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Some things are just worth waiting for – especially when it comes to our most beloved festive foods and drinks.

 Every year, we count down to Christmas when we can tuck into our favourite flavours of the season with abandon, from the all-important Christmas cheeseboard to the traditional roast dinner with all the trimmings. And not forgetting the drinks too, Christmas simply wouldn’t be complete without a glass of bubbles to kick off the celebrations.

 But which indulgent festive flavours does the UK love the very most? At Virginia Hayward, we’ve taken a look at our best-selling food and drinks* to find out what would be included in the nation’s ‘perfect’ Christmas gift hamper. Find out which food is our own ‘Christmas Number 1’, and the favourite type of drink to make Christmas merry!


 What’s included in the UK’s favourite food and drink hamper?


 A luxury Christmas gift hamper from Virginia Hayward makes a wonderful festive surprise for any foodie – especially when it’s filled with the food and drinks they love the most.

We’ve discovered the 10 foods and drinks that are chosen most often as part of our Build a Hamper gifts – and the most popular flavours will come as no surprise to any Christmas food lover! Take a look below to discover what would be included in the ‘perfect’ food and drink hamper.



Cheddar cheese is the favourite food to add to our hampers, which means that there will be plenty of delighted cheese lovers receiving a Virginia Hayward gift hamper this Christmas! Other savoury foods that made our top 10 included pate, salmon, olives and crackers – all of which would make an irresistible feast to share with loved ones at Christmas time.

As for the sweet goodies, biscuits, chocolate and the ubiquitous mince pies are the favourite treats to add. Then there are the drinks – Prosecco and wine complete the perfect hamper to tuck into over the Christmas season.


The favourite cheeses and tipples of Christmas


 A British favourite, cheddar cheese is the number one choice for a bespoke Christmas hamper, but which other types of cheese are our best-sellers?

Creamy blue stilton, white stilton, tangy goat’s cheese and rich brie are the cheeses of choice for our customers, and all of which make the perfect match for a fine red wine – our best-selling type of drink.

Also making our top 5 tipples are white wine, bubbly Champagne, sparkling Prosecco and a full-bodied port, which are real crowd-pleasers at any Christmas party – but would be just as delightful to sip with a loved one on a cosy winter night in.

So what are your thoughts – would you be happy to give or receive our ‘perfect’ luxury hamper this Christmas? With our Build a Hamper service, you can create a very special bespoke festive hamper for a loved one that contains all of their favourite Christmas foods and drink, or even treat yourself. Or why not take a look at our complete Christmas Hampers collection for fabulous hampers that are ready to order, and make someone’s festive celebrations even more memorable.

*Virginia Hayward ‘Build Your Own’ Hamper Transactions Data, October 2015 – October 2017



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Alix Haysom

I've been at Virginia Hayward since 2009, returning to the countryside after 10 years in London gaining experience in PR and advertising. I love the variety of my role, from being involved with the next marketing campaign and theming for the Christmas brochure to product selection (and tasting of course). Outside of work I enjoy making the most of Dorset’s fresh air with my young family and border terrier.

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