Australia's Finest Gift Hampers
We have you covered for every special occasion with our range of gift hampers to suit your budget. With over 200,000 customers, our gourmet hampers and luxury gifts are delivered to all Australian addresses. There is FREE standard delivery for all orders, or you can choose the next business day delivery for those last-minute gifts.
Whether it's something for Xmas day, Father's Day, Valentine's Day or Mother's Day, we have the perfect gift hamper for you. We have gourmet gifts designed for men including beer, whisky and wine gifts that he will love. For women we have great chocolate gifts, wine and champagne pamper hampers including premium brands like Moët. There are also new baby hampers and birthday gift baskets with price ranges to suit anyone's budget. Keep an eye out for special offers during quieter months.
Our Top Selling Gift Baskets
After over a decade of creating gift baskets our most popular gift hampers are:
Wine - Nibbles + Red Wine Hamper
Baby Gift - Sheridan Bear Baby Hamper
Corporate Gift - Pure Gold Luxury Corporate Hamper
Mother's Day - Moët & Gourmet Nibbles Hamper
Father's Day - Corona Beer Hamper
Valentine's Day - L'Occitane Pamper Hamper
Xmas - Gourmet Christmas Treats Hamper
Pamper - L'Occitane Pamper Hamper
Gourmet Food - Red & White Wine Hamper
Cocktails - Chandon in Bloom Cocktail Hamper
With our extensive range of general gift baskets, Christmas hampers, birthday hampers and more, we can supply the right gift for you. Give to a loved one or relative, a teacher, a friend, a neighbour, a customer, or an important business contact. We can even send a gift hamper ‘just because’ you want to surprise someone special. No matter the occasion, we'll include a free personalised gift card that can be customised with your message.
At The Hamper Emporium not only are our gift hampers filled with exclusive gourmet produce, but they are offered at great prices. Produce includes a carefully curated selection of craft beer, world-renowned skincare, and beautiful baby products. We've ensured that by creating lasting relationships with some of the world's best brands, we're able to offer the best-priced hampers in Australia. Through our partnerships with suppliers of artisan foods, luxury gifts, and premium drinks, we make sure that only the best products are included in each of our hampers. This means every recipient will be truly delighted with their gift from The Hamper Emporium.
There's truly something for everyone, with a selection of gourmet food hampers. Use our delivery calculator to view times to locations from Adelaide to Brisbane.
Exclusive Products Included In Our Gift Boxes
At the Hamper Emporium, we source all our products very carefully from the best Australian and international suppliers using only premium brands. Everyday supermarket items do not make it into our gift selections. Everything is assembled fresh daily by our team in Sydney to ensure that all our premium gifts and hampers arrive at their destination in the best possible condition. You can consider the tastes of your gift basket recipient by selecting sweet treats or savoury nibbles, or even choose a selection that encompasses both.
Many brands within our luxury hamper range are exclusive to The Hamper Emporium. We've decided to work closely with suppliers to find the best of the best, because we believe that's what our customers deserve. Brands such as Morgan's, The Woods Farm and The Brewer's Nut Co. work closely with The Hamper Emporium to provide artisan produce that is proudly crafted by Australian companies for our amazing customers.
Corporate Gifts Available At The Hamper Emporium
Gift baskets are great professional gifts. We work with you to ensure your gifts are truly memorable by adding personalised ribbons or gift cards to your chosen selection. In our range of corporate hampers, you can also include branded gifts such as engraved glasses or other gifts, with your name or logo.
Talk to us about personalising your gifts, and for special arrangements for bulk orders. Our range of Christmas hampers are great gift ideas for the festive season. So whether you need a gift hamper for him, for her, Christmas, a birthday or corporate event, we have you covered for every special occasion. Make sure you utilise our free delivery service for all gift hampers Australia-wide.
What Is A Gift Hamper?
A gift hamper is a collection of gifts arranged to be attractively displayed or presented in a keepsake box. Gift hampers can be custom made to include a wide range of presents. Usually, the items chosen for a gift hamper will follow a theme. The gifts included can be made suitable for all occasions. The most popular gift baskets are those that include birthday gifts, Christmas treats, gourmet food and wine, pamper gifts, romantic Valentine’s Day gifts, and baby gift products. Traditional gift baskets for a wedding or baby shower include celebration gifts for the special occasion. While birthday hampers include personal items to suit the recipients’ personality. Mother’s Day gift baskets often include chocolates or pamper gifts, while Father’s Day hampers traditionally include beer or alcohol.
