I’ve always had a ‘thing’ for hampers. We used to make my Grandma a hamper each Christmas – She was in her 80’s so didn’t want too many rich items. I’ve always wanted a hamper of our own and have been tempted many times but always chickened out at the last moment. I’ll never forget how much I enjoyed shopping around for stuff to put in Grandma’s hamper and wrapping the box to put everything in.
A couple of weeks ago though, I came down on a Saturday morning to find the postman at the door with a HUGE box in his hand. Inside it was my very own hamper from John Lewis.
No, I’m sorry, you don’t seem to have grasped how big a deal this is … MY VERY OWN HAMPER FROM JOHN LEWIS!! My life is complete (ish)
I knew I was getting a few items from John Lewis Christmas Hamper Range but never in a million years expected so much and in such a lovely white basket. Apparently the items have been handpicked for me – Blimey, they must know me well. There was absolutely nothing I didn’t fancy – oh and the kids were a bit made up too!
So what did we get?
A selection of teas from The Lawn – Rose Tea and English Breakfast Tea leaves in special presentation jars. These smell absolutely delicious – I’m hinting big style for new teapot and tea strainer for Christmas. Turns out, I am actually my mother! Priced at £8 per 75g jar these are a lovely present for a tea lover.
Caramel Twist Marshmallows – The smell of these hit as soon as I opened the packaging of the hamper. They are not overly caramel-ey when you eat them but they are so nice. No sickly aftertaste but I am feeling rather full as I have demolished 1/3rd of the pack while I’m typing. £4 for 200g with an Aug 2014 Best Before.
Chocolate Christmas Bear & Snowmen collection – The description on these is to pop into a stocking and sweeten up someone’s Christmas morning – so that’s exactly what we are going to do. There’s 5 which is super handy for us – we’ll think of you when we are munching and seeing what Santa has brought. £4.50 for 5 which is a real indulgence for us but they are a good size and smell fantastic.
Holdsworth Champagne Chocolate Selection- Oh my goodness, these are true luxury. The pink champagne explosion is my favourite but to be fair any of the 12 are amazing. All individually presented with different wrappers and some small decorations. £14 for a real special occasion. I only wish we had some of these when we went over to Galway for my 40th and were happily swigging on pink champagne then.
Cottage Delight Mini Mince Pies with Almond Topping – Including six gingerbread men and 4 tubes of icing. Do I have to let the kids join in? £4.50. I’m so tempted to but the ‘Decorate your Own Gingerbread Village’ to accompany them. Again great Best Before of July 2014.
Snowmen Cookies – You get tons in this bag – they do get a little bashed due to only being in cellophane packaging but somehow this makes them seem even more appealing. They don’t look too artificial and perfect. £4 for 190g.
We also got 4 x individually wrapped iced Gingerbread Cookies – I’m a bit of a know-it-all when it comes to iced cookies but even I have to admit these look brilliant. Nice and thick and very neat decoration.
Chocolate Covered Pretzels – Where wet these a few weeks ago when I was searching everywhere for pretzels to go with my caramel sauce?. Part of the Best of British range £7 for 150g. Great present for a teacher if you are looking for something slightly different.
Chocolate Covered Hazlenuts – One of my favourite things about this time of year is the abundance of nuts around. These are definitely a treat for the grown-ups – would get anyone through the big wrap! Delicious. Coated in Dark, Milk and White Chocolate £6.50 for 200g.
And last but not least, my favourite of all – Cottage Delight Mini Mince Pies with Almond Topping. I might have squealed when I lifted these out of the hamper. 9 (it actually says 12 on the website) mince pies for £6 with a date of spring 2014. Yum!
So thank you very much, John Lewis – I will never forget my hamper.
Disclosure: I received all these goods for review purposes at no cost to me – All the opinions are my own though. I really did love each and every item.