Christmas wouldn’t be Christmas without crackers, but we have to admit, the toys and trinkets we find inside usually don’t last past Boxing Day. So what if you could have the best of both worlds – luxury crackers you’ll be proud to display on each place setting, but which also contain gifts so good they’re almost worthy of under-the-tree status?
Well, that dream is a reality, because we’ve hunted out the best crackers with actually good prizes that 2020 has to offer, and from jewellery to gin, perfume and chocolate, they’ve shot straight to the top of our festive wishlists. And don’t think just because we say luxury they’re going to be expensive – with prices starting from just £10 for a set of four, there’s something to bring a little extra festive magic to every table this December.
Luxury crackers with good prizes 2020
Crackers containing actual demi-fine jewellery, where have you been all of our life? This set of four contains Missoma’s bestselling Gold Plain Claw Huggies, Gold Half Pave Lightning Studs, Opalite Single Stone Gold Huggies, and Opalite Gold Trio Studs, along with a paper crown hat and a joke. Whichever gift you receive inside yours, you won’t be disappointed.
Pull one of this set of three Floral Street crackers and you’ll receive a generously-sized vial of either Wonderland Peony, Electric Rhubard, Neon Rose and Ylang Ylang Espresso. Plus, the price of the set if bought individually would be £72.
If you really want to have Christmas nailed (sorry) check out Nail’s Inc’s set of four crackers, which would also be gorgeous divided up as a stocking fillers for the beauty lovers in your life. As with most beauty crackers, there’s no snap and hat in these ones, but when the polish colour are this lovely, you probably won’t mind.
Kitchen kit more your thing? We love Fortnum & Mason’s offering this year – each cracker includes a recipe from their cookbook, plus a miniature kitchen utensil to help you make it (think a rice pudding recipe with a nutmeg grater, or shortbread with a cookie cutter).
Four mini bottles of gin for a tenner, in delicious flavours ranging from apple and spice to rhubarb and ginger? You can’t say fairer than that! If you’re catering for a slightly bigger crowd, Debenhams is also offering Edinburgh Gin Crackers in a set of six for £22.
Speaking of gin, these slightly more affordable (but still reasonable) John Lewis Fever Tree Crackers include both the gin and the mixer, with a Salcombe ‘Rose Sainte Marie’ Pink Gin, Chase Pink Grapefruit & Pomelo Gin, Audemus Pink Pepper Gin and 5cl Sipsmith Orange & Cacao Gin paired with their perfect tonic.
The world of luxury crackers is heavy on the gin this year, but whisky fans needn’t miss out – this set of six from Drinks by the Dram each hold a 3cl sample of some of the finest tipples from around the world, and the whole lot will set you back less than £40.
These family-friendly luxury crackers aren’t just cute on the outside – instead of the usual plastic toy, each one contains a soft fabric finger puppet in the shape of an animal (zebra, elephants, monkeys and more) as well as a hat and entertaining motto. The kids will want to keep these prizes long after the dinner is over.
Well, you can’t go wrong with chocolate, can you? This Hotel Chocolat set has with not one, not two but three festively-shaped treats inside each cracker, plus, of course, a hat and a joke. They look great on the table, but the ribbons mean you could also hang them from your Christmas tree too.
Melt’s luxury Christmas crackers for 2020 are a plastic-free offering, and each one comes with a beautifully-wrapped bar of either milk or dark chocolate inside – a very grown-up take on the chocolate cracker trend.