The traditional favourite – and the cheapest – but it can shed needles by the bucket-load unless well cared for. To pick a good one, pick it up and feel the weight. If it's too light, it may have been cut weeks ago. Also bang the stump on the ground. If lots of needles fall, it's well past its sell by date.
The best-selling non-needle drop trees with soft, slightly scented needles. Look for deep green healthy needles and use the stump test to make sure that they stay on. Don't buy them pre-wrapped, they vary so much in shape that you can't tell what it might look like. They're more expensive this year due to crop shortages.
The best of the non-needle drops with gorgeous deep green scented needles. Check that the needles look fresh and survive a good thump test.
The steely blue non-drop needles are very pretty but also very prickly. The trees can be very short and dumpy so shop around to find the best shape.
Christmas tree farms tend to have the freshest trees, while DIY stores usually have the best prices. But it pays to buy early – to make sure you get a right cracker!
Check back soon to find out how to keep your tree looking its best.