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15 of the best Christmas crackers for adults – from whisky to whisks

Featuring both high-end and more affordable products, as well as plastic-free options

1

The Fife Arms

Fife Arms

Luxury tartan crackers

Spruce up your festive table with these tartan crackers, created exclusively for the luxury Fife Arms hotel in the Scottish highlands. Each cracker contains a beautiful handmade gift from Aberdeenshire gift shop McLean of Braemar, including a sustainable red deer antler, an egg spoon, a whistle key ring, a bottle stopper and an olive pick. Also included in each cracker is a poem by a Scottish legend, from Robert Louis Stevenson to Robert Burns.

2

Fever-Tree

Fever Tree

Gin and tonic crackers

A new Christmas range from fancy tonic brand Fever-Tree features a selection of perfectly-paired crackers, including Fever-Tree Indian Tonic Water which is paired with Salcombe Gin’s Rosé Sainte Marie, and Fever-Tree Mediterranean Tonic Water which comes in a cracker with Tarquin’s Rhubarb and Raspberry Gin. There’s also a non-alcoholic version for the designated driver.

3

Joe & Seph’s

Giant popcorn cracker

Giant popcorn cracker

This giant popcorn cracker, made by snack brand Joe & Seph’s, makes for a show-stopping Christmas table centrepiece. Complete with six packets of salted caramel popcorn, six splendid gold hats and six terrible Christmas jokes, this unapologetically enormous cracker is the perfect Christmas dinner icebreaker.

4

Franklin & Sons

Craft gin crackers

Craft gin crackers

For a truly luxurious Christmas cracker experience, Franklin & Sons has curated a premium collection containing a beautifully packaged gin and mixer combination. Classic gins by Sipsmith and Rock Rose sit alongside the latest innovations from Warners, Manchester Gin, Silent Pool and Masons, and all are accompanied by Franklin & Sons tonic water and ginger ale.

5

Advent of Change

Charity Christmas crackers

Charity Christmas crackers

If you hate the tat which comes with regular crackers, check out this initiative created by social enterprise Advent of Change. Each cracker is completely plastic-free and the entire cracker and its contents are recyclable or compostable. The jokes are written by some big names, including Joanna Lumley and Harry Hill, and £2 from every sale is donated to a different charity. 

6

Virgin Wines

Virgin Wines

Wine, prosecco and G&T crackers

Filled with a choice of wine, prosecco, or gin and tonic (as well as the classic paper hat and cheesy joke), Virgin Wines’s premium crackers are the perfect ingredient for a booze-tastic Christmas dinner. The gin line-up includes double measures from six fine gin brands, including Silent Pool and Whitley Neill. Each cracker also contains a can of Double Dutch tonic water.

7

Black Sheep

Christmas beer crackers

Christmas beer crackers

Retailing at £4.95 for one, Black Sheep’s Christmas beer cracker is the same price (or cheaper) than getting a pint down the pub. Each cracker comes with one of Black Sheep’s award-winning beers, with flavours including Pineapple Milkshake IPA, Choc-Orange Stout, and Monty Python’s Holy Grail. These crackers also make great stocking fillers.

8

Daylesford

Organic Christmas crackers

Organic Christmas crackers

These crackers are made with sustainably sourced paper and printed with vegetable inks, with each one containing a plastic-free gift, joke and paper hat. There are two styles available: handwritten and foliage-themed.

9

Drinks By Post

Christmas crackers

Christmas crackers

Drinks By Post’s Christmas crackers are both 100% recyclable and 100% plastic-free, making them a strong eco-friendly choice. Each cracker is personalised, with the name of each guest hand-written in calligraphy style on the front, and contains a pre-mixed double measure cocktail. There’s also a non-alcoholic option for designated drivers and a Belgian hot chocolate stirring stick for children. Along with the cocktail, each cracker contains an acorn – the idea being that you can grow your own tree in the empty glass bottle. 

10

La Di Da Interiors

12 days of Christmas luxury crackers

12 days of Christmas luxury crackers

Designed in a “12 days of Christmas” print and finished with a natural bow, these playful, plastic-free crackers will add some excitement to your Christmas table. Filled with miniature metal cookie cutters, cheese graters, tea strainers and whisks, they’re both fun as well as practical – and won’t end up in the bin after your dinner. 

11

Drinks by the Dram

Whisky crackers

Whisky crackers

If you’ve got a whisky fanatic joining you for Christmas this year, then these crackers couldn’t be a more perfect fit. Each cracker in the box of six contains a different 30ml dram of whisky, a party hat and a terrible joke (of course).

12

Polaar Genuine

Lapland crackers

Lapland crackers

French brand Polaar has designed a set of unusual crackers created with ingredients sourced from the North Pole itself. These Lapland crackers contain three beauty products designed to keep your face, hands and lips nourished; one is a body cream containing Arctic rhodiola, which is known to aid repair of dry and sensitive skin.

13

Lockdown Liquor

Lockdown Liquor crackers

Lockdown Liquor crackers

Each cracker in this box of six contains a miniature bottle of Lockdown Liquor’s signature blends, helping you elevate your Christmas cocktails. Flavours include Old Fashioned, Espresso Martini, Picante, Pepino and a limited-edition Cuban Toddy and Torino (Lockdown Liquor’s take on a negroni).

14

Canned Wine Co.

Canned Wine cracker selection

Canned Wine Co. cracker selection

Bath-based booze store Canned Wine Co. recently launched a set of crackers containing six premium 250ml wines from leading European producers. As well as being filled with a delicious tipple, these crackers are vegan-friendly, sustainable (they’re made from aluminium rather than plastic) and don’t make a loud bang when pulled.

15

Deliveroo

Deliveroo crackers

Crackers Cracking Hunger

Food delivery service Deliveroo has launched a special range of charity crackers to help provide meals for people in need this Christmas and beyond. Each 100% recyclable cracker contains a new joke written by Britain’s Got Talent comedian Kojo Anim, a Christmas hat and a “thank you” message. For every box of six crackers sold, Deliveroo will provide 50 meals for a household in need this festive season – the equivalent of a weeks’ worth of food. 

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