10 luxury Christmas crackers to impress with
No Christmas table is complete without a line of crackers, ready to pull when the feast begins. Who can resist a silly paper hat or corny joke? This year we’ve sourced plenty of reusable crackers, or crackers which can be purchased individually – to avoid the unnecessary waste.
There are bottles of booze, jars of condiments, personalised options and much more… There’s much joy to be had when ‘winning’ a cracker and receiving an extra gift on Christmas Day.
If you’re looking for a sustainable cracker option this year, these bespoke velvet crackers from Kaneo are our pick. The brand launched with an aim to put an end to the unnecessary cracker waste contributed to landfill each year – estimated to be a jaw-dropping 40 million. The crackers are made to last, and come in six lovely prints, from tartan to leopard print, making a great early present for the friend who loves to host. Jokes are also available via a QR code – neat. Available from Kaneo, in a box of 6 (£59).
Alright, we’ll admit it’s controversial. But did you know that one in ten of us Brits actually serve ketchup with their Christmas dinner? For the tomato ketchup enthusiast, opt for Heinz crackers this Christmas. Available from 2nd November at Heinz To Home (£19 for 6).
For something rather different, check out the wide selection of crackers available from Meri Meri – their eye-catching collection is guaranteed to add some sparkle to your table and each of their designs certainly deliver on FUN. Our favourites include their confetti crackers, which scatter glitter around your table or their Christmas tree crackers, which the kids are sure to love. Available from Meri Meri (prices starting from £12.50 for 6).
These crackers are not only gorgeous, they’re also made of 100% recycled card. The Little Green Cracker Company who produce them exclusively for Selfridges have recently been shortlisted for a P.E.A (A leading sustainability award). Inside you might find a scented tealight, shampoo bar, pea shoot seeds, teabags, jam, or wildflower seeds. Available from Selfridges (£55).
Your Christmas table will look like a setting from Pinterest with these 100% recyclable and 100% plastic-free personalised crackers. Each one, which can be personalised right down to the colour and finishing ribbon, comes filled with a pre-mixed cocktail (or non-alcoholic version for drivers, and hot chocolate stick for kids) as well as an acorn to plant afterwards. Available from The Buffalo (£18 each or £100 for 6, includes personalisation).
For some, Christmas isn’t complete without a bottle of Baileys. Finish off Christmas dinner in style with a miniature cracker containing these scrummy Baileys chocolates – they go rather nicely when washed down with a cold glass of the creamy stuff. Available from Dunelm (£10 for 6).
You needn’t worry about dessert with these crackers from Fortnum & Mason. Every one has a box of signature champagne truffles in, as well as a traditional crown and entertaining scroll, for your guests to enjoy. Available from Fortnum and Mason (currently £55 for 6).
Hotel Chocolat Christmas Table crackers
They may be small, but they sure are mighty. Filled with not one but three gourmet chocolates, these crackers can be bought individually or as a set of 3. We won’t ruin the surprise by telling you which chocolate figures are inside, but as you can see, they’re festive as anything! Available from Hotel Chocolat (£5 each or 3 for £12).
For the whisky loyalists, we love Johnnie Walker’s Gold Label Reserve Cracker. Not only is the spirit inside top quality, they are also bought individually, saving on unnecessary waste if you are a smaller group this year. The cracker includes 200ml of the Gold Label Reserve – a smashing gift that is sure to be sipped and enjoyed post dinner. And you get the satisfaction that you’ve avoided the plastic tat that gets thrown away on Boxing Day! Available from Whisky World (£17.90 each).
As you can expect, the crackers from one of London’s finest 5* hotels are the ultimate in luxury. Each cracker has a shimmering gold and silver crown and a keepsake inspired by the hotel’s culinary heritage. There’s a mother of pearl spoon, crested egg cup and pot of Claridge’s honey, among other things. Available from Claridge’s (£80 for 6).
Or why not opt to make your own crackers this Christmas? We’ve got a handy guide that shows you how.
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