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Santa Hacks

Santa Hacks for a perfect Christmas

From getting your tree back from the forest and making the perfect decorations, to activities for keeping the kids happy whilst you enjoy a mulled wine, Santa's tips and craft ideas will make this Christmas the best yet!

firs and pines Choose the perfect tree

Do you prefer citrus-smelling needles, or pine? Thick, bushy branches, or wide and symmetrical? Answer four quick questions to discover which tree best suits you!

care for your treeCare for your tree

Preventing needles from dropping and green from fading on your Christmas tree requires a little bit of care and attention. Follow our top tips for a longer lasting, healthier real Christmas tree!

firs and pinesMake a sapling pot

Every Santa Certified Christmas tree comes with a free baby Christmas tree sapling! Learn how to make a pot for your sapling with this great Santa Hack, and yours will live longer.

firs and pinesMake and use natural decorations

Santa helped us find the best tips for finding, creating and using natural Christmas decorations! Have a go at making your own, and don't forget to show us how they look by sharing to our social media pages.

firs and pinesGet your tree home

How do you transport a Christmas tree back from the forest? After Santa dropped by to give us his seal of approval, he told us his favourite ways to get his tree home from the forest!

firs and pinesReuse dropped needles

Our trees have better needle retention than most, but for those pesky few needles which fall, we've found some fantastic uses for reusing them in creative ways!

firs and pinesFix your star on top of your tree

Your tree is sparkling with tinsel, baubles and fairy lights, but that elusive top-piece is proving hard to reach! Luckily, Santa showed us a great technique to fix your star to the top of your Christmas tree.


Got any more great Santa hacks, tips or guides? We'd love to hear them! Head to our Twitter or Facebook and share your ideas.

Last updated: 22nd June 2017

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