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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Fun-to-Make Christmas Holiday Crafts

Spruce up your holiday home with these clever handmade Christmas decorations. From cute ornaments and creative wreaths to cozy pillows and festive garlands, these ooh-how-pretty holiday crafts will make your home merry and bright.


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    • Needle-Felted Penguins

      Trust us, you'll want to craft several of these adorable felted friends. Pose them on your mantel for a too-stinkin'-cute holiday vignette, or give these wooly penguins as heartwarming presents - if you can part with them!

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    • Faux-Knitted Vase Wraps

      Add cozy holiday flair to your mantel by embellishing plain glass vases with snug sweater wraps – no knitting required! To make, cut off the end of a sweater arm to a length that will fit your container, plus 2 inches. Fold the edge under and secure it with hot glue. If desired, glue miniature jingle bells to the cuff.

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    • Framed Snowman Ornaments

      Craft these fun, funky snowmen ornaments out of easy-to-mold polymer clay, then frame and group the ornaments for a festive modern-art effect.

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    • Tree Candy Holders

      Make fancy folded treat holders as a pretty home decoration, food gift, or as party favors. Our free download includes a pattern and instructions. Pick out pretty scrapbook papers for the pyramids, plus decorative ribbon and metallic twine or yarn for finishing touches.

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    • Three-Step Scarf Wreath

      Craft a classy wreath in minutes from the simplest of supplies. Grab a textured scarf and wreath form, and watch closely.

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    • Cupcake-Liner Trees

      These colorful Christmas trees are made using varieties of different baking cups. Cut down the side and around the bottom of your baking cups; discard bottom. Starting at the bottom of a foam cone, wrap a cut strip around the tree, securing the ends with straight pins. Cover any foam that remains showing with another strip. Add more strips, overlapping slightly and alternating patterns until you reach the top. For the last two strips at the top, roll a small pleated piece and insert it inside a slightly larger strip; pin to treetop.

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    • Muffin-Pan Calendar

      Count down to Christmastime with our easy do-it-yourself calendar. To make this holiday craft, cut twenty-four 2-1/4-inch circles from an adhesive magnet sheet. Adhere them to patterned paper; cut out. Use a 1-inch circular punch for the inner circles. Number and glue them to the magnetic circles. Fill the wells with fun trinkets, notes, and candies.

      Editor's Tip: Be sure you pick a muffin pan with 24 wells (one for each day leading up to Christmas).

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    • 3D Moose and Reindeer Ornaments

      These cool, contemporary ornaments will certainly attract attention; they pop right out of the frame! To make, print the free patterns and trace the shapes onto a sheet of balsa wood. Cut out shapes with a crafts knife. Paint the shield-shaped backgrounds with desired colors. Cut out holes as marked on the pattern, and assemble each animal. To display, string decorative ribbon across an empty frame and hang finished ornaments from ribbon with embroidery floss.

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    • Salt-Dough Snowflake Ornaments

      A few pantry staples and some snowflake cookie cutters are all you need to create these charming, customizable ornaments. To create, preheat the oven to 200˚F. Mix 1/2 cup salt, 1 cup flour, and 1/2 cup water until it forms a sticky dough. Roll the dough to 1/4 inch thick, and use cookie cutters to cut out snowflake shapes. Pierce each shape with a skewer to create a hole for hanging. Bake for 4 hours, and allow shapes to cool completely. Decorate shapes as desired with a permanent marker.

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    • Sweater Trees: An Adorable Christmas Centerpiece
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      Easy, Cozy Sweater Trees

      Upcycle gently-used Christmas sweaters into gorgeous holiday decorations! Create trees in various heights for a simple, eye-catching centerpiece or mantel display.

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      Festive-Font Plates

      Mismatched ceramic plates (available by the dozens at local thrift stores!) serve as an ideal base for this festive message. Cut letters from spray-painted chipboard, varying letter sizes and fonts for extra eye-appeal, then glue each cut-out securely to a ceramic plate. For a 3D effect, glue a letter onto a small saucer and affix it to a larger plate with epoxy. Hang stockings below in coordinating hues for a bright, cheerful scene.

