Under the tree, Christmas hampers and gift boxes add another layer of excitement – whether handmade, customised or curated with care, these are sure to give the recipient joy and earn the giver extra brownie points …
The O’Hara sisters, Kate, Jane and Beth, run Kate’s Kitchen, a gourmet grocery and gift store on Castle Street, in Sligo town. They have launched a new range of gift hampers available for delivery across the country. Top of the range is “The Kitchen”, €190 – great for those who love to cook – all gift boxes are personalised and aim to capture the shop’s ethos which is to offer “The Best of Everything”. www.kateskitchen.ie
With everything from body sets to home fragrance and wellness products, the Max Benjamin Christmas gift collection (presented in recyclable gift boxes) includes a Bath Experience Gift Set, €50. It contains products from the recently launched Bath & Body range. Any recipient will love the luxurious textures, especially of the sumptuous lavender, chamomile and magnesium body cream; www.maxbenjamin.com.
Cliff’s (eco-friendly) Christmas boxes incorporate all budgets and interests. The luxe “Cliff Christmas Morning” hamper, €350, includes two of The Well at Cliff bathrobes, a bottle of Billecart-Salmon Champagne,?Aimsir wild elderberry cordial?and Cloud Picker coffee beans, The Pantry at Cliff Christmas pancake?mix?and The Pantry at Cliff wild berry jam; www.cliffhome.ie.
With exquisite artistry and attention to detail, Grá Chocolates festive range is available to pre-order. From baubles and luxurious advent calendars to this Christmas selection, €30, which features twelve hand painted chocolates with festive fillings, it’s the definition of a sweet treat. For the full range as well as custom commissions see www.grachocolates.com.
Avoca’s festive Christmas hamper selection is packed with the best food, sweet treats and bubbles starting from €30. New additions include The Perfect Cheeseboard Hamper, The Luxury Hamper and the Raise a Toast Hamper. My favourite? The Pamper Hamper, €120; www.avoca.com.
Dollard & Co’s signature hampers are priced from €39 to €1,000. The Luxury Christmas Hamper, €400, comes with Irish artisanal goods and treats, including Jameson Black Barrel Whiskey, Mumm Champagne, Malfy Italian Gin, and craft beer from Wicklow Wolf as well as a voucher for a glamorous cinematic experience at The Stella Cinema; www.dollardandco.ie.
For spa lovers, “The Jewels of Nature” from Powerscourt Hotel Resort & Spa, is an indulgent box designed to enhance inner calm and recreate a luxurious spa experience at home with ESPA products. Worth €469, it’s available for €249; www.powerscourthotel.com.
With WineLab’s Bottle Project you can gift new delicious wines you’d never think of picking up otherwise. Available as a single delivery or a monthly subscription, simply choose your budget starting from €60 including delivery. Then select a colour – white, red or mixed – before curating a six-bottle box of wines earning you lots of brownie points; www.winelab.ie.
No need to gift wrap the beautiful “Midnight Sparkle” hamper from The White Company, €143, a must for those who love aromatic, warming scents such as vetiver, cardamom, amber, nutmeg and ginger. Containing a homespray, botanical candle, midnight diffuser plus a ceramic candle plate and with ceramic stars, it will elevate any occasion – from cocktail parties to dinners. Just add a glass of champagne and raise a toast; www.thewhitecompany.com.
One of the most popular hampers in the Carewswood Garden Centre & Café Cork’s range is “The Christmas Comforts Hamper”, €129. This is presented in a vintage wooden crate and offers award-winning wine; a hand-poured, beautifully scented candle and lots of artisan treats to indulge with on a cosy night in. www.carewswood.ie
The Ballynahinch Breakfast Hamper includes a box of the hotel’s own blend tea, a jar of homemade granola, a pot of Ballynahinch strawberry jam and two “I’d rather be at Ballynahinch mugs”, is available to order and collect or for delivery countrywide and costs €50 plus postage; www.ballynahinchcastle.com.
Specialising in organic and natural wines, The Nude Wine Co are focused on sustainability from their wine sources to their packaging materials. Prices range from €30 for “A Luxurious Night-In Hamper” containing a beautiful Rioja – Lopez De Haro (winner of the best Red at the NOFFLA awards 2020), a delicious Spanish pate and La Chinata Reganas crackers, with some Lily O’Brien’s Chocolates as an extra treat; www.thenudewineco.ie.
The Butler’s Pantry provides a range of luxurious wicker hampers, packed to the brim with carefully chosen gourmet goods, artisan products, treats and wines. Send to family and friends, or as smart corporate gifts. These luxury hampers can be ordered online and delivered nationwide. See the full range online at www.thebutlerspantry.ie.
The Book Resort, a book subscription service founded two years ago in Waterford, is run by mother and son team, Aisling Finn and Liam Haye. It now includes gift boxes containing new books, chocolates and an artisan wellness surprise. The Classic Christmas hamper starts from €36; www.thebookresort.ie.
Carrolls specialise in curating a range of local Irish makers and brands including Westend Knitwear, Herb Dublin, The Moher Soap Co, Caulfield Country Boards and many more. The “Heritage Traditions Gift Box” includes a beanie hat, socks and hip flask, €40, is just one available at any of their stores nationwide or online at www.carrollsirishgifts.com.
For the eco-conscious, The Urban Co-op has a gorgeous selection of organic food and wine hampers, presented in compostable packaging and delivered across Ireland by an electric-powered courier. Choose from its Irish Vegan Soup Kit Hamper (from €25) which contains an exclusive recipe for cosmic beetroot and caraway soup from The Urban Co-op’s resident chef Lizzy O’Connell and includes elderberry cordial, chocolate, crisps and chutneys. Its After Dinner Cheese & Wine Hamper (from €60), pictured, includes a delicious organic Malbec red wine, coffee, chocolates, and a selection of Irish farmhouse cheeses and crackers. There is also a wide selection of alcohol-free hampers, specially curated with a mix of the sweet and savoury treats. The Curraghchase Alcohol-free Local Food Hamper (€75) includes a selection of festive cordial and juices, biscuits and crackers, chocolates, jams and condiments, the perfect gift for family and friends who enjoy certified organic food from locally grown producers and suppliers. To order visit www.theurbanco-op.ie.
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