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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Our Best Cookie-in-a-Jar Recipes

In need of a creative addition to your cookie exchange party or a tasty gift for friends and family? Look no further than our collection of irresistible cookie-in-a-jar recipes. Each holiday-ready gift takes less than 30 minutes to prepare and features layer upon layer of favorite cookie, brownie, or blondie mix-ins.

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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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    • For the Hostess

      Whether used for decorative purposes or to tote dishes, this versatile serving tray brings holiday cheer to any table. The design, created with a rubber stamp, repeats to cover the sides of the tray. Wooden balls elevate the server for an extra boost of style.

    • For the Holiday Enthusiast

      Plain ceramic mugs and plates become festive partygoers when embellished with any holiday-theme rubber stamp and nontoxic paint markers. The whimsical style of the tree is perfect for casual get togethers. Use the plate to hold wrapped goodies, or display it on a plate rack to bring holiday cheer to your kitchen.

    • For a Cold Day

      Old wool sweaters make great gifts when felted and pieced into throws and pillows. We tossed $1 thrift-store sweaters into hot water to create densely matted stitches, then cut up the sweaters for a fresh spin on quilting.

    • For Food Fans

      Satisfy gourmet appetites by giving food fans a reusable serving piece, party provisions, and a food appropriate gadget. Boost Christmas character by painting the exterior of an unfinished wooden bowl red. Pour in a bag of mixed nuts. Perch a beribboned squirrel nutcracker among the shells and watch your chums get crackin'. For an old-world effect, substitute a soldierlike nutcracker for the squirrel.

       

    • For the Gardener

      Give a gardener a gift with growth potential. Make flowerpots and saucers look great with coats of glossy white paint. Use a foam brush to paint the pot and saucer rims red; add dots to the pot with the end of an artist's brush. Fill the container with potting soil and packets of herb seed. Flip the saucer atop the pot and tie together with a ribbon. Tuck a trowel and a rosemary sprig in the bow to remind your botany-minded buddy that spring is just around the corner!

    • For the Pet Lover

      Even if there isn't a new puppy under the tree this year, any dog owner will appreciate this practical present.

    • For Your Pen Pal

      A varied supply of beautiful papers, note cards, and writing implements should help motivate a faraway friend or relative to keep in touch.

    • For Old Times' Sake

      In Great-Grandmother's day, families kept track of births and deaths by recording them in the family Bible. These days, there's computer software to help you trace your lineage.

    • For an Old Flame

      Few things warm the heart more on a cold winter evening than a roaring fire.

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      For the Handyperson

      If the song your favorite handyperson most often sings is "If I Had a Hammer," answer the plea with a backup tool kit to store in the kitchen or den.

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      For Bath Time

      For the tiny tots on your list, make bath time a rub-a-dub good time with a net bag full of bubble bath, floating toys, a spout protector (shaped like a friendly animal), and children's soap in fun shapes.

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      For the Book Lover

      For the true book lover, assemble a few treats to enhance his or her enjoyment of a favorite pastime.

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      For a Rainy Day

      Being stuck inside doesn't have to be bad, especially if it gives you an excuse to spend quality time together.

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      For the Movie Lover

      Give a relaxing night at the movies with all the comforts of home: package a tub of microwavable popcorn with a videotape of a favorite movie and perhaps a certificate for a movie rental.

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      For the Exerciser

      If someone on your gift list is likely to make (again) that most common New Year's resolution, help him or her put a best foot forward with this "bouquet."

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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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