Sometimes, you don’t know what to buy someone. Or, on the flip side, you know what to buy someone but you want to make it extra special. This is exactly where gift hampers and gift boxes come in. And they are becoming increasingly popular, especially when looking for that little bit of convenience or variety.
To save you spending hours searching around, I’ve put together this Gift Guide to showcase some fabulous small businesses and keep a selection of what they offer, all in one place. They are small businesses themselves, who are in turn doing something supporting fellow local and small businesses. They’ve got you covered no matter what the occasion is, who it’s for or the personal preferences that someone may have.
Artisan Lane Gifts
Artisan Lane is a small family business in Bishop’s Stortford, featuring a collection of lovingly crafted gifts by local and British artisan producers. Offering a range of gift box collections and seasonal foodie hampers, they make ideal gifts for family, friends, colleagues as well as staff and client gifts! You can add a personal message to a printed card of your choice and even have it sent off to the lucky recipient.
I love collection – A loving gift for someone special in your life. Includes beautiful jasmine scented heart candle, soothing goats milk soap and a hanging ceramic heart decoration made in the art studio at epilepsy charity, St Elizabeth’s. Presented in their small luxury keepsake. £30
Baby collection – An adorable box, ideal for a new baby, baby shower or Christening present. Includes a beautiful handmade cuddly bunny and award winning Sweet Dreams organic baby bubble bath and moisturising cream and can come with a cute hanging heart decoration if it’s a new born present. Presented in their small luxury gift box. £45
Artisan Christmas Hamper – Order now for a December delivery! Presented in our 18inch wicker hamper, it’s a fabulous gift of our favourite sweet and savoury artisan food. All handmade, by small local producers, and includes a number of Taste Award winner too. £105
Whilst these are just a small selection, it’s clear to see how much thought goes into each one. Every occasion and every individual has been covered over on the website, so make sure you take a look!
The Little Hamper Company
The Little Hamper Company came to life in February 2018 and try to include products from fellow small, local and British businesses. Something that makes them unique is that they have given the traditional hamper a contemporary twist by using luxury, magnetic closing, ribbon tied gift boxes. They are certainly hampers with style and careful consideration in every one.
Coffee Lovers Hamper for Two – Ideal for coffee lovers and those wishing to explore a whole new world of coffee. Contains 2 x Stylish Grey Coffee Mugs, 3 x Individual Coffee pouches, 1 x Shortbread House of Edinburgh Shortbread Tin and 1 x Handmade Honeycomb Pieces. £38 (without engraved coffee spoon)
Indulgent Hot Chocolate Hamper – This is definitely perfect for chocoholics like me! Contains 1 x Heart Design Sophie Allport Cup, 1 x Naked Marshmallow Salted Caramel Box, 1 x Heart Milk Hot Chocolate Spoon and 1 x Milk Chocolate Honeycomb. £25
Various Christmas Hampers – Prosecco Cocktail Hamper and Whisky Hamper are a couple of the Christmas themed gifts you could consider for the festive season! From £25
There are so many wonderful hampers on their website, so for the full range, visit here, where you can also spend a little bit of time creating your very own hamper. Such a wonderful way to get those personalised touches curated!
Purple Button Gifts
Purple Button Gifts create the sweetest little gift boxes supporting local crafters and encouraging positive well-being. Nicola started up this business in October 2017 and creates each gift box to shine a little bit of light into someone’s darkness. For this reason, she ships boxes to anywhere in the world which is brilliant!
The Gift of Encouragement (Small) – A gift box to encourage an individual who might need extra support. It can be your way of saying I’m thinking about you. Contains a mini candle (Sea scent from Field Day), a Gratitude Journal from Itty Bitty Books and a framed quote from Hannah Dormant. The quote says ‘May the strong roots hold you while you reach for the stars’. £22
The Gift of a Moment (Mini) – The Gift of a Moment is a gift box offering the recipient an opportunity to take a step back from their busy lives and be present in their own moment. In this gift box is a mini candle (linen scent from Field Day) and a little book of strength from Itty Bitty Books. £15
The Gift of Joy – A gift box for that new mum or dad. A little frame to remind you of that childhood song and that your little one is a star. A handmade bib which is colourful and beautifully made with love. (The bibs are subject to change as per stock availability) The extra gentle baby cream is to give the opportunity to bond with your baby through baby massage. £24
I love that these have been put together with well-being in mind. How lovely would it be to receive one of these beautiful gift boxes when you’re feeling a little low? Make sure you take a look here for the full selection.
Handpicked Hampers work with a wonderful range of small businesses and artisan producers which means you can try and experience products that you may not have tried before. A great way to support businesses and discover some new ones too.
Gin Lovers – Calling all G&T lovers! This one is the one for you/them. Contains Fentimans Gin & Tonic, Fentimans Gin & Rose Lemonade, Art of Mallow Gin & Tonic Marshmallows, Buttermilk Cornish Gin Fudge and Popaball Blueberry & Lemon balls. £26 for Gift Basket and £32 for Gift Hamper
Beer, Cider & Snacks – This is perfect for a chilled afternoon or someone who loves their beer and cider. Contains Hogsback Traditional English Ale, Sam’s Cider with Fruity Raspberry, Wildings Peking flavoured Duck Crackling, Snaffling Pig ‘Low ‘n’ Slow BBQ’ Pork Crackling, Popcorn Shed ‘Butterly Nuts’ Popcorn Snack Pack, MightyFine Milk Chocolate Honeycomb Dips. £21.99 for Gift Basket and £26.99 for Gift Hamper
Various Christmas Hampers – Ranging from a Festive Cheese & Chutney Hamper to a Winter Warmer Hamper. Available to pre-order from 1 November 2018 and delivery after 16 November 2018. From £25
As you can see, you can choose from a bamboo gift basket OR wicker hamper AND you can also create your very own hamper! The choice is yours, especially when there’s so much to choose from on the website!
Wow, what an amazing selection of hampers and gift boxes. So many fabulous small businesses here and hopefully the days of not knowing what to buy for someone are over! Or, as I’ve done before, just treat yourself to one and devour the contents!!
Quality, love and thought go into every single one. Whoever receives these is going to have a massive smile on their face that’s for sure.
As always #ShopSmall and support a Small Biz.
What are your favourite types of Gift Hampers/Boxes to receive? Or do you like surprises?