Gift giving is an art. Sure some of us find joy in tracking down that really meaningful gift that results in happy tears at present-opening time. For the rest of us there are hampers. Hampers take the worry out of gift giving, serving up a smorgasbord of unique, exciting treats that you'd probably struggle to find yourself.
Let someone else do the hard work when it comes to gifts with our guide to the best hamper baskets in Australia. Whether you're looking for hampers for corporate gifts or for families, including your parents, we've got them all. So sit back, scroll through and prepare to feel smug about nailing gift giving this year.
Next level night in
A night in can be significantly enhanced with this Chandon with Australian Sweets & Nuts from The Hamper Emporium. Perfectly sized for 2, it's got a range of Australian-made treats so you can get the warm fuzzies knowing that your gift is supporting local. It includes a 750ml bottle of Chandon Sparkling Chardonnay Pinot Noir NV and 3 cardboard boxes of treats: 175g of creme brulee roasted peanuts, 135g of toffee popcorn brittle and 150g of maple coconut roasted almonds. Let them sip, snack and savour while toasting your gift-giving brilliance.
Pass the cheese please
If they believe that cheese is life, they're going to love this Just Add Cheese Hamper from The Gourmet Pantry. It's got everything they need for the cheesiest night in - apart from the actual cheese, that is. This includes a huge collection of crackers and condiments to make the most epic cheese board. We're talking pitas, relish, rice crackers, tapenade, olives and more. They'll be saying cheese in no time (sorry).
Like apples but better
Gifts Australia, in our humble opinion, make some of the best hampers for Christmas. Take this Craft Ciders of Australia Hamper which is stuffed full of Australian made goodies. There are 5 craft ciders to enjoy, sourced from some of Australia's most interesting producers. These are accompanied by a range of savoury snacks, including beer nuts, olives, beef jerky, tapenade, wafers and fig and fennel paste. With so much goodness inside, they can spread the Christmas cheer well beyond Christmas Day.
A bouquet of beers
Now we're not suggesting you prank someone... but this Long Stem Brews box from Brewquets might do just that. Sure, it looks like it might contain a delicate rose or two. But spoiler alert: it doesn't. Instead, nestled safely inside they'll find 4 cans of beer from unique breweries that they might not have heard of. They'll also find 3 small snacks, including nuts, jelly beans and Pringles. We can all agree this is a far tastiest gift than a rose or two.
This Perfect Picnic Hamper by Gourmet Basket is the gift that keeps on giving - the treats in here will last long after the goodies have been eaten. The goodies themselves are impressive though: Australian sparkling wine, olives, relish, antipasto, brie and more. Honestly, not only is this the perfect picnic, it's a pretty posh one too. Plus, your lucky recipient will get to enjoy plenty more picnics in the future. Because this hamper contains a wooden 2-person wine table, a picnic rug and a picnic basket with handles. Ask nicely and you might get invited on a picnic in the future. Score.
Death by chocolate
The ideal hampers for family should have something for everyone. Given this Brownie Hamper from Bockers & Pony is crammed with crowd-pleasing chocolate, we reckon everyone will be stoked with it. We're talking every type of chocolate. There's a white chocolate freckle (sprinkles) bar. There's nougat, Turkish delight, salted caramels, peanut chew and rocky road. There's honeycomb, caramel coffee treats, dark chocolate macadamia nuts and almond and seasalt chocolate. Phew. It's like Willy Wonka's chocolate factory shrunk, packed into a beautiful box and delivered to their door.
A hug in a box
Give someone deserving a gift of some serious me time with this beautiful Ultimate Luxury Pamper Hamper. Basically a spa retreat in a box, it contains skincare goodies like nourishing shea butter soap and bath petals. To up the indulgence, there's a Moet Piccolo, box of tea, a delicious bar of Cocoa Nib Unicorn Bark plus a plush eye pillow and a heat pillow to soothe all their cares away. Did we mention the notebook and mug too? Heck, we wouldn't blame you for buying this hamper for yourself.
Sweets for your sweet
Feed their sweet tooth with this Lollies and Chocolate Gift Tower. It's a stack of 3 gift boxes that are bursting with sweet goodness. It includes chocolate coated raspberry twists, milk chocolate orange and mint balls and 5 packs of Natural Confectionery Co sweets, like snacks and jelly babies. Rounding it off are 6 chupa chups. Savoury lovers need not apply with this one.
A treat for 2
Bring a little brightness into their day with the Christmas Cheer box from Hamper Me (yep, even if it's not Christmas). Ideally sized to be enjoyed by 2, it contains a bottle of red wine and a selection of sweet and savoury snacks. Think salted peanuts and cashew nuts, a twin pack of chocolate truffles and chocolate-covered macadamia nuts. We reckon it's the best treat to look forward to at the end of a long, tiring day.
A guilt-free treat
Cater for wellness warriors with this Holiday Wellness Hamper from Hampers With Bite. A different twist on gift hampers, it includes herbal tea and a range of guilt-free treats, like dark chocolate roasted peanuts, a vegan dark chocolate bar and lime and cracked pepper faba beans. We especially love the wellness goodies, like the reusable drink bottle, scented candle and journal. They'll love you for bringing a little calm to their day.
The sweetest buzz
We reckon this Belvedere Espresso Martini Hamper is a one of the most unique hampers in Australia. There's no wine, beer or soggy crisps here. Instead, it's crammed with the finest ingredients for whipping up espresso martinis. This hamper contains Belvedere Premium Vodka, simple syrup, coffee liqueur, cold filter coffee, a cocktail jigger and a beautiful 1920s inspired cocktail shaker. For the perfect finishing touch, it's got dark chocolate coffee beans and some toffee popcorn brittle for enjoying with their cocktail. It’s even got an A6 notebook for jotting down their perfected recipe.
A real crowd pleaser
Chocolate and champagne: name a more iconic (and delicious) combo. We'll wait. If you agree, feast your eyes on this Champagne and Chocolates hamper. It contains a 750ml bottle of Mumm Cordon Rouge NV Champagne and a 175g box of assorted milk chocolates to enjoy alongside it. Now, if that's not the perfect night in, we don't know what is.
A gift with heart
Although international travel may not be on their cards any time soon, you can deliver a taste of France direct to their door with this French Market Basket Hamper. It includes some beautiful Australian extra virgin olive oil, gourmet honey, mini melting moments and some dried muscatels (nope, no idea, sorry). They can wash it all down with some chai latte and then mask the smells of their cooking with the natural chef's candle. It all comes in a French style market basket with leather straps which they can hook over their arm at the local farmer's market while pretending they're in Provence. Ooh la la. But even better than all that: Charity Hampers AU donate 10% from each hamper sold to the charity of your choice. We love.