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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Gifts to Buy for Hipsters

Though hipsters rarely admit to actually being hipsters -- they're just trying to be themselves -- you'll be able to pick them out by their oversize tops, skinny pants, Fedoras, and retro sneakers. They're counter-culture, progressive, intelligent, creative, and can be challenging to shop for. Here are six gift ideas for the hipsters in your life.

  1. You Had Me at Mustache: Mugs, wine openers, T-shirts, posters -- if it has a mustache or beard, your hipsters will adore it. And the crazier the mustache, the more unique the mustache, the bigger the mustache -- you get the idea.
  2. Look to the Stars: Celebrities like Zooey Deschanel, Ryan Gosling, and James Franco have this indie-movement thing down. Check out what hipster celebs are wearing, doing, writing, reading, and listening to for easy gift inspiration.
  3. Hats Off to You: Fedoras, slouchy beanies, derbies, trilbies, and wide brimmed sun hats are the signature headpieces to complete the ultimate hipster style. Local menswear clothing stores should have top-notch collections as well as go-to stores, such as Urban Outfitters and American Apparel.
  4. Get Thrifty with It: "Hipsterism" may be a state of mind, but it's also often intertwined with a distinct fashion sense. Hipsters are often seen wearing vintage and thrift store-inspired fashions, tight-fitting jeans, old-school sneakers, and thick-rim sunglasses. Hit local thrift stores to see if there are any good finds for your hipster friends.
  5. Feed Creativity: Hipsters value independent thinking, progressive ideas, and have an appreciation for art, creativity, and intelligence. Determine what your hipsters' creative outlets are and help them express themselves. Do they like to draw? Get them art supplies. Do they like to create music? Get them computer applications that help them record at home or a higher-quality instrument.
  6. Better Beats: Alternative indie rock is the music behind the movement, and those tiny earbuds just won't do the trick when it comes to living through the tunes. Give the gift of music anywhere and everywhere with loud, ear-covering, retro-modern headphones in colors that fit their styles.

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