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      Pallet Christmas Tree

      No room for a tree? This hangable wall decoration is the perfect holiday craft for small spaces. To make, draw a large triangle on a large shipping pallet to desired size (ours is 44-inches tall). Cut out the triangle using a jigsaw; use sandpaper to smooth all surfaces. Paint tree slats with alternative shades of green paint. Predrill holes, then screw small cup hooks and drawer pulls to the front. Hang cards and decorations on the cup hooks. Tie rope between knobs; attach clothespins to rope. Garlands, globe lights, and mini presents also make fun tree decorations.

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      Christmas Tags

      Make a gift even more special by embellishing the wrapping with a needle-felted tag or adornment you've made yourself. Simply cut out pieces of felt in whatever shape you like best and adorn with extra felt strips, triangles, stars, or other festive shapes. Needle-felt designs into your tags, or stitch letters and patterns for extra decoration.

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      Colorful Holiday Pillow

      Give a plain pillow a holiday makeover by giving it a new slipcover made from red burlap and acrylic paint.

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    • Make an Ombre Glittered Vase
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      Ombre Glittered Vase

      A little glam goes a long way on your holiday table. We used glitter in winter blues and white to coat a simple vase. Follow our video to make your own.

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      Pinecone Gnome Ornaments

      This holiday crafts idea transforms inexpensive materials like pinecones and felt into a trio of wise gnomes. Let your imagination run wild as you style their beards, scarves, and hats.

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      Christmas Garland

      Express your best wishes for the season on a colorful garland made with felted balls and embroidered pennants. String the pieces onto baker's twine, then swag the garland inside a two-tone painted frame.

      Make the frame: Find an ornately designed frame at a local thrift store or garage sale. Using painter's tape, mark off a line about two thirds of the way down the frame. Spray the top section with white paint; let dry. Mark a new line with painter's tape at the edge of the white area; spray below the line with gold paint and let dry.

      Make a felted ball: Pull off a small piece of wool from roving. Gently pull fibers apart to fluff the wool. Using the palms of your hands, roll wool into loose round ball. Dip ball of wool into a small bowl of water with a drop of liquid laundry or dish soap. Squeeze excess water out of ball. Roll ball between hands gently to avoid forming large cracks; let dry.

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      Cheerful Holiday Artwork

      Propped on a windowsill or a mantel, these papier-mache letters will greet your guests with cheer. Use them to display a holiday sentiment or your family's last name.

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      Retro Ornaments Felt Stocking

      This hand-sewn felt stocking will brighten your fireplace mantel with its colorful 1950s-style ornaments and white Christmas stars.

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    • How to Make a Christmas Wreath
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      Watch a Yarn Wreath Being Made!

      Learn how to make a festive Christmas wreath made from yarn in our quick video. The bright felt will stand out against your door this holiday season.

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      Ribbon Christmas Card Hanger

      Display a friendly season's greeting to all guests. To create a ribbon card hanger, simply stitch ribbon in flaps and attach a kicky bow at one end with a few stitches. Add a picture hanger to the back of the bow and hang on the wall. Tuck a card under each flap and adhere with double-stick tape.

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      Wire Ornament Holder

      Gather your favorite collectible ornaments and trim the boughs of a whimsical art piece. Hung inside a frame topped with a bow, the ornaments are the center of attention.

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      Patterned-Paper Christmas Trees

      Spruce up your holiday decor with patterned-paper trees. Cut or punch a decorative edge from 1x2-1/2-inch and 3/4x2-1/2-inch strips of patterned paper; curl the edges by wrapping them around a pencil. Hot-glue the pieces to a foam cone (ours are 9, 12, and 15 inches tall). Top each tree with a star cut from felt and held in place with wire. Add a gem for sparkle. Trim the tree with buttons, brads, and gem ornaments.

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      Crystallized Christmas Trees

      These rock candy-embellished cones are a fun and easy holiday crafts project. Pour horizontal rows of candy crystals in three or more colors on a baking sheet with the rows flush together. Wrap solid light color cardstock around foam cones, slightly overlapping the paper at the back of the cone and securing it with hot glue. Do not apply the glue directly to the cone, which will melt. Larger cones may need two sheets of paper to be completely covered. Spread crafts glue on the cones and roll them in crystals; let dry. Repeat process, if needed, to cover cones completely with crystals. Use hot glue to fill in small gaps with hand-placed crystals.

