Whilst the magic of Christmas is mainly found in spending time with loved ones, there are several physical items that epitomise Christmas time; the Christmas tree, a wreath on the front door and crackers on the table at Christmas dinner.
However a lot of us are looking to have a more sustainable holiday season, and Christmas crackers are notoriously bad for the environment. Lets take a look at some of the alternatives to Christmas crackers, that keep this tradition alive without ruining the planet!
Housed in shiny, often glittery, un-recyclable cardboard is usually a plastic novelty toy that invariably gets thrown away straight from the table, and ‘crowns’ that are often made from tissue paper that also does not recycle.
Did you know that tissue paper can’t be recycled? I only just discovered this! For more information and tips check out our guide on how to make your Christmas more environmentally friendly.
So we really need to ditch the traditional crackers and find a more enviromentally friendly alternatives to Christmas crackers.
A gift box with a small present or chocolate keeps the fun of receiving a surprise when sitting down to dinner, but without destroying the box unlike pulling a traditional cracker. They are also very pretty and provide that addition to your Christmas table setting and decorations that traditional crackers offer.
The boxes can be reused year after year, and some are even made from plain brown cardboard and so are fully recyclable – this makes it a particularly eco friendly Christmas cracker alternative.
OK, so you’ve got your beautiful and eco friendly Christmas crackers alternative box, but what are you going to put in it that isn’t plastic junk that no one really wants and ends up in the bin by boxing day?
Here are our top X ideas for Christmas cracker gifts:
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If it wouldn’t be Christmas in your house without festive headwear whilst you tuck into your turkey, then an alternative to single-use non-recyclable tissue paper crowns, is re-usable Christmas hats or headbands. This way you can get use out of them year after year, plus the photos will be hilarious
They could also replace the need for a gift if you didn’t find any inspiration on our ideas for Christmas cracker gifts list.
Probably the only environmentally friendly part of the traditional cracker, this tradition can remain untouched! Simply write different jokes on recyclable paper and spread the Christmas joy! This article containing the best and worst Christmas cracker jokes is a good place to start to find the perfect jokes to tickle your guests!
I’lll get you started:
‘What do snowmen have for breakfast?’
If you’re not feeling very creative or you’re short of time, then there are plastic-free eco friendly Christmas crackers, that make great alternatives to Christmas crackers that dont recycle. So if you’re short of time and inspiration, or it just wouldn’t be Christmas in your house without hearing that bang, then these are probably your best option for alternatives to Christmas crackers.
Most of them contain very stylish cardboard Christmas decorations to be assembled and will provide an activity as well as sustainable décor to be used year after year. These eco friendly Christmas crackers also come in beautiful paired-back designs that will add a touch of class to your table setting.
These are great alternatives to Christmas crackers for those of you looking to reuse materials and items you already have and to add a truly personal touch to Christmas. In making them yourself you can ensure they are truly environmentally friendly and it will be more cost effective than other options.
You will need some basic craft supplies, such as empty toilet roll tubes, recyclable paper and recyclable Sellotape (did you know that Sellotape is not recyclable so if you use it to wrap presents then you risk ‘contaminating’ your recyclable paper and it will not be recycled)
Check out this video for a quick and easy guide to how to make your own eco friendly Christmas crackers:
So there you have it, our guide to alternatives to Christmas crackers, to make sure you still have the magic of a traditional Christmas but with the peace of mind that you have the most eco friendly Christmas crackers possible.
I would love to hear if you tried any of these tips in the comments below, or if you have any more ideas to add to our list of ideas for Christmas cracker gifts then please add them too!
Jane is a busy mum of two who is always looking for life hacks to make her life easier! She enjoys crafting, bargain hunting and is trying to reduce her carbon footprint one step at a time!
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