It’s December, which means Christmas is well and truly on its way. The countdown is on!! It also means that if you haven’t started your shopping yet you really need to. But don’t panic, I’ve got a perfect idea for you to cross a few of those loved ones off your list.
This week I popped into Farmer Copley’s (yes, again! I can’t help it) to look at all the Christmas bits and to put together a hamper for my grandma for Christmas. Everyone knows grandparents love a hamper right. I decided to go to Farmer Copley’s for it as they do DIY hampers. Meaning you can fill it with the things you know the person you are buying for likes and that it will be gratefully received. It also means it doesn’t have any of the things they may not want if you buy them pre-made, making it much more personal and thoughtful.
When I got to the farm shop, the staff, as always, were lovely and really helpful. Explaining that I could fill the hamper with anything from the shop. ANYTHING! In fact, if I wanted to I could fill it with just meat from the meat counter. Or you can choose from the candles or Christmas decorations. The honey, marmalades and even the booze. That left me with just one job, picking the things to fill it.
I spent ages, in fact, it was probably about 2 hours in total, wandering around and picking out the perfect bits to pop in my grandma’s hamper. In the end, I opted for a luxurious tin of coffee, some shortbread, a little Christmas log truffle and a box of chocolates. All things she loves and things she probably won’t treat herself to this Christmas now she struggles to get out and about.
But then I just couldn’t resist the idea of putting together another hamper of all the other amazing bits and pieces they have on offer. I could quite easily have made a hamper for everyone in my family if I hadn’t already got their presents.
My dad could have had one with beer, pork pies and Turkish delight.
My mum would have had wine, flying saucers from the sweetie stand and some of the fancy cooking oils.
My other grandma’s I would have filled with gin, tonic and jelly sweets.
Next year I’m going to make Luca a Christmas Eve hamper as they had so many lovely little Christmassy bits for kids. Like gold coins, gingerbread with Christmas designs on, a decoration from the Christmas shop and a bottle of fancy pop.
In the end, I opted to make one for my best friend who I’ve been struggling to buy for this year. A girly hamper filled with a bottle of prosecco, edible glitter to go in the prosecco and a prosecco pong game. Much classier than beer pong right? I then added a bag of retro sweeties for her, a bar of chocolate and a pretty little lip balm. It’s the best hamper ever and nothing like I’d expect to find in a high street shop. The fact that I’ve been able to tailor it exactly to her has made it such a perfect present. I just hope she likes it as much as I do.
Once I’d chosen the things to pop in the hampers they were then expertly wrapped by another member of staff. Your welcome to take them and wrap them yourself at home (which I’ll do next year for Luca’s Christmas Eve hamper so I can stick his pj’s in), but otherwise it’s one more job you don’t need to do in the crazy run up to Christmas. They added some extra Christmas bits to make them look that extra bit special too, like pinecones and baubles.
I really, really love them and I’m so pleased with both hampers. I’ve come away with so many ideas for presents for over the next year. For example a hamper for a new mum, with some of Farmer Copley’s ready-made meals in so they don’t have to cook but are still getting nutritious food. An anniversary hamper, Valentine’s Day hamper, the possibilities are endless.
And now for the best bit.
Farmer Copley has very kindly offered a hamper up to the value of £25 for me to giveaway to one of you lucky lot. All you have to do to be in with a chance of winning is enter via the rafflecopter below.
Giveaway closes at midnight on the 17th December. The winner will have to go to Farmer Copley’s Farm Shop in Pontefract, West Yorkshire to pick or make their hamper so please only enter if you can do this.
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