Christmas Gifts: 20+ Cute and Clever Ideas to Try

Friends and family will adore these handy handmade Christmas gifts -- including dishware, vases, and other home accessories -- that are just as fun (and easy!) to make as they are to give. Start one of these simple Christmas crafts today so you can check everyone off your holiday gift list.

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Three-Step Christmas Centerpieces

Create a striking holiday centerpiece in just three steps. We have a special secret for the step one: How to lay the table runner.

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Creative Christmas Tree Themes

Be creative by decorating your Christmas tree with a favorite theme that suits your decorating style or your family's personality. We were inspired by a local festival of trees and have included tips for bringing the looks inside your own Christmas home. Bonus: We've included lighting tips to make your tree shine.

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Christmas Sugar Cookies

Turn a simple sugar cookie into a masterpiece this Christmas. Whether you like your sugar cookies soft or crisp, simply decorated or frosted with intricate designs, these sugar cookie recipes are sure to sweeten up your holiday season.

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Deck a Christmas Staircase in Two Steps

It's so simple to decorate your staircase for Christmas! Get our damage-free, two-step plan to ensure that the holiday spirit extends from first floor to second.

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Creative Christmas Wreaths

Christmas wreaths don't have to be made from traditional evergreens -- in fact, we encourage you to mix it up with eucalyptus leaves, boxwood, lotus pods, and even items that don't come from nature, such as peppermint candies and pom-poms. These fun-to-make creative designs show you how to make Christmas wreaths with unexpected shapes, dazzling colors, and out-of-the-ordinary materials.

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Genius Christmas Hacks

Get ready for the Christmas season with our clever tricks to simplify the holidays. Including crafty Christmas wrapping ideas, must-try ideas for hosting guests, and why-didn't-I-think-of-that Christmas shortcuts, our tips for the holiday season are guaranteed to make your life easier.

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Holiday Baking Recipes

Satisfy your sweet tooth this season with our countless holiday baking recipes. We have the best recipes for Christmas cookies, cakes, pies, brownies, bars, and other delicious Christmas desserts. Instead of your typical Christmas cookies, try Christmas candy instead. You can also save baking time by making classic Christmas dessert recipes such as gingerbread, fruitcake, and Christmas pudding. Get the kids baking with our Christmas cookie recipes that kids can help make -- our recipes include sugar cookie carolers and chocolate gingerbread people. Our irresistible holiday cake recipes will please any Christmas party guest, and we give you holiday dessert recipes that use peppermint -- a Christmas favorite -- as a key ingredient. Don't forget to try our all-time favorite Christmas cookies -- our top recipes (including shortbread, bars, whoopie pies, and biscotti) are ones you'll want to save, share, and make again and again!

Our Best Christmas Candy

These gorgeous Christmas candies are perfect to give as party favors or specia...

Four Tips for the Perfect Holiday Dessert

Top baking bloggers share their secret for the ultimate holiday dessert. (Hint...

2014 Ultimate Baking Challenge

This holiday, 16 food bloggers took the Better Homes and Gardens Ultimate...

All-Time Favorite Christmas Cookies

It's simple: These very merry Christmas cookie recipes are favorites that...

Pretty Cookies Flavored with Cherries!

Marashino cherries have a use beyond your cocktail glass -- chop them up to...

Freezer-Friendly Holiday Cookies

These Christmas cookies don't mind waiting around in the cold one bit. Get a...

Four Freezing Secrets for Cookie Dough

Bake ahead! Learn our four techniques for freezing cookie dough.

How to Keep Cake from Sticking to the Pan

With our expert tips, you'll learn how to avoid the frustration of baking a...

Bake Sweet Candy for Quick Christmas Ornaments

Use round peppermint candies to make creative Christmas ornaments.

Gingerbread House City

This Christmas, make a snowy cookie city of gingerbread houses. It's an easy...

Our Best Bar Cookies

These cookie bar recipes -- including creamy peanut butter bars, fruit-filled...

Cookie Exchange Favorites

With classic sugar cookies, cherry-filled macarons, and more, these gorgeous...

No Bake Cookie Recipes for Christmas

You'll love these holiday-ready no bake cookie recipes, including peanut butte...

Traditional Holiday Desserts from Around the World

From flaky French pastries to crispy Italian cookies, these authentic holiday...

How to Check Cookies for Doneness

One of the most common questions we hear is, "How do I know when my cookies ar...

Fantastic Holiday Bar Cookies

These festive holiday bar cookie recipes -- including butterscotch-toffee bars...

Blissful Brownie Recipes

Make tasty fudgy brownies for a crowd! This collection of our best brownies ha...

Homemade Chocolate Candy Recipes

Chocolate truffles, toffee, barks, and fudge -- oh, my! These chocolate candy...

Our Best Fall Pies and Tarts

Fall is a wonderful time to try new pie recipes, thanks to the abundance of...

How to Decorate a Cake with Frosting

We share the secrets for decorating a cake like a pro -- watch as our Test...

Ultimate Baking Challenge: Meet Julianne

Julianne, of the blog Beyond Frosting, competed as a finalist in the BHG...

Christmas Tree Marshmallow Treats

Pretty and tasty, these marshmallow treats are dressed to party!

Heart-Healthy Baking Recipes

Nothing says "celebrate" like freshly baked desserts (think cookies, pastries,...

Irresistible Holiday Cakes

Enjoy our assortment of indulgent cakes perfect for your next holiday...

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