Last year I was stressed beyond belief. My Christmas present shopping wasn't the problem, I'd done all of that online in October. It was the food shopping. It took me 4 supermarket trips before I had everything we needed, then another couple of quick trips for things I'd forgotten. I'm not exactly the most organised person in the world. "Enough is enough!" I thought. A friend of a friend was an agent for Family Hampers. So I got a catalogue and had a browse through it. I ended up ordering over £700 worth of foodstuffs (including the "Tuck Box" for the children to dip into as they felt like). I paid more than the minimum each month, so my last payment was due in August. Towards the end of August I was given notice at work. You can imagine the relief I felt when I realised that although I was now out of work, Christmas would not be spoiled. The pantry is fully stocked, the fridge freezer and the deep freeze are full to the brim, I won't need to do any food shopping until the end of January at least. I would not be worrying myself sick over how to afford presents, food etc. Some people are getting bottles of drink that came in the hamper delivery a couple of weeks ago, some will be getting small food hampers that I have made up for them, some will be getting boxes of chocolates. You get the picture. I had ordered Christmas Stockings for both my children, so that's a bunch of small presents for them. I'll be ordering from Family Hampers again for next Christmas, perhaps not as much food this time around, but I will definitely be ordering everything we will need.
I have been shopping with Family Hampers for a few years now, I cant say there has never been a problem with my hampers, but I can say that no matter what the problem was it has been fixed to my satisfaction quickly. I am not very good with my money, as soon as I have some it seems to disappear; the only way I can make sure that we have everything we want at Christmas is to pay for hampers. That way a bill comes in and I have to pay it. I am sure if you have the will power you could save the money each week and at Christmas you will probably be able to buy more for your money, but one of the other major advantages of hampers is the fact that everything is well packed and delivered in good time for Christmas. Even if you use one of the supermarkets on line shopping services there is a risk of things being out of stock or damaged, however with the hampers everything is packed securely and padded so it wont get damaged. The catalogue is colourful and easy to read there are pictures of all the hampers so you can see what you are going to get for your money. There is a very wide selection of hampers to suit your budget. We stock up so we don’t have to worry about Christmas. We normally get a hamper to stock up our cupboards with tins etc, a joints hamper so we can have our Sunday roasts for a while it also includes a Turkey so that’s our Christmas dinner sorted. We also get a freezer pack to refill all those spaces in the freezer. We also stock up on drink there is a wide selection of wine, beer, lager, spirits etc. They also do Easter egg hampers (Obviously they deliver these at Easter). There is also a large selection of gifts that are available for delivery at any time during the year (If you have paid for them). A few people have said they are worried about getting things they wont like, We haven’t found that a problem. You know what you are going to get in advance, there are only a couple of items in our hamp
ers that we don’t like, but other members of our family do, and if they don’t the school are always after tombola prizes. The hampers are always delivered in good time for Christmas. I have just received all of the general hampers this year, my frozen hampers will be with me in early December and the fresh food hamper (Fruit, Vegetables, Eggs etc) will be delivered a couple of days before Christmas. If you sign up as an agent then you earn commission on your orders, obviously the more you order the better the commission, the top rate is 25%. I only have a couple of customers so I am nowhere near this rate and you do have to work for your money as all hampers are delivered to your home address so you need to transport them to your customers. This is not to bad for the general hampers but if they have ordered any of the frozen hampers you obviously have to get them delivered very quickly. We always look forward to receiving our hampers, even though we know what is coming it is still exiting to open the boxes and find all of those goodies. As I mentioned at the beginning of this opinion I have had a couple of problems over the years, but the customer help line is very helpful. If you have any problems with the hampers or their contents then you can call them and they will do their best to sort it out. A couple of times even though the hampers are very well packed there was a damaged item in the box, I just phoned the help line and they worked out a value for those items and sent me a cheque to make up for it. They have just started a website at www.familyhampers.co.uk unfortunately you cant browse the catalogue on line, but you can order a catalogue and find out a lot more information about the way it works and the commission that you could earn (Including Argos Premier Points) If you want to forget about doing Christmas shopping then give it a go you wont regret it.
