3 Crucial Tips for Selecting a Christmas Gift Hamper for Your Loved Ones

Posted on: 23 September 2016

A Christmas hamper is a classic gesture of your affection and generosity to your loved ones during this festive season. If you are torn apart regarding the exact gift that your friend or family member would love, you can go the long way and buy a gift hamper that can be tailored to suit the recipient's preferences. You can shop for individual items and make your own gift hamper. If you want to go over the top to show your generosity, a specialty foods gift hamper will definitely blow the mind of the recipient. Here are some tips for your Christmas gift hamper.

Prior Planning -- You should have a rough idea about the favorite foods and treats that the person you will be giving the hamper likes. Are they fans of cheese and chocolate? Or do they like luxury coffee brands or champagne? For vegans, for example, consider adding vegan cheese in the Christmas hamper. Some people are picky eaters, and thus, you may need to be very selective about the things you put in the gift basket. Understanding your recipient is a thoughtful way of showing your generosity while also appreciating the personal tastes and preferences. Therefore, make a list of items that the person would love.

Best Deals -- After making your list of items you want to buy, you should shop around your locality or online for specialty food vendors that are offering great deals during Christmas. Although these food items are in themselves quite expensive, it does not mean that you have to spend over the top to make your recipient happy when, in fact, you can get better deals on selected items. You do not have to buy all goods in one shop since the gift basket can be filled progressively.  

Timing is Key -- Some specialty foods are perishable such as olives, sea vegetables, and some quality beef. Therefore, to keep these items fresh, consider buying them on Christmas Eve instead of a few days prior to the big day. This way, you present the freshest gifts to your loved ones. Also, buy other non-perishable items, such as chocolate and coffee, a few days earlier. If you are worried about the vendors running out of stock, you can always buy them early and make the pick up during Christmas Eve. If you plan on adding home cooked items, such as baked food, prepare them in advance and put them in the freezer to avoid the hassle and bustle of Christmas.

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