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

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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

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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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Monogrammed Holiday Cookies

9 gorgeous ways to create a unique cookie gift or party favor for your friends and family.


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    • Monogramming -- a centuries-old tradition long reserved for handkerchiefs, stationery, and bed linens -- is experiencing a renaissance. On the following slides, we show you stunning ways to use this decorative art form to create gorgeous, truly unique holiday cookies starting with our basic Sugar Cookie Cutouts.

    • Start with: Sugar Cookie Cutouts (recipe below)

      -- In a saucepan, melt white chocolate slowly, stirring constantly.
      -- Spread a thin layer of warm chocolate onto transfer sheet.
      -- Press transfer sheet gently onto cookie with chocolate side toward cookie.
      -- Refrigerate until chocolate hardens.
      -- Carefully peel off the transfer paper.
      -- Decorate with piped dots of melted white chocolate.

      Resources: Pink Raspberry Ribbon Stripe Transfer Sheet (#5999-TR-RR-1), Fancy Flours, Inc.,

    • Start with: Sugar Cookie Cutouts (recipe below)

      -- Press rubber stamp firmly into cookie dough; press dough randomly with bamboo skewer.
      -- Bake cookie as directed; cool completely.
      -- Apply rose-colored petal dust and super-pearl petal dust as desired with a small, soft-bristle brush.

      Resources: Rose-Color Petal Dust (#521078) and Super-Pearl Petal Dust, Sweet Celebrations,

    • Start with: Sugar Cookie Cutouts (recipe below)

      -- Ice your sugar cookie cutouts evenly with lukewarm melted semisweet chocolate.
      -- Allow icing to dry.
      -- Place stencil (purchased from a local crafts store) atop dry icing.
      -- With a small soft-bristle brush, lightly brush stencil's open area with corn syrup.
      -- Sprinkle pink nonpareils and white celery decor evenly over corn syrup.
      -- Remove stencil; allow corn syrup to dry completely

      Resources: White Celery Decor (#542547), Sweet Celebrations,

    • Start with: Sugar Cookie Cutouts (recipe below)

      -- Cut cookies into desired shapes.
      -- Using a small, soft-bristle brush, apply light green Royal Icing to cookie top.
      -- While icing is wet, carefully apply snowflakes.
      -- Allow icing to dry completely, then pipe on dark green Royal Icing (recipe below).

      Resources: Snowflake Quills (#541753), Sweet Celebrations,

    • Start with: Sugar Cookie Cutouts (recipe below)

      -- Using a plain tip, pipe red icing on a cookie.
      -- Allow to dry completely
      -- Pipe white icing in desired letter shape on cookie.
      -- Sprinkle with sanding sugar while icing is still wet.

      Resources: Pure Cane Confectioner's Standing Sugar (#30414), Sweet Celebrations,

    • Start with: Sugar Cookie Cutouts (recipe below)

      -- Spread melted semisweet chocolate over baked cookie.
      -- Set U-shape cutter gently on cookie.
      -- Sprinkle pink edible glitter carefully around cutter.
      -- Remove cutter and allow cookie to dry completely.

      Resources: Alphabet Cookie Cutters (#4300-ST-AL-1, large; #4300-ST-MA-1, small), Fancy Flours,; Pink Edible Glitter, Sweet Celebrations, Inc.,

    • Start with: Sugar Cookie Cutouts (recipe below)

      -- Add one or two drops of red food coloring to some cookie dough; knead dough.
      -- Cut out with O-shape cutter.
      -- Bake and cool.
      -- Apply icing to other cookie.
      -- Apply O cutout to base cookie while icing is wet.
      -- Allow cookie to dry completely.

      Resources: Alphabet Cookie Cutters (#4300-ST-AL-1, large; #4300-ST-MA-1, small), Fancy Flours,

    • Start with: Sugar Cookie Cutouts (recipe below)

      -- Cut individual cookies into any shape you like.
      -- Then cut an initial in the center of each cookie.
      -- Bake according to sugar cookie recipe.
      -- Cool completely, then drizzle with pink, green, and white Royal Icing (recipe below).

      Resources: Alphabet Cookie Cutters #4300-ST-AL-1 (large) or #4300-ST-MA-1 (small), Fancy Flours,

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      This design is a snap to make. Place stencil on cool sugar cookie. (To create the "u" on this cookie, we used a chipboard letter from a local crafts store.) Sift evenly with powdered sugar. Carefully remove stencil.

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      Christmas Cookies

      Find more cool, creative cookie ideas in Christmas Cookies magazine -- on newsstands now until December 30.

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      All-Time Favorite Christmas Cookies

      It's simple: These very merry Christmas cookie recipes are favorites that you'll want to save, hand down, and make again and again. We've got all the classics, including sugar cookie recipes, Christmas spritz cookies, and spiced gingerbread recipes. Try one of our cookie recipes to share this Christmas!
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