The best Christmas crackers this year cover a real split. With sustainability such a big subject, we are all looking at ways to reduce waste, so crackers need to be re-usable and re-fillable, made from recycled materials or recyclable, preferably both.
There is also a surge in homemade Christmas crackers this year, so get yourself a kit, or make your own. But equally if you are fed-up with being indoors and are separated from friends and family, you may feel you deserve a treat and a bit of luxury, so we’ve covered all bases in this selection, in a range of styles that should fit with whatever Christmas decorations trends you've chosen.
ECO-FRIENDLY AND HOMEMADE
We know that eco gift wrap is a key trend this season, and the idea is extending to crackers, too. Not only are these crackers eco-friendly, plastic-free and recyclable, but one tree is planted for every box of crackers sold. Need we say more? They are hand-made in England and printed with vegetable-based inks on sustainable paper stocks.
Buy these Oak Leaves and Acorns Luxury Christmas Crackers, £36, from Nancy and Betty here
These crackers look lovely on the table, and they double up as napkins! Talk about sustainable. In pretty pastel shades, you can fill them with whatever you want and have names embroidered on the front, so they can be used as place settings too.
Buy these sustainable, re-usable Personalised Christmas Cracker Napkins, £60 for 5, from Amazon Handmade here
With bespoke templates illustrated by artist, Elizabeth Rachael, printed on 100% recycled card using water-based inks in two unique designs, it’s a little bit of art on a plate. Each kit includes cracker templates, snaps jokes and eco-friendly gifts including mini soaps, pin badges, wild flower seeds and bespoke washi tape.
Buy these Make and Create Eco-Friendly Plastic-Free Christmas Cracker kit, £45 for 8 from And So To Shop here
Try making your own crackers this year, you can buy templates online, then paint them using sample pots of paint, you could make each person’s a different colour, and personalise it with a particular gift inside. You could even make up your own jokes!
Crackers in Burgundy Chalk Paint. Buy the paint from Annie Sloan here
Super-stylish eco crackers from Selfridges, made with kraft paper and with a simple all-over line drawing design and contrasting raffia ribbons, they have wooden gardening gifts inside.
Buy these eco crackers, £55 for 6, from Selfridges here
In stylish black and gold, these handmade crackers will add a lovely, subtle metallic accent to your Christmas table and are finished with a grosgrain ribbon. They are filled with the great gifts for foodies.
Buy these Luxury Handmade Golden Deco Stars Crackers, £50, from Cox and Cox here
If you want a bit of rock ‘n roll with your Christmas lunch, then these are for you. With a bold, star pattern in black and gold and white and gold with a chic, re-usable, pouch bag inside with a funky slogan on the front, a gold paper hat and a sweary joke.
Buy this Set of 6 Two-Tone Gold Star Luxury Christmas Crackers, £38 from Rockett St George here
Why not give yourself, and your guests a little treat this year? You deserve it! And what could be nicer than one from Jo Malone? With your favourite delicious scents of Peony & Blush Suede Cologne, Wood Sage & Sea Salt Body and Handwash and Wild Bluebell Body Crème,
Buy these Jo Malone London crackers, £32 each from Jo Malone here
Choose a tropical vibe for a change this year and add a splash of bright colour to the proceedings. Gifts include a tree cookie cutter, bottle opener, nail clippers, rose gold paperclip, tweezers and money clip.
Buy these Celebration Deluxe Geo Palm Crackers, set of 6, £19. from Amara, here
Up the glamour stakes with these colourful, leopard-print crackers. There are two of each in three different colours with contrasting bows and an exotic tiger motif. They would be perfect if you have jewel coloured decorations on the tree.
Buy these Fantasia Animal Crackers, £28 for 6, from Ella James here
These stylish crackers would make a great gift if you are going to family for lunch. Inside is a hat and a joke and a recipe from the Fortnum & Mason cookbook with a teeny, tiny utensil to use while you cook!
By these Piccadilly Crackers, £60, Fortnum & Mason here
Name the movie with these Self Icons Christmas Crackers, £50 from Selfridges, a bit of fun over the lunch table. With unusual wooden small games inside each one.
Buy these Self Icons Christmas Crackers, £50 from Selfridges here
Alison Davidson is well-respected British interiors journalist, who has been the Homes Editor of Woman and Home magazine, and the the Interiors Editor for House Beautiful. She regularly contributes to Livingetc, and many other titles, and often writes about kitchens, extensions, and decor ideas.
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