loved rummaging through finding some old-school favourites. It's a great sharing hamper that will last you well into the new year. 

Think Double Dip Original, Peppermint Candy Cane, Rainbow Drops, Flump, Dairy Milk, Galaxy, Terry's Chocolate Orange Snowballs - the list truly does go on.


A selection of the best Christmas food hampers tried and tested

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How we tested the best Christmas food hampers

Each Christmas food hamper that I had the pleasure of reviewing was tried and tested keeping the following criteria in mind:

The ‘Wow’ factor: When a Christmas food hamper is delivered to your door an element of excitement comes into play and you can’t wait to rip off the outer box and see what awaits you inside. The first thing you want to see is a thick, rustic wicker basket or a beautiful, elegantly designed gift box that you know you’ll want to keep for years to come. And on opening that hamper or gift box you want the lucky recipient to say ‘Wow!’ and be completely blown away by the generous produce or beautifully displayed products hidden inside. Each of the hampers in this roundup has been included because of their high ‘Wow’ factor status.

Quality: Now, the hamper may look the part but does it live up to expectations? Does it really include high-quality products worth sending to loved ones? Are these products really worth the money? Do they have good use-by dates that last beyond Christmas? Each of the hampers in this roundup has been included as they contain high-quality products that have been sampled firsthand by myself or the team at Goodto.com. Do keep in mind however that not all tastebuds are the same and preferences may vary depending on the person you’re buying for.

Quantity: How many products are included in the hamper? Are they big or small? Is there something for everyone? A mixture of sweet, savoury, any dietary requirements included? An impressive hamper doesn’t have to be filled to the brim with produce, however, if you’re paying a lot of money for a Christmas food hamper you want to make sure it contains a generous amount of products all in all. The hampers that we’ve included in this roundup are chosen as we feel they include a good amount of products in each, as well as a variety of products in each.

Value for money: Similarly to quantity, value for money is all about making sure the hamper is worth the money and worth the products inside. This year we have tried to keep our selection of hampers around the £100 mark and under as we know that Christmas can be an expensive time of year for most. The hampers that we have included in this collection all keep value for money in mind, with the prices reflecting the brand as well as the quantity of products included in each one. Oh, and the wicker basket too as that alone can cost a few bob. 

Packaging: How are these hampers and gift boxes delivered? How much packaging before you even get to the hamper? Is it recyclable? Is it necessary? One of the things we’ve kept in mind for this year is the extra packaging. Now we know that most companies will send hampers in recyclable cardboard boxes, but some I’ve noticed over the years go a little bit over the top on the extras like bubble wrap or shredded paper before you’ve even got to the contents of the hamper. This year, our selection of hampers has been chosen as the extra packaging for these has been kept to a minimum without damaging the hamper inside.

Festive vs. non-festive: Another point we kept in mind when testing the best Christmas food hampers this year was whether the hamper was festive or non-festive and whether that made an impact on the overall hamper or not. Some people love Christmas and want to include in all the festive favourites like mince pies and mulled wine-flavoured tea, however, others would happily be satisfied with a classic hamper with shortbread biscuits and traditional ground coffee. We’ve included a variety of both for this year.

A selection of tried and tested Christmas food hampers for 2023 including Harvey Nichols, DukesHill, CheeseGeek and Whittard

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Christmas food hamper FAQs

Are gift hampers worth it?

Gift hampers are a great present for friends and family as they allow the lucky recipient to try a variety of different food and drink products that they might not usually buy or treat themselves to.

Hampers and gift boxes are a great choice when buying and catering for a few people in one go - so for example you could buy your parents a Christmas food hamper to enjoy together, or you could buy a whole family a food hamper with a variety of different products to share - something for the kids, and for the adults, and so on. 

Hampers and gift boxes are a diverse option - you just need to make sure they are worth the money and most, if not all, of the products, will be appreciated and eaten.<