With the amazing celebration of the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee and the London 2012 Olympic Games this year, the United Kingdom has really been in the spotlight. But one popular British tradition was never mentioned and that’s the giving and receiving of hampers in the UK.
If you aren’t from the UK, you might think of hampers as wicker baskets to put clothes in. But it has a completely different meaning in the United Kingdom. Hampers are basically lidded, wicker baskets filled with a variety of gourmet foods, treats and drinks that are given as gifts to family, friends or clients. Once a hamper is filled, it’s carefully packed with colourful shredded paper or wood wool and secured with by it’s leather straps. To add a final touch, it’s then wrapped in beautiful ribbons & bows, boxed up and delivered to the doorstep of one lucky recipient. Hampers are similar to gift baskets, as they really are food baskets, with the main emphasis on a variety of British foods tucked into a wicker hamper.
What makes hampers in the UK so special is really the choice of foods that go into the hampers. The selection can be quite pleasingly overwhelming and you might even think you’ve struck a culinary gold mine, the first time you open one. If it tastes good, it goes into the hamper…that’s the motto. Not only will you find many traditional British food favourites in a hamper, you might even find a few surprises. When we say surprises, we mean an award winning, sticky toffee pudding for two from a supplier well known in the North or a handmade carrot cake with frosting to die for from a superb place in Wales! These foods won’t be found in your local supermarket, so you really are giving something special as a gift.
The absolute next time you need to send a gift to a friend, family member or business client and haven’t really found anything inspiring, you need to seriously think about sending them a fabulous hamper from The Hamper and Gift People. Don’t be surprised if you receive the odd phone call from them saying “Where did you find that hamper company? The food was fantastic!” It’ll give your heart a warm glow knowing that your gift was so loved and appreciated that they actually took the time to phone and thank you. That’s what sending hampers in the UK is all about, making someone that you really care about feel extra special.