10 cool Christmas tree alternatives
By OVO Energy Tuesday 10 December 2013
Fed up of stomping through dropped needles but don’t want to shell out on a plastic tree that’ll end up in landfill one day? Or just fancy something a bit different to the usual fir affair? Check out these awesome Christmas tree alternatives!
No space? No problem! This pretty vinyl wall sticker lets you decorate your home in a festive way – and with a modern twist – without cluttering a room. Available in an astonishing 30 colours (including gold and silver) this ‘tree’ also comes with an extra decal so you can make sure you get the application right. NotOnTheHighStreet
A stunning alternative to the traditional fare, this ‘tree’ comprises seven versatile apple crates (made of sustainable FSC pine) that can be stacked, filled and decorated to create a beautifully unique and festive display (we dare say you could DIY too, for less). NotOnTheHighStreet
A tree that really will last forever! This self-assembly tree, made of quality oak wood, will look just as gorgeous with a single string of fairy lights as it would covered in colourful baubles. Less really is more. NotOnTheHighStreet
Who says Christmas trees have to be, erm, Christmas tree shaped? This bold design takes the traditional festive tree concept and turns it squarely on its head. Perfect for those that want to celebrate Christmas in a truly alternative fashion! £145, from NotOnTheHighStreet
Christmas wouldn’t be Christmas without lights and sparkle, and this tree certainly outshines the usual string of fairy lights. Measuring 2.1 metres tall, this spiral rope tree features a variety of lighting effects and can be placed outdoors, too, making it perfect for conservatories or front gardens. £79.99, from Lights4Fun
Now this is how you make a statement! You don’t get further from the green fir norm than a pink feather tree – and a whopping seven metres tall at that! For even more ‘wow factor’, opt for the internal battery operated string lights, too. Christmas or cabaret? Who cares! From $337.20, from IlluminatedGarden
One for serious art-lovers, this two-dimensional acrylic tree puts a very contemporary twist on a classic design. Compact for easy storage, the tree is made from eco-friendly inks and FSC certified hardwood, and comes in two sizes. From LDFLine
Give your home a Scandinavian flavour this festive season with this natural wood statement piece. Easy to assemble and (flat) pack away for the next year, it’s gorgeous festooned in contemporary baubles and decorations, or for a simpler look, as is. NordicDesignForum
Minimalist by day, with warm white LEDs by night, this woven acrylic pyramid tree makes for a modern festive lighting option come nightfall. Available in small, medium and large.GalaxyStores
Perfect for table tops and tiny flats, these wee trees come with minimum fuss – simply slot two pieces together and voila! These can be hand-decorated however you see fit. They’re also “a great way of occupying your little people,” say the makers. Would that be Santa’s elves then? Bombus.