If I’m being completely honest, ‘normal’ Christmas crackers might be the most disappointing part of a festive feast – who’s with me?
The dad jokes and impossible puzzles (I’ve never been able to separate those interlinked keychains) bring the same amount of ‘meh’ every year.
This year, impress your dinner guests with these striking Christmas crackers that are instead filled with bite-sized beauty treats that people will actually want to use and enjoy opening. Makes a change, huh?
From travel-sized candles and your favourite wellbeing essentials, to fragrance and luxury body wash, use these crackers as your table favours, place them under the tree, stuff into stockings or spread Christmas cheer to your Secret Santa; I promise they won’t disappoint.
For a cute cracker that won’t break the bank, look no further than this adorable duo from clean beauty brand Blossom & Bloom. Inside you’ll find a power couple made up of its Lip Service lip balm, a 100% natural balm packed with coconut oil, passionflower oil and lanolin that nourishes lips so they’re ready for a kiss under the mistletoe, and a miniature version of the velvety-smooth hand cream that repairs, brightens and restores with a blend of niacinamide, liquorice root extract and shea butter. Plus, the fragrance is *chef’s kiss* – layers of bergamot, ylang ylang and cedarwood.
Molton Brown The Woody & Aromatic Cracker, £20, available from 19th October
Adorn your festive table with these showstopping crackers from Molton Brown that add a sophisticated surprise for your guests. The brand is known for its signature bathing scents that exude luxury and elegance; you’ll find four delightful miniatures of warm and woody Christmassy Bath & Shower Gels – Black Pepper, Coastal Cypress & Sea Fennel, Infusing Eucalyptus and Neon Amber. There’s also a Floral & Citrus cracker if you’re into lighter, more feminine scents. *Drooling face emoji*.
Magnitone 12 Swipes of Christmas, £25, available from November
This little Christmas cracker is the perfect gift for anyone you know who’s into sustainable beauty (or excessive face masking). We’re all on a mission to be more environmentally friendly, and these reusable microfibre pads are a great first step to banishing single-use cotton pads. Included are 12 super-soft pads that remove your makeup with just water (yes, really), or cream and clay face masks that can sometimes be hard to remove.
Nivea What a Cracker Mini Pampering Treats Stocking Filler, £6, available now
This sweet treat is the perfect size to stuff into stockings and is filled with three of the brand’s best-selling beauty products. Its Bye Bye Dry Skin Nourishing Face Mask is blended with honey extract and natural almond oil to soothe dry and stressed-out skin, the Soft Moisturising Cream is a cult favourite for its smooth texture that’s suitable for most skin types (including the most sensitive skin), and finally, you can’t go wrong with the lip balms – the Soft Rosé Caring Lip Balm instantly melts into lips and keeps them hydrated for 24 hours, providing a soft rosy tint.
Bamford Christmas Cracker, £26, available now
The festivities can be exhausting, what with endless pub dates with friends, celebrating with family and hosting Christmas feasts. This trio from Bamford, known for its delectable spa treatments and relaxing scents, will help to restore and rejuvenate anyone feeling worse for wear. Designed by British artist Nicholas Hughes, this elegant Christmas cracker includes a Geranium Body Wash, Geranium Bath Salts and a B Silent Pillow Mist (all of the brand’s most-loved products). It is guaranteed to impress.