OK, as promised here is what I did with my Crate and Barrel knockoff trees.
Just ignore the reflection of the ladder. Obviouly I wasn't finished decorating when I took the picture. Come to think of it, I'm usually not finished decorating until I start taking things back down.
I had another party that involved another gift exchange. This one was much smaller, just 5 of us. I thought I was going to have time to go shopping before hand but somehow I ran out of time and had to go shopping around the house. So I lost the votive holder from my table and a necklace I had bought a couple of years ago and never given away.
I ended up with this nice wallet/clutch,
and these "unique" picture frames. I love the clutch and I'm pretty sure what I will do with the frames. Oh, and there is white elephant gift exchange this weekend. Hummmm.