John Lewis Sherwood Spruce Blue Unlit Christmas Tree, 7ft
No more funny gaps and tactically placed baubles
Touted as the affordable alternative to real Christmas trees, the best fake offerings are realistic, fuss-free and great value for money.
No longer all wonky wire frame and naff-looking needles, 2023 tree-tech involves injection moulding for the most realistic sprigs, even up close. One thing to note: trees made from PVC are almost impossible to recycle – and need to be used for nine years to have less environmental impact than their natural alternatives.
Buy well and you’ve got a tree for life. Invest in pre-lit and you’ve swerved the annual Christmas lights detangle too!
Pick a space, unbox and stack the tree components on the wire frame and secure. Not a fan of metal stands? Throw on a tree skirt.
Even the best artificial Christmas trees need fluffing – it helps to make your tree look fuller and more natural. First, unfurl the pliable branches – as if you’re undoing a plait – then shape. Worried it looks a bit too tidy? Re-bend the branches for a perfectly imperfect finish.
Dress your tree in the very best baubles of 2023. Faux Christmas trees carry the weight of heavier baubles far better than a fresh fir, so no more tentative hangs.
The pro trick for a more realistic (fake) Christmas tree? Think tonal tips, a bushy base, and finish with a great pine scent – nothing smells better.