THE best Christmas tree stands are designed to keep your tree secure and stable – and these days, you can find ones that look good, too.
Of course, it's not exactly an exciting festive purchase to make, but if you want your day to go off without a hitch, it might be one of the most important to ensure your Christmas tree looks its best for the big moment.
Some Christmas tree stands are designed to optimise your tree’s survival and reduce your own stress of getting poked by wonky tree needles.
Krinner is one of the most popular brands and one to watch – its stands require no fiddling with screws while trying to keep your eight-footer upright. Instead, you just pump the foot pedal to secure the tree in place.
There are a whole host of fashionable stands in metal or wood and stunning designer Scandi-style stands that look like a decoration all of their own.
Check out our pick of some of the best Christmas tree stands on offer.
15 Cavia Christmas Tree Foot Credit: Nordic Nest
Cavia Christmas Tree Foot, £120 from Nordic Nest – buy here
This beautiful Christmas tree stand boasts a snowflake design and is made from aluminium.
With matching gold colour metal screws to hold the tree in place, it measures 40cm in diameter and is 16cm tall.
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If gold doesn't fit your decor this year, you can choose from gold, silver and black to better match your tinsel.
The Cavia Christmas tree stand has maintained a perfect five-star rating on the retailer's site, with customers raving about how it is the 'most beautiful Christmas stand [they've] seen'.
Material: Aluminium Dimensions: H-16cm diameter-40cm
St Helens Home and Garden Festive 2.8M Real Christmas Tree Stand
St Helens Home and Garden Festive 2.8M Real Christmas Tree Stand Holder with 1L Water Tank, £31.99 from B&Q – buy here
A classic good 'un, the St Helens Home and Garden Festive Christmas Tree Stand Holder does its job nicely.
For less than £32, it's a no-nonsense design with the jolly colours of red and green.
Select home delivery or collect from your local B&Q, then fill up the 1.2-litre plastic water tank to keep your tree upright and looking its best for the festive month, and secure it with the three clasps.
While there aren't any reviews from shoppers yet, we can imagine that this is going to become a popular addition to many Christmas trees.
Material: N/A Dimensions: H-190mm weight: 1.21g
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Fortnum’s Wicker Christmas Tree Skirt
Fortnum’s Wicker Christmas Tree Skirt, £65 from Fortnum & Mason – buy here
Want something a little fancy? Fortnum & Mason will always have your back.
Complete with the logo on the front, this Wicker Tree Skirt will definitely become a classic that you'll want to pass down through the years.
Additionally, it's a nice way to break up all the glitter and sparkles you'll have around your house by giving your tree something a little more homely to live in.
Fun fact: it's used with the same wicker as their famous hampers. Love it.
Material: Wicker Dimensions: 25cm(H) x 60cm(W) x 60cm(D) Krinner Comfort M Christmas Tree Stand
Krinner Comfort M Christmas Tree Stand, £53.09 from Amazon – buy here
There are Christmas tree stands… and then there are German-engineered Krinner Christmas tree stands, and there is a whole world of difference between the two.
Unlike stands that require you to wriggle the tree in and fasten it into place with metal hooks, this Krinner stand uses a foot pump to secure the tree, so it's a one-person job.
It comes in different sizes to secure all sizes of trees, plus there's an automatic water level indicator which shows you how much liquid your tree has. The sheer efficiency of this tree stand inspires awe.
'It may be slightly preposterous to call a product that you only have to engage with once a year life-changing, but my god this is a life-changing product and any country with any decency would make them compulsory,' writes one convert.
Material: plastic Dimensions: 36Dx36Wx10H centimetres Weight: 11lb Christmas World Classic Red Tree Stand
Christmas World 15'' Classic Wooden Christmas Tree Stand, £34.99 from Amazon – buy here
Many of the Christmas tree stands designed for natural trees are too large to hold artificial ones, but not this classic wooden product.
It fits trees up to six feet, has a deep water reservoir if you need to keep your tree watered and is handmade in the UK from sustainable wood. Plus, it looks great in your sitting room.
'We bought this at the beginning of December, and without a doubt, it has been the best Christmas tree stand we have ever had in 36 years of marriage.
'It has somehow managed to keep a 6-foot tree sturdy for the last 5 weeks, despite two lively kittens using it as an adventure playground, and our 2-year-old grandson pulling the branches down to get to the chocolate decorations', writes a satisfied customer.
