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The best Christmas wreath

The warm glow of lights is synonymous with Christmas. For this reason, some Christmas wreaths are strung with lights. They might be white or colored. Most are LED lights.
The warm glow of lights is synonymous with Christmas. For this reason, some Christmas wreaths are strung with lights. They might be white or colored. Most are LED lights. (BestReviews)

Few types of decor evoke a sense of holiday nostalgia as poignantly as a Christmas wreath. It’s one of the most recognizable and beloved symbols of the holidays. And one that’s been celebrated as such for centuries. Fortunately, thanks to modern conveniences, you don’t have to chop down a tree yourself to create a wreath. You can let other people do the work for you and simply enjoy the results.

The National Tree Company Carolina Pine Wreath is a perfect example of this principle. This gorgeous wreath consists of deep green Carolina pine, bristle tips and flocked pine cones. It glows with 50 energy-efficient low-voltage LED lights.

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What to know before you buy a Christmas wreath

Where you plan to display it

People tend to display Christmas wreaths in one of two places: on the front door or the mantel. A front door wreath welcomes visitors to your home and sets a hospitable tone. A wreath hung over the manel portrays a powerful image of Christmas, especially when stockings hang beneath it. However, these aren’t your only options. Christmas wreaths also look fantastic on a wall or suspended from the ceiling (high enough not to become an obstacle).

If you plan to display your wreath outside, you’ll need to verify that it has certain characteristics. This is important because outdoor wreaths are subjected to an onslaught of elements that include humidity, snow, rain and wind. Sunshine can also degrade the appearance of a wreath, by fading it over the long term.

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The solution to this problem is a finish that gives the materials on the wreath water-resistant and fade-resistant qualities. Look for wreaths treated with these products if you want to display yours outside. The materials used is another key consideration. Materials like iron are sturdy and hold up well against the wrath of the elements.

What style you favor

Much like permanent home decor, holiday decor is designed in different styles. As a result, you can truly find Christmas wreaths in your preferred style. In this sense, selecting holiday decor allows you to express your creative side. The wealth of options include:

  • Scandinavian
  • Art deco
  • Traditional
  • Bohemian
  • Modern
  • Mid-century modern
  • Victorian
  • Rustic
  • Vintage
  • Urban
  • Industrial
  • Coastal
  • Country
  • Modern farmhouse
  • Shabby chic 

Clean it with care

Christmas wreaths require a certain level of care. While some are sturdier than others, you should still be gentle with them. Using a cleaning brush is a great way to get into all of the nooks and crannies without damaging the wreath. Make sure you apply a light touch; don't get overzealous. And stick to a small amount of water. Don't get the wreath soaking wet.

Christmas wreath features

Lit vs. unlit

The warm glow of lights is synonymous with Christmas. For this reason, some Christmas wreaths are strung with lights, which may be white or colored. Most are LED lights, which are more energy-efficient than conventional lights. Typically, they are remotely operated and many include timers you can set to ensure the lights turn on and off at specific times. Keep in mind that since these lights run on batteries, you might have to change the batteries before the holiday season is over.

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Size

There isn’t a tremendous difference in wreath sizes, but there is some. So, why is size an important factor? If a wreath is even just a wee bit too small or large for the space in which it’s displayed, it’ll look unbalanced. This can throw off the entire aesthetic of the space.

Foliage

Many Christmas wreaths are designed with a base that’s composed of pine branches, most commonly the tip of the branch. But many also feature other types of foliage like flowers and other plants. Poinsettia and ivy are two examples. Think about how simple or intricate you want your Christmas wreath to look.

Christmas wreath cost 

The average cost of a Christmas wreath typically falls in the $30-$150 price range.

Christmas wreath FAQ

What differentiates an indoor wreath from an outdoor wreath? 

A. Generally speaking, indoor wreaths and outdoor wreaths don't differ in terms of appearance. The key difference between the two is durability. Most outdoor wreaths are made of hardy materials that have the ability to endure physically stressful circumstances. They're also treated to remain in good shape even after being subjected to water, wind and the rays of the sun. You can certainly hang an outdoor wreath inside your home, but you should avoid displaying an indoor wreath outside.

How do you keep a Christmas wreath in good condition? 

A. If you intend to display the wreath indoors, hang it out of reach of pets and children. If you purchased an outdoor wreath, hang it at a high point where wildlife can't reach it. You'll still need to watch out for animals like birds and squirrels since the former can fly and the latter can crawl up surfaces. Conduct regular "welfare checks" on the wreath to see if it's sustained any damage. And don't leave it outside if inclement weather is forecast for your area.

Which Christmas wreath should I get?

Best of the best Christmas wreath

National Tree Company Carolina Pine Wreath With Battery-Operated LED Lights: available at Kohl's

Our take: A classic take on traditional Christmas decor, this stunning pine wreath glows with LED lights.

What we like: Deep green Carolina pine anchors this mixed branch wreath. Flocked pine cones and bristle tips accent the pine. A cozy glow is emitted by 50 low-voltage white LED lights, which are battery-operated for convenience. This elegant wreath is designed to display indoors or outdoors, giving you options.

What we dislike: At least one buyer wasn't thrilled with the appearance of the flocking on the pinecones.

Best bang for your buck Christmas wreath

Glitter Berry, Bristle and Pinecone Crestwood Spruce Wreath: available at Kohl's

Our take: Glitter has been sprinkled over this spruce wreath, giving it a bit of seasonal sparkle.

What we like: Red berries inject vivid color into this wreath, which is composed of spruce boughs. Pine cones are dispersed throughout, further enhancing the festive effect. A smattering of glitter finishes the look, adding an extra-special element.

What we dislike: A desire for more color was the issue expressed by a couple of buyers, who were otherwise pleased with the wreath.

Honorable mention Christmas wreath

National Tree Company Christmas Mixed Wreath with Battery-Operated LED Lights: available at Kohl's

Our take: This pre-lit wreath has a warm and cozy aesthetic, thanks to ornaments and leaf sprigs in a rich red shade.

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What we like: The glow of 100 battery-operated white LED lights beautifully illuminates the features on this mixed-tip wreath. Red ornaments, some matte and others shiny in texture, adorn the wreath. Green and red-leaf sprigs mingle with the pine greenery. You can confidently hang the wreath inside or outside.

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What we dislike: The ornaments are sizable, which might not appeal to people who prefer understated decor.


Megan Oster is a writer for BestReviews. BestReviews is a product review company with a singular mission: to help simplify your purchasing decisions and save you time and money.

BestReviews spends thousands of hours researching, analyzing and testing products to recommend the best picks for most consumers. BestReviews and its newspaper partners may earn a commission if you purchase a product through one of our links.

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