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

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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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Snowy Paper Christmas Trees

Create a forest of 3-D Christmas trees from cardstock triangles sewn together and dusted with a sprinkling of faux snow.

What You'll Need

  • Tracing paper
  • Scissors
  • White cardstock
  • Pencil
  • Sewing machine
  • White sewing thread
  • Double-sided tape
  • Artificial snow

Download the free tree pattern.

How to Make It

  1. Download the pattern and enlarge to the desired size on tracing paper; cut out.
  2. For each tree, trace three triangle patterns onto cardstock and cut out. Locate the center on the base of one triangle and draw a line from it to the triangle tip.
  3. Stack the three triangles and machine-sew through all layers on the center line. Fold the triangles along the stitched line to form a standing tree.
  4. Evenly fold double-sided tape around the sides of each triangle, working one side at a time. Note: For ease in folding the tape, work with multiple smaller pieces of tape instead of a single long strip.
  5. Sprinkle the taped side with artificial snow and press the snow in place. Continue in this way on all six sides.
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