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Make your own fuss-free hamper

A selection of hamper baskets.

Every year I go through the same routine. What can I buy my loved ones for Christmas? Could this be the year that I’m organised? I often create a list of ideas and inevitably ‘make your own hamper’ is scrolled across the top of it. But is it possible to make a thoughtful, yet fuss-free hamper?

My experience

I have made hampers in the past and I think I’ve mastered how to make a hamper without losing your sanity in the process. Here are my top tips:

1) Don’t make too many

You might have twenty people to buy for. But if you’ve never made a hamper before, don’t decide to make 20 in one go. It might seem like an easy Christmas shopping solution, but trust me when I say that by the time you’re wrapping up hamper number 14, you’ll wish you’d not gone all out.

2) Set a budget

When making a hamper, it is easy to go overboard and throw lots of items into them. If you do this then you risk spending a fortune as the bits and pieces do add up. To avoid this, set a budget and make a note of everything you do buy. 

3) Think of a theme

For a hamper to work, you need to pick a theme and stick to it. Your hamper could be based on food, drink, a hobby, or even a colour. It doesn’t matter what it is, but all of the items need to be loosely linked for your hamper to work. 

4) Give yourself time

If you’ve decided to make your own hamper, then it’s important to give yourself time. Time to craft, time to shop, time to gift wrap. Creating a hamper takes time, so this isn’t something that you should be starting on 9pm on 20 December.

 5) Shop around

Shopping around is important when you’re creating a hamper, because things can vary wildly in price. If you want a particular chocolate or drink to go in your hamper, then make sure you keep your eye out for supermarket offers. I’d also price up the items online before making purchases. This way, you’ll ensure you get the best price. 

6) Think about the packaging

You can buy ‘make your own hamper’ sets, which usually consists of a basket, filling material and cellophane. But you could use a cardboard box or a canvas bag as an alternative. Try to think of packaging that could be reused or easily recycled. Don’t choose a basket just because that’s how hampers are usually packaged up. Use your imagination and think about what’s practical and what’s affordable. 

7) Enjoy the process

If you’re going to make your own hamper, then enjoy the process of putting it together. Those that are crafty could make something. If you’re into money saving, then shop around. There’s no point in making a hamper if it’s going to be a chore, so focus on what you’ll enjoy about putting it together.

The image shows a hamper of food. The text over the image reads: ‘hacks: how to make your own fuss free hamper’.

Is it worth it?

Making hampers takes time and effort. But you can put so much thought and imagination into creating them. In my experience, they’re always well received too. As long as you give yourself time, set a budget and stick to a theme, I don’t think you can go wrong. If this feels like too much work, then you should consider making a pot of gold as an alternative! If that still feels too much, then perhaps you should consider making a simple handmade Christmas card

If you enjoyed this article, then check out my other Christmas and New Year hacks.