When in doubt, send a hamper.
The humble hamper never fails to delight, whether it's filled with sumptuous goodies or a few old reliables, not to mention they make any time-strapped Christmas cook's life easier when it comes to that all-important post-Christmas dinner snack marathon.
Here, we've rounded up some of the best hampers available this Christmas, but act fast: they won't all be around for long!
For the true foodie in your life, a hamper from Lilliput Stores in Stoneybatter will win you major brownie points. Handcrafted in the charming shop, they come filled with all the pantry staples that a food lover would need, such as the store's luscious balsamic dressing and spicy condiments. Choose from a range of flavours and prices, from The Spice Box (€50) to The Spicy Larder (€115, above), or even create your own! They'll also be running their annual Christmas Hamper Market once again on 11, 12, 16, 17 and 18 December.
Make your loved one's Christmas table even more indulgent with a hamper from Avoca, guaranteed to up their post-Christmas dinner snack game. There are a range of hampers on offer, from the Jammy Hamper (€30) to the Bubbles & Chocolate Hamper (€35), or splurge on the Toast of Avoca Hamper (€315), which comes with the Year at Avoca cookbook and some of the store's most popular foodie delights.
The French Market
If you have a gourmand in your midst, impress them with an authentically luxurious hamper from The French Market. Founded in 2004 by Pascal, who worked in French mega-market Carrefour, they stock treats that are difficult to source in Ireland. Choose from red or white wine hampers (€93), but if you really want to impress go for the Prestige Hamper (€210), which includes a range of superb wines, fois gras and condiments.
Gourmet Tart Company
Shopping local has never been more important or more popular, and the Gourmet Tart Co has taken this fully on board with their #SupportLocal Hamper (€120) filled with coffee, wine, sweet nibbles and chocolates. Proving that hampers can be for everyone, they also offer a non-alcoholic Family Festive Favourites hamper (€70). This year, they're including a ceramic Christmas decoration by Rachel Webb Ceramics in hampers such as their Christmas Eve one (€90, above).
Bean and Goose
One of the most celebrated chocolate producers in Ireland and renowned for their flavour combinations that are as delicious as they are elegant, Bean and Goose have branched out into "sharing bundles" so you can indulge even more. The Cracking Christmas Bundle (€115) is our choice, which includes sumptuous hot chocolate, an assortment of chocolate bars and two sharing slabs and a hammer to smash them!
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If you're looking to romance someone, there's no better hamper than one from Chez Emily, the stunning chocolatierie that began with a courtship. Founded by Ferdinand and Helena 24 years ago, their handmade chocolates are genuinely made with love, as are their hampers. Their options include the Christmas Gift Pack (€40), which includes festive-inspired favourites, to the Hamper 3 (€80) which is stuffed with everything from Turkish delight to their own almond florentines.
Fallon & Byrne
Add a little gourmet flavour to your loved one's Christmas larder this year with a hamper from Fallon & Byrne. Always crafted with the greatest attention to detail, there's a hamper for every situation: the Nibbles to Share option (€55), the Gourmet Irish option (€165) and Irish cheese selection (€45) among them.
Support one of the most renowned Irish chocolate brands with a hamper from Skelligs, which is known for their unique flavour combinations and charming packaging. The Dark Chocolate Hamper (€47.50) comes with dark chocolate hot chocolate mix for those cosy nights in, while the Sharing Hamper (€72.50) comes with enough bars to satisfy even the most gluttonous chocolate lover.