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DIY Christmas Hamper Gift Ideas For Families

12 Dec 2023

Christmas is almost upon us and for the lucky (or organized) few, their list has been ticked off, and their shopping is done.

If you’re not in this group it might be you’re struggling with a few present ideas.

Maybe you have families on your list?

Are you scratching your head for ideas for them?

Then let us suggest a DIY HAMPER!


Why a hamper?

  • Hampers make great gifts for families as you can ensure there’ll be something for everyone, all in one box!
  • They’re exciting to receive and kids will LOVE the opening and discovering of items - it's like a lucky dip!
  • Hampers are thoughtful, memorable gifts and your recipient will appreciate your efforts.
  • They’re personal.
  • They’re fun to put together!



  • Decide whether you’d like a theme to it or a ‘mix n match’ style.
  • Consider the ages within the family.
  • Think about your budget.
  • Do they have any shared hobbies or interests that you could theme your hamper around?






At this time of year, it’s a real treat for families to purposefully cosy up. It’s a great opportunity to spend time together, create warm memories, and establish traditions.

These make delightful gifts and will help with the cosying:

  • Hot chocolate
  • Tea
  • Biscuits
  • Chocolate (include some novelty types for kids!)
  • Candles
  • String of fairy lights
  • Spa treats
  • A light foldable blanket
  • Books



For families who enjoy the outdoors, whether it’s walking, gardening, camping, running or cycling!

  • Travel mugs/bottles – lots of styles and colours out there to suit all ages
  • Thermos flask
  • Map of local walks
  • Gift card for an outdoor retailer
  • Interesting snacks for on-the-go (particularly important for kids!)
  • Lightweight picnic blanket
  • Sports socks/running socks
  • Equipment for whatever sport/hobby they have



Christmas is the best time for games!

Suitable for the whole family as can be adapted to suit different ages:

  • Board games
  • Card games
  • Quiz books (who doesn’t like a Christmas quiz?!)
  • Puzzle books
  • Active indoor games (skittles, darts etc)
  • Baby toys for the very young
  • Jigsaws
  • Tasty treats to enjoy whilst playing are very important!



Ideal for the ‘crafty’ type of family.

Crafts are great as they can involve the whole family but equally they can be worked on individually.

You’ll know what the family particularly likes but as a starter:

  • Craft kits to use at home
  • Glitter
  • Glue
  • Templates
  • Paints
  • Pens and pencils
  • Paper



Christmas is synonymous with films so what better than to gift a hamper packed with goodies to accompany that movie?!

  • Popcorn
  • Sweets
  • Hot chocolate/mini mallows
  • Savoury snacks (crisps, nuts, pretzels etc)
  • Pyjamas
  • Slippers (kids love them especially!)
  • Bottle of wine for the grownups!
  • Candles



Pack a hamper with all sorts of delicious treats to suit all ages in the family!  You’ll have great fun selecting the items and the family will be delighted!

  • Choose a mixture of sweet AND savoury treats
  • Christmas-themed food is always good fun - tree-shaped biscuits, chocolate Santas, Christmas chutneys and so on
  • If sending by post just be aware of possible delays if sending perishable items


The list is endless!  If you’re aware of the different ages in the family you’ll end up with a good mix and it’ll be one of their best gifts ever!

If you need some inspiration - we have a range of luxury food hampers that we designed for families! Click here to browse.




If the family doesn’t have young kids a more sophisticated hamper might be a good idea.

Here's some ideas:

  • Cheese and biscuits (so many different and interesting types out there)
  • Selection of wines
  • Cheese and Port
  • Organic fruit juices
  • Nuts
  • Gin
  • Truffles
  • Chutneys/jams



Why not create a hamper with a bit of everything?!

Food, drink, games, books, toys, luxury spa items?

It takes a bit of time and imagination but you’ll be gifting an exciting hamper to the family they’ll remember forever!



You had good intentions but you’ve run out of time!

Don’t worry, help is at hand!

Here at British Hamper Company, we have a wonderful range of luxury Christmas hampers designed for families.


Our hampers are packed with a variety of the most delicious sweet and savoury food from the best small artisan producers around Britain.

Dietary requirements are catered for.

Packed carefully and beautifully presented in one of our iconic boxes or wicker hampers and delivered with a personalised message.

Ready for UK and International delivery now.

And you can keep/reuse our lovely boxes and wicker hampers forever!



People love receiving hampers!  They’re exciting gifts but also thoughtful and personal and your recipient will ALWAYS remember them.

They’re ideal for families as there’s something for everyone so no need for anyone to feel left out.

Overall, one of the best gifts you can give!

Happy Christmas Hampering!