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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Our Favorite Electronic Gifts and Accessories

From smartphone storage cases to smart watches, shop for the techie in your life with inexpensive accessories (around $6) up to full-fledged electronics for a few hundred dollars.


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    • Portable Rechargable Speaker Stand

      Take your music on the go with this mini speaker stand. Just plug in your smartphone and listen to music or watch movies for up to 6 hours of rechargable battery life.

    • Android SmartWatch

      This smarter-than-average watch does more than tell time -- it also lets you update your status, check email and text messages, and more.

    • Retro-Theme Alarm Dock

      Bring back the nostalgic style of the wood grain flip clocks to your nightstand. An iPhone running a flip clock app brings new tech to this retro look.

    • Micro Gem Headphones

      Make a fashion statement while listening to music with these copper headphones.

    • Olympus Stylus SP-820UZ iHS Camera

      Snap your best shots with the incredible zoom feature and ultra wide-angle lens on this versatile digital camera.

    • Bamboo Multicharging Station

      Plug up to five electronic devices into this sleek charging station that keeps wires hidden in the base.

    • Portable Body Scale

      This ultracompact, space-saving scale can fit in tiny bathrooms, purses, or bags.

    • iPhone Secret Storage Case

      This handy iPhone case keeps everyday essentials -- phone, money, credit card, ID, and a mirror -- all in one place with a convenient wristlet.

    • Metallic iPad Flip Case

      Protect and camouflage an iPad with this handmade bamboo case, available in an array of bright colors.

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      Two-in-One Emote Stylus and Pen

      One end of the Emote stylus writes smoothly on a tablet; uncap the other end for use on paper.

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      Clever Gifts for the Gardener

      Great for those with outside interests, these garden gifts made Better Homes and Gardens' top list in our December 2012 issue -- and they fall between $6 and $60.
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