I am still dreaming of a white Christmas… just like the ones in all those feel-good movies and devastatingly catchy Christmas tunes. I can imagine the scenes now; everyone is dressed in their best Fairisle jumpers, looking all smug and cosy, there is always a roaring fire, and smiles all round from those Baileys-spiked hot chocolates… and all the while, the snow falls gently outside. Oh Santa, now that is the Christmas of my dreams! It is the Christmas I once foolishly thought I would be having when I moved to the Northern hemisphere, but here we are… three Christmases in London later and not a single snowflake has fallen in my presence!
So this year, to save me from tears, I decided to take matters into my own hands and improvise with a little help from Harrods, who might as well be the next best thing after Santa anyway! Harrods still couldn’t make it snow but they did manage to shower the UN Ballroom at the Four Seasons Ten Trinity Square with so much festive spirit that even the biggest grinch could be converted. Needless to say, I was giggly with glee as soon as I walked in and saw the opulence and flair that I would expect from a Harrods Christmas!
As if by magic, I had a glass of champagne in my hands and was wandering through this luxury wonderland with quite the spring in my step. My eyes darted across the room, not quite knowing which smidgen of over-the-top Christmas cheer to take in first. My magpie alter-ego moved me towards the glitzy clutches and sky-high stilettos but then I noticed the edible delights… We already know Harrods has a reputation for selling only the most luxurious goods in all their departments but the Harrods Christmas Showcase is about one area in particular… perhaps the one which is closest to my heart… their food!
If you have one of those irksome, hard-to-buy-for discerning food enthusiasts in your life (I really hope a certain someone is reading this) then let me suggest popping one of Harrods’ incredible hampers under the tree for them. Fairly deep pockets are required, but after seeing what they hold, I am not at all surprised and am quite desperate to get one. My top picks would be the Knightsbridge or Eaton, as both have a brilliant selection of booze, biscuits, puddings and teas – basically all the little luxuries one needs in between the main meals at Christmas time. Or to help get you through yet another tedious tale from your Aunt Susan or Uncle Bruce… don’t smirk, I know we all have one.
I would also be quite content if someone sent me the Harrogate which is filled to the brim with teas, chutneys, crackers and biscuits from Cartwright and Butler, a family-run artisan producer from Yorkshire. I’ll admit, this hamper would never have got a look in from me had I not spent about ten minutes commandeering the table full of their wares and gobbling everything in my sight. After my extensive research, I can report that the shortbread is splendid and their tomato and chilli chutney can definitely be a pantry staple in my house.
For those of you who have discerning food-lovers further afield, fear not because Harrods have a special range of Christmas hampers which are exportable. I’m not entirely sure what the rules are around posting these things around the world, nor do I care because Harrods have it all under control. So there are really no excuses… whether your beloved foodie is near or far, I guarantee you that there will be a Harrods hamper they will be thrilled to unwrap this year. While you’re at it, perhaps you could throw in an extra one for me too… after all, I have saved you all that shopping time and stress during this silly season… that’s got to be worth a Knightbridge basket?!
Have you started your Christmas shopping this year?
All of Harrods Christmas hampers can be purchased through their website; order yours for that special someone before 24 November and get free delivery.
Thanks Harrods for getting me into the festive spirit, but as always, all opinions are mine and mine alone!
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