Six of the best cheesy Christmas crackers

Six of the best cheesy Christmas crackers

Six of the best cheesy Christmas crackers

First published in NewsXtra

Six of the best gadgets and gizmos on a theme. This week: Six of the best cheesy Christmas crackers

By Peter Jenkinson

With Christmas almost upon us, it is inevitable that you'll have a handful of hard-to-buy-for friends and family.

But the online aisles can stock one-off items that'll even excite those who have everything.

Here's a guide to some of the "cheesy" gifts available, which are likely to cause glares of both envy and delight come December 25.

St Nick's Sweater - The World's Best Christmas Jumpers Ever - £49.99 from

Until a few years ago, it was unacceptable to be seen out in a Christmas-themed jumper, but there has been a revival of these garments and now they're a must-have for the party season. This eye-catching winter warmer is about the best around - and it's guaranteed to be a conversation starter.

Canned Christmas - HotCan - £3.99 from

Do you loathe pan juggling on the big day? To take the stress out of cooking a Christmas dinner, you can just pierce a few holes into the top of this self-heating can and in about 12 minutes your dinner is served. This ridiculously convenient food is a tasty turkey casserole with all the trimmings - now what's for pudding?

Three Cheers - Santa Moustache Mug - £4.99 from

Select your appropriate brew according to the time of day, don your Santa hat and then lift this mug to the lips to cause a stir wherever you are. Far easier than growing a big white moustache, this ceramic 300ml mug is ideal for raising a few laughs at home and in the office.

Arctic Delicacy - Reindeer Pate - £15.99 from

This tin is likely to raise a few eyebrows. The rich pate is made from farm-raised reindeer and will make an unusual, indulgent addition to any Christmas buffet.

No Crust - Christmas Chocolate Pizza - £16.50 at

The greatest part of giving gifts is the sharing of the spoils, right? So it's only fair that all the family should tuck in and delight their tastebuds with a slice of this scrumptious chocolate creation. Presented in a pizza delivery box, it's made with milk chocolate honeycomb balls and vanilla fudge.

Memory Mates - USB Flash Drive Heroes - from £14.99 at

This penguin-fashioned USB comes with 2GB of memory - just pop off its head and download your data. The others in the range including a festive reindeer, which has a more substantial brain of 4GB. That should be more than enough for all your personal storage needs, and they make a great gift for the techie in your life.

App of the week - YPlan - Free on iTunes

This new app aims to put the spontaneity back into Londoners' lives. This last-minute event marketplace offers users access to some of the best events happening in the capital on that night and that night only. There's a choice of gigs, theatre shows and clubs - and you can book in two simple taps.

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