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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Luscious Homemade Food Gifts

A tasty food gift is the present everyone loves. We have fun food gifts for everyone on your list, including creamy chocolate truffles, Christmas cookies, hot sauce, flavored syrups, and more. And with our cute packaging ideas, they'll be the prettiest gifts under the tree.

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    • Individual Brownie Cheesecakes in Jars

      Combine the best of both worlds with adorable snowman desserts that feature both brownies and cheesecake. Screw lids onto baked and cooled cheesecake jars. Cut off the toe end from one baby sock and wrap the cut end with a length of twine. Glue tiny pom-poms to the twine ends. Slide sock hat over top of the jar lid. Make a small cone-shape nose using a scrap of construction paper; glue to jar. Glue tiny pom-poms for eyes. Stack jars to form a snowman (hot-glue to secure if desired). Adorn bottom jar with pom-poms and ribbon.

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    • Pancake Kit

      A tasty pancake kit can make a surprisingly thoughtful and creative Christmas gift. Package together purchased or homemade pancake mix, a container of milk, pure maple syrup, and fresh fruit. Make identifying tags from twine and cardstock; an unused guest check transforms into an adorable recipe instructions sheet.

    • Christmas Macaroon Mix

      Candied cherries and orange peel spice up our coconut macaroons; pretty embellishments decorate their packaging. Place the disk lid on top of the filled jar, then place a scrapbooking paper circle on top and secure with the rim lid. Twist a white pipe cleaner on each end of a red pipe cleaner. Wrap the pipe cleaners around jar and twist. Label with a sticker.

    • Pecan Pie Slabs

      Reuse a plastic cookie tray from a cookie package to gift our delicious pecan pie bars. Line the bottom of the tray with 3.25 x 2-inch mini paper loaf liners. Fill the liners with bar cookies. Slide the tray into a clear cellophane bag. Enclose the opening by folding over a piece of scrapbooking paper and stapling it to the bag. Attach sticker tags.

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    • Toasted Seasoning Salt

      Did you know that toasting salt in a skillet imparts a smoky flavor? Whip up a big batch of these savory seasoning blends and give them to the meat-lovers in your life.

    • Cookie Decorating Kit

      A cookie decorating kit is the perfect food gift for a family to use together on Christmas Eve. Make a batch of our classic cutout cookies, and package them with sprinkles and frosting. Print our cheery labels for a sweet finishing touch.

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    • Dark Chocolate Candy Bark

      A candy-lover will chow down on this rich chocolate bark. Customize the recipe for your loved one by using their favorite candy bar in the filling. Finish off this sweet food gift with our adorable pup silhouette and lid liner.

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    • Spiced Apple Tea Mix

      Our cozy tea mix features ginger, cloves, and dried apple chips, giving it the taste of apple pie in a cup. Craft a tea kit with paper cups, tea filters, and our cute printable tags.

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    • Pizza Night Kit

      Delight a neighbor or friend with a make-at-home dinner for the evening. Use our recipes for pizza dough and sauce, and tie up bundles of classic pizza toppings. To package this creative gift, use a pizza box and our cute label.

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      Triple-Pepper Hot Sauce

      Three kinds of chile peppers make this hot sauce a perfect food gift for the daredevil in your life. Print our custom labels and tie mild dried chiles to the bottles. 

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      Savory Herb Salt Rub

      A master griller will love our herb-infused custom salt rub, and it's a cinch to make. Package the seasoning mixture in glass bottles, then glue twine in a spiral for a cool top. Wrap burlap and our label around each bottle for a custom finish.

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      Adorable Packaging Tips

      Need a little help in the crafting department? Our video will give you step-by-step instructions on some of our prettiest food gift packages.

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      Triple-Chocolate Truffles

      Plastic boxes, candy cups, and festive fabric are all you need to package these luscious chocolate truffles. It's really all about the decadent milk chocolate-covered truffles inside, anyway.

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      Lemon-Lavender Cookies

      Delight a foodie friend with these delicate lavender cookies. We made cookie sandwiches for easy packing, but you also can spoon the sweet sugar frosting on top. To wrap the cookies, stack them in a paper-lined roll of corrugated cardboard. Place a round of cork at each end and tightly tie the tube with ribbon.

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      Cinnamon Roll Twists

      Great for a post holiday breakfast, this wholesome cinnamon roll recipe features moist potato dough, a spiced cherry-and-pecan filling, and a decadent cream cheese icing. Bake the twist in a disposable foil pan, then add the lid and color to your gift with a wide, festive ribbon.

