Christmas crackers have most definitely evolved from the paper hat and joke fillers we're all used to pulling apart on the big day.
From musical crackers to Christmas toys, pampering crackers, and even crackers filled with shots, just like advent calendars, crackers these days can be filled with just about anything, and some are so fancy, they’d do perfectly fine as a Christmas gift on their own!
We’ve done some digging and found the best crackers for Christmas 2018 – this lot will definitely make sure that dinner goes off with a bang!
The best table crackers 2018
Ferrero Rocher table decoration crackers
£13.5 from Debenhams
In some of the best news we’ve ever heard, you can now add the deliciousness of Ferrero Rochers to the excitement of Christmas crackers! Treat your family and friends with these cute table decorations – each cracker comes with a pack of three Ferrero Rockers, a foil hat and a trivia card.
And FYI, Sainsbury’s is also selling a giant Ferrero Rocher cracker one for £8…
Virgin Wines Prosecco Crackers
£34.99 from Very
If you think your Christmas celebrations need any more booze, then Virgin Wines has got you covered. Their prosecco crackers were very popular last year and now they’re finally back, with a miniature prosecco bottle, a joke and hat inside. They’re also selling wine and G&t versions so you can take your pick…
The Pinkster Christmas Cracker
£18.99 from Pinkster
Gin lovers, prepare to get very very happy – Pinkster have created the crackers for you. Each have either a Dinkster 5cl bottle or a mini jar of Gin Jam, as well as the traditional joke, party hat and fake book titles (Batty Books eg. “Easy Money” by Robin Banks).
Drinks by the Dram Gin Crackers
£39.95 for six, available now from Master of Malt
Designed to make your Christmas dinner go down a lot smoother, these crackers are perfect for any gin aficionado. Each cracker contains a 3cl bottle of gin, so make sure you’ve got plenty of tonic on hand…
Talking Tables Star Sharing Crackers
£9 for six, available now from Amazon
These fun-filled crackers contain something for the whole family, including party photo props, paper hats, star scatter, cheeky disguises, jokes and quizzes. There won’t be a dull moment at the table!
Glitterati Saucy Crackers
£7.89 for eight, available now from Amazon
Liven up your party with these cheeky mini truth-or-dare crackers – they’re guaranteed to be full of conversation-starters! Plus they’ll add a great golden glint to any dinner party table.
Dogs Trust Musical Hand Bell Crackers
£24.99 for eight, available now from dogstrustgifts.com
These are perfect for a musical Christmas dinner – with each cracker containing a mini handbell, hat, and joke. If you nominate one lucky person as the conductor, they get the baton that comes with the pack and get to lead everyone in song. Each person gets a badge with a number, which allows them to follow on easily with the numbered sheet music. So, you’ll either have a wonderful chorus, or total chaos. Either way.
Waiting For Santa Photo Booth Crackers
£13.23 for six, available now from Amazon
If you’re waiting on Santa, then popping one of these crackers for a spot-on photo prop will enable you to create your best ‘Ho ho ho!’ for the camera. Each pack also comes with its own fold-out frame for the complete picture.
Magic Party Magic Trick Crackers
£14.19 for six, available now from Amazon
Do you love magic tricks? Then these are most definitely your kind of cracker. Each one contains a different trick, an ‘entertainment scroll’, joke, tongue twister, trivia and a paper hat. And they aren’t just for Christmas, either – these crackers would make a great fit for birthday parties.
The best gifting crackers 2018
Cadbury Snow Bites Cracker
£2.99 for one, available now from Cadbury
Combining chocolate and a Christmas cracker is something we wish we’d thought of long ago! Pull open your cracker to find 123g of heavenly Cadbury chocolate. We’re talking Dairy Milk wrapped around a crispy white sugar shell – sure to please every chocolate lover.
Caudalie Hydration Vinosource Essentials Cracker
£8.54 for one, available now from Amazon
If you or someone you know has sensitive skin that’s in need of a soothing fix, then this luxe Caudalie cracker is the one to fill your table with! Containing amoisturising sorbet, a soothing serum and a hydrating face mask, skin is bound to feel nourished and calm in no time at all – it’s perfect for the tough winter winds as well.
Bomb Cosmetics Pop Christmas Cracker
£7.99 for one, available now from Amazon
Whilst Christmas is of course, a time of joy, it can also be a time of tension, which is where this relaxing cracker from Bomb cosmetics comes in. These little bath bombs will make a long soak in the tub feel extra luxurious. they’re full of essential oils and come with three different fragrances – passionfruit, pineapple and raspberry. And relax…