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I never ever though I would say this but.... I NEED A FAKE XMAS TREE

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curlypoo Sun 02-Dec-12 17:34:04

I have ALWAYS been a real tree girl but now, 5 children in with new lovely floors and too hot heating I must concede defeat and go the route of faux.... Please ladies, do make a recommendation of a tree that is lovely.

pugsandseals Sun 09-Dec-12 11:46:52

Ours came from Snowhill Garden Centre near Crawley. It cost £150, but 12 years on & it's hardly dropped a needle! Beautiful trees, but I'm afraid you have to be there as soon as the display goes up in November to get one- would be all sold out by now. However, I think it would easily last 20 years without looking sorry for itself. We've moved away from this area now & I haven't got a clue where else to get another one from when ours finally dies! Sorry if I offend anyone, but the Tesco, B&Q, John Lewis ones look cheap & tacky by comparison to ours & anyone visiting always makes comment on it!!!

SilverAndSparklyKat Sun 09-Dec-12 10:06:05

Without wishing to lower the tone: fuck practical, it's Christmas! Go and get a nordmann that doesn't drop and enjoy the realness.

betterwhenthesunshines Sun 09-Dec-12 08:41:42

heidi wow - they look good - this one is my favourite

CointreauVersial Sat 08-Dec-12 23:36:10

I just realised my Argos January Sale tree (which cost, IIRC, £28 because it was ex-display and missing a box) is about to celebrate its 15th Christmas.

6 foot real trees are about £50 a pop round here - just think of all the extra money I've been able to spend on mince pies and Quality Street every year. grin

curlypoo Sat 08-Dec-12 20:24:27

I just tried again to have a look at trees in b and q and got myself in quite a stroppy tizz about it all. The thing is a real one of the right size is almost £50 without a holder (mine is in France!) - the whole thing is nearly depressing as nanfucker being in the x-factor finals (yes, i need to get out more!)

Thank you for all your suggestions, I am checking them out

heidihole Sat 08-Dec-12 17:55:59

I could have written your post. This is my first year with a fake tree for all the reasons you said. I researched a lot on Google and eventually bought a PE tree

Read about it here

and I bought from that site too. I don't work for them i promise, i'm sure loads of other places sell PE trees but they are the best I think. Mine looks totally real.

NaokHoHoHo Sat 08-Dec-12 16:26:11

I've no way of getting a real tree home so now that I'm not visiting either my parents or DP's for the first time in my adult life, I had to buy a fake tree yesterday. It made me a bit sad too. However I put it straight up when we got it home and I have to say it looks really nice, even though I'm flat broke and thus bought the cheapest ok-looking one I could lay my hands on. Cost £20 in Tesco (originally £25) and I'm pleased with it smile It's very nice and full actually, I was most concerned about getting a really scrawny looking one so I looked for one where the display tree looked decent. It's display tree D in Tesco.

poozlepants Sat 08-Dec-12 16:12:52

We bought our first fake one this year- same as Starjules reommended. B and Q mixed tips, 7ft. It was half price at £45 plus an extra 25% off. It looks great and I was the hater in chief of all fake trees. Last couple of years the real ones have been really rubbish, expensive and wilted by Christmas Day as everyone starts the christmas lark early. On top of that we now have a cat who insists on climbing the tree and gnawing at the branches until he was sick we have had to go fake.

girlywhirly Sat 08-Dec-12 16:06:13

I'm with piprabbit. The National Tree Company are American and they do really good quality trees. I have one! There are some garden centres in the UK who stock them, and also who will deliver an internet order. It's a bit late now as many might be out of stock of the size/type you want.

The trees in M&S and John Lewis are absolute rubbish for the same price imo. I don't know how they have the barefaced cheek to ask the prices they do.

Primrose123 Sat 08-Dec-12 15:30:42

This is the one I bought and am very pleased with it. It's not available any more, but they have a 6ft one if that's any good.

KatherinaMinola Sat 08-Dec-12 15:30:09

I bought this one last year. Everyone thought it was real - obviously the base was covered with presents.