Material: Wood Dimensions: fits 6-foot trees
Habitat Wicker Christmas Tree Skirt
Habitat Wicker Christmas Tree Skirt, £20 from Argos – buy here
Another pretty wicker design, the Habitat Christmas Tree Skirt, is a bargain at £20.
It's a step up from your bog-standard plastic one, that's for sure.
One review says it all: "First time buying a wicker skirt and I’m more than happy with it. Good quality and sturdy, does the job perfectly covering all the wires and stops the cats getting in too."
Material: Wicker Dimensions: H26, W36cm
Precious Design Christmas Tree Holder
Precious Design Christmas Tree Holder, from £125 at Not On The High Street – buy here
This elegant stand is suitable for both real and artificial trees up to 7ft tall.
It’s made from 100% steel and can be personalised with names up to 16 characters.
Available in a variety of patterns and in white, festive red, gold and silver, no matter what baubles or tinsel you've decided to decorate your tree with this year, you can still make it match.
Material: Steel Dimensions: L40 x W40 x H35cm
Dawsons Christmas Tree Skirt
Dawsons Christmas Tree Skirt, £24.99 from Amazon – buy here
This metal tree surround features a silver hammered finish with a pretty snowflake design.
It comes in three sections and is easy to assemble, as well as take apart and store when Christmas is over for another year.
Measuring 58cm wide at the base and 26cm high, the skirt is suitable for real and artificial trees up to 6ft tall.
The tree skirt also has a superb 4.3-star rating on Amazon, with reviewers praising it for being a 'very sturdy tree skirt' so there won't be any nighttime scares when the tree falls over in the middle of the night.
Material: Metal Dimensions: 57cm
Dawsons Living Hand Woven Willow Christmas Tree Skirt
Dawsons Living Hand Woven Willow Christmas Tree Skirt, £18.99 from Amazon – buy here
Use this to hide a boring bucket or unsightly tree trunk. The finish is whitewashed grey, so neutral enough to suit most decors, and it adds a pleasing Scandi vibe.
It is created from high-quality wicker, so you'll be able to take it out of the cupboard every time your favourite holiday comes around.
Should it get dirty, just give it a wipe with a wet cloth, and it's as good as new.
The handmade basket measures 57cm wide at the bottom and 28cm high.
Suitable for real and artificial Christmas trees.
Material: rattan Dimensions: 57cm
Harbour Housewares Christmas Tree Stand
Harbour Housewares Christmas Tree Stand, £42.99 from Wayfair – buy here
This traditional-looking gold colour stand has three securing bolds and is suitable for trees with trunks up to 11cm in diameter.
It also has a water reservoir that is easy to reach even when the tree is standing. It measures 34cm wide by 16cm high and weighs 2.7kg.
It also holds a fantastic 4.8-star rating on Harbour's website, so you know this traditional style stand has been going down an absolute treat.
One reviewer notes it 'lasted all December without the tree becoming lose', what you'd expect from a sturdy Christmas tree stand.
Material: N/A Dimensions: 16cm H X 34cm W X 34cm D Weight: 2.7kg
LED Silver Santa Reindeer Tree Stand
LED Silver Santa Reindeer Tree Stand, £34.99 from The Range – buy here
Sometimes tinsel isn't enough to create the look you are after, and why should the tree be the only thing to light up?
Add a little something to the bottom of the tree with the wonderfully decorated base.
The kids are sure to love this fun take on a traditional Christmas tree stand – and it lights up.
It measures 23cm high, is 45cm in diameter and weighs 6kg.
Material: N/A Dimensions: 26cmH diameter 45cm Weight: 6kg Ferm Living Tree Base
Ferm Living Christmas Tree Base, £69.40 from Nordic Nest – buy here
Style meets function in this metal Christmas tree stand from Ferm Living, which is available in brass, as well as grey and black powder-coated metal.
Trendy yet timeless, this is the type of stand you'll be keen to pull out year after year.
One reviewer praises it for being 'visually very appealing and stable' while another states they 'would order it again in a heartbeat.'
It measures 50cm x 50cm x 13cm.
