This mindbogglingly pimped out Tercenturian Hamper from Fortnum & Mason is sure to please even the most persnickety hamper aficionado. It arrives brimming with yummies like smoked Scottish wild salmon, Beluga caviar, champagne truffles, lime curd & lemon curd, gourmet cheeses & ham, and a 25 Person Foie Gras en Croûte feast. To wash it all down, they've included a 5-liter Jeroboam of Château d’Yquem, a magnum of Krug Champagne Vintage Collection 1981, Vintage Fonseca 1955 Port, Baron de Lustrac, Armagnac 1900 & other over-the-top and excellent vintage Château/Grand Cru bevvies - made all the more tasty when quaffed from the accompanying William Yeoward handcut crystal Champagne jug & flutes.
For chasers? White Tea from a ceramic tea caddy, crackers & chunk comb honey in a William Yeoward Glass Honey Pot, and chocolates nestled in a silk box. (Cashmere socks are thoughtfully included in case of a chill.) Even the ubiquitous fruitcake that circles the globe each year on an endless journey of regifting makes an appearance - this time as a three-tier extravaganza - as does a St James Christmas Pudding. Tercenturian Hamper £20,000 - FortnumAndMason.com
As The Fashion & Beauty Bargain Queens point out, hampers are a much-beloved gift because they are usually stocked with tasty treats that allow a cook to finally leave the kitchen after whipping up a holiday feast & actually enjoy the holidays. Their pick? The affordable $20 Wisconsin Cheeseman Holiday Variety food hamper loaded with all stuff that people like to eat, such as cheddar & edam cheeses, sausage, crackers, mixed nuts & double chocolate truffles.
- Lesley Scott
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