Real Christmas trees
Just half an hour from the CBD, this family-owned business has been offering one- to five-metre Christmas trees for over 30 years. If you're feeling the stress of the silly season, order your tree online and enjoy free delivery seven days a week.
Melbourne Christmas Tree Farm, Plumpton. From $80.45.
Sitting pretty next to Malvern Central Shopping Centre, J R Horrigan Firewood has been selling real Christmas trees since 1932. Make a dent into your Christmas shopping at Malvern Central, then grab a Christmas tree on your way out. They offer trees from 1.5 metres to 2.5 metres in size.
J Horrigan Firewood, Malvern. Price on request.
These guys have been in the Christmas tree business for 45 years and understand what makes the perfect tree. Trees are grown across two locations (Nar Nar Goon and Officer), so there are plenty to go around with trees ranging from one to more than three metres high.
Dandenong Christmas Tree Farm, Nar Nar Goon and Officer. From $40.
Your local Scouts Group is working hard this Christmas. Their Christmas trees come in a range of sizes depending on the Scout group you buy from, with all profits going towards the running of programs, building maintenance and equipment repairs. Christmas trees are sold across a range of Melbourne locations, so check out the Scouts Victoria website for more information.
Scouts Christmas tree sales, various locations throughout Melbourne. From $45.
The folks at Daylesford Christmas Tree Farm live by a single philosophy: for every tree cut down, a new one is planted. You can be sure that your Christmas decorations won't contribute to environmental damage. Plus, every tree is at least four years old and has been carefully sculpted to maintain a perfect shape.
Daylesford Christmas Tree Farm, Daylesford. From $45.
If you buy your Christmas tree from Santa's Place, you can sure to leave with your own little slice of the North Pole. The Christmas tree plantation covers four hectares and trees range from 1.5 to over 3 metres in height. The Christmas Shop stocks indoor and outdoor decorations, and Mrs Claus's Kitchen serves up a portion of hearty festive fare.
Santa's Place, Moorooduc. From $59.
Breathe in the fresh pine smell as you walk around the Christmas Tree Farm at Narre Warren. Choose the perfect tree for your house and then cut it down yourself – or opt for some assistance from the team. They even sell Christmas tree stands.
Christmas Tree Farm, Narre Warren. From $39.
Skip the malls this year
Christmas is the time for family, friends, feasting and forgetting to buy presents until the last minute. Thankfully Melbourne has a number of December Christmas markets giving you ample opportunity to grab handmade, one-of-a-kind gifts that will make your loved ones smile on Christmas morning.