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How To Upcycle Your Christmas Hamper

Ever wondered if there is a way to make your white Christmas a little greener? As magical as Christmas is, it can lead to a serious amount of waste. From the piles of wrapping paper on the floor on Christmas Day to discarded packaging, it would be nice to think that we could still enjoy our Christmas treats without having to throw so much away.

Hampers offer a thoughtful, endlessly customisable Christmas gift alternative. Whatever age you are, there’s something magical about opening up a hamper to see what’s inside. You can relive the magic of a Christmas stocking, but without quite so much wrapping paper to throw away after.

Best of all, you can choose exactly what goes into the hamper, meaning that you can make the hamper very personal to the tastes of the recipient whilst also making responsible choices about what you select to go in.

If you’re lucky enough to receive a hamper, you can reuse and recycle the contents into useful and beautiful things. We’ve put together a few ideas to get you started on your upcycling adventure…

Turn your wicker basket into a planter

Wicker hampers can be used afterwards as a planter. Celebrate the end of Christmas by preparing for the joys of spring!

  1. Staple a plastic bag to the inside of the wicker basket.
  2. Poke holes in the bag for drainage.
  3. Add soil to the basket.
  4. Plant your flowers.
  5. Watch them bloom. Don’t forget to add water!

Make your home smell inviting with an empty jar

If your Christmas hamper includes a jar of festive chutney, you can always reuse the empty jar. With a few simple modifications, you can upcycle yourself a scented lantern:

  1. Clean out your used jar and dry it.
  2. Crush up some cinnamon sticks and place in the bottom of the jar.
  3. Place a vanilla scented tea light on top.
  4. Light the wick and enjoy your DIY aromatherapy.

Turn your fabric bag into a decorated gift pouch

Lots of gifts come in a little fabric bag – whether it’s biscuits or bath salts – which can be easily transformed into a gift pouch for someone else. If you like the results a little too much, you can also keep it for yourself and fill it with jewellery or accessories:

  1. Trim the bag to the perfect size.
  2. Cut out a heart shape into a cardboard stencil, which is then laid over the material.
  3. Fill the shape with fabric paint.
  4. Cut small holes in the neck of the pouch and then thread through a ribbon through to tie the pouch shut.

Turn your wine bottle into a beautiful vase

An elegant painted vase is extremely simple to create and makes for a very frugal but attractive home decoration.

  1. Clean out your wine bottle with detergent and allow to dry.
  2. Pour 80-100 ml of paint into a bowl. You can use anything from watercolours to normal household paint – which you should dilute with a little water.
  3. Transfer the paint into the wine bottle in a plastic syringe, which you can buy at a local chemist.
  4. Rotate the bottle so that the paint covers the inside surface.
  5. Let the bottles dry in an upside down position for a few hours and the clean off any excess paint from the outside of the bottle.
  6. If you’ve used a water-based paint, add a plastic vase liner into the bottle.
  7. Select a few flowers and arrange in your new vase!

Turn your wicker basket into a children’s toy box

Wicker hampers create great toy boxes. They’re spacious, easily customisable and don’t have sharp corners, so are child-friendly.

  1. Clean the hamper with a sponge and liquid detergent to remove any dust or dirt.
  2. Lay down some newspaper before spraying with enamel paint.
  3. You can either choose a bright colour or spray a base layer to add patterns on top.
  4. Once the paint is dry, you can spray on further patterns using cut out animal or flower prints.

240 comments on “How To Upcycle Your Christmas Hamper”

  1. Lauren Price says:

    Foods that I like but are a little bit of a treat like chutneys crackers, chocolates, mince pies etc.

  2. Ellie S says:

    I would love to find dates, chocolates, mince pies and stollen in my Christmas hamper

  3. Tracey Belcher says:

    Brandy butter, Mince Pies, Bucks Fizz and chocolates

  4. Amanda Rose Smith says:

    this would be a wonderful Christmas treat

  5. Cathy Doherty says:

    Great giveaway

  6. Chris Ashmore says:

    My ideal contents would be chocolate, chocolate, more chocolate, oh and even more chocolate! 🙂

  7. jenny reynolds says:

    yummy yummy fingers crossed xxxxxxxxx

  8. Ailsa says:

    A chocolate orange, a bottle of champagne, salt and vinegar crisps and some brandy butter! And some peace and quiet!

