What better way to enjoy the holidays than with an overflowing luxury basket? And if the bounty is in a wicker basket, it’s a perfect gift or picnic basket for next summer. Whether you prefer the traditional or something a little different, here are ten of the best options.
1.Dukeshill It’s a Wonderful Life basket: £ 150
Dukeshill’s traditional holiday basket is beautifully presented in a lovely wicker basket with leather straps which is also ideal for summer picnics. The thoughtful content includes a mix of 14 sweet and savory items, ranging from a large boneless Wiltshire ham, oak-smoked salmon and Isle of Mull cheddar to a family Christmas pudding, chopped pies and a milk chocolate honeycomb. And as a bonus, a bottle of Tanners’ Cava Brut.
2.Seggiano Premium basket: £ 195
Seggiano, the popular Italian luxury food brand, offers a wonderful Christmas basket with 28 of the best artisanal savory and sweet items in their collection. It’s packed with favorite items like Seggiano Lunaio olive oil, raw basil pesto, and pasta sauces and their unbeatable roasted artichoke hearts. Decadent sweets like Woodland Honeydew Raw Honey and Double Chocolate Cantuccini Cookies are also included.
3.Simon rogan baskets: from £ 80
Celebrity British chef Simon Rogan and his team have once again created a stellar line of baskets for the holiday season. The luxury basket is full of the chef’s favorite ingredients straight from the Michelin-starred L’Enclume and Aulis kitchens. The Super Chef’s Christmas basket includes lemon thyme oil, elderflower vinegar, garlic salt, luxury granola, meadowsweet sugar and anvil beer, as well as an L’Enclume tea towel, an oven mitt, granite salt and pepper pots and professional chef’s tongs. Even more special is the Extra special Christmas basket with Charcoal Oil, Pineapple Vinegar, Caper Jam, Wood Woodruff Sugar, Caramelized White Chocolate, Exton Park Rose, Darkwoods Coffee and Fennel & Lemon Hand Wash ‘hyssop, the apron and the glove.
4.Angela Harnett’s Café Murano festive baskets: from £ 110
Another line of baskets created by a brilliant chef comes from Angela Hartnett who offers three exquisite baskets filled with her favorite Italian ingredients from her restaurant Cafe Murano. The pasta basket is packed with essential ingredients for an amateur cook’s cupboard: breadfruit pepperoncino pepper paste, La Micchia sea salt capers and Angela Hartnett’s olive oil from Angela. Other highlights include the Rockfish Mounts Bay Sardines in Olive Oil and a signed copy from Angela Hartnett’s Cucina. Alternatively, the Sweet Hamper contains a range of treats carefully selected by Angela: Barbero dark chocolate grissini from Piemonte, Panforte Di Siena, Biscotti di Prato and a colorful box of Amaretti cookies. For a great combination of sweet and savory choose the Ultimate Foodie Basket is filled with ingredients of both.
5.Passione Vino hindrance: from £ 189
Each element of three festive wine-focused baskets from Passione Vino has its own story. The premium boxes are beautifully packaged as Platinum, Gold and Money. Wines include full-bodied Biodynamic Barolo from Piemonte Viberti, in the Platinum box; or elegant and fruity Franciacorta Brut by La Montina from Lombardy Golden; Where Sassi Rosso wine in the silver box, which is medium bodied and full of sweet tannins. For these special baskets, Passione Vino’s pioneering expertise in the field of small Italian producers has been extended to top sourcing. Salame Toscano, Parmigiano Reggiano who has been 24 months old, and Olive oil of Piangrillio in Sicily.
6.Darts farm baskets: from £ 55
Gorgeous handcrafted Devon baskets are available for nationwide delivery. The “Fortnums of the South West” have produced a fantastic collection of Festive hindrance this year, rich in seasonal products from local producers. Choose from three wicker baskets, the most decadent being The Ultimate Western Country Basket (£ 265). From traditional Christmas puddings handcrafted by George in Budleigh Salterton, to homemade Christmas jam made by Ann in Tiverton, using open pans, these baskets make the perfect gift or festive treat.
7.SNOWDONIA CHEESE COMPANY, Christmas Star Basket £ 85
Snowdonia Cheese Company has a wide range of holiday baskets, including their gourmet cheeses and chutneys, as well as other savory and sweet treats. Each basket includes the award-winning Black Bomber Cheddar and the new cellar-aged Cheddar. Each cheese is made from the finest natural ingredients and is expertly evaluated by a small, dedicated team of cheese experts. Baskets start from £ 40 for the ‘Quintessential’ with cheese, chutneys and crackers in a black wicker basket to a luxury basket with champagne and plenty of other goodies for £ 150.
8.The proof Basket: £ 120
For a great sweet basket, east London dessert delivery company The Proof has an elegant Christmas basket that includes a mix of their delicious, festive treats: orange crumble tarts, a log of Chocolate Christmas and their signature Proofiteroles, as well as artisan products from independent suppliers, including Standard colored candles and a handmade Proof camouflage Christmas stocking. Presented in a wire basket and shipped nationwide, this quirky basket offers everything you could possibly need for an after dinner night out.
9.Mailbox baskets: from £ 29.95
New luxury food and drink delivery service Letter Box Hamper makes beautiful little UK luxury food and drink baskets that are beautifully packaged and mailed with letterbox delivery. Founder Jonathan Winfield created Letter Box Hamper to help celebrate and share great local produce. The contents of these baskets are unlikely to be found in supermarkets as each has been carefully selected to make each gift they send unique and proudly independent. The special Christmas basket includes award-winning Christmas chocolate from Salcombe Dairy, vintage port, champagne truffles, toasted walnuts, British raspberry jam and a salted caramel milk chocolate bar from Coco Chocolatier, using sea salt collected from the pristine waters around the Isle of Skye in Scotland.
ten.Cartwright and butler baskets, from £ 20
Run by brothers Terry and Tony Arnett, direct descendants of the original founders, Cartwright & Butler in Yorkshire has been making sweet and savory baked goods for over 115 years. The wide selection of baskets ranges from simple options at £ 2o to the ultimate Sweet Tooth basket at £ 262. Favorite products include frozen Christmas cake, beetroot flatbreads, natural honeycomb, gingerbread fudge, Boxing Day chutney, Café York coffee, mint chocolates and salted caramels.