The only cracker which DOES have Christmas carols this year is
the Dickens Christmas
cracker types which in years gone by would have had the carols
printed on the reverse side of the activity sheets now have replaced
the carols with other fun things to do!
There are a few differences which set aside the Children's
Crackers. First, the hats are a bit smaller.
Not too small as they need to fit older children as well. We are
including a holiday sticker in every children's activity pack
and you can use these as an adhesive after gathering any excess
tissue together to make the hats smaller for the real little kids.
There are NO Christmas carols in the Kids' Crackers. Instead we
have a Christmas 'Snakes and Ladders' Style game in these crackers.
And there is NO tree decoration. Instead we are packing a finger
puppet or little toy depending on supply availability.
We also are including kid-type fun candy which will be jelly beans
or some other favourite treat. And, finally, the cracker elves
will include a tiny surprise in each cracker and will customize
the surprise with your child's name IF
you order before September 15th and IF you leave us the child's
name in the shopping cart. Available
only while supplies last.
Kid's crackers are sold individually so it is not necessary to
buy an entire box of them. We can also send individual crackers
out in the mail to children on your Christmas list. Fun for nieces,
nephews and grandchildren!
If you have been a GillianCrackers Customer
for awhile, you know how passionately we feel about returning
to the Victorian roots of this family tradition when crackers
were packed with games, little treats and suprises. Now in keeping
with this focus, we are introducing the
Dickens Christmas Cracker
featuring an artisanal "Figgy Pudding" chocolate created
by choclatier, 'Chocolate
Clare'. We also pack lots of Charles Dickens
fun into the activity sheets and add a Dicken's quote onto the
reverside of each holiday joke card. The Activity Pack also includes
4 of our most beloved Christmas carols for your family to sing
together. This is the ONLY cracker this year to include Christmas
CATS & DOGS:
Our pet crackers again this year will NOT contain cracker snaps.
of our cat and dog crackers are being wrapped in cute 'Pet Paw'
paper and cheerfully tied with either red or green ribbons depending
on which animals you are ordering for. We are considering crackers
for rabbits and hamsters too. Let us know if you are interested.
Both cracker varieties contain activity packs. Doggie crackers
are filled with treats and the cat crackers this year will contain
the usual fragrant catnip but we are changing the other treats
- to be announced shortly. Many of our families have been ordering
the pet crackers for years and we want to change them a little
this year so kitty doesn't get too bored with his holiday gift.
You KNOW how easily bored cats can be!
year, we are starting a new tradition of creating one Tree
Ornament Cracker each season which will contain
a beautiful holiday ornament keepsake. These are intended for
gift giving to the special folks in your life - grandparents,
aunts and uncles, teachers or others you would particularly like
to recognize. Each year we will feature a new decoration which
can be treasured for years to come. This year we feature beautiful artisan-crafted Pewter decorations and we include TWO truffles by
Chocolate Clare so that it can be given as a gift
for one OR two special people (grandparents?) with a tempting 'Armanac
for each! And, we have a very special BABY'S
FIRST CHRISTMAS tree ornament cracker as well! A lovely memory to keep
forever. Additional pewter ornaments maybe purchased separately as well..
FAMILIES WHO CELEBRATE BOTH CHRISTMAS AND HANUKKAH:
We have over the years heard from many 'blended' families who
say they celebrate both occasions and would like a suitable fun
cracker the whole family can enjoy. So... we developed the hybrid HoHoHoHanukkah
Cracker with treats for both the happy Festival
of Lights and Christmas Day. The
activity sheets feature Hanukkah on one side and Christmas on
the other! And there is both a Hanukkah dreidl and a Christmas
tree decoration packed into every cracker.
PUZZLE LOVERS: It was our customers who requested this one! Last year in our annual customer survey, customers indicated they wanted MORE puzzles and HARDER puzzles... so, we created the Puzzle Lovers Christmas Cracker! Both sides of the activity sheet is filled with word and math puzzles for lots of holiday fun. And, we include a little puzzle pencil and sharpener to get folks through all their puzzle figurings. Lots of fun - great for using at family parties or when crackers are opened on Christmas Eve next day while waiting for the turkey to cook. Wonderful crackers to have in a basket by the front door for when folks stop by to say hello over the holidays!