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      Felt Dove Garland

      These pretty felt doves will add subtle holiday cheer to a fireplace mantel or shelf when paired with similarly styled natural decor.

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      Snowman Ornaments

      Add personality and charm to your tree with a theatrical clay snowman. Make just one, or create a range of snowman expressions for a whole garland.

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      Poetic Chalkboards

      With a little help, you'll have holiday wall art that's beautiful to look at and read. You'll need a framed chalkboard or a decorative frame and some chalkboard paint for this project. Print and enlarge our chalk design to fit your frame. Tape the design to the chalkboard, and slide white transfer paper underneath. Trace and fill in the design with a chalk pencil, keeping the pencil sharp for crisp lines.

      Editor's Tip: To prevent smudges, place a piece of paper between your hand and the chalkboard panel, and work away from the areas you have already filled in.

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      Winter-Theme Votive Candles

      Perfect for Christmas place settings or centerpieces, these winter-theme votives are an ideal accent for a holiday table. Wrap silver or clear votive holders in blue velvet ribbon, and hot-glue mini frosted pinecones to the ribbon for a natural touch.

      Editor's Tip: Make a few of these for a unique hostess gift, or let Christmas guests take them home as party favors.

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      Heartwarming Musical Ornaments

      Strike a merry chorus on your Christmas tree with these handmade ornaments made from sheet music. To make, place old sheet music in water until it is just damp; blot off excess water with a towel. Apply a thin, even layer of decoupage medium to a piece of cream cardstock; immediately place the damp sheet music on the cardstock. Roll a rubber brayer over the sheet music to smooth it and push out air bubbles; let dry. Trace the ornament patterns onto the wrong side of the cardstock; cut out. Make a hole in the top. Rub a cotton swab in sepia ink and rub the swab along the front and back edges of each ornament. Apply several layers of decoupage medium to both sides of each ornament; let dry. To hang, thread a wire ornament hanger or a ribbon through the hole.

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      Tiered Paper Trees

      Transform a package or make an easy centerpiece with these simple paper trees. Cut three paper circles, each 1/2 inch larger than the previous from decorative paper. Fold each circle in half four times. Snip the tip of each to make a hole; unfold. Thread the circles onto a wooden skewer, gluing in place if needed.

      For the topper, glue two small shapes together with the top of the skewer in between. Gently poke the skewer through the top of a package to stand.

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      Hanging Ornament Artwork

      Christmas ornaments don't have to be just for your tree -- here they come together from repurposed Christmas cards in homemade artwork. Grab a few old Christmas greeting cards and cut out three different-size circles. For the ornament caps, punch two circles from metallic silver cardstock using a punch. Glue a circle at the top of the small and large ornaments, tucking half of each circle behind the ornament shape. Position ornaments on a sheet of paper; mark positions with a pencil. Cut a length of green ribbon for each ornament hanger; tape the ribbon ends to the paper with double-stick tape. Tape the ornaments in place, and tie a bow from the remaining ribbon. Adhere the bow to the top of the medium-size ornament with crafts glue. Frame the design for a polished look.

      Editor's Tip: Glam up the decoration by adding adhesive gemstones to the ornaments.

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      Modern Advent Calendar

      Elegant, yet rustic, this advent calendar is a fun way to decorate and get your family excited for the holidays. Paint a board and attach it to a vintage window or picture frame. Hang manila shipping tags from cup hooks on the board. You can use a ruler to space the hooks evenly, or trust your eye. Adhere number stickers to the envelopes to help kids count down the days. Each morning, they can hang an ornament from that day's hook.

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      Homemade Holiday Snow Globe

      Snow globes can be found in stores by the dozen. Why not make your own? The trick is to use liquid glycerin -- an ingredient used to make handmade soaps -- available at crafts stores.

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      Handmade Christmas Gifts

      Make the season merrier by crafting a handful of our best homemade Christmas gifts. Including cozy coffee sleeves, ingenius artwork ideas, and personalized home accents, each Christmas gift idea is sure to wow your loved ones.
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