By Faye M Smith
Choosing the best luxury Christmas crackers can be hard, as it's not until you've (literally) pulled them apart that you'll know whether they were a good buy or not. And, by that time, the turkey is on the table and it's far too late to be returning anything or buying something new.
But help is here! That's why we've rounded up the best luxury Christmas crackers (below) so you can be sure of a good buy. But, hurry, these will sell out fast. And, if you love them, you can always get them now to save for next year.
Best luxury Christmas crackers 2020
1. Lakeland Snowman Bowling Crackers
Best for family fun
Sometimes the contents of Christmas crackers can be tricky for kids. And there's nothing worse than seeing the excitement drain from a five-year-old's face as you explain to them what a shoehorn is for! This set from Lakeland puts an end to all that. The box contains a bowling board game, with each cracker having a mini tenpin snowman inside. Once all the crackers are pulled you can set up this easy-but-addictive dining table game. There's even a storage bag to keep the game safe for the following year. A great pick with very little waste.
2. Harrods of London In Vogue Christmas Crackers
Best for a touch of glamour
Wow! These really do stand out from the rest when it comes to the best luxury Christmas crackers. But, with a hefty price tag, it's no wonder. Each cracker comes in a bold design with jewel-encrusted bow. Prizes inside include a compact mirror, tape measure, bottle stopper and lipstick holder. These are so fabulous, you won't even want to pull them!
3. John Lewis & Partners Art Nouveau Peacock Feather Christmas Crackers
Best for style
Not only is the Art Nouveau design stunning (and very on-trend right now), but John Lewis has made some important changes to make sure these crackers are much better for the environment. They are made without plastic, glitter and PET (polyethylene terephthalate), so are fully recyclable. As well as a hat and cheesy joke, some of the prizes inside include a yo-yo, keyring, cookie cutter and card holder.
4. Selfridges Celebration House Limited Velvet-Bow Crackers
Best for putting on the tree
They might be small, but these luxury Christmas crackers are perfectly formed! These miniature-sized crackers would look great both on the tree and on the table. The rich gold paper looks stunning combined with the black velvet bows. Inside the prizes are small, but good quality. They include a grater, tea strainer, whisk and wooden spoon.
5. M&S Luxury Connoisseur Christmas Crackers with Place Cards
Best for using as placeholders
With a decadent leaf tag on one end, these are ideal for writing the names of your guests on and using as placeholders. In order to reduce single-use plastic, these crackers include prizes that can be used again and again, such as playing cards, a mini hip flask and wooden honey dipper. Plus, there's still the traditional paper hat, joke and trivia question. An all-round good buy.
6. Paperchase Luxury Christmas Crackers
Best for adult guests
Who says crackers are just for children? This luxury box from Paperchase is ideal for adults-only gatherings. That's not to say that they're not fun, (after all, they still contain a hat and side-splitting joke!), but the prizes are more suitable for the more mature dinner guest. Expect to find a screwdriver, trolley coin, wine charms, bottle opener and more inside.
7. Fortnum & Mason Piccadilly Crackers
Best for budding chefs
Calling all cooks! These luxury Christmas crackers are ideal for any family who love spending time together in the kitchen whipping up treats. That's because all the miniature prizes are actually cooking utensils! But that's not all. Each cracker contains a hat, joke and recipe where you can test out the utensil. This is a pricy pick, but it contains a salt scoop, cookie cutter, lemon reamer and more.
8. Santa And Reindeer Traditional Christmas Crackers
Best for teen girls
Out of all the crackers we tried and tested, these certainly look the cutest! But that's not the only reason we recommend them for the teens in your life. The contents includes pin badges, stationery and games which they will love. And, of course, a hat and joke in each one! There's also the option to have these personalised if you wish.
9. Advent of Change Charity Christmas Crackers
Best for giving back
Christmas can sometimes seem like a season of excess, so it's good to take stock and give back to those less fortunate than yourself. The easiest (and most fun!) way to do this is with these crackers. Each cracker you pull donates £2 to a worthy charity. This year it includes supporting key workers, providing homeless children with a clean, warm bed to sleep in and more. But there is some fun to be had - each cracker also contains a hat, plus a joke written by a top celebrity. These are definitely the kindest crackers we've seen.
10. Robin Reed Jingles Crackers
Best for adding sparkle
The main thing we love about these handmade crackers, which have been rolled in the traditional way, is that they don't scream Christmas. This makes them ideal if you want to save them for another special occasion, such as a birthday. They really add sparkle! And, no one will feel disappointed as each cracker contains a small gift.
11. Tesco Luxury Frosted Forest Crackers
Best for being plastic free
Waste isn't good at any time of the year. But, at Christmas, it definitely feels that much worse. The first thing we love about these crackers is the simple design – they are not too glitzy – and that's because they've been made plastic-free. And this goes for the insides, too! While you still get a hat and motto, the prizes are recyclable tree decorations which look super stylish. And, if that's not enough, these are really wide, so great to grip if you have huge hands. We love.