Material: brassc Dimensions: 50cm x 50cm x 13cm Robert Dyas Premier Stand
Robert Dyas Premier Christmas Tree Stand, £17.99 from Robert Dyas – buy here
This Christmas tree stand has metal brackets to hold any trees up to 5.5 feet tall and three inches wide.
It's sturdy and steady and even comes in a classic Christmassy green and red palette.
Best of all, its excellent value price tag will leave more in the bank for everything else on your festive to-buy list.
If you're after a 'great, easy-to-use and assemble' Christmas stand'look no further.
Material: Metal Dimensions: H19.5xW29xD29cm Cinco Advantage 6ft Stand
Cinco Advantage 6ft Real Christmas Tree Stand, £21.99 from Christmas Trees Direct – buy here
Ensure your Christmas tree is healthy and well watered with this stand that has an impressive 2.84-litre water reservoir, making it perfect for thirsty trees.
It has a bolt-locking system and can hold trees up to 6 feet tall and four inches wide.
Its low-key dark green hue will blend in with your tree's natural colours.
Material: Plastic Dimensions: Diameter 7.62cm The Seasonal Aisle Tree Stand
The Seasonal Aisle Tree Stand, £185.99 £113.99 from Wayfair – buy here
Its price tag may be pretty eye-watering, but this stand claims to be what the Christmas tree world has been waiting for.
And it does look pretty innovative – without any tools needed, three pieces of metal are snugly slotted together around your tree and fixed in place with wooden wedges.
It's available in three colours – green, red and silver – and the makers say your tree can be up and ready in minutes with no need for tricky instructions.
Material: Steel Dimensions: 12cmH X 48cm W X 48cm D Weight: 4.5kg The Forest & Co Hammered Gold Tree Skirt
The Forest & Co Hammered Gold Christmas Tree Skirt, £90 from Not On The High Street – buy here
OK, so it's not strictly a stand, but this metal Christmas tree skirt merits inclusion as a visually arresting alternative to the plush fabric versions you're likely to see.
It's ideal for camouflaging an unattractive base, as well as any wires from tree lights.
Plus, the antique brass design adds a vintage touch to any home.
Material: Metal Dimensions: H27 x Diameter 67cm What size Christmas tree stand do I need?
The stand size is dependent on the size of the Christmas tree you go for – the most popular size of a real UK Christmas tree for most homes is five to six feet tall with a trunk diameter of around four to six inches, so if you buy a tree stand that covers these parameters chances are you'll be fine. That said, the maximum height and trunk diameter limit differs slightly for each stand, so it's always worth checking before buying.
Petite tabletop trees, in general, are less than four feet tall and have a trunk diameter of three inches maximum, so you'll only need a modest tree stand to match.
How do you keep a Christmas tree straight in a stand?
If there are two people putting your Christmas tree in a stand, it's best if one person holds the tree steady and upright while the other person secures it firmly in place by tightening the metal screws or wooden notches.
Make sure the tree is unwrapped completely before you attempt to put it in the stand, as it will balance differently once it's loose.
Once the screws are fully tightened, and it is securely in place, fill the stand with water, which will weigh it down further.
How much do Christmas tree stands cost in the UK?
Depending on the material your stand is made from, how big it is and where you bought it, the price varies from around £10 for the cheapest right up to over £200 for designer tree stands.
As you can see from the ones listed on the cheaper end, you get a barebones stand that might not compliment your decorations but will definitely hold your tree, and those generally sit around the £30 mark.
If you're looking for something a little more fancy that compliments your Christmas decorations and isn't an eye-watering £200, you can get some decorative stands at around £60 that will hold your tree and add a little festive cheer.
Where to buy Christmas tree stands in the UK?
Your local garden centre, pop-up Christmas shops and even DIY shops will all have stock of Christmas tree stands once the festive season comes around.
However, with colder weather, you may not want to make the journey outside, and luckily there's also a good choice online.
Online retailers offer a wide range of tree stands that will slot nicely into any decor.
It just takes a little searching in order to find the best one for you – some of the best stands we found were on websites like
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What to look for in a Christmas tree stand?
Check that the stand you buy can hold the size of the tree you're planning to go for – many have a height limit and maximum trunk width, so it's worth having an idea of the tree size before buying.
Think about how you want it to look, too – a traditional-looking modern stand? A glittery metal stand? Or possibly a fuss-free plastic stand? There are so many different styles to choose from to fit in with the festive vibe you're going for.
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