A wreath on your front door at Christmas will get everyone in the festive spirit.
Wreaths have a long and illustrious history. The Romans hung them on their doors to signify victory. Centuries later they’ve become an integral part of Christmas, a sign of welcome and generosity.
Many of us opt for artificial wreaths. Real wreaths may look stunning, but they’re often more expensive and higher maintenance – and you’ll have to shell out for another one in 12 months’ time.
With that in mind, we’ve tracked down the best artificial wreaths of the season. Whichever one you choose, it will see you through many a Christmas to come.
Heart Wreath with Lights, 35cm diameter: £59.95, Sarah Raven
Sarah Raven’s pretty heart-shaped wreath is a knockout. The writer and florist set up her eponymous company 25 years ago and is lauded for her sense of style and colour.
Dotted with scarlet berries and 20 twinkling white lights, this wreath is perfect for an indoor wall or door and can be used in a sheltered spot outside, too.
You’ll have to buy your own batteries, though.
Gisela Graham White Mistletoe Wreath, 50cm diameter: £45, Amara
For sheer elegance and style, you can’t go wrong with a wreath designed by Gisela Graham, who’s been described as “the leading lady of Christmas”.
Adorned with luscious faux green leaves and white mistletoe berries, this beauty will stand the test of time and never go out of fashion.
Mirror Ball Disco Wreath, 50cm diameter: £80, Rockett St George
Interiors emporium Rockett St George is renowned for its distinctive look, which ranges from leopard print chairs and palm tree lights to homemade ceramics and eclectic kitchenware.
Christmas is party season so it couldn’t be a better time to go for a dramatic wreath made of shimmering silver disco balls. If you want your door to be the talk of the town, this is the wreath for you. The tiny mirrors reflect light from every angle so it sparkles enticingly by day and by night.
Natural Eucalyptus Wreath, 50cm diameter: £49, Rose & Grey
Based near Altrincham in Cheshire, interiors company Rose & Grey sells a wealth of stylish Christmas decorations, baubles and garlands. Their eucalyptus wreath is ideal for those who prefer a more natural, realistic style.
With soft, loosely arranged leaves, it looks fabulous on any door. It’s so pretty that you could easily keep it on your door all year round.
Anngarsk Multi-Coloured Glitter Bauble Wreath, 40cm diameter: £35, Habitat
If you want your front door to stand out from the crowd, this wreath is a statement piece. Made of jewel-coloured baubles, some glittery, some shiny metallic, it’s vibrant and flamboyant – but perhaps not for shrinking violets.
Habitat’s Anngarsk range also includes a multi-coloured glitter bauble table tree and a set of Christmas tree baubles.
Chubby Spruce Wreath, 55cm diameter: £165, Philippa Craddock
Philippa Craddock, who’s been hailed as “the queen of London florists”, designed the floral arrangements for Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s wedding. For this Christmas she has created a range of faux wreaths so we tested the Chubby Spruce Wreath, an elegant and minimalist spruce branch wreath made with faux flora and fauna.
It’s pricey, but looks so realistic that it will definitely earn its keep year after year.
The wreath can be displayed as it is or personalised with your own decorations. It comes with a practical cotton bag so you can store it safely after Twelfth Night.
Auntie Mims Alternative Wooden Pine Cone Design Christmas Wreath, 28cm diameter: £30, Not On The High Street
For something completely different, this simple wooden wreath printed with pretty Christmas foliage and fir cones does the trick.
Designed in a converted boiler house near the White Cliffs of Dover and made from walnut wood veneer, it can be personalised with festive words of your choice. It shouldn’t be hung outside, though.
Personalised Traditional Family Christmas Wreath, 28cm diameter: £45, Twenty-Seven
Densely packed with pine cones, fir twigs, frosted festive foliage and a subtle dusting of glitter, this wreath from Edinburgh-based Twenty-Seven is robust and eye-catching.
Each wreath is unique and comes with a mirrored silver or gold backing, which can be printed with your family name in white lettering. The perfect wreath for a traditional family Christmas.
White Wash Grapewood Wreath, 40cm diameter: £10, Hobbycraft
Creative types may prefer to design their own wreaths. Arts and crafts company Hobbycraft has stores across the UK, selling everything from haberdashery to pens and paints. You can decorate their chic white washed grapewood wreath with flowers, twigs, berries and ribbons – anything that will set off your front door with a flourish.
Actually, the wreath looks good when it’s unadorned, so if you prefer minimalist décor this is just the ticket.
Glittery Pomegranate Pine Artificial Wreath, 60cm diameter: £39.99, Hayes Garden World
Larger than many of this year’s artificial wreaths, Hayes Garden World’s offering is a glittering confection of silver pomegranates and champagne-coloured berries.
The faux branches are tipped with white to give a frosted effect so if you’re opting for a silver and white colour scheme at Christmas this wreath is good value.
The Wreath Box, 34cm diameter: £40, Hotel Chocolat
Not keen on traditional wreaths? Instead of twigs and berries, why not go for a chocolate wreath instead?
Hotel Chocolat has designed a wreath-shaped box of chocolates, with 40 Christmas flavours, from a salted caramel snowflake to a cinnamon bun. Topped with a bright red bow, it’s witty and fun – and the chocolates are delicious.
The Verdict: Best artificial Christmas wreaths
All of these wreaths will get you in the festive mood but our favourites are Sarah Raven’s Heart Wreath with Lights and Rose & Grey’s Natural Eucalyptus Wreath. They’re pretty and stylish – and won’t bust your Christmas budget.
If you’re happy to spend more, Philippa Craddock’s Chubby Spruce Wreath is the epitome of elegance and looks incredibly realistic.