Director tried out Harrods Christmas hamper, the Knightsbridge, to see if it took the stress and panic out of finding a gift for colleagues and clients
Our hamper was delivered inside a large cardboard box emblazoned with the Harrods logo – the first indication that whatever is inside is sure to be of the highest quality (and that the recipient is thought of highly by the sender).
Once we managed to heave the hamper from its snug container, we were free to marvel at its handsomeness – a sturdy wicker basket with brown embossed leather lid (a wonderful gift in its own right) that holds a generous amount of goodies, all neatly stacked in polystyrene.
The protective layers spoil the ‘luxury’ effect somewhat, but needs must, and all the items, when extracted, were intact and without a scratch. At £250, the basket comes filled to the brim with Harrods Food Hall products and alcohol.
The alcohol included a celebratory Grande Réserve Champagne that would do nicely in a toast to a Christmas feast, and two red wines, a Rioja Crianza and Chianti Classico – both of which are superb with a strong cheddar and dollop of the Boxing Day chutney.
The jar of brandy butter and the Christmas cake are both flavoured with Courvoisier cognac, the former VS and the latter VSOP – a welcome addition.
But the first items to be devoured were the Christmas biscuit selection and the spiced coffee, which is spiked with the festive flavours of chocolate, hazelnut and cinnamon.
Though the flavour of coffee is somewhat lost, the overall taste is undeniably warming and rivals any flavoured latte bought in a high street chain. As for the biscuit selection, the clear favourites were the double chocolate and orange cookie and the Harrods butter shortbread. Dunk them in a steaming cup of spiced Americano and you’re away with the festive fairies.
Other confectionery included in the hamper are cocoa-covered almonds, rose and lemon Turkish delight and another keepsake tin of chocolates, all of which can be picked at in the run-up to the big day or placed on the centre table to be admired in their aesthetic glory – and then devoured after a glorious roast turkey dinner.
In fact, many of the items in the Harrods Christmas hamper would make a stylish and re-usable addition to the kitchen. The food may not last beyond the holiday, but the mementos will.
Considering the diversity (and quantity) of products included in the Knightsbridge, it’s a definite crowd-pleaser even for the most fussy recipient. Harrods being Harrods they do of course have a range of hampers – costing anywhere from £25 to an eye-watering £20,000. If you’re unsure where to begin, they run a corporate service to guide you through the options.
The Knightsbridge Harrods Christmas hamper contents:
Grande Réserve Champagne
Tea & Coffee
Spiced black loose leaf tea
Special omni-grind coffee
Cranberry & clementine mince pies
Brandy butter flavoured with COURVOISIER VS cognac
Spice plum & fig jam
Boxing Day chutney
Christmas cake flavoured with COURVOISIER VSOP cognac
Biscuit selection tin
Classic Christmas pudding
Rose & lemon Turkish delight
Golden cocoa-dusted almonds
Gifts & Accessories
To guarantee delivery of a Harrods Christmas hamper order before Christmas, please submit your order as per the below selection of dates:
• Thursday 15 December – Rest of the world (including the Far East and the USA and Canada)
• Sunday 18 December – Europe (all zones)
• Monday 19 December – UK nominated week (a particular week of your choice)
• Thursday 22 December, 3pm – UK next-day delivery
• Friday 23 December, 3pm – UK Saturday delivery
With a tempting selection of festive food and wine available, it’s not too late to shop for Harrods Christmas Hampers to make the season even more special. To place a hamper order please contact Corporate Service at Harrods on +44 (0)207 225 5994 or email here