What to put in a Scottish Christmas Hamper

It wouldn’t be Christmas without indulgent treats, and for many families a luxury Christmas hamper is a festive staple. Gift selections of sweet treats and savoury delicacies make the perfect gift, and you can add a truly personal touch, by creating your own hamper selection.

Not sure what food and drink to add? Follow this guide for the ultimate list of must-haves in a Scottish Christmas Hamper.

For more inspiration, see our Scottish hampers for Christmas 2019 .

 

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The presentation of your hamper is just as important as the contents. Choose a nice wicker hamper. Or a red gift box which makes quite an impact under the Christmas tree.

 

The food

Christmas hampers typically contain tasty food items; seasonal favourites like mince pies, Christmas pudding, spiced preserves, biscuits, chocolate, and cheese. Among the sweets and savouries, many also contain bottles of wine or, for non-alcoholic hampers, tea, coffee or cocoa.

 

Mince pie, cut in half
Mince pie – photo by Jonathan Farber

Mince pies:

Walkers Luxury Mincemeat Tarts
Made with all butter pastry and filled with delicious, rich and fruity mincemeat, Walkers Luxury Mincemeat Tarts are particularly good alongside a cup of tea, and also work well with a glass of mulled wine or a well-earned nip of whisky! Details here.

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Walkers Luxury Mincemeat Tarts infused with whisky
The same classic taste of Walker’s traditional mincemeat tarts infused with 12 year old Glenfiddich single malt Scotch whisky. Details here.

 

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Christmas Pudding – Photo by Hello I’m Nik 

Christmas pudding:

Jenkins & Hustwit Traditional Victorian Christmas pudding
Made in summertime and left to mature until Christmas, this rich, spiced, boozy pudding is packed with raisins, currants and mixed peel, brandy and a festive mix of spices including cinnamon, ginger, allspice, nutmeg and cloves. Flamed with brandy and topped with fresh holly this brings the traditional taste of a homemade Christmas to your family. Serve with your choice of brandy cream, butter, sauce, custard or ice cream, or just on its own, to celebrate the delicious traditional flavours of the season. Details here. 

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Tillyfeugh Clootie Dumpling

The clootie dumpling is a wonderful traditional Scottish pudding closely associated with Christmas and Hogmanay, A spiced pudding studded with dried fruits, similar to Christmas pudding, many Scots have fond memories of their grandmothers or their mothers making it  and the kitchen being filled with rich, warming flavours. Details here.

 

A stack of biscuits next to a glass of milk
Biscuits – Photo by Christina Branco 

Biscuits

What Christmas hamper is complete without a few suitably spiced biscuits sprinkled throughout?

Maclean’s Highland Bakery, Rhubarb and Custard Luxury Biscuits
These crunchy oat biscuits, made by Maclean’s Bakery in Forres, offer vibrant bursts of Rhubarb and Crumble  flavours with each bite. Details here

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Walkers Festive Shaped Shortbread
A Christmas version of a family-favourite enjoyed on their own or as part of afternoon tea. Details here.

Border’s Biscuits Lemon Drizzle Melts
Deliciously light biscuit with a zesty lemon flavoured drizzle made in the Borders of Scotland. Details here.

 

Cheese slices next to artisan crackers and white flowers
Photo by Alice Donovan Rouse

Cheese

Arran Cheddar Truckle
A firm bodied cheese aged slowly to create a taste that is rugged, bold and full of character. Great with Scottish oatcakes. Details here. 

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Strathdon Blue
An award-winning mild creamy blue cheese with a soft peppery finish made in the Scottish Highlands by the Stones family since 1851. Strathdon Blue pairs well with port and sweet sherry. Details here.

 

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Whisky – Photo by Dylan de Jonge 

Drinks

Whisky:
Whisky is a great match for seafood, cheese, smoked and roasted meats, and desserts. The lighter styles work especially well with smoked salmon. Details here. 

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Gin
If you’ve been thinking that gin is traditionally a summer spirit, the go-to classic on warm, bright evenings, then it is about time you brushed up on your cocktail skills. Scotland produces some of the best gins on the market.
Details here. 

Strawberry Jam on toast
Photo by  Jonathan Pielmayer 

Preserves

Preserves are a quick and easy way to ward off the winter chill and add some flavour to your Christmas hamper.

Galloway Lodge Luxury Strawberry Jam:
Made with fresh fruit from Scotland, the taste of warm summer days in a jar. Details here.

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Arran Cask Matured Apple & Arran Ale Chutney
A delicious Scottish chutney combining cask matured apples with local Arran Ale. Perfect with cheese and oatcakes. Details here.

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Something different

If you want to include something a little less traditional, why not go for one of the following:

Bubble for Gin
Add a spoonful of bubbles to a G&T and bite to release their fruity flavour! Watch the bubbles slowly dance their way to the top of your glass! Details here. 

Mackies Turkey and Stuffing Crisps
Christmas dinner on a crisp, instantly moreish Details here

 

And the easiest way to create your own Scottish hamper?

Create a selection online using our simple to use menu. Our expert packers will carefully hand-pack your order in our Stirlingshire workshop in central Scotland.

And since we really do try to make things as easy for you as possible you can choose your delivery date too!

Begin creating your own hamper >>>

 

 

Feature Image by Toa Heftiba