Traditional artificial Christmas trees are reliable props that you can pull out of storage year after year, and they can be beautiful additions to a festive scene. However, if you’re looking to change up your home decor style this year, these alternative tree ideas are quirky, fun and modern options to have you celebrating the holidays in style. Better yet, they can all be kept in pots, giving you a living tree to keep beyond Boxing Day. Add some Christmas decorations and ornaments, and your festive decor is sorted!
One of the most iconic New Zealand trees and the quintessential Kiwi Christmas tree. This species not only provides natural red decorations in summer, it’s also a hardy native tree and grows well in a large pot, making it ideal indoors over the festive period. Add a couple of lightweight gold ornaments to its branches, pop some Christmas presents under it, and you’re ready to celebrate.
Fresh, vibrant and fun, a citrus tree is a quirky way to add welcome cheer to the home and is a cute alternative Christmas tree idea. Find one that is fruiting for a display of natural baubles, or add a couple of decorations of your own.
The most traditional tree of the bunch, this is a classic evergreen pine with a look and smell that evokes Christmas like no other. Add tinsel, a tree topper and maybe even some Christmas lights, and you’re all set. Post December 25, keep it outside in a pot until the next festive season.
A symbol of peace and happiness that makes an ideal pared-back, modern-looking alternative Christmas tree. Happy in a pot, it can be enjoyed year after year.
This vibrant and colourful beauty beats a bouquet of flowers – and lasts a lot longer.
With its long-lasting heart-shaped flowers, this house plant will show her just how much you love her.
It takes a lot to kill this perennial, so it’s great for children who’ve recently flown the coop.
Loved for its pink and green camo-like leaves, this retro plant is a cool choice for a house plant hipster.
An ability to survive in the toughest environments makes these attractive, easy-care plants a great gift for a plant novice.
Explore the full plant range at a Bunnings near you.
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