Thursday, 21 November 2019

Christmas Hamper Ideas.


We were in a charity shop here in West Cork the other week.  The wifey picked up two wicker baskets and we both said out loud: "Hampers"!

For the princely sum of 2 euro a piece.  We purchased the two baskets.  For the last few weeks or nearly every day supermarket trip.  We have been buying "A little  bit of what you fancy".  You know: jars of sweets, bags of fudge, tins of biscuits, English Cheddar, Christmas pudding, peanuts.., you name it.  We haven't  missed them either.  Just a Euro or 3 or four.  Two Christmas hampers for next to the blink of an eye.  That's  two presents off the list.  All they need is some sellophane.

We started making our Christmas Hampers about twenty two years ago.  I was watching one of those Park hampers television adverts and remarked that I would like one of those.  We couldn't afford one though so the wife made her own Christmas Cupboard.  She started this in September.  Every week she would go in Netto and buy extra items like a bag of sugar or a jar of pickles and they would go in her 'Christmas Cupboard'.  The house rule was you can use them if you have to but they have to be replaced or "put back"!

Now it's evolved into making our own Christmas hampers.   Anybody else make or thinking of making a Christmas hampers?  You could even make your own and fill it with Watneys Party Sevens, Caramac and Maynards wine gums?  Go on have a go.  It's still not too late to make a Christmas hamper or two!



37 comments:

  1. I always send my sister a hamper for Christmas as she lives over in the UK and I get it delivered direct to her address. If she lived within visiting distance I would prefer to make up my own hamper, as you do, so that I can choose exactly what goes into it. I think she enjoys the different treats anyway.

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    1. Hi Jaycee. Yes there's some great Christmas Hampers you can buy online and from high street stores and supermarkets. It's also good to give gifts that you have made or gone to the trouble collecting and adding favourites the hamper recipient likes. My wife also knits presents for nieces and nephews. Their parents really appreciate my wife's knitting efforts. Thanks.

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  2. I'd be happy to receive either of those! Lucky recipients! :)

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  3. Oh boy, what joy those must bring and at little cost to you. Great idea. I buy small baskets from a cheap shop and fill them with small goodies for my grandaughters. Mostly beauty products but I'll add some edible goodies this year too. You have given me some ideas.

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  4. Thanks Simone. The best thing of making your hamper is that you don't miss the extra items you add to your supermarket trolley. There's still plenty of time to make an hamper.

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  5. Hi Linda. It's just like another Christmas stocking. Years ago people often made presents and they were greatly appreciated. Hampers are ideal presents for people you don't know what to buy for them at Christmas. You could even raffle one off for those stray cats on Poros? Thanks.

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  6. What fun. It's like my English sister in law coming to visit, and all the treats she would pull from her bag!

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    1. Yes hamper making can be good fun Joanne and you can fill them with treats. You can even make one for favourite pets.

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  7. What a lovely idea. It would remove the anxiety of 'what shall I buy the friends and relations?

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  8. Exactly Valerie. I use to hate going round packed shops not knowing what to buy somebody. They are more interesting than a gift token. Much more thought goes into them. Thanks.

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  9. I used to do this for my parents who, later in life, would declare 'they didn’t need anything for Christmas and spend it on the grandchildren'. I'm sure they enjoyed the goodies and we had fun choosing special items.

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  10. Thanks Mindo. Your parents sound like my late parents. My Irish grandmother use to send us a parcel every Christmas with a fresh turkey, a pair of shoes each for my brother and me, an headscarf for my mum and some gloves for my dad. Wonderful Christmas memories. Thanks.

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  11. Your special made up hampers sound like a good idea for people you know. Commercial hampers that I have received in the past always had far to much jam and marmalade for me to eat for one or even two. My granny always knited us balaclavas and zippers, zip up jumpers, for Christmas and we loved them because it was cold both in the house and outside.

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  12. Thanks Rachel. Suppose you could put whatever the recipient likes in their hamper? You could fill it with drinks, a book, CD..?

    We still have patchwork quilts on our beds that my grandmother hand sewed. She died fifty years ago and her blanket/quilts still kee us warm.

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  13. I was trying to think what I'd put in a Christmas hamper. Chocolate money?

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    1. You could send things from Austria like bratwurst and Dunkel?

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  14. It seems there's a pork shortage. An Austrian sausage firm can only obtain 30% of their normal quota, and that after 3 hours of urgent telephoning. The rest of our pork, it mostly comes from Germany, now goes to China where it fetches higher prices. China who need 12 million extra tons of pork from wherever they can get it because of their pig flu epidemic. What happened EU solidarity? Vanished overnight.

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  15. Didn't know that Gwil. Is it frozen pork? I don't like live exports, especially to places like Libya.

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  16. I do hampers but nearly all home made stuff, just have to keep fingers crossed each year that my sister and SiL both like the things I put in them

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  17. Hi Sue. Great idea to use all homemade stuff. I am sure your relatives are made up with your hamper making efforts. I would be. Thanks.

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