Rejoice! The holiday season is here, and Minimax wants to help you transform your home into a Christmas wonderland. Since we’ve already covered a bunch of Australian Home Christmas Decoration Ideas, plus how to set the perfect Christmas table, the next stop is decorating your Christmas Tree.
Christmas is a time for family, friends, and, of course, some decorating. The Minimax Christmas collection includes everything you need to prepare your home for the holiday season. Nothing is too much when it comes to decorating your Christmas tree. Make it lit, make it glitz, or pull a few of Santa's festive tricks to make your Aussie Christmas truly magical!
Discover how to decorate your Christmas tree with the help of the Minimax Style Guide to get those sleigh bells ringing!
Choosing a Christmas Tree
Before you start decorating your Christmas Tree, your first decision is: natural or artificial. Beyond personal preferences and environmental choices, there are many pros and cons to consider between artificial and natural Christmas Trees before Santa arrives.
Natural Christmas Trees
Christmas is a traditional holiday; as such, there are plenty of traditions to accompany the celebrations, namely your Christmas tree. Those who grew up before artificial Christmas trees will look back fondly on the trips to tree farms or the local nursery to pick up a fresh pine tree for Christmas. The smell of fresh pine needles is enough to conjure up several nostalgic memories of yesteryear.
For many, this tradition is the most beloved part of their Christmas celebrations and an opportunity to get the whole family involved in picking the perfect tree.
Fortunately, planting and harvesting Christmas trees is a relatively sustainable industry since the trees are completely biodegradable and recyclable and are often repurposed for mulch. Moreover, a customer would need to use their artificial tree for more than five years to make up for the environmental impact of manufacturing.
Still, the effort required to maintain a real tree over Christmas may be a bit too much work for some people.
Artificial Christmas Trees
The most significant benefit of owning an artificial Christmas Tree is that you won’t have to worry about sweeping up leaves or watering the tree throughout the 12 Days of Christmas. You won’t have to worry about disposing of your tree come January.
Moreover, modern artificial Christmas trees are made using fire-resistant materials, unlike the easily flammable natural version.
Minimax offers a range of artificial Christmas trees to suit a range of styles, celebrations and budgets. Ranging from cheap and cheerful to exquisite, we offer twelve different options to make your Christmas more remarkable than ever. And while it may not be as merry as driving out to pick up a natural tree, the cost recouped from regularly using a faux tree will allow you to spend more on the decorations–the best part of decorating your Christmas tree!
Plus, some of our artificial trees come pre-lit and pre-decorated, like our Pure Christmas Cashmere Pre-lit Mixed Pine Tree with 300 clear lights, so you can plug it in and enjoy the holiday cheer! As for the rest of the collection, here are a few of our best-selling artificial Christmas Trees.
- Pure Christmas Flocked Thredbo 260 LED Lights Tree 180cm
Enjoy a white Christmas in Australia with this Thredbo-inspired tree.
- Pure Homewares Harriet Green Pine Needle Tree 210cm
Flaunting a full, conical shape and emerald green colour to mimic a real spruce tree.
- Pure Christmas LED Tree with 320 Lights, White 180cm
A gorgeous white LED tree, perfect for anyone wanting a modern take on Christmas.
How To Put Lights on a Christmas Tree
We love pre-lit artificial Christmas trees because they eliminate the need to untangle the leftover birdsnest of fairy lights from last year's Christmas celebrations. However, pre-lit trees are often restricted to only one or a few colours.
If fairy lights are going on your Christmas tree, make sure you arrange them before adding baubles, garlands or tinsel, as it's far more challenging to do it afterwards. Of course, every Christmas tree is different, so here are a few handy tips to help light up your tree.
- Plug in your Christmas lights to ensure all the bulbs are working.
- Start from the top of the tree and work your way down the tree’s cone.
- Avoid crossing cords over each other to prevent tangles.
- To find empty spots, look at your tree with your eyes crossed or squint until the lights are blurry–rearrange your lights to fill in any dark spots.
- If your lights aren’t staying where they're supposed to, we recommend using twist ties or string to hold your lights in place.
Fairy Lights or String Lights
Fairy lights used to be the only option for Christmas lights before the rise of string lights and LEDs. Fairy lights are typically longer. However, the actual LED bulbs can get caught in the Christmas Tree, making it difficult to remove them after the festivities are done. Some string lights also have the benefit of battery power, avoiding the need to position your tree near an outlet.
Whatever you decide, here are our best-selling options for Christmas tree lighting.
- Rogue Bright Silver Lights with 200 LED Bulbs 20m
A gorgeous string light set perfect for accentuating any area of your home with its warm, magical LED lights.
- Made for Minimax Leaf String Lights 7.5m
Made with high-quality materials, these lights are sure to last you for many Christmases to come.
- Rogue String Light Silver Battery 2m
With 20 LED lights in each string, you'll have plenty of light to brighten up even the darkest corners. So spread some holiday cheer this season with our Rogue String Lights.
How Many Lights Do I Need?
The height and size of your tree will determine how many lights you need to decorate the tree. Thanks to this handy online tool for determining Christmas Tree Light Spacing, you won't have to do any calculations other than converting metric measurements to imperial. Silly Americans.