Gift hampers can also be designed to celebrate other occasions such as a graduation, a job promotion, a contract settlement, a thank you gift basket, end of year teacher gift, or anniversary. Gift hampers are timeless, versatile, and unique gifts for any occasion. It’s popular to create your own personalised gift hamper with gifts to suit the recipient, although pre-designed gift baskets and hampers are a great source of inspiration. Pre-made hampers are often more convenient and more affordable.
The History of Gift Hampers
A hamper isn’t always a gift basket given as a present. A hamper can also refer to a large variety of basket items all stemming from the word’s Latin roots as a woven wicker container.
The history of hampers starts back in early medieval Europe. The word hamper comes from the medieval Latin anappus or hanappum. Traditionally, in medieval England and France, a willow basket called a hanapier was used to carry drinking vessels or wine goblets known as hanap. The Nuncius regis (or King's messenger) would carry valuables and important documents in a wicker case called a hanaper. In Victorian England, the tradition of carrying precious goods in a hamper expanded to include a hamper packed with food and supplies for a long journey. Travellers would present a hamper packed with clothes or food to their hosts when visiting.
It was also common to send clothes and food stored in a wicker basket to family. During the industrial revolution, packaged food and clothing sent long distance or via the railway to friends and family continued to be delivered in woven wicker hamper baskets. In addition to their use as gift baskets, wealthy families would create a simple hamper as care packages for the poor containing essential supplies. The word ‘hamper’ soon came to refer to a package of food and supplies given as a gift even if they were not packed in a wicker basket. Hampers in boxes or utilitarian crates were also given as care packages to soldiers during World War One. Loved ones at home would send gift hampers to injured soldiers or those on the front line as a way of sending their love with a few home comforts.
Because the word ‘hamper’ evolved from a woven wicker basket, the word continues to be used for a range of basket-like containers. In Australia and North American, a laundry hamper refers to a household basket used for storing clean linen off the line or for dirty clothing prior to washing. A laundry hamper used for storage may be made from woven wicker or from plastic. These hampers are tall, sturdy containers with a lid compared to a laundry basket which is open and mainly used to carry clothes.
Laundry services would also use large basketwork containers with a lid to collect dirty linen. This was part of the regular Chinese laundry services offered in 19th-century England and America. Hamper containers would be left with business clients. The laundry service would then collect the full basket and leave another in its place while the dirty linen was washed.
Food-related hampers that are not gift baskets are also used in agriculture. For example, field workers carry a wide-mouthed basketwork container called a hamper on their backs when harvesting fruit or vegetables. The lightweight hamper makes it easy to carry small loads allowing the fresh produce to be emptied into a wagon or truck for transport.
The woven wicker basket design also became a popular choice for picnic hampers. Being breathable, easily ventilated, and sturdy, the woven timber picnic hamper made it suitable for the transport of wine and food, hence the continued popularity of hinged cases used as picnic hampers.
There is a strong tradition for charity groups using community donations to create charitable hampers as gifts. Individuals or community groups would donate a hamper of food, clothing, essential toiletries, kids toys, pet food or other household necessities, to assist in times of disaster or to help low-income families.
Australia has strong tradition of charity hampers and gift baskets to donate essential household items. During floods, the fires in 2019 and 2020, during Covid lockdown, and other times of need, community groups collect food, clothes, and other essentials to help the recipient family. Hampers to help families through an emergency are generally collected and distributed by volunteers and are just packed for convenience in boxes, shopping bags, or even plastic laundry baskets. While charity hampers usually contain non-perishable food and toiletries, it’s not uncommon for donors to include special treats or something nice as a gift to help lift the spirits of struggling families. Celebratory foods are often included in a charitable hamper around special occasions like Christmas.
A Christmas hamper is popular traditional gift given to family, friends, and staff. A traditional Christmas hamper is often still presented in a basket or decorative wooden box. These contain a selection of small non-perishable food items and Christmas-themed gifts. In particular, festive food and seasonal favourites like fruitcake or Xmas plum pudding, chocolates, sweet biscuits, savoury nuts, jams and preserves, honey, smoked or dried meats, salami, wine, and cheese. Some Christmas hampers give premium quality choices of everyday items such as special tea, coffee, or rich cocoa. A Christmas hamper might also include a non-perishable gift such as wine glasses, coffee mugs, or a cup and saucer which are seasonally themed or personalised. Luxury hampers may also include special treats such as premium chocolates, tins of caviar or pate, or sparkling wine. In Australia, a seasonal fresh hamper at Christmas contains perishable items such as exotic summer fruits, fresh baked goods, flowers, or seafood.
The tradition of giving a Christmas hamper can also include a special holiday meal for people who might be alone at Christmas or who are unable to afford a special meal to mark the occasion. Charity groups offer hampers to students, the elderly, and isolated people who are unable to travel to visit their families for Christmas.
