Buying wreaths for any occasion or presenting as a gift to someone is a complex job with the variety of indoor or outdoor wreaths available being extensive. There are wreaths for every occasion and every special holiday and season, be it Christmas decoration or Wedding or Housewarming or Valentine’s Day or Thanksgiving Day or Halloween or just decorate your home. Wreaths are no longer made only of flowers or firs or twigs; they now incorporate Maine Christmas Door Sleigh Bells, pinecones, berries, eucalyptus, feathers, preserved fruits, chili peppers, herbs, garlic, birdseed, cinnamon sticks, wheat, corn etc. They are also made of artificial materials like polyesters, mylar films, silk etc. The latter are not very desirable; they lower the value and quality considerably. Dried flower wreaths are suitable only for indoor use, while some of the artificially made wreaths can be used both indoors and outdoors.
There are a variety of sources for buying wreaths. Holiday mail-order catalogs are loaded with Christmas Wreaths - Wholesale and a wide variety of quality wreaths. Also holiday art fairs and craft shows, as well as florists and gift shops are good sources for buying wreaths. For mail orders and online purchase, various websites like wreathdirectory.com can be consulted. There are many sellers with multiple listings; it's a good idea to check out their home pages and all the listings they have. Choosing the right size of the wreath can be important to fill its location to one’s liking; they are usually listed by the diameter measurement of the finished product. The standard size varies from 12 to 36 inches and more.
To test the quality and find out if it is new or used, lift the wreath up and look at the back to see how sturdily the materials are secured. The wreath should be neat, even and durable-looking. Shake the wreath gently to see if it sheds dried petals or other materials. Colors should be vivid and rich. Materials should be whole and never broken or shattered. The base can be made of various materials like grapevine, Styrofoam, straw, wire, etc.
Careful packing of wreaths in gift boxes is important as they can be damaged easily by jostling. They can be packed securely by surrounding them with plastic packing peanuts or unbuttered, unsalted, unflavored popcorn.
The wreaths can be hung on doors or windows using hooks or magnetic hangers. Wreaths also come decorated with light bulbs that make them look attractive during night.
The cost of a good wreath can easily vary from 19.95 dollars to 34.95 dollars or more depending on size, material used etc.