Everyone loves receiving a gift hamper. Perhaps it's because of the mystery of what's squirrelled away inside, or perhaps it's got something to do with reigniting our childhood obsessions with opening presents.
As a giver, I find gift hampers to be incredibly convenient. For a fair and reasonable price, a company will beautifully package up a selection of tasty products in a stylish carton on wicker hamper, carefully package this in a shipping box, and arrange for it to be delivered directly to the recipient. I order around half a dozen gift hampers a year. They're also handy last-minute Christmas gifts, ideal if you forgot to buy somebody a present this year.
As a receiver, there's nothing quite as exciting as receiving a mystery parcel. I regress in age as I tear open the box and lift the lid to peek inside. Normally there's a lot of 'oohs' and 'ahhs' as piece by piece the hamper is emptied. It's an exciting experience, even at my age!
With that in mind, I've scoured the web looking for the best Christmas gift hampers I could find (there's literally hundreds - if not thousands - by the way). I then whittled my list down to my favourite 21 chocolate hampers which I think are ideal for sending as Christmas presents this year.
Why 21? This article started life as the top 10, then my favourite 20, then my dream 21 Christmas hampers.
I've tried to include a variety of options to suit all budgets. Personally, I find £40-£60 hampers are great options for friends and work colleagues, and £100+ hampers are ideal for family or someone special. If you are feeling particularly flush, try this £1,500 Fortnum & Mason chocolate hamper on for size (there were just four available at the time I wrote about that one).
For reference, I've ordered my list by price, with the most expensive Christmas gift hampers at the top of my list. I've also only included chocolate hampers that can be ordered online and that were in stock when I wrote this guide.
UPDATE: We've now got a dedicated chocolate hamper gifts section!
In this article:
- Rococo Biggest & Best Chocolate Hamper Gift
- Charbonnel et Walker Champagne Selection Hamper
- Harrods Celebration of Chocolate Hamper
- Willie's Cacao El Grande Hamper
- Artisan du Chocolat Dashing Gold Hamper
- Cadbury Ultimate Christmas Hamper
- Duffy's Full Hamper
- Melt Chocolates Fruit & Nut Chocolate Hamper
- Montezuma's Polar Bear Chocolate Gift Bag
- Lily O'Brien's Chocolate Hamper Box to Spoil
- Chocolate Trading Co Superior Selection Large Gift Hamper
- Chococo Vegan Christmas Hamper
- Green & Black's Chocolate & Wines Hamper
- Cocoa Runners Craft Chocolate Advent Calendar
- Hotel Chocolat All I Want For Christmas Hamper
- John Lewis & Partners Chocolate Lovers Gift Box
- Thorntons Continental Christmas Hamper
- Funky Hampers Chocolate Lovers Hamper
- Quirky Gift Library Ultimate Scottish Chocolate Gift Hamper
- Love Cocoa Christmas Starter Collection Chocolate Hamper 2019
- Virginia Hayward For the Love of Chocolate Hamper
1 Rococo Biggest & Best Chocolate Hamper Gift
£197.95 at Rococo
When Rococo says "biggest and best", they mean it. This hamper arrives as a blue and white decorated box tied with a blue Rococo ribbon. Inside are 19 products from the Rococo collection.
Contents include a large gift box of Chocolate Truffles and Ganaches, along with a box of Pink Marc de Champagne Chocolate Truffles. Rococo Dark Chocolate Carres in a Domino Box sit well next to the trio of boxes of Organic Chocolate Thins. Chocolate nuts are a speciality here, with White Chocolate Pistachios with Cardamom and Rose, Dusted Scorched Almonds, and Caramelised Hazelnuts & Macadamia Nuts tucked safely inside. Bags filled with shards of milk chocolate with hazelnuts and Milk Chocolate Honeycomb Crunch are ideal for nibbling on. The bumper chocolate hamper is topped off with five bestselling Mini Bee Bars and three bestselling large artisan bars.
