Originally created 12/03/99

Web sites offer holiday products



If you need a garland of evergreens for your front door or a plastic Santa for your roof, chances are you can find it online. Here's a sampling of Web sites specializing in products and suggestions for decorating your home for the holidays.

-- www.holidayworks.com

Decorated artificial trees, wreaths, garlands, props and design kits.

PLUS: extensive links to other holiday-related sites.

-- www.icelebrate.com

Artificial trees, lights, ornaments, cards and gift wrap.

PLUS: decorating suggestions, children's crafts projects, gift advice -- even tips to minimize holiday stress.

-- www.britestar.com

Interior and exterior lights, illuminated sculptures, ornaments, novelties, artificial greens.

PLUS: Fun Stuff feature has suggestions for Christmas crafts, recipes and decorating tips.

-- www.santa.com

Help with holiday planning, decorating, recipes, gift wrapping; e-mail cards, including a letter to Santa (though it wasn't working when we first tried it).

PLUS: several links to retailers include price comparisons and item availability for books, toys and more.

-- www.holidaysathome.com

Artificial trees, live or artificial wreaths and garlands, electric lights, candles.

PLUS: seminars on tree decorating and collectibles including a train-set village inspired by Dickens' "A Christmas Carol."

-- www.echristmastrees.com

Real wreaths and fresh-cut trees from North Carolina and Oregon.

PLUS: trees arrive in specially designed wax-lined cartons.

-- www.christmastreesbymail.com

Real wreaths and fresh-cut trees from Washington state; Douglas and Grand firs from four to seven feet tall; cut and shipped the same day.

PLUS: advice about caring for trees.

-- www.smithandhawken.com

The upscale gardeners' catalog and retail chain adds holiday decorations, greenery and gifts.

PLUS: flower bulbs to force indoors and edible birdhouses for the yard.

-- www.hammacher.com

Hammacher Schlemmer offers fresh-cut and artificial trees, including a 12-foot tree strung with lights and wall-hugging models to save space.

PLUS: rotating tree stand, music boxes and nutcrackers.

-- www.harryanddavid.com

The widely known merchant of food and fruit gift baskets adds fresh fir and holly wreaths and a 30-inch live spruce.

PLUS: "Twelve Days of Christmas" gift boxes of candy, cookies and nuts, complete with a cord for hanging on the tree.

-- www.orvis.com

From the furnisher of sportsmen's gear come peppermint-stick candles, wool tree skirts and other holiday accessories.

PLUS: a needlepoint fisherman's stocking and papier-mache ornaments hand-painted with cardinals.

-- www.terrysvillage.com

A wide and unusual selection of holiday accessories, including an entire category devoted to reindeer and another on snowmen.

PLUS: poinsettia doilies, fabric gingerbread-man garlands and stuffed moose.

-- www.gaiam.com

Eco-friendly products like recycled metal ornaments and wool stockings.

PLUS: cards and gift wrapping from recycled paper.