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How to create a Christmas hamper

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When you are stuck to know what to buy someone for Christmas, a hamper is a good choice. You can make it to any size or budget and adapt it to personal taste.
What you'll need: 
A suitable sized box.
Some ribbon or bows.
Some Christmas wrapping paper.
Chosen items for the hamper.
Some shredded paper or tissue paper for packaging
1: 
Decide on the items that you would like in the hamper and make a list of possibilities. If you are choosing perishables such as cheese, biscuits, cake or crisps check the Best Before or Use By dates carefully.
2: 
If you will be sending the hamper by post, consider the weight of everything you buy and choose things that do not easily break.
3: 
If you are working to a budget, make a list of possible items and price them all up so you can make a selection and stay within your budget.
4: 
Get a good mix eg some jam, some chutney, some wine, juice, cheese, chocolates and biscuits, tea, coffee.
5: 
A hamper does not just have to be food. For example, a keen gardener may like some bulbs and seeds, gardening gloves and handcream. Another idea is a selection of treats plus a book and some nice bubble bath. Or low calorie treats for someone on a diet.
6: 
If your budget is limited you can delight by getting several small but lovely things. Biscuits, chocolate, nuts and crisps.
7: 
Once you know what you wish to include, choose your box. A strong cardboard box is fine, or a large gift bag or basket if you have one at home. Whatever you use make it pretty. Cover a cardboard box with wrapping paper and decorate with ribbons or bows.
8: 
Arrange the items in your box using the packing material to help you. Cover with a double layer of tissue paper.
Conclusion: 
A hamper is an excellent gift for any age group and can suit all pockets. It can be as luxurious and expensive or as simple and inexpensive as you choose!
Tips: 
Do a small hamper for children instead of a selection box.
If the hamper is large or heavy ensure the recipient will be able to get it home.
Warnings: 
Don't include too many perishables, at Christmas people tend to have lots of food.

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