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10 of the best family-friendly Christmas crackers

Racing snowmen, a whistle orchestra, unicorns and dinosaurs - bring the festive feeling to the dinner table with these brilliant crackers for the whole family to enjoy


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. And with unusual shapes and designs galore, your table is sure to look the part.

Here’s our pick of the best Christmas crackers for 2020…

1. Robin Reed Racing Snowman Christmas Crackers, £20 for 6 – best for competitive families

Need a family-friendly activity to fill the gap between your roast dinner and Christmas pud? With a set of six different wind-up Snowmen and a racing track, these fun crackers are sure to deliver.

Plus you get classic Christmas cracker items including a paper crown and cheesy joke.

Available from: Amazon

2. Cracker Symphony Handmade Musical Christmas Crackers, £16.99 for 8 – best for music lovers

Each cracker in this set contains a differently toned musical whistle, with the idea being that the ‘conductor’ in the family uses the included baton and music sheet to direct the group to create tunes by sounding their whistle in turn. It’s sure to end in giggles as someone gets it wrong!

They’re not the cheapest crackers in this list, but you can trust the quality of Lakeland’s products and it’s a fun game for everyone to get involved with.

Available from: Lakeland and Amazon

3. Hotel Chocolat Mini Crackers, £17.99 for 10 – best for a sweet treat

For something a bit different from crackers containing plastic toys, there’s also edible options. We love the look of these mini crackers from British chocolate makers, Hotel Chocolat, containing an individually wrapped praline chocolate.

Flavours include pecan praline, water praline and dizzy praline. They’ll also look great placed on the dinner table with the white snow-themed packaging.

Available from: Hotel Chocolat and Very

4. Unicorn Glitter Small Crackers, £23 for 6 – best for unicorn-crazy kids

Meri Meri produces some great stand-out crackers and, although they do come at a cost, your little ones are sure to love them. These sparkling unicorn crackers are sweet and stylish and will add a pop of glitter to your festive table and, with their yarn manes and tails, they really look the part, too.

The cute enamel hair clip gifts featuring unicorns, stars, hearts and rainbows are good-quality and make a great keepsake post Christmas. 

Available from: Meri Meri and Amazon 

5. Marks and Spencer’s Make Your Own Christmas Crackers, £6 for 8 – best for crafty kids

If your kids like a craft project, putting together Christmas crackers is a great way to keep them entertained in the run-up to the big day.

These crackers from M&S include 8 cracker cases, along with snaps, hats, jokes, ribbons and name tags, and they’re simple to construct. The cute red designs are fun and festive, and at £6, they’re really reasonably priced.

Available from: Marks and Spencer

6. Kuckoo Build & Play Dinosaur Building Block Crackers, £16.45 for 8 – best for construction fans

For kids that love making things with toys like Lego, these crackers will be a hit. Each one contains the building blocks and instructions to make a different type of dinosaur. There’s even instructions which explain how to combine all the sets together to make one big dinosaur! 

It’s also worth knowing that Kuckoo has a whole range of fantastic crackers, including ones with balloon-modelling kits, sing-a-long games and acrobatic spinning bugs.

Available from: Etsy

7. Personalised Christmas Jumper Merry Xmas Crackers, £18.50 for 6 – crackers with a twist

For crackers with a unique design, check out this adorable Christmas jumper shaped design. Each cracker comes with a personalised engraved wooden tags, so you can have one for each person around the dinner table.

Inside you’ll find a paper crown, joke, photo prop and mini stationery prize (these include a stapler, keyring, sharpener and more).

Available from: Not on the High Street

8. Personalised Fabric Reusable Christmas Crackers, £12 per cracker – best sustainable crackers

Although these crackers don’t snap (you open them by untying the ribbon either side), they make a stunning keepsake to use each Christmas for years to come.

They’re made from soft satin and can be personalised with any phrase on the front or inside. Each one comes empty so you can fill them with any treats of your choice – and they are washable in case of food stains.

Available from: Not on the High Street

9. Ridley’s Balloon Modelling Party Crackers Kit, £13.23 for 6 – best for older kids

Fancy learning a new skill after your roast dinner? These cool crackers each contain a hat, joke and 6 modelling balloons (meaning you get 36 in total!), and there’s instructions and stickers, too.

There are 14 different designs to try and they’ll keep you amused long after the Christmas pud has been eaten. They may be a bit fiddly for younger kids, but older children will have a blast.

Available from: Paperchase

10. Bespoke & Oak Co Personalised Handwritten Christmas Crackers, £30 for 6 – best for a special touch

These personalised crackers will look stunning on your table, and kids will love the chocolate goodies inside. You can customise your crackers to suit your needs – there’s the option of chocolate coins, notes or Brussels sprouts as gifts and loads of different colour combinations.

And if you fancy a pre-Christmas crafting session, you can even buy them as a make-your-own kit instead of a ready-made set.

Available from: Not On The High Street 


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