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      Spicy Lime Pistachio Nuts

      Pistachios lend seasonal green color to this nut mix, but you could easily sub in almonds or cashews. To package, layer two muffin liners to make a sturdy container and add your favorite nut mix. Punch circles from cardstock. Fold down the flaps of the liners to cover the mix, then use a dab of hot glue to seal with a cardstock circle.

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      Flavored Syrups

      These bottled syrups are perfect for adding flavor to cocktails and drinks. We're giving you the recipe for vanilla-jalapeno and pomegranate-rosemary.

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      Cherry-Apricot-Pistachio Baklava

      Baklava makes the perfect food gift because it offers an option other than Christmas cookies. Package the baklava triangles in a holiday tin topped with a magnetic clip and a note from you.

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      Peanut Butter-Toffee Bars

      Individually wrapped in pretty paper and tied with a bit of string, these decadent bars make small but perfect last-minute gifts.

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      Apple-Berry Pie in a Jar

      These sweet mini pies taste as good as they look. Bake the pie in a 1-cup, wide-mouth canning jar. To package, place the cooled pie in a pint-size wooden berry basket. Wrap the basket with red yarn and add a personalized label.

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      Black-and-White Pretzels

      Double-dipped chocolate and vanilla pretzels are a salty-and-sweet food gift that anyone will love. For the packaging, glue scrapbook paper around a potato chip can. Adhere a homemade label to the can using glue, then wrap the can with twine. 

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      Oatmeal Jam Bars

      Surprise your loved ones with a box of luscious berry jam bars. The buttery cream cheese crumble on top will have them clamoring for the recipe. To package the bars, line a gift box with waxed paper and glue ribbon to the top of the box. Write with chalk on a cardstock tag to finish the gift.

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      Spiced Bourbon Cherries

      Everyone loves a good cocktail! These spiced cherries are flavored with bourbon, vanilla, and pepper -- making them a must-have for home mixologists.

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      Cinnamon and Fruit Cookies

      Gift this classic childhood favorite with a grown-up twist for the holidays. A bold dose of cinnamon and dried fruit adds some sophisticated flavor to oatmeal cookies. To package, line a small burlap gift bag with brown parchment paper. Tie the filled bag with ribbon and add a tag.

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      Petite Peppermint Petits Fours

      Need a last-minute gift? Don’t fret. These French-style peppermint cakes have a trick up their sleeve: A frozen pound cake base allows you to put them together in just 30 minutes. Dress them up with paper candy cups and a gift box.

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      Caramel-Apple Bread Pudding

      Individual-size bread puddings are a great hostess gift. Each cup is filled with a fluffy mixture of cinnamon bread and apples; homemade caramel sauce in a mini jam jar adds a decadent drizzle. Package the servings in a disposable foil muffin pan with a lid, and decorate the top of the muffin pan with paper circles and scrapbook stickers.

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      Herbed Nuts in Honey

      Balance the sweetness of honey with salty mixed nuts, black pepper, and fresh marjoram. We love this sauce on ice cream. It'll last up to one month in the fridge.

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      Hazelnut Rocky Road Brownie Mix

      Homemade brownie mix in a jar is a great gift for families. Our recipe features rich cocoa powder, gooey marshmallows, and a layer of crunchy hazelnuts. Pour the ingredients into the jar one by one, and then decorate it for the season. (We used velvet stickers to jazz up the sides of the jar.) For the flower topper, layer a paper tag, a vintage foil flower, and a large button; adhere them together with a few dabs of hot glue.  

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      Sweet Cherry Truffles

      A light dusting of powdered sugar, cocoa powder, and nuts completes these decadent truffles. Made with rich chocolate and whipping cream, the outside is just as good as the juicy cherry center. Package these treats using small paper candy cups and a gift box tied with ribbon.

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      Pumpkin-Sour Cream Coffee Cake with Pecan Streusel

      A crunchy streusel topping adds a festive twist to this brunch favorite. For simple packaging, try an inexpensive basket with a satin ribbon.

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      Vanilla Bean Liqueur

      For a make-ahead gift your friends will love, combine vodka, sugar, and vanilla beans, then store for a month in a cool, dark place. Copy your favorite drink recipe onto a cute card and attach it to this luscious liqueur for a personal touch.

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      Butterscotch Brownies and Deep Chocolate Brownies

      This two-in-one brownie food gift looks lovely in a pretty confection box (available at crafts stores). Alternate brownie squares for a fun checkerboard effect.

