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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Creative Christmas Tree Themes

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Our Best Cookie-in-a-Jar Recipes

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Deck a Christmas Staircase in Two Steps

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Creative Christmas Wreaths

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Genius Christmas Hacks

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Rhinestone-Studded Gift Card Holder

This ribbon-wrapped rhinestone-studded holder is pretty as a package. It's also multifunctioning: Use it to announce the menu of a holiday dinner or to hold a party favor.

What You Need

  • Scallop-edge scissors or pinking shears
  • Matching sewing threads
  • 4-x-6-1/2-inch rectangle of white felt
  • 5/8 yard of 5/8-inch-wide red striped ribbon
  • Decorative rhinestones
  • Fabric glue

How to Make It

  1. Center an 8-inch length of ribbon lengthwise on the white felt rectangle, turning under the ends. Attach ribbon to the felt by sewing down the center of the ribbon.
  2. Fold up 2 inches at the bottom of the felt to form a pocket with the ribbon on the outside. Sew 1/8 inch from the side edges of the pocket. Fold down 1 3/4 inches at the top for the front flap; press lightly. Trim the sides of the gift-card holder with the scallop-edge scissors.
  3. Glue rhinestones onto the front of the holder. Tie a bow with the remaining ribbon and tack to the center top on the front of the holder.
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