We round up the best things to pull this Christmas – crackers with snap, crackle and chocs

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IT wouldn’t be Christmas without a flimsy paper hat, a punny joke and plastic toy.

But these days some crackers can be, well, cracking, with goodies from chocolates to gin and even sex toys dropping out. But how do you choose the best for you?

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We round up the best crackers to grab for the festive season with our guide[/caption]

The Sun’s Lynsey Hope provides her guide to the best ones around.

BEST FOR A FANCY DO

M&S unique Christmas star crackers – £20 for six at marksandspencer.com

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These are perfect if you’re after a fancy table display[/caption]

This innovative, star-shaped version is a real showstopper.

Each comes with a hat, joke, game task and gift – and gave the perfect little bang when pulled. Pricey, but lovely if you’re after a fancy table display.

BEST FOR CHIDREN

Wilko Christmas kids crackers – £3 for six at wilko.com

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These crackers are great value and are perfect for over-excited kids[/caption]

Lovely, colourful crackers with Santa, winter dog and Christmas tree designs are perfect for over-excited kids.

Each comes with a plastic gift and the must-have party hat, at a really cracking price from Wilko’s.

BEST FOR TRADITION

Tesco luxury silver crackers – £10 for six at tesco.com

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The luxury silver crackers are very traditional and look pretty [/caption]

These are super traditional and my mum would buy them. But while the gifts inside are “plastic free” there wasn’t anything very original inside – just the usual keyrings and bottle openers.

But they’re a perfect size, looked pretty and gave a good pop.

BEST FOR FESTIVE FUN

M&S world’s funniest crackers – £15 for 12 at marksandspencer.com

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If you’re after festive fun, these pricey crackers are just the ones[/caption]

The jokes, written by top comics including Dawn French, lived up to their billing, plus there are photo props for some selfie fun.

Pricey, but you can eat your dinner satisfied you’ve donated to a great cause – the Together for Short Lives charity.

BEST FOR VALUE

Asda George Home premium crackers – £5 for eight at asda.com

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These crackers are just a fiver and look pretty on the festive table[/caption]

Gifts include a bag of four marbles, pencils, a cookie cutter and a bottle opener.

These may be your run-of-the-mill festive cracker, but they look really pretty on the Christmas dinner table and at just a fiver are incredibly good value.

BEST FOR BUDDING ARTISTS

Sainsbury’s Dear Santa character game crackers – Was £7, now £5.25 for six at sainsburys.co.uk

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These Father Christmas crackers are perfect if you want to get artsy[/caption]

Lovely designs of Father Christmas or reindeer characters, and you can make a game out of them too.

But it was a right faff cutting out the pieces, which most parents could maybe do without on December 25.

BEST FOR SWEET LOVERS

Hotel Chocolat Mini Chocolate Christmas Crackers – £17 for ten at hotelchocolat.com

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Unwrap a gourmet chocolate instead of cracking them open[/caption]

Choccy lovers will go absolutely crackers over these. They don’t “pop” but each unwraps to reveal a single gourmet chocolate.

They may be small (and a little pricey) but we loved them.

BEST FOR GIN CONNOISSEURS

Sipsmith gin crackers – £15 for four at Tesco

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Gin lovers will love these crackers from Sipsmith containing different flavours[/caption]

I loved these and the different flavours were a real talking point. The crackers included little bottles of lemon drizzle, zesty orange gin and my favourite, sloe gin.

Just perfect for Christmas Day – if you like mother’s ruin that is.

BEST FOR ORIGINALITY

Heinz Tomato Ketchup Christmas crackers – £19 for six at heinztohome.co.uk

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The Heinz crackers are perfect if you like ketchup with your turkey [/caption]

One in ten of us apparently have ketchup with our turkey dinner. If you’re one of them, these are definitely for you.

The crackers come with a hat, a sauce-based joke and a mini jar of tomato sauce.

BEST FOR X-RATED SURPRISE

Ricky’s Christmas Cracker Surprise – £36 at ricky.com

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These crackers are the first to contain a sex toy[/caption]


Pulling a Christmas cracker just got sexy – with the first to contain a sex toy.

Gifts include a luxury vibrator and a Luv Egg – and there are five to collect.

Just don’t get them mixed up on the table . . . or granny could be in for an unexpected surprise!

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