Are you sick of spending a fortune on Christmas crackers filled with bad jokes and cheap tacky trinkets that nobody really wants and inevitably end up in the bin? There are some decent xmas crackers out there, it just takes a little hunting! We’ve scoured the web for the best unusual Christmas crackers containing gifts that your guests will actually want to keep:
A classy looking set of ‘adults only’ crackers. Each cracker contains a ‘dram’ of a spirit or liqueur, a party hat and a joke. The spirits include Arran Single Malt Scotch Whisky, Bathtub Gin, Rum Bullion, Spiced Rum, Smooth Ambler, Old Scout, 7 Year Old Straight Bourbon, Professor Cornelius Ampleforth’s Festive Sloe Gin and Cherry Brandy.
This set of 6 crackers includes 6 different coloured full sized nail polishes. Even the colours are festive – hot pink, bright red, white with gold glitter, special effects silver glitter, white with a hint of mint. Great for gifts or for a girly Christmas dinner party.
Musical Concerto Crackers
This set of 8 crackers is great fun for the family or dinner party guests. Each cracker contains a whistle pitched at a different note and a different numbered badge so you can conduct your own concert at your Christmas dinner. Song sheets are included so the conductor just needs to point at the correctly numbered person, following the music guide. Hilarious after a few drinks!
Another gift type cracker, this one including three novelty festive bath bombs, each packed with glitter and essential oils.
Bayliss & Harding Beauty Crackers
These gorgeous cracker sets each include 4 crackers containing 2 body lotions and 2 body washes. Choose from 5 luxurious scents: Peach, Rose & Vanilla, Midnight Fig & Pomegranate, Sweet Mandarin & Grapefruit, Jojoba Silk & Almond Oil and French Lavender.
Instead of giving crackers with cheap plastic toys that will be forgotten in two minutes, why not have some fun with ballon modelling at the Christmas dinner table? Each guest recieves a mini pump, modelling balloons and a guide to making different models
These crackers are similar to the musical concerto crackers above but each cracker includes a hand bell rather than a whistle. Each guest receives a bell with a different tone and one acts as the conductor, pointing at the person wearing the numbered badge that’s included in the cracker. The result is your own Christmas concert and a lot of laughs.
Ok this is not strictly a cracker that you pull and you do get only one of them but it’s reasonably priced enough that you could provide them as table gifts for a small party or just give one as a gift (The Yankee Candle Advent Calendar Gift Set is also very popular).
These are really fun crackers, especially if you have kids. Each cracker contains a wind-up penguin toy with a different coloured scarf. Wind them up and race them across the table! There’s also a race track printed on the back of the box.
Eco Friendly Handmade Christmas Crackers
Want a more eco friendly version of the traditional Christmas cracker? Try these stylish recycled brown paper crackers, which include a badge, joke, hat and Christmas candy cane. Available from Not On The Highstreet
These unique Christmas crackers not only look great but they can also help create some pretty hilarious Christmas day photos. Along with a hat and a joke, each cracker contains a different style of fake moustache. Available from Not on The Highstreet
My kids would love these (and my husband). Each cracker contains a magic trick. They will also look fantastic on your Christmas table. Available from Not On The High Street
Add some colourful fun to your Christmas table! These fun designer crackers are filled with neon paper confetti, a joke, hat and temporary tattoo. Available from Not On The High Street
Do you hate the waste that comes with Christmas crackers? These embroidered linen Christmas crackers come with ribbons and an internal plastic inner tube and can be filled with small gifts or chocolates and used to decorate your Christmas table year after year, making them great value. Available from Not On The High Street.
Why limit Christmas Crackers to bad jokes, hats and cheap trinkets, when you can use them as fun Christmas dinner entertainment? These Bingo crackers include a bingo card inside each cracker and a caller’s bingo number card.
This set of 6 gold beauty Christmas crackers each includes a cosmetic product from the No.7 collection including three nail polishes and three lip beauty balms in different colours.