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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Festive Red & White Gift Wrapping Ideas

Presentation counts! Top a holiday gift in festive flair with simple paper embellishments.

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    • Pretty Gift Wrapping Ideas

      Paper garnishes -- from shapely flowers to ornate stamped medallions -- give any gift extra impact. Nontraditional containers, such as tubes and wooden boxes wrapped in coordinating papers and trimmings, make gifts more special. We'll show you how to make them.

    • Gift Container with Hanging Paper Flowers

      Give a wine-bottle holder new life with pretty trim and hanging flowers.

      To make the gift container, follow these steps:

      1. Wrap decorative paper around the lower third of a balsa-wood wine-bottle holder or similar container, adhering with hot glue or double-sided tape.

      2. Thread a piece of yarn through punched holes in two paper flowers. Knot ends to keep yarn in place.

      3. Tape or hot-glue the yarn to the top of the container, letting the paper flowers dangle.

      4. Wrap ribbon around the top of the container.

      Next, learn how to make the paper flowers.

    • How to Make Paper Flower Gift Embellishments

      To make a paper flower gift embellishment, follow these steps:

      1. Cut same-size strips of decorative paper.

      2. Tape ends of individual strips together for looped petals.

      3. Use double-sided tape to adhere petals side by side, forming a circle.

      4. Tape or glue punched shapes to the flower center.

    • Bonus Paper Flower Idea

      Love making paper flowers? Use them as tree ornaments as well as gift wrap. Simply add a loop of string or yarn and hang.

      Next, see paper bow embellishments.

    • Gift Box with Paper Bow Embellishments

      Make the container part of the gift -- a sturdy little box looks great decorated with pretty paper and paper bows.

      To make the gift box, follow these steps:

      1. Cut decorative paper to fit around the sides of a small wooden box with a lid. Adhere the paper with double-stick tape or hot glue.

      2. Attach a paper bow to the center of the lid.

      Next, learn how to make a paper bow.

    • How to Make Paper Bow Embellishments

      To make a paper bow, follow these steps:

      1. Cut four same-size strips of decorative paper.

      2. Tape the ends of a strip together in the middle, overlapping slightly. Repeat for remaining strips.

      3. Crisscross the four taped strips to form the bow, adhering with hot glue in the center of each layer.

      4. Glue or tape punched shapes to the center of the bow. For a button center, glue or use a needle and a strand of embroidery floss to stitch through the layers.

    • Stackable Gift Box with Big Flower Bow

      Think flower power on this one: Topped with a big bloom, this package is sure to make someone smile. The "box" is actually two stacked trays -- oh, so clever!

      To make the gift box, follow these steps:

      1. Purchase two small wooden trays.

      2. Adhere decorative paper cut to fit the outside bottom of one tray using hot glue.

      3. Insert gift, then flip the tray with the decorative paper upside down and stack it on the other tray to form a box.

      4. Wrap the box with wide ribbon, threading it through the tray handles to secure the two trays. Tape the ribbon ends on the bottom of the bottom tray.

      5. Attach a paper flower bloom to the top. If desired, tape the hanging loop in one of the handles.

      Next, learn how to make the paper flower bow.

    • How to Make a Big Flower Bow Gift Embellishment

      To make a big flower bow gift embellishment, follow these steps:

      1. Cut same-size strips of decorative paper.

      2. Tape ends of individual strips together to make looped petals.

      3. Use double-sided tape to adhere petals side by side, forming a circle.

      4. Tape or glue punched shapes to the center of the bloom.

      5. Punch a hole in a top petal and thread string, yarn, cording, or embroidery floss through the hole for a hanging loop.

    • Small Gift Container with Stamped Flower Embellishment

      A small wood container with a see-through lid offers a way to preview what's inside.

      To make the gift container, follow these steps:

      1. Wrap decorative paper around the bottom of a small balsa-wood container, adhering with hot glue or double-sided tape.

      3. Tape or hot-glue ribbon to the lid of the container.

      4. Attach a stamped flower to the lid.

      Next, learn how to make a stamped flower.

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      How to Make Stamped Flower Gift Embellishments

      To make a stamped flower embellishment, follow these steps:

      1. Stamp a large flower or snowflake stamp onto white cardstock several times, each with a different color of ink.

      2. Cut out the stamped designs and layer them as desired. Cut out an ornament shape from the layers.

      3. Decorate the center of the ornament with small punched shapes.

      4. Punch a hole in the top of the ornament and string with embroidery floss.

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      Slide-Out Gift Container with Stamped Ornament Embellishments

      Wrap decorative paper around a drawer organizer for a clever container that can hold cookies and more goodies.

      To make the slide-out gift container, follow these steps:

      1. Cut decorative paper or wrapping paper to fit around a rectangular drawer organizer.

      2. Fill the container with a gift, then wrap the two long sides, leaving the short sides unwrapped. Secure the paper on the bottom using tape.

      3. Wrap ribbon around the center, adhering on the bottom using tape.

      4. Tie two stamped paper ornaments onto the ribbon.

      Next, learn how to make the ornaments.

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      How to Make Stamped Ornament Gift Embellishments

      To make a stamped ornament embellishment, follow these steps:

      1. Stamp a large snowflake or medallionlike stamp onto white cardstock several times, each with a different color of ink.

      2. Cut out the stamped designs and layer them as desired. Cut out an ornament shape from the layers.

      3. Decorate the center of the ornament with small punched shapes.

      4. Punch a hole in the top of the ornament and string with embroidery floss.

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      Bonus Ornament Idea

      Layer the stamps differently for a fresh look. Change the location of the punched shapes, as well (this one's near the top by the hole-punch) to customize the look.

      Next, see 3-D gift embellishments.

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      Gift Wrap with Pop-Up Paper Trees

      Parasol-inspired trees turn a plain package into a 3-D wonderland.

      To wrap the box, follow these steps:

      1. Wrap a gift with kraft paper.

      2. Adhere ribbon around the box so it crosses the top in two places.

      3. Add a punched name tag and other punched shapes.

      4. Use an adhesive dot or double-sided tape to adhere a few pop-up trees to the package.

      Next, learn how to make the pop-up trees.

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      How to Make Pop-Up Paper Tree Gift Embellishments

      To make a pop-up tree, follow these steps:

      1. Cut three circles, each 1/2-inch larger than the previous, from decorative paper.

      2. Fold each circle in half four times; snip the tip of each to make a small hole. Unfold to reveal the "pleated" circle.

      3. Thread the circles, largest one first, onto a wooden skewer; glue the undersides in place if needed, and leave space for a topper.

      4. Glue two small shapes back-to-back over the top of the skewer for the topper.

      5. Cut the skewer even with the bottom circle so the tree stands up, or leave some length to poke through a wrapped box.

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      More Gift Wrapping Ideas

      Get more ideas for creating personal, special packages where the fun is in the presentation.

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      Next Slideshow Pretty Christmas Gift Wraps and Bows

      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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