Sometimes buying the perfect gift for someone can seem like a mammoth task. There have been times I have searched the very depths of my brain and not been able to come up with anything. I have to set myself budgets for friends and family as it is so easy to get carried away and suddenly part with ££'s... So I do think that it is important to think about setting yourself a budget, browse gifts in that budget bracket and then STICK to that budget...
Once you have that budget in mind get browsing, what does this person you are buying for really like? love? I have been giving hampers a lot of thought this year, as there is such a vast selection and some lovely packages available. Hampers give you so much more choice and variation depending on who you are shopping for and what they like. I have never really been a giver or a receiver of hampers and wasn't really sure what the contents of a hamper would actually consist of. I did wonder if they provided value for money? And of course whether it would be a worthy gamble of a Christmas gift?...
I am pleased to report 'yes' to the above... and here is why.
With Christmas hype building up that little bit more with each day that passes, I can confirm that I am definitely feeling the Christmas spirit. Over the last week I have been personally munching my way through the Lakeland Chocoholic's Hamper, and it is every bit as good as it sounds!
Nothing quite says it's Christmas like a hamper full of festive chocolate goodness, so this hamper is perfect for someone who likes to indulge from time to time...And who doesn't over the Christmas holidays?
What is hidden away in this chocolate treasure trove?
English Tea Shop Chocolate, Rooibos & Vanilla Tea Bags (20 bags)
Now when I first read this I did wonder what this taste experience may reveal... I am not very adventurous when it comes to hot drinks and actually very rarely drink them. Now any doubts I had about this very different tea experience started to vanish as soon as I poured the boiling water into the awaiting cup. The sweet smell of the tea started to release from the tea bag instantly, the instructions advise you to leave it for 5 minutes so that the flavours have chance to really release... And of course it gives it chance to cool down somewhat.
So after being a little skeptical about the chocolate tea, I soon conformed to the unique taste of this blend. Now admittedly I don't drink much tea at all but when I do... I usually add a few tea spoons of sugar. This blend is sweet enough without and is subtle with it's flavouring. It's not sickly or too sweet and get's a big thumbs up from me!
Romney’s Death by Chocolate Butter Fudge
Now this fudge had me at it's name! Death by Chocolate, how can you not be drawn in to try it? I was pleasantly surprised by the flavour combination, and it was hard to close up the bag after opening it. Luke definetly helped share the 'burden' of eating it all.. It was devoured pretty quickly by the two of us.
Milk Chocolate Artisan Bar Topped with Fudge & Crispy Chocolate Balls
Now this was the first piece of chocolate that I set my sights upon when opening up my hamper, so naturally it was the first piece to get devoured! It's not a massive bar, but it is certainly worth tasting (and hiding so that you don't have to share). I really liked this bar combined with the fudge and crispy chocolate balls. It was a good combination between the chocolate melting in your mouth, with the chewy fudge... *licks lips and looks for more*
Stir-In Hot Chocolate Fudge
This has to be a firm favourite of mine, and something I have never actually used before... A hot chocolate with a real difference, and how could it not be? Chocolate fudge on a stick ready to be twirled and swirled into your warm cup of milk! It's a creamy cup of heaven, but use it wisely... There is only one in the hamper.
What else is in the hamper?
- Cartmel Chocolate Sauce
- Chocolate Flavoured Ground Coffee (56g
It is all presented in a quality wicker basket, and is something that you will keep long after all of the chocolate goodies have been consumed. There is such a lovely selection of different chocolate experiences within this hamper and many are things that I wouldn't have tried had they not been included inside. I think gifting a hamper is actually a great way of opening up a persons ability to try new things, and discovering new tastes.
With Christmas now twinkling right in front of us, you may even be thinking about when you will be getting all of your wrapping done? Our Lakeland Chocoholics' Hamper actually arrived ready for Christmas in a rich deep Purple wrapping complete with a bow. For £3.99 you can have your chosen gift wrapped and delivered. Now I like this option for 2 reasons... It stops you having to wrap it yourself... and it will be wrapped in a much more presentable state than if I had wrapped it myself.
As you can see Leo was rather thrilled to have a present to open. So thrilled that he made a point of keeping his little cousin at bay when he got too 'in the present zone'. At one point Leo was actually pulling the present away and pointing at Josh saying 'NO JOSH'. There was no helping Leo open his present!
A sign of things to come.... I think so!
If all this talk of the Lakeland Chocoholics' Christmas Hamper has got your mouth watering to try it for yourself, then you can purchase your very own for £39.99. Maybe you know someone who would love this under the Christmas tree?
Disclaimer: I was sent the Lakeland Chocoholics' Hamper for the purpose of this review. All views and opinions expressed are completely honest and my own.