Hampers are one of the most popular Christmas gifts today, but their history stretches back centuries. In its earliest days, Fortnum & Mason created hampers for its well-heeled customers when they were leaving London for their country estates, and the tradition of offering products that are the perfect filling for any gift hamper continues to this day. From moreish biscuits such as dark chocolate and macadamia nut or pistachio and clotted cream, to signature confectionaries such as London Gin Truffles, the brand perfectly captures the taste of Christmas. Preserves such as Wild Blueberry or Apricot, meanwhile, recall an English summer’s day, whatever the time of year.
Lovely Little Things
The big presents under the tree might grab most of the pre-Christmas attention, but well-chosen stocking fillers are a long-held tradition that show just as much care. For those little surprises, it’s hard to go wrong with sweet treats, and Fortnum & Mason offers a selection of exquisite chocolates in the shape of ladybirds, mice, tortoises, hedgehogs and even a Prince Charming frog that are perfect for children. For a more elegant indulgence, the Langues de Chats, buttons and oysters are made from the finest Valrhona milk chocolate and come in beautifully designed packaging by Kristjana S Williams. The brand also offers an intriguing selection of biscuit flavours presented in delightful traditional souvenir tins.
The Perfect Pour
There are few British traditions as widely celebrated or as deeply held as the classic cup of tea, and nowhere caters to the discerning tea drinker more than Fortnum & Mason. As well as its wide range of signature loose and bagged teas, from Darjeeling Broken Orange and Breakfast Blend to Green Ginger and Camomile Infusion, the brand also offers special-edition packs that make the perfect gift, including the Flowering Heart Tea Wooden Box and the Queen’s Blend Tea, which commemorates the record-breaking reign of Queen Elizabeth II with a blend of Kenyan, Rwandan and Assam teas. As well as the teas themselves, Fortnum & Mason is also renowned for its teaware, including ornate tea strainers, cups and saucers, sugar bowls, serving trays and, of course, teapots.