Christmas present buying is easy when you know the person, and their likes and dislikes. What becomes a challenge is when you have to buy for someone, but you just have no idea what they are into, or already have, or for a couple - who knows what both of them enjoy together? For example a new boyfriend's parents that you've never met before, a boss you don't know that well, a friend's parents who have invited you round for some sort of Christmas party or granddads who just seem to have everything already! I think the best thing to do is to get something that most average people would consider a generally nice present, something festive and/or something food or drink related.
My two fail safe "I have no idea what to get" presents are a lovely potted Christmas Poinsettia plant, or someone who would really not appreciate a plant, a Christmas Hamper.
Pre-packaged Hampers aren't always to everyone's taste and some shops sell hampers with ridiculously bizarre contents, however Harvey Nichols have a huge range to choose from, with varying price tags and the cache of getting someone a present from Harvey Nichols also conveys that you have spent some money on the item and I think would convey that despite you not getting them something personal, per se, you are trying to get them something lovely. They can also deliver this to your choice of address, not just your own, so it would be a nice thing to send an elderly relative, if they can't get out much and you aren't able to visit them.
The hamper I have to take to Christmas at my granddads house is the Christmas Countdown hamper and costs £100 from Harvey Nichols.
In my opinion the contents of this hamper are great, actual useful things that most people need at Christmas but just a luxury version. Most people are going to need tea, coffee, Christmas pudding, wine and chocolates! One year a boss of mine was sent a hamper by a client, some of the contents were champagne lemon curd and Christmas pudding flavour jam, and they were totally unusable for him, but at least we did have a good laugh!
- Marc de Champagne Christmas Pudding
- Brandy Butter
- Cranberry Sauce with Burgundy
- Mint Jelly
- Dark Chocolate Bar Collection Box
- English Breakfast Tea x 50 Tea Bags
- Breakfast Blend Ground Coffee
- Plain Chocolate Covered Toffee
- Dark Chocolate Crunch Biscuits
- Bordeaux Sauvignon Blanc
- Vin de Pays de L'Aude Rouge
Overall this is a beautiful hamper and very well presented with thoughtful items included, the hamper has two tiers of products so they are all carefully cushioned so nothing dents in transit. Their hampers range from £60-£2,000 so there are plenty of different ones to choose from, whatever your budget.
Item was provided to me free to review