Wine hampers are gifts that are usually presented in a wicker basket. The act of giving a hamper has a long history in Western culture and, in the past, was done as a noble gesture, using the hamper to deliver food and other home essentials to the poor. The basket the gift was displayed in was also carefully chosen as it was a handy household item that could be used and reused.

In recent times, Christmas Hampers have come to be less a gift of essentials and more a gift of small indulgences, such as wine hampers for example. An emphasis is placed on the finest items such as gourmet jams, fine chocolates, exotic coffee beans, fine wines and other quality items that can be had as a treat and will store long enough for the recipient to relax when using the item.

There has also been a rising tendency to produce specialized Christmas Hampers – wine hampers that are stacked with a broad range and types of wine, chocolate hampers and bread and cheese hampers. Hobby hampers are an even more new development and are filled not with food but with handy and desired items to please gardeners or DIY enthusiasts, for example. The contents of a hamper are only limited by your imagination!

The versatility of hampers is why it makes such a wonderful gift. They can be tailored to any special someone and can be filled with whatever would delight the recipient. When choosing the hamper you want to give, give careful consideration to what things the recipient wants – are they a white wine connoisseur? Then wine hampers are a great idea! Are they a gourmet? Then fill the hamper with gourmet food items. Are they expecting a baby? Why not give them a hamper filled with helpful baby goods.

Christmas Hampers can be given for any occasion – for birthdays, for hens nights or bachelorette parties, for weddings, for anniversaries, for an expecting mom-to-be and, most popularly, for Christmas.

The Christmas hamper has become popular and, in an intriguing twist, the public are buying Christmas UK hampers to use for themselves instead of as a gift for that special someone. Often filled with luxury Christmas treats such as shortbread, chocolate, wine, Christmas pudding and even turkey, they are purchased by families to be used over the Xmas period. Many wine hampers are purchased on a payment scheme over the year and then enjoyed for the Christmas period, helping people afford the price of the well-loved Christmas treats desired over the holiday season.

There are thousands of businesses that concentrate in offering hamper presents and most of them can be found quickly and easily on the web. Many of them will have pre-packed UK hampers – such as wine hampers or food hampers – and some may let you to modify a hamper and fill it with items of your choice. Almost all businesses will deliver your hamper, making it a convenient and welcomed gift.

Of course, you don’t have to use a business to create a wonderful hamper and it can be even more personal to create your own. When making a hamper, give careful thought to what they might like. Focus on helpful items and luxury goods that the recipient might not know to buy for themselves, to make it even more caring. UK hampers also work best when filled with items that won’t go off quickly, such as white wine for wine hampers. If you do intend on putting in items that have to be refrigerated or will go off, then make sure the hamper is given as soon as possible and make sure the recipient knows that the goods must be used as soon as possible.