We wear flimsy paper hats, read dodgy Dad jokes, and get excited about the plastic whistle we find inside the cardboard tube.
But can you imagine discovering a gold fabric crown inside your cracker? Or a luxury designer gift?
Spend £1,000 (AUD$1,757) at London’s Fortnum & Mason and you’ll get exactly that.
The Mayfair department store is renowned for its luxury Christmas crackers, and this year is no exception with the appropriately titled ‘Imperial cracker’.
Presented in Fortnum’s signature wicker basket, the set of six handmade crackers are filled with ‘entertaining scrolls’ along with luxury gifts such as Halcyon Days bangles, Ettinger leather wallets, Drakes silk ties and Lanvin cufflinks.
You would certainly expect to get a (big) bang for your buck on Christmas day.