Christmas is a magical time; delving into Christmas hampers while sitting by a roaring fire evokes memories of excitement and delight.
Where did this wonderful gift idea come from? What is the history of Christmas hampers?
While the concept of hampers began in France, with baskets filled with treats introduced in England as long ago as the 11th century, wicker baskets have been used for the safe transport of food for over 1000 years. It was during the Victorian era that giving Christmas hampers became really popular. Wealthy Victorian families and employers would prepare luxury food hampers as thank you gifts for their staff. With the massive development of the railway networks at this time, the staff would often send these food hampers home to their own families.
It was around 1850 that Harrods of London fuelled the trend of giving Christmas hampers when they began supplying gourmet luxury hampers to wealthy Victorian customers. The original Harrods hamper was quite a simple collection; a choice of turkey, goose or ham, plus a bottle of port, tea and a pound each of butter and tobacco.
These days you don’t have to go to Harrods to buy luxury Christmas hampers and the choice of goodies for your hamper is a lot more exciting.
While the tradition of hampers was as gifts for families during the festive season, it’s really only been in the last 20 or so years that corporate gift giving has become popular. Many companies who like to reward dedicated staff or thank valuable clients choose Christmas hampers to do this.
And why not? After all there is so much choice to be found in the one place!
A beautifully presented hamper filled to the brim with delicious wines, divine chocolates and luxury gourmet treats will delight any client and make any staff member feel appreciated.
These days hampers aren’t just for Christmas. With such a wide selection of products to put into your basket there is a hamper to suit everyone, whatever the occasion, whatever the time of year.
Christmas Past, Present & Future
That said, it is the Christmas season and Christmas hampers are going to be around for another few hundred years!
Choosing to give a gift hamper this Christmas will delight and excite clients, staff, family and friends, creating Christmas memories for the future, reminders of Christmas past, but best of all giving pleasure in the present.
See our range of quality hampers here, or give us a call on +00 353 21 485 2244 today and add history, tradition and memories to your gift-giving this Christmas.