Best Christmas crackers 2022: Gifts for kids, beauty lovers and more

Christmas cookies have to be the ultimate table decoration, right? It would seem that no festive tablescape is complete without them. Today, we have more choices than ever when it comes to choosing crackers that friends and family will enjoy.

Yet, as with many of our shopping habits today, it’s important to keep the sustainability of your purchase in mind. Christmas cookies have long been associated with creating unnecessary waste, thanks to years of disposable trinkets, poor jokes and plastic wrappers that so often end up in landfill.

Fortunately, times have changed and Christmas cookies are now as varied and exciting as advent calendars, with everything from sweet treats and beauty gifts to tasty drinks and more unusual gifts. Many brands have also focused on reducing their use of plastic, using only recycled cards and other recyclable or compostable materials.

You’ll find most of the models on our list in boxes of six, so before you make your purchase, it’s worth keeping in mind how many people you plan to have around the dinner table.

You also need to consider the look and feel of the rest of your decor and what designs will work best with your festive theme.

How we tested

We’ve selected our favorite models from a range of brands, covering a wide variety of price points. So whether you want a luxury cracker or something a little more affordable, there’s an option on this list for you.

We looked closely at everything from the packaging and price to the “click” and durability of the design and materials, as well as the content, to make sure there were no disappointing surprises. Only the best designs are listed – all so you can have a cracker of a Christmas (pun fully intended).

The best Christmas crackers for 2022 are:

  • Best Christmas Crackers – Workshop Christmas cracker kraft set of six, customizable: £60,
  • The best Christmas crackers for luxury gifts – Rockett St George Monochromatic Deluxe Christmas Cookies: £45,
  • The best Christmas crackers for grown-up festivities – Sipsmith four Christmas gin cookies: £16,
  • The best Christmas crackers for chocolate lovers – Melt London Chocolate Christmas Cookies: £49,
  • The best Christmas crackers for foodies – Sous Chef set of six world spice crackers: £48,
  • The best Christmas crackers for classic nostalgia – Emma Bridgewater Christmas Party Crackers: £20,
  • The Best Miniature Christmas Cookies – Hôtel Chocolat Mini Chocolate Christmas Crackers: £18.99,
  • The best Christmas crackers for kids – Large Meri Meri Christmas Character crackers: £30,
  • Best Christmas Cookies for Jokes – Advent of Change Charity Christmas Cookies: £25.95,
  • The best Christmas crackers for beauty fans – L’Occitane Festive Cracker Collection: £22.50,
  • The Best DIY Crackers – Handmade personalized eco Christmas cookies: £3,

Freeda S. Scott