SHOPPERS can get their hands on a real Christmas tree from Ikea worth £29 for less than a tenner.
The Swedish furniture store’s annual festive deal will be back by the end of the month to lighten the load over the expensive Christmas period.
From November 22, shoppers who buy an Abies Nordmanniana tree for £29 will be given a £20 voucher to spend in store on your next Ikea shop.
The deal effectively slashes the price of the tree to just £9, with an extra £20 to spend on goods from the furniture store.
Ikea hasn’t said how tall the trees are but last year the same ones featured in the offer and stood 5.2ft (160cm) tall. We expect them to be similar this year too.
Many retailers are still yet to launch their Christmas tree range and prices, but B&Q charges £29 for a Norway spruce pot grown tree, which stands between 210cm and 150cm tall.
How to look after your real Christmas tree
HERE’S what you need to know if you’re buying a real Christmas tree:
First thing’s first: buy a pot (if it doesn’t come in one already).
You’ll need to treat your tree just like a houseplant and give it water and attention.
Make sure the container has good drainage – and it’s a good idea to put something underneath to catch the excess water.
Check the soil everyday to make sure it’s not drying out.
If it feels dry, give it some water. If it still feels moist, leave it alone as too much water can also kill a tree.
Also check the LED bulbs on your tree lights aren’t too hot as they could burn it, and keep your tree away from radiators.
When Christmas is over, try planting it in the garden so you can dig it up and use it again next year.
It’s a good idea to take it out of its pot when you do re-plant it though, as large trees don’t survive well in pots as their roots need space to grow.
Meanwhile, a similar size tree is available to pre-order from John Lewis for a huge £75 – £66 more expensive than the Ikea tree after the voucher is taken into account.
The price of the Ikea deal is the same as last year, and has not dropped back down to its 2018 price of £25.
The retailer hasn’t launched its Christmas tree range yet but you can expect to find them online by the end of the month.
Ikea stores in England are currently shut under coronavirus lockdown restrictions but its click and collect and online home delivery services are still available.
Click and collect normally costs customers £10 for orders under £300, otherwise it’s free.
During lockdown, the retailer has cut prices to £5 for orders less than £100 and free when you spend more.
Delivery costs between £2 (DPD pick up point) to £50 (express delivery for large items) depending on the type of service you choose.
The offer is only available at participating stores, but applies to trees ordered online and through the reservation tool too.
Unfortunately, you won’t be able to see the benefit of the discount until January 18 2021 when you can redeem the voucher.
It must be spent in store and before February 28 2021 otherwise it will become invalid.
You also won’t be able to redeem it on delivery charges, online shopping, Ikea restaurants, bistro or in the food market either.
Only one voucher can be spent per transaction in a day and you won’t be able to use it on top of any other deals, but purchases made using the coupon are still covered by Ikea’s usual returns policy.
Remember, the voucher will only be applied when you buy a specific type or tree, and it doesn’t come potted or with a stand so you’ll need to fork out extra for one of those.
You have to buy the tree between November 22 and December 24 to get the voucher but the trees are subject to availability so you shouldn’t leave it too late.
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We’ve put together a round up of all of the real Christmas trees available to buy now if you want to get into the festive spirit.
If you don’t fancy buying a real tree this year, Wilko has slashed prices of artificial ones by 20% – and they now start from just £8.