Up the stakes this Christmas with our pick of the most luxurious beauty crackers to surprise guests and spruce up any festive table setting
Crackers of old used to be cringe worthy. Packed full of awful Dad jokes and plastic toys destined to end up in the bin within the hour, but the new generation of crackers with a beauty twist bring a whole extra level of excitement to our Christmas celebrations.
Over the past couple of years we’ve seen a host of festive treats pop up in the beauty halls with everything from beauty advent calenders, beauty baubles and now, in what is probably our favourite incarnation of the merry theme – there are beauty crackers. Adding a touch of modern luxury to the tradition, these will be sure to set your dinner party off with a bang.
Take a browse through our pick of the best beauty crackers out there and stock up in time for party season…
Caudalie The Des Vignes Cracker
From French brand Caudalie comes a mini selection of The Des Vignes range. There’s a 30ml shower gel and body lotion and a vial of the honeyed ginger, orange blossom and neroli scent. We love the chic crimson shade too, it’s such a merry looking cracker you can afford to scrimp on the rest of the table decorations.
Sanctuary Spa Pamper Cracker
Packed with 7 mini treats to delight this huge cracker is one for those who love trying new things. For party ready feet there’s a full kit to give winter toes a party season overhaul – think toe dividers, balm for dry heels and a nail file. But that’s not all – there’s a detox face mask, a rich handcream for silky fingers and a travel friendly body scrub and bath float too.
Eve Lom Kiss Mix Cracker
Prep yourself for any under the mistletoe action with this ultra hydrating lip balm duo from Eve Lom. There’s two to pick from; either the original clear formula that soothes even the most chapped lips or the pink-tinted Demure shade for a smooth, kissable pout.
Jo Malone Christmas Cracker
From Beauty Editor’s favourite Jo Malone comes this fancy, striped number. Inside is a clutch sized Blackberry & Bay cologne, a flight-friendly body wash in the fresh Basil & Neroli scent and an ultra hydrating English Pear & Freesia body cream that soothes skin in even the harshest winter weather.
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If your loved ones are party people this is the perfect antidote to hectic festive celebrations. This Works best-selling deep sleep pillow spray is twinned with a stylish eye mask that will have them counting sheep in no time.
Baylis & Harding Beauticology Carnival Luxury Gift Crackers
For those with a soft spot for sweet treats pick Baylis & Harding’s circus themed crackers, which contain either a sweet caramel popcorn body lotion or a candy apple body wash and a miniature party hat for endless round-the-table fun.
Molton Brown Exquisite Treats Cracker
You’ll be the most popular guest at any dinner party if you arrive armed with a stash of these beauties. Each cracker contains one weekend getaway sized bath or body wash or shower gel from Molton Brown. All of the fragrances are equally delicious so if you buy 4 with the intention of sharing them amongst friends don’t feel guilty if you end up squireling them away for yourself.
Sarah Chapman The Facial Elixir Cracker
Imagine if you could get the results of one of facialist Sarah Chapman’s renowned treatments at home? Now you can get in on a piece of the action with the minis in this cracker, which contain the morning and evening facial oil from Sarah’s at-home range. The morning oil instantly boosts glow while the night elixir resurfaces and improves skin texture in a flash.
Invisibobble Christmas Cracker
Our favourite snagless hair bobble is now available in 3 shades of rose gold, silver and gold for the festive season. If you’re stuck for ideas for the office secret Santa or need some stocking filler inspo’, this is the perfect solution.
Margaret Dabbs Fabulous Christmas Cracker
From deluxe mani/ pedi brand Margaret Dabbs comes this little taste of her award winning range. There’s everything you need for a perfect talons; a nourishing nail and cuticle oil, a buffer that creates envy inducing shine and a crystal nail file that’s so good looking you’ll want to show it off.
Elizabeth Arden Cracker
There’s three party season staples in this Elizabeth Arden x Feel Unique cracker: the jet black Grand Entrance Mascara, a warm peachy pink lip oil and a mini Superstart Skin Renewal Booster that’s an ideal precursor to your regular serum in the cold winter weather.
Delilah Beauty Cracker
You’d be happy with any of the 4 classic shades of Delilah’s signature matte liquid lipstick that come in this pretty cracker. There’s a deep plum, an uplifting orange, a pinky beige or a taupe shade. We love the seasonal snowflake design too.