Christmas Hamper Gifts

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Christmas Hamper Gifts By Chloe G Ramsbottom The British tradition of giving gift hampers at Christmas was been spreading around the world. There are now loads of companies and charities delivering Christmas hampers every year.

What could be a more traditional seasonal gift than a classic Christmas Hamper with loads of suitable food and beverages for the festive season. Hamper gifts became fashionable in the Victorian era when the rich would provide wicker baskets of food for their staff and impoverished families for them to enjoy a decent Christmas dinner. The tradition of providing charity hampers is still carried on today by organisations like The Salvation Army who distribute hampers in the UK, Canada, Australia and New Zealand.From the 1970’s onwards hamper savings schemes became popular in the UK. Under these schemes families would give a small payment every week and receive a hamper in time for Christmas. This market has fallen rapidly since the failure of a major supplier called Farepak. Farepak collapsed in 2006 leaving thousands of families without their hamper at Christmas. The average customer lost four hundred pounds with some customers loosing close to two thousand pounds. Farepak had been trading in hampers since 1968 and had over one hundred and fifty thousand customers, many of which had used the firm for years.The market for hampers has been changing. In the nineteen seventies hampers were often purchased on installments by families for their own Christmas, the eighties saw the growth of the hamper market for corporate gifts and entertaining. It became common place for companies to give hampers to their staff and to other businesses they deal with. Modern hampers for business are often very luxurious featuring very fine produce usually geared to Christmas such as port and stilton, whisky, mince pies and Christmas puddings. Amongst the more decadent examples of hampers produced in recent years have been hampers produced by pop star Stings wife, filled with organic products from her farm. By far the most decadent hamper is the twenty thousand pound hamper from Fortnum and Mason which is delivered by horse and cart.

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Christmas Flower

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Christmas Flower

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Christmas Flowers - Colors and Traditions of the Holiday Season  Sending Christmas flowers to a friend or family member is a gift sure to please. Flowers sent for birthdays and other occasions are appreciated but seldom enjoyed by anyone except the recipient. The entertaining and family gatherings of the holiday season allow plants and flowers sent by post to be enjoyed by many people. Designing Christmas floral arrangements is fun, too, as there are so many seasonal options that can be added. Small ornaments, elegant ribbons, candles and snippets or sprays of evergreen shrubs add seasonal color and scent.The most recognized flower for the holidays may be the poinsettia with its unique blooms. Visit a garden store or an online florist in December and you’ll find the old standard red poinsettia is no longer the only choice. White, pink and even white and white mixed blooms can be found. The useful of the plant after the season is questionable as coaxing a poinsettia to bloom again relies on providing the right moisture and weeks of darkness, too. The best use for these plants is as part of the Christmas decorations as a flower meant to be enjoyed for several weeks and then discarded. The popular floral gift of a large plant full of blooms is striking yet inexpensive to purchase.Red and white flowers are the most popular Christmas choices and photos of suggested choices often mix white and red in one design and use the colors again in the container. A better choice is to focus on the aspect of holiday decorations and choose color choices for the most impact. Some ideas might be:* A container total covered with sprays of cedar, white pine or fir* Small golden balls attached randomly to the sprays* Deep red roses arranged in the center* Tall white candles at each end of the arrangement* An aged copper container* Dark green, glossy magnolia leaves on short branches* 2-3 graceful white orchids in the center* An oval spray of cedar mixed with variegated ivy* Red carnations inserted through the greenery* Pinecones tipped in white paint or glitter mixed with the carnations* An ornament such as a golden angel rising from the center. If you prefer playful rather than elegant, flower delivery sites offer arrangements filled with whimsy, too. Bells, candy canes, reindeer and Santa Claus are all perfect elements for holiday floral displays.Your Christmas Flowers aren’t limited to table top bouquets. Indoor or outdoor wreaths are also popular gifts for the holidays. A wreath or spray of evergreen branches, magnolia leaves or a twig wreath can be filled with fresh flowers and finished with a large bow of designer ribbon and used as wall decor in cold climates or placed outside in warmer regions.Whether you show up for the party with pots of poinsettias or order delivery of Christmas flowers, it’s a gift that is easy to buy and always appreciated.

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