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The Harvey Nichols Guide to Buying a Christmas Hamper
No matter what their personality, your nearest and dearest are bound to love a Harvey Nichols Hamper this Christmas. From the party animal, to the more traditional fun lovers, here’s what to buy, for who:
Rigorous, dapper, loves a tipple.
Catering for his weekly dinner party or enjoying a chilled beer in the winter sun.
He’s the stylish guy – well-groomed and rarely late for an occasion. A lover of fragrant cologne, silk ties and the finest charcuterie, the man titles himself as a proper gent. For this guy, an ensemble of bottles, bar snacks, aromatic coffee and the right company are a daily essential.
WE RECOMMEND: Buyers' Picks
Exceptional wine, artisan gin, craft beer and only the finest snacks of 2017, this hamper accentuates the gentry of the suave gentleman and places itself as the showstopper in his array of treats.
THE HOSTESS WITH THE MOSTESS
Joyous, generous, immaculate hair.
Tasting the latest chocolatier creation or pampering herself at the nail salon.
A natural at making them all come back for more, the hostess with the mostess will keep you on a constant refill. With an array of homemade brownies, pink Champagne truffles and rosé Champagne, her events are the highlight on the social calendar.
WE RECOMMEND: The Sweet Life
Something to share and something to keep – this hamper will aid your prodigious hostess unwind with a face mask and tea after a night of rosé, G&Ts and pink Champagne truffles.
THE PARTY ANIMAL
Never tired, ready-for-anything, optimistic.
Buying a round in the local pub or purchasing a fancy dress outfit.
The party starter needs no introduction, but you won’t be heading home after just one drink when they’re around. Easily excited by the smallest things, the party starter knows how get everyone in the mood to have a good time. Karaoke? They’re game. After work drinks? Always. They arrive armed with great anecdotes, a bottle of Prosecco and never want to go home when the night is over.
WE RECOMMEND: Party Starter
Give the party animal in your life the starter pack to an unforgettable night. The only thing missing from this selection of Prosecco, vodka and savoury nibbles is a dozen of their closest friends.
THE DESIGNATED DRIVER
Common traits: Sensible, reliable, can survive a night out on the hilarity of other's drunken actions.
In a yoga class, reading a bestseller or dining at the latest restaurant.
Ah, the designated driver. While they may not have volunteered as tribute, they have thus been declared the parent of the group...the taxi. Though not adverse to the occasional tipple, this favoured-friend doesn't need booze to bring the fun.
They spend the night as your trusted advisor. Should you talk to that hottie in the corner? Should you have just one more drink? They'll even be a shoulder to cry on when you bump into your ex and it all get's too much. But yes, they will be making a mental note of it all to torture you with for days to come. You've been warned.
WE RECOMMEND: Under the Tree
A little something for the morning after. While they're all nursing sore heads, the designated driver will be enjoying the perfect earl grey, the finest preserves.
THE (OFFICE) PARTY PLANNER
Organised, loyal, great phone voice.
Reorganising or out at another social event.
There is no one more reliable than the party planner. That person everyone else relies on to get it done. They order the cake, book the table, plan the holiday, and you’ve never had to wait more than half an hour for a reply to an email. They’re someone you can always count on, even when your other half still need reminding.
WE RECOMMEND: The Crowd Pleaser
They're planning the perfect dinner party and here’s all they needs. A treasure case for anything from coffee to Champagne and chili biscuits to chocolate truffles and the best part they can pair it however she wants.
THE WINE CONNOISSEUR
Attention to detail, expensive taste, enthusiastic.
In a wine bar or at home with their vintage collection.
How do you know if your friend or colleague is a wine connoisseur? Don’t worry, they’ll tell you. They’ll arrive with a bottle under each arm, and swiftly pop the white in the fridge, keeping the red at room temperature. Then they’ll say “don’t forget the four S’s. See it, swirl it, smell it, sip it”. Finally, they’ll whip out the cheese board, because every wine connoisseur knows a glass of wine means an excuse to eat cheese.
WE RECOMMEND: Christmas Cheers
This hamper will give your wine connoisseur friend a task to every bottle. Mulled wine to keep warm, Prosecco pair with kirsch pralines and Champagne to cheers to unresolved New Year’s resolutions with.