I bought these just as an afterthought, thinking they'd at least make a unique gift for the many friends I have to give gifts to during the holiday season. Reading through the reviews, I started getting worried that the quality of the products inside each cracker would be low, but I'm happy to say mine were pretty good. I opened one just to sneak a peek at the little trinkets inside.
I love the hair tie, but I've been using the normal circular kind that break after about 3 weeks for years. The lip gloss was what I'd expect - just a small sample, a novelty. It's fun and feels nice. I also think the bookmark is a nice touch, but I wish it came with some kind of ribbon or decorative string tied to it. I didn't open the necklace, but yes, it looked like a flimsy string with a charm attached. But I wasn't really expecting a gold chain. As for the jewelry, I got the ring, which had a few of the tiny gems falling out of it when I opened the packaging, but it's hardly noticable.
Yes, the item is a little pricier, but for the variety you get in each cracker, I think it's worth it. It's unique, it's novel, and it's fun, and the price reflects that.