ADVENT is here – so it’s time to whack up the Christmas tree.
Don’t worry if you can’t afford the huge fir flaunted by Gemma Collins on Instagram this week. Shops sell trees for all budgets.
Here are my top picks . . .
SHORT ON CASH? Ikea is selling real trees for £29, with a £20 voucher to use in January. So if you use that, you’ll get a tree for just £9. Dunelm also has a 6ft tree for £18 — a complete steal as most cost at least £30.
Save: £12 at Dunelm
SMALL SPACE? For tighter spaces, Argos has 4ft trees for £12 and a 6ft space-saving, slim- line “pencil tree” for £25. It’s great for tucking into a corner. Or Wilko has a £45 tree, down from £55, that looks like it’s been cut in half, so it sits flush against the wall.
Save: £10 on Wilko tree
LOVE THE TRADITIONAL? The more you pay, the more needles you’ll get. Check out Homebase’s 25 per cent off deals. Its 7ft Aspen pine is £120, down from £160, and its snowy Vancouver trees are £112, down from £150.
Save: £40 on Aspen pine
FEELING LAZY? Avoid untangling fairy lights with Wilko’s silver pop-up, pre-lit tree, just £25, down from £35. Argos does a green one for the same price.
Or Robert Dyas’s Duchess pre-lit tree is £69.99, down from £104.99.
Save: £35 on Duchess tree
WANT A FUNKY TWIST? Go mad with a multi-coloured rainbow tree from Wilko, £30 down from £35, or John Lewis’s novelty balloon tree, £25.
Save: £5 on Wilko tree
BABIES OR PETS A PROBLEM? The parasol tree, £50 from Argos, stops them reaching the baubles. Or get a felt tree to stick to the wall, £6 at Hobbycraft, a huge saving on a standard £30 tree.
Save: £24 with Hobbycraft
SAVE THE PLANET: You can rent a real tree from a local farm, which will collect it later and replant it for next Christmas. One Essex supplier rents out blue spruces for £40.
- Prices correct at time of going to press. Deals and offers subject to availability.
Deal of the day
THIS clever Logik jug kettle has a temperature control so you can get your cup of coffee just right. Down to £14.99 from £29.99 at Currys.
ICELAND’s new Dairy Milk caramel chocolate brownie is down to £2.50, from £3.
POUNDLAND has launched a gadget range including earbuds, fitness trackers and Bluetooth speakers. The range, called Viido, has more than 60 affordable tech items. Prices start from £2 for mobile selfie lights, cases, USB plugs and power banks, while the most expensive item is a smartwatch for £15. Its fitness tracker is £10.
GET the Kitri look with this sweater for £125 or swap it for Asda’s similarly coloured top for £12.
Savers’ little helper
M&S has launched a rental service for women’s clothing using the Hirestreet website. Rentals start from £15 for an X Ghost floral midi dress, usually £79, for four days; £31 for a £149 wrap coat, and £30 for leather trousers, normally £179. There’s a £5 rental fee and you can hire other items for 10 or 30 days too.
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