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Can we say something a tad dramatic and Scrooge-y? Tree stands are odious. The bits and bolts! The unweildiness! The ugliness!

For years we've been cloaking them in hand-me-down tree skirts. But this holiday season we're opting for something more contemporary: the tree collar. 

Low stress and high style, these babies are just what the name suggests: a circular "collar" to place at the base of your tree and camouflage your stand. 

While they've been popping up over the past few years, this season they truly shown up in chic, mass-retailer abundance—from warm, woven numbers at Crate & Barrel and rustic metal beauties at Target

From a practical standpoint, they collect fallen needles and provide full coverage of those aforementioned tree stands. And from an aesthetic standpoint, they look cozy yet polished and decidedly modern. Basically, they're the best thing to happen to Christmas since presents. 

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