Freezer-Friendly Holiday Cookies

These Christmas cookies don't mind waiting around in the cold one bit. Get a leg up on holiday preparations by taking advantage of Christmas cookies' affinity for freezing. Each Santa-special treat can freeze for up to three months.

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Steal This Home's Cottage-Style Decorations!

Warm and welcoming, cottage style is effortless and translates perfectly into the holiday season. Mix old and new for a flexible Christmas decorating style that you can make your own -- here┬┐s how Kelly, the blogger at Talk of the House, shows off her cottage style.

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Christmas Ornament Crafts

Keep these handmade Christmas ornaments for yourself, or use them as one-of-a-kind gifts this holiday season. Each of these 20+ Christmas ornament crafts is easy to make and perfect for this year's Christmas decorating.

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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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Decorated Christmas Trees

The star of your Christmas decorations -- the tree! -- deserves extra attention. Here are four diverse looks you should consider for your tree decorating scheme.

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Pretty Christmas Wreaths

Deck the halls with these gorgeous winter wreaths that will bring holiday cheer to your Christmas decor. Christmas wreaths are often made with fir, but we share alternative wreath supplies that could inspire this year's front door.

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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 Gift Bows and Trims

Dress up a special Christmas gift with one of these simple yet beautiful toppers made with holiday trims and bows.


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    • Felt Mittens

      For special gifts, tie white boxes from a crafts store with fabric and luxurious ribbon and then deck them with felt mittens edged with blanket stitches and topped with buttons.

    • Santa's Helper

      Embellish a pretty package with a keepsake ornament tied in velvet ribbon. Add a gift tag edged with silver glitter for a bit of sparkle.

    • Gnome Gift Tag

      Ready to embellish your tree or identify your gifts, this charming stuffed gnome is easy to create using our downloadable pattern and simple instructions. Choose the version with "Happy Holidays" or inscribe your own wishes on his banner.

    • Nesting Boxes

      Turn a set of gift boxes into a special stacked present by wrapping them together with coordinating ribbon. Top with a grand bow and a sprig of winterberries.

    • Buckle Up

      Add stately elegance to satin and velvet bows with buckles and medallions fashioned from scraps of vintage toile wallpaper. Use pinking shears to give the adornments a decorative edge.

    • Stylish Storage

      The wrap is as much fun as the gift when you package items in a festive-color storage box. Tie the box with ribbon and top with a few sparkling silver ornaments.

    • Lush Gift

      Glue artificial flowers and berries to the lid of a beautiful red box for a gift that's almost too pretty to open. But don't stop there! Imagine pairing roses and small glass balls or amaryllis and snippets of greenery. Be sure to wrap the lid and base of the box separately so the floral decoration remains intact for future use.

    • Peppermint Swirls Ornament

      Well-dressed gifts can be an integral part of the decorating scheme. Here, a peppermint ornament, cleverly hung with a curtain clip, dresses up a simple box. The paper-covered hatbox is accented with a velvet ribbon belted with a rhinestone buckle.

    • Pretty Paper Pinwheel

      Scrapbooking paper printed on both sides twists into a pretty pinwheel for a whimsical package topper.

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      Start at the Top

      A simply cylinder looks picture perfect thanks to a pinwheel of ribbon folded and tucked into the top. Add a rhinestone buckle threaded with satin ribbon around the center of the package.

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      Box It Up

      A lidded box and a handful of ribbons and trims add up to one pretty present. Wrap the box and lid separately and use wide ribbons, layered or crisscrossed, for a bold look. Add a handmade label or adhesive-backed holiday trims for extra flourish.

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      Nature's Bounty

      Bring bits of nature into your holiday home, like tucking sprigs of ivy into the ribbon on wrapped gifts.

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      Go Retro

      Funky colors, prints, and shapes reminiscent of the 60s give a hot retro look to packages. Close a box with a single band of ribbon and add a gift tag cut from coordinating paper and dressed up with self-adhesive gems. For the bag, make a tag by layering white card stock and decorative paper. Stamp a greeting at the bottom of the card stock and fold over the tag. Punch two holes at the top of the bag and attach an ornament by threading ribbon over it and through the holes.

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      Ribbon Frills

      Make one-of-a-kind gift tags using ribbons. Cut and loop lengths of ribbon; adhere to packages with fabrics glue. Attach monogrammed tags fashioned with craft punches.

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      Pretty Packages

      Exquisitely wrapped packages give huge appeal to even the smallest gifts. Wrap the bottoms and lids of plain boxes separately using coordinating paper and white crafts glue. Use a grommet kit to set grommets in the box lids. Satin ribbon, threaded through the grommet and secured with a knot, shapes the unusual handle.

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      Star of the Show

      To turn paper-covered stars into gift toppers, punch holes in the bottom points and thread tinsel through to tie onto packages. Attach embellishments, such as glass beads and jingles, with colorful crafts wire. Twist the ends of the wire for extra whimsy.

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      Dressed to Impress

      'Tis the season for taking a little extra time to show the people on your gift-giving list just how much you care--but it doesn't have to take long. Add a special touch to your present by topping it off with a sparkling piece of costume jewelry.

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      Re-Gifting the Right Way

      Even last year's bows can be recycled. After securing a large bow to a gift, snip each loop open. A pom-pom placed in the center makes it pop.

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      Special Delivery

      For a dramatic statement, top a special gift with a floral display. Wire greens, flowers, and ornaments together and then tie the arrangement atop a gift with ribbon.

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      Wrap and Reuse

      This box is just the right size for homemade cookies in cellophane bags and perfect to reuse as storage for keepsakes. Personalize the box with layered ribbons, bows, and holiday cutouts (like this Christmas tree).

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      Glued On

      Hot glue is the key to creating a package garnish using small florist's picks, beaded clusters, or ornaments. Wire smaller items together first, then glue the cluster to the top of the gift box.

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      Glass Ball Ornament Gift

      Instead of a bow, top a package with inexpensive glass ball ornaments.

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      Odds and Ends Bow

      Put odds and ends to creative use to give a package an elegant look.

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      Jingle Toppers

      Your packages will jingle all the way when you decorate them with bells in assorted sizes.

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      Be Flirtatious

      Rows of red pom-poms add a flirty finish to a cardboard box and lid. It's easy enough for your kids to join in the wrapping fun using self-adhesive paper and pom-pom trim. Try other trims, too, such as jingle bells, faux gems, seashells, and river stones.

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      String and Tiny Trims

      Keep a box of colored twine, string, or ribbons to use on small gifts. Embellish the boxes even more by gluing on miniature trees or tiny wooden cutouts from a crafts store.

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      Pretty Wrapping Paper Blueprints

      Use standard blueprint paper, available at most office supply stores, and holiday stencils to create the blueprint wrapping paper. Stencil the designs onto the blueprint paper with a pen or pencil; cut out the designs and attach them to either white wrapping paper or plain white gift boxes. Use blue and white ribbons to complete the wintry look.

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      Papier-Mache Gift Boxes

      Spin Christmas carols around colorful papier-mache gift boxes and give them a whirl with gifts inside.

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      Southwest Style

      Match gifts to your home's Southwestern decor with pretty trims inspired by the area. Use brown wrapping paper and then add trims such as belt buckles, feathers, and turquoise.

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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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