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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Santa Claus Christmas Crafts Ideas

While eagerly awaiting the arrival of Santa Claus, get ready with these fun Christmas crafts featuring Jolly Old Saint Nick. From colorful Christmas wreaths to festive holiday pillows, we have the best Santa Claus crafts to dress up your home!

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    • Santa Christmas Cards

      The gifts are all bought and wrapped. Now it's time to get crafty with the cards! Our Santa suit version is adorable and easy to make. Add white scallop-edge strips to a red gatefold card base. To make the sparkly silver buckle, use two sizes of square punches and layer the resulting frame over a strip of black cardstock.

    • Santa Wreath

      Greet rosy-cheeked guests with a showstopping holiday wreath featuring old Saint Nick. Bright assorted glass ornaments add playful pops of color to the wreath, while a large red ribbon makes a bold statement. To make, simply hot-glue the materials onto a store-bought evergreen wreath, then display for all to see.

    • Santa Votive Candles

      Use basic glass votive holders to cast a holiday glow across your tabletop. To decorate, purchase puffy Santa stickers from your local crafts or scapbooking store. Dot clear glass votive candleholders with the Santa stickers and other Christmas-motif stickers, such as stars, snowflakes, snowmen, reindeer, or packages, to create an adorable holiday scene.

      Editor's Tip: Create a tabletop vignette by arranging three or more Santa-embellished votive holders on a clear-glass plate or shallow dish. Surround the votives with gold jingle bells, tiny ornaments, decorative Christmas candies, or colorful lightbulbs.

    • Santa Book Ornament

      Trim your tree with the classic Santa image depicted in The Night Before ChristmasTo make the tiny book ornament, print and cut out the book-front image, available below. Glue to the right-hand side of a 6x4-inch piece of solid-color cardstock; fold cardstock in half to make a 3x4-inch card. Fold four pieces of 6x4-inch parchment paper in half. Glue crease of each piece to inside center of folded cardstock to resemble pages. Glue a narrow ribbon loop to inside crease for hanger.

      Editor's Tip: Replicate this look with your favorite holiday image. Choose a vintage image or copyright-free graphic, and follow the ornament instructions. Images with the appearance of a book cover work best. 

    • Santa Tart-Tin Wall Display

      Tiny tart tins make the leap from cookware to cheery Santa-theme wall decor. Painted, glittered, and joined with metal jump rings, the three tins earn festive status with holiday chipboard centers.

    • Santa Claus Banner

      Wave a flag for Santa's favorite season. Reuse Christmas cards featuring the jolly old elf's image in a festive banner. Choose a single Santa image or string different depictions for an eclectic view of the season's familiar gift giver. Add printed or handwritten sentiments between ribbon-hung Santas for a banner that expresses your personal holiday perspective.

    • Santa-Hat Place Cards

      Welcome Christmas guests to your table with Santa-hat place cards. All you need to make them is tracing paper, glitter felt, glue, pins, and a gold jingle bell. The glittery fur-trim hats also make great party favors.

    • Watch: How to Fold a Santa-Hat Napkin

      Make a jolly Santa-hat napkin for your Christmas table with this easy napkin-folding technique.

    • Santa Claus Snack Container

      Store your holiday goodies in a festive Santa Claus container. Cut scrapbooking paper into the following shapes: a mustache, a hatband, and a Santa hat. Adhere the cutouts to the top of a large flat plastic container using a glue stick. Using crafts glue, attach a cotton ball to the tip of the hat and a group of cotton balls underneath the mustache to create a beard. Fill the container with cheese puffs or another favorite Christmas snack.

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      Old-World Santa Pillow

      A throw pillow featuring Santa Claus is a fun and easy Christmas craft. With soft fabrics and fancy trims, this old-world Santa applique will add classic (and cozy) charm to your Christmas decor.

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      Plush Santa Ornament

      Plush fur trimmings and a brocade hat and body make this Santa an exquisite Christmas tree ornament. Follow our simple instructions to learn how to craft your very own!

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      Santa and Rudolph Finger Puppets

      These darling Santa Claus and Rudolph finger puppets are sure to please a young audience this Christmas. To make Santa, wrap a rectangular piece of red felt around a dime coin wrapper; glue in place. Add a shorter layer of red felt for Santa's coat, gluing at the top and making a slit in the front as shown. Cut small pieces of white and black felt for his collar, coat trim, belt, and button; adhere the pieces using crafts glue. Glue a wooden bead (available at crafts stores) to the top of the coin wrapper; let dry. Attach a piece of white pipe cleaner for Santa's beard and a cut out for his mustache. Draw Santa's eyes onto the wooden bead. Sew a hat using red and white felt and a white pom-pom, and glue the hat to the top of Santa's head.

      Editor's Tip: Follow similar steps to create Santa's favorite reindeer, referring to the photo for felt colors and embellishments.

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      Santa and Rudolph

      Use a windowsill to capture this scene straight from the North Pole -- Santa hanging out with his reindeer pal, Rudolph, on a snowy landscape. The twig-and-felt figurines are held together with hot glue, but you can sub in crafts glue to make it a kid-friendly craft.

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      Jolly Holiday Pillow

      This Santa has all the must-have characteristics of jolly St. Nick: fluffy beard, twinkling eyes, rosy cheeks, and a red hat with jingle bells. 

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      Saint Nick Figurine

      The patina of this Santa gives him an aged look, but painted polka dots and stripes give the sculpture modern appeal. Follow our step-by-step instructions for molding, sculpting, and painting this keepsake trinket box.

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      Santa Mini Pillows

      A few wool scraps, festive yarn, and floss make for darling Santa (and holiday icon) pillows. Plus, we have pattern downloads to make it easy! Adorn them on your tree or add them to a cozy pinecone centerpiece. Either way, these mini pillows are sure to make a cheery statement. 

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      Chipboard Star Santa Decoration

      What you'll need: Two chipboard stars (one big, one litte), glitter scrapbook paper, sheet music, a Santa face, glue, a red ink, and scissors.

      This shimmering chipboard star will add a vintage vibe to your Christmas decor. To make, first trace the big chipboard star onto glitter scrapbook paper, cut out, and glue onto the chipboard star. Trace the little star onto sheet music, cut out, and glue to chipboard star. Ink the edges of the star and blend towards the center. Let dry. Adhere the little star to the big star using adhesive dots. Next, glue a Santa face onto the little star. Once dry, glue a banner-shape cut from scrapbook paper across Santa's beard. Add a cheery holiday sentiment to the banner.  

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      Santa and Pal Pillow

      Jolly Old Saint Nick and a baby bluebird meet in this cheery holiday pillow. The darling duo, made with felt fabrics and simple embroidery, make a whimsical pair for this cozy decoration.

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      Needle Punch Santa Portrait

      Use our free pattern and a purchased needle punching kit (from a crafts store) to create this classic portrait of Father Christmas. Feature the handcrafted decor on your fireplace mantel or in your home's entryway for a cheery welcome.

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      Santa-Medallion Stocking

      Get ready for Santa's big appearance with a stocking featuring none other than the big guy himself centered on a pleated medallion. Sew a pretty stocking from silk (with our free pattern) and embellish it with pleated paper medallions and Santa scrapbooking stickers.

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      Santa Card

      Send warm holiday wishes with a card handcrafted from paper and antique-inspired scrapbooking supplies. Or for the real deal, scout out vintage cards from flea markets and antiques shops, and use in place of the scrapbooking materials.

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      Santa Applique Stockings

      Lots of little pieces come together to make this stunning stocking, and we have patterns for all of them. Download the free patterns and start by working one area at a time. Cut out the pieces for one section, applique, and embellish, then move on to the next area. That way, you won't have to keep track of lots of small pieces.

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      Cozy Santa Christmas Blanket

      New to applique? Try this easy holiday project. It starts with a premade blanket and involves bigger pieces, which are easier to work with. Machine stitching means you can whip it up in no time.

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      Santa Claus Belted Throw Pillow

      Giving your home Santa-inspired flair is simple. Just add a black ribbon and an O-ring belt buckle to a pillow to create the look of Santa's belt. We used this glitzy holiday pillow, but a plain red pillow would work well, too. Thread the ribbon through the buckle and sew the ends into the seams of the pillow. Sew white fluffy trim (available at fabrics stores) around the edges for a festive Santa Claus craft.

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      Santa Claus Mouse Ornament

      Create an ornament featuring an adorable mouse dressed as Santa Claus. Made from fabric, wire, and a spoon, this fun Christmas craft will add Christmas cheer to any room.

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      Santa Claus Paper Ornament

      Top a Christmas gift with this fun Santa paper ornament. Using the patterns, cut a chimney and hat from red construction paper; the chimney top, beard, mustache, and hat trim from white; face from cream; and mittens from green. Draw bricks on the red chimney with gold glitter glue and let dry. Layer pieces to make Santa's hat and face, and use marking pens to draw his facial features. Spread glue on Santa's hat trim, beard, and mustache, then sprinkle with white glitter. Do the same for the mittens and sprinkle with green glitter. Once dry, glue the pieces in place as shown. Glue a jingle bell to the top of the hat, and place a holly sticker on the chimney. Punch a hole in the top of the hat and thread a ribbon through for hanging.

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      Santa-Inspired Christmas Cards

      Make Christmas cards inspired by Santa's suit using red and white construction paper, black ribbon, and glitter. Fold red construction paper into 4x6-inch cards. Glue a black ribbon across the center of one card for Santa's belt, and add a frame-shape buckle made from black construction paper and gold glitter. Make a Santa-hat card by gluing a 2-inch strip of white construction paper to the bottom of a red card. Run a glue stick over the white section and sprinkle with white glitter, then adhere a red triangle as shown to create the look of a folded-over hat. Finally, attach a round piece of white paper covered in glitter to the bottom tip of the triangle.

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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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