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      Homemade Marshmallows

      Light-as-air homemade marshmallows are a treat to give -- recipients can add them to hot cocoa on a chilly night. Wrap the marshmallows in a cellophane bag topped with a small chalkboard gift tag (available at crafts or hobby stores).

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      Egg-and-Bacon Breakfast Casserole

      A savory bacon-and-egg casserole goes mobile in a baking dish the recipients will love to add to their stash. Wrap the dish with a festive holiday towel and ribbon, and tie on wooden utensils.

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      Chocolate Candy Slab

      Customize tempered chocolate with your favorite candies -- we love the salty-and-sweet combo of pretzels and peppermint. To package, cut a circle just smaller than the jar lid from about 25 layers of holiday-color tissue paper. Use a double-threaded needle to make one stitch in the center of the stack; knot. Snip around the circle at regular intervals. Pull the tissue-paper petal shapes up and toward the center. Use a glue dot to adhere the flower to the jar lid.

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      Candied Ginger

      Our spicy-sweet candied ginger is a great gift. It can be used in cocktails, baking, or eaten all on its own.

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      French Market Pull-Aparts

      With the tempting flavors of pumpkin pie spice, espresso powder, and maple syrup, these flaky rolls are anything but ordinary. For stylish packaging, place them in a baking dish and wrap with colorful ribbon.

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      Simply Sweet Pomegranate Syrup

      Drizzle this tangy syrup over pound cake or ice cream, or add a dash to cocktails. To package, wrap washi tape around the top or bottom of an apothecary bottle for a quick embellishment. Tie a gift tag to the neck of the bottle with twine.

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      Chocolate-Cherry Banana Bread

      Standard banana bread gets dressed up for the holidays with cocoa and amaretto-soaked cherries. To package, bake the bread in a wooden basket. When cool, slip it inside a clear bread bag. Wrap the bread with red velvet ribbon and secure with hot glue. Use a thin-tip permanent marker to write on a wooden tag, and tie the tag to the package with hemp twine.

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      Peppered Orange Gingerbread Cutouts

      Orange peel and a bit of pepper join the spice mix in classic gingerbread for amped-up flavor. To package, cut scrapbook paper to fit the interior of a petal envelope and adhere using double-stick tape. Use glue dots to attach buttons to the flap, 1/2 inch from the opposite fold. Wrap twine in a figure eight around the buttons to close.

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      Hazelnut-Mocha Sauce

      Cook chocolate pieces and chocolate-hazelnut spread with evaporated milk and sugar for 8 minutes, stirring frequently. Pour it in a glass jar and refrigerate until serving or until you're ready to give it as a gift.

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      Peppermint Sticks

      To make this simple candy, dip peppermint sticks in dark chocolate, then roll the chocolate portion in crushed nuts, cinnamon-sugar, or sweetened coconut. Wrap in clear cellophane and tie with pretty ribbon for giving.

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      Cranberry-and-Pepper Shortbread Bites

      Peppercorns give these buttery sweet treats an unexpected bite. To package, cut scrapbook paper to fit the box lid and secure with double-stick tape. Layer two ribbons of different widths in a band around the closed box and hot-glue them in place. Dip the stems of punched leaf shapes in hot glue and press onto the ends of hemp twine; knot around the box on top of the ribbon.

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      Everything Cracker Crisps

      This snack is for the bagel-lovers out there. We've borrowed the savory flavors of everything bagels and transformed them into a crisp cracker.

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      Chicken Noodle-and-Vegetable Soup

      Mom's classic recipe makes a great gift and looks tasty in a quart jar wrapped with a flour-sack towel and seasonal ribbon.

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      Chunky Cranberry Relish

      Cinnamon and orange zest add pizzazz to this delicious relish, which can be made up to a week in advance. Decorative jars, topped with a cute wooden spoon and personalized note, make ideal packaging.

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      Roasted Spiced Almonds

      Simple metal tins look cheerful when dressed up with leftover wrapping paper or bold grosgrain ribbon. A handwritten tag under the ribbon lets recipients know what delightful treat is nestled inside -- pumpkin pie-spiced nuts.

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      Marinated Feta and Olives

      Give your friends and family a ready-to-devour appetizer -- feta cubes, Kalamata olives, green olives, roasted peppers, and onion wedges marinated in an herb vinaigrette. A piece of scrap fabric dresses up screw-top jars, which are personalized with a homemade label.

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      Sweet Maple Mustard

      Want to give the gift of food but short on time? This easy maple mustard is a snap to make, thanks to a microwave cooking technique.

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      Spiced Ketchup

      Give the gift of homemade ketchup -- it's great on pretty much anything! This version is spiced with clove and cinnamon.

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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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