We do make our Bulk Crackers
available for large holiday gatherings - restaurants, inns and
office parties. We also can make them available in display packaging
for retail sales - there is an extra charge for the packaging.
In both cases, orders MUST BE IN NO LATER THAN THE END
OF AUGUST. That is a firm deadline.
Really. We will accept NO bulk orders after August 31st.
After the 31st, only premium-sized crackers will be available
and at full cost. As we have limited numbers of these bulk crackers
available for sale, we suggest placing your order well before
that date to ensure availability.
*** IMPORTANT ***
Notes about ordering:
1) If you are ordering for more than one
Please place separate
orders for each individual destination. If
you tick off the shopping cart box which asks if you would like
to have your information remembered, then when you go to fill
out subsequent orders, you won't need to enter your address, phone
#, etc., all over again!
2) Check your information CAREFULLY:
CHECK CAREFULLY the shipping address, phone number and your email
address in the shopping cart. Every year, we have at least a few
people who enter the wrong address and the box gets waylaid necessitating
a long search and redirect operation. And, every year, some customers
will omit their phone numbers (this is VERY important, especially
for USA and European orders). And finally we ask that you enter
your address with correct punctuation. If you enter: maple street,
orchard, oregon, usa - well, we have to go over all that by hand
and put all the capitals back on sometimes causing issues with
the buyers/sellers agreement which insists we send to the original
address submitted by you the customer. And, Canadians, please
enter your postal codes correctly - use the 0 for zero and not
the 'o'. Wrong: pol4r9 Correct:
our Holiday Cracker Contest is back for the second year with fun
new categories for everyone in the family to enter!
Details to be released in mid-August...
the 2009 winning photos!
YOU TRAVELLING OVER THE HOLIDAYS?
Consider having us ship
your crackers to your travel destination. Remember... airlines
these days are not likely to allow holiday crackers on their planes
because of the cracker snap. Most companies have very strict regulations.
This year, beginning in August, we are attempting a new 'zone'
shipping procedure. You will be asked in the shopping cart to
select the region which best describes where you live. The shopping
cart has the capacity to accurately assess shipping for orders
$312.50 and under. For larger orders, additional shipping
charges will likely apply. We will advise you of the exact shipping
BEFORE we fill your order. Additional charges, if any,
must be paid before the order is filled. We hope this
ensures a smooth ordering process this season.
The Shipping Rates will change over to Xpress Shipping
as each of the holidays for Thanksgiving (USA and Canadian), Hanukkah,
Solstice, Christmas and New Years draw closer. Xpress shipping
charges are SIGNFICANTLY higher so please do ORDER EARLY.
We really enjoy hearing from you much so please do contact us
with any questions, comments, suggestions or any reason at all.
This year we would appreciate however receiving your questions
only. I have developed hearing problems, making it difficult to
communicate on the phone and since I'm 'chief elf' in charge of
Customer Relations here during the holidays, we have decided to
communicate via email only. Thanks
We are no longer accepting phone orders. We want to make sure
that we get ALL of your information just right. So, please fill
out the shopping cart with all your details - CHECK IT TWICE FOR
ACCURACY - and send it in to us. Your shopping cart order is what
generates our postage and shipping labels and the information
on those will be EXACTLY the same as you submit them to
us - so please do be careful. By ordering on-line and
verifying your address you are ensured buyer protection in the
(unlikely) event that the post office does not delivery your parcel
to you. That hasn't happened yet but you never know!
Unlike the common crackers available
in the markets today, ALL GillianCrackers are hand assembled
and wrapped. We make ALL our own puzzles, games and activity
sheets and fill/wrap all of our crackers HERE in North America!
We do NOT outsource any of our work
Our crackers take a good deal of time to make
and to ship because we take great care
in preparing them for YOU.
Avoid disappointment - order NOW!.