Last Christmas I was stressed, and totally unorganised. I had a young baby and didn’t buy things in advance like I normally do. Instead I relied on a credit card to see us through. It also didn’t help matters that my husband wrote the car off, and we had to fork out the excess, and also find other means of transport. After Christmas we were left with a big credit card bill that took a good few months to pay off, never again! This year we decided to get organised early so that we didn’t get into the same mess as last year. I decided to become an agent for Family Hampers as I thought that it would be much easier to spread the cost of Christmas throughout the year. I ordered gift vouchers and a booze hamper, and a few of my friends and relatives also ordered hampers, and gift vouchers. I didn’t ask many people as I thought it would be difficult to keep track of the money etc. THE BROCHURE The brochure is packed full of various hampers from a full Christmas selection, frozen food, tinned essentials, chocolate, booze, fresh meat to ready meals. They also do various toys, and gifts, Easter Eggs, perfume, jewellery and gift vouchers. The gift vouchers selection is very good and cover a variety of shops like Argos, Arcadia Group, Choice, Kingfisher and Debenhams from as little as 23p per week. All you have to do is choose what you would like to order and work out how much it will cost per week and then complete an order form. RUNNING THE AGENCY I found running the agency very simple to do as everything that you need to run it is sent to you with instructions. For each client you give them a payment record card, which you complete and sign each time they pay you some money. You have an Agents record card with all your clients’ names on, and you just complete this every time someone pays. At a glance you can see exactly how much everyone has paid, and how much is le
ft to pay. Every four weeks you have to pay all your clients’ money to Family Hampers. There are various ways to pay, and if you pay by direct debit they give you £5.00 worth of Premier Points to spend at Argos. However, I personally wanted to pay by cheque, to make sure that I had collected everyone’s money. Family Hampers then send you a statement every 4 weeks with your outstanding balance. There are incentives each month for paying on time such as 15% off Fads; kids eat free at various places, £60 off a weekend break. So far all my clients have paid on time and I haven’t had any problems. Once all the money has been paid in (the deadline is 3rd November) you will receive your commission (up to 25%) and other incentives. The gift vouchers will be sent out during November, so in plenty of time before Christmas. The hampers will arrive at the end of November and during December. I will update on the quality etc when all the hampers arrive. OVERALL I would definitely recommend anyone to either become an agent, or ordering from a hamper company, as I have found it really easy to save for Christmas, as I haven’t missed the money as it is paid weekly. I am definitely more relaxed this year knowing that all my gifts are all paid for in advance, and I won’t need to rely on a credit card at all this year. I can now sit back and enjoy it knowing that I haven’t got into debt!
I was introduced to Family Hampers by an agent where I work. the principle is simple enough, you browse through the catalogue, find the hamper which suits you. Pay weekly and just before Christmas it is delivered to you. The range is excellent, hampers come in all sizes and types - there is something to suit every pocket. You can have mixed Hampers, with a range of foodstuffs or go for something specific such as drink, frozen meat or just biscuits , crisps and cakes etc. As an agent there is a good level of commission paid and good support from the company. I suppose the only hassle is with collection of the money. Hampers can be sent direct to the agent or direct you. The agent I was connected with has stayed with the company for a number of years which is a testiment in itself, I know that every year she gets repeat orders, and that speaks volumes. I have no doubt that if you priced each item individually you would consider the hampers to be less than value for money. The real point is, this is an oppourtunity to spread the cost of Christmas over a large number of weeks - up to 40, and there is a significant element of fun when the hamper arrives and is unpacked. I ordered a frozen hamper. When it arrived everything was very deeply frozen, there was no risk of the food spoiling. The packaging was absolutley brilliant - how they manage to stuff the boxes so tightly I will never know. So whether you want to be an agent and earn commission or get your self a nice package to make Christmas a little more fun, this is a service to savour.