Chinese New Year hamper

Outrageous and unusual hampers: from £25k to adults only!

We’re really proud of our range of hampers and we think they’re appropriate for almost any occasion. But if you can’t find a hamper on our website to suit your needs, maybe you need one of these unusual hampers instead!

[And if you have an amusing hamper idea yourself – enter the competition under this post!]

  • The £25,000 Christmas hamper. Our most expensive luxury hampers come in at well under £300 (and they’re worth every penny), but that’s small change compared to Fortnum & Mason’s Snow Queen Hamper. Available in 2008, it included a magnum of champagne and four pounds of caviar. Unsurprisingly, it fell victim to the credit crunch and didn’t reappear in 2009.

Fortnum & Mason’s Snow Queen Hamper.

  • The washing up liquid hamper. Apparently, gift hampers are popular in Thailand. But as well as the usual baskets filled with tasty treats, you can get more unorthodox hampers – including ones that contain cleaning products and washing up liquid, or toothpaste and mouthwash. Would you appreciate being given some toilet roll in a basket for Christmas?
  • The Chinese New Year hamper. Chinese superstore Wing Yip offers this excellent Chinese New Year hamper, containing sauces, chopsticks and even a wok. Ideal, perhaps, if you’re aiming to explore some new types of cooking. Alternatively, apparently it’s easy and fun to build your own Chinese hamper for Christmas.

Chinese New Year hamper

  • An ‘adults only’ hamper. To be honest, we’re not sure where to start with these ones (the link is definitely not safe for kids, or for work either!). A selection of adult hampers suitable both for ‘beginners’ and for ‘advanced users’, it’s easy to see these as just a bit of fun. Until you see the price tag, that is – at up to £2,000, some of these hampers are quite an investment.
  • The crazy-amount-of-food-in-a-single-hamper hamper. This Australian firm’s Christmas hampers left us feeling rather confused. Options appear to include lots of crisps or an enormous selection of frozen vegetables . Our favourite, however, is the Mega Holiday hamper which includes such delights as baked beans, paper towels and quite a lot of meat. At around £700, we’re sure you’ll agree it’s a bargain.

Mega Holiday hamper


Competition: Can you think of an amusing hamper idea?

Leave us your suggestions below and the funniest / most original idea will win our bestselling Ruby Hamper delivered anywhere in the UK!

The competition will run until the end of October and we’ll announce the winner here & on our website at the beginning of November. So time to get your creative hats on!


Congratulations to: * Jane Sparrow *


Thank you very much for your entry Jane – a QUANTITATIVE EASING HAMPER! – and we will be in touch shortly to get your delivery address.

The Ruby

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176 comments

  1. How about a ‘Post Divorce/Brakeup Hamper’? Containing: Tissues, chocolate, wine, diet & shape up book, hair goodies and an inspirational book/video on dating and relationships 🙂

  2. Lorraine Howarth

    How about a ‘Pamper Hamper’ containing all the things a lady requires to make herself irresistible. Pedicure stuff, manicure stuff, make up, shower gel, body lotions and potions, you get the picture. It also solves a problem for the man in your life – Christmas present sorted. 🙂

  3. rachel sollis

    “You shouldn’t have, No really you shouldn’t have hamper!” the hamper no one really wants…lol: socks, bookmark, diary, calender, christmas Jumper, slippers, toffee’s, talcum powder and Rose smelling bath set and not forgetting the hankies!!!

  4. Karen Lancaster

    I would love an around the world themed hamper. With odd delicacies from around the world. America we could have Morel mushrooms, Spain some Chorizo, France a jar of snails, South Africa Billtong and stuffed vine leave from Greece..the list could go on and on. I myself would love to receive a hamper like this and I’m hope you think its a fab idea 🙂

  5. Nicola Woodings

    I reckon the “Doggylicious” hamper would be perfect for a 4 legged furry best friend.

    Couple of tins of Pedigree, tennis balls galore and a basket made up of sticks (perfect for ripping up all over the carpet.)

  6. Ian Graham

    The gamers hamper! A couple of games, beer, peanuts, crisps and a do not disturb sign for the door which says – keep out gaming in progess!

  7. rachdreaming@googlemail.com

    I’d like the Colin Firth Hamper (or let’s call it the girls night in hamper).
    It would include a copy of the original Pride and Prejudice BBC series, the book, The Kings speech DVD alongside some lovely wine, chocolates and nibbles to enjoy whilst watching Mr. Darcy…opps, I mean, Mr. Firth. If you could send Colin Firth alongside the hamper, that would, of course, be greatly appreciated!

  8. Gill Faichney

    How about the new parent hamper, with loads of coffee to help you stay awake, plenty of tissues for the weepy moments, chocolate, a bottle of wine for mum (it will last weeks as one sniff will be enough after the baby is born, lol). A crotch protetor for Dad when mum gets a bit upset with him, A couple of sorry cards for Dad to give to Mum at approriate moments, earplugs, luxury bath stuff for mum and fake awake glasses for dad. Totally practical hamper that would be loved by any new parents, lol.

  9. Sharon Griffin

    The Premenstrual Tension Relief Hamper filled with some lovely stuff to take the edger off of those mood swings : Big Bottle of Red Wine called ” Seeing Red “. A Chocolate Man so that you can bite his head off ! Flashing Do Not Disturb sign to hang on your door, A Tin Of Chamomile “Keep Calm and Drink Tea ” hot water bottle with a cute jumper saying ” A Warm Hug ” and a lovely box of Ladies Cupcakes decorated with miniature icing sugar shoes and handbags xx

  10. sandy hill

    How about a “feeling poorly” hamper. Junk food, plenty of fluids (isotonic), a face mask to keep the light out… all in a bucket, just in case!

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