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The best tabletop Christmas trees

The best tabletop Christmas trees
LifeInternational3 min read
  • Whether it's your one touch of holiday decor in a tiny studio apartment, part of an extensive collection of Christmas decorations, or even a shot of holiday spirit for your office cubicle, a tabletop Christmas tree lets you celebrate the season without the space commitment required by a full-size tree.
  • When it comes to picking a tabletop tree, the best choice mostly depends on your own personal preferences as to style and convenience.
  • There is no one "best" Christmas tree; there's just the one that's perfect for you, whether it be a live tree, like L.L.Bean's Reindeer Live Tree, or a nontraditional tree, like this fiber optic beauty.

Think of a tabletop Christmas tree as a big touch of holiday cheer in a compact size. These trees easily fit into even the smallest home and are a lot easier to store than larger artificial Christmas trees once January comes. While there's no official defining height for a tabletop Christmas tree, as a general rule, these are trees (real or faux) that top out at 3 feet tall, although many are less than 2 feet in height.

For the most balanced appearance, your tree should match the table in scale: Go up to 3 feet for a large coffee table, cabinet top, or side table, but size down accordingly if you're decorating a smaller space. Of course, tabletop trees aren't limited to tables; you might tuck one underneath a staircase, on a kitchen counter, or even on the bathroom counter if you have enough space and holiday spirit.

When it comes to decorating your small-in-stature-but-not-in-spirit tree, the sky is the limit. You might choose to stick with a color scheme, such as silver and white, traditional red and green, or hot pink and purple. Or decorate with one of your favorite movies in mind, such as "Star Wars," "Harry Potter," or "The Nightmare Before Christmas." Celebrate your favorite sport, hobby, or profession with ornaments to match. Show off a collection of ornaments picked up while traveling, or trim the tree all in one theme, such as country, vintage, boho, or Old World. Of course, simply trimming the tree with a beloved mishmash of ornaments collected over the years is always an option.

Before trimming your mini tree, however, you need to buy that tree. And that's where we come in. We've gathered up five of the best tabletop trees that suit just about every preference. You'll also want to check out our guide to our favorite places to buy Christmas tree ornaments. After all, without ornaments, it's just a houseplant.

Here are the best tabletop Christmas trees you can buy:

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