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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Make a Christmas Memory Board

Learn how to make a memory board that will serve as a beautiful backdrop to your favorite Christmas cards.

  • Bulletin board with wooden frame
  • Blue acrylic paint
  • Luminescent embossing powder
  • Paintbrush
  • White quilted fabric
  • Spray adhesive
  • 1/2-inch-wide blue and white ribbons
  • Stapler
  • Glue gun and hotmelt adhesive
  • Computer, printer, and white card stock
  • Small crystal frame
  • 4 decorative push pins
  • 1-1/4 yards of 5-inch-wide wire-edge ribbon
  1. Paint the bulletin board frame using blue paint and embossing powder. Let dry.
  2. Cut a piece of quilted fabric to cover the cork area. Spray the back of the fabric with adhesive, place it on the cork and press into place.
  3. Cut ribbon to stretch diagonally across the board.
  4. Weave ribbons over and under; staple ends to the frame. Cut ribbon and beaded trim to the edge cork.
  5. Lay ribbon over the fabric edges and woven ribbon ends; hot-glue in place.
  6. Use a computer to print a message in coordinating ink on white card stock, sizing the text to fit the crystal frame.
  7. Cut out the message and insert in frame. Hot-glue the frame on the center of the board.
  8. To finish, tie a bow of wire-edge ribbon to the center top. Place push pins at ribbon intersections to hold cards.
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