There can be something a bit depressing about Christmas hampers: sad little pots of brandy butter, dried-out crackers and a tiddly bottle of cava buried in heaps of shredded paper that you'll be picking off the carpet for months. No more, say Bompas & Parr, the celebrated food adventurers, who are turning the seasonal hamper into something that they hope will inspire an expedition of your own.
The "Adventure Hamper", which goes on sale at Selfridges in December in a limited edition of five, contains all manner of preserves and potions to help you set out to the Amazon, Andes - or Oxford Street in the pre-Christmas rush - and help you to avoid potential explorer pitfalls. There's antimalarial cucumber and quinine gele, pickled shallots and juniper for jellyfish stings, raspberry and violet jam for altitude sickness, and foie gras for emergency protein; as well as your traditional kendal mint cake, trail mix and a keg of gin (St Bernard not supplied).
There's also an ice axe, compass, whistle and map (though we're not sure where for) and even the shredded paper can be used as flairs, in case you get disorientated by all that gin and foie gras and need a spot of rescuing. One lucky hamper-owner will also be invited to join Bompas & Parr on an Arctic adventure, though you probably won't need to pack the pickled shallots and juniper for that one.
Photograph by Nathan Pask