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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DIY Christmas Decorations

Dress up your home for the holidays with these DIY Christmas decorations. Not only are the seasonal Christmas crafts a unique way to add holiday spirit to your home, but they're just as easy as they are festive. Try one (or all) of our DIY Christmas decorations this holiday season.

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    • Christmas DIY for the Walls: Fringe Christmas Tree

      Festive homemade artwork add a classic, vintage feel to your Christmas decor.

      Make the Christmas decoration:
      Decoupage a canvas with old book pages and glue on crushed velvet fringe in a tree shape. Vintage buttons and beads glued to the fringe become ornaments; an old brooch makes a pretty tree topper.

    • Christmas DIY for Gifts: Photo Gift Tags

      Old and new family snapshots add a meaningful flourish to holiday decor.

      Make the Christmas decoration:
      Print digital photos onto plain white cardstock; cut into decorative shapes and sizes. Punch a hole in the top of the tag and thread cotton twine or ribbon through to attach.

    • Christmas DIY for Gifts: Clay Ornaments

      Get the kids together to help make these DIY Christmas ornaments (Tip: They work just as well as gift decorations!).

      Make the Christmas decoration:
      Use soft modeling clay and let kids cut out with cookie cutters, just as you would with real cookie dough. Poke a hanging hole using a straw; bake according to package directions. When cool and dry, paint and add crafts embellishments as desired. 

    • Christmas DIY for the Walls: Snowflake Wreath

      Perfect for a cold-weather afternoon, this snowflake is made from an inexpensive material: paint sticks.

      Make the Christmas decoration:
      Simply paint the wood pieces, glue together in a snowflake pattern, and secure a few pine branches for contrast. Hang with a pretty ribbon in a complementary color.

    • Christmas DIY for the Table: Simple Pear Centerpiece

      Get step-by-step instructions for creating this easy Christmas centerpiece.

    • Christmas DIY for the Table: Snowflake Decor

      Kids will love cutting out the graphic snowflake shapes of this simple DIY Christmas table decoration made from colored paper napkins.

      Make the Christmas decoration:
      Download our free pattern, place at the napkin's folded corner, trace, and cut out.

    • Christmas DIY for the Mantel: Felted Owls

      Snuggly and lovable, these owls make pretty mantel decorations as well as sweet gifts for kids. Made from wool roving, they are easily accented with different eye-ring colors and body dots.

    • Christmas DIY for the Mantel: Wooden Garland

      Remake simple wooden disks into a snowflake-inspired Christmas garland.

      Make the Christmas decoration:
      Punch snowflakes from colored cardstock and adhere to round wooden disks using crafts glue. Kids will have fun stringing 3/4-inch wooden beads onto perle cotton thread (bigger kids can use a tapestry needle).

    • Christmas DIY for the Tree: Painted Ornaments

      Elegant and artful, these ornaments are simply glass globes dressed up with freehand paint patterns.

      Make the Christmas decoration:
      Use a white paint pen to add swirls, teardrops, and tiny dots to store-bought glass ornaments for a wintry-covered, colorful landscape.

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      Christmas DIY for the Tree: Homemade Ornaments

      Watch our video to learn quick and easy ways to make DIY ornaments to decorate your tree or give to friends and family.

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      Christmas DIY for the Tree: Sweet Gnome Ornaments

      Felted caps and wool roving made into beards are all you need to easily transform nature-walk pinecone finds into quirky Christmas gnomes.

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      Christmas DIY for the Tree: Salt Dough Ornaments

      Salt dough is another popular Christmas DIY project that's both festive and kid-friendly.

      Make the Christmas decoration:
      Start by making the dough: Mix 1/2 cup salt, 1 cup flour, and 1/2 cup water until sticky. Roll it to 1/4 inch thick and cut out snowflake shapes with cookie cutters. Use a straw to punch a hole for hanging. Bake for 4 hours in a 200˚F oven. When cool, let kids draw hearts, squiggles, and dots with a marking pen.

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      Christmas DIY for the Tree: Scandinavian Ornaments

      A collection of pretty, folk-inspired ornaments are striking enough to stand on their own yet simple enough to complement a traditional Christmas tree

      Make the Christmas decoration:
      Cut out three or more layers of felt (matching colors for front and back, complementary hues for visual depth). Hot-glue together if desired, or simply attach with a variety of straight stitches and curlicues. Hot-glue a long ribbon to the top of each ornament for hanging.

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      Learn how to make this wreath and 14 other great DIY decorations, plus get free patterns and complete how-to for all the projects. It's free!

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      Our Best of The Best Christmas Decorations

      Every year we add more outstanding Christmas decorations to our collection, including ornaments, wreaths, garlands, and more. These greatest hits are the best of the best -- our top-liked, top-pinned, and top-visited Christmas decorations of all time. Try one of our absolutely, positively, best-ever Christmas decorations this holiday season.
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