Consisting of a cardboard tube stuffed with paper crown, joke and trinket gift, the Christmas cracker is an integral part of holiday experience in the UK other Commonwealth countries like New Zealand, South Africa and Australia.

Upping the ante just a bit, the Glad Tidings Crackers from Fortnum and Mason contain the requisite paper hat and entertaining joke as well as a selection of silver-plated gifts, including a a tea strainer and caddy, sugar dredger, mustard pot, place card holder, napkin rings and an eggcup and spoon set. Set of six will set you back £1,000.00 or about $1600 US