Christmas is creeping closer and closer. If you haven't already started your Christmas shopping it's time to get cracking! I'm a last minute shopper. My family are pretty fuss free to buy for - wine, gift cards (in case they'd like to choose their own wine) and chocolate are usually my go to gifts to grab a couple of days before the big day. The kids presents I leave up to Santa - he's got that covered for me, right?
If you're considering gifting some amazing wine paired with delicious gourmet bites maybe a hamper is the way to go? I've found some gorgeous hampers that will delight any food and wine lover this Christmas, here are my top picks ….
'Afternoon In The Kitchen'
Curated to delight, Flowers Across Melbourne's Afternoon In The Kitchen hamper is an ode cooks, chefs and anyone who loves to spend their time creating, enjoying the finer things, and spending time with loved ones! It's filled with a few of Yarra Valley Gourmet Foods' most-loved ingredients, including a wood-aged balsamic vinegar, a refreshing honey & mustard salad splash, and a rhubarb, raspberry and vanilla bean jam – the perfect complement to toast or scones. There are sweet and savoury treats to be found as well, like a caramelised white chocolate bar from Cicada, a few decadent Lindt truffles, and delicious peppery cheddars biscuits from Melbourne's own Bizzarri Dolci. And for sipping, your special recipient can try Calma Sutra black tea, or the bottle of 2016 rosé featuring notes of berry, rose and pomegranate from Zonzo Estate, a local winery.
Chris Ringland Sealed Indulgence Pack
This indulgent hamper includes a rich and intense Barossa Shiraz, as well as foodie favourites like Beerenberg Chutney Tomato, Maggie Beer Fig & Fennel Paste, Wafer Crackers and Byron Bay Chunky Milk Chocolate Cookies. This pack is excellent value priced at just $50. Grab yours today from Cellarmasters.
Queens Of Christmas Bubbles Celebration
Christmas is a time for celebration and sparkling wine is the perfect celebration drink which is why the Queens of Christmas Bubbles Celebration Gift Pack by Magnum + Queens Wine would make the perfect present this Christmas. Included in this pack you'll find a bottle of Range Life NV Prosecco, Puncheon Darts Prosecco NV and Magnum + Queens 'Fiorire' Sparkling 2015 which is enough to please anyone who likes their wine with a little sparkle.
The Cape Schanck
If your dad is both a wine lover and a golf nut, like mine, then this amazing hamper by Teal Creations would make the perfect Christmas gift for him. Presented in a raw timber box finished with satin ribbon this gift includes an Eradus Aware Valley Single Vineyard Pinot Noir 2015, a Callaway Golf Glove (LH M/L), a 3-pack of TaylorMade XD Speed Distance Performance Balls, a 3-pack of Callaway Superhot Balls (3pk), 5 packs of Tees and a 100g pack of Cachet Caramel and Sea Salt Belgium Chocolate - all for under $100!
Gluten Free Celebration
This lovely hamper from Tasmanian Gourmet Gifts offers a selection of Gluten Free treats with a fabulous bottle of Tasmanian Pinot or another wine of your choosing. A thoughtful hamper new to their range so everyone can enjoy a taste of Tasmania. In this hamper you will find Choc Coated Original Liquorice, Ashgrove Cheddar Cheese Amazeballs, Chocolate Bark, a bottle of wine of your choosing, Tasmanian Tiger Fudge, Wild Pepper Berry & Quince Paste and a Moroccan Nut Mix. This fabulous hamper has a little bit of everything.
Hopefully you see something you like and can start marking items off your Xmas list. Make sure you visit these wonderful businesses websites as they all have an extensive range of hampers and gift ideas that I think you'll love. If you fancy something for yourself, leave the page open to give someone a subtle hint. Happy Christmas shopping all!