12. Melt Christmas Crackers
Best for chocoholics
While most of us can't wait to pull our crackers before we start eating Christmas dinner, these are perfect to have after the main event. Why? Well, instead of containing toys and trinkets, these are filled with decadent chocolates. And not just any old sweet stuff, Melt London has some of the finest chocolate in the country, which makes each mouthful a taste sensation. You may even skip on dessert!
13. Wilko Cocktail Kisses Gold Christmas Luxury Crackers
Best for value
You can still have a little luxury in your life without spending a fortune in the process. That's why we love this pick from Wilko. Not only do the crackers look good but the contents is some of the most generous we have seen, especially considering the price. This includes a lipstick-shaped pen, travel game, tape measure and yo-yo. A great buy.
14. Cath Kidston Festive Party Animals Four Crackers Gift Set
Best for stocking fillers
While the design on these luxury Christmas crackers is oh-so-cute and would look great on your dining room table, these also make great stocking fillers. Each one contains a different shower gel, with fragrances including red berry or lavender and chamomile. A great gift - you won't want to pull the crackers but keep them forever.
15. Whitley Neill Gin Christmas Cracker Set
Best for gin lovers
Adults-only celebration this year? Then a mini bottle of gin liqueur inside your luxury Christmas cracker could be just the thing! Each one has a different flavour, which includes Parma Violet and Pink Grapefruit. Although we love these, they lose some points for having the flavour of the gin inside written on the outside. But, overall, these will definitely go down well with guests!
16. Nancy & Betty Studio Candy Cane Luxury Christmas Crackers
Best for impressing guests
Decorate your Christmas table with crackers from Selfridges and most people will be impressed. Not only is the candy cane design iconic, but the prizes inside are a little different to what you usually see. These include wild flower seeds, a tea bag, jam and twine. Plus, not only do you get a hat and joke, but each cracker also includes a comedy moustache. If you have the cash to splash, then why not?
17. John Lewis & Partners Xylophone Christmas Crackers
Best for beating that after dinner lull
Hate that slump in conversation at the dinner table that can often happen? Then these luxury Christmas crackers are for you. Instead of a prize, each cracker contains a xylophone piece which can be fitted together to make a tune. Music fans will love working together as a team to create some wonderful sounds!
18. Robin Reed Kitchen Utensils Crackers
Best for practical prizes
Entertaining older family members instead of children? Then the usual prize toys might not be right for you. Instead, these luxury glitter crackers could be just the thing as each one contains a cooking utensil. What's more, they are actually useful so you will use again and again. Good pick and a great price.
19. Elf Christmas Crackers by Idyll Home
Best for something more unique
These elf-shaped luxury Christmas crackers are so cute you won't want to pull them! They are adorable, and will definitely make people smile when they see them. As well as a small toy in each (such as a yo-yo or photo frame), they also have a hat and joke inside. Simply wonderful!
20. Recycled Union Jack Christmas Crackers by Sophia Victoria Joy
Best for being eco friendly
There's nothing worse than a lot of waste at Christmas time. This pick is eco-friendly, as they have been made with recycled paper, while the ribbon can be reused for crafting projects. Great for all ages, the contents includes a festive badge, candy cane, joke and hat. Plus, the Union Jack design is ideal if you don't want a traditional festive feel to your table this year.
21. Baylis & Harding The Fuzzy Duck Winter Wonderland Cracker Giftset
Best for beauty lovers
Looking for something a bit different than toys for prizes? While there are tons of bath and beauty Christmas crackers on the market at the moment, these get our vote as 1. They are a great price. 2 They contain festive gin & tonic and sloe gin fragrances, which smell divine! Plus, they are suitable for vegans and not tested on animals. We adore these!
22. My Green Christmas Seed Christmas Crackers
Best for gardeners
Budding gardeners in the family? Then this is the pick for you! Each cracker has a stunning design of a woodland creature on the front, but that's not the best bit. Inside, instead of a toy, you get a packet of seeds, including sunflower, white daisy and red poppy. Plus, this is such an eco-friendly pick that even the ribbon is biodegradable! A star buy.
23. Forever Crackers
Best for using forever
Wow, these have an eye-watering price tag, but they are also stunning and will last you forever. Made with luxury linen or silk, each handmade, embroidered cracker can be reused year after year. So, there's zero waste at all. Plus, plenty of designs to choose from. You can fill them with anything that will fit – we suggest a scratchcard or mini bottle of booze. So beautiful.
Faye M Smith is an award-winning journalist with over 15 years experience in the magazine industry. Her continued work in the area of natural health won her the coveted title of theHealth Food Manufacturers’ Association (HFMA) Journalist of the Year Award 2021.
Currently Acting Health Editor across several brands including woman&home, Woman and Woman’s Own, Faye specialises in writing about mental health, the menopause, and sex and relationships. In fact, having previously been the go-to sex columnist for Now magazine, there isn't much she won't discuss when it comes to women's health. This makes her the best person to review must-buy sex toys, describe how to have a mind-blowing orgasm or explain how to navigate sex in the shower without it ending in a medical emergency.
While not anti-gym, Faye’s fitness routine is more focussed on finding inner balance rather than burning excess calories. An advocate of mindfulness, she loves power breathing, yoga and plenty of walking in nearby woodlands rather than a sweaty HIIT class. Follow her @fayetuned
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