CHRISTMAS crackers have come a long way, haven’t they? Gone are the days when paper hats and miniature screwdriver sets would suffice, now it’s all about beautiful cracker-shaped boxes that house minis of the make-up and skincare variety.
They may not actually go ‘bang’, but lay these gorgeous creations on your Christmas table and they’re sure to elicit oohs and aahs from guests, as they discover the treats inside.
From budget to blowout, here’s our pick of the most banging beauty crackers 2017 has to offer...
Perfect if you’ve got youngsters coming round for Christmas, each hot pink cracker in Mad Beauty’s bargain six-piece set comes with a fruity flavoured lip gloss.
Inside these pretty printed crackers from Joules, you’ll find a bath fizzer, hand cream, lip balm, or pair of soaps.
We love the candy stripes and carousel motifs on this Beauticology set, which does actually include hats and jokes — hurrah! Plus, either a Candy Apple Body Wash or Sweet Caramel Popcorn Body Lotion.
We’re not saying that a man shouldn’t indulge in a popcorn-scented body lotion if he wants, but beauty crackers do tend to be skewed towards ladies’ desires. Not so with Bulldog’s manly crackers, which house a full-size Original Moisturiser from the award-winning grooming brand.
Within each chic berry-coloured box from French skincare specialists Caudalie, you’ll discover a mini moisturiser, serum and micellar water, perfect for popping in your carry-on bag next time you’re jetting off to Paris for the weekend, naturally.
Another trio of treats from a beloved French brand, this year’s Nuxe cracker offers travel-sized cleansing water, moisturiser and celeb favourite, the shimmering Golden Dry Oil. Divine.
Definitely one for the make-up mavens, this lip-printed cracker contains a full-size Smoky Lash Mascara from the brand that make-up artists love, plus a cute, red patent purse.
Give your guests the gift of flawless skin with the Blur It cracker from Erborian, which holds a brightening BB Cream and a blurring Pink Perfect Cream from the trendy French-Korean company.
Give the festive season a floral feel with the Elemis Frangipani cracker, which comes with a generously-sized shower cream and body oil, both scented with the divine tropical aroma.
Heading into the premium Christmas category, Molton Brown’s forest green cracker is described as ‘for him’, but we think it’s suitable for ladies or gents, seeing as the shower gels inside are in gorgeous unisex scents, like Tobacco Absolute and Black Peppercorn.
In chic dove grey with pine-tree green ribbons, Espa’s Joyful Treats Cracker is one for the minimalists - and the tube of Nourishing Hand Cream and Lip Treatment inside are equally chic.
Bringing together the ultra-effective Overnight Facial Serum with the uber-moisturising Intense Hydrating Booster, Sarah Chapman’s shiny silver Merry & Bright Cracker will delight skincare obsessives.
The mack daddy of beauty crackers, the sizeable Jo Malone cracker comes with three luxury mini treats — Blackberry & Bay Cologne, Basil & Neroli Body & Hand Wash and English Pear & Freesia Body Creme. It’s a fragrant festive delight.