July Is the Perfect Month to Buy an Artificial Christmas Tree

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It’s a little hard to fully imagine Christmas right now, but if you close your eyes and stand close enough to the AC unit, it’s just possible to hear a jingling bell or two. And while we wouldn’t necessarily suggest beginning your gift shopping in earnest, now is actually a great time to buy holiday decorations at steep discounts. Especially fancy artificial trees, which are currently up to 50 percent off at many stores, dipping in price before demand inevitably skyrockets come fall. When combing through the “Christmas in July” sales at stores like Balsam Hill, Amazon, and Macy’s, we also found worthwhile deals on wreaths, festive kitchenware, and Christmas stockings.

The realistic faux pine cones make this one of our favorite artificial Christmas trees. “Even the photos of this tree reminded me of the pine trees back home in Charlotte, N.C.,” one reviewer writes. “This is one of the most realistic-looking fake trees I’ve ever seen.”

If you prefer to add your own lights, look no further than this tall fake fir. It’s “the be-all, end-all pinnacle of unlit Christmas trees,” as one of the thousands of happy reviewers puts it.

Balsam Hill is known for its natural-looking artificial trees. This one is 40 percent off, comes with various lighting and height options, and looks like it was felled five minutes ago.

And here’s an unusually pretty pre-lit wreath (ideal in an entryway or for tablescaping) that’s currently half-price.

The fact that this stunning star is crafted from seashells makes purchasing it during the summertime feel a little less insane.

Spode’s tree-patterned servingware is collectible, iconic, and very affordable right now.

We like this similarly festive ovenproof casserole dish too.

And same goes for this mantelpiece-ready tree statue.

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July Is the Perfect Month to Buy a Fake Christmas Tree