The Best Christmas Crackers For 2018

Toast.life's Pick of the Best Christmas crackers for your table this year

Stylish Christmas crackers are a must-have for any beautifully laid table this winter – whether it’s on the big day itself or in the run up from now until then! Toast.Life rounds up our pick of this year’s very best crackers, from the traditional to the completely unique, that will help all your stylish festivities go off with a bang!



Marvellous Marbling

For the contemporary table you can’t go wrong with this set of 6 gorgeous crackers from luxury card and stationery brand Katie Leamon. In swirling pink, green and black, these crackers feature a mesmerising marble design, which is totally on trend this year. Finished with stylish black ribbons at each end, they are filled with unique gifts including indoor sparklers, a wooden puzzle, wooden dice, colouring pencils, a spinning top and a bumble bee soap. Along with the classic hat and joke, of course.

Katie Leamon For Amara

Katie Leamon for Amara, six crackers for £45.  Take a look at her page in our Little Black Book.

Go Green

Sumptuous crackers wrapped in a gorgeous deep shade of green velvet? Yes please. Bring the outside in this Christmas with these totally gorgeous crackers from Selfridges. This beautiful set of 6 are made in England exclusively for Selfridges and are finished in green velvet and tied with a sleek ribbon. Each one contains a hat, New Year resolution and a grown-up gift that could range from a rather lovely pen to a very handy mini-hip flask. Cheers!

 Selfridges Green Velvet

Selfridges Velvet Christmas Crackers are £70 for 6, avaiable online


Perfect Prints

Not only do these crackers look the part but the gift inside are also pretty cool (I am talking about you, mini cheese grater). These luxury Pine Cone Christmas crackers from Nancy & Betty Studio come in a stunning navy petrol blue colour with a beautiful, festive pine cone print, made with luxurious thick paper stock and finished with thick ribbon. Along with the aforementioned adorable mini grater, there are other lots of other ingenious goodies to be discovered inside each cracker, such as an egg cup, cookie cutter, honey drizzler and more. 

 Nancy Betty Crackers

Nancy & Betty Christmas Crackers are £35 for 6, purchase online here


Make ‘em Mini

These contemporary crackers come in a stylish monochrome colourway and look fab on any festive table. Thanks to their mini size they complement any table décor without dominating it, and what’s even better is that because they are made by Hotel Chocolat, they of course contain a selection of delectable chocs, so they double up a delicious sweet treat as well. So once the coffee is served, get cracking! Thanks to their dinky size they also make super stylish table name place cards – there’s even a space on each one to write each guest’s name.

 Hotel Chocolate Christmas Crackers

Hotel Chocolat Mini Crackers are  £17 for 10, and available in store or online.  

Sweet Squirrels

We love Thornback and Peel’s beautiful designs all year round, but their Squirrel & Spruce Cracker Box, which is brand new for this year, is stand-out stunning. Woodland animal patterns are all the rage this winter and these beautifully designed crackers are perfect for adding some animal magic to your table. This contemporary print combined with a classic Christmas theme will complement both traditional and more modern table settings, and guests are in for a further treat thanks to the contents of each one - a party hat, a joke and gifts such as a lovely wooden lemon squeezer, olive oil pourer, silver tea infuser and more.

 Squirrel Spruce Cracker Box

Thornback and Peel's Crackers are £55 for 6,  available online here

Eco Friendly Fun

What with wrapping paper, gift and food packaging and plenty of used crackers, Christmas can produce a lot of waste but Kate Sproston, who designs and creates beautifully embroidered textiles for the home, has solved one of these problems with her beautiful, reusable Christmas crackers. These keepsake crackers are made from natural linen and embroidered with satin thread and green satin ribbon, and each one and has a durable plastic inner tube meaning these beautiful crackers can be used and treasured year after year, and thanks to the timeless woodland-inspired design, they will never go out of fashion.

Kate Sproston Eco Crackers

Kate Sproston's Designer Crackers are £12.50 each available here

Reach For The Rainbow

Each Christmas brings with it a new must-have trend, and John Lewis & Partners predicts that 2018 will be the year of the Rainbow Christmas tree, featuring a graduating a spectrum of different coloured baubles from the top to the bottom of the tree. And so any style conscious Christmas table must have rainbow crackers to match! This eye-catching collection of 12 colourful crackers look vibrant and uplifting on any table, and contain some great gifts such as playing cards, a bottle opener and even a photo frame.

John Lewis Crackers John Lewis and Partner's Rainbow Crackers are  £20 for 12, available instore and online

Get Quizzical

Everyone loves a quiz, especially at Christmas, and so these crackers from Liberty London are perfect for a lively festive meal! The modern geometric design print is a seriously cool addition to any contemporary Christmas table, but each cracker also contains a set of six trivia cards, guaranteed to keep your festive guests on their toes as they rush to answer the questions correctly, and spare everyone the ordeal of those cringe-worthy, groan-inducing jokes!

 Liberty Festival Quiz Christmas Crackers

Liberty London's Quiz crackers are £25.94 for 6, and available here

Uniquely Yours

The Handmade Cracker Company have been making unique and beautiful handcrafted crackers since 2016 and the choice is staggering. Every cracker is uniquely illustrated or designed to make something really special for everyone; regardless of age. Their colourful Wildlife crackers covered in beautifully drawn animals are a unique and unusual must-have for any daring Christmas table this year, or for more of a traditional style their beautiful metallic penguins also have the wow factor. Each cracker is made by hand and finished with luxury ribbon, and inside hides gold foil paper hat, a joke and a unique filling which you can choose when ordering, such origami and instructions, sweet pea seeds, modelling balloons or a table football set, which the whole table can play!

 The Handmade Cracker Company

The Handmade Cracker Company's Crackers are £34.80 for 6, available here. 


Looking For Something Crackingly Different? 

Crackers, but not as we know it…

Behold! The 2018 incarnation of a Christmas cracker – Meri Meri's ‘surprise ball’, perfect for impressing your guests with something a little different this year. Pop these cheerful and fun reindeer surprise balls on the table and watch as your guests unwrap them to reveal two temporary tattoos, a joke, Christmas hat and either a friendship bracelet or a stick-on moustache! The reindeers are created from white tissue paper, with little white ears, black eyes, a neon orange nose and glittery gold antlers, and guaranteed to add a sense of occasion and festive fun!

Christmas Reindeer Surprise Balls

Meri Meri's Raindeer Surprise Balls are £12 for 3, available here

Inflatable Fun

For another new and modern take on the traditional Christmas cracker – how about Bubblegum Balloons’ brand-new Christmas Balloon Crackers?! This brilliant and unusual pack comes with 6 pre-filled balloons and has everything you need to create a fun and unique alternative to regular Christmas crackers that will delight your guests. Simply blow each one up and place them on the table, and your guests can enjoy popping the balloons in order to get their hat, joke, badge and a present, as well as some festive red confetti. Great fun for everyone!

Christmas Balloon Crackers Bubblegum Balloons

Bubblegum Balloon's Balloon crackers are £21.60 for 6, available online

For more seasonal entertaining inspiration this Christmas, head over to TheEDIT now, and you can find a wealth of fantastic party and event suppliers in Toast.Life’s Little Black Book .

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