Less wasteful, more wonderful! What’s not to love about reusable Christmas crackers? Here’s 17 of the best eco crackers on the market for 2023!
We’ve all had enough of the classic junk-filled cracker, haven’t we? Sure, we love the snap, the corny jokes and the annual discussion about who’s got the biggest head. But unless you get mini screwdriver set, that’s where the fun ends.
For the amount of waste they create, crackers should really play a bigger part in our festive celebrations. So, we for two are loving the cracker revolution that’s currently underway. More and more big companies are going plastic-free with their cracker offering. And there’s been a boom in the number of indie businesses designing beautiful reusable crackers for our Christmas tables.
Hurrah! But where to begin choosing yours…?!
Don’t worry, we’re here to help with our guide to 17 of the best eco-friendly Christmas crackers for 2023. (You’ll be pleased to know that you don’t have to break the bank or forego the snap as there’s a Christmas cracker for everyone!)
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Exactly How Wasteful Are Christmas Crackers?
It is estimated that a staggering 40 million Christmas crackers end up in the bin on Christmas Day. I know I’ve been guilty of scooping all the cracker waste – fillers and all – into the bin straight after dinner (except the mini screwdriver set of course). 😐
So, whilst it’s firmly part of our festive traditions to start Christmas dinner with a bang, it’s time to either make those crackers step up and be truly celebrated or let’s bid farewell to the whole wasteful affair.
Why Do We Pull Crackers At Christmas?
Ever wondered why we pull crackers at Christmas? Well, it was confectioner Tom Smith who created the first Christmas cracker in 1848. Inspired by Parisian bonbons wrapped in paper twists, he decided to replicate a similar design in Britain.
Legend has it that the ‘crack’ was added as Tom watched his fire one evening and thought the pop and crackle sound would be a great addition to his new invention. Victorians replaced the sweets with paper crowns and small gifts. And so the modern day cracker was born.
Time for the next evolution of the tradition…
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17 Eco Friendly And Reusable Christmas Crackers
1. Kate Sproston Design Reusable Christmas Cracker
Quite possibly the first material Christmas cracker on the market in the UK, these gorgeous natural linen designs are a timeless classic that can be enjoyed for years to come. Available in a selection of patterns including a beautiful Scandi design too.
Best for: Timeless classic
Price: £16.95 each or £89.50 for a gift box of six.
Find Out More Here: Kate Sproston Design Woodland Reusable Christmas Cracker
2. By Alex Reusable Cracker Napkins
100% cotton, these reusable crackers are really striking and unroll to become your table napkins too. Finished with elegant velvet ribbon detail, they really will be the talk of the table!
Best for: 2-in-1 use
Price: £60 for six.
Find Out More Here: By Alex Reusable Cracker Napkins
3. The Oathouse Fabric Christmas Eco Crackers
Hurrah for pullable reusable fabric crackers! It’s a velcro crackle rather than a snap but we’re sure these will be a winner at the Christmas dinner table this year, and many more to come! The Oathouse’s ENORMOUS selection of fabric designs means there is surely something for every decor theme. Reusable felt hats available too.
Best for: Pullability
Snap: Yes (well a crackle!)
Price: £16.50 for two.
Find Out More Here: The Oathouse Fabric Christmas Eco Crackers
4. Follow The Hem Six Handmade Reusable Eco Friendly Fabric Crackers
For a fabulously affordable option, Follow The Hem’s cheery designs are just the ticket. With a set of 6 costing just £12, these multi-patterned flat pack fabric Christmas crackers simply need a toilet roll insert and they’re good to go! Ribbons sewn in to prevent loss.
Best for: Great value
Price: £12 for six.
Find Out More Here: Follow The Hem Six Handmade Reusable Eco Friendly Fabric Crackers
5. Raspberry Blossom Fabric Crackers
Aren’t these just the cheeriest crackers?! A little smaller than some of their counterparts, the pattern is printed on a cotton blend and would be fantastic for a children’s celebration!
Best for: Cheery festive fun
Price: £25.94 for a set of 4
Find Out More Here: Raspberry Blossom Fabric Crackers
6. Forever Crackers Reusable Christmas Crackers and Crowns
Made from linen, these striking reusable crackers will certainly make a statement on the Christmas table! The crackers come with fabric crowns and edible (or quoffable!) treats can be added to fill as well. We particularly love the dual ribbons to tie.
Best for: Eye-catching beauty
Price: £30 each
Find Out More Here: Forever Crackers Candy Cane Cracker and Crown
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7. The Embroidered Napkin Company Monogrammed Christmas Cracker Napkins
Full sized embroidered napkins which double up as stunning fabric Christmas crackers with their velvet ribbon finish. An investment yes but these are worthy heirlooms to be celebrated for years of Christmases future.
