Have you started Christmas shopping yet? It may seem too early, but you want to get a head-start so you won’t get frazzled later. Plus some gifts need to be booked (or saved up for), so it’s helpful to at least have an idea of what you want to buy. In corporate situations, you may need to order your gift hampers in bulk, so start talking to suppliers now and see what volumes they can handle. You want to confirm their (willingness and) range of delivery, since some of your clients may be offshore, or in remote parts of Australia.
A gift hamper makes a good ‘Christmas prize’ and gives you a lot of room to play with. You can begin with a prepped gift pack then top it up with individualised items. The base basket should be elegant to begin with, then the customised add-ons can be selected by rank and personal taste. It’s a good idea to enrich the gift hamper with gift items for their spouses or kids. This makes your recipient feel seen, known, and appreciated by elevating the gift well above the generic. The added item doesn’t have to be fancy, but do put thought into it.
They pack fresh fruit that’s in season, and you can have them packed in a cardboard box or a wooden crate. The gift hamper can be accompanied by an optional ribbon or sash that has a printed message on it. Select pre-set wording or draft a message of your own. And if your recipient is less fruity, opt for the Snack Attack gift hamper, with its six types of nuts (almonds, cashews, corn nuts, peanuts, pistachios), sesame sticks, trail mix, and spicy snack mix. The nut flavours include butter toffee, sea salt, chilli lemon, and cherry berry.
Wicker baskets are generally used for picnics, so they’re a great way to ferry food-based gifts. Consider purchasing one from Simply Fresh. The healthier version is their Cheese and Snacks hamper, filled with apples, pears, crackers, nuts, dried fruit, and cheese. The apples come in two varieties while the pears come in three. Some of the nuts are mixed and clothed in chocolate, while others are seasoned with salt and pepper. The fruits aren’t standard. Instead, Simply Fresh picks your selection on the day of your order.
Christmas Indulgence gift hampers come in three variants. Their contents are the same except for the choice of beverage – Shiraz, Sauvignon, or Chardonnay. The other items are Christmas pudding, brandy-infused fruit mince tarts, cranberry pistachio cherry limar nougat, and lots of chocolate. Each basket comes with a free gift card and you can add a ‘Season’s greetings’ ribbon in you like. For something lighter, try the Christmas Nibbles gift hamper. It has many of the same items, but no alcoholic drink.
Instead, your recipients can nibble on jam shortbread, strawberry conserve, and boiled lollies, in addition to assorted chocolate, nougat, and Christmas pudding. Or you could try a Christmas Cheer hamper. It mirrors Christmas Nibbles, but replaces pudding with miniature gingerbread family members. These gift baskets have complimentary gift cards as well, and can be delivered anywhere in Australia. Just book early to beat the end-year rush.
Cut costs with a hamper that’s delivered around the nation for free. It could even arrive on the same day, though that depends on the date and venue. The Sweet Epicure gift hamper is a true lesson in luxury. It will cure every sweet toothed craving and give you more to nibble. The hamper is a mix of nuts (roasted peanuts and almonds flavoured with French vanilla), shortbread (macadamia and pure butter), brittle caramelised toffee, nut-filled chocolate bars, and Armagnac apricot preserve. It’s all packed in a black box tied with a golden sash, and includes a free gold card embossed with gold foil. Monitor your delivery with a tracking number, and trace it from store to door.
Luxury doesn’t have to be expensive. With the right curator and careful packaging, you can get an opulent-looking gift basket for less than $50. The Sweet Delights of Prestige Hampers contains cute packs of colourful sweets tied in purple ribbons and packed in a royal purple box. Sweets in the box include flying saucers, jelly beans, fruit crumbles, mint humbugs, chocolate beans, jazzies, jelly babies, custard, and rhubarb.
You could send your recipient a full box or break it up into smaller pouches to stuff stockings or hang on the Christmas tree. Order the hamper online and type in a brief message that can be printed and included with your hamper. The order form also includes optional delivery dates, so you can pick a day when you’re sure they’re home to receive it.