Six reasons to give a healthy gift hamper this Christmas

Wow, more socks. You really shoudn't have.

“Wow, more socks. You really shouldn’t have. Really.”

Wow, more socks. You really shoudn't have.

Save yourself those cringe-worthy moments this year and buy a gift that is thoughtful and delicious.

Here are six great reasons why our healthy hampers are the answer to all your Christmas gift woes:

1. You’re busy

Your time is precious. Don’t spend it aimlessly wandering round shops and browsing websites. Our range of high-quality low sugar, low GI foods, hand packed to your order, means you can create a personalised gift in a few short minutes. So you don’t have to get frustrated with Christmas before it even happens.

2. Trust us

We work hard to source the highest quality diabetic foods for our gift hampers and take real pride in creating a quality-led hamper collection.

3. High-quality foods with an international reputation

We support producers who develop their foods in close relationship with diabetic groups and nutritionists.This means you get a choice of the best low GI and low sugar/no sugar foods for your gift hamper.

4. It’s all hand packed

No mass production, no machine-packed items. We’re a family business and pack every hamper to order which means every gift basket is as individual as your loved ones and work colleagues.

5. It shows you care

Giving someone such a personal gift as a hamper shows that you care. In just a few moments, you can choose all their favourite foods.

6. There may be other perks too.

Just maybe… if you give the most thoughtful present on Christmas day, you won’t need to do the washing up. You never know!

We really hope you love all the choices on our website. Why not buy your Christmas gift hamper today?


Help us support juvenile diabetes research

"The summit of Mount Kilimanjaro" by Marc van der Chijs

"The summit of Mount Kilimanjaro" by Marc van der ChijsUPDATED: This fundraiser is now closed.

Being a mum has its highs and lows, but nothing prepares you if your child is diagnosed with diabetes. Ruth’s son Ben was diagnosed at 18 months. Now six, he wants to know when there will be a cure. Ruth doesn’t know, but inspired by Ben, she’s climbing Mt Kilmanjaro to raise funds for diabetes research. Can you help?

Ruth’s sister Annie asked us the same question.

Could we help?

Without hesitation we provided a diabetic gift hamper as a raffle prize for one of their fundraising race nights. But we’d like to do more by raising the profile of their great cause.

Ruth Elliot and her family face a difficult daily fight treating Ben’s type 1 diabetes. On June 14th 2014 Ruth will climb the 19,000-plus foot high Mount Kilimanjaro to raise funds for the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF).

Ruth has posted an emotional video telling young Ben’s story. Watch it and try not to be moved to tears.

Ben developed the condition when he was only 18 months old.

Ruth said: “In October 2008 Ben contracted a vomiting bug and was rushed to hospital.

“We were told his pancreas was no longer functioning and he couldn’t produce insulin.

“Some kids don’t make it past diagnosis and those that do need injections, blood tests, food weighing and calculating.

“We battle constantly to keep Ben’s blood sugar at a normal level as at the worst too low or high levels could be life-threatening.

“We live in constant fear that failure to control Ben’s disease will result in long term damage like blindness or kidney failure.

“Everything we eat and even changes in the weather can affect Ben’s blood sugar levels.

“At school Ben has a dedicated one to one worker to help him with all aspects of his diabetes.

“As a family we don’t let Ben’s diabetes stop him doing anything.

“His brothers are very supportive and a great help in allowing Ben to do normal childhood things.”

The JDRF fund all major diabetes research programmes and Ruth has raised cash for the charity before by taking part in the Glasgow half marathon and a parachute jump.

But the Kilimanjaro trek marks her biggest challenge yet.

Ruth said: “Ben asked me recently when the doctors would find a cure for his diabetes, I answered honestly – I don’t know and it might not be until he is very grown up.

“Ben responded saying ‘mummy if we keep raising money they might not manage to cure me but they might at least stop my children or other wee boys or girls from getting it’.

“We will never stop trying to find a cure and every day Ben climbs mountains so that acted as inspiration for my decision to climb Mount Kilimanjaro to help him and the thousands of other children with type 1 diabetes.

“I haven’t done any serious climbing and we only do a bit of hillwalking as a family.

“But I am intending to do a lot more this year, hopefully bagging a good few Munros before my trip.

“It will be a challenge but well worth the effort to raise as much as possible for the JDRF.”

Image credit: “The summit of Mount Kilimanjaro” by Marc van der Chijs via Flickr


Diabetic Christmas Hampers under £30 2013

Diabetic Hampers: Afternoon Tea

Christmas is coming! And whether you love shopping, or loathe it, you will be looking for a present that is thoughtful, tasty and most importantly of all, great value.

Since you’ve not got much time before the big day, we’re listing our favourite Christmas hampers here – all priced at less than £30. Take a look and order your festive diabetic Christmas hamper today.

 The Sparkling Celebration Christmas Hamper

Diabetic hamper: Sparkling CelebrationsThere is nothing “bah humbug” about the Sparkling Celebrations Christmas hamper which includes sparkling white wine (non-alcoholic), Thorntons Diabetic Chocolate Mint Truffles, Simpkins Sugar free Citrus Selection with Vitamin C, Friendly Sweet Company Sugar free Mint Humbugs and Dormens Luxury Mixed Nuts – a perfect accompaniment to Christmas Day.


Afternoon Tea Hamper

Diabetic Hampers: Afternoon TeaDelight your favourite tea drinker with everything they will need to relax and enjoy the perfect cuppa. The Afternoon Tea Hamper combines the superb flavours of Clipper Organic English Breakfast tea bags with diabetic chocolates, jams and other tasty treats,

Healthy Treats Hamper

Diabetic Hampers: Healthy Treats

Refresh your taste buds with the tantalising tastes of Chamomile Tea and Pomegranate Juice and Green Tea – the perfect antidote to any Christmas excess. And there are healthy treats too – the sugar free ginger biscuits are scrumptious, and the other nibbles very moreish. The Healthy Treats Hamper is a wonderful gift for the person who has (almost) everything.

Sugar Free Selection Box

Sugar free selection boxA great gift for sweet toothed diabetics, the Sugar Free Selection Box is packed full of sweets from expert sugar free sweet producers, SImpkins. The perfect accompaniment to the Queen’s Speech and Christmas Day film.


Personalise your gift

Because we hand pack our hampers to order you can add a little something to make it extra special. And remember, let us know what you’d like written on the personalised card too.


We can send any of these Christmas hampers within the UK and overseas. Find out more about last shipping dates here.

If substitutions are required we will ensure that they are to the same (or higher) value and compliment your original selection.

If you have any special requests please do not hesitate to call us on 01360 440066.


and the Diabetic Hamper team