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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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

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Felt Medallion Window Garland

Perk up wintery windows for Christmas with a vibrant garland made of felt medallions and ornaments.

How to Make a Flower Garland

1. Cut six 2-inch and six 1-1/2-inch felt circles. Layer a small and large, with one edge touching.

2. Pinch a set of circles together at the bottom; run a threaded needle through the four layers.

3. Repeat for remaining five petals; knot ends. String finished flowers through centers with a needle and thread to form garland.

How to Make a Medallion

1. Accordion-fold three 8-1/2x11-inch pieces of scrapbook paper, creating 1/2-inch pleats.

2. Fold each piece in half lengthwise; glue center together to form a fan shape. Glue all three together to form a circle.

3. Cut 5- and 3-inch-diameter felt circles. Use scissors to fringe the edges.

4. Gather 1-1/2 inches of tinsel garland into a ball.

5. Glue felt circles and tinsel to the center of the paper medallion. Punch a hole in the top to hang.

How to Make Ornaments

1. Trace a papier-mache disk onto felt, cut out, and glue felt to disk.

2. Use hot glue or crafts glue to decorate with dots from a paper punch, purchased snowflakes, scalloped circles, punched hearts, or felt-covered buttons.

How to Make a Cylinder

1. Cut two pieces of light-color felt (use stiff felt for the top piece) to fit the cylinder, adding 1 inch to length for overlap.

2. Use a scalloped-edge punch to make cutouts on the top piece.

3. Wrap both around the cylinder; glue overlap.

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