Best for: Heirloom potential
Price: £35 each
Find Out More Here: The Embroidered Napkin Company Monogrammed Christmas Cracker Napkins
8. Keep This Cracker Reusable Christmas Crackers
Quite a different proposition from the rest, these reusable fillable crackers are made from card and come with a pet-friendly snap! Ready to be folded at home with instructions provided, the two halves of the cracker come apart with a snap! Store flat-packed and then simply add a new snap, refill, refold and use again next year.
Best for: Eco- (and pet-)friendly snap
Price: £22 for six
Find Out More Here: Keep This Cracker Reusable Christmas Crackers
9. Happy Crackers Eco Friendly Christmas Crackers
Liberty’s instantly recognisable fabrics reign supreme in these stunning reusable crackers, well named for the smile they’ll bring to faces! Finished with thick rich ribbons and available in a whole host of patterns and colours, they will be the focal point of your Christmas table!
Best for: A touch of Liberty
Price: From £36 each
Find Out More Here: Happy Crackers Eco Friendly Christmas Crackers
Christmas Table Gifts
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10. Kaneo tartan Reusable Crackers
Ticking all the boxes, Kaneo have created a beautiful snapable reusable fabric cracker! Provided with sticky snaps (enough for 3 uses), the cracker halves slot together so they’ll come apart neatly on pull. Sold in a set with nametags and gold lettering, the crackers double-up as place names. Each has a QR code for a ‘chuckle or challenge’ activity too. In case that wasn’t enough, 10% of all sales go to The Salvation Army as well.
Best for: Extra touches
Price: £62 for six
Find Out More Here: Kaneo Six Tartan Print Reusable Crackers
11. Lottie Lane Designs Reusable Linen Napkin Crackers
Oh, this whimsical Christmas tree design is seriously cute. And beautiful linen reusable crackers to boot!
Best for: Cute whimsy
Price: £22 a pair
Find Out More Here: Lottie Lane Designs Christmas Tree Reusable Linen Napkin Crackers
12. Stitch Knit Club Reusable Knitted Christmas Crackers
Bright, colourful and full of handmade charm, Stitch and Knit Club’s reusable crackers may not be pullable but they will certainly add plenty of festive cheer to your Christmas dinner table. Knitted crowns available too!
Best for: Handmade charm
Price: £6 each
Find Out More Here: Stitch Knit Club Reusable Knitted Christmas Crackers
13. Paper & Wool Personalised Reusable Velvet Christmas Crackers
In a timeless light grey, Paper and Wool’s velvet crackers are most definitely a keeper! Choose between fonts for the personalisation as you welcome return guests to the table year after year.
Best for: Velvet opulence
Price: £14 each
Find Out More Here: Paper and Wool Personalised Reusable Velvet Christmas Crackers
The four sets of crackers below are perfect if you’re not sure you want to commit to a particular long-term cracker style but still want an eco-friendly cracker option.
14. The Little Green Cracker Company Eco Cracker Set
Whilst these crackers are not reusable, they have been thoughtfully designed in every other way. Each is made from 100% recycled (and recyclable) card and is tied with biodegradable ribbon. The snappable crackers come in a range of designs and are all pre-filled with a selection of fabulous thoughtfully selected products (think St Eval tealights and wildflower seedballs – these are not your ordinary cracker!)
Best for: Thoughtful fillers
Price: £45 for six
Find Out More Here: The Little Green Cracker Company Eco Cracker Set
Eco Friendly Christmas Cards
Check out these alternatives to traditional Christmas cards. From digital messages to plantable cards, homemade to charitable, there’s something for everyone.
15. Little Green Paper Shop Plantable Christmas Crackers
Made from plantable seed card, these crackers have certainly earned their eco credientials! Sold with hats and baker twine to tie them up, you just need to decide what to put inside.
Best for: Celebrating outdoors
Price: £14.95 for a pack of 4
Find Out More Here: Little Green Paper Shop Plantable Christmas Crackers
16. Eco Magpie Studio Upcycled Map Eco Friendly Christmas Crackers
Using upcycled maps, Eco Magpie Studio has created these eye-catching unusual eco-friendly cracker designs. Whilst not reusable, they are 100% recyclable and plastic free. What’s more, the crackers are sold filled with gorgeous, knitted Christmas decorations in addition to the classic crown and joke.
Best for: Upcycled originality
Price: £30 for six
Find Out More Here: Eco Magpie Studio Upcycled Map Eco Friendly Christmas Crackers
17. Nancy & Betty Luxury Christmas Crackers
One time use aside, these crackers are plastic free and fully recyclable (except for the ribbons which can be kept for home crafts.) Printed in the UK with vegetable based inks, each cracker contains a beautiful plastic free gift that you’ll actually want to keep (think jam, honey drizzler and washi tape)!
Best for: Plastic Free Luxury
Price: £39.95 for six
Find Out More Here: Nancy & Betty Six Luxury Silent Night Christmas Crackers
What are your thoughts on crackers? Have you made the switch to reusable Christmas crackers at your festive table? Or perhaps you do something completely different? Share a comment below and let us know!
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