Christmas is just around the corner – have you gotten your tree yet? If not, you’ll want to get one soon, since selection will become more limited the longer you wait. Whether this your first or 30th year decorating for Christmas, you may be wondering where to get your tree. You may also be deciding if you should go for a live tree or an artificial one. Both have their advantages, but the one element you’ll want to focus on is quality.
Where are the best places to get a Christmas tree? You may see trees at your local hardware store or in front of the grocery store, but are those good choices? Read on to discover where to get your Christmas tree this year.
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Real trees can be found at Home Depot, Lowe’s and other hardware stores. They may be available at local grocery stores like Raley’s and Safeway. Even big box retailers such as Walmart, Target, and Kmart will likely have some real trees for sale.
While these stores may be convenient and less expensive than other places, the trees at these stores often lack freshness. The trees are often cut down from Christmas tree farms right after Thanksgiving or so. That means that by the time you go to pick one out, the tree may have been at that lot for two or three weeks already. There’s no guarantee that the tree has been watered or cared for during that time, so the tree may not be very fresh by the time – in fact, it may be dying.
When you shop at stores for Christmas trees, you’ll also note the lack of selection and variety. There may be only one type of tree, and they may all be about the same height. If you desire something smaller or taller than average, then you may be disappointed.
That’s why the best place to get a real Christmas tree is at a farm. At a Christmas tree farm, you arrive, select the one you want and cut it down (or have an employee cut it down for you, if saws aren’t your thing). Most farms are quite large – dozens of acres or so – and they tend to have multiple types of trees (such as various species of fir and cedar, which are the most popular). You’ll also find trees of all shapes and sizes, so no matter what you’re looking for, you’re sure to find it.
Because the tree is cut down right then and there, you’re getting your tree when it’s at its freshest. You don’t have to worry about it going dead the next day. Buying your Christmas tree at a farm will be more expensive – and likely inconvenient, since you may have to drive a little to find a farm near you – but it will be worth it. To locate a farm near you, click here and enter your city or ZIP code. You’ll be able to select a radius (up to 75 miles) and the results will show the farms near you.
Artificial trees are becoming more and more popular because they’re convenient, they save money, are clean and work well for those with allergies. You can find artificial trees just about anywhere and they come in various styles and prices. You can find a tree for as low as $20 or as much as thousands of dollars, so you have a wide range of selection to work with.
Balsam Hill is known for its high-quality, lifelike Christmas trees. You can choose by height, light type, shape, level of setup and even level of realism. They are a bit pricey – even the smallest trees are over $150 – but many have a 10-year warranty – so if you spread that amount over a decade or so, you’re getting a great deal. However, some of the tallest, most realistic-looking trees will exceed $1,500 or even $2,000 – a huge purchase for most families.
You can even shop online and try Amazon, which has a lot of beautiful artificial trees for various budgets. Most are under $200. Wayfair has a wide variety of pine, spruce and fir trees starting at $20. The heights range from 2 feet to 9 feet. Many are pre-lit, but you can purchase trees without lights as well.
If you prefer to shop for your tree in person, your local Home Depot will have a variety of artificial trees. It’s a good place to shop especially if you’re looking for a pre-lit tree. The best ones for those who are budget-conscious are those in the $50-$100 range, although there are many for much more money.
Lowe’s also offers a variety of trees, including flocked, pre-lit and LED. If you shop online, you can narrow down your selection by height, light type and needle type to make your shopping experience less painful.
If you’re on a budget, try a big box retailer. Walmart has a variety of trees for under $100. Target has some trees for under $20, with most under $100. Plus, artificial trees are 30% off right now, so check it out.
When it comes to Christmas trees, consider your budget and the look you want to create. There are infinite choices. You can spend $20 for a simple tree that may last several years, or thousands of dollars for a gorgeous centerpiece that will last you many years. Decorate your home for Christmas with one of these options.