Decorating for the holidays can be a great way to get yourself and your loved ones into the holiday spirit. But what if you don’t have time in your busy schedule to decorate? And what if you don’t even have any holiday decorations?
Don’t pout. Many delightful holiday decorations can be purchased online or from mail order catalogs. Bring festive cheer to your house or apartment this holiday season with the help of these easy-to-purchase holiday décor items.
Tabletop holiday tree is available natural or frosted with “snow”
Is there a better way to get someone in the holiday spirit than with a live tabletop Christmas tree decorated with festive colors and images? The Be Merry Christmas Tree has adorable faux-chalkboard ornaments accented with a snowflake, snowman, and a cheerful holiday message. These fun ornaments are joined by bright green and red shatterproof cluster-ball ornaments, a red poinsettia topper and a silver strand of white lights with a battery pack. (Batteries are included.) That means this holiday tree can be displayed anywhere, right out of the box.
This living, one-gallon Dwarf Alberta Spruce Tree comes nestled in a square wooden container that displays the simple message, Be Merry! It will make a wonderful decoration for a child’s bedroom—or give one to a favorite teacher as a “thank you” for all their hard work and support. The Be Merry Tree is a great holiday gift, and you can even get it frosted with “snow” for that extra touch of wintry magic.
The “Be Merry” metal container is 7 ¼ inches tall, wide and deep. The natural (unfrosted) Dwarf Alberta Spruce tree can be transplanted into the outdoor landscape in an appropriate growing zone. The natural tree sells for $99.95 and the “snow” frosted tree sells for $114.95 from www.jacksonandperkins.com, 800-292-4769.
A blooming Grand Trumpet Minerva Amaryllis is a treasured holiday gift
A blooming Amaryllis is one of the true joys of the holiday season. Not only is an Amaryllis very easy to grow, but an Amaryllis plant produces some of nature’s most flamboyant flowers. An Amaryllis variety called Grand Trumpet Minerva produces blooms that are showy, spectacular and long-lasting. The flowers are six to eight inches across, with red petals merrily striped with white centers. The festive blooms stand about 18 inches tall, and the flowers will hold their shape and color for weeks will virtually no maintenance. They are an ideal gift choice for everyone from experienced “green thumb” gardeners to those “brown thumbs” on your list.
Amaryllis bulbs make great gifts for out-of-town relatives, apartment dwellers or loved ones who are in a hospital or nursing home during the holiday season. The Grand Trumpet Minerva Amaryllis in Metallic Silver Decorated Box includes two Amaryllis bulbs just waiting to burst forth into blooms. The bulbs are planted in a decorative silver box with a liner. When in full bloom, the Grand Trumpet Minerva Amaryllis Duo will make a gorgeous dining table centerpiece, where their red and white flowers will put on a show all season long.
The lined silver paperboard decorative box measures 5¾ inches tall by 9 inches wide and 6 inches deep, making it compact enough to fit in any room. Water the bulbs right away, and they will bloom in 7 to 10 weeks. The Grand Trumpet Minerva Amaryllis in Metallic Silver Decorated Box sells for $39.95 from www.jacksonandperkins.com, 800-292-4769.
Fresh-cut evergreen centerpiece makes a great gift
The holiday season would not be complete without the fresh fragrance of real evergreen decorations. The woodsy aroma, rich colors and appealing textures of evergreens bring the delights of the winter woods inside where they can be enjoyed in the warm comfort of home.
A fresh fragrant evergreen centerpiece is the perfect addition to a holiday dining table. The Pine Woodland Centerpiece brings the beauty of the forest right into your home or the home of a loved one or friend, dressing up the house in a centuries-old tradition. This evergreen centerpiece is made of Shore Pine and Lodge Pole and Ponderosa Pine cones, accented with rustic metal bells, red berries and an open-weave burlap bow—all of which are arranged in a charming and very attractive birchbark container. The finishing touch is a wooden stake with a medallion proclaiming the word “JOY,” which expresses the sentiment of the season.
This evergreen decoration looks delightful gracing the center of the holiday dining table, dressing up a kitchen counter, or bringing wonderful woodsy fragrance and color to a living room coffee table. The birchbark centerpiece container is 12 inches tall and 10 inches in diameter, so it’s the perfect size for virtually any holiday table. The Pine Woodland Centerpiece sells for $64.95 from www.jacksonandperkins.com, 800-292-4769. To view the full line of Jackson & Perkins holiday products, visit www.jacksonandperkins.com/jp-
Paperwhites make a bright and festive gift
If you’re looking for a live, blooming gift for someone who has never grown plants, then paperwhites are an excellent choice. Known by the common name of paperwhites, these bulbs are actually in the same genus as daffodils (Narcissus). The flowers resemble snow-white daffodils with familiar-shaped petals and inner cups.
Paperwhite stems are a mid-green color, and they grow straight and upright. Several white blooms grow from each stem, and the flowers are strongly scented. Paperwhites make an outstanding holiday gift, especially if they are pre-planted and ready to grow. The Paperwhites in a Woven Star Basket gift from Jackson & Perkins features 12 Ziva paperwhite bulbs planted in a star-shaped basket that’s both festive and charming. Just water the bulbs and they spring to life. Within 4-6 weeks the fragrant white flowers will fill the air with their naturally sweet perfume. The woven star basket is 4 ¼ inches tall and 13 inches across, so it fits easily on any countertop, table or mantel.