Apart from the turkey and the scrumptious roast potatoes, Christmas crackers are the most integral part of any Christmas table. I mean, is it really Christmas if you're not competing for a silly paper crown and taking turns reading out the cheesy Christmas joke?
Nowadays, Christmas crackers are even more advanced than before, providing kids hours of Christmas day fun. There are options for music aficionados, chocolate lovers (so, all kids on the planet) and even kids who love magic tricks. Brands are also looking to make Christmas crackers more eco-friendly than before by introducing 100 per cent recyclable packaging and by leaving out any unnecessary plastic, which is always a bonus.
To help take one extra thing off your plate, we've found the best Christmas crackers for kids to complete this year's Christmas table. Start shopping our top picks below.
Please be aware that while most of our options are child-friendly, they are not suitable for children under three years due to small parts.
Are Christmas crackers safe for kids?
All options in our list are suitable for children over the age of three years, but supervision is always recommended, especially for younger children. Christmas crackers suitable for older children will typically stipulate this on the website or on the box, so make sure to read the fine print.
Can children buy Christmas crackers?
While Christmas crackers are safe for children to use, UK law states that children under 12 cannot buy Christmas crackers as they are classified as 'pyrotechnic articles'.
Best Christmas crackers for kids
Toyland Pack Of 6 - Who Or What Am I Christmas Crackers
Aside from the classic hat and joke that you'll find in most Christmas crackers, these ones also include 24 'Who or what am I?' game cards, providing hours of endless fun. We know the kids will have a laugh as you try to guess if you're Santa or Peter Pan, and there's even a crown for the winner!
Includes: 24 game cards, six headbands, a hat, a motto and a winner's crown
Make Your Own Christmas Crackers 6pcs DIY Kit
Why buy a ready set of crackers when you can make your own? Encourage a spot of creativity and festive fun in your kiddos with this cute, personalised Christmas cracker kit. The write-on printed tag will make these extra special, and you can even add your own gifts to surprise your loved ones.
Includes: Six make your own crackers, ribbon ties, hats, forfeits and snaps
Pastel Swirl Xylophone crackers set of eight
Got a little musical genius on your hands? If so, they're sure to enjoy these xylophone crackers containing a conductors baton, a song sheet and a xylophone set. They're made of 100 per cent recyclable packaging, and we love the funky colours that'll brighten up your Christmas table in a jiffy.
Includes: stickers, conductors baton, song sheet, xylophone set
Magic crackers set of six
While we can't promise you'll be making rabbits appear out of a top-hat, this eco-conscious set of Christmas crackers comes with a wide range of magic tricks that we know your kids will love. Not to mention, helping your child learn tricks and perform them to the family is a fab way to build confidence and social skills.
Includes: magic tricks and instructions
Matchstick Puzzles Six Alternative Christmas Crackers
Why not try something different this Christmas? Instead of the usual Christmas crackers, this gorgeous set of Christmas matchsticks contains puzzles, fun brain teasers and the obligatory Christmas joke for some Christmas day fun. The kids will have endless fun solving Rudolph's Nose, Sleigh Bells, Santa's Workshop and more festive puzzles.
Includes: a matchstick puzzle and a Christmas party hat
Cadbury Dairy Milk Freddo u0026 Friends Chocolate Christmas Crackers Set 125g
Chocolate in a Christmas cracker - does it get any better than that? Let your children over-indulge this Christmas with Cadbury's very best treats including Freddo, Curly Wurly and Milk chocolate caramel, plus a toy!
Includes: Cadbury Dairy Milk Freddo, Cadbury Curly Wurly treatsize, Milk chocolate with caramel centre and a toy
Crackers Ltd Set of 8 Magic Tricks
Another one for your young magician, this set of eight comes in the form of Christmas characters including Rudolph, Snowman, Nutcracker and more. It includes eight different magic tricks such as sword through finger and zig zag pencil, providing hours of family fun.
Includes: set of eight magic tricks, a hat, snap and joke
6 Nutcracker Christmas Crackers
We think this one takes the cake in terms of uniqueness. These Nutcracker-inspired Christmas crackers come with a hand-painted nutcracker soldier inside, each with a different design, that your little one can keep as a cute ornament for their room. The crackers also contain a snap, joke and hat.
Includes: hand-painted nutcracker soldier, a snap, joke and hat