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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Creative Christmas Tree Themes

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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

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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 Snowflake Blanket

Dress up a ready-made afghan with felt snowflakes. This cozy throw is great for a guest room or ideal to give as a heartfelt Christmas present.

What You'll Need

  • 4 yards each of four different blue ribbons, such as 1/4-inch velvet, 1/4-inch light blue grosgrain, 3/8-inch medium blue grosgrain, and 1-inch gray-blue grosgrain
  • 54x60-inch purchased plaid afghan
  • Sewing machine and color coordinating thread
  • Fusible-web transfer paper
  • 1/4 yard each of 36-inch-wide wool felt in white and blue
  • Scissors
  • Paper punch
  • Novelty metallic threads

Download the free snowflake patterns.

How to Make It

1. Download and print the free snowflake patterns.

2. Topstitch two rows of ribbons horizontally and vertically along the plaid lines of the afghan, leaving space between them.

3. For each snowflake, fold a square of the fusible-web transfer paper in half twice. Trace the desired number and size of snowflakes onto the fusible-web paper aligning folds. Fuse to wool felt following the manufacturer's instructions; cut out.

4. Use a paper punch to create extra holes in the snowflakes.

5. Fuse the snowflakes to the afghan. Zigzag-stitch novelty threads as desired on snowflakes to secure them to the afgan.


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