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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Christmas Card Display Ideas

Use festive holiday cards in your Christmas decorating for creative and merry displays.

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    • Ladder Christmas Card Display

      Make pretty holiday cards part of your decor by displaying them on a painted ladder. Tuck the cards over or between bungee cords screwed in place in an X pattern. Add hooks to the sides to hang stockings or candy-filled cones.

    • Evergreen Christmas Card Display

      Use classic Christmas decorations for a nostalgic Christmas card display. Place evergreen branches with pinecones still intact in a metal urn. If the branches don't have pinecones, use floral wire to attach them. Place the cards within the branches. Set the urn on a metal serving dish embellished with a large pinecone and holly.

    • Creative Christmas Card Wreath

      Try this fresh way to show off holiday cards. Wrap a straw wreath form with upholstery webbing (available at fabrics stores), securing it in place with small sewing pins. Tie a bow at the top and loop a length of it through the back to hang. Attach cards with binder clips.

    • Ribbon Christmas Card Wall Hanging

      Hang pretty cards with ribbon for a festive display. To create a ribbon card hanger, simply stitch ribbon in flaps and attach a kicky bow at one end with a few stitches. Add a picture hanger to the back of the bow and hang on the wall. Tuck a card under each flap and adhere with double-stick tape.

    • Christmas Card Garland

      Recycle holiday cards with this clever garland idea. Trace a cookie-cutter shape around the most visually interesting part of the card. Cut out the shape, punch a hole, and tie it to pine garland with narrow red ribbon or yarn.

    • Tree of Christmas Cards

      Display your holiday cards on an easy-to-assemble tabletop tree. Fill a pitcher with twigs. Festoon twigs with ribbon and use binder clips to attach the cards.

    • Jingle Bell Display

      Big bells can be used for more than their good looks and sweet sound. Tip them over to create the perfect perch for your holiday cards.

    • Berry and Christmas Wall Hanging

      Add rustic charm to your holiday decor with this clever card-display idea. Use twine to tie a bundle of berried twigs (use florist's picks if you don't have real ones), nail it to the wall, and place cards randomly in the branches.

    • Christmas Card Memo Board

      Cards easily slip behind ribbons on this snowflake memo board. To make this wall decoration, staple batting and fabric over a corkboard. Use thumbtacks to adhere ribbon in the shape of a snowflake to the board. Hot-glue decorative buttons to cover the thumbtack for a wintery card display.

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      Wire Tree Christmas Card Holder

      This twisty tree is part art, part card catchall. To make, shape wire into a funky tree form with small triangles to hold the cards and a star tree topper. Spray-paint the tree white. Stand the tree against a bare wall and hold in place with small nails. As the holiday tidings arrive, slip them onto the tree as bright ornaments.

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      Christmas Card Centerpiece

      This centerpiece will bring a piece of the kitchen to the dining room table for a creative way to display your favorite Christmas cards. Stick a sedum ball into a clear vase. Stick large forks into the ball and place cards between the tines. Tie the vase with a velvet bow.

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      Vintage Card Display

      Sea salt "snow," small ornaments, pine branches, and a black-and-white vintage Christmas card transform a glass lamp base into a festive holiday display.

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      Mirrored Christmas Card Display

      Drape long pieces of ribbon over a mirror on a mantel, using tape to secure the ribbon to the back of the mirror. Tape or pin Christmas cards to the ribbon for an easy and decorative way to share Christmas greetings. For a more elegant look, use cards with the same theme, such as the poinsettia cards shown, or pick bright and bold cards for festive cheer.

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      Christmas Card Ornaments

      Turn plain Christmas cards into festive ornaments. Choose cards with a simple design. Cut off the front of the card. Cover the back of the card in foil, folding the foil over the sides so they form a border in front. Stamp a seasonal greeting if the card doesn't already have one. Punch a hole in the card and hang with a ribbon. String beads or jewels onto the ribbon for an extra touch.

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      Christmas Card Canister

      Slip just-arrived holiday cards inside a clear glass canister for a bright and colorful way to showcase Christmas greetings. Place the canister on a side table or, for a surprising decoration, onto a kitchen shelf next to cooking supplies.

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      Christmas Card Wreath

      Turn your favorite holiday cards into a whimsical wreath. Cut the cards into different-size circles (simplify the job with scrapbooking punches). Arrange the circles into a wreath shape, overlapping and securing the pieces with crafts glue. With a sewing machine, stitch over the top. Attach a ribbon to the top with a colored paper clip and hang.

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      Christmas Card Door Display

      Take holiday cards off the mantel and display them in style. Tape a variety of ribbons to the front of an armoire or door. Create a random grid pattern to give your display a fun, modern feel. Use double-stick tape to attach new or vintage cards to the ribbons.

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      Framed Santa Card Display

      Gather a collection of Santa cards together in a vintage frame. The cards are mounted on the ribbons with tape, then draped and taped (or tacked) around the back of the frame.

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      Basket Christmas Card Display

      Weave wonders using a basket and pinecones to make a display for your favorite greeting cards. Pinecones make natural card stands; just clip a few scales if necessary. Accent the basket with sprigs or berries.

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      Santa Card Chair Decoration

      Punch holes in each card and string through pretty ribbon to add to a chair back or over a doorway.

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      Homemade Christmas Cards

      Send a personal and creative seasonal greeting with our simple Christmas cards. They're easy enough to make in bulk or pretty enough to design for just a few special people on your Christmas list.
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