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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Gingerbread Cookies

This holiday season, get the kids involved in making classic gingerbread cookies for party treats, favors, gifts, or tree decorations. We've got gingerbread drop cookies, spiral cookies, and creative cutouts that are perfect for your next Christmas cookie exchange.

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    • Giant Ginger Cookies

      These delicious, chewy ginger cookies are a reader favorite. Roll them in coarse sugar for a touch of sparkle and crunