Food! Wine! Handmade chocolate truffles! It's no wonder the gift of treats delivered to the door at a stressful time of year is an increasingly popular one - with those giving and receiving!
With shopping malls and supermarkets descending deeper each year into pre-Christmas chaos, the Christmas hamper concept just keeps getting better. It's so easy to avoid the congested streets and grumpy shoppers by choosing a gift basket or hamper online from the comfort of home.
While it's easy to see the savings in time and stress, how do gift baskets rate when it comes to putting a dent in the wallet?
Those with the time and energy to put together their own hampers may be able to cut costs by scouting around for each special treat and searching for a cheap basket or gift box to put them in.
However, it's worth remembering that it's not just the individual contents that make up a Christmas hamper. The basket, cellophane, ribbons, wrapping and safe packaging - not to mention the time taken to track down all the best produce and arranging them carefully together - all add to the overall cost.
Weighing it all up, on balance it would be difficult to produce a homemade hamper for much less than a last-minute lifesaver from Gift Barn. In fact, given the reputation of a place like Gift Barn for high quality, you'll get a surprisingly good deal.
Their range of Christmas gift hampers are a triumph of festivity and include the makings of a fine Christmas celebration with treats including stuffed spanish olives, handmade cranberry and orange fudge, Christmas fruit mince pies, and Champagne. I can think of several friends who would find that hamper the most wonderful gift ever imagined!
For those in need of a last-minute gift, businesses such as Gift Barn offer a selection of pre-packed gift hampers and baskets containing a wide range of treats.