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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Christmas Food Gifts: Recipes & Wrapping Ideas Featuring Glassware

Give a delicious homemade food gift this Christmas, all packaged in a pretty piece of glassware. Browse our wrapping ideas featuring vases, baking dishes, and more. Plus, each package idea come with a recipe suggestion to fill it.

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    • Santa's Belt-Wrapped Jar for Cookies

      A wide ribbon and a small picture frame form a reproduction of the belt of the jolliest Christmas elf of all.

      1. Thread a wide ribbon through the front of a small, glittery picture frame with the glass removed. Using crafts glue, secure the ribbon around a wide-mouth glass jar with a lid.

      2. Arrange your gifting treats in the jar.

      3. Tie a gift tag to the top of the lid with a colored string. See the next slide for a materials list.

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    • Santa's Belt-Wrapped Jar for Cookies Supplies

      What You'll Need:
      Wide ribbon, small picture frame, crafts glue, wide-mouth glass jar with lid, plain gift tags, colored string or twine

      Tip:
      If you can't find a glitzy frame, add a little sparkle of your own with some colorful glitter. Spread crafts glue lightly over the frame, sprinkle with glitter, and let it dry before threading it on the ribbon.

    • Scarf-Wrapped Teapot for Hot Tea Mix

      A miniature knit scarf wrapped around a teapot is a tangible symbol of the warmth your loved one will feel when sipping the fruit-and-spice hot tea mix inside.

      1. Fill a glass teapot with our recipe below and tie a miniature knit scarf, ribbon, or piece of fabric around the top of the teapot lid to resemble a scarf.

      2. Using twine, tie four tea bags together, add a gift tag, and tie the bags to the handle of the teapot.

      3. Include the directions for making the tea. See the next slide for a materials list.

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    • Scarf-Wrapped Teapot for Hot Tea Mix Supplies

      What You'll Need:
      Glass teapot; scarf, ribbon, or fabric scrap; twine; tea bags; gift tag

      Tip:
      This recipe makes enough mix for four gifts, but if you don't have four tea-lovers on your gift list, save the remaining mix for your own sipping enjoyment.

    • Easy Ribbon Wrap for Jar of Candy Mix

      Stencil-cut ribbon makes a fun and festive wrap for a jar.

      1. Layer the candy mix into a 1-quart glass canister or jar.

      2. Wrap wide, stenciled ribbon around the center of the jar and secure ends with fabric glue.

      3. Include the directions for making the treats inside. See the next slide for a materials list.

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    • Easy Ribbon Wrap for Jar of Candy Mix

      What You'll Need:
      1-quart glass canister or jar with lid, stenciled ribbon, fabric ribbon

      Tip:
      A wide-mouth canning funnel is perfect for adding the ingredient layers to the jar. Once a layer has been added, give the jar just a gentle shake to level the ingredients.

    • Towel Wrap for Casseroles

      A gift to eat and a gift to keep -- a flour sack-style dishtowel makes a great wrap for a casserole of any kind.

      1. Bake the casserole in a 2-quart baking dish. Once cool, wrap a festive flour sack-style dishtowel around the center of the dish. Tie decorative ribbon and twine around the ends of the fabric to secure; tuck tied ends under the dish.

      2. Attach wooden letters to the twine. For an added splash of color, add some colored plastic forks tied with twine. See the next slide for a materials list.

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    • Towel Wrap for Casseroles Supplies

      What You'll Need:
      2-quart baking dish, holiday dish towel, decorative ribbon, twine, wooden letters, twine, colored plastic forks (optional)

      Tip:
      A tie-on of wooden numbers and letters is an affordable way to add a short, text-message-style message such as "4U." Look for the wooden numbers and letters at a crafts or hobby store.

    • Beaded Vase for Candies

      A colorful string of crafting beads turns a plain vase into a cute holder.

      1. Lay a string 1-inch crafting beads on a flat surface and use a wooden crafts stick to rub press-on letter decals onto each bead to spell out a message.

      2. Tie the string of beads tightly around the center of a small, wide-mouth glass vase or jar. Fill the bottom third of the vase with granulated or coarse sugar.

      3. Arrange candy canes (or a similar tall treat) in the vase, pressing them into the sugar for added support. See the next slide for a materials list.

      Recipe Ideas:

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      Beaded Vase for Candies Supplies

      What You Need:
      1-inch crafting beads on a string, press-on letter decals, glass vase, granulated or coarse sugar

      Tip:
      Go to a scrapbooking store in search of the press-on letter decals. They are usually available in a variety of type styles, so choose one that reflects the personality you want to portray with your gift.

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      Handmade Christmas Gifts

      Make the season merrier by crafting a handful of our best homemade Christmas gifts. Including cozy coffee sleeves, ingenius artwork ideas, and personalized home accents, each Christmas gift idea is sure to wow your loved ones.
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