When Daniel and I started this homesteading journey long ago, I fell in love with the Christmas hamper basket. We started out on our land building a homestead from scratch, we sure didn’t have a lot of money, but I loved giving gifts. Reading old books got me seriously curious about the old fashioned idea of Hamper baskets. It seemed the perfect answer, I grew my own food, made my own soaps, candles, and herbal teas.
And, to me, homesteading has always been about the food! What a perfect way to showcase your bounty from your homestead, along with seasonal favorites.
What is really interesting is that giving of hampers was often a charitable gesture, until a London department store caught on to the idea of sending hampers as gifts to family and loved ones.
What a delightful tradition. Simple, frugal, and you don’t have to worry about your gift going into a yard sale pile next year 😉 And really, I couldn’t think of a better way to share your own handmade delicacies.
I collect unique hamper and picnic style baskets all year long, I often find my best ones at thrift stores. I also keep on the lookout for vintage mugs, tea cups, and cool jars.
Here are a few ideas to fill your baskets brimming full with all kinds of Christmas goodness!
Start out with a beautiful basket, jars, bags, tissue paper, twine and labels.
Fill your basket full, brimming is best. You want someone to feel blessed, loved and fed.
Here is a list of things you might want to put in your Hamper Basket:
Jams and Jellies
Smoked or Dried Meats
Coffee, Tea, Cocoa
Homemade Candies and Confections
You get the idea! Food, lots and lots of food.
I also like to add Mugs, soaps, lip balm, candles, hand towels, heirloom seeds, and anything that adds a cozy charm to the hamper.
Sending love, and holiday greetings from our homestead to yours.
– Abby Jo