I'm not ashamed to say that when it comes to my Christmas cracker, I don't want a mini screwdriver, a paper hat or a naff joke. I'm just not that bothered to know why the chicken crossed the road—especially when its cousin, the turkey, is on my plate (#awkward). I'd much rather a luxury beauty mini topple onto my stuffing than a compass on a key ring (I have Citymapper and Google maps, so I'm all good).
Can I also just caveat this by saying I'm not a diva? It's a tradition in our family to do secret Santa during Christmas, so I usually just buy one and get one present for £25 (hence why a superior beauty cracker on the table would be a welcome addition for all involved). Below I have found the 16 best beauty Christmas crackers out there—whether the recipient is a makeup lover, skincare obsessive or fragrance fan. Trust me when I say there's something for everyone.
Christmas has come early at Space NK. If you join the N.Dulge loyalty scheme and spend £300 or more (in one transaction) in-store or online, then you'll get these crackers—worth £500—for free! Hurry, though, as this is only while supplies last.
The crackers would be perfect to have at the Christmas table and include some cult products including a Diptyque Tubereuse Scented Candle, Omorovicza Midnight Radiance Mask and Tata Harper Resurfacing Serum (which helped one Byrdie editor be able to go makeup free). It also includes a £25 gift card.
How chic is this Liberty print cracker containing two full-sized beauty products? The Essie polish comes in Fishnet Stockings the perfect festive red, while the Hourglass Extreme Sheen Lip Gloss in Canvas is a suits-all, easy-to-wear shade.
The Surprise Inside: Instant Smooth Perfecting Touch Primer and Instant Light Lip Comfort Oil in 01 Honey.
The Surprise Inside: Superfood Facial Wash (30ml) and Superfood Day Cream (20ml).
The Surprise Inside: Micellar Cleansing Water (30ml),
Vinosource SOS Thirst Quenching Serum (10ml) and
Vinosource Moisturizing Sorbet (15ml).
The Surprise Inside: Deep Sleep Pillow Spray and eye mask.
The Surprise Inside: Cow Herb Restoring Hand Cream (50ml) and Apricot Nourishing Cuticle Oil (11ml).
The Surprise Inside: Texture Tonic (30ml), Pure Abundance Style Prep (30ml), Thickening Tonic (10ml) and Blow Dry Accelerator (10ml).
The Surprise Inside: Red Roses Cologne, English Oak & Redcurrant Body & Hand Wash and Lime Basil & Mandarin Body Crème.
The Surprise Inside: Soothing moisturiser (50ml) and
Shaving Cream (20ml).
Ideal for frequent flyers, this cracker contains travel-size skin treats. Omorovicza’s Moor Cream Cleanser and Susanne Kaufmann’s Oil Bath Winter soothe the skin, body and mind. Dreamy.
The Surprise Inside: Six makeup brushes.
The Surprise Inside: Eye Do Liquid Eyeliner and Black Magic Mascara.
The Surprise Inside: Melted Matte-tallic Liquid Lipstick and Better Than Sex Mascara.
The Surprise Inside: Amazing Face Moringa Cleansing Balm (15ml) and Moisture Boost Vit C Cream (15ml).