Choosing the Best Crackers to go with your Christmas Dinner

No Christmas dinner table would be complete without the obligatory Christmas crackers next to the place settings. Typically they are quite a disappointment and a waste of money, unless you enjoy wearing thin paper hats and telling old corny jokes. But that was what they used to be like, nowadays, you can buy all sorts of crackers, from Disney characters to high-class ones with some pretty expensive gifts inside. So whether you want to go for a quality cracker or ones that are simply good value for money, take a look at the ones that we have found and see what you think.

Childrens

Ben 10 Christmas Celebration Crackers – 5 Pack: £2.38

Ben 10 Christmas Celebration Crackers – 5 Pack: £2.38

These BEN 10 Celebration Crackers are a must have for your young ones Christmas party. Each cracker contains a party hat, motto and character sticker. On the back of each box are some place settings for your party table. Cut them out and write the names in the space provided. Minimum Age: 3+ Size of Product in cm: 19 x 16 x 3.5cm. Keep them entertained for ages before the dinner starts by asking them to colour in the settings! Buy from www.amazon.co.uk
Peppa Pig Celebration Crackers – 5 Pack: £3.98

Peppa Pig Celebration Crackers – 5 Pack: £3.98

These Peppa the Pig Celebration Crackers are a must have for your young ones Christmas party. Each cracker contains a party hat, motto and character sticker. On the back of each box are some place settings for your party table. Cut them out and write the names in the space provided. Peppa Pig fans will love these novelty crackers and can spend hours afterwards colouring in the place settings when you have finished dinner and are washing up. Buy from www.amazon.co.uk

Value for money

Sainsburys Red and White Family Crackers - 12 Pack: £5.99

Sainsburys Red and White Family Crackers – 12 Pack: £5.99

A Christmas tradition stretching back 150 years, Christmas dinner just wouldn’t taste the same without pulling a cracker at some point. There are 12 in this pack, and each comes with a snap, a joke, a gift, and of course, a paper crown. Warning! Not suitable for children under 3 years – choking hazard. These crackers really are for children or if you are sticking to a budget and just want something to pull on Christmas Day. If you can afford a little more money, I would recommend the M&S ones below, they are only £4 more but you get the same amount of crackers but the gifts are of a lot better quality. Buy from www.sainsburys.co.uk
Marks & Spencer Gold Foliage Family Crackers – 12 Pack: £9.99

Marks & Spencer Gold Foliage Family Crackers – 12 Pack: £9.99

A pack of 12 cream coloured Christmas crackers with a metallic gold holly design and gold ribbon ties. These great value crackers contain gifts for all the family. As they are from Marks and Spencer they will not be tacky cheap gifts that you would expect with some value products. The crackers themselves look as if they are from a luxury brand and would look good on any Christmas dinner table, particularly if you have a gold theme going on! Buy from www.marksandspencer.com

Mid Range

John Lewis Luxury Laser Cut Christmas Crackers – 6 Pack: £30

John Lewis Luxury Laser Cut Christmas Crackers – 6 Pack: £30

At Christmas you cannot rely on hand cut or by any machine other than laser cut! These sophisticated laser cut crackers will add a touch of luxury to the festivities this Christmas. Treat your guests to gifts they’ll be very pleased to keep. Each cracker contains a special gift, motto and hat. Gifts include: mini hip flask, cuff links, silver pen, heart key-ring, luggage tag or compact mirror. There is an age restriction to these crackers as there is an alcohol related item within one of them. Customers buying must be aged over 16. A great cracker to pull on Christmas day! Buy from www.johnlewis.com
Luxury Art Christmas Crackers – 6 Pack: £60

Luxury Art Christmas Crackers – 6 Pack: £60

This box of six luxury Christmas crackers, which feature details from masterpieces in the National Gallery, are individually hand crafted and hand decorated. Each Christmas cracker contains a magnetic bookmark with a tassel, and one of the following gifts: Vacuum wine bottle saver, Swarovski crystals corkscrew, Luxury silver plated golf tees, Silver plated napkin ring, Stainless steel hip flask key ring, Silver plated fortune cookie with decision dice. Each luxury Christmas cracker also includes a Christmas Carol to start a sing-a-long and a fine selection of surprise gifts and trinkets that never fail to delight. Buy from www.nationalgallery.co.uk

Luxury

Fortnum and Mason Kindred Cracker – 6 Pack: £100

These brilliant red and gold crackers contain a lovely selection of silver-plated gifts that will suit the whole family. The crackers themselves have a beautiful red and gold embossed paper finish with huge velvety red bows on both sides of them. The gifts include an array of solid silver plated cutlery such as sugar spoons, a dessert fork and much more. You can purchase these crackers from the Fortnum and Masons stores or online. Buy for yourself for your own Christmas dinner or even give as a gift, they really are a luxury item. Buy from www.fortnumandmason.com

Harrods Silver Bling Crackers – 6 Pack: £599

Featuring the Harrods Silver Bling design, these luxury Christmas crackers have been individually hand crafted and decorated with the finest trims. A truly stunning addition to your Christmas table, with each containing an impressive gift. Includes 6 luxury crackers with all-over crystal gem design. Contents include: handmade party hats, a booklet brimming with humour and trivia, a traditional snap and a gift. Gifts include: cigar leather case with stainless steel cutter, sterling silver zircon earrings in fine leather jewellery roll, Swarovski crystals whistle key-ring and USB flash drive, pinstripe socks, silver pen with fine leather pouch and card holder, fine leather passport holder, fine leather iPod case and card holder. Keep out of reach of young children. www.harrods.com