How to Create Your Own Hamper

Updated February 21, 2017

Making a food hamper as a gift is a wonderful way to celebrate any holiday or special occasion. Simple and easy to put together, with no creative expertise required, a hamper can be customised to suit any event or theme. Prices vary from the extravagant to the inexpensive depending on the contents of the hamper but no matter how much is spent, a food hamper always looks personalised and thoughtful.

Choose a basket or hamper. It should be large enough to hold all the gift items you want to include. Look for a container that goes with the theme you are creating. A hamper with a lid is perfect for a picnic-themed gift, while a tall basket may be a good choice for holding wine and cheese for a New Year's-themed arrangement.

Decorate the hamper. Depending on the theme and the shape of the container, use ribbons, flowers, paper cutouts and other decorations to add personality and punch to the outside of the container. Use a hot glue gun, ribbon or florist wire to attach the decorations.

Pad the inside of the hamper. Using raffia, napkins, shredded paper or other packing material, make a layer that will protect and hold the gift items. Make sure you use enough material to keep jars, bottles and other glass items from bumping together and breaking.

Add gift items that coordinate with the holiday or theme. For example, a sugar cookie mix, hot cocoa and peppermint candies would complement a Christmas theme. Keep in mind how many people will be receiving the gift and choose the items for the tastes of the recipients to add that special touch.

Attach a card. The gift tag can be tucked inside or boldly displayed on the hamper as another addition to the decoration. The card can be either store bought or handmade, just make sure it continues with the theme.


If you are short on time, there are numerous sites where you can customise your own hamper and have it sent directly to anyone in the world.

Things You'll Need

  • Hamper, basket or other container
  • Decorations (according to theme)
  • Hot glue gun
  • Florist wire
  • Ribbon
  • Padding for interior
  • Food items
  • Gift card
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A writer since 1999, Andrea Doss is the author of many eHow do-it-yourself articles, blogspot blogs and the occasional small production movie script. Doss is a freelance writer living in Texas and holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Missouri Southern State University.