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A homemade Christmas hamper makes a lovely gift. Find out how I made this sweet treats Christmas hamper full of branded goods for just £2.81
I love a good Christmas hamper. Filled with yummy treats they make a lovely Christmas gift for young, old and families alike. And they don’t have to be super expensive to make. I managed to created the one pictured below for just £2.81. My Dad has a major sweet tooth so this will be his one of his gifts this year.
The Sweet treats Christmas Hamper Contains;
- Two bars of Dairy Milk Chocolate (one plain, one oreo) RRP £1.50 each
- Two Packets of Reese’s Pieces Mini Cups RRP £2.50 each
- Two Packets of Reese’s Pieces share bags RRP £2.50 each
- One Cadbury’s Selection Box RRP £2.00
- Two packets of Foxes butter Crunch Biscuits RRP £1 each
- Two Packets of Foxes Crunch Creams RRP £1 each
- One box of Mr Kipling Mince Pies RRP £1.50
How the cost breaks down
The RRP of the hamper is £20.50.
Here’s how I got it for £2.81.
I used Shopping apps
Many of the items in the hamper I got for free or very cheap by using various shopping apps. These included Clicksnap, Shopmium, and Checkoutsmart. All you need to do is buy the item and then upload a photograph of you receipt to the app for a full or part refund.
Using these apps I got the Dairy Milk bar, Selection Box and Mince pies completely free. I also got the Reese’s pieces for 50p each instead of £2.50. If you would like to find out more about shopping apps you can read about them here.
I looked out for deleted lines
Recently my local Co-Op has been having a massive clear out to make room for new products . So, they have had loads of deleted lines super cheap. This included the Oreo Dairy Milk bar for just 57p and the foxes biscuits for 13p and 11p per pack. The biscuits then went through the till at Buy One Get One Free which was even better. All of the items have a good BBE date too, well into next year, so they won’t be going off anytime soon.
I didn’t buy an Expensive Hamper Basket
Wicker baskets for hampers can be so expensive. Although places like Wilkos do budget options these tend to be very small. I went for the super frugal option of simply wrapping a card board box in wrapping paper. I haven’t finished wrapping yet but will probably add some tissue paper or plastic wrap around the top of the hamper to complete it.
You can do it too!
While many of the offers I used to make this Christmas Hamper are no longer available, I wanted to show what you can do if you put your mind to it. It maybe a little late for this Christmas but I am a massive advocate of planning ahead for next year. Start grabbing bits now, sale items, freebies, whatever you can and stash them away for next year.
While I realise food won’t keep all year, if you start thinking about your hampers at the beginning of September then you may be able to create something like this in time for next Christmas. As well as this hamper I have made a coffee themed and cider themed hamper both for very little money and mostly by using freebies and shopping apps.
You could also add other freebies – for example if I was giving this hamper to a family I would have added the two free DVDs Sky have given away this year and some popcorn I got for free. There is also a lot here for one person, it could easily have been split down into two separate gifts. The possibilities are endless!
It’s really easy to find beauty freebies too – I’ve already had two free products from The Body Shop this week and they’ve gone straight in the cupboard for next year. There are also regular beauty freebies on the O2 Priority moments app from places like Boots and Benefit Cosmetics.