In North America, a Christmas hamper is more often called a gift basket and generally doesn’t contain only food items. Non-food gift baskets will often be themed to suit the occasion. These might be gift baskets containing luxury bath and pamper items such as scented soaps and towels, or beauty baskets containing luxury skincare products, perfumes, or body lotions, or winter warming gifts like a sweater and socks. These gift baskets are also popular for other occasions as well as Christmas, such as Mother’s Day. In Australia, Christmas gift baskets might include traditional European or American foods like fruit mince pies or eggnog. Non-food gift baskets in Australia commonly include kitchenware or party gifts like a wooden serving board, cheese knife, bottle opener or other entertaining accessories for BBQs.
Because of the popularity of hampers, a number of companies around the world sell ready-made food hampers or provide a customised gift basket service. This might involve pre-made hampers, choosing options from a set range, or sourcing specific items for an individual gift. These hampers are popular gift items in Australia and the UK. Hamper companies offer themed gift baskets linked to special occasions, particularly Christmas, Valentine’s Day and Mother’s Day. Specialist hamper stores like The Hamper Emporium often also offer baby gift baskets, wedding hampers, or birthday hamper gifts. Some specialised delis and large supermarkets may also stock ready-made and wrapped hampers on a seasonal basis. These are generally limited to a selection of in-house hamper gift products stocked by the store or sourced from their direct suppliers.
Frequently Asked Questions regarding Gift Hampers
A gift hamper is a special way to send your love from afar. No matter the occasion, sending a wrapped gift basket as a special gesture lets the recipient know you are thinking of them. While gift baskets are often sent to close family and friends as a personal gift, a gift hamper doesn’t have to be an intimate gift. A hamper is also a polite way to send your thanks, your condolences, or other best wishes. The meaning behind a gift hamper is unique to every occasion.
The best gift hampers are chosen with your individual recipient in mind. They should suit the special occasion, include hamper items unique to your theme, be gorgeously wrapped, or presented in a gift box. The best gift baskets make the recipient feel extra special. Every item that they unwrap from within their gift box should make them say ‘wow’!
A hamper should be a complete gift including consumable gift products to use as well as something special to keep as a memento for a special event. You should choose only the finest products in a gift basket for any occasion. If choosing a food hamper, all the products should pair well together. For a pampering beauty hamper or romantic hamper, the gift items should work together to create a special mood.
You should never include unappealing items just to stuff or pad out your hamper. Every item should be chosen to impress. Don’t include random items that don’t match the overall theme or mood that you are trying to create with your special gift. It’s also a good idea to avoid regular items that are commonly available at the supermarket. Perishable items that will quickly expire should also not be put in a gift basket.
If you’re giving a luxury gift basket, it’s generally not cheaper to make your own hamper. Buying a selection of matching themed items curated by gift hamper experts from Australia’s luxury brands ensures you get a better deal than if you purchased each item separately. As a cheap alternative, you can make a functional gift basket for a friend from a re-usable container and with their favourite items. While it’s no cheaper than if your friend purchased for themselves, it’s the thought that counts when you just want to surprise them with an unexpected gift.
Start by narrowing down the search according to hamper recipient and occasion. Often, it helps to choose one particular item that you know the recipient will love. Perhaps that’s a bottle of champagne, a large selection of chocolates, spicy mixed nuts, or a luxury satin robe. Once you have chosen the feature item of your gift hamper, you can browse to find the best selection of matching gifts to impress and other special treats they’ll love. The Hamper Emporium specialises in creating scrumptious food gift baskets filled with Australian artisan produce, delicious treats, and gourmet food and wine. Plus our beauty, skincare, and pamper hampers offer you a world of choice to spoil your loved ones.
We've spent years curating our hamper range, and one of the most exciting introductions has been our range of personalised gift hampers. These aren't your everyday personalised gifts that are outsourced to third parties so you're left desperately hoping they'll arrive. Instead, all of our customised hamper gifts are personalised in house so you can be assured of the finest quality.
Our personalised gift range includes a selection of genuine leather gifts embossed with stunning gold lettering that can be customised during purchase. Whether it's a monogrammed leather keyring for her, or a personalised genuine leather toiletries bag for him, our premium personalised hampers are the finest of quality. Make them feel loved with a one of a kind gift.
All of our gift hampers, whether personalised or from our general range, are available for delivery Australia-wide. Every hamper includes FREE standard Australian delivery to ensure that your gift shopping is affordable. From Perth to Melbourne, we have that special occasion covered.