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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Our Best Cookie-in-a-Jar Recipes

In need of a creative addition to your cookie exchange party or a tasty gift for friends and family? Look no further than our collection of irresistible cookie-in-a-jar recipes. Each holiday-ready gift takes less than 30 minutes to prepare and features layer upon layer of favorite cookie, brownie, or blondie mix-ins.

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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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Decorate Plain Gift Tags for Christmas

A beautiful tag makes any Christmas gift more personal and special. Make the job easier by embellishing purchased tags from a crafts or office supply store.

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    • Tree Tag

      It's the little things that count. Raid your stash of leftover embellishments and lend a festive touch to a plain white gift tag.

    • Well Scripted

      Make this elegant gift tag by centering a sticker featuring a cursive font on a plain gift tag. Glue on decorative ribbon or paper for added punch.

    • Buttoned Up

      Glue two decorative papers on a tag and hide the seam with velvet ribbon. Finish it by hot-gluing on decorative buttons or beads.

    • Spin a Yarn

      Sketch a snowflake on stiffened felt and stitch the shape with yarn. Then glue it all to a plain tag.

    • Round About

      To create this gift tag, cut out an ornament shape from pretty wrapping paper and glue it to a plain white tag. Top it off with a bow and ribbon, lining up the ribbon with the hole to give the appearance of a hanging ornament.

    • Snowflake Tag

      Add color to the front of a white gift tag with a stamp or a design painted freehand. Then punch out snowflake shapes and back the tag with a piece of colored paper.

    • Frosty's Wish

      Make a snowman out of clear buttons or beads. Then give him an outfit with a ribbon scarf, paper nose, and drawn-on top hat.

    • Save the Date

      Use a rubber stamp or stencil to embellish this gift tag with the date in a bold color. Finish the tag by gluing a border of matching grosgrain ribbon along the bottom.

    • Show Your Stripes

      Glue patterned wrapping paper or scrapbooking paper on a gift tag. Wrap the tag with a plain band for writing the recipient's name. Then embellish it with miniature holly on a brad.

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      Ring in the Yule

      Add a rub-on-letter message to the bottom of a plain tag, then wrap and glue ribbon around the top of the tag. Weave thin wired ribbon through two jingle bells, wrap the ribbon around the tag, and glue its ends to the back.

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      Shine On

      Press a rubber stamp on a glue pad and then to the tag. Sprinkle the glue with ultra-fine glitter, one color at a time. Use a glitter pen to dot similar circles and write a holiday message.

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      A New Leaf

      Brighten stamped greenery with marker-drawn berries. Dot the berries with a glue pen and dust with red glitter.

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      Tuned-Up Tag

      Layered with patterned papers, a mailing tag sings a new tune on this wrapped package. Use music-theme paper for the background and then decorate it with paper trees trimmed in buttons, glitter, and flower embellishments.

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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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