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Alterative Easter Gifts – Cream Tea Hampers March 28, 2018 16:23
Are you looking for something different as an Easter present, perhaps for someone who doesn’t like chocolate, well cream tea hampers are a great alternative. Everyone loves cream teas as much as they do chocolate. They are a better small gift for adults than Easter eggs and are ideal for sharing with the family and enjoying together one afternoon during the Easter period. Also, sometimes children can end up with multiple Easter eggs so buy buying an alternative Easter gift you avoid duplicating the same gift.
Although the weather doesn’t always compile Easter coincides with the changing season’s and cream teas are a great way to start the summer, especially for those who have memories of holidaying in Devon or Cornwall.
The baskets that our cream tea hampers come in can also be used for collecting Easter eggs during children’s Easter egg hunts in the garden or used for creating an Easter themed scene with painted eggs, flowers and chicks or bunnies.
Devon Heaven Cream Tea Hampers
- Our Devonshire scones are made by a local chef and have a gold Taste of the West award.
- The clotted cream made by Langage Farm and jam made by Devon Scone Company are also award winning.
- They come with free next day delivery. You can also choose to have delivery on a particular date.
- A gift card where you can enter a personal message such as ‘Happy Easter’ is included.
- At the time of writing we have 498 reviews of which 487 are 5 stars (and these are managed by a 3rd party and cannot be faked, edited or deleted).
- Almost everything we sell is for a gift so our cream and afternoon tea hampers are all designed to be nicely presented on arrival.
- As well as the scones, cream, jam and tea our afternoon tea hampers also include artisan cheese and biscuits, local cakes, chocolate truffles and much more.
Cream Teas For Offices & Large Groups August 11, 2017 20:05
Group Cream Tea
Our Group Cream Tea is a cream tea designed for a group of people with various size options (in increments of 4) ranging from 4 to 32 people. Previously, we only listed a cream tea to cater for up to 20 but we've recently expanded this to 32 people. We've worked out how much cream and jam is required per scone so all you need to know is how many people / scones are needed. The Devon scones, cream and jam also come with a selection box of Devonshire Tea containing sachets of Breakfast, Earl Grey and Afternoon tea blends.
Who is the Group Cream Tea Hamper for?
- Large families where four scones isn't enough
- Birthday parties - we recently provided a cream tea for a group of 100 celebrating a 21st Birthday party (see below).
- Departments within an office - companies have been running national sales incentive competitions awarding the winning branch / department with a cream tea that the team can enjoy together.
- Business to business marketing competitions.
- Company thank you's - cream teas work really well as a thank you present and satisfied customers have been sending our Group Cream Tea to businesses such as garages, nurseries, schools and firms of solicitors.
Ordering for 100 or more people
We only build in options to order for up to 32 people but have provided custom quotes for cream teas for around 100 people before. Please contact us to request a quote.
Fathers Day Cream Tea Gifts For Grandparents May 27, 2016 14:45
Cream teas are a perfect gift for Father’s or Mother’s Day:
- Starting from £20, including delivery, they are an affordable present.
- They’re an original gift idea, more unexpected than obvious presents like chocolates or flowers.
- Cream teas have a universal appeal, liked by all ages but particularly popular with grandparents sparking memories of seaside holidays to the West County.
In the UK, Father’s Day is always celebrated on the third Sunday of June which makes it Sunday 18th June 2017 this year. Our last cream tea dispatch for arrival before Fathers’ Day is Thursday 15th June so orders need to be with us by 11am on Thursday 15th. This will result in gifts arriving on Friday 16th, this delivery date can be selected from our calendar on the checkout page when ordering in advance.
All hampers also have the option to include a personal gift card message for Father’s Day, this can be entered at checkout. There’s no extra charge to include a personal Fathers’ Day message.
Our cream tea hampers themselves come with large hand-made scones from the Devon Scone Company. Owner and Chef Richard Hunt is often featured on TV and at food exhibitions, sharing his baking knowledge. His scones are based on traditional Devon Splits, perfect for soaking up the clotted cream when serving cream teas the Devon way with cream first then jam on top. Richard also produces our strawberry jam which was awarded a Taste of the West gold in 2014. Many of the customer reviews featured on our website describe the scones and jam as the best the recipient has ever tasted. The clotted cream used in our cream teas is produced by Langage Farm; Devon’s biggest manufacturer of clotted cream and the UK’s first carbon neutral dairy. Their cream regularly wins awards with the most recent being 1st place at the 2016 Devon County Show.For those looking for Father’s Day gifts for parents or grandparents based in Devon, we also sell vouchers for afternoon or cream teas at various venues around Devon. One of which that we’re very proud of is the Old Forge in Chagford. It won the best afternoon tea in the UK at the Cafe Life Awards in 2015 and was described as “Britain's best cream tea" by The Daily Telegraph in September 2015.
