Decorating your family Christmas tree at home can be a lot of fun, especially during the festive holiday season. But if there’s anything worse than completing a beautiful, well-lit and well-decorated tree, it’s having a toddler ruin everything by smashing bulbs, taking the garnish down, or destroying your Christmas masterpiece altogether. Luckily, one clever British retail giant came up with a genius idea: a parasol Christmas tree for toddlers.
Sure, a parasol tree looks nothing like a real tree, but it serves just one purpose: to make sure that your toddler (or curious pet) doesn’t reach any of the Christmas decorations on your tree. But it’s not only toddlers who all of a sudden get sticky fingers in front of holiday decorations: cats and dogs do the same thing, too. That’s why this parasol tree is perfect for anyone who has people or animals that stand less than three feet tall.
British-based Argos has created the “6ft Half Parasol Christmas Tree.” And the “half tree” is exactly what it sounds like, as it’s an artificial Christmas tree that is missing the bottom half of its branches.
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“Keep your perfectly placed baubles, bows and bells out of reach of curious, crawling kids or your cats’ playful paws with this 6ft parasol tree,” the product description says for this quite unusual looking tree.
And while it might not look like the prettiest tree on the block (depending on who you ask), Argos does point out that the tree is perfect for families looking to put plenty of presents underneath. After all, it’s got the extra room since half of the branches are missing.
For those looking to purchase one, unfortunately they are only available at Argos stores in the United Kingdom and Ireland. They retail for about $42.53 which seems reasonable enough since consumers are only getting half of what they bargained for. There’s also a “snowy tree” that goes for about $48.
Now whether or not these trees actually work from deterring little toddlers and cats from climbing up a Christmas tree remains to be seen. As we all know, when there’s a will, there’s definitely a way. Here's praying the toddler and the cat doesn't come up with an idea together.