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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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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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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Quick & Easy Holiday Crafts

Break out your basic crafting supplies and quickly create beautiful Christmas decorations for your home and to give as gifts.

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    • Casual Dining Christmas Style

      Cute Christmas towels cheer up casual dining chairs for the holiday season. Simply stitch the short ends of two towels together, and add slits to thread ribbon through for ties. Drape the stitched towel over a chair, thread the ribbons through the slits, and tie the ribbon into bows.

    • Holiday Forest Display

      Create a tabletop forest of pretty Christmas trees. Roll patterned papers in shades of green around plastic foam cones; glue into place. Hot-glue sparkling bead atop each tree.

    • Wintry Hurricanes

      Give basic glass hurricanes a winter wonderland makeover with large snowflakes. Use strips of white tape and round white stickers to create snowflake patterns on the outside of the hurricanes. Add 3-D dot stickers to the snowflake designs. To make the display pop, nestle the hurricanes in a tray of colorful Christmas ornaments and sparkly tinsel.

    • Christmas Greeting

      Coordinated papers make this garland pretty, and a simple message exudes holiday warmth. Our three-part garland spells "JOY," but the paper pieces are so easy to make, you can easily craft and spell any sentiment your heart desires.

    • Twig Door Decoration

      Shake up your traditional wreath with this bundle version. Gather a bunch of thin sticks and wrap a wide rubber band around the base. Tuck one branch of greenery (we used eucalyptus) inside the rubber band for a dash of Christmas color. Wrap a ribbon around the top to hide the rubber band and to use as a hanger. Display the wreath above your mantel or on a door.

    • Cheery Stockings

      Embellish stockings with old family photographs for a vintage vibe and a link to Christmases past.

    • Christmas Place Setting

      Give basic napkins holiday flair. Punch a hole in a Christmas paper coaster, thread metallic cord through it, and tie it around a folded napkin. Add jingle bells to the ends of the cord and tuck in a sprig of artificial greenery.

    • Cozy Snowflake Blanket

      Guard against a brisk winter draft with this soft blanket. Start with a ready-made afghan and embellish with pretty felt snowflakes. Make this simple blanket as an extra layer for overnight guests or to give as a Christmas present.

    • Christmas Cornucopia

      Adapt the Thanksgiving cornucopia for the Yuletide. This pretty paper cone is trimmed with stylish embellishments. Hang it from the tree as an ornament or a cabinet knob for decoration, or fill it with candy and give as a Christmas present to a coworker or friend.

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      Paper-Chain Garland

      Recreate a favorite elementary school craft in a sophisticated way for your tree. Cut strips of patterned paper to match your decor, match the ends to create a loop, and tape the overlapping ends together. Thread another strip through the loop, bring the ends together and tape. Continue in this manner until the paper chain is your desired length. Use the paper chain as garland for your Christmas tree, mantel, or stairway.

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      Gingerbread Man Cookie Jar

      You can paint just one friendly fellow or a whole brigade to march across your container.

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      Bejeweled Napkin Ring

      Repurpose old brooches and other jewelry pieces as creative napkin rings. Cut a length of ribbon to fit around a napkin; glue the ends together and let dry. Pin a brooch to the ribbon. Slip the ribbon around a folded napkin and wait for dinner guests to be dazzled.

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      Silver Bells

      Give your table some bling this Christmas with silver-leaf fruit and plenty of shiny baubles. To make these silver pomegranates, paint artificial fruit with sizing adhesive, apply sheets of silver leaf, and burnish with a clear, dry brush. For a sparkling surround, hot-glue buttons and rhinestones to a slender wreath form and place on the table. Fill juice glasses with small silver beads and top with shiny pomegranates.

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      Winter Wonderland

      Customize snow globes easily and affordably. Start with a snow globe that is designed with a photo insert. Insert a photo, vintage postcard, or picture from a children's Christmas book cut to fit inside the snow globe. Or get a little wordy and type the lyrics to a favorite Christmas song or poem and size to fit inside. If you're hosting a Christmas party, use the snow globes as place cards by writing guests' names on cards and inserting them into the globes.

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      Ribbon Candy Ornament

      Replicate the classic Christmas sweet in ornament form. These easy-to-make tree ornaments are reminiscent of colorful and intricate ribbon candy. You can quickly create dozens for your tree, or use them as Christmas gift toppers.

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      Christmas Bird Ornament

      Invite a flock of cheery birds into your home for the holidays. Exercise your sewing skills with these easy-to-make stuffed ornaments. Search online for copyright-free clip art and use iron-on transfer paper to transfer the image to fabric.

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      Christmas Crackers

      Make these simple Christmas crackers to use as stocking stuffers or holiday party favors. For each cracker, cut a 5-inch length from a wrapping paper or paper-towel tube. Cut a 10x10-inch square from wrapping paper. Center the tube on the paper and wrap the paper around the tube. Tape along the edge of the paper to secure. Tie one end closed with a length of cord tied in a bow. Fill the tube with small gifts or wrapped candies, then tie the opposite end closed in the same manner.

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      Tins All Trimmed

      Tins can be used as tidy treat containers, gracious gifts, and even delightful decorations.

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      Wine Wrap & Tags

      Create holiday cheer with this little gift wrap and tag project that promises big delight.

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      Polka-Dot Picture Frame

      Include a favorite picture to make this gift even more memorable.

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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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