Nothing says Christmas in London quite like Harrods. One of the world's most famous luxury department stores, inside is heaving with everything from beauty products and perfumes to home goods and toys.
Harrods is renowned for its Food Hall, with sensational produce from around the world. And at this time of the year, it's filled with festive gifts and treats from around the globe. The super store boasts 54 hampers this year ranging from less than £115 to £5000, so there's something for everybody. A spokesman for Harrods said, "The ultimate gift for food aficionados this Christmas has to be a Harrods hamper. Each gourmet hamper is developed and picked by our buyers who scour the world for the very finest food, drinks and accessories."
The Ultimate hamper offers 19 bottles of wines, champagnes and spirits, teas from around the world, fresh foods and meats, coveted Beluga caviar, a cheddar aged in 400-year-old caves as well as a 30-year-old Port for £5000. The Harrodian is perfect for the Christmas connoisseur. It boasts a limited-edition Christmas pudding complete with traditional sixpences, as well as rare Turkish coffee and an elegant cake crafted by Royal wedding cakemaker, Fiona Cairns, for £2500.
The Supreme (£1500) is a celebration of the Harrods Food Halls' finest products. As well as 14 luxury wines, champagnes and spirits, there are gold-dusted Turkish delights, an ice wine made from dawn-frozen grapes and the opulent Okayti Treasure Gold tea. The Daylesford Gentleman's iconic white wicker hamper (£150) is filled with shortbread, crackers, chutney, nuts and chocolate along with two bottles of superb Chateau Leoube.
The Celebration of Chocolate hamper is designed to give in to temptation and indulge in Harrods' exclusive couverture recipe. For 2011, this hamper now also features several new chocolate selections and chocolate-coated biscuits. Stimulate the senses with the East India Company Gift hamper, boasting heritage spice traders’ collection of exotic teas and piquant preserves, plus a guide book to accompany the experience.
Perfect for a present, Champagne and Chocolates (£32.50) is pretty self-explanatory. Exuding finesse, this hamper features exquisite pralines and a lovely bottle of bubbles. Christmas isn't Christmas without cheese. And this year, Harrods’ cheese buyer has hand picked the perfect cheeses for the festive season. Look out for the exclusive Xavier David board, including the Comte AOP, which is ripened between 14 and 18 months, has a fine flavor of dry fruits, and a dense but smooth texture. Alternatively, opt for the Classic English Cheese Board, which includes a selection of artisan cheeses such as Tymsboro’s smooth goat’s cheese, lovingly handcrafted in Somerset. For more details see Harrods.com.