Holiday gift guide 2013: Stylish Christmas crackers

The British custom of placing brightly wrapped cardboard-tube party favors (filled with tchotchkes and beauty products) on the table during the holidays gets a glam makeover with these stylish holiday poppers

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These festive holiday and Christmas crackers make for great stocking stuffers or place settings during holiday parties. The fashionable favors can double as decor, and contain beauty products, makeup and mini desk supplies. Shop for them at NYC stores including Origins, Jo Malone, Williams-Sonoma and Pier 1 Imports.


  • Photograph: Lauren Spinelli

    Jingle All the Way Snap, Pop, Bang crackers (with small gifts, jokes and paper crowns), six for $27, at amazon.com

  • Pier 1 Imports party crackers (with novelty items, jokes and paper crowns), six for $25, at Pier 1 Imports, 71 Fifth Ave at 15th St (212-206-1911) • 1110 Third Ave at 65th St (646-358-1360) • pier1.com

  • Anatomicals A Smacker in a Cracker Christmas Kissing Kit (with minty tingling lip balm and breath freshener), $5, at asos.com

  • Origins Surprise Twist Set (with two sample-size products and a headband), six for $47, at Origins, locations throughout the city; visit origins.com

  • Jo Malone London Christmas Cracker (with 9ml Blackberry & Bay Cologne, 15ml Lime Basil & Mandarin Body & Hand Wash and 15ml Grapefruit Body Crème), $40, at Jo Malone London, 330 Bleecker St at Christopher St (212-242-1454, jomalone.com)

  • Cowshed Cracking Cow gift set (with two mini bath and shower gels), $15, at Flat 128, 15 Christopher St between Greenwich Ave and Waverly Pl (914-582-6814)

  • Nails Inc. Christmas Crackers (with full-size nail polishes), six for $38, at Sephora, locations throughout the city; visit sephora.com

  • Photograph: Jim Hildreth

    Williams-Sonoma ’Twas the Night Before Christmas Crackers (with small trinkets, jokes, paper party hats and surprises), 12 for $20, at Williams-Sonoma, locations throughout the city; visit williams-sonoma.com

  • Souvenir Suitcase chevron party crackers, $6 each, at souvenirsuitcase.etsy.com

  • Green & Spring Christmas Cracker (with three mini skin-care products), $31, at asos.com

  • Meri Meri Mini Confetti crackers (with hats, fun facts and wineglass charms), eight for $20, at amazon.com

  • Pier 1 Imports plaid party crackers (with novelty items, jokes and paper crowns), eight for $19, at Pier 1 Imports, 71 Fifth Ave at 15th St (212-206-1911) • 1110 Third Ave at 65th St (646-358-1360) • pier1.com

  • Party City large Christmas crackers (with paper crowns, toy favors, riddles and surprises), eight for $20, at Party City, 38 W 14th St between Fifth and Sixth Aves (212-271-7310, partycity.com)

  • Hammacher Schlemmer Christmas Cracker Orchestra (with paper hats, jokes, trivia questions and musical whistles), eight for $30, at hammacher.com

  • Jouer Sparkle & Shine Holiday crackers (with a party horn, a hair tie, jewelry, a bookmark and a mini lip gloss), four for $58, at birchbox.com

Photograph: Lauren Spinelli

Jingle All the Way Snap, Pop, Bang crackers (with small gifts, jokes and paper crowns), six for $27, at amazon.com

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