It’s almost time to start decorating so I’ve compiled a list of the best realistic Christmas Trees for you to checkout this year!
Christmas is one of my favorite times of the year…
It brings everyone together, fosters a sense of giving and selflessness…and any holiday that includes sparkly lights is going to win my heart over!!
One of my favorite parts is giving gifts. I buy them throughout the year whenever I see something that seems perfect for someone I love, it makes wrapping them and waiting for opening day so exciting!!
When I was younger we didn’t have a lot of money to do things like ice skating or tree shopping, so each year my mom would bundle us up and drive to all the towns within a 2-hour distance so we could enjoy the sparkling Christmas light displays.
We still do this every year… but thankfully I live in a warmer climate with people that live closer together so we don’t have to drive far.
Our yearly ritual of going to the Christmas tree farm holds a special meaning.
Shortly after we started dating the Mr. found out I’d never had a real tree so the next day he showed up at my house and surprised me with one! It was the sweetest gift I’d ever received from a guy.
Six years later and he still surprises me with sweet gifts and reminds me how lucky I am.
I’ve been itching to go back to an artificial Christmas tree for a few reasons:
- Our anniversary is between Thanksgiving and Christmas and the Mr.’s birthday is New Year’s Eve which makes this time of year SO busy. No matter how well I plan, we get our tree up later each year and skipped it all together a few years ago!
- Anything that simplifies our life is good! The idea of cleaning up pine needles, watering the tree every day, and worrying about sap is starting to appeal less and less each year.
- My dream of having a flocked Christmas tree could be a reality!
- I wouldn’t have to remove every single thing from the tree at the end of the season. My grandma leaves her’s completely decorated (ornaments and all) and stores it in one of the upstairs bedrooms.
We don’t have the space to store a fully put together tree, but it would be amazing if I didn’t have to put the lights on each year!
My Dream Tree
If we are going to spend the money on an artificial tree it has to be the most realistic and high-quality tree we can afford….and of course, it has to be my dream tree!
The Mr. refuses to pay to have our real Christmas tree flocked because of the ‘mess’..even when I argue that I’d be the one cleaning it up he won’t budge.
The ‘Flocked Fraser Fur’ from Balsam Hill has been on my wishlist for years.
Just look at these lovely soft branched covered in fake snow!
They had a sale at the end of summer and I hoped to finally get one, but the size we needed was sold out. Boo!
UPDATE: Balsam Hill is having an amazing sale (up to 50% off + free shipping) right now through the 11th so if you’ve had your heart set on one of their trees be sure to check it out! I’ve also got some exclusive coupon codes that I’ll include at the end of this post for you!
So I started looking at other options….
Surprisingly there are a lot of company’s that offer great realistic fake trees!
A few years ago I was admiring my friends Christmas tree during her ugly sweater party.
When I asked her where she had found such a soft tree she told me it was fake and she had found the company from a blogger on Pinterest.
I’d had the same tree pinned for awhile and no idea it wasn’t real! When I started reading the blogs of all the trees I loved it became clear that most were fake and I had missed out on a huge design memo.
What is the magic behind these amazing fake Christmas trees?
The fake trees of my youth were all made of PVC cut into thin strands that were twisted onto wire branches.
They looked real enough from far away but if you’ve ever stabbed yourself on one of them you know they don’t fool anyone.
Fake florals have become super realistic. Anything from large plants to basic flower arrangments can be found and they seem real even after you touch them.
This is done by using a material called Polyethylene or PE for short.
A liquid form is poured into a mold made from the real plant so it comes out 3D. The material is soft and flexible so it feels just as real as it looks.
Some silk (‘Real Touch’) flowers are now coated in PE after they have been painted since its cheaper to produce that way.
The difference in how realistic or fake it looks comes down to the coloring and painted finish after the mold is complete.
The best artificial Christmas tree companies employ master craftsman that dye and color each vein, branch, and needle to match the real thing as closely as possible.
Without being able to see the trees in person I have to depend on reviews, bloggers, and customers thoughts on forums to find the most realistic artificial tree.
There are mixed reviews on the best type of artificial Christmas tree but most seem to agree that a mixture of PVC (for fullness) and PE (for realism) is best.
Besides Balsam Hill, I’ve found 6 other companies that appear to make top quality Christmas trees.
A roundup of Real-Feel Christmas Trees:
All of these companies have great reviews and customers seem very happy with their purchase.
This is my first year looking for trees, so if you have one of these or another recommendation be sure to share it in the comments below!
**UPDATE: Added more options thanks to readers!**
1)King of Christmas: I stumbled upon this company on Instagram and fell in love with their flocked trees. The sale prices are GREAT and everyone who owns one of their trees says they are amazing and very realistic.
2) Barcana: You can find the2017 catalog on their website. The number of Christmas tree options is huge and they claim to have some of the most realistic Christmas trees available with an AMAZING warranty and customer service.
This is technically a ‘trade only’ source but they can be found online at places like Amazon.
3) Tree Time This companies Christmas trees have amazing reviews from customers and are talked about on a lot of home decor sites. The retail price is also similar to BH but the sale prices are a lot cheaper!
They are the main competitor of Balsam Hill, so I’m guessing the quality is very similar if not the same.
4) Tree Classics: This company seems very similar to Tree Time but the prices are a lot better. This is probably the place I’ll get ours from, so I’ll update this post with my review if anything stands out.
If you shop during a sale the prices are a STEAL!
5) National Tree Company: These trees all have great reviews on Amazon and are easy to find.
The prices are in between the higher end and lowest but since they are found on a lot of retail sites I’m sure its possible to find them on sale too!
6) Front Gate While I was researching this post I kept seeing recommendations from customers for these Christmas trees.
I quickly fell in love with the ‘Flocked Fraser’ tree but the price is too steep for us. Customers rave about the quality and how realistic they feel & look (even the trunks have fake bark)!
If you’ve shopped at Front Gate before you know that their customer service is fantastic so any issues that may come up would be handled immediately.
And last but not least I’m in love with these 3 potted Christmas trees from Antique Farmhouse. They would look perfect on a porch or console table!
If you’d like to do more research Wirecutter put out their votes for the best artificial Christmas Trees!
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