There are certain particulars that decidedly mark the start of the year’s Christmas season prep. The comeback of Autumn scarves. That slight nip in the air. And, the busy flurry of Eau De Nil bags overflowing with festivities, marching alongside their proud delighted owners across Piccadilly and The Mall.
And each item in the bag has a unique story to tell. This year, the team at Fortnum & Mason has elevated the standards of Christmas shopping yet again, curating a spectacular collection of hampers, decorations, and household essentials to perfect the most wonderful time of the year.
Let me introduce you to The Fortnum’s Christmas Collection Hamper - a new addition for 2021, and may just be my favourite of all the festive hampers. In the elegant Huntsman basket, you can find themed classics such as Orange & Chocolate Biscuits, chocolate reindeer noses, and Morello cherry & Fortnum’s cognac preserve, alongside the signature musical biscuit tin and luxurious selection of teas. And here’s an insider tip – the peppermint bark is a Fortnum team favourite, which should tell you all you need to know!
The Magic of Christmas Hamper is impressive - the sheer quantity of premium treats it contains is impressive, but for us, it is the cookbook that steals the show. Tom Parker Bowles tells a story of 310 years of Fortnum history in the shape of food and drink, and guides you through delicious winter recipes to help bring the essence of Fortnum & Mason to your home.
Packed on those bags are more than just delicious treats – each piece has a story. Let’s take the Glace Kea Plums. They are uniquely grown at Tregothnan in Cornwall, its deep sea creek in the River Fal enabling it to be the real heart of English tea, planting the UK’s first in 1999.
And here’s one for the cocktail lovers. The Espresso Daiquiri Gift Box comes with two elegant glasses to enjoy your cocktails in. Just chill and serve - the real challenge is resisting the temptation to tuck into your treats too soon!
Here’s another Fortnum & Mason exclusive for 2021. The stag has become somewhat of a signature at the Christmas table in recent years, however this spectacular piece is guaranteed to capture the attention of guests. It’s only available at Fortnum & Mason this year, and it is expected to be in exceptionally high demand.
It’s not just the food and drink that is sourced with thought, care, and sustainability in mind – it’s also the packaging, materials, and process behind the design of each deliberate component.
It is the reflection and the story behind each and every addition to the hampers that delights recipients, and leaves a long lasting aftertaste of sweetness and satisfaction long after the colourful tins and signature bottles are empty.
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