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Make your day go with a bang: our pick of the very best Christmas crackers out there

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Christmas crackers have certainly gone up a few notches since we were young, when red plastic toys and yo-yos were the norm (along with the obligatory paper hat, of course). 

Nowadays, you can expect anything from chocolate-filled treats to miniature bottles of booze and even full-on pampering kits to explode out of a cracker over lunch.

So, if you're done with miniature nail clippers and throwaway toys and are hoping to get more bang for your buck this Christmas, look no further.

We’ve compiled a list of the best crackers on offer this year.

  • Mini chocolate crackers

    With space to write your guest's name and one of Hotel Chocolat's delicious offerings inside, these mini crackers make stylish table settings, as well as beautiful decorations for your tree.

    Look out for favourites Dark Dizzy Praline, Billionaire's Shortbread, Caramel Cheesecake, Pecan Praline and Florentine Isabelle. 

    hotelchocolat.com, £16

  • Whiskey shot crackers

    Crackers filled with award-winning spirits and liqueurs certainly get the thumbs up from us. The victor of this Master of Malt cracker pulling contest will be rewarded with a wee dram of something warming.

    Notonthehighstreet.com £56.96

  • Luxury beauty crackers

    Delight a special guest with this beautiful Jo Malone cracker packed with indulgent bath and beauty goodies. Too luxurious to risk losing out on, pull with care...

    Jo Malone, £32

  • Musical crackers

    Pull your crackers to receive your individual handbell, each tuned to a different note, and get playing. After a bit of practice – and almost certainly lots of LOLs – you may well have nailed a recognisable jingle.

    Lakeland, £30

  • Toast crackers

    These crackers are assembled in Dorset using copper ferro paper, gold kraft paper and Nepalese lokta paper, hand block-printed by women in the Kathmandu Valleys of Nepal.

    Toast, £35

  • Clarins crackers

    Clarins' Christmas crackers contain a selection of the brand's best-selling products, including a hand and nail treatment cream and miniature Rouge Eclat lipstick. 

    Selfridges, £49

  • Sanctuary surprise cracker

    If you're anything like us, you'll still be reeling from the closure of Covent Garden's Sanctuary Spa. But these Sanctuary Surprises crackers will help you with the grief. The set contains a variety of luxurious body products that will soothe and cleanse, to leave you feeling brand new.

    boots.com, £10

  • Make-shift photo booth crackers

    A photo booth set of crackers which come with a joke and game, and also a disguise. Group the family together and put the silly photo in the provided frame. You'll be laughing all the way to Boxing Day.

    Selfridges, £15.95

  • Santa and reindeer crackers

    Delight young and old with these crafty crackers. Three Santa crackers are joined by three of his furry friends, each containing a gift, joke and hat. Perfect for your Christmas tree or table.

    whitestuff.com , £17.50

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  • Pompom crackers

    The colourful pompoms adorning each of these crackers can be stringed together to make a fun garland after the crackers have been pulled. Each cracker contains a small gift, a joke and a hat, perfect for ringing in the festive feast. And who doesn't love a pompom?

    liberty.co.uk, £19.95

  • Liberty luxury crackers

    Crack open the festivities with these luxurious, custom-made Christmas crackers. Each cracker is wrapped in a different colour and finished beautifully with a ribbon, containing a quality trinket to add a charming decoration to your festive table.

    Liberty, £34.95

  • Fortnum’s Woodland Frost crackers

    Fortnum’s shimmering Woodland Frost crackers add a snowy sparkle to any Christmas celebration. Embellished with red and green ribbons and silver decorations, each of them is filled with a paper crown and an amusing scroll - not to mention some delightful silver trinkets that guests will be desperate to take home. 

    fortnumandmason.com, £65

     

  • Ridley's magic crackers

    Keep the little ones entertained with these crackers from Ridley's which will help them to have lots of fun long after the crackers have been snapped! Each cracker contains a hat, snap, motto and one of six amazing magic tricks that are suitable for the whole family.

    John Lewis, £25

  • Nutcracker Christmas crackers

    Almost too lovely to tear apart - these crackers will bring a touch of Nutcracker magic to your Christmas table. The story of Clara, the Magician and the Nutcracker Prince makes for an enchanting alternative to traditional crackers.

    National Gallery, £18.50

  • Confetti crackers

    Celebrate the festive season with a confetti explosion! These cute crackers spill out confetti when tugged - as well as a temporary tattoo and paper hat. 

    Topshop, £14.50

  • Monopoly Christmas crackers

    The perfect way to celebrate Christmas for Monopoly fans, these crackers  are filled with unique gifts and fun facts around the classic board game. Snap open a cracker to discover a traditional paper hat and a character keychain or money clip.

    Selfridges, £21.95

  • Multicolour Liberty print crackers

    Charm your guests by cracking open the festivities with these luxurious, custom-made Christmas crackers. Each contains a quality gift, inside the signature Liberty floral casing with colourful ribbon.

    Liberty, £39.95

  • Joe & Seth's giant cracker

    This giant Christmas cracker from gourmet popcorn chefs Joe and Seth makes a great centre piece for the Christmas table. Includes six packs of popcorn, six splendid gold hats and six obligatory terrible Christmas jokes.

    joeandsephs, £19.99

  • John Lewis crackers

    This duo of delightful crackers are sure to give your Christmas celebrations a touch of seasonal sophistication. Influenced by Parisian 1920s art deco they're made with velvet, silk and high-shine metallics.

    Johnlewis.com, £12

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