Christmas trees in baskets

30 October 2012

I truly apologize for discussing anything Christmas-related before Thanksgiving, and especially before Halloween, but I do have a legit reason for the timing of this post. For a few years (as I mentioned here), I’ve wanted a basket to hold the base of our Christmas tree – I prefer the look to a skirt or a plain stand. Examples:

From top to bottom and left to right: Country Living, Country Living, Country Living, unknown, Yvestown Blog, Country Living, Country Living. Clearly Country Living feels the same way about Christmas trees in baskets that I do.

True story: Last year, I attempted to buy a peach-basket type thing off of the employees at Carolina Pottery. Granted, the baskets were not for sale (they were being used to display other things that were for sale), but don’t you think they should have sold one to me regardless??

Moving on. From my research over the last few days, I found three online companies — Wisteria, Pottery Barn, and Crate & Barrel — that have a basket similar to what I’m envisioning.

1. Large woven seagrass basket from Wisteria (22″ high, 23″ wide — $105) | 2. Extra-large round beachcomber basket from PB (23″ high, 21″ wide — $129, or $150 with S&H) | 3. Basay basket from C&B (23 1/4″ high, 20 3/4″ wide — $70 (only in stores)) | 4. Basket tree skirt from Terrain (10″ high, 24″ wide at base — $49.30 with Cup of Jo discounts through October 31) | 5. 8 gallon round galvanized wash tub (8 1/4″ high, 17 1/4″ wide at top, 14 5/8″ wide at bottom — $26.06) | 6. Galvanized round wash pan (5 1/4″ high, 17 3/8″ wide at top, 13 1/4″ wide at bottom — $19.96)

Sadly, once you add in the cost of shipping something so large, the price becomes pretty prohibitive. If you like the look of the galvanized tubs, I’d recommend trying to find a feed store in your town. I think that look is a little too rustic for me, and besides, I like the idea of being able to use the woven basket year round to hold other things besides a Christmas tree.

As to why I needed to post this now, Joanna posted a 15% off + free shipping offer for Terrain that expires tomorrow. Sadly, the Terrain option (no. 4) is my least favorite, because it’s not as versatile as the woven baskets, but I’m open to the possibility.

So the plan? Stop by Crate & Barrel this afternoon to see if I like the Basay basket (we still have some wedding gift cards!), and then if I don’t, I still have time to order the Terrain basket. I’m also going to try and make a stop at HomeGoods, because you never know what they’ll have. Any other ideas in the meantime would be greatly appreciated!

UPDATE! I stopped by the Crate & Barrel store after work yesterday, and got a bead on the Basay basket! Unfortunately, it was too bulky and tall/wide to serve my purpose, so I left empty-handed. Didn’t feel motivated to order the Terrain offering, so for now, I’m still on the hunt!

6 Responses to “Christmas trees in baskets”

  1. I love the idea of a basket too! Good luck in your search.

  2. Peggy

    Hope C&B pulls through!

  3. I love the basket idea. Just thought I would share that PB has a “free shipping” sale today only (10/30). Not sure if #2 was the front runner, but it could be a good option after you look at C&B

  4. OHRAQ

    Em, how do you keep the tree in the basket and watered? I love the look but I’m curious about the logistics

  5. Em

    @OHRAQ: Luckily, we just have a fake tree in our apartment, so I don’t have to worry about watering! However, if I did have a real tree, I’d still use a tree stand inside the basket, and hopefully would be able to finagle a skinny watering can down there :) With a real tree, though, the galvanized options would probably be better, since you could just pour the water right into the tub!

    @Mandy V: Thank you so much for the tip!

  6. Laura

    Love this look! I think I might try the galvanized bucket since we have two left over from our wedding. We used them to hold our coke and Cheerwine bottles. And I would agree that you should try the local hardware store. We got ours from Tractor Supply for about $20.