Invented in the late 1840s, Christmas crackers have been a British holiday staple for well over a century. Traditionally their contents consisted of a tissue paper hat, a small toy, and a joke or riddle—but nowadays, some luxury crackers include everything from whistles to high-end beauty products, gifts for pets, and even whisky. Read on for some of the more intriguing takes on the British classic to decorate your holiday table with this year.
Jo Malone London Christmas Cracker
No tissue crowns in here! Inside this cracker you’ll find three travel-sized products in Jo Malone London’s iconic scents: Red Roses Cologne, English Oak & Redcurrant Body & Hand Wash, and Lime Basil & Mandarin Body Crème.
Holiday Character Crackers
These Christmas-themed crackers are almost too cute too pop, but once you break them open, you’ll find a toy, a joke, and a small party hat.
Off The Leash Dog Christmas Cracker
Put one of these crackers under the tree this year for your favorite pup. Each one includes a chew toy inside. More of a cat person? There’s an option for felines as well. (Don’t worry, these crackers don’t make a pop when opened, so your four-legged friends will have nothing to fear.)
Lancôme Monsieur Big Mascara Set
Treat your favorite beauty guru to a full-size Monsieur Big Mascara, plus a mini version of the brand’s beloved Bi-Facil Eye Makeup Remover.
Smythson Luxury Christmas Crackers
A table full of writers will enjoy Smythson’s take on the British tradition. Each of these luxury crackers includes a mini-notebook.
Gin Christmas Crackers
What’s inside? If you come from a family of gin drinkers, consider passing out these crackers this year. Each one comes with a different 30 ml bottle to try along with a festive hat.
L’Occitane Holiday Crackers Set
Guests at your next holiday celebration will leave with super-soft skin thanks to these crackers, which each include two L’Occitane products like their shea butter hand creams and hydrating shower oils.
Reindeer Confetti Crackers
Add a little sparkle to your table with these confetti-filled reindeer. They also include a temporary tattoo, a hat, and a joke!
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