It's pretty safe to say that this Christmas is going to be different. You could be lucky enough to be celebrating with loved ones in person, but it's far more likely you'll be arranging an outdoor, socially distanced meet up, or greeting each other via video call on the big day.
Whatever your plans are, it's important to let your family and friends know that you're thinking of them, even if you're not spending Christmas together in the usual way.
Depending where you are in the world, Christmas hampers (in the UK) or gift baskets (in the US) are a fabulous, festive treat that can't be beaten. Like arriving on someone's doorstep bearing armfuls of gifts, sending someone a hamper for Christmas is the ideal treat for those that you sadly won't see over the holidays.
Hampers and gift baskets come in all shapes and sizes, packed with gifts ranging from food and drink to gorgeous homeware and even pampering treats. We've selected our favorites from all the ranges available this year to help you send your love to family or friends, wherever you all may be celebrating Christmas this holiday season.
Best Christmas hampers for the US
Take a look at our picks of the best gift baskets for Stateside shoppers...
1. Best British hamper for US delivery
The Fortnum's Christmas Box| $112 (approx.) at Fortnum & Mason
Anglophiles will love the English cornucopia of treats in this fabulously festive, British hamper. As well as a super cute Fortnum's mini hamper Christmas decoration, this contains Christmas tea, marzipan candies, orange and cognac dark chocolates, peppermint bark and Christmas biscuits.
2. Best morning after gift basket
Alder Creek Bloody Mary gift basket | $59.99 at Macy's
Perfect for cocktail lovers or those who may have overdone it a little over the holidays, this basket contains everything you need to create and enjoy a delicious Bloody Mary. Just add vodka!
3. Best gift box for savory snacks
Di Bruno Bros Perfect Pairings gift box | $100 at Macy's
Know someone who would choose a salty snack over a sweet treat any day? Then this mouthwatering collection of savory flavors is their ideal gift. Containing three fresh cheeses (aged gouda, aged cheddar and piave), together with Di Bruno Bros. signature cheese spread, blood orange grappa jam, white truffle honey, black lava cashews, crostini and salami.
4. Best gift basket for homebodies
Kitchen & Home gift basket | $98 at Lulu and Georgia
Perfect for those that have just moved into a new home, or equally those who adore elegant homeware. Containing four olive colored Cultiver linen napkins, a classic Beechwood Dish Brush, a Mesa Patchouli & Tonka Bean scented ceramic candle and a lavender artisan soap bar, all tucked into a stylish Olli Ella wicker basket.
5. Best Christmas Day gift basket
Christmas Day Gift | $99.95 at Stonewall Kitchen
Filled with all the festive treats you need for Christmas Day, this gift basket will make the big day a whole lot easier. Start off Christmas morning with the pancake and waffle mix, together with the deliciously spiced holiday syrup, by mid afternoon the gingerbread and sugar cookie mixes will make easy, quick bakes for all, and come evening, everyone can wind down with a mug of peppermint hot chocolate or mulled wine. Bliss.
6. Best luxury food hamper
Luxury Gourmet Gift Basket | $179.99 at Martha Stewart at Amazon
Make snack time sublime with this selection of luxury foods, courtesy of this Martha Stewart gift basket. Discover dill marinated smoked salmon tartare, white sturgeon caviar, cheese, imported French mustard and four ready-to-bake butter croissants, together with crème fraîche, pâté, caperberries, kettle-cooked potato chips and toasts, all delivered in a beautiful picnic basket.
7. Best sweet holiday hamper for all the family
Mrs Prindables Abundant Holiday Caramel Apple Basket|
$150 $112.50 (save $37.50) at Bloomingdale's
Give someone a trip down memory lane with this magnificent family-sized gift basket. Featuring ten delicious caramel apples in assorted flavors, chocolate-covered pretzels, caramels and toffees, peppermint bark, chocolate truffles and jumbo nut clusters, this should keep a family in sweet treats for the entire holiday season.
Best Christmas hampers for the UK
Brilliant and beautiful British hampers for those based in the UK - you can't go wrong with any of these beauties.
1. Best luxury savory hamper
Savory selection hamper | £150 at Harrods
Available to order from December 3rd, this delicious hamper features a selection of crackers and oat biscuits, onion marmalade and cornichons, cheese, pâté and snackable, cured meats, with a bottle of claret to wash it all down with.
2. Best Christmas hamper for kids
Santa's Sack of Christmas Treats| £30 at Marks & Spencer
Kids will squeal with delight when this bag of delights arrives to their door. Chocolate and sweets galore together with a Christmas biscuits baking kit, a selection of groan-inducing Christmas jokes, and a cotton sack that they can personalise with the fabric pen included.
3. Best Christmas treats hamper
John Lewis & Partners Spirit of Christmas hamper| £100 at John Lewis & Partners
With two bottles of wine and a host of sweet and savoury snacks - all of which are classic Christmas must-haves - this fabulous hamper will keep appetites quelled between meals.
4. Best Christmas hamper for cocktail lovers
Selfridges Selection Martini Cocktail kit | £155 at Selfridges
Give the gift of a shaken, stirred or anyway-they-want-it martini with this exquisite cocktail hamper. It contains all the ingredients for a delicious martini, from Noilly Prat Dry Vermouth and Belvedere vodka, to LSA martini glasses and a jar of Selfridges Selection Nocellara Olives for garnish.
5. Best booze-free hamper
The Alcohol-Free Christmas Extravaganza Hamper | £300 at Fortnum & Mason
A hamper round-up isn't complete without including the king of hampers, Fortnum & Mason. Perfect for tee-totalers, this hamper is filled with teas, coffee and hot chocolate, along with multiple tins of biscuits, the F&M Christmas Cook Book, lots of chocolates and a stunning table bomb to bring a touch of theatre to your Christmas table.
6. Best festive pairing hamper
Clearwater Hampers Port & Blue Stilton Cheese Christmas Hamper | £59 at Amazon
A British Christmas isn't complete without a side order of stilton and port. This exquisite filled box contains a full-sized bottle of Croft Late Bottled 2013 vintage port, together with Stilton in a Jar and a box of crackers with walnut and honey, both from The Fine Cheese Co. Truly delicious.
7. Best hamper for lovers of pattern (and treats)
Strawberry Thief suitcase hamper | £95 at Liberty
They say that great things come in small packages and this exquisite suitcase hamper is a prime example. Packed with a delicious selection of chocolates, biscuits, teas and jam, all decorated in a variety of iconic Liberty designs, they're presented in a beautiful (and reusable) suitcase adorned with the famous William Morris print.