With miniature cocktails, gold-leaf pinch pots and jars of pear and freesia body crème, upscale crackers are going from strength to strength.
1) From The Ivy comes a centenary cracker jauntily designed to reference the Covent Garden restaurant’s famous stained-glass window. Each contains a miniature spirits bottle and a recipe card for a signature cocktail – such as espresso martini or Hemingway daiquiri. £50 for six; themountstreetdeli.co.uk.
2) Meanwhile, Soho Home, the interiors website from the Soho House group, has red and gold crackers with chic accoutrements for the imbiber: dinner-party guests pulling crackers will receive either a hip flask, corkscrew, measuring cup, wine stop, pourer or champagne stopper. £50 for six; sohohome.com.
3) Also for the convivial, The Whisky Exchange and Copper Dog’s offering showcases a different dram from one of Scotland’s top distilleries in each of the six crackers, including Tomintoul 10-year-old, Tamdhu 10-year-old, Aberfeldy 12-year-old, Bowmore 12-year-old, The Deveron 12-year-old, and Tamnavulin double cask. £50 for six; thewhiskyexchange.com.
4) For those who choose beauty over quaffing, Jo Malone has a soigné offering filled with blackberry and bay cologne, basil and neroli body- and hand-wash and English pear and freesia body crème. £34 for one; jomalone.co.uk.
5) For more health over hedonism, look to one of the most prominent gourmet openings in Covent Garden this year – Richmond export Petersham Nurseries. It has created centerpiece-worthy green crackers tied with orange Indian ribbon and containing a handmade gold-leaf pinch pot, organic soap from Haye Farm, a brass spoon with elephant detail, seasonal vegetable seeds, a wooden dibber and organic hand cream. £55 for six; petershamnurseries.com.