His & Hers Hampers
by Hanna Prince
Wondering what to buy the person who has everything? These ‘his and hers’ hamper ideas from Hanna Prince will give your friends and family something to smile about this Christmas
Hampers are the most versatile festive gifts out there. Whether it’s an office Secret Santa, a surprise for a picky relative or a treat-filled goodie bag for your other half, they can be endlessly adapted to make a thoughtful present for almost anyone. You can buy ready-made hampers that span the scale from traditional through to seriously quirky – but it’s far more fun to make your own. Here are a few ideas to get you started.
Hampers for him
Forget festive staples such as chutney, shortbread and biscuits – if you’re putting together a hamper for a chap close to your heart, it’s time to get creative. Start with miniature bottles of their favourite liqueurs, socks, sweet treats and pampering products such as shaving balm and shower gel. Then think about their interests. Are you buying for a football obsessive or a video game nut? Try a personalised football mug or pint glass, a book on their favourite player or the latest must-have game. Do they love DIY? A tongue-in-cheek ‘man cave’ sign for the shed, a set of mini screwdrivers or a tiny personalised tool set are all sure to go down well. If the chap you’re buying for is a big kid at heart then ‘grown-up’ toys such as a mini drone, smartphone projector or even a sci-fi building block set should all go down well. For a casual acquaintance, safe options to bulk out your hamper include cufflinks, aftershave, a craft ale selection, wallet or hip flask.
Hampers for her
Pamper products tend to be the staples of team pink hampers, with luxury body creams, hair treatments and face masks all top choices. Add scrumptious treats to suit their tastes – chocolate, pick ‘n’ mix and festive sugar canes all make fun hamper additions. Once you’ve covered the basics, give your goodie box a personal touch by adding in a selection of thoughtful extras. Try a book you think they might love, a personalised bracelet, a bottle of their favourite perfume or a wooden jewellery box. If your talents run to cooking and crafts then you could even try making your own hamper gifts. Colourfully decorated cupcakes, homemade jams, crochet scarves or blankets and home-brewed pamper products all make fabulous additions to a gift hamper.
Whether you’re preparing a ‘his’ or ‘hers’ hamper, a few decorative touches can take your gift from average to amazing. Try a toolbox topped with a ribbon or a wicker basket that can be re-used as a picnic hamper. Use linen, straw or shredded coloured paper for lining, and hey presto – the perfect festive gift for any occasion.