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With spring just around the corner along with easing lockdown restrictions, soon we'll be able to socialise outdoors with a few friends or family members.
Shoppers are looking to the future and all the fun ways they will be able to enjoy the outdoors - such as with a picnic.
John Lewis & Partners has already seen sales of picnic hampers, cool bags and rugs increase by 269% year on year, and 123% week on week, as customers look ahead to the warmer months.
Whether you’re looking for a fun family activity to occupy your children for a few hours, or are wanting some quality time with your partner, a picnic could offer you the escape you need.
We’ve rounded up the best (and most stylish) wicker baskets we could find on the high street for couples and families - many of which come with some great, and very handy, additions.
From a built in cooler box that keeps all your food chilled, to a chopping board, bottle opener and waterproof blanket, these wicker baskets are packed with everything you need for alfresco dining.
8 of the best picnic baskets on the high street
Seville Picnic Basket | £35.99 from Wayfair
Wayfair's Seville-inspired picnic basket gives us all the summer vibes. The wicker basket features a strap fastening, as well as large top handle, while the inside is lined with orange printed fabric that can be removed or wiped to keep clean.
For those looking for a traditional style hamper that is affordable, this is for you.
Rhonda Picnic Basket | £38.99 from Wayfair
The Rhonda Picnic Basket boasts a more rustic look. This number is made from sustainable materials, and has a white wash over the wicker. It also features a top handle, as well as buckle strap fastening, to secure both lids.
Oval Lidded Wicker Picnic Basket Red Check Lining | £43 from The Basket Company
The Basket Company know what they are doing when it comes to baskets and hampers. For those looking for an authentic and traditional basket hamper, look no further.
This oval design features a double lid, is handmade from buff willow, and includes a red gingham lining, which is removable and washable. The best part is it not only functions as a picnic hamper, but can be used as storage or a sewing kit.
Piccadilly Stripe 2 Person Picnic Hamper | £275 from Fortnum & Mason
Fortnum & Mason is the go-to when it comes to hampers, whether they are filled with treats or cutlery and crockery. For those looking to blow the budget, this has your name on it.
Inside the wicker basket are two bone china mugs and plates, as well as two wine glasses and cutlery sets. It also includes a drawstring bag and a freezable gel bottle holder to keep any refreshments cool, as well as an insulated flask, for those slightly colder picnic days. It also features miniature salt and pepper mills, a corkscrew and cotton napkins, so you can picnic in style.
Navy Wicker Hamper, 4 person | £43.99 from VonChef
If it’s an affordable option you’re after, we may have found the ultimate bargain. This four-person hamper not only comes with all the cutlery, plates and glasses needed, but also, a bottle opener, chopping board and waterproof-backed picnic blanket.
Croft Collection Filled Wicker Picnic Basket, 4 Person | £90 from John Lewis & Partners
If it’s a family-friendly hamper you’re after, this traditional wicker design could be just the one.
The timeless basket is filled with four dinner plates, cutlery, tumblers and even matching napkins. Plus, has plenty of additional space for all your al fresco food.
Picnic Hamper, 4 Person | £85 from Cath Kidston
If you’re a fan of kitsch, this Cath Kidston hamper complete with whimsical strawberry gingham print lining is the ultimate buy.
The set comes with plates, glasses and cutlery for four, plus a cool bag, so you can be extra organised.
Graham's White Port Hamper | £100 from John Lewis & Partners
Graham's White Port Hamper is ideal for an adult picnic, as it comes complete with four unbreakable glasses, a fruit chopping board, picnic blanket, and - the pièce de résistance - a 75cl bottle of Graham's No. 5 White Port, which is a light and floral tipple.
Once the port is finished you can reuse the basket, which has a secure strap as well as two handles, time and time again.
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