6 Alternative Ideas If You Don’t Have A Christmas Tree

By Astrid Carter |
11th December 2019

Christmas wouldn’t be Christmas without a tree but if you’re reluctant to buy a real one, have pesky pets or toddlers intent on bringing them down or are looking for something a little different this year, we’ve found you an alternative.

Create the look and feel of a real fern with these unique ideas for an alternative Christmas tree, from twinkling fairy lights to lush (but easy to make) ferns and, for the ultimate in fuss-free Christmas fair, pretty shop-bought pieces. You’ll never have to hoover up pine needles again.

Wooden & Rustic
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Wooden & Rustic

Up the hygge in your home this festive season with a rustic, Scandi-inspired tree. There are plenty of wooden trees to shop this Christmas – don’t worry we don’t expect you to go out and chop wood – so we’re predicting by next year this will be a bona fide trend. Decorate with a soft, muted colour scheme and pretty bauble lights for a modern feel.

Shop wooden and rustic trees below…

Cox & Cox Wooden Sandi Tree £175
Etsy Wooden Christmas Tree £51.46
Notonthehighstreet.com Driftwood Christmas Tree £335
Ferns & Eucalyptus
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Ferns & Eucalyptus

One of the easiest, cheapest and most space saving ways to bring a tree into your home, without actually having a tree, is this. Buy some festive fern or for a modern feel a brunch of eucalyptus and cut into gradually growing strips. All you need is a bare wall and some double sided tape and you’ve got yourself a minimalist tree to impress your guests.

Hanging Driftwood
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Hanging Driftwood

If Pinterest did Christmas it would look like this. These charming hanging driftwood trees are everywhere right now and the high street has plenty of affordable options. Decorate with simple stars or snowflake decorations, twinkling lights or make it entirely unique with mini polaroids of the whole family.

Shop products for a hanging tree below…

Maison du Monde Birch Christmas Tree Decoration with Snowflakes £18
Maison du Monde Hanging Light-Up Christmas Tree £18
Notonthehighstreet.com Wooden Hanging Tree With LED Lights £32.95
All Lit Up

All Lit Up

Dig out last year’s fairy lights and get creative with a magical alternative to the classic tree. A sweet idea for a children’s bedroom or nursery, a entry hall (what a welcome!) or in a cosy room that’s low on space.

Ready To Go
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Ready To Go

For the ultimate in faff-free festive decoration, there are plenty of sweet alternatives to real trees. John Lewis’ indoor/outdoor twinkling light tree will add Narnia vibes to your home, while H&M’s printed wall hanging is the hipster way to do Christmas. Zara’s simple tree light will add festive charm you can bring out year after year for less than £30 a pop.

Shop them all below…

John Lewis & Partners Pre-Lit Birch Twig Tree, Ice White, 6ft Was £89, now £62
H&M Home Patterned Curtain Length £17.99
Zara Home Christmas Tree Lamp £29.99
Take A Pic
image credits L-R: frichic.com / mydesired home.com / in honour of design

Take A Pic

For a heartfelt alternative to the classic tree, make your own with a selection of prints or pictures. Choose old photos from Christmases past (print them in black and white so they match) or invest in a mini Polaroid camera and take pictures of your family and friends who visit over the festive break.


Check out The Handbook’s Christmas Gift Guide, here. 

Make Christmas Day go with a bang, with our roundup of the best Christmas crackers 2019. 


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