John Lewis Hampers – The Ultimate Christmas Solution:
While the house move may have happened a few weeks ago now, I am still in melt-down, or so it seems. And, a weekly pilgrimage to Peter Jones, part of the John Lewis group, has become a feature of my life.
I’ve taken up residence in the lighting department. My living room is now adorned with all sorts of pretty sparkly things and my study has new spotlights. Meet Evelyn above – she’s wowing everyone, suspended from the ceiling over my dining room table. I’ve progressed to kitchen and bathroom fittings and accessories now. I suspect in a few months this house will look like a John Lewis showroom.
Christmas is fast approaching and this year I’m travelling to Scotland to see my brothers. So, I was thrilled to be sent a rather wonderful Christmas hamper from John Lewis to review.
What arrived for me and my family to share over Christmas is the hamper called the ‘Seasonal Sophistication’ which retails at £250.
A rather distinctive black wicker hamper with red fastenings, it feels Christmassy even before you open it up.
Inside, one of the best selection of Christmas treats I’ve ever received. I particularly liked the fact that there was a wonderful mixture of branded products in there. I suppose having a leading supermarket as part of your group does help ensure that you supply jams like apricot and armanac from Tiptree, panattone from Loison and Graham’s ruby port. That said, it’s a beautifully well thought out hamper with a mixture of sweet and savoury treats that will suit all the family and with a box of crackers just to make Christmas go with a real bang! I’m particularly impressed that there’s not a single item that will go unused.
Unlike the hampers I remember from my childhood which always had a few things you just knew had been added to take up space and will end up on the discount rack in the shop after Christmas. And, there’s nothing that is date-stamped to be used by Boxing Day either – something that really irritates me as most people will have planned out their Christmas food without the addition of the hamper, so enforced extra smoked salmon or cheese with a short shelf life is just a liability.
What I really like about the hamper selection this year though is that there are all sorts of options for every budget and for every taste. From a mini hamper of Bordeaux wine and Cornish duck pate through to super indulgent Christmas Extravaganza which retails at £800 and has champagne, Talisker whisky, Vintage port and chocolates from Charbonel & Walker, Godiva and more.
You can build your own hamper too – though personally I think the range on offer from John Lewis this year takes the hard work away.
If you’d like to take a look at the hampers on offer you’ve still got plenty of time to order and get delivered before Christmas.
Just pop over to the John Lewis site and check out the range.
Disclaimer: I was provided with the hamper by John Lewis at no cost. I was not obliged to write a review and all opinions are my own. Evelyn is my own treat from me to me!