The Christmas season is a time of festivities to include; caring, sharing and definitely feasting. By tradition, food plays an integral role in the Christmas celebrations. Christmas feasts may take on large significance as a dinner or party or on a smaller scale as the exchange of a food hamper. Logically, a Christmas food hamper may consist of a mixture of perishable and/or nonperishable items.
Usually, a hamper is known as a wicker basket used for transporting items especially food. By definition therefore, a wicker is ideal in creating a food hamper. However depending on your Christmas budget your “hamper” may take one of many types. Depending on the food items to be gift wrapped, use a sturdy cardboard box, a bowl; plastic or glass. Hence your first step is to choose the most appropriate container to represent your hamper.
Having chosen your container, the next step is to gather materials such as: cellophane paper, clear tape, bow, gift ribbon, shredded paper or tissue paper which can be use as substitute. Then you select the food items for your hamper. Selected items are dependent on the recipient and also the theme which in this case is that of Christmas. The choice will say how well you know the person as well your thoughtfulness. A hamper for a male may vary from that of a female; the same would apply to a hamper for a family member from that of a close friend, and consequently a child’s differs from that of an adult. More specifically, a Christmas food hamper will denote the theme of Christmas, possibly color coded in the cheery red and green of Christmas and traditional Christmas food items. Food items may include:
- Christmas cookies
- Assorted nuts
- Fruit cake
- Christmas candies (E.g. candy cane)
- Exotic Cheeses
- Cold meats (E.g. ham and turkey)
Having selected your items the next step is to organize the items in an eye-catching arrangement. You would then take your container and carefully pad it with the paper of your choice; preferably keeping them in the Christmas colors. The paper will provide height and visual appeal to your hamper. However, using too much paper will allow your basket to become bulgy and items would not be positioned properly. Next you arrange the items in the basket; you may arrange them from tallest in the back and shortest in the front or tallest in the middle and the shorter ones around them in a circular format. Pay close attention to fragile items which should be placed on the top
When wrapping the hamper, the best choice for gift wrap is cellophane paper so items in hamper may be visible. The arranged basket is then placed in the centre of the gift paper which then generously envelopes the hamper. The hamper is then gathered at the centre to bring all sides together. You may now fasten with a gift ribbon and then add the bow to accent the overall presentation.