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

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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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How to Make a Chrysanthemum Bow

Bows add polish to packages, wreaths, and all kinds of holiday decorating, and these beauties do it with ease.

Chrysanthemum Bow

It's easier than you think to make a perfect bow. With some ribbon, cutting, and fluffing, you can recreate this chrysanthemum bow.

Step 1

Form a ribbon circle that's approximately the width of your bow. Ours measures about 5 inches. Continue winding ribbon around for the number of loops you want. We wound our ribbon 9 times.

Step 2

Flatten the loops. Using scissors, make diagonal cuts at each corner.

Step 3

Refold the flattened loops, matching the notches in the center. Firmly tie a thin piece of ribbon or wire around the center.

Step 4

Make evenly spaced, narrow cuts into the loops. Then, working on one side of the bow, pull out the innermost loop and twist it to the right. Pull out the next innermost loop and twist it to the left. Continue in this way until all loops on one side have been twisted. Repeat for the other side of the bow.

Step 5

Arrange the loops as needed to make your bow. Use the thin ribbon or wire ends to attach the bow to your project. Note: Use only nonfraying ribbon for this bow.

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