Rococo Biggest & Best Chocolate Hamper Gift
2 Charbonnel et Walker Champagne Selection Hamper
£145 at Harrods
This very pink Charbonnel et Walker hamper, available at Harrods, is themed around its famous Pink Champagne Truffles. A number of chocolate boxes and a bottle of Rosé Moet (200ml) are nestled inside a baby pink gift box that you'll want to reuse.
This hamper contains a Pink Marc de Champagne Truffle heart-shaped box (200g), a round box of Pink Marc de Champagne Heart Truffles (125g), Pink Marc de Champagne Truffles (135g), and if that isn't enough, a Pink Champagne Truffle Mini Heart (34g). It's not all about the Pink Champagne Truffles as there's a 135g box of Milk Marc de Champagne Truffles too! There's also a 135g box of Charbonnel et Walker Strawberry Truffles, and in case you need a quick Champagne truffle fix, there's a 75g Pink Champagne Bar that completes the gift hamper.
Charbonnel et Walker Champagne Selection Hamper
3 Harrods Celebration of Chocolate Hamper
£100 at Harrods
This understated gift hamper arrives bound in a traditional wicker basket, embellished with the Harrods logo. It contains an assortment of seven chocolate themed products, and veers away from a chocolate-only selection.
Soft Harrods Chocolate Caramels (120g) made with Venezuelan chocolate, Harrods Caramelised Cocoa Nib Thins (150g), and Harrods Passion Fruit Caramel Truffles (140g) make up the sweet treats aspect in this hamper. Hot Chocolate (200g) made with single-origin Ghanaian cocoa is ideal for a late night treat. Cheeky nibbles come courtesy of the Milk Chocolate Salted Caramel Florentines (210g), Orange & Dark Chocolate Sandwich Biscuits (95g) from Dorset, and Lancashire-made Double Nut and Milk Chocolate Biscuits (200g), which are produced with both almonds and hazelnuts.
Harrods Celebration of Chocolate Hamper
4 Willie's Cacao El Grande Hamper
£99 at Willie's Cacao
A beautiful collection of delicious Willie's Cacao chocolate products - isn't that what the perfect chocolate hamper should be? This box contains everything from booze to tasting bars, and even some cacao.
The standout items for me are those gorgeous golden cacao pod shaped treats. The large one contains Sea Salt Caramel Pearls (150g), while the mini pod contains Passion Fruit Caramel Pearls (75g). You'll also find 150g Apple Brandy Caramel Black Pearls in the hamper too.
The alcoholic tipples in this box are a Cacao Nib Brandy, made with Dudognon artisan cognac (100ml), and a bottle of Champagne Janisson Baradon, Brut Sélection (37.5cl).
Enjoy a 110g box of milk (or dark if selected) chocolate hazelnut praline truffles with sea salt. The Milk and White Flavour collection contains five 50g helpings (Raspberries and Cream; Milk of the Stars; Milk of the Gods; Sea Flakes; and El Blanco), as does the Five Wonders of the World Tasting Collection of single estate dark chocolates.
A 200g drum of hot chocolate powder, made with Chulucanas 50% dark chocolate, is a great way to start the day, along with toast liberally smeared with Hazelnut Chocolate Spread (300g), made with Peruvian Chulucanas milk chocolate. The final treat is 135g of Mexican Mole Cacao, ideal for making a savoury Mexican chocolate casserole. Delicious!
Willie's Cacao El Grande
5 Artisan du Chocolat Dashing Gold Hamper
£70 at Artisan du Chocolat
Dashing is the name of this hamper and it certainly is that. Instead of a cardboard box or wicker hamper, Artisan du Chocolat has opted for a golden bag that can be easily reused.
Inside, it is filled with an assortment of Artisan du Chocolat products. The exact selection depends on what is available at the time of ordering, and you are invited to let them know any favourites or preferences in the comments box when ordering. A typical selection includes seven items, namely 16 Chapeldown truffles, 3 chocolate bars, drinking chocolate (150g), salted caramels (125g), and assorted chocolate pearls (125g).