6 Devon Themed Gift Ideas August 29, 2015 16:32
Gift Ideas from Devon
When buying gifts for friends and family it is always nice to personalise the gift to make it extra special. Giving a present that has a special meaning to the loved one should be the main goal when buying any gift. For lots of people Devon has a special place in their heart, whether it’s through a time living in Devon, from fond memories of Devon family holidays or simply through being born and bred in the county. Gifts associated with Devon make for excellent presents for people with these connections to the county, so we’ve come up with this list of 6 great Devonshire related gift ideas.
1. Devon & West Country Food Hampers
Devon’s famous for the food it produces and this is big draw for lots of tourists holidaying in the region. The county has plenty of farm shops that support local artisan food brands, who produce delicious hand crafted products using high quality, locally sourced ingredients. Devon Heaven Hampers sell Devon food hampers online that include some excellent local food brands such as Dartmoor Wildflower Honey, Luscombe Drinks, Georgie Porgie Puddings and Teoni’s Biscuits to name a few. All of the food and drink that goes into our hampers is sourced locally from within Devon. Gifts are sent directly to the recipients, who are often living in other parts of the UK, and we include a personalised gift card that has a picture on the front of the Devonshire countryside. These gifts are very popular at Christmas time.
One of the most popular types of Devon hampers we sell are cream teas by post, which are perfect for those wanting a really indulgent treat. They're especially good presents for Mothers Day.
Another product that Devon (and the West Country) is famous for is cider. We offer a range of cider hampers, some containing just cider and others that also include Devonshire food such as our Cider & Chilli gift with South Devon Chilli Farm jam and sauce.
Also see our specific section on West Country Hampers for hampers that also include food and drink from Cornwall, Dorset and Somerset.
2. Devonshire & West Country Paintings and Pictures
Clearly Devon has some beautiful scenery with its spectacular coastline, rolling countryside and the rugged moorland of Dartmoor and Exmoor. A painting or framed picture capturing the splendour of Devon is a lovely way to brighten up someone’s home and help them be inspired by its beauty without having to leave the house. www.westcountrygalleries.co.uk offers artwork in a variety of themes including seascape painting and picture from the West Country, Devon, Cornwall, Bristol, Somerset & Dorset by talented South West artists. Gary Holpin is a keen local photographer and has spent years exploring the most beautiful parts of Devon, particularly along the South West Coast Path. His website www.garyholpin.co.uk has lots of lovely bright, high quality Devonshire photographs for sale.
3. Gift Vouchers for a Cream or Afternoon Tea in Devon
Afternoon tea is a classic English tradition often consisting of a delicious selection of finger sandwiches, a Devonshire cream tea and an assortment of pastries and cakes, served on a tiered cake stand. With so much beautiful scenery such as the wild moorland of Dartmoor, the beautiful north and south Devon coastline, and the attractive cities of Exeter, Plymouth and Torquay, Devon is the perfect place to enjoy an afternoon tea. For those either living in or on holiday in Devon, gift vouchers for an afternoon or cream tea out in Devon make for a thoughtful present that the recipient can look forward to. We sell gift vouchers for cream or afternoon teas at certain hotels and tearooms in Devon. Our cream tea vouchers are sold in a rustic letterbox hamper containing local chocolate from Willies Cacao and a gift card containing a personalised message; all for £20. We think this makes for the perfect present as it’s something that can be enjoyed instantly on opening and also something to look forward to doing later on.
4. Devon Kitchen Gift Items
Kitchen gifts containing the Devon flag or a reference to Devon are actually quite easy to find. Zaffle specialise in producing custom designs and have loads of Devon themed kitchen gifts to choose from, including Devon tea towels, mugs, aprons, drink coasters, plates and much more. With loads of custom made gifts already on the site, you can also specifically search for places like Salcombe and Dartmouth to find products containing pictures from your chosen locations.
