19 Oct 2014

Homemade Christmas Crackers

Crackers can be quite expensive and a lot of the time contain naff prizes.  I think it's much better to make you're own.  They're much more personal and are dead easy to do.  You can spend as little or as much as you like on the gifts inside, chances are if you've picked them, they're gonna be used and appreciated a lot more then whatever rubbish (giant paperclip maybe) is inside a standard box of crackers.

Get a 'do it yourself' pack from HobbyCraft, poundshop do them as well (picture shown) but I they designs I don't think are as nice.  Each pack has the cracker body, joke, hat and snap, all you need to buy are the prizes.

You need to label up each cracker once you've made them so you know whose is whose. I used brown luggage tags before.  Your named crackers will also double up as name place cards too.

When shopping for the cracker presents I would take a cracker template with you, or have a rough measurement of the length and circumference, it's very easy to buy things too big for the crackers!

Here's some ideas I've used before
For the girls....
  • Nail Polish
  • Lipstick 
  • Lip balms
  • Lush do some mini samples
  • MAC I think any woman who likes make up would love anything that will fit in a cracker from here!
  • Mini hand cream
  • Mini Chocolate (winner with kids)
  • Hair bands
  • Hair clips
  • Mini hair products - I love Batise dry shampoo
  • Travel size products Superdrug do 3 for £3 (could mix and match with guys gifts)
  • Fake eyelashes
  • Mini perfumes (could ask the perfume counters for some testers)
  • Any jewellery bits
For the guys...(warning I find men are particularly hard to find cracker presents for!)
  • Tin of mints
  • Bottle opener
  • Lip Balm
  • Mini Chocolate
  • Mini saving foam (Superdrug do 3 for £3 on travel size products)
  • Fold away tooth brush
  • Mini aftershave
  • Glasses cleaner (It was desperate times for Granddads gift!)
  • Any toy that will fit into a cracker!
If you can think of anymore - especially for men, please comment, I need help!  Definitely worth asking perfume, makeup and chocolate shops if they have any free samples.

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