Home made hampers

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Home made hampers
Even a simple hamper can make a big impression. (Getty Thinkstock)

The thing that makes home made hampers so special is that they can be made out of virtually anything. With some imagination and sincerity, you can make a stunning and memorable home made hamper to give as a gift. Themes and personalised items are especially valuable in home made hampers, because they demonstrate the care and regard you have for the recipient. Simply arrange some food in a nice design in your gift bag or gift box, wrap nicely, and deliver.

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General contents

A home made hamper consists of four basic elements: a container, filler, a centrepiece and content. The container needs to be big enough to hold all the food you will put in it, but it should still look nice and fit your theme. The filler is made out of shredded paper to both protect the contents and increase their apparent size. The centrepiece is the largest and most expensive item in your hamper, and it sets the tone for the rest of the smaller items. The content is the specific material that personalises the hamper.

Holiday or personal themes

One example of a home made hamper is a holiday-themed gift bag. Simply buy (or create) either a box, basket, or some container that will hold goodies and items that carry specific memories for the recipient to cherish. Children will appreciate candy, chocolate and cute toys, as well as special items that remind them of some memory or something you have in common, perhaps a joke that they found especially funny.

Sweetie hampers

Another option for a home made hamper is a sweetie hamper. As the name implies, this is a hamper filled with jelly beans, gummy sweets, chocolate bars, lollipops or candy necklaces, favouring candies that you know the recipient will love. Use bright colours and lots of ribbons.

Vegetarian hampers

Another interesting option is a vegetarian hamper. This could include home made chutney, pickles, some dried foods (nuts, fruit), sauces to go with pasta, fruits or vegetables (or seeds to grow), as well as a cookbook. Home made cookies go over well, too.

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