The food always takes centre stage on Christmas Day, but no festive table is complete without a few crackers dotted around. Bright, brash and lots of fun, crackers are a fantastic way to get the whole family together and you can find a whole range of different types guaranteed to bring jokes and laughter to the setting.
Gone are the days where you would find a simple plastic throwaway toy and a not-so-funny joke inside – now you’ll find options with racing games, pretty hair slides, xylophones and build-your-own toys. With unusual shapes and designs galore, your table is sure to look the part, here’s our pick of the best Christmas crackers for kids.
The 10 best Christmas crackers for kids
1. Crackers The Snowy Forest at Midnight
Many of us jokingly grumble at the novelties that crackers usually contain but this set provides the perfect solution. Each of the eight ready made crackers opens easily at the ends to allow you the fun of hiding your own idea of a gift inside it. When I tested one out it seemed roomy enough to place real small gifts of jewellery, tie-pins, chocolates or small toys to accompany the included paper hat and joke.
These crackers are so stunningly stylish I’d have to award them more than a ten out of ten for design. Midnight blue and creamy silver foil embellished with graceful reindeers and snowflakes are guaranteed to make your dinner table look fantastically luxurious.
2. Caspari Stocking Stripe Celebration Christmas Crackers
These beautiful crackers by Caspari feature lovely illustrated stocking decorations and are filled with a joke, trinket and crown, to add some magic to your festivities. A traditional and fun addition to your holidays and celebrations. Features Caspari paper designs, die-cut appliques, ribbons, and more, each Christmas Cracker contains a foil paper crown, a joke, and one trinket.
3. Toyland Luxury Tartan & Reindeer Design Christmas Crackers
These fabulous Christmas Crackers are guaranteed to put the most beautiful finishing touches to your Christmas display this year. Each cracker is finished off to the highest standard for that extra luxury festive feel. Inside each cracker you will receive a novelty hat, motto and luxury gift – including Phone stand, charm bracelet and much much more. Each cracker measures approximately 34cm. Designed and manufactured exclusively for Toyland.
4. Toyland Pack of 8-13cm Mini Silver Christmas Crackers
These stunning mini Christmas crackers will add a touch of class to your Christmas tree and Christmas dinner table! Made from quality cardboard, the crackers are decoarted with a traditional silver swirl design. Each of the 8 crackers contains a novelty item, hat, motto and snap. Not suitable for children under the age of 3 years.
5. Toyland 10 Deluxe Red & Gold Christmas Crackers
The first we’ll look at are these beautifully large crackers from Toyland in a festive fiery red and glistening gold combination. They are decorated with opposite coloured foil effect stars and snowflakes for an understated air of sophistication. Made of a sturdy card that will keep its shape until the big day, these impressive crackers will help to create the perfect Christmas atmosphere round the dinner table or beneath the tree.
The contents might be the fairly typical assortment of novelties complete with a paper hat and printed joke but they look and feel luxurious. Available as a generous pack of ten, they even scored full marks when snapped.
6. Toyland Pack Of 6 – Pin The Nose On The Elf Game Christmas Crackers
Another cheap pack of Christmas crackers are the Toyland Elf set, which comes as a pack of 6 crackers. Each cracker comes with a hat, motto and snap but also included is an Elf poster, blindfold, nose stickers and a winners crown.
Overall, the Toyland Elf Crackers are an excellent all-round set of crackers that won’t disappoint. Although cheap, they contain all the standard cracker contents as well as the “Pin The Nose On The Elf” game for extra fun at Christmas.
7. Toyland Pack Of 12 Polar Bear & Penguin Christmas Crackers
Get cracking with this 12 pack of festive crackers. With 2 designs, featuring silver detail and fabric ribbon ties, each cracker contains a gift, hat, joke and charade. These adorable polar bears in their party hats will be hard to resist this Christmas.
8. 12 Family Christmas Crackers – 12 x 12″ Christmas Family Crackers
These traditional crackers are exactly what you expect at Christmas time. You’ll find a mixture of gifts inside, including a puzzle and a notebook. Coming in a pack of 12, if you’re hosting a kids party, the individual presents mean everyone has something to take home.
These are beautifully designed crackers with a fun penguin design that’s sure to be a big hit with the kids. It’s just a shame that the gifts inside are pretty basic. They’re fun, but don’t stand out from the crowd.
9. Crackers Fill Your Own Christmas Crackers- Box of 8 Silver Snowflake Design
Offering the new and exciting content in a variety of paper, all hand filled by myself, or a long suffering member of the family in the UK. This year, we have our new reusable eco friendly tin christmas crackers with posh hats and jokes. Just add your own gift and reuse each year. Pet and travel safe as they do not contain a snap. As the crackers are hand-filled in the UK, we are able to react quickly to special requests.
10. Toyland Pack Of 6 – Glitter Leopard Print Christmas Crackers
These fantastic leopard print Christmas crackers are perfect for really adding those luxury finishing touches to your Christmas display this year. You will receive 6 Christmas crackers all finished off and filled to the highest standard. Inside the crackers are all stationary themed, perfect for getting organised again after Christmas has been and gone. The perfect chic twist on a traditional Christmas essential. These are perfect for your christmas dinner parties!
How to buy christmas crackers for kid?
As you can probably tell, we’ve had a bit of fun with this test…they’re Christmas crackers after all, but each was scored on:
- Appearance: Both adults independently ranked the crackers in order of appearance and how good they would look on a Christmas table setting.
- Best toys/gifts: Again, both adults ranked the toys independently in their order of preference.
- Best for a bang: Our four-year-old was put to work with an adult to see how easy it was to achieve a bang when pulling a cracker from each box. We managed to achieve a 100% success rate, so if you opt for one of the cracker sets above you should have a snappy Christmas dinner.
- Best for kids: The children were observed opening and playing with the crackers to determine which were their favorites.
Are there zero waste Christmas crackers?
The crackers we tested above all call themselves eco, but, as we discovered, it’s not uncommon for self confessed eco crackers to have small elements that aren’t recyclable. Sometimes it’s a ribbon, sometimes the snap, a rubber band, and sometimes even a tiny bit of plastic can creep in. So is there an even more eco alternative to these Christmas crackers? The closest we’ve seen to truly zero waste Christmas crackers are the make your own reusable Christmas fabric crackers.
They don’t come with a snap, and you’ll need to buy your own gifts to put inside them, which means they’re more of a cracker-shaped present than a cracker. But there’s zero waste because you can use them again year after year.
Without Christmas crackers at the table, it would look pretty bare and of course, you wouldn’t get the opportunity to wear a hat! However, due to the large amount of crackers on the market, it can be difficult to find the best suitable pack. Within this article, we have recommended a variety that cater for large families, children and adults.