Artisan du Chocolat Dashing Gold Hamper
6 Cadbury Ultimate Christmas Hamper
£70 at Cadbury Gifts Direct
For some people, Cadbury is their Christmas chocolate of choice. I grew up with Cadbury chocolates at Christmas and Easter, and there was always a tin of Cadbury Roses or a tub of Cadbury Heroes near their Christmas tree each year.
This chocolate hamper could otherwise be called the 'every festive Cadbury chocolate product hamper' as it crams in lots of festive favourites into a chocolate brown wicker basket. Inside, there's a limited-edition 800g Cadbury Roses tin designed by Olivia Burton, and a 800g limited-edition 20th anniversary tin of Cadbury Heroes. There's a Cadbury Stocking Selection Box (195g), a Cadbury Retro Selection Box (460g), a Cadbury Dairy Milk Money Box Tin (120g), an 83g pack of Cadbury Chocolate Christmas Decorations, a 150g box of Cadbury Festive Friends milk chocolate shaped biscuits, and a 495g jar of Maynards Bassetts Jelly Babies in case there's too much chocolate here! There's also a massive 850g bar of Cadbury Dairy Milk with a Merry Christmas Cardboard Gift Sleeve. It's certainly a Christmas gift hamper for a Cadbury chocolate lover!
Cadbury Ultimate Christmas Hamper
7 Duffy's Full Hamper
£69.60 at Duffy's
For fans of incredible single-origin chocolate, look no further than Duffy's. This hamper boasts 12 single-origin fine chocolate bars (three milk chocolate and nine dark chocolate bars), all wrapped with tissue and ribbons and delivered inside a simple box along with your chosen hand-written message on a gift tag.
The bars included in this selection are: Duffy's 83% Corazon del Ecuador; Duffy's 72% Honduras Indio Rojo; Duffy's 72% Venezuela Ocumare; Duffy's 72% Nicaragua Nicaliso; Duffy's 72% Ecuador with ground coffee and cocoa nibs; Duffy's 72% Panama Tierra Oscura; Duffy's 72% Corazon del Ecuador Camino Verde; Duffy's 70% Guatemala Rio Dulce; Duffy's 65% Dominican Republic Taino; Duffy's 61% Honduras Mayan Red Milk; and Duffy's 55% Venezuela Ocumare Milk; and Duffy's 43% Corazon del Ecuador Milk with oak smoked salt and cocoa nibs.
Duffy's Full Hamper
8 Melt Chocolates Fruit & Nut Chocolate Hamper
£64.99 at Melt Chocolates
This hamper, presented in a pretty, reusable cardboard box branded with the Melt Chocolates logo, contains a selection of chocolate bars alongside a variety of festive treats. Four 90g bars -raspberry milk chocolate bar; toast and marmalade milk chocolate bar; coconut milk chocolate bar, and almond dark milk chocolate bar - take pride of place.
Slabs of roasted hazelnut milk chocolate (200g) will go down very well, as will the 100g dark chocolate smothered honeycomb. 100g of Orangettes - candied orange peel covered in 70% dark chocolate - adds a festive touch to the hamper.
Melt Chocolates Fruit & Nut Chocolate Hamper
9 Montezuma's Polar Bear Chocolate Gift Bag
£64.99 at Montezuma's
Imagine a festive red gift bag decorated with cute reindeer and snowflake graphics that's stuffed with a variety of chocolate, and you'll probably picture this hamper by Montezuma's. This gift bag contains a wide variety of products, so contains something for everyone.
Some items, such as the Peanut Butter Snowballs, Caramel Snowballs, Christmas Truffle Bag, and the Milk, White, and Dark Chocolate Snowmen follow a festive theme. As you might expect from a hamper of this size, Montezuma's legendary buttons are included (in milk, white, and dark chocolate), as is their Blend 6 Drinking Chocolate. An American Idol Truffle Bag completes the line-up along with 100g Happiness, Spice It Up, and Minted chocolate bars.
