Add that extra special touch to your Christmas this year or surprise someone with a luxurious Harrods Christmas Box. Harrods wide range of Christmas hampers are available to suit every budget.
Hands up who loves Christmas? I know it's not everyone's favourite time of year, and we've been through a few bumpy patches in our relationship, Christmas and I. After losing Dad it never felt the same but with the magic and sparkle that two awesome nephews bring to the family, that I know he would have loved, Christmas and I have managed to put our differences aside and we're back on track. So who's joining Christmas and I in the festive spirit?
It's officially one month until the big day and the festive magic has well and truly started to arrive in our house; the first Christmas fair, Christmas market, Christmas lights, and Mariah has warbled out that all she wants for Christmas is... well you! There's something about those opening notes that send a festive tingle down the back of my neck and warm my heart, it makes me feel quite nostalgic for our family Christmases back when we were children.
One of my best memories was flicking through the Christmas catalogues, eyes wide open at all the tinsel and sparkle leaping out of the pages at me, putting a circle around the things I'd love to receive in my ideal world. But it wasn't the toys section that was my favourite, no. It was the Christmas hampers; I would scour the pages in awe of the wicket baskets burdening with goodies of all sorts, working my way through the festive treats up to Christmas arriving on your doorstep in a basket. That simple pleasure still hasn't left me, and every Christmas I eagerly check out the hamper selections and marvel at the festive treats on offer.
So when those purveyors of fine food, Harrods, got in touch and asked if I would like to review their Harrods Christmas Box, can you imagine how much my little Christmas heart jumped up and down!
The Harrods Christmas Box
When you hear the name Harrods, I can guarantee your mind will wander off into a world of traditional luxury, with the highest quality. The distinctive Harrods green and gold livery is one of the most globally recognised brands; they're not just a British institution but a luxurious shopping experience, known the world over as 'the ultimate' department store. And as you'd expect, this luxury is carried over into their wide range of Christmas hampers and boxes.
Harrods kindly organised for me to receive their Christmas Box; when it arrived I wasn't expecting it, so opening the door to a smiling courier holding a Harrods box, my heart skipped a beat again. It had arrived, and I couldn't wait to open it up and take a look inside.
The Harrods Christmas Box arrived safe and sound, snuggly tucked up in a Harrods branded box with a gift card tucked inside. When ordering online you can add a message to be sent with your hamper or box, if you will not be handing over the hamper to its recipient. Opening up the outer box a beautiful and simply decorated box, tied with ribbon, was staring back up at me; it was time to take a look inside.
Inside the Harrods Christmas Box
Lifting the lid on the Harrods Christmas Box, you will find Christmas treats that transform your Christmas Day with a little extra luxury, from breakfast through to supper. Safely nested inside the box, in a black velvet style liner, is a selection of four smartly packaged products; all in a classic red and white design.
First to come out of the gift box, was a Classic Christmas pudding, made to a time honoured Harrods recipe and matured for 9 months. Packed full of fruits, steeped in port, cider and brandy, with a good measure of walnuts and almonds, this Christmas Pudding sounds like it would be amazing for dessert, accompanied with a healthy dollop of brandy butter or maybe a custard if you're more that way inclined. Sadly for me, but luckily for the person who'll be getting my share, I can't indulge in taste testing due to my nut allergy.
Instead, I have my eye on the Spiced Kentish Plum and Berry Jam, made in Devon. The brilliant ruby colour of the jam is pure Christmas, and taking the lid off the jar and smelling the festive aroma of cloves, cinnamon, cardamon and nutmeg, had me reaching straight for a spoon. But no, this jam is too good to just eat on its own. As Harrods suggest, this amazing Spiced Jam would be perfect on warm English muffins, I'd also be tempted to smoother it over a warm buttered crumpet, or even balance it out with something savoury like a nice mature cheddar. However, I have other plans for this jar, and that's to top off a winter cream tea with cinnamon, apple and sultana scones, and good helping of a brandy-spiked cream (on top of course). I promise I'll share the recipe for these festive treats soon, in the meantime the jam would also be amazing on my berry and white chocolate scones.
Next out of the Harrods Christmas Box is their Spiced Black Tea; the first thing that went through my mind was that would be perfect with our festive cream tea! Opening the little festive red tea caddy, you're met with a bright and fragrant mix of warming spices, orange, ginger, and Sri Lankan black tea. This really did smell like Christmas. I could imagine the aromas of a freshly brewed pot of the spiced tea on Christmas morning or to round off an evening of festivities. Harrods recommend that the tea is served with milk or honey to sweeten as a festive treat. I haven't added honey to my tea before so I'll try it that way first.
The last package in the Harrods Christmas Box is the one that really caught my eye; a red and white candy cane striped biscuit tin, Salted Caramel and Pecan Milk Chocolate Biscuit Thins. When I opened the biscuit tin, that unmistakable smell of salted caramel hit me, oh my, it's one of my favourite combinations! But there's nuts, so I'm going to have to very reluctantly hand these over to the rest of the family to try and let them tell me how amazing they are. These buttery biscuit thins would make an indulgent post-dinner treat with coffee, each one enrobed in a salted caramel milk chocolate, topped with a piece of pecan. I'm sure they wouldn't last long being passed around the dinner table. Sigh... I think I'll keep the jam all to myself!
What did I think of the Harrods Christmas Box?
Even though I can't indulge in some of the items in the box, I loved it. It was everything that I expected from Harrods, with traditional meeting modern, in an elegant and luxurious package. At £45.00, it's not the cheapest option out there but then again cheap is not what a Harrods Christmas hamper is all about. It's a special festive treat, that I'd be more than happy to receive or give as a gift.
In fact, if you are going away for Christmas to stay with family or friends, the Harrods Christmas Box would be the perfect selection to take as a gift for your hosts and a slightly more affordable option than the Ultimate Hamper at £5,000, unless you really wanted to spoil them. It does look and sound amazing, and should anyone wish to send me one I'd be more than happy to receive it... thanks in advance.
The Harrods website has a wide range of Christmas hampers to suit every budget, ranging from those to add that extra special touch to your festive table, like the Harrods Christmas Box, right the way up to the deliciously decadent Ultimate Christmas. There's so much choice, I really don't know which one I'd prefer to receive. Why not pop on over and help me decide, let me know which one you would choose in the comments box below.
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Disclosure: Thank you to Harrods for asking me to review their Christmas Hampers. Thoughts and feelings are my own. Harrods Christmas Hampers are available to order online for delivery across the UK, for between £35.00 and £5,000.00. I was gifted The Christmas Box, £45.00 plus P&P.