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Go straight to top of the table with cracking beauty surprises

Festive minis hidden within a cracker or bauble make a brilliant - and pampering - special touch.

By Katie Wright

Groan-worthy jokes and flimsy paper crowns are all well and good, but if you really want to impress diners on December 25, adorn place settings with a cracker that conceals a pampering treat or two - goodies that will last long after the pudding's been polished off.

And you'll score even more hostess points if you pluck a beauty bauble from the tree for each guest to send them on their merry way.

We've picked the decorations that will delight this Christmas.

Molton Brown has a selection of five crackers, each containing a trio of heavenly scented miniatures (we love the rich Orange and Bergamot), and you'll find them all in the Six-Piece Signature Crackers Box, £120 (

If dark and decadent is your Christmas decor MO, Decleor Surprise Skincare Crackers, currently reduced to £10.80 from £12 each, John Lewis, will fit right in, and with each containing a 50ml hand cream they are actually surprisingly good value (

Concealing three bath and shower minis each, L'Occitane's boldly-hued Festive Crackers Collection, £20 for three, will brighten up any festive table (

Emblazoned with a dapper harlequin design, Jo Malone Christmas Crackers, £33 each, deliver a travel sized cologne, body wash and body creme to each lucky recipient (

With their smiling snowman exteriors, it doesn't get much cuter (or bargainous) than these Dirty Works Crackers About Beauty offerings, £3 for three, from Sainsbury's (

Sleek, chic and shiny, Rituals' The Ritual Of Light Fortune Crackers, £19.50 for six, each come with a luxurious gift and a wise saying to set the tone for a grown-up gathering (

Go for gold with Baylis and Harding's Sweet Mandarin & Grapefruit Cracker Set, currently reduced to £5 from £10 for four, House of Fraser, each of which contains a body lotion or body wash in the succulent scent (

Inside the sizeable pink metallic Melvita L'Or Bio Bauble, £11,, you'll find a stash of goodies all scented with that gorgeous L'Or Bio fragrance (www.

So pretty you'll want to keep it for many Christmases to come, the snowflake-emblazoned Bronnley Christmas Apple & Cinnamon Soap Bauble, £6.50, hides a full-size soap from the classic beauty brand (

Give the gift of a good night's rest with the This Works Sleep Tight Bauble, £12, Boots, which contains three of the brand's addictive sleep-inducing solutions (

Unscrew the cap of Zoella Deck The Baubles, currently reduced to £5 from £6, Superdrug, to reveal the tempting aroma of spicy gingerbread and warm vanilla bubble bath (www.super

In stylish black, gold and burgundy, the Baylis & Harding Signature Assorted 3 Bauble Set, currently reduced to £10 from £20, House of Fraser, comes with a differently scented body wash and lotion duo - just add ribbons to dangle them from your tree boughs (

Say hello to a decadent decoration and goodbye to split-ends, with the on-trend copper coloured GHD Advanced Split End Therapy Bauble, £15, Very, which comes with a travel-friendly tube of the hair-repairing treatment (

Are you forever rummaging in your handbag during winter in search of lip balm?

The pretty pink Mandara Spa Shimmering Lip Butter Treats bauble, £3.50, Sainsbury's, hides a pair of lip butter pots, so you'll always have one to hand (

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