Clarins Gold Christmas Crackers

These are our perennial favourites for the Christmas table – because they are, simply, cracking.  Who needs a wooden gyroscope or a plastic magnifying glass when you could pull a total treat:  a mini Beauty Flash Balm, or a Hand & Nail Treatment Cream, among other ‘baby’ Clarins treats…? The gold crackers (complete with ‘Beauty Bible pink’ ribbons – thanks, guys!) are exclusive to Selfridges (see below for branches).

Depends how many guests you’re expecting but you could ‘top up’ with cheapo gold crackers from BHS (or Poundland!) for the boys, who always seem keener on the jokes than the gifts anyway.  But these are much-loved by everyone from your great-aunt to your teenage sister.

But no unseemly scrambles for the moisturiser which just shot across the dining room, please…

UK readers find Clarins Christmas Crackers exclusively at Selfridges Oxford Street, Selfridges Manchester Exchange Square, Selfridges Manchester Trafford and Selfridges Birmingham/£39 for six crackers and at - buy here