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

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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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Game Night

Enjoy an evening of games, good food, and cheer with your family.

Gather your family for a fun evening of playing games and nibbling from a chili buffet. Whether you dust off old game boards or unwrap new ones, game night is bound to elicit laughter and create memories that will make you smile well into the new year.

This white chili will fill and warm you, even on the coldest winter days.

Beefsteak Chili This sliced beef and bean chili is thick and delicious.

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White Chili Great Northern beans in place of pinto beans, chicken instead of beef, and omitting tomatoes give this snappy chili its light color.

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A bowl of chili is all the merrier with a handful of crackers or a sprinkling of cheese crowning the top. Here are a few other ideas for tasty chili toppers:

We added even more flavor to our beefsteak chili by topping it with sour cream and cheese.
  • Bite-size fish-shaped crackers
  • Bite-size cheese crackers
  • Oyster crackers
  • Shredded cheese (Monterey Jack, cheddar, queso fresco, Chihuahua, or Mexican cheese blend)
  • Chopped onions or sliced green onions
  • Chopped fresh chili peppers or sweet peppers
  • Sour cream
  • Bottled salsa verde
  • Diced avocado
  • Snipped fresh cilantro

Nutty apple salad provides a sweet and salty crunch in every bite.

Nutty Apple Salad The skins on the red and green apples add holiday color to the salad greens, but if your kids won't eat them, go ahead and peel the fruit.

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Corn Puffins Add frozen corn and dried green onions to corn muffins.

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Crunchy Cracker Snack Mix Experiment as you like by substituting some of your favorite bite-size crackers for those we've listed here. We've given a choice of salad dressing mix for seasoning.

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Cream-Cheese-Frosted Cinnamon Rolls With the help of frozen sweet-roll dough, you don't have to be a fancy yeast-bread maker to bake these light and airy cinnamon swirls.

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To make your game night a smashing success, incorporate some of these ideas:

Food and games are always a winning combination for spending time with the family.
  • Start a family tradition by combining game night with trimming the Christmas tree or hanging outdoor lights.
  • Let the kids help plan the event. Little ones will have fun ideas you may not have thought about.
  • Invite another family, and ask them to bring a favorite game. If desired, incorporate a gift or cookie exchange into game night.
  • Use the event to do a good deed by identifying seldom-used games and donating them to a children's hospital, nursing home, needy family, or charity.
  • Wrap small gifts, such as a deck of cards or a book of crossword puzzles, to give as prizes to the winners or the first person who rolls doubles in a dice game.
  • Let each person pick a game to play. Choose at least one game that people of all ages can enjoy so the group doesn't have to be split up the entire night.
  • Make your own fun. Begin a game with the phrase "Twas the night before Christmas and all through the house..." and let everyone take turns building a silly story.
  • Plan a surprise visit from Santa or one of his elves.
  • Turn off the TV and phone, and put on some Christmas music.
  • Buy the season's hot new game, and let the kids unwrap it for your game night kickoff.
  • Take a break for caroling or to drive through the neighborhood to see the lights before coming inside to warm up with chili.
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