O Christmas Tree! // A Review of Pines and Needles

It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas, isn’t it? From the beginning of December it just all of a sudden feels all Christmassy and lovely, and I feel like it’s acceptable to put the decorations up, the Christmas music on, and crack out the mince pies (although they may have made their way to my house weeks ago…).

christmas tree with decorations

Every year Christmas seems to get more and more exciting as Ava gets older and more interested in it all. This year she really can’t wait for it all and has been really excited about decorating our tree. I love the whole festive feel, and how everyone just seems to be a bit nicer and happier around Christmas.

I love real Christmas trees, and we always have one; the amazing smell and the beauty of them and just kind of, the realness (if you know what I mean!) – I love them so much. Fake trees just don’t appeal to me at all, I think maybe they just seem too perfect! For all of my life my family has always had a real Christmas tree and so they are a really important aspect of it for me, and I can’t imagine it any other way.

This year we have been lucky enough to receive a beautiful fresh Christmas tree from Pines and Needles – who deliver real Christmas trees right to your door (or into your lounge!). We have received a really lovely huge tree that looks like it has come straight from a forest in the Scottish highlands (it has!). It is so green and smells a lot stronger than other trees we have had in recent years. The smell hits me as I walk in the front door, and it makes me very happy.

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Our tree is a Nordman Fir which is great as this type tends to keep its needles for longer in an indoor environment, and the needles are not pointy – so good if you have kids and pets! We also got a nice sturdy base for our tree, that screws into it, and holds plenty of water, which is great.

I am not the type of person to have a colour co-ordinated tree – I do think they can look great, but it just isn’t me. And also we have some really old baubles that were my Granny’s and Grandma’s, as well as lots of other sentimental ones. And I buy one I love each year for Ava, so that when she has her first home I can give her a lovely collection that we have built up over her lifetime – so that means a colour theme just wouldn’t work for us. Which makes for a rather eclectic looking tree, which is fine by me.

Ava decorating the treebell christmas decorationPines and Needles tree

We were also sent a mini tree for Ava and one for my nephew – Ava was so excited to receive her own little tree and couldn’t wait to decorate it herself. She keeps asking to show it to people when they come round. It’s a really nice idea to have one for your kids to make them feel special, and we’ll be able to plant it in the garden afterwards.

pines and needles mini tree

I have absolutely loved not having to go and collect our Christmas tree this year, spend time choosing one, getting it in the car, and then into our house. Having it delivered to our home was just brilliant. I can understand that some people would worry about not being able to choose the tree themselves, but I think as Pines and Needles trees are such good quality then you are not going to get a bad one. If you did decide you weren’t happy with your tree though, you can tell them that you are not happy with it on the day that you receive it and they will replace it! Freshness is guaranteed and the trees are sustainably grown.

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You can order from Pines and Needles online, and you can specify the type of tree you would like. Water-holding stands, mats, wreaths, as well as decorations are also available if you want to make it really easy for yourself. If you live in London your tree will be delivered by Pines and Needles elfs drivers wearing kilts and Santa hats – that alone means you have to get one, doesn’t it?!? I knew there was a reason I wanted to live in London.

Pines and Needles has offered my wonderful readers £10 off when you spend £50 with the code BIRD15 (enter at the checkout) and you’ll even get some free Holly or Mistletoe with that!

pretty christmas tree

Do you have a real or a fake tree? I’d love to know what you think if you decide to get your tree from Pines and Needles!

If you want to read more about Pines and Needles as a company, then check out my post here.

We were sent a Christmas tree and mini tree to review, but all thought and opinions are my own.




  1. December 8, 2015 / 12:58 pm

    I’ve seen so many trees from Pines and Needles this year and they all look absolutely beautiful – nothing quite like the scent of a real Christmas tree in your home. x
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  2. December 8, 2015 / 5:33 pm

    Looks like a lovely tree and I’m impressed you’ve got it up and dressed early this year! Great idea to have it delivered! It’s lovely to see my, Granny’s and Grandma’s decorations on there. Particularly love the one you made when you started school! Lovely memories! xxx

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