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Sending Hampers Abroad – We Have the Facts

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For those who have family and friends overseas, sending hampers abroad at Christmas is the time to send a little bit of home out to them. What could be better than sending a hamper, full of the tastes and smells of Christmas.

Christmas Cracker hamper gift idea to send abroadSending Hampers Abroad, What You Need to Know

There are restrictions when thinking about the best hampers to send overseas, for example they can never contain pulling or Christmas crackers or fresh food.


Alcohol is restricted in some countries for a variety of reasons although most of Europe is not a problem. Alcohol is now prohibited in Russia.

Alcohol Import Licence – this is required for Switzerland, Israel, Egypt, Iran, Iraq, USA, Canada, Mexico and South America

Alcohol Tax ID

This is required for the recipient prior to shipping to the following countries:

Israel, Egypt, Iran, Iraq, Mexico, South America and Turkey

Products That Are Banned

Russia no longer accepts any B2C deliveries and nothing must be valued over $75USD/£50GBP.  They will allow B2B deliveries as long as they are within the value limit.

Norway has banned alcohol as a personnel or corporate gift item as have South Korea.

Annually Virginia Hayward sends around 1,000 hampers abroad and they are popular gifts. Once the order leaves our warehouses we are in the hands of couriers in the UK, especially when it gets close to Christmas, then there’s Customs and onward couriers to the final destinations. The most popular hamper choices tend to be those hampers which will really bring the Christmas spirit to those far from home. Season’s Greetings Basket and Merry Christmas are extremely popular and we would also suggest our very popular Christmas Cracker or White Christmas. Customers should always be keen to make sure delivery charges don’t exceed the value of their carefully considered gift.

It’s a good idea to keep an eye on those all-important Last Posting Dates for Christmas delivery before you start shopping so here’s our list:

Last Posting Dates

Mainland Europe – Thursday 18th December.

Rest of the World – Thursday 18th or Friday 19th December depending on the location so please check in advance.

USA and Canada – Friday 19th December.

If you haven’t sent hampers abroad before but know someone who might really appreciate and thoroughly enjoy one this Christmas click onto our website for our complete range,

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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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