Reviews for this year not so good though so maybe worth checking out instore. They do a 6' one in the same vein.

Primrose123 Sat 08-Dec-12 15:23:17

We always had a real tree, but have high ceilings and had to buy an 8ft tree for the living room. It was getting so expensive that we admitted defeat last year and looked for an artificial one. 8ft fake trees are about £200!!!

I found one in the sale on Amazon (before Christmas) for £99 and bought it. It was wonderful. I'll try to find a link if they still have one.

I do miss the smell of a real tree though. I might get a little one to go on a table somewhere.

IslaValargeone Sat 08-Dec-12 15:19:02

Don't do it, Don't be practical,
Christmas is no time to be practical! We did fake once, I couldn't cope, it wasn't the same. I missed the smell and everything.

katcatkat Sat 08-Dec-12 15:16:02

We have this one its large but good easy to assemble not easy to pull over and we like it.
It has a mixture of textures for the tips which stop it looking so plain.

curlypoo Sat 08-Dec-12 14:40:42

eeew no luck as yet...

anyone else got any pointers for a fake tree virgin?

BobbyMcGee Sun 02-Dec-12 19:42:57

We had one from homebase for a few years. Big bushy 6 foot tall one already pre-lit (it actually had decs with it too but we chuckle those for our own). Think we paid £100 but it lasted us 5 years and has now gone to my mum so still going strong.

It was lovely and once filled with wooden/homemade decs and cinnamon/orange sticks it looked and smelled wondeful.

culturemulcher Sun 02-Dec-12 19:29:28


Step away from the fakery. They're fine in department stores, hotels and offices. At home they're just horrible

Phew. I feel better for getting that off my chest.

As you were.

scarlettsmummy2 Sun 02-Dec-12 19:27:34

We also got a Tesco finest one, seven foot, £40 about a week before christmas, on our third year and looks ok. Would prefer a real one but we aren't actually here over x-mas so no point.

70isaLimitNotaTarget Sun 02-Dec-12 19:23:15

I bought one last year after the price of real trees went up and up. And the needles hmm even with one of those heavy cast iron water holder tree pots.

My faux tree arrived (IIRC) on the 22nd last year so not aload of time to assemble it. It's got 200 lights so I've ordered some more (warm white) to add.

They take a bit of faffing to get the best out of them though.

curlypoo Sun 02-Dec-12 19:18:21

WeAreEternal.. link???? smelling of real trees? What witch craft is this???

please, a link a link...

Gingerodgers Sun 02-Dec-12 19:11:45

I bought my first fake tree a couple of years ago. It is not the same, back to areal one this year, thank goodness, fake is just not that Christmassy.

WeAreEternal Sun 02-Dec-12 19:10:49

I have always been against fake trees, especially the cheap ones with only a few branches, that look really scrawny and bare, I just think that they look so naff.
However, due to various reasons this year we decided to invest in a good fake.

I was initially not convinced, (it was dp's idea) but we did pick a good full and 'bushy' one that is pretty real looking.
Now that it is up and decorated I have to admit I am pretty impressed, from the sofa you can't tell that it isn't a real tree.
It did cost us few £££'s, but it does have five year guarantee and a "real tree smell"

piprabbit Sun 02-Dec-12 19:05:54

The National Tree Company do amazing fake trees. They aren't cheap, but they are worth it if you are going to use them for a few years.

I got this one last year, managed to find one discounted in the end after waiting for a couple of years to get it. It was worth the wait.

AKissIsNotAContract Sun 02-Dec-12 18:59:24

Decent real trees don't drop needles.

I had mine up for 2 months last year and it didn't drop until I took it down.

curlypoo Sun 02-Dec-12 18:55:35

I was in Homebase today and amazed actually how much they cost. Having never considered one before I was shocked about the price of them generally. I came over all a bit stabby as they had a huge singing Santa which made me homicidal and so abandoned the mission without a purchase. My heart is not in it sad but I have to get a grip!

That said I do spend a lot on a real one too as we have really big ones...

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