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Christmas crackers are a staple part of British festive tradition. Is it really Christmas if a family member isn’t telling an awful joke about penguins with a lop-sided paper hat on?
Crackers range from the hilarious to the luxurious and typically all feature a festive hat, a joke and a small gift.
If you’d like to turn your cracker game up a notch this Christmas, there are plenty of brands eager to help you do it.
With impressive sets from Fortnum & Mason and Harrods on offer, there needn’t be a plastic paper clip in sight.
Some crackers - like the John Lewis Snowscape Mistletoe Christmas ones - have been hand-picked because of the elegance of the design.
Others, which include these Liberty London Berry and Cone Mix Christmas Crackers, are more about the novelty of the treats inside. This set of six include soap, a wooden shoehorn and wildflower seed sticks - all things that could genuinely be used in life.
Picking the perfect Christmas cracker is hardly an arduous task, but with mounting to do lists, spending precious time scanning the backs of cracker boxes for the right gifts isn’t always possible.
Luckily, we’ve done the hard work for you.