There’s been quite a lot of emails drop into my inbox over the last week, all talking about the ‘C-word’. Yes, it’s nearly that time of year; and I don’t mean to scare you but it’s only 50 days to… to… Christmas! There I’ve said it, it’s done. Yes, it’s Christmas next month.
One look on Facebook at all my lovely friends announcing that they’ve not only finished their Christmas shopping but they’ve wrapped, tagged and hidden everything as well, it’s enough for my ‘I haven’t even started thinking it about it’ panic to set in.
Every year I vow I’ll have sorted everything before November arrives, it never happens. All good intentions but I really couldn’t tell you where the last year has gone, it’s flown by, so much has happened, I just can’t remember it.
That said, one of my favourite things about Christmas is shopping for presents, and one per person is never enough. I love giving a selection of gifts, even if it’s lots of little things, that can be enjoyed over the Christmas period. It means that the wrapper isn’t just ripped off, the gift looked over and then discarded in the corner. Christmas hampers are perfect as their little haul of goodies can be tucked in to, well into the New Year.
John Lewis have a huge range of hampers, to suit all budgets. They have a fantastic selection too; we’re not just talking a port and Stilton gift pack here; there’s something for everyone, from the Jellybean fanatic to a Christmas Feast Extravaganza delivered in a leather luggage trunk (if any of my family are reading this… yes, please).
Knowing I have a pretty keen sweet tooth, the lovely people at John Lewis, very kindly sent me a Christmas Treats hamper to review.
The basket includes the following:
- Decorate Your Own Gingerbread Men Kit
- Iced Gingerbread Stocking
- Iced Snowman Biscuits
- Luxury Jelly Beans
- Teddy Bear and Snowman Chocolates
I really like this hamper, and think it would definitely make a lovely gift for a friends with small children; the decorate your own gingerbread kit is perfect for little budding bakers and a welcome distraction to simply chomping on the obligatory selection box. My favourite has to be the jellybeans. They are proper jellybeans with proper flavours and just look at those colours…
The hamper was a hand-picked selection and would be a lovely idea for tailoring the gifts to the recipient. I am more likely to make up my own hamper, but actually with everything else that goes on in the run up to Christmas, a ready-selected version would be a stress-free option. And I really like the basket that everything is presented in, another to add to my collection for storing all my receipts.
The only thing that I would say is that with my little peanut allergy, I’m pretty hot on checking ingredients, and the little chocolates did not have any labels at all nor contain any dietary or ingredients information. Although I was fairly confident that they were just chocolate, I did have to go on a hunt through the John Lewis website to track down the individual item so I could double-check everything.
John Lewis Hampers are now on sale in store or online for between £18.00 and £800.00. With thanks to John Lewis for the Christmas Treats Hamper for review.