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What Are Pet Christmas Hampers?
When one mentions Christmas hampers thoughts always turn to the famous F&M emblazoned on large wicker baskets filled with food treats that Fortnum and Mason have become so famous for.
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Sometimes you can be lost for present ideas and Christmas hampers filled with gorgeous food treats, which never go to waste, are perfect to give your best friends, family, and colleagues.
Pet hampers are the same, not just to provide your beloved pets with special festive treats and toys that will keep them occupied for days, but your friends, colleagues, and family members will equally enjoy receiving one for them.
What Are Hampers?
What does hamper mean?
The word hamper means ‘a basket with a carrying handle and a hinged lid, used for food, cutlery, and plates on a picnic’ however, Bing and Google notes that –
a British hamper particularly means –
a basket or box containing food for a special occasion, “a Christmas food hamper”
When did hampers first appear?
The hamper made an appearance according to many history books back in William The Conquers day, during the late 11th century. He allegedly bought gifts in covered baskets containing wine goblets. The Victorians particularly celebrated Christmas and are credited with many of the current traditions including filling baskets with the most delightful food and treats. Whilst this act during Victorian times was really only celebrated among the wealthy, today hampers have become much more of a traditional gift for the many.
When were pet hampers introduced?
No one is particularly owning up to this!
Currently in the UK according to Statista, the Office for National Statistics, expenditure on pets and related products just keeps on thriving, rising to now 6.9 billion British pounds during 2019, showing nearly a whopping 100% increase in pet care since 2009!
This has only continued to grow with the 2.5 million more puppies and dogs bought during the lockdown 2020 and 2.5 million kittens and cats.
Included in those multi-million pet sales are the gorgeous ranges of pet hampers that now frequently appear online 24/7 providing owners and their friends with the opportunity of rewarding pets on birthdays and Christmases.
How To Order A Pet Christmas Gift Hamper 2021
Many pet hampers are ordered early in advance, usually around the beginning of September for delivery during December. At the time of reviewing during 2020, Fortnum and Masons had already sold out of their pet hamper by mid-November, and now, 2021 currently are showing no stock. It is the same story with The British Hamper Company, both companies sell the traditional wicker basket filled with pet treats.
Are you wanting a personalisation service? This can include writing special gift tags to attach the basket/box and be sent directly to the pet as their Christmas present, or the hamper/box may have the pet’s name written on the side, for example. Personalised services which are handmade need to be ordered, yet again, by early November. Larger commercial firms will offer personalised services generally up to 3 weeks before Christmas to guarantee delivery prior to 25 December, these will be computer-generated tags, notes, and printing.
If the hamper/box present is being dispatched to remote places in the UK, the firms will have earlier dispatch dates to offer, so make sure you get your order in early.
Most firms will not have costed delivery charges into the selling price. As hampers are bulky items, they do attract heftier dispatch costs, so do check these carefully.
Decide how much your budget is. Important, as wicker baskets filled with a range of treats are generally priced above £50.00 for a very basic small pressie, with luxury hampers priced over £100.00
Cheaper hampers are actually boxed treats and can range from £20.00 or so depending on the quality of the treats included.
Now you have your budget, personalisation, and dispatch sorted, choose the appropriate pet businesses that suit your pet and the products that you want to send to the pet recipient.
Pet Check thinks you should try the following Christmas 2021
The Pet Hamper Co UK works tirelessly all year offering dedicated dog and cat hampers and treats.
Pet Presents is the dedicated place to go for pets and their gifts including dogs, cats, rabbits, and small pets. Super fun ranges to suit medium to lower budget ranges.
Cat Hampurr offers at Christmas time a one-off Cat hamper. Worth checking out.
Not In the Dog House is a lovely mid-priced online store offering tasteful products all year round but has a lovely range of hampers.
Mutts & Hounds are well known for their Christmas hampers and have a super grooming hamper for dogs. Take a look.
Barks and Squeaks provide a pick and mix service where you can choose your products to pop into their smart hampers as well as offering pre-chosen hampers.
Chomp and Chew as aptly named have a selection of boxes that include a lovely range of dog chews and gift boxes for Christmas time.
Prezzybox offers a digital personalisation service of many pet and home gifts all year round and does offer boxed services, taking orders into early December for guaranteed 25 December delivery.
Make sure the contents are suitable for the recipient. Sounds stupid, doesn’t it! BUT, if the present is for your friend and has a puppy that’s growing, it doesn’t need another puppy collar and lead, but it will need a larger dog collar. Dog jackets to keep the rain off or winter jackets to keep the cold off are sized generally according to breed, so you must have the correct information to hand to make the right choice.
Before placing the order, read through the Feefo and Trustpilot reviews about the product and the company. Whilst these are predominantly written by customers who experience poor service, the ratings for the products can be helpful.
Choose a company that will offer a reasonable returns service (unless a personalised gift where companies will not accept returns) and pay with your credit card if the product is over £100.01 to ensure you have consumer credit card protection of the sale. You can also watch out for those stores that offer Klarna, Clearplay, and other BNPL cards. Read more about BNPL cards and suggested pet stockists.
If all else fails to wow you, buy a gift card from your preferred store for your friend, colleague, family member to spend on their pet as they wish. Most of the online stores large and small offer this helpful service.
Who Made The Best Pet Hamper 2020?
Pet rabbits – there is just a handful available to buy. It has to be Pet Presents offer a large range of dog, cat, and rabbit hampers personalised and sent with free shipping.
Cats – it has to be Cat Hampurr who specialise in monthly subscription boxes for cats but offer one-off special Christmas boxes. Exceptionally well-priced and quality products. Highly recommended for cats.
Dogs – There’s such a lovely selection that Pet Check has a special page dedicated to hampers celebrating the best. See Pet Check UKs ‘The Best Pet Christmas Hampers And Crackers’.
Storing Pet Treats
If hampers filled with pet treats aren’t the answer, then pretty and useful pet storage and treats boxes must be.
Keep food and treats stored all year round in safe, pet-proof, dry containers, decorated to compliment your kitchen or utility room storage, where naughty pets can’t get to.
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