  9. Kelly White says:

    Anything chocolate would be in my ideal Christmas hamper!

  10. Tom Morrison says:

    A hamper containing a Turkey, piece of Pork and pigs in blankets plus cranbe and apple sauces

  11. lorna irvine says:

    bottle of baileys,box of chocolates ,christmas pudding ,christmas cake and a big turkey for dinner

  12. Pauline Armstrong says:

    Shortbread mince pies

  13. John Parker says:

    Lovely food chocolates Christmas treats merry Christmas to you all

  14. Alan Harcus says:

    All the treat required to make it the best Christmas ever.

  15. Jill Rhodes says:

    I make hampers for family and would love to receive one full of goodies 🎄

  16. Janet Birkin says:


  17. Kevin Robinson says:


  18. miss michelle sullivan says:

    What a lovely giveaway I always love a hamper such a ideal gift for anyone

  19. tony says:

    Cakes abd drink

  20. A Mwaura says:

    Merry Christmas

  21. christine prior says:

    deep fill mince pies
    raisin and oatmeal cookies
    orange flavoured chocolate
    lime or orange marmalade-miniature size
    strawberry/raspberry jam-miniature size
    box of dates
    selection of nuts

  22. Paula Bentley says:

    Yes Please would love to win xx

  23. Paula Bentley says:

    that hamper looks delicious as it is dosnt need upcycling xx

  24. CAtherine Renfrey says:

    Trying to enter the Hamper Competition. I would like Good Health in my hamper.

  25. Christine Bray says:

    Bottle fizz, home made cookies and hand finished chocolate in my hamper mmmm

  26. Denise Derrick-Jones says:

    What a great prize , my fingers are crossed already!

  27. toni pearson says:

    my ideal hamper would include some Canadian treats (for my hubby), shortbread, crackers, chutneys and pickles, and some chocolate treats for the kids. (and some tinned mandarin oranges, my sons favourite.)

  28. Heather Knotts says:

    Everything listed in the Santa’s Sack of Treats above + a bottle of posh gin

  29. Susan Ocock says:

    Champagne, Cheese, Cookies and Dundee cake

  30. sheila tidy says:

    What anamazing hamper giveaway.

  31. Janet Clegg says:

    My Ideal hamper would be something for everyone. Something sweet something savoury and some alcohol

  32. Sandra Parkinson says:

    Looks delicious, give my cat Bella treats, so it’s time I had one. Did I see liquorice in there!

  33. HORRY WRIGHT says:

    Cooking Pots and Pans would be this bakers delight!!!

  34. Jacqueline Reid says:

    Lots of your lovely Mince Pies please. It is Christmas after all!

  35. Debbie Siddle says:

    I already told you in the comment above. Not sure why this is repeated. Thanks for the chance to win x

  36. William Alexander says:


  37. christine thomas says:

    love to win as i never win anything

  38. Sylvia Robbins says:

    Such luxury.

  39. Louise Williams says:

    Oh would love to win and have some chocolate and cookie’s so we can share with our children also a bit of wine so we can share between the adults x 😊 fingers crossed xx 😊 good luck everyone xx 😊

  40. Duncan says:

    Lovely looking hampers

  41. Paula Gwynne says:

    Cheese, crackers, shortbread biscuits, Prosecco

  42. C. Slessor says:

    Would love a hamper especially if it was delivered by my daughter who lives in Colorado.

  43. Mrs Kate Wedlake says:

    Tarquins gin, hotel chocolat chocolates,

  44. Jan Bird says:

    Nuts, chocolate, cakes, fruit,

  45. Lydia Houghton says:

    Chocolate coated nuts.

  46. Carole O'Donnell says:

    Port cheese and Belgian chocs

  47. michelle o'neill says:

    mince pies, beer and chocolate cake

  48. Karen Hughes says:

    i would love to see some florentines,shortbread,chocolates,mince pies,christmas cake oh! i could go on forever,x

  49. Elaine Savage says:

    Stollen, mince pies, Christmas pudding, chocolate and gingerbread. I have a sweet tooth!

  50. Lindsey Stuart says:

    Lovely! 🙂
    I would love to see some scented candles, chocolates, wine crackers and cheese!

  51. Joanne Beale says:

    Wine, chocolate, Christmas pudding and Coffee

  52. Tracy Nixon says:

    A selection of traditional Christmas treats from around the world!

  53. jessica reid says:

    yum yum yum

  54. Megan Williams says:

    Mince pies and a Christmas pudding!

  55. Deirdre Ni Mheachair says:

    Mulled Wine, Mince Pies, Christmas Pudding, Stilton, Camembert, Crackers, Spiced Coffee blend, chocolates, Champagne

  56. CHRIS KNIGHTS says:

    save it until easter then use it for your easter egg hampers o yes then wait until next xmas a attempt to win a new one and start all over again after you have enjoyed the contents of course

  57. Lucy says:

    Mince pies, chocolates, wine, biscuits, anything to eat or drink!! Haha 🙂

  58. Violet Phillippo says:

    Some really nice cheeses.

  59. maureen findley says:

    champagne chocolate and christmas pudding

  60. Laura Jeffs says:

    My ideal Christmas hamper would have at least 3 bottles of Italian wine, a good selection of cheeses, 3 good quality jams, a selection of continental biscuits and a selection of English biscuits, a few yummy nibbles and of course Christmas crackers!

  61. Adrian Bold says:

    I’d love to see a nice selections of chocolates, biscuits, drinks and Christmas treats.

  62. Louise Comb says:

    Chocolates, something boozy, chocolates, perhaps some savoury nibbles, oh, and a few more chocolates 😀 XXX

  63. Harry Sutton says:

    A selection of cheeses, crackers, cakes and wines

  64. Lynne Manton says:

    Mince pies, biscuits and chocolate. Nice, very, very nice!

  65. tammy tollefsen says:

    OOh smashing prize!! Good Luck to everyone

  66. tammy tollefsen says:

    Smashing prize. Good luck everyone!!

  67. MARK THOMAS says:

    My ideal hamper would include biscuits, cakes , nuts and snacks . Chocolates would be very welcome along with tins of ham.

  68. Rachel Craig says:

    Plenty of Delicious Food, Drinks and Snacks. Turkey, Ham, Cheese, Oatcakes, Porridge, Long Life Milk, Apple Juice, Orange Juice, Real Lemonade, Rice Cakes, Chutneys, Fresh Fruit and Vegetables. Christmas Cake, Christmas Stollen Cake, Biscuits, Fruit Cake. Salmon, Tuna, Etc.

  69. sarah birkett says:

    a selection of food that I wouldnt normally buy. cheeses etc perhaps

  70. Joanne Blunt says:

    I would love some luxury biscuits, maybe some shortbread, plenty of chocolate and some wine.

  71. Mrs Susan V Holliday says:

    i have left my suggestion of a lovely hamper if i was lucky enough to win , kind regards

  72. Mrs Susan V Holliday says:

    i would love to win santa sack full of lovely goodies kind regards Sye

  73. EMMA WALTERS says:

    i like to try different savoury nibbles, sweet treats and a drink of something new – soft drinks or tea

  74. Kev Cannon says:

    My ideal hamper would have to include some quality shortbread, a bottle of port, a large pack of twiglets, some blue cheese and a box of chocolate truffles for the wife

  75. rominy colville says:

    fudge, tiffin, biccies

  76. Sarah Ann says:

    Mince Pies, Cheeses and Cranberry Sauce

  77. Valerie Brown says:

    Lots of traditional treats – Christmas cake and pudding, mince pies, stollen, chocolates , chutney and relishes, crackers, nuts, ground coffee, tea, jam and marmalade


    Love crackers and cheese at Christmas so some of both would be nice

  79. Jamie Edwards says:

    I love a foodie hamper, I’d love mince pies, a nice cheese, some festive cookies and delicious choccies. Mmmm!

  80. Lorraine Tinsley says:

    White wine and chocolate

  81. Lisa Day says:

    My idea Christmas hamper would contain some of my favourite chocolates like Ferrero Rocher and also I really like the different themed food for Christmas like the little cakes that look like reindeers and just those oh wow I’ve not seen these before items.Also more chocolate would be good and some cheesecake.

  82. Ray Dodds says:

    Loads and loads of chocolate

  83. claire woods says:

    mince pies, wine, chocolates.

  84. Phil Darling says:

    I’d like there to be some horseraddish and a few bottles of beer. Happy days

  85. helen tovell says:

    Cheese, crackers a bit of bubbly and some truffles

  86. Michelle Carlin says:

    Chocolate, Stollen cake and a nice bottle of wine to wash them down with.

  87. Lorraine Stone says:

    Dates, some fancy chocolates and some Florentine biscuits

  88. Emily Hutchinson says:

    Cheese, chutney and beer!

  89. Helen Hodgson says:

    Advocat and a lovely sparkling piece of jewellery ( a girl can dream!)

  90. amy bondoc says:

    cheese, wines, biscuits and little chocolate bars

  91. Sally Collingwood says:

    Someone to come in and cook the entire Christmas dinner then clear up afterwards.

  92. Rachael Simmons says:

    Hey, I’ve entered the Rafflecopter, my ideal Xmas hamper would be pate, cheese, savoury and sweet biscuits, Turkish Delight, chocolates, olives and really good coffee!

  93. Irene Murdoch says:

    Shortbread, chocolates, mince pies, nuts and wine

  94. Adrian Knox says:

    My ideal hamper would be retro sweets, some beer, a bottle of champagne, some shortbread and some comics

  95. Christina Palmer says:

    Variety cheeses, biscuits for cheese, chocolate & wine

  96. Elizabeth Cooke says:

    I’d say some chocolate, nuts, pigs in blankets, cheese and crackers and maybe some bubbly 😉

  97. Becky John says:

    Christmas Cake, Chutneys and sparkling wine.

  98. Vanessa Cox says:

    Prosecco, Chocolate Truffles, Shortbread, Irish Cream and more chocolate!

  99. Emma Walton says:

    I would like to find a bottle of Asti Spumante, a large cooked ham, some fancy chocolates and some luxury Christmas crackers.

  100. Layla Thomas says:

    Mince pies, chocolate, cheese, chutney and stollen.

  101. olivia Mary Kirby says:

    Chocolates, cheese, crisps, crackers, chutneys, Champagne!
    The It’s All About C hamper! Oh maybe caviar?!

  102. Louise A says:

    good chocolate, good cheese, good wine, gingerbread men, iced biscuits and cake

  103. Sarah Bailey says:

    Ohh definitely some tea, chocolate, Christmas cake, mince pies lots of Christmas treats!

  104. Anthony Griffith says:

    Savoury snacks would be ideal 🙂

  105. Michaela Hannah says:

    Lots of different types of cheese with crackers, and some fizz

  106. Lea Mavin says:

    Nuts, mince pies and shortbread

  107. elizabeth littlewood says:

    great prize good luck to all

  108. Claire Appleton says:

    Anything chocolately would be lovely for me! So white chocolate snowflakes, Orange chocolate reindeer’s, triple chocolate penguins! You get my gist hahaha 🙂

  109. Charmaine Dance says:

    Lots of cheese and chutney

  110. mary chez says:

    Wine, cheese , chocolate

  111. sheri Darby says:

    Shortbread, savoury crackers, chocolates, Christmas cake, Mince Pies, Christmas puddings and more chocolates

  112. Christine Taylor says:

    My ideal hamper needs fancy crisps, nuts and champagne x

  113. Jennifer Bruce says:

    Would love some luxury coffee… with expecting a new baby I’ll be sure to need coffee! And some luxury shortbread too!

  114. Dave Freeman says:

    great prize

  115. Lisa Wilkinson says:

    Crackers, chocolates and pickled onions

  116. Kristyn Harris says:

    Mince pies
    Christmas pudding
    Lots of chocolate
    Cheese and crackers
    Christmas crackers

  117. cat says:

    wine, biscuits chocolates, some preserve , a fruit cake, some gin a some very good chocolates and a good book

  118. Ruth Harwood says:

    would love chocolate and crisps – anything unhealthy is wonderful at christmas, don’t you think?!!

  119. Sandra Bald says:

    Shortbread, mince pies, Salt & Vinegar peanuts, Marshallows, Jelly Beans, licqourice, truffles, crisps

  120. Rich Tyler says:

    Chocolate, Cheese, Wine, Biscuits

  121. Susan Hoggett says:

    I would have smoked salmon, a selection of nice cheeses, crackers, nuts, wine, champagne, truffles, mince pies, florentines and biscuits

  122. Amanda Gregory says:

    Mince pies, chocolates, yule log, Christmas cake, Christmas pudding & wine.

  123. jules eley says:

    Nice crackers, chutneys, nice bottle of prosecco, biscuits and some luxury chocolates!

  124. Milly Youngman says:

    Chocolate, mulled wine tea, cheese! (entered on Rafflecopter)

  125. Anthea Holloway says:

    Christmas cake, Christmas puddings, brandy butter, cranberry sauce, chocolates, wine.

  126. Patricia Avery says:

    The family has a sweet tooth so cakes and desserts for them. I prefer savoury like cheese, biscuits and preserves. Lots of chocolate and sweets for everyone (something with sherbet in for me as I’m not a fan of chocolate) A nice selection of non-alcoholic drinks would also go down well as we are a family of non-drinkers)

  127. Heather Crowe says:

    I’d have, stollen, clementines, mince pies, Christmas cake, cheese, crackers and wine 🙂

  128. Oksana Fitzgerald says:

    Nuts, chocolate, cakes, fruit, mince pies, yule log

  129. Ali Thorpe says:

    Cheese and chocolates, chutneys and pickles, nuts and fruit, wine and waters, cakes and biscuits 🙂

  130. Carole E says:

    Bottle of bubbly, chocolate & cake

  131. tammy westrup says:

    Anything chocolate will do me!

  132. Sarah hanson says:

    Wine, cheese and crackers

  133. Marie Rule says:

    My ideal hamper would contain lots of cheeses, pates, truffles, olives, a really good olive oil and some cider.

  134. Sim Teale says:

    I’m following the Keto lifestyle currently, so a huge meat hamper would go down and absolute treat right now, this some cheese in and it would be the best hamper ever!

  135. leanne weir says:

    chocolate and mice pies please

  136. TRACY MANNING says:

    The Festive Family Fun Hamper would be brilliant for Christmas Eve it would get all the family in the festive mood ready for the big day.

  137. Lorraine Carter says:

    mince oies, nuts, Christmas cake, Baileys, chocolates, and some nice deli stufflike smoked salmon and jars of feta stuffed peppers-oh and cheese and crackers! but I love hampers, always so many nice treats

  138. Nick Hubbard says:

    lots and lots of cheese

  139. kayleigh white says:

    Stollen or Stollen bites – delicious!

  140. Natalie Thomason says:

    My mum passed away this summer so in my hamper would be . She was the best cook ever. Her Xmas cake and pud her elderflower wine pork pie and Xmas biscuits. No one can match her culinary skills . I will miss her this first Xmas without her.

  141. Alison Johnson says:

    wine, chocolate & some mice pies

  142. Anthony says:

    Stollen, advocaat, peppermint cremes

  143. A.E. ADKINS says:

    A selection of good quality gins (and mixers), cheeses and chutneys maybe with chocolates and a pork pie

  144. PhilA says:

    Bottle of bubbly, mini quiches etc, strawberries, chocolate

  145. David Paterson says:

    Chocolate, Stilton and port

  146. Rai says:

    Mince pies, red wine, cheesy and salt & vinegar savouries, baileys, a nice xmas tree/evergreen scented candle, oh and more mince pies and wine

  147. Kirsteen Mackay says:

    I would love a hamper containing chocolates, red wine, crackers, cheese and mince pies.

  148. elle warwick says:

    mince pies and mulled wine

  149. Charlotte G says:

    Lots of different types of chocolate, maybe unique and unconventional flavours.

  150. Judy Beba-Brown says:

    Champagne, shortbread, chocolates, mincepies, strawberry jam, and more shortbread! Merry Christmas!

  151. Jessica Hutton says:

    Mince pies, christmas and stollen cake, onion chutney, fudge, chocolate, white wine xx

  152. Jocelynne Harrison says:

    Cheese, onion chutney, flavoured jams, chocolates and fudge. Some white wine and mulled wine mixes

  153. Sarah Wilson says:

    Champagne, biscuits, truffles, cheese, and a candle!

  154. Diana says:

    Good quality Salami, nice cheese, raffaello, Champagne 🙂

  155. hannah igoe says:

    Cheese, chocolate, wine, tortilla chips, hot chocolate, marshmallows

  156. Rachel Bonness says:

    Lots of chocolate and prosecco for me!

  157. Nancy Bradford says:

    My ideal Christmas hamper would have lots of booze and Brad Pitt 🙂

  158. Catia Rodrigues says:

    I would love some cheese & crackers, chocolate, cocoa to make hot chocolate and sweets for the children 🙂

  159. Pauline Hill says:

    i would like a packet of happiness, a bottle of good cheer, a box of healthiness and a parcel full of peace and tranquility for everyone in my hamper.

  160. Gillian Hitchen says:

    Mince pies, cheesy biscuit bites, a lovely stilton and some red wine

  161. Naomi Williams says:

    Chocolate and Wine

  162. Joe Johnson says:


  163. Sandra Jo Siddall says:

    Some yummy Bianca Belgian Cocoa Dusted Truffles and a bottle of my favourite Rose wine Black Tower. Merry Christmas x

  164. Erica Price says:

    Something alcoholic maybe port and some truffles to eat with it.

  165. Em Piperno says:

    Cheese and crackers – yummy

  166. Lorraine Mabbitt says:

    Port cheese and chocs

  167. Emma Davison says:

    Mince pies, cheese and crackers, chocolate, nuts.

  168. Lorraine Broll says:

    Mainly chocolate!

  169. pete c says:

    Rum, shortbread biscuits, some tasty honey, truffles, tasty cheese and some delicious crackers to go with it

  170. jennie jackson says:

    mulled wine

  171. Andrew Seaman says:

    Lots of blue stilton cheese, champagne, left over turkey and crackers.

  172. janine atkin says:

    chocolate, wine and biscuits

  173. Tamsin Dean says:

    cannot go wrong with a warm mince pie with loads of whipped cream and a cup of tea

  174. Maggie Coates says:

    Baileys, Cadbury chocolate, assorted cheese and crackers, wine, cake, mince pies

  175. Marie Evans says:

    Biscuits,Chocolates,Savouries to munch on.And a bottle of lambussco or Processco

  176. Vicki-Anne Smith says:

    Chocolate pralines, hand cooked crisps, ginger christmas cookies and a christmas candle!

  177. Naomi Sarah Buchan says:

    Chocolate Cheese and port

  178. Lesley Bain says:

    Yule log, yule log and yule log. Oh and maybe some savoury nibbles 😉 x

  179. becci cleary says:

    Festive treats like Mincemeat or Mince Pies, Puddings, Crackers 🙂

  180. CAROL PATTRICK says:

    Tirkish delight, coffee cream chocs, baileys irish cream, coffee & walnut cake, floral perfume, mince pies & an xmas pud

  181. chirag patel says:

    mince pies and prosecco

  182. Amanda Richardson says:

    Cheese, crackers, chutney, nice bottle of Sauvignon Blanc and for afterwards Chocolate and Champagne

  183. George Wright says:

    Mince pies, shortbread, crackers, chutney, jam, biscuits, chocolate and a nice drink! I’m filling in the Rafflecopter as well! 😉

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