Montezuma's Polar Bear Chocolate Gift Bag
10 Lily O'Brien's Chocolate Hamper Box to Spoil
£60 at Lily O'Brien's
This 1.4kg gift box from Lily O'Brien's contains eight boxes of assorted chocolates and is designed to be shared this Christmas.
The biggest box, the Petit Chocolate Indulgence Collection, contains 30 assorted chocolates including Simply Chocolate, Raspberry Creme, Chocolate Orange, Le Crunch Chocolat, and Rich Praline. The Chocolate Desserts Collection boasts 18 chocolates with tempting flavours including Hazelnut Torte, Passion Fruit Posset, Banoffee Pie, Creme Brulee, and Key Lime Pie. Two boxes of Ultimate Chocolate Collection, each with 16 chocolates, are included in the hamper, albeit in different packaging. The remaining four items are pouches with seven or eight chocolates in each. The varieties of these are LeCrunch, Zesty Orange, Sticky Toffee, and Crispy Hearts.
Lily O'Brien's Chocolate Hamper Box to Spoil
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11 Chocolate Trading Co Superior Selection Large Gift Hamper
£59.95 at Chocolate Trading Co
Chocolate Trading Co stock a wide range of chocolate bars and couverture, so it's no surprise to see they have a good variety of hampers on offer°.
Inside a reusable cardboard box you'll find an assortment of own-brand chocolate products from the Superior Selection range. An assortment of 12 chocolates is complimented by a trio of single-origin chocolate bars - a Madagascar milk chocolate, a Madagascar 64% dark chocolate, and an Afrique 85% dark chocolate. To top it all off, four gift cubes contain Cherries in Kirsch, chocolate covered orangettes and ginger, salted caramels, and drinking chocolate flakes.
Chocolate Trading Co Superior Selection Large Gift Hamper
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12 Chococo Vegan Christmas Hamper
£50 at Chococo
There's a 9-piece Festive Vegan Collection, with Christmasy flavours such as Spiced Rum, Tawny Port & Fig, and Date & Cognac. There's a 60g Madagascar origin dark chocolate and crystallised ginger bar. There's another 60g Raisetrade Madagascar Vegan Milc bar made with cashew nuts instead of dairy milk. Also included is 100g of dark chocolate snowmen, 80g of Raisetrade Colombian chocolate covered coffee beans, a 50g 67% Madagascar dark chocolate lolly, and 125g of Christmas Clusters, made with candied orange, cardamom, roasted cocoa nibs, and crushed pistachios together with Madagascar dark chocolate.
Chococo Vegan Christmas Hamper
13 Green & Black's Chocolate & Wines Hamper
£50 at Green & Black's
Chocolate and wine often go hand-in-hand, so it's no surprise to see a bottle of 16 Little Black Pigs Pinot Grigio (75cl) and a bottle of 16 Little Black Pigs Shiraz Cabernet (75cl) alongside organic chocolate bars in this hamper. The goodies are tucked inside an intricate hamper made using grey twisted paper woven onto a black metal frame, with black faux leather detailing and a sliver clasp.
Besides the red and white wines, there's a 125g drum of Green & Black's Organic Cocoa Powder, and a 395g box of Green & Black's Organic and Fairtrade Tasting Collection, featuring a number of miniature bars. That's not all though as there's also 150g bar of Organic Fairtrade 70% Dark Cooking Chocolate, 100g bars of Organic White, Organic Dark with Toffee, and Organic Milk with Sea Salt. In case that wasn't enough, there's a couple of 35g bars in Milk with Butterscotch, and Milk Chocolate too.
Green & Black's Chocolate & Wines Hamper
14 Cocoa Runners Craft Chocolate Advent Calendar
£49.95 at Cocoa Runners
Don't let the name fool you - this hamper is perfect for giving as a gift on Christmas Day to that special someone who loves to explore the exciting world of craft chocolate.
