Aldi’s Christmas hampers – are they good value?

Discount supermarket Aldi has launched what it calls ‘premium’ hampers for Christmas 2017, and many on social media and in the press have compared them favourably to much more expensive hampers available at high-end department store Fortnum & Mason.

If you’re thinking of getting one, we’ve lifted the lid on Aldi’s hamper range to work out the value of the contents inside and see if it’s value for money, or if you’ll be paying a premium to have it packaged this way.

The five hampers are only available online (delivery’s free) and prices range from £20-£100 – the cheapest hampers come in a gift box, while the more expensive ones arrive inside a wicker basket.

Aldi says it has increased stock levels of all its hampers this year, but as they’re popular, these could sell out quickly.

£19.99 Festive Delights Hamper (alcohol free)

Aldi Festive Delights Christmas hamperWhat’s in it:
• Specially Selected savoury biscuits (180g, norm £2.99)
• Cocoa dusted truffles (170g, norm £1.99)
• Moser Roth winter desserts truffles (208g, norm £4.99)
• Specially Selected Peruvian coffee (200g, norm £1.99)
• Belgian chocolate dessert sauce (310g, norm £1.59)
• Chocolate bombe (227g, norm £1.79)
Value:
£15.34-worth of products, meaning you’re paying £4.65 for the gift box.

£29.99 Specially Selected Treats Hamper 

MSE Update, Tue 28 Nov: This hamper is now sold out.

Aldi Specially Selected Treats HamperWhat’s in it:
• Specially Selected savoury biscuits (180g, norm £2.99)
• Specially Selected cracker selection (250g, norm £1.79)
• Vanilla chocolate cranberry biscuits (200g, norm £2.99)
• Stollen bites (230g, norm £2.79)
• Moser Roth squiffy truffles (187g, norm £4.99)
• Specially Selected Colombian coffee (200g, norm £1.99)
• Belgian chocolate dessert sauce (310g, norm £1.59)
• Wild cranberry sauce (220g, norm 99p)
• Bonfleur Languedoc Rouge 2011 (75cl, norm £6.99)
Value:
£27.21-worth of products, meaning you’re paying £2.78 for the gift box.

£59.99 Specially Selected Luxury Hamper

Aldi Specially Selected Luxury HamperWhat’s in it:
• Specially Selected savoury biscuits (180g, norm £2.99)
• Specially Selected brioche bombe (227g, norm £1.99)
• Vanilla chocolate cranberry biscuits (200g, norm £2.99)
• Top iced fruit cake bar (400g, norm £1.99)
• Cocoa dusted truffles (170g, norm £1.99)
• Moser Roth chocolate liqueurs (140g, norm £2.49)
• Specially Selected Colombian coffee (200g, norm £1.99)
• Forest fruits infusion tea bags (37.5g, norm £1.89)
• Smokey BBQ almonds (150g, norm £1.99)
• Chocolate covered macadamias (175g, norm £1.99)
• Cranberry and port sauce (200g, norm 99p)
• Bonfleur Languedoc rouge 2011 (75cl, norm £6.99)
• Exquisite Marlborough Sauvignon (75cl, norm £5.49)
• Prosecco Spumante DOC (75cl, norm £7.99)
Value:
£43.76-worth of products, meaning you’re paying £16.23 for the wicker basket.

£84.99 Christmas Feast Hamper

Aldi Christmas Feast HamperWhat’s in it:
• Specially Selected savoury biscuits (180g, norm £2.99)
• Specially Selected brioche bombe (227g, norm £1.99)
• Specially Selected cracker selection (250g, norm £1.89)
• Vanilla chocolate cranberry biscuits (200g, norm £2.99)
• Stollen bites (230g, norm £2.79)
• 18 month matured Christmas pudding (454g, norm £3.99)
• Specially Selected iced fruit cake (1kg, norm £6.49)
• Moser Roth winter desserts truffles (208g, norm £4.99)
• Maple and sea salt fudge (150g, norm £1.49)
• Moser Roth salted caramel truffles (140g, norm £3.99)
• Specially Selected Peruvian coffee (200g, norm £1.99)
• Forest fruits infusion tea bags (37.5g, norm £1.89)
• Smokey BBQ almonds (150g, norm £1.99)
• Wild cranberry sauce (220g, norm 99p)
• Specially Selected chutney gift (405g, norm £8.97)
• Bonfleur Languedoc Rouge 2011 (75cl, norm £6.99)
• Les Domaines Paul Mas Astelia Limoux (75cl, norm £8.99)
• Prosecco Spumante DOC (75cl, norm £7.99)
Value:
£73.40-worth of products, meaning you’re paying £11.59 for the wicker basket.

£99.99 Exquisite Hamper

Aldi Exquisite HamperWhat’s in it:
• Wholemeal and buttermilk crackers (150g, norm £1.99)
• Walnut, date and fig crackers (150g, norm £1.99)
• Beetroot, apple and chilli crackers (150g, norm £1.99)
• Exquisite vintage Christmas pudding (907g, norm £9.99)
• Exquisite panettone (800g, norm £6.99)
• Exquisite mince pies (348g, norm £2.99)
• Exquisite jewelled Christmas cake (1kg, norm £8.49)
• Chocolate and rioja pairing (80g, norm 2.49)
• Finca la Pampa Pinot Noir (75cl, norm £9.99)
• Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc (75cl, norm £8.99)
• Exquisite Rioja Reserva (75cl, norm £7.99)
• Vintage Champagne 2003 (75cl, norm £19.99)
Value:
£83.88-worth of products, meaning you’re paying £16.11 for the wicker basket.

Our verdict:

While considerably cheaper than the Fortnum & Mason alternatives, with these Aldi hampers, we’ve worked out you’re paying £3ish-£16ish for the gift box/basket when you deduct the cost of buying the products included in each hamper individually.

So we reckon these hampers aren’t worth getting if you just want the products, but they could make a decent gift if you don’t want the products for yourself.

What do you think of Aldi’s Christmas hampers? Have you had one in the past? Let us know in the comments below, on Facebook, or Twitter.