Nelly Elliott

Newcastle based blogger, mama, creative, coffee-only with my oxygen, vegan, plus-size fashion lover and feminist.


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Before I jump into this post, have we all seem the John Lewis Christmas advert? I know people have mixed opinions on it, but I think its cute, the Hare's sad "I miss my friend" face gets me everytime. Just in case you live under a rock and missed it...

I have a confession to make, I bloody love this time of year, the cold weather, wrapping up in scarves, gloves and coats, going Christmas shopping and trying to find that perfect gift for someone... Bliss.

I love buying presents for people, spending time thinking of something they would love. I pride myself on being a good-gift-buyer. I think letters to Santa and wishlists have their place, but I much prefer the thrill of finding the perfect gift for someone, seeing something and immediately knowing that that special person would LOVE it!

One of my favourite things to do for Christmas is give people hampers, I usually try to build up a selection of goodies and wrap them creatively myself, I've always thought shop bought hampers were a bit stuffy, all shortbread and chutney and absolutely no fun at all.

Boy was I wrong...

I was sent this beautiful hamper of goodies from John Lewis and was bowled over by the selection of sweet treats. It is almost like someone picked each thing especially for me! Chocolate covered pretzels, salted caramel marshmallow, jelly beans, Christmas ginger bread, turkish delight...

John Lewis offer a range of pre-packed food hampers, or a great selection of foodie gifts for you to put into your own hampers.

BTW the Baru Dark Chocolate covered marhsmallows with salted caramel were out of this world!

Ruby is clearly sold on the whole hamper idea, although her reaction to the baubles have me a little worried about our Christmas tree.

Do you do the whole hamper thing at Christmas? I am thinking of doing some homemade bits and bobs to go alongside little gifts this year, maybe some vanilla essence, gingerbread or fudge; please feel free to link to some homemade gift ideas in the comments! I am on the hunt for inspiration.

I was sent this hamper for review purposes