Christmas Trees, Trimmings & Decorations

See below for our selection of tree and decorating ideas...

Half the fun of Christmas is dressing up the tree and decorating the house in festive style. You can read our advice here.

Eco options for Christmas trees...

As well as the fair trade tree from Fairwind below, here are some eco options for you to keep in mind this year when buying a Christmas tree - with thanks to ITF - the International Tree Foundation:

Source Locally and Sustainably
The British Christmas Tree Growers Association website holds a list of UK tree suppliers. Organically grown trees can be found via the Soil Association and FSC-certified trees from the Forestry Commission.

Choose a Live Tree
Some suppliers provide trees with their roots intact. This allows for the tree to be planted in your garden once the festive season is over. Christmas tree seeds and seedling are also available, allowing you to grow your own.

Dispose of Carefully
Most councils provide a service that shreds trees into chippings for use in local parks and woodland areas. Type your postcode in at Recycle Now to find your nearest facilities.

Hire a Tree
Many UK businesses, such as Trees for Rent in Dorset and Gills Home and Garden in Brighton, are now offering Christmas trees that can be rented over the festive period. The trees are then returned for replanting and can be used again in future years.

Make a Tree
A Christmas tree can be made from recycled materials to produce a low impact piece that will last for many years to come. Interior designer Ingrid Jansen makes recycled trees out of scrap wood. Alternatively, have fun making your own recycled paper tree, using this instructional video.

Go Tree Free
Another option is to not buy a Christmas tree all! The money you save could be donated to a charity such as ITF, where your money would go towards safeguarding forests in UK and Africa.

1. Birch bark Noël tree

Alternative Scandinavian eco-option for a distinctly different decorative christmas tree. Each one is hand-made and natural slight variations occur in size & shape. Available in two sizes

Price: £7.95 & £9.95
Available: From Nordic House Ltd - www.nordichouse.co.uk





2. Felt nativity play bag with figures

A felt house bag and nativity figures to make a magical scene and provide imaginative playtime. A Christmas gift to treasure by eco-designers En Gry. Carefully handmade from felt with a strong lining inside. The roof opens with a zip and with a sturdy handle this bag can be carried everywhere.

Price: £56.00
Available: From Sisters Guild -
www.sistersguild.com

3. Handmade Christmas decorations

Iapetus specialises in handmade, ethically-sourced and beautiful items, and their Christmas decorations have been chosen to fit in with this ethos. Selection of felt and wooden tree decorations.

Price: from £3.50 each
Available: From Iapetus - www.iapetus.co.uk





4. Orange Calamondin

A very pretty bush with lovely evergreen leaves and fragrant white flowers bearing small oranges. Trees Direct have been selling a variety of eco-friendly trees and products for over 12 years.

Price: £35.00
Available: From Trees Direct - www.treesdirect.co.uk

5. Paint your own Christmas tree

3-D cardboard Christmas trees available in two sizes and colours, perfect for a child's room or sitting room. The giant tree stands at 140cm high and the smaller tree is 67cm high. Easy to assemble and ready to decorate. Painted, decoupaged, stickered or glittered, these make a fantastic craft project for budding young artists

These trees are made from FSC-approved pulp.

Price: small tree £20 & large tree £40
Available: From Letter Fest - www.letterfest.com





6. Handmade & handpainted baubles

These beautiful round decorations have been handmade from papier mache and then hand-painted with stunning birds and flowers. They are made for Fairwind by artisans in Kashmir and are Fairtrade-certified. Available in 4 colours (red, navy, cream with light blue or cream with red). Each bauble hangs from matching coloured ribbon. 7cm x 7cm.

Price: £5.00
Available: From Fairwind -
www.fairwindonline.com

7. Vintage giftwrap turned into stars

Handcrafted decorations made from beautiful vintage Christmas wrapping paper, mounted onto solid wooden stars.


Each piece is skilfully handmade at Ellie Ellie HQ in West Sussex, where they have put together a collection of vintage Christmas wrapping paper. A wonderful addition to any traditional tree, these also make innovative gift tags.

Price: £14.50 - pack of four
Available: From Ellie Ellie - www.ellieellie.co.uk





8. Create your own Christmas tradition

Nordic Elements have some great decorations this year designed by By Nord. They are made from bone china and will be the pride of the tree for years. By Nord believe in sustainable design, where beauty and functionality are supported by extended use of organic materials and accountability in production.

Price: £8.50-£10.50
Available: From Nordic Elements -
www.nordicelements.com

9. Rockin' Robins

English Eccentric want to combine the charm of hand-crafted goods, with up to date designs and true ethical values for Christmas. All their products are made ethically in Peru with Fairtrade companies and here in the UK.

These baubles feature cool Christmas Puddings with holly leaf and berry detail, fun dotty spheres in multi colours, cute miniature pastel baubles and others finished with sweet buttons.

Price: £5 to £40
Available: From English Eccentric - www.englisheccentric.net




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