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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Easy Christmas Gift Tags

Be different! Make unique, personalized gift toppers and tags for your friends and family. Create a homemade gift tag, or use our free gift tag downloads to make Christmas gifts look extra special.

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    • Chalk It Up

      The slate background color of this Christmas gift tag gives it a trendy challkboard look. We make this tag extra easy by giving you the printable version. Simply click, print, and tie.

    • Gold Bling

      Wish your loved ones a very merry Christmas with this scallop-edge gift tag with a festive font. Tie it on with a shiny ribbon for a polished look.

    • Handmade Tag

      Maount a plain tag on kraft paper for a neutral background. Then add a tree shape (cut from paper or purchased at a scrapbooking store) to the front with hot glue.

    • Frosty the Snowman

      Create a wintry symbol on a basic gift tag with the familiar shape of a snowman. Stack fuzzy white pom-poms to form the body, and find twigs to make a hat and arms fit for Frosty.

    • Tag, You're It

      A meaningful tag makes a gift more special. To assemble this homespun version, gather a grouping of old family photos and recipe cards. Mix and match and place in a row. Laminate them, leaving enough space between the cards for folding accordion-style.

    • Stamped Holly Tag

      Let kids get in on the joy of wrapping presents by making the gift wrap and trim. Top homespun stamped papers with a tag featuring a similar stamped motif.

    • Stamped Tree Tag

      Use a mix of related stamps to give your hand-stamped papers a designer look. Fashion a matching tag with the stamp mounted on contrasting paper.

    • Sing Along

      Lucky recipients will burst into song when they receive a trio of stacked gift boxes adorned with rhinestone-studded tags. Hot-glue round white tags atop green cardstock circles, then add gems around rub-on letters.

    • What's In a Name?

      Personalize basic white tags with a pretty representation of the recipient's name. Use colored markers to write the name and add pretty designs to the tag. This project is perfect for the kids, too!

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      Red-and-White Tags

      Keep gift-wrapping simple this year by using white paper and making tags yourself. Use rubber stamps, twine, rickrack, pom-poms, and cutouts to dress up plain shipping tags.

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      Plain Tags

      Plain cardboard tags from a stationer's store give you lots of gift tag options. Decorate them with holiday stickers, stamps, or scrapbooking embellishments. We decorated ours with a colorful ribbon and layered two tags for an added color punch.

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      Glittery Snowman Gift Tag

      This bundled-up snowman gift tag makes an impressive presentation. Iridescent glitter and metallic gold detailing provide a bit of glitz, but twig arms and a classic pom-pom hat ensure the tag is suitable for homespun wraps.

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      Pretty Christmas Gift Wraps and Bows

      If you're tired of the same old Christmas wrapping paper, try the look of one of these packages for under your Christmas tree this holiday season. Each design comes with free instructions to DIY gift wrapping at home.
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