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    Do you do hampers?

    I made one for my mother-in-law in 2009 and had intended to do one for my mum and sister, too but never got around to it as I went into premature labour. I love the idea and I'm starting now with hampers for this year

    I was wondering if anybody else does hampers? Would you fancy sharing what you put into them and how you wrap them? Where you get your baskets and wrapping from etc?

    ETA: I found some pictures of the hamper I made for my mother-in-law:





    I put in it:

    Pyjamas
    Dove pamper set
    Pedicure / manicure set
    Bath Bombs

    This year I'm going for food hampers. I wouldn't mix and match as I wouldn't want to risk putting food in with smellie stuff and then ending up with lotion-flavoured thorntons!
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    In the USA, a hamper is simply a thing to hold dirty clothes.
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    Quote Originally Posted by MinnesotaMike View Post
    In the USA, a hamper is simply a thing to hold dirty clothes.
    Really? They're quite common over here and a lot of people make them look much prettier than I can I'd love it if somebody gave me a hamper at Christmas

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    To me, that looks like a gift basket.
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    Quote Originally Posted by MinnesotaMike View Post
    To me, that looks like a gift basket.
    Well I guess that's the same thing, but here in the UK it is called a hamper - and the thing you put dirty laundry in is called a laundry basket!

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    Some of us know that a hamper can be large container for dirty clothes, it can be a picnic hamper for food and paper plates, etc.,or it can simply mean basket. Lots of items have different names by which they are known. I've known people who call the cradle that the phone rests on a rocker, the submarine sandwich can be a sub or an Italian sandwich, the kitchen counter can be a sideboard or bench, the bathroom sink a hand bowl, and the bathroom might be a washroom.

    Knowledge of the different words comes from traveling, reading or internet use(or even marrying a person from another part of the USA like I did).


    http://www.alibaba.com/product-gs/31...er_basket.html

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    Quote Originally Posted by Christmas_mama View Post
    Well I guess that's the same thing, but here in the UK it is called a hamper - and the thing you put dirty laundry in is called a laundry basket!
    LOL. In my house the laundry basket has two handles and is used only for clean clothes. 'Cause I never put my clean clothes in a dirty container.

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    P. S. "What's in a name? That which we call a rose
    By any other name would smell as sweet."
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    Quote Originally Posted by Marshmallow World View Post
    LOL. In my house the laundry basket has two handles and is used only for clean clothes. 'Cause I never put my clean clothes in a dirty container.
    A laundry basket here is a wicker container for dirty clothes to be stored before they go in the machine:



    Seems to be the general consensus on google images, too: http://www.google.co.uk/search?q=lau...w=1024&bih=636

    I have a plastic basket for clean laundry to be stored in before ironing and packing away, but when I think, 'laundry basket', my imediate thought is the type you have in your bedroom / bathroom to store dirty laundry and that's the way it is used here

    Most people I know would not know the term "laundry hamper". Where I am from a hamper is commonly recognised as something you take a picnic in, or as per the topic of this thread, gift hampers.

    But like you say, it's just a language thing - It really doesn't matter!

    So, you know what I mean by hamper - does anybody else do them?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Christmas_mama View Post
    A laundry basket here is a wicker container for dirty clothes to be stored before they go in the machine:



    Seems to be the general consensus on google images, too: http://www.google.co.uk/search?q=lau...w=1024&bih=636

    I have a plastic basket for clean laundry to be stored in before ironing and packing away, but when I think, 'laundry basket', my imediate thought is the type you have in your bedroom / bathroom to store dirty laundry and that's the way it is used here

    Most people I know would not know the term "laundry hamper". Where I am from a hamper is commonly recognised as something you take a picnic in, or as per the topic of this thread, gift hampers.

    But like you say, it's just a language thing - It really doesn't matter!

    So, you know what I mean by hamper - does anybody else do them?
    It's funny how different countries who speak the same language call things by different names.What you have pictured is what we call a laundry or dirty clothes hamper.

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