The tradition of giving hampers during Christmas has its roots in medieval England. The term “hamper” originally referred to a large basket or box used for transporting food. In the context of
Christmas, these hampers were often filled with a variety of festive food items and drinks.

During the Victorian era in the 19th century, the tradition of giving Christmas hampers became more widespread and elaborate. Wealthy families would prepare and exchange hampers filled with luxury items, including fine wines, exotic fruits, chocolates, and other treats. These hampers were a way for people to share the joy of the festive season and provide a bit of extra comfort and indulgence.

Over time, the tradition expanded beyond the upper class, and giving Christmas hampers became a popular practice among people of various social and economic backgrounds. Today, Christmas
hampers are a common and cherished gift during the holiday season, containing a mix of traditional and gourmet foods, sweets, spirits and sometimes even non-food items.

The practice of exchanging hampers has evolved to include a wide range of options, from homemade baskets to professionally curated ones available for purchase. It remains a gesture of generosity and goodwill, symbolizing the spirit of sharing and celebrating together during the Christmas season