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 Luxury Picnic Basket from The Gourmet Pantry. It's got everything they need for the cheesiest night in, including 3 cheeses and a huge collection of crackers and condiments to make the most epic cheese board. We're talking olives, black truffle crisps, fruit paste, flatbread and more. Heck, there's even a cheese knife. Not only that, but it includes a fully insulated wicker basket with a lid that doubles as a cheeseboard. Oh, and did we mention the G.H.Mumm champagne, red wine and craft beer? It's got it all.
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.
Looks a lot like Christmas
We reckon this Festive Treats Hamper from Gourmet Basket is delicious all year round. Fill their stockings (and stomachs) with a great range of sweet and savoury treats, including a classic Christmas pud, raspberry bliss mini melting moments (in seasonal red), a gingerbread man and Christmas pud truffle chocolates. Sure, some of the treats don't exactly scream Christmas (olives and garlic nibbles, anyone?) but they all sound so darn delicious, we'll let them off. This time.
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 bit of everything
The best thing about Christmas gift hampers has to be the variety. This Christmas Hampers Australia from Bryon Bay Gifts really gets this, popping in a huge range of treats that are sure to delight even the pickiest of gift receivers (ahem, staff). Let's start with the fact you don't have to choose red or white wine - it's got a bottle of both. Then follow it up with its mix of savoury and sweet snacks, including buttery biscuits, salted nuts, shortbread, crisp breads and chutney. There are even 2 Christmas bon bons to really drive home that Christmassy feel.
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.