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The best luxury Christmas crackers

Jazz up your Christmas table with luxury crackers from affordable high street brands like Marks & Spencer, Wilko and John Lewis

Published: November 16, 2021 at 11:44 am
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Christmas dinner just wouldn't be right without the familiar "bang!" of crackers around the table. But if you're fed up of the same flimsy paper crowns, the same cheap plastic trinkets and the same groan-worthy gags, why not jazz up your place settings this year with some luxury Christmas crackers.

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Plus, in these climate-conscious times, we're increasingly drawn to crackers that offer high-quality gifts made of sustainable and durable materials like metal or wood rather than single-use plastic.

Despite their name, luxury Christmas crackers don't have to cost the earth - we've rounded up some of our favourite affordable high street offerings below. Laid out on a stylish Christmas tablecloth, alongside an eye-catching centrepiece and festive napkins and you'll have a show-stopping Christmas table...

Best luxury Christmas crackers

Teddy Bear Christmas crackers

Kuckoo Crackers Teddy Bear Christmas Crackers (Teddies in Jumpers)

These teddy bear crackers are so cute! Made by Kuckoo Crackers, each one contains a Christmas hat and joke, as well as a 9cm plush teddy bear toy in an adorable festive jumper. The perfect crackers for younger guests, each teddy also comes with a ring attached so they can also be used as a cute keychain for older ones, too.

  • £24.95 for 6

Luxury Heritage Christmas Crackers

Luxury Heritage Christmas Crackers

The Marks & Spencer brand has been synonymous with quality on the British high street for well over one hundred years, so it's one of our favourite destinations for adding a finishing touch to your festive tablescape. This set of eight gold-foiled crackers contains a range of smart metal keepsakes including a bottle opener, nail clippers and a spirit measure, as well as the traditional Christmas crown and joke.

We also appreciate that these crackers are completely plastic-free, and every component can be reused or recycled, including the external packaging.

  • £25 for 8

Woodland Words crackers

Woodland Words crackers

As the name suggests, these crackers from Selfridges' eco-friendly 'Project Earth' collection are inspired by woodland creatures, and each cracker is designed as a cartoon-style fox, owl or deer.

Although each contains the hat and motto we've all come to expect from our crackers, instead of traditional toy you'll find letter tiles you can use to spell out some festive words. Rather than individual gifts, we love the idea of a little game the whole family can play at the table.

  • £18 for 6

Make your own Christmas cracker kit

make your own christmas cracker kit

We love that so many Christmas crackers now include eco-friendly gifts made from sustainable materials like bamboo, but why not go a step further and fill your crackers with your own gifts? Many independent makers now offer luxury handmade crackers you can fill with a personalised memento for your guests.

If you fancy choosing your own gifts this year, this make-your-own cracker set from Etsy seller TheDorothyDays would make a perfect Christmas Eve activity. Just follow the simple instructions and you'll have six handmade crackers ready to decorate with your own design. The set includes jokes and hats, as well as 'snaps' for the classic bang.

  • £10 for 6

12 Days of Christmas Luxury Crackers

12 Days of Christmas Luxury Crackers

The 12 Days of Christmas luxury cracker set, available at Lakeland, is illustrated with designs inspired by the classic Christmas ditty, and younger guests can have fun trying to spot them all. Inside each of the six crackers, you'll find a small gift made of sustainable bamboo, including dice and a honey dipper, as well as a gold paper crown and a traditional joke.

  • £19.99 for 6

Cosy Luxury Crackers

wilko Cosy Luxury Crackers

Luxury doesn't always have to been expensive - at £8 for six, this set of luxury crackers from Wilko is less expensive than bog-standard crackers from many other retailers. The simple, classy design looks far more expensive, and we love the attached tags so you can write the names of your guests on them for a personal touch.

Each cracker contains a Christmas crown and motto, as well as one of a selection of stylish metal keepsakes, including a lock and key set, a yoyo and reindeer keyring.

  • £8 for 6

Sara Miller Reindeer Luxury Christmas Crackers

Sara Miller Reindeer Luxury Christmas Crackers

This luxury cracker set comes from London-based designer Sara Miller, and we love the two-tone blue design, intricate patterns and gold reindeer detailing, as well as the elegant finishing touch of satin ribbon.

The set contains a selection of cute plastic-free trinkets, including miniature playing cards and a festive cookie cutter, as well as a hat and a joke. The packaging is 100% recyclable, too.

  • £15 for 6

Sandringham luxury crackers

Sandringham luxury crackers

A handy affordable option if you're hosting a large gathering this year, these luxury pearl-printed crackers from MySmartBuy come as a set of 12.

As well as a traditional foil hat and motto, inside you'll find some classic Christmas cracker gifts, focussing on truly useful items like a miniature screwdriver set, penknife and tape measure rather than throwaway trinkets.

  • £24.95 for £12

Portrait Christmas Crackers

Portrait Christmas Crackers

A luxury cracker set for grown-ups, these one-of-a-kind crackers from Rockett St. George depict a variety of famous faces whose portraits have been given a festive makeover. Decorated in dramatic black and gold and finished with a black grosgrain ribbon, each cracker contains a party hat, a motto and a very stylish keepsake - a Rockett St George pouch bag emblazoned with inspiring quotes by fashion icons from Coco Chanel to David Bowie.

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  • £45 for 6
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