Anyway, to figure out how to put lights on a Christmas tree, measure the bottom diameter of your tree, its height and the total length of your light strand.
The calculator will then determine the optimal spacing between each light rotation, ensuring your tree is uniformly covered with lights.
There are two ways to decorate your Christmas tree–hope for the best or design around a theme. To help set the tone for your decorations, we have a range of Christmas themes to take your tree from good to great!
Christmas is a season of tradition, and no other colourway trumpets these cultural customs than classic green, red and gold tones. Our selection of truly traditional Christmas decorations will be in fashion forever.
We might not have much snow during Christmas, so Aussies embrace the sunshine down under. Our Red Tractor range of nostalgic Australiana-themed Christmas decorations and gifts is sure to have you singing How To Make Gravy.
Some of our favourite Australian-themed Christmas decorations are from Vixen & Velvet. We have a particularly soft spot for their Fairy Bread Sequin Hanging Decoration. However, you’ll need to head in-store to grab the whole collection, which includes Vegemite, Luna Park, an Aussie Prawn and a Kookaburra, amongst other classic Aussie icons.
Our collection of Festive Fuchsias Christmas Decorations features myriad pink and gold ornaments. From ombre baubles to rainbow-tinted stars, your Christmas tree will be an eyecatcher and a conversation starter this season.
Before the gold age, bronze was the glitter humans desired. Our opulent collection of metallic Bronze Age Christmas decorations mixes in gold and copper tones to create a range of ornaments and accents that will make your tree and home shine..
After something softer and less intense for your celebrations? Our Pretty in Pastels Christmas Decorations features natural accents and metallic sparkle, making them ideal for a more classically feminine, playful tree.
Christmas Decorations From Minimax
With your Christmas theme chosen, it’s time to decorate the tree with baubles, ribbon, garlands, and tinsel before topping it all off with a Christmas topper.
How to put tinsel on a Christmas Tree?
Make Tinsel Town proud by decorating your Christmas tree with multi-coloured garland tinsel that matches your chosen theme. Then, start by horizontally (not vertically) draping one strand of tinsel across each level of branches from either the top or bottom.
How to put ribbon on a Christmas Tree?
Ornaments and Baubles
- Emma Bridgewater Bauble Assorted 7cm
Make any room look Christmas-ready with these assorted baubles in various classic Xmas colours.
- Pure Christmas Quilted Glass Bauble Dark Green
Delight in the beauty of Christmas with these stunning Quilted Glass Baubles, each featuring a unique quilted design in dark green, adding a touch of luxury to your festive décor.
- Gala Dog Bone Bauble Red 9cm
Make Christmas memorable for you and your furry friends with this dog bone pet ornament.
- French Country Brown Bird Crown Hanging Decoration
These sturdy reusable hanging decorations are ideal for outdoor decorating at Christmas or holiday gatherings.
- Gala Mailbox Hanger Metal Red
Letters to Santa just got more exciting. Decorate your Christmas tree with a direct link to the North Pole.
- Vixen & Velvet Bulgerie Diamante Star Gold 8cm
Add sparkle to your Christmas decor with these fun and festive decorations, perfect for any season or holiday.
- Pure Christmas Bird Clip-On Champagne Assorted
Add some chirpiness to your Christmas tree with an assortment of Clip-On decorations from Pure Christmas.
- Florabelle Hera Velvet Glitter Butterfly Clip Red
This beautiful Christmas tree ornament features a red velvet butterfly with glitter accents that will add a touch of elegance to your holiday decor.
- Pure Christmas Sequence Poinsettia Clip-On Sheer Silver
A shiny silver poinsettia flower is adorned with sequins and features a clip-on backing, making it easy to attach.
How to put a star on a Christmas tree?
- The weight of your tree topper will determine how much anchoring you need to keep things stable.
- Depending on the position of your tree, you may be able to hide your mounting methods from view, especially if they're positioned in the corner of the room.
- Most tree toppers come with either a spiral or conical mounting method that attaches to the top of the tree. You can anchor these mounts more securely with twist ties, pipe cleaners, string or ribbon.
- If there is no mounting anchor for your tree topper, try using twist ties, pipe cleaners, string or ribbon to secure it vertically to the tree's top branch.
- If all else fails, hot glue or staples will ensure your topper stays in place.
- Vixen & Velvet Vega Jewel Snowflake Tree Topper Silver (also available in gold)
A beautiful topper crafted with intricate detail and adorned with sparkling jewels, making it the perfect finishing touch to your Christmas tree.
- Pure Christmas Wire Flowerburst Tree Topper Champagne
A minimalist Champagne Flower topper encrusted with a clear jewel in the middle.
- Pure Christmas Metal Crown Tree Topper Silver
For a tree topper fit for royalty, finish your beautifully decorated tree with this Silver Crown Topper.
A Minimax Christmas
With so many options available, knowing where to begin is a challenge, even for the most confident Christmas curator. If you're stuck for ideas, browse our Christmas catalogue. Minimax's Season to Celebrate Catalogue is jam-packed with fantastic suggestions and red-hot deals, so take a look today and start planning your Christmas shopping. You will not be let down!