5. Devon Experience Day Gifts
For local residents and those with upcoming trips to Devon, it’s the perfect place for outdoor experience days and here are a few suggestions: For a rather extravagant gift consider a thrilling helicopter pleasure flight over South Devon's Jurassic Coast and admire the natural beauty of Exmouth, Ottery St Mary, Budleigh's red cliffs, and much more. Devon has some great vineyards that offer tours and tasting sessions, the perfect present for the wine lover in your life. A Segway experience lets you get to grips with controlling the fantastic, futuristic Segway, and take a tour around a beautiful Haldon forest trail near Exeter, Devon. If you're looking for an extra special all weather experience gift for a friend, look no further than the superb Virtual Jet Centre Experience in Chudleigh, Devon, which is one of the only places in the UK where you can get into the cockpit without a pilot's licence. Another memorable gift idea is an all day train driving experience on the South Devon Railway. You can drive a steam or diesel locomotive from Buckfastleigh and take friends and family along for the ride.
6. Hand Made Craft Gifts from Devon & the South West
Devon is home to a thriving contemporary creative scene where lots of talented crafts people produce a variety of products that make for wonderful gifts. At the Devon Guild of Craftsmen you can discover a fantastic range of contemporary and traditional craft and design products for sale: from jewellery, blown glass, furniture, textiles and turned wood to ceramics and prints all hand made by Devon Guild Members. The Devon Guild of Craftsmen is a leading national educational charity creating as many opportunities as possible for people to enjoy and learn about contemporary craft. Another great source of craft gifts from Devon is www.love-local.com (update July 17 - store closed but says it may re-open) whose website is dedicated to great products handcrafted in Devon, Somerset, Dorset, Cornwall and Wiltshire. Their website has an assortment of fantastic gift ideas, arts, crafts and much more from small businesses and enterprises throughout Devon.
5 Food & Drink Gift Ideas for Summer August 07, 2015 12:56
Summertime gifts in the UK
Summer in the UK isn’t always sunny, but despite the lack of consistent weather, eating and drinking outside throughout the summer remains very popular, so food and drink gifts are excellent presents at this time of year. Whether it’s a BBQ or cocktail party in your own back garden, or a picnic at the beach, food and drink tastes better outside. We’ve compiled this list of 5 of the best food and drink gifts to give friends and family this summer. For birthday gifts, thank you presents, anniversary gifts or any other occasion, why not buy a gift that suits the season. All the summer gifts listed below are relatively inexpensive ranging between £10 and £30.
1. Cream Tea Hampers for a lovely summer present in the post
No surprise that we’ve included our cream tea hampers in this list of summer gifts as they do make great seasonal presents. They can be taken to the beach or countryside for a picnic, used as a summery dessert at a barbeque, eaten as a more filling version of strawberries and cream whilst watching Wimbledon or simply consumed as an indulgent weekend treat. They’re also very popular with the older generation making them great summertime gifts for grandparents, aunties and uncles.
2. Summertime refreshment with local Cider Hampers from Cornwall
Another Westcountry favourite, and a great gift for men are quality local ciders. They make for great summertime treats whether they’re consumed as a refreshing drink on a day trip out or in the garden around a family BBQ. Cider has grown in popularity over recent years making it an 'on trend' gift this summer. Not only does local Craft cider make for a more interesting gift, you also find that the unique flavours of the apples are present, unlike other industrial ciders. Cornish Orchards create award winning, premium ciders and soft drinks, using traditional craft practices and offer a number of gift box options containing a variety of different flavours. You can buy their products from www.cornishorchards.co.uk.
3. Strawberry Jam Making Kits as gifts this summer
Strawberry jam making kits usually contain recipe instructions, bottling funnels, jelly bag for straining the jam, jam thermometer and a preserve sealing and labelling set. They’re a great summer gift idea for someone who likes to keep busy in the kitchen and enjoys the intense taste of fresh strawberry jam. As well as providing a fun summer trip, going to a pick your own farm to get the strawberries for the jam can actually work out much better value than pre-packaged strawberries. This jam making kit from is just £20.
4. The ultimate gift for men this summer - a Barbeque Meat Brander
Everyone loves to get the BBQ going at the first sight of summer sun. A BBQ meat brander is the ideal unique food related gift for men who really want to be the BBQ king. This bbq meat brander from Presents for Men has 50 letters to use for the recipient to brand their own name or guests names into their burgers and steaks this summer and costs around £15.
5. Cocktail Making Kits for the perfect summertime garden party
This is another great summer gift idea for someone who enjoys hosting their own garden parties or BBQs. Cocktail making kits often come with cocktail recipe instructions, jigger measure, Manhattan shaker and cocktail glasses for serving your creations. www.drinkstuff.com has a section of its website dedicated to cocktail making kits and accessories and you can buy a set for between £10 and £30.