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 Cookies

Enjoy our collection of our best Christmas cookie recipes. We have a wide variety of holiday favorites you're sure to love, from easy homemade Christmas cookies and creative decorating ideas to classic sugar cookies and cute Christmas cookies for kids. Heading to a Christmas party? Our Christmas cookie exchange recipes are always a hit and guarantee you'll have a Christmas cookie recipe everyone will love. If you're going for beautiful, creative cookies, try our showstopping Christmas cookie ideas. These bars, mini bites, and whoopie pies include complete instructions and have been tested by our Better Homes and Gardens Test Kitchen so you can learn how to make Christmas cookies in a cinch. Plus, we've got easy Christmas cookies from around the world, including Italian Christmas cookies like biscotti and German Christmas cookies like Lebkuchen. Cookies also make a great gift, so we've assembled our best recipes plus wrapping ideas in our Christmas cookie gifts collection. Pick one favorite or make a few to give as inexpensive presents this season. Baking Christmas cookies can be a family affair. Involve little bakers with our Christmas cookies for kids, which include recipes for gingerbread people, sugar cookie pizza, and adorable (and easy!) meringue mice. Cookies can even be part of a special diet; try our vegan Christmas cookies and gluten-free Christmas cookies for a holiday dessert everyone can enjoy. Get step-by-step instructions to make your best batch of holiday cookies ever!

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