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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Easy-to-Make Christmas Centerpieces

Make your Christmas table shine with these easy ideas for festive centerpieces.

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    • Easy Ornament Centerpiece

      Elegance needn't come in a frilly, fussy package. This graceful tablescape comes together with the most basic of elements. Stack glass ornaments in a pyramid formation on top of a compote, adhering the ornaments to each other with scrapbooking glue dots. Surround the centerpiece with more red accents -- ornaments on top of candlesticks and a few red votive cups.

    • Centerpiece Under Glass

      Accent Christmas red with a favorite color, such lime green or turquoise (as shown here), for a colorful holiday centerpiece. Paint a peat pot your desired color and let dry. Create a gift box design on coordinating scrapbook paper and glue to the front of the peat pot. Place a miniature poinsettia plant inside a plastic sandwich bag and place inside the peat pot. (You may need to remove extra soil from around the roots so it will fit in the pot.) Cover the top with shaved soap or purchased coconut for a fresh-snowfall effect. Place the pot in a small dish, beneath a cloche decked out in matching ribbon.

    • Ribbon Runner

      Run lengths of ribbon down the center of your table to wake up a crisp white tablecloth. Accent ceramic vases by wrapping them with a length of ribbon, and tie a bow around a square glass vase filled with ornaments.

    • Wrapped-and-Stacked Centerpiece

      Stack monochromatic boxes, all in various patterns, on top of a footed cake plate for this centerpiece. Top the tower with a bow and a length of ribbon trailing down on each side. Secure the ends of the ribbon tails to the underside of the cake plate.

    • Video: How to Make an Easy Holiday Centerpiece

      Watch this video for step-by-step instructions on how to make this easy holiday centerpiece.

    • Sleigh Ride Centerpiece

      Elevate your centerpiece with a handsome vintage sled. Top with an assortment of cloches, ornaments, and greenery. After the holidays, keep the sled, but replace the Christmas-theme accents with winter wares, like white pillar candles in glass hurricanes surrounded by faux snow.

    • Holiday Gifts Centerpiece

      Pretty presents aren't just for placing under the tree. Wrap empty boxes to look like gifts and decorate with a few embellishments to use in a centerpiece. These boxes are decorated with pom-poms, buttons, bows, and jingle bells, and finished with dramatic bows. Display the final products on wide candlesticks intended for pillar candles.

    • Sequin Shimmer

      Combine crafts store staples to create these fun tree centerpieces. Start with a plastic-foam cone and an assortment of sequins. Thread the sequins onto corsage pins and stick into the cone, covering it completely. Experiment with layering multiple sequins on one pin. You can also use straight pins, instead of the pearl-head corsage pins.

    • Greetings from Nature

      For a centerpiece that is festive yet natural, arrange twigs in a ceramic pitcher and tie greeting cards to the branches. Weave a length of rickrack through the branches for an extra flourish.

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      A Walk in the Woods

      Create an enchanted forest of paper trees using our free pattern and two sheets of letter-size white cardstock. Fold the two sheets of cardstock in half lengthwise. Use a pencil to trace the tree shape from the pattern onto each piece of cardstock, making sure the fold is in the same center location for each. Cut out the trees with a crafts knife. Stack the two tree shapes together, pierce the center fold with a needle, and sew the trees together with white thread. Position the four sides so the trees stand.

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      Pinecone Tabletop Wreath

      A tabletop wreath -- festive on an entry table -- also can serve as a centerpiece base on a buffet table.

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      Cover Up

      Make a vase filled with evergreens more stunning by covering it with fresh flowers. Remove the heads from roses or other seasonal flowers and then hot-glue them to a glass vase or other vessel.

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      Bowl of Bulbs

      Let there be light! Tuck a candle into a bowl of Christmas bulbs. Look for the old-fashioned strand of bulbs. Then coordinate your holiday decor by mixing and matching the candle and bulb colors.

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      Decorative Balls

      These decorative balls fashioned from red, green, and white Christmas light bulbs make a delightful low centerpiece when grouped en masse in a bowl along with a few glass ball ornaments.

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      Carnation Centerpieces

      These three wreaths are easy to make with florist's foam wreath bases, pearl ornaments, and scarlet carnations. Add glass hurricanes and ivory-color candles for classic Christmas centerpieces.

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      Pinecone Display

      Decorate for the holidays with the beauty of nature. Showcase pinecones under glass to create a unique display.

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      Tiered Tray

      Take the holidays to new heights. Use a tiered tray to display seasonal treasures.

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      Easy Rose Arrangement

      Turn roses, greenery, and a florist's foam-filled container into a beautiful holiday centerpiece. It's a versatile project that can be created in various colors and sizes to suit your table and your container.

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      Easy & Easier

      Take one clear glass bowl. Add spectacular ornaments with a color and style theme. The result? Pure genius that's easy as can be.

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      Easy Vase & Tray Decor

      Take a look at this simple way to add elegance to your dinner table or sideboard.

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      On Display

      Vintage tree toppers take center stage when grouped into an antique candleholder. Be sure to secure the toppers with temporary adhesive that won't damage the ornament.

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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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