Devon Hampers Review

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I was recently given a gift voucher for WonderDays Experience Days and I chose to create a hamper from Devon Hampers. You can read my Wonderdays review here.

I chose to create a £75 hamper with Devon Hampers which said this size of hamper was for 6 people.
All I had to do was to email Devon Hampers with my relevant reference numbers and just wait for an email back.

Devon Hampers

I spent quite a while looking through the website, deciding which items to fill my hamper with.
At first, I thought the hamper would be included and I just had to choose the contents, but I then saw that I would have to choose the hamper type and size, and they were individually priced.

Choosing The Basket

When it came to choosing a basket I found that there were 3 options to choose from:

Traditional Wicker Hamper
Printed Gift Box
Classic Cardboard Box

Obviously, if I were buying this as a gift for someone, I’d choose the traditional wicker basket or at the very least, the printed box.
As it was just for me, I decided on the plain cardboard box which cost £4. I had to reduce the number of items I was going to put in the box as it would take me over the voucher limit. It would also take me over the number of items I could include as there is a maximum of 14 items for this size box.

If I wanted to keep all the items totalling £75, I would have to pay an extra £49 for the wicker basket. The printed box wasn’t an option because the maximum number of items for the largest size printed box was 8.

Picnic Lunch

It was nearly my birthday so I decided that the husband and I would enjoy a special picnic lunch to celebrate.

Here’s what I picked:

1 Cardboard Box £4.00

2 Large Fresh Baked Scones Pack Of 2 £7.70

1 Furniss Original Cheddar Biscuits 170g £4.95

1 Devon Sausage Roll x 1 £3.50 (I meant to order 1 each but I somehow only added 1 to the order so we had to share!)

1 Wookey Hole Cave Aged Traditional Cheddar 170g x 1 £6.15

1 Hogsbottom West Country Ploughmans Chutney 320g x 1 £4.65

1 Burt’s Crisps Mature Cheddar And Spring Onion 40g x 1 £2.25

1 Rodda’s Cornish Salted butter 200g x 1 £3.95

1 Lyme Bay Salted Caramel Cream Liqueur 500ml x 1 £15.00

1 Rodda’s Clotted Cream 113g x 1 £3.99

1 Foxcombe Bakehouse Traditional Shortbread 160g x 1 £4.95

1 Ginger Liqueur 200ml x 1 £9.50

1 Hogsbottom Strawberry Jam 227g x 1 £4.30

Total = £74.89

Delivery

I loved that you can choose the delivery on the day of your choice. It meant I could order it to be delivered the day before my birthday and I wasn’t just left keeping my fingers crossed that it would arrive on time!

Contents

Upon opening the hamper, the first thing I saw was the packet of crisps (not shown in the above image) had burst open. I didn’t want to ask for a replacement because I’m trying to be kinder to the planet and having another delivery for a £2.25 packet of crisps was not worth it.

I did have a couple of other problems with the contents, I’m sad to say.

The cheese biscuits were all broken, every single one. We had planned to put butter on them and eat them with the Wookey Hole, cave-aged traditional cheddar that I’d ordered, but that didn’t work very well with the broken bits.

Talking of the Wookey Hole cheese I had ordered, it was substituted without any communication from Devon Hampers. I know it’s only a small thing, but if I’d been ordering it for a gift for someone, the items I picked could have been chosen for personal reasons that meant something to the recipient. To be substituted, without checking I was happy with the substitute before shipping, was disappointing.

I emailed Devon Hampers about the issues and got an apology for the crisps but not for the cheese. They just explained that the one I ordered wasn’t in stock and the substitution was the nearest they had to the one I had ordered.

On a positive note, the sausage roll, shortbread and scones with cream and jam were delicious. Anthony also loves the Hogsbottom chutney and his ginger liqueur.
I have to say, my salted caramel liqueur was very nice as well!

Conclusion

Overall I was happy with the hamper but not enough to make me personally want to shop there again, however, I wouldn’t be disappointed if I were to receive one as a gift!

The prices were a bit too high for me; I’d never normally spend £2.25 on a 40g bag of crisps and I think I’d be able to source the contents for a lot less and make up my own hamper as a gift for someone special.

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