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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Creative Christmas Snowflake Crafts

Get your home ready for the Christmas season and all winter has to offer with these easy snowflake crafts. From snowflake wreaths to simple snowflake gift tags, these Christmas crafts shine with holiday spirit.


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    • Christmas Cookie Gift Tag

      Baking during the holidays is always a family favorite, but this year add Christmas cookies to your packages for a special touch. Simply use a snowflake cookie cutter for this design and mark a hole through the top using a wooden skewer before baking. Tie to a package right before delivery for a fresh surprise.

    • Felt Snowflake Coasters

      Contrasting felt (for the base, felt coasters, for the snowflakes, felt sheets) make stunningly simple holiday accents. Our free download offers five snowflake designs that you can cut and glue to create unique coasters.

      Get the free snowflake pattern.
    • Crochet Snowflake Crafts

      Just like real snowflakes, each of these intricate crocheted beauties is unique. Stitched in rounds of teal thread, the snowflakes include shimmery silver beads that are passed along the thread as you stitch. Hang in a window and let the lacy patterns shine.

    • Outdoor Christmas-Light Snowflake

      Guarantee a sparkling white Christmas at your house with our easy snowflake Christmas-light covers. Take two store-bought felt snowflakes and cut out the centers to make room for lights to shine through. Glue mini mirrors to the front of one felt snowflake and coil light strands so white lights create a circle in the middle. Hot-glue felt snowflakes together with light coil in between.

    • Wooden Snowflake Garland

      Wherever you choose to hang them, eye-catching wooden disk ornaments on a wooden-bead garland will add wintry charm to your household. The snowflake designs are punched from cardstock and adhered to round wooden disks using crafts glue. To make the beaded garland, use a tapestry needle to thread 3/4-inch wooden beads on perle cotton thread.

    • Wooden Snowflake Door Decoration

      Cast a wintry spell over your front door with a large wooden snowflake made from paint sticks. Tuck a few fresh evergreen branches behind the snowflake and secure them with florist's wire to introduce the sweet scent of pine. A pretty blue ribbon makes hanging this Christmas craft a breeze.

    • Snowflake Table Decor

      Add wintry charm to any dinner table with snowflake decorations made from paper napkins. Simply download our free pattern, place at the napkin's folded corner, trace, and cut out.

    • Glittery Snowflake Wreath

      Get the look of a handmade wreath without all the work -- prepurchased ornaments and a flat foam wreath come together to make this easy snowflake craft. Remove the string hangers from the ornaments and position on the wreath. Once you're satisfied with the arrangement, hot-glue the snowflakes into place. Thread wide ribbon (we layered red on top of white here) through the wreath and hang.

      Editor's Tip: Fiberglass or resin ornaments look especially frosty.

    • Salt-Dough Snowflake Ornaments

      These snowflakes aren't edible, but they'll definitely look oh-so-sweet on your tree. To prepare the dough, mix 1/2 cup salt, 1 cup flour, and 1/2 cup water until sticky. Roll it to 1/4 inch thick and cut out snowflake shapes with cookie cutters. Use a skewer to press a hole for hanging. Bake for 4 hours in a 200˚F oven. When cool, draw hearts, squiggles, and dots with a marking pen.

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      Paper Snowflake Chain

      Decorate a mantel or a buffet table with this icy snowflake chain. Simply cut snowflakes from paper and string them together with white ribbon or string. To make the snowflakes stay in place, adhere to the ribbon using a drop of glue.

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      Snowflake Wreath

      Soft white felt snowflakes, fashioned from our free patterns, encircle a store-bought wreath form. Sprinkle the flakes with glitter for a Christmas decoration that's gorgeous enough to last all winter long.

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      Snowflake Gift Tag

      Add festive flair to any Christmas gift with a snowflake gift tag. Use red cardstock and mini paper snowflakes for an easy-to-make gift decoration. Dress up the package with a red ribbon to match.

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      Snowflake Gift-Card Holder

      Present a gift card with panache using just a few scrapbook supplies. Embellish a chipboard snowflake from a scrapbook or crafts store with stickers and miniature rhinestones. Attach a gift card to the center with repositionable adhesive. To hang on a Christmas tree, glue a looped ribbon to the back.

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      Quilled Snowflake Ornament

      This intricate design looks like a prized architectural find, but the tiny medallion is actually made from thin paper strips that are coiled and pinched to form its dazzling shape. Silver glitter keeps this snowflake craft glistening all winter long.

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      Red-and-White Snowflake Table Runner

      Dress up basic red-and-white table runners by adding embroidered snowflake designs. Lightly sketch the shapes with pencil or use a stencil, and then stitch them with red yarn.

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      Swedish Snowflake Ornaments

      This contemporary take on classic Swedish straw ornaments combines crafts sticks and clothespins with wood rounds to create different snowflake forms. Use baker's twine to hang these snowflake crafts from your Christmas tree this holiday season.

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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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