At its core, this large brown gift box contains an chocolate advent calendar kit, complete with a length of festive red and white string, 25 envelopes, 25 pegs, and a set of instructions on how to build the advent calendar. Ignore that, although the recipient can choose to count up 25 days from Christmas should they wish.
The tasty bit is the 25 mini bars of exquisite chocolate. Brands include Pralus, Original Beans, TCHO, Jordi’s, Chocolat Madagascar, Raaka, and Pump Street Chocolate. There's so much variety in here, making it ideal for someone who prefers trying a wide range of chocolate rather than sticking with the same old. A tasting notes guide leads the recipient through the journey, while the Cocoa Runners Tasting Book allows them to make notes and keep track of which bars you love.
Yes, strictly speaking, it's an advent calendar in a hamper, but any bean-to-bar and craft chocolate enthusiast would be over the moon to receive this for Christmas.
Cocoa Runners Craft Chocolate Advent Calendar
15 Hotel Chocolat All I Want For Christmas Hamper
£40 at Hotel Chocolat
This gorgeous black and red number from Hotel Chocolat strikes the right balance, I feel, between plentiful festive treats and value for money. Sure, there's plenty more choice°, such as the £500 chocolate hamper right through to the more pocket-friendly £20 gin and chocolate hamper, but this one hits the sweet spot for me.
A Classic Christmas Chocolate H-box leads the troupe, followed by a Mississippi Mud Pie Chocolate Selector and a Chocolate Penguin Snowed Under Slab. It wouldn't be Christmas without a pack of Mini Champagne Chocolate Truffles, and whimsy comes in the form of Ho Ho Ho Milk Chocolate Santas, a milk chocolate Santa lollipop, and a caramel chocolate snowflake.
Hotel Chocolat All I Want For Christmas Hamper
16 John Lewis & Partners Chocolate Lovers Gift Box
£40 at John Lewis
John Lewis & Partners has opted for a stylish black and white box for its gift hamper designed for chocolate lovers. The reusable gift box contains an assortment of products that contain chocolate in the recipe in some form. There's a 100g Stas Milk Chocolate Bar in there for good measure too.
A 240g box of Butlers Hot Chocolate Drink will make the ideal accompaniment when you tuck into the Gold Crown 4" Square Chocolate Cake with Salted Caramel. The 100g carton of Copperpot Milk Chocolate Coated Honeycomb will vanish very quickly I suspect, while Percy's Bakery Nutcracker Cheeky Chocolate & Almond Thins look ideal for snacking on over Christmas. A 115g jar of Scarlett & Mustard Belgian Chocolate Sauce offers a multitude of uses. The gift box is completed with a 200g helping of Positiano Baci Dama Al Cacoa, crumbly cocoa shortbread biscuits sandwiched with chocolate.
John Lewis & Partners Chocolate Lovers Gift Box
17 Thorntons Continental Christmas Hamper
£35 at Thorntons
Thorntons is another brand that's synonymous with Christmas, and this Christmas hamper is themed around their core Thorntons Continental product range.
Presented in a sturdy and reusable cardboard box in their signature maroon colour, this hamper contains five Thorntons Continental products. There's a 284g box of the Continental Chocolate Gift Collection, along with three 110g bags of Continental Alpini Praline, Continental Sicilian Mousse, and Continental Vanille Truffles. There's also a 273g of their limited-edition Continental Winter Market collection, which features flavours such as Italian Panforte, Spanish Turrón, and Dutch Speculoos.
A friend sent me a Thorntons hamper for Christmas last year. You can read my Thorntons hamper review here.
Thorntons Continental Christmas Hamper
18 Funky Hampers Chocolate Lovers Hamper
£34.99 at Funky Hampers
Here's another hamper, this time from Funky Hampers, that includes bit of everything chocolatey. It's a great hamper that's packaged in a sturdy box, for someone who loves chocolate but doesn't necessarily munch through chocolate bars all too often.
Inside, there are nine chocolate treats covering all bases. On the bakery front, there's Taste Half Chocolate Coated Oat Flips (150g) and an Original Cake Company Chocolate Traybake. Nibbles include Eternal Grocer Chocolate Covered Brazil Nuts (150g), a Flower & White Chocolate Meringue Bar (23.5g), Willie’s Cacao Marc De Champagne Truffles (35g), Radfords Chocolate & Caramel Fudge Bag (113g), and Milk Chocolate Butterscotch Shards (125g). Finally, there's a 115g jar of Scarlett & Mustard Chocolate & Caramel Sauce which begs for some ice cream or cake to be drizzled over.
Funky Hampers Chocolate Lovers Hamper
19 Quirky Gift Library Ultimate Scottish Chocolate Gift Hamper
£32 at Quirky Gift Library
As I was lusting over a delicious range of chocolate bars I spotted this Ultimate Scottish Chocolate Gift Hamper available at Quirky Gift Library (The Chocolate Library), chock full of bold flavours.
This cardboard box hamper features five of their Scottish flavours chocolate bars: Isle Of Skye Salted Caramel milk chocolate; Dram of Scotch Whisky dark chocolate; Cranachan with Oats, Raspberry and Whiskey white chocolate; Holyrood Raspberry & Lemon Gin dark chocolate; and Iron Brew and popping candy white chocolate. Also included in the hamper is a pack of Chocolate 'Scotch' Eggs which boast a whisky ganache centre with a ginger crunch coating!
Quirky Gift Library Ultimate Scottish Chocolate Gift Hamper
20 Love Cocoa Christmas Starter Collection Chocolate Hamper 2019
£30 at Love Cocoa
This cute Christmas chocolate hamper by Love Cocoa arrives inside a stylish black and white gift box that can be reused later on.
The hamper contains a Christmas Collection Truffle Box, a Christmas pudding milk chocolate bar (75g), a peppermint bark white chocolate bar (75g), and a gingerbread dark chocolate bar (75g). There's also a couple of 20g mini bars (dark chocolate with Maldon Sea Salt; and Honeycomb Crunch milk chocolate) for good measure!
Love Cocoa Christmas Starter Collection Chocolate Hamper 2019
21 Virginia Hayward For the Love of Chocolate Hamper
£29.99 at Virginia Hayward Hampers
This Christmas box by hamper specialist Virginia Hayward contains a little bit of everything, without going too heavy on chocolate itself. It's all packed inside a stylish cacao pod-decorated wooden box that can be reused time and time again.
Inside, a Gold Crown Decorative Chocolate slab of cake steals the show, made with salted caramel and chocolate chips. A box of Copperpot Milk Chocolate Coated Honeycomb (100g) goes hand-in-hand with the box of Reids Chocolate Chunk Shortbread (150g). A bag of Radfords Handmade West Country Chocolate & Caramel Fudge (113g) is perfect for nibbling on with a mug of hot cocoa made with the Kernow Chocolate Dark Hot Chocolate Stirring Spoon (37g). A jar of Atkins & Potts Milk Chocolate Dipping Sauce (100g) is ideal for dipping freshly cracked nuts into. A Stas Milk Chocolate Bar decorated with a white chocolate Christmas tree and a dark chocolate star completes the line-up.
Virginia Hayward For the Love of Chocolate Hamper
Be aware that most companies charge a delivery fee for their hampers. Also be aware that items inside hampers may be substituted with similar alternatives should stocks of the original product run out. And if you are ordering as a gift for Christmas, try and do it by the 18th December 2019 to allow enough time for the courier to deliver the hamper. Factor in some time in case your recipient is out and the courier needs to redeliver the hamper.
Which Christmas chocolate hamper excites you the most? Let me know which one you'll ask Santa for in the comments below. Also let me know if you've found a fabulous chocolate hamper available to order online that I've not mentioned above.