How to make your own Christmas gift hamper...it’s easy!
Add a sprinkling of Christmas magic into your gifts with a personalised hamper for the perfect pressie for that special someone. They’re great for friends and family as well as those who are difficult to buy for. You can pack it full of thoughtful little gifts that say and mean so much to make a unique and heartfelt gift. At wilko we’ve got everything you need to make your own Xmas hamper, so get shopping, blast out the christmas songs and follow our easy step-by-step guide.
Ideas for your hamper theme
It’s time to put your thinking cap on and decide what theme you’re going to base your hamper around. To make it personalised think about the special someone who’s receiving it. What do they enjoy doing; what are their hobbies and how do they spend their leisure time?
We’ve pulled together a whole list of theme ideas to help and give you a bit of inspiration!
If they love outdoors:
- Wild bird lover hamper
- Dog walking hamper
- Cycling hamper
If they are a total foodie:
- Cocktail-making hamper
- Sweet treats hamper
- Food themed around their favourite country or holiday destination
- Baking kit hamper
If they love to pamper themselves:
- Bathing hamper
- Detox hamper
- Candles and scents hamper
You can put in how much or how little you like and work to a budget if you need to. It’s more about the effort you put in to making it that the person on the receiving end will love!
What to include in your gift hamper
Once you have decided on your hamper theme, then it’s time for the fun part of what to include in it. Use your knowledge of the person and think about all their favourite things to help you pick out a selection of gifts to put in.
To help you get started we’ve got a few tips to keep in mind when choosing gifts for your hamper:
- Stick to your chosen theme for more impact
- Think about what is personal to them; what are their hobbies, interests, work/home life
- You don’t have to choose expensive gifts. When they open the hamper they’ll see how special it is and how much thought you’ve put into it, even if it’s as simple as a selection of their fave chocolate bars!
You can have so much fun putting together a gift hamper. For even more inspiration, here’s what we included in our favourite themed hampers:
For our garden lover hamper we included:
- Gardening essentials such as gloves, hand trowel and fork
- A note book so they can plan their garden and make notes during the growing season
- Some hand cream to use after a heavy day gardening
- A personalised bauble for the finishing touch!
For our pamper hamper we included:
- A hot water bottle to keep warm on winter nights
- A candle to set the scene
- Gorgeous bubble bath and detoxing bath
- Nourishing body lotion
For our pet lover hamper we included:
How to pack your hamper
Baskets are traditionally used for gift hampers but we think if you’re feeling a bit creative why not go for something different to pack the gifts in.
For an eco-little win choose a stylish storage box so they can use it afterwards. A gardening hamper could be packaged up in a plant pot. With so many sizes of plant pot you can choose according to your budget. A small pot with hand cream and garden gloves would make a fab mini-hamper.
How to pack a hamper
Before you start packing your gifts pop a layer of tissue paper in the bottom of your container. This will help to secure and protect the items. Use bright tissue to complement your chosen colour scheme as well as providing a nice background to showcase the products.
Top tip - If you have any heavy or easily damaged items wrap their base in a layer of tissue or shredded paper for extra protection.
How to arrange the items
Put aside your favourite products from the hamper – they go in last and sit front and centre for the wow factor!
Start with the largest items and place these at the back of the hamper, then use the smaller items to fill in the gaps. We love the shabby chic look, and this means it doesn’t have to be perfect. It is, after all, a hand-made gift! Finally add your favourite items to the front of the hamper.
Top tip – if you are posting your hamper to a loved one, choose a well-fitting box, add extra packaging and make sure there isn’t space for anything to rattle around.
Adding the finishing touches
If you’re using cellophane wrap, lay it out on the floor and place the hamper in the middle. Gather up each corner and use string to tie around the middle to keep everything secure. Then, cover the string with a pretty bow.
Secure any loose cellophane with some clear tape; you may also want to trim the top of the cellophane to straighten it up.
Add the finishing touches with ribbons, bows, and a personalised gift tag. Get the kids involved with the tags and let them write their own personalised messages. You can also use best mum or best dad baubles, etc as gift tags or just pop them in with the hamper gifts for that extra bit of pizzazz!
If you’d rather not use cellophane you can still make the hamper look pretty with all the finishing touches and ribbon around the whole basket.
So, that’s all there is to it... we told you it was easy! We hope you’ve had as much fun making yours as we have. Now all you have to do is look forward to the smiles when it’s opened at Christmas.