Quirky alternatives to live Christmas trees

Paper Tree By Miley. -- PHOTO: NAIISE
Paper Tree By Miley. -- PHOTO: NAIISE

If you are deciding on a tree, but cannot get your hands on a live one, Life! checks out some quirky, alternative options:


PAPER TREE BY MILEY

What: It might look like a simple cardboard structure, but this 0.5m-tall tree is tons of fun. Each set comes with festive stickers, which you can stick to the tree like paper baubles. The tree can also be turned inside out, so it can be brown instead of green.

Price: $29

Where: Naiise, go to www.naiise.com. The online site has a pop-up store at 72/74 Dunlop Street till Dec 24.


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WHITE TRUNK

What: For a minimalist take on this year's holiday decorations, this simple tree trunk does the trick. Hang ornaments on the branches for Christmas or leave them bare as a classy decorative piece all year round. The 1.8m tree trunk comes in two colours - champagne and white.

Price: $265

Where: Ming Sing Flowers, The Verge Shopping Mall, 2 Serangoon Road, 05-17/18/19


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TOPIARY SPIRAL SHAPED GOLD CREST

What: Grown in Cameron Highlands, these quirky, twisty plants are a refreshing change from regular Christmas trees. Adding a festive tinge, their golden leaves have a hint of bright green and a citrus scent.

Price: From $6 for a table-top version to $148 for a 1.5m-tall one

Where: Candy Floriculture, 567 Thomson Road, tel: 6256-6788 or go to www.candy.com.sg


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WICKER CHRISTMAS TREE

What: Dress up a drab office desk with this cool winter- white tree. Standing at a petite 32cm tall, this tree looks like it was fashioned out of twigs.

Price: $36

Where: Chillax Market, The Grandstand, 200 Turf Club Road, 03-07, tel: 6463-0128


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RECYCLED WOOD X'MAS TREE

What: A tree without any pine needles will raise some eyebrows, but this deconstructed piece will be a sculptural focal point at parties.

Price: $249

Where: Make Room, Tan Boon Liat Building, 315 Outram Road, 10-01, tel: 9113-1274


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WHITE SNOWMAN TREE

What: Instead of the usual startopper, this 1.8m snowman tree is a playful twist on the traditional Christmas centrepiece. Complete with a snowman's head - the "tree" is the body of the snowman - this white tree will delight children and adults.

Price: $338

Where: Daco Marketing, The Verge Shopping Mall, 2 Serangoon Road, 05-14/15/16