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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Christmas Angel and Star Crafts

Bring the spirit of Christmas to your home this holiday season with handmade Christmas angel and star crafts. From ornaments to gift tags, these Christmas crafts will add festive flair to your holiday.

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    • Paper Star Gift Tag

      Spice up simple gift wrapping with this easy silver star. The sparkly gift tag can also be used as a tree topper! Cut out the star (the free pattern appears, below) from thick scrapbook paper and add a tinsel embellishment inside. Tape two lengths of ribbon behind the star to add interest.

    • Sparkling Silver Star Ornaments

      Vintage Christmas bulb protectors, available at flea markets, make beautiful homemade Christmas ornaments. Hot-glue beads or costume jewelry over the bulb opening and then punch a hole at the top for a hanger to make this star craft.

    • Angel Plate Display

      Make an angelic grouping of pretty plates by simply printing off black-and-white images of angels from the Internet. Cut out the pictures and decoupage them to the front of the plates, smoothing the paper to remove air bubbles; let dry.

    • Bright Star Ornament

      Decorate your window or tree with this delicate star ornament craft. Cut the simple shapes from felted wool and embellish with white rayon and metallic embroidery flosses, pearl beads, and crystal accents. Vary the sizes and colors of your ornaments for a pretty display.

    • Angel Cookie Ornament

      Use basic kitchen supplies to make this pretty Christmas craft. Mix 1 cup cornstarch, 2 cups baking soda, and 1 1/2 cup water together in a large pot until smooth. Cover and cook over medium heat until mix is the consistency of dry mashed potatoes; turn off heat. When cool, roll out and cut with an angel cookie cutter. Use a toothpick to make a hole in one of the wings. Bake at 250 degrees until hard. Use icing to decorate. Hang with a string or ribbon for a delicate angel ornament.

    • Jewel Star Ornament

      Bring individuality back into the holidays with these wintry star ornaments. Fun fabric, ribbon, and beads make these Chritmas star ornaments special.

    • Christmas Angel Craft

      They may look like iron sculptures, but this lighter-than-air pair actually is constructed from plastic-foam material that's richly arrayed with a painted-on patina and faux-rust finish. Old costume jewelry, buttons, and other metal motifs create their heavenly ornamentation of these Christmas crafts.

    • Cookie Cutter Star Ornament

      Cookie cutters in two sizes team up for a superstar ornament. Dangle the smaller cutter from cording tacked with hot glue from the star top. Trim the edge with contrasting cording and top with a floppy bow.

    • Candlelight Angel Craft

      The Christmas blessing is conveyed in a gold painted and cut-paper altarpiece that glows warmly in the candlelight. Add a hint of extra ethereal flair to this angel craft by decorating your candle with gold paint.

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      Simple Star Wreath

      Dress up a plain evergreen wreath by attaching a big silver star to the center using floral wire. Find the star at retail store or make your own by painting a wooden star form. Tie berry sprigs and pinecones to the wreath using floral wire for seasonal color.

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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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