Oh, Christ­mas trees...

Can a real fir be trumped by the con­ve­nience of a good ar­ti­fi­cial ver­sion? TRICIA PHILLIPS and RUKI SAYID rate fakes billed as pop-up and go…

Llanelli Star - - Your Home -

6ft Pre-Lit Snow Tipped Christ­mas Tree, £60, Ar­gos

Sim­ple to set up but we did get covered in the fake snow tak­ing it out of the box. The branches on the lower half are hinged so they al­most sort them­selves out, without leav­ing gaps. Looked snowy and Chris­massy im­me­di­ately and you could get away without us­ing ex­tra dec­o­ra­tions.

VER­DICT: Qual­ity tree with re­al­is­tic branches.

Ge­orge Home 5ft Pop-Up Pre-Lit LED Christ­mas Tree with baubles, £25, Asda

We had this up in less than five min­utes. It’s got all the clas­sic and tra­di­tional el­e­ments of green tree with red and gold baubles, and warm and soft lights. Just a mat­ter of putting the base to­gether, adding a pole and drop­ping the tree over it, then plug­ging in.

VER­DICT: Sim­ple assem­bly, clas­sic look.

6ft Green Pen­cil Christ­mas Tree, £15, Ar­gos

Easy to put to­gether – just three bits and it’s pretty sturdy. But it takes a bit of time and it’s fid­dly to pull all the branches into place. De­cent tree, good for a small room. It needed lots of baubles and bits to brighten it up. Be wary of us­ing big baubles.

VER­DICT: Good for small rooms.

* Prices cor­rect at time of go­ing to print.

6ft Mixed Cones and Berries Tree, £50, Wilko

Sturdy and a bit heavy to carry. Sim­ple to put up and the branches are on arms and wires so they fell into place eas­ily. Branches are chunky and sub­stan­tial and the cones and berries are a nice ad­di­tion. A few baubles and lights and it looked good. If it had come pre-lit this would have got our top score as it is a good tree.

VER­DICT: Looked posher than the price.

6ft Green Baubles & Lights Christ­mas Tree, £35, Marks & Spencer

We loved the fact you could buy ev­ery­thing as a bun­dle. A sim­ple slot-to­gether tree, ba­sic but de­cent qual­ity. The baubles were a mix of posh-look­ing num­bers in green and clear glass, along with glit­ter fin­ish, shiny and matt ones.

VER­DICT: Good value.

5-6ft Non-Drop Nord­man Fir Tree, £19.99, Lidl

For those who just can’t live without the real deal, Lidl has branched out this year to of­fer the gen­uine ar­ti­cle... just be sure you can dis­pose of it prop­erly when the fes­tiv­i­ties are over.

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