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Is There VAT on Food Hampers? We Explain the Rules.

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It’s a question we are frequently asked so here are the facts about VAT on food hampers and in the process we hope we will give you an insight in to the creation of our hampers. We have to consider all the VAT rules and it’s a complicated process.

A Basic Rule of Thumb For VAT on Food Hampers?

Is there VAT on wine?If it’s luxury it will be VATable – wine, champagne, port, chocolates and confectionary plus all the hardware such as crackers, which feature in quite a few of our Christmas hampers – Taste of Christmas, A Touch of Class, Christmas Tradition and Twelfth Night are examples. With every rule there is always an anomaly and interestingly smoked salmon is VAT free, as are Christmas puddings.

A plain biscuit carries no VAT but if it has been dipped in chocolate it does, choc chips don’t. Nuts in their original state, such as pistachios, carry no VAT either but if they are shelled or salted they do. Here are some more items that don’t pick up VAT – smoked meats, chutneys & jams, cheese and fresh ham. Delicious products that really are important ingredients in our Christmas hampers year after year.

Now the packaging. As Virginia Hayward is an online company we have to use packaging to make sure all our hampers arrive safely at their destinations. Our bubble wrap, filling and cooler packs inside the cardboard cartons come under ‘floating’ VAT. This means that they don’t influence the VAT calculations. Any packaging used to enhance the hamper into a gift – wicker basket, wooden box, ribbon, tissue paper and coloured shredded paper – carries VAT.

As a rough guide an average sized hamper will have a VATable rate of around 13-14%.

Is there VAT on food hampers? It’s not as simple as it looks. Creating beautiful hampers that have the right balance of content whilst also keeping an eye on costs takes years of practice. Even the VAT man gets muddled sometimes it’s so specialised! You will take a fresh look at Christmas hampers from now on.

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Shipping Restrictions


For larger orders we can offer discounts, please contact us directly to discuss your requirements.

We offer tiered delivery discounts for 2 or more hampers being delivered to the same UK address, on the same day. The discounts are calculated as follows:

Amount of itemsDiscount
2 – 3 items25% delivery discount
4 – 6 items30% delivery discount
7 – 9 items35% delivery discount
10 – 14 items40% delivery discount
15+ items50% delivery discount

If you purchase via our website your discount will be automatically calculated at the checkout.

If you place your order over the phone or via email, our friendly team will calculate the discount for you.

Unfortunately we cannot offer delivery discounts on hampers being delivered outside mainland UK.


Delivery Options & Surcharges

Delivery TypeOrder and DeliveryDelivery SurchargesCost and Terms
Standard Delivery3-5 working daysNo Surcharge AppliedStandard delivery price
See individual product listing
Saturday DeliveryOrder in advance for a Saturday delivery or by 13.00 (GMT) on a Friday£3.95

Standard delivery price + £3.95 surcharge

Deliveries will made between 9am and 5pm

Not available for Highlands, Islands or Overseas

Sunday DeliveryOrder in advance for a Sunday delivery or by 13.00 (GMT) on a Friday£15

Standard delivery price + £15 surcharge

Deliveries will made between 9am and 5pm

Not available for Highlands, Islands or Overseas

Next Day or Named Day DeliveryOrders for Next Day Delivery will need to be placed by 13:00 (GMT) or order in advance for a specific date (excl. Saturday & Sunday).
Please note that Letterbox Gifts are delivered using Royal Mail, so when selecting a Named Day delivery we cannot guarantee a
precise delivery date for these gifts. However, in our experience, 90% of orders are delivered on time.

Standard delivery price + £1 surcharge

Gifts ordered on a Friday will be delivered on a Monday

Not available for Highlands, Islands or Overseas

In Time For Christmas

(when applicable)

Order in advance for Christmas gifts£0

Standard delivery price – see individual product listing

Typically, we will deliver between the 7th and 23rd December

Gifts ordered on a Friday will be delivered on a Monday.

Deliveries will made between 9am and 5pm.

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