It’s time to stock up on these food, drink, novelty and personalised Christmas crackers before they sell out.
And if you want to revel in the fun of pulling luxury Christmas crackers across the dinner table, then this is for you.
From singular splurges that you won’t want to share, to packs of six or more crammed full of keepsakes for all of your friends or family, we’ve rounded up the best of the best.
There’s bound to be one that will suit you and whoever you spend Christmas with, or failing that you can just go full on Scrooge and treat yourself.
Peruse our edit of the best options out there below.
This £56 set of six crackers feature a classic tortoiseshell design, bound in a plush jewel tone velvet ribbon. Within every one hides a TART recipe and spice mix, cleverly designed to incorporate Christmas leftovers. From Christmas porridge and Turkish eggs, to spiced New Year ham and turkey daal, each recipe card has been illustrated by Scribble & Daub and the spices blended by Rooted Spices.
Because there isn’t already enough boozing at Christmas, pop one of these Prosecco crackers on your dinner table so your loved ones have even more tipple to sip through their figgy pudding. Each one is priced at £32.99 and contains a 20cl bottle of Senti extra dry, which is packed with pear and apple fruity flavours.
This set of six, three white and three gold, crackers are priced at £64 and decorated with pine cone, twig and berry details. Each one contains an adult gift which could range from a tape measure to a mini-hip flask, depending on which one you pull.
Liberty London has brought out a gorgeous selection of beauty crackers for Christmas 2018, each one being covered in a different infamous print. This one is priced at £18 and includes Essie Nail Polish in Fishnet Stockings and Hourglass Extreme Sheen Lip Gloss in Canvas.
These are the ultimate crackers for coffee lovers. Each one is filled with a hessian sack stuffed with freshly artisan roasted coffee, ready to be made into a steaming cup after your Christmas Dinner. All of Perkulatte’s coffee is roasted in house so you can be assured it’ll be super fresh for the big day. Crackers cost £25 each and can be personalised with the puller’s initial, which is a nice touch.
Juniper lovers will go wild for one of these luxury gin crackers, each one stuffed full with six drams of award-winning Mother’s Ruin. From cardamom and orange blossom to ginger, nutmeg and mince pie pastry, each one has its own unique flavour. Crackers cost £34.95 each.
Birchbox have brought out two Christmas crackers this year, one for make-up magpies and another for those who are all about skincare. Each cracker is £15 and stuffed with four treats. The skincare cracker includes a mini Benefit Pore Pearl Primer, a mini Lumene Glow Reveal Moisturiser, a mini Sand and Sky Skin Purifying Clay Mask, and a mini Rituals Miracle Mild Eye Makeup Remover.
The make-up cracker includes an Anna Sui mini Full Volume Mini Mascara, a full size Lord & Berry Blush Crayon in Camelia, a full size Manna Kadar Lip Locked Lip Stain in Manna Babe and a full size Eye Jewel 24K gold mouse shadow by Dome Beauty.
Magic isn’t just for children. Liven up your turkey and trimmings with Ridley’s Magic Tricks Christmas crackers, priced at £30 for a box of six. With these you’ll be calling yourself Houdini in no time.
Handmade in England, these stylish Christmas crackers will look very pretty on your dining table. A pack of six costs £42 and gifts include indoor sparklers, a wooden puzzle, a wooden dice, a wooden spinning top, coloured pencils and bumble bee soap.
Designed and handmade in Posh Totty Design’s Brighton studio, each cracker is priced at £12.50 and hand finished with beautiful scallop edging and vibrant wool tassels. You can personalise each one for an extra special touch and undo the cracker easily if you want to add to its contents, which includes a ‘bang’, hat and joke.
This set of six crackers is perfect for those who are looking to bring a bit of sophistication to their dinner table. Each Christmas cracker has a handwritten name in either gold or silver with a co-ordinating ribbon, and is given to you flat to make up at home. You’ll be given some treats to pop inside each one, including a snap, hat and large chocolate sovereign coin or chocolate champagne bottle. Prices start at £30.
Christmas is even more magical spent in some of the world’s most iconic cities like Paris, London and New York - something this cracker set highlights beautifully. Coming as a set of six for £24.95, it includes a fun trinket such as a measuring tape key chain, biscuit cutter, playing cards, mini whisk, or mini photo frame, a joke and a crown.
OK, we admit that unicorns aren’t the most typically festive of Christmas mascots, but these Meri Meri crackers are just too sweet to resist. Covered in glitter and filled with confetti, they’re bound to be fun to pull. Each one also comes with unicorn hair grip as a trinket for the winner. Packs of six are priced at £23.
Metallics always look fabulous around the festive period, and we love these six snowflake-themed crackers priced at £24.95 for a pack. Of course each one includes a joke and a crown as well as a gift like a measuring tape key chain, biscuit cutter, playing cards, mini whisk, or mini photo frame.
Not only are these crackers decorated with a particularly jazzy geometric pattern, straying from the traditional red and gold, but they’ve done away with tin whistles and keyrings in favour of a game of charades. Act out your trivia card around the dinner table for an even rowdier Christmas dinner than normal! Each pack of six also comes with a hat and motto, priced at £24.95.
We just love the adorable London motifs that decorate these luxury, handmade crackers. A set of six is priced at £49.95 and each one includes a funny little token inside, including wooden golf tees, a wooden honey drizzler, mini whisk, large wooden die, egg cup, salt scoop, mini star cookie cutter, nutmeg grater and mini pencils.
Brussel sprouts are often considered the worst part of a Christmas meal, something Nancy & Betty Studio has nodded to in the design of these tongue-in-cheek crackers. A box of six is priced at £49.95 and has been crafted from high-quality paper with mini black ribbons, with a selection of gifts inside including a nutmeg grater, mini whisk, honey drizzler or wooden die among others.
Nothing says celebration like a mini bottle of Moët & Chandon Rosé Imperial champagne, so treat a loved one (or yourself) to this pretty-in-pink bottle for a popping Christmas day for £19.99.
Alice in Wonderland is a favourite tale of many of our childhoods, and as Christmas is often a time of nostalgia, it makes a perfect adornment to this luxury cracker set. Each one of these decorative Christmas crackers have been crafted from high-quality paper and feature a different character from Lewis Carroll’s famous book, priced at £24.95 for six.
Now this is what we call a grown-up’s Christmas cracker. Sleek in deep berry red and packed with sophisticated gifts like a lipstick holder or lovely pen. A box of six will set you back £64.75, so perfect for those wishing for a lavish Christmas.
If you’ve got a pal that’s obsessed with always keeping their manicure on top form, this could be the cracker for them. Each one of the personalised golden crackers holds a mini nail kit, complete with two nail clippers (large & small), one emery board and one nail file/cuticle pusher, plus a personalised message and party hat - all for £24.95.
Bypass the usual hat and joke and fill your cracker with something a little more personal this Christmas. These fill your own crackers give you the opportunity to surprise your guests with creative gifts, that they’ll wonder how the makers of these lovely crackers knew them so well. You can purchase eight for just £15.
You really don’t need to be excessive to celebrate Christmas with your loved ones, as these eco crackers demonstrate perfectly. Made from recycled materials and printed with a festive mistletoe design, they a give great snap when pulled and are filled with a hat, motto and eco-friendly gift. Priced at £30, you won’t find any plastic in these little guys.
Filled with six bags of mouthwatering salted caramel popcorn, handmade by expert chefs, this Christmas cracker from Joe & Seph’s is an absolutely delicious alternative to a classic cracker. One giant cracker also includes six hats, so it can be shared round the table and is priced at £11.99.
Get in the Christmas spirit, quite literally, with this spirit and liqueur cracker set. Each 30ml dram is filled with an exceptional spirit and there’s three to pick from, priced at £34.95.
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