Trees have been decorated as part of winter holiday celebrations for a few thousand years now (if not longer), and nearly every Christmas special has an endearing shot of people gathered around an evergreen tree that’s bedecked with little lights and shiny baubles. If decapitated conifers really aren't your thing, or your decor isn’t quite traditional enough to handle ye olde tannenbaum, consider indulging your own unique tastes with one of these 14 festive tree alternatives.
The holiday decor possibilities are endless with an eco-friendly possibiliTree! Designed by architect Richard Babcock as a natural wood, waste-free alternative to real Christmas trees, the possibilitree offers a reusable solution for families who want a tree they can use over and over again without the mess.
If you’re looking for an alternative Christmas tree that you can easily customize to adapt to your home’s decor, the Jubiltree wooden tree is a great option. Made in the USA from classic American hardwoods, it can be dressed up, down or just left bare for an ultra-modern look.
This holiday, why not get yourself a Christmas tree that keeps on giving long after the holidays are over? This aromatic rosemary herb tree is beautifully trimmed for the festive season but also does double duty as your own personal herb garden.
This cute little copper LED tree adds a warm, shimmery glow to any space, without random sparks flying onto the carpet. Set it near the fireplace or make it the centerpiece of a room.
Scandinavian style melds old-world charm with modern lines to capture the magic of Nordic winter forests with this little wooden log tree. Made of sustainable wood, this handcrafted piece of decor stands 20″ tall and would make a beautiful and eco-friendly addition to any home.
Another Scandinavian gem, this medium-sized tree stands just shy of 30″ tall, and can be decorated with small- to medium-sized standard tree ornaments. It comes in natural birch, red, light green, or dark green to suit any interior palette.
In addition to having a delightfully singsong name, the One Two Tree is a reusable and eco-friendly alternative Christmas tree made from untreated high-grade Australian hoop pine plywood grown in managed plantations in the Yarraman region of Queensland, Australia. Each of its branches rotate to create a unique look – messy, neat or somewhere in between – and it can be folded flat for easy storage.
Perfect or those short on space, but who still crave a festive tree that looks a lot like traditional iterations, IKEA’s VINTERMYS is a perfect mini-tree that’s ideal for tiny homes and apartments. Made from acrylic and available in either gold or white, each 13 3/4″ tree can be flat-packed when not in use… although it’s so cute, you might want to leave it up year-round.
If you want an eco-friendly tree that still boasts the beautiful texture and greenery of a real tree, then go with a living Norfolk Island Pine. This little guy comes from Norfolk Island, which is located between New Caledonia and the South Pacific, and it loves living indoors. Decorate it during the holidays, and enjoy its simple beauty the rest of the year.
Good things come in threes they say, and this fun cardboard tree we found over at Etsy proves the saying so. Each tree is made of three pieces of 100% natural, recycled cardboard, and can easily be taken apart and stored flat when not in use.
DIY-ers and techies can learn how to make their very own out-of-this-world LED Christmas tree following Zedomax’s tutorial. Made from LEDs, recycled bathroom pipes and a cubloc controller, the energy efficient tree swirls and lights up a room, while displaying holiday greetings on an LED screen.
Ideal for the comic book lover in your life, this colorful piece by Bombus has been created from birch plywood, and decorated by hand with pages from vintage comic books. This tree comes in two sizes: 20″ and 50″, so it can be either a tabletop display or a free-standing floor tree.
This full-sized cardboard design plays up all the tradition of the Christmas tree of yesteryear, but features flashing LEDs for extra modern effect. Made from 100% recycled cardboard, the six and a half footer comes in both a natural tree print and a more modern icy rendition.
Folks who are really short on space can skip a 3D tree entirely and go for a decorative wall decal instead. Bright and colorful, these PVC-free fabric stickers adhere to any surface, and brighten up a room without taking up any valuable floor space.