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The Christmas hamper has made a comeback since its Eighties low point as a showy gift. Now, as well as places like Fortnum & Mason and Harrods, lots of online shops sell pre-picked goodies. Some allow you to tweak the shopping list. A homemade hamper costs less and could be the most generous present you give this year. It takes time and care to make but a great hampers website could reduce the legwork for you.

Some retailers pack their hampers with reusable wood wool. But other hamper-builders use ribbon. You don’t need to keep every product in its original packaging; a big festive bow makes for the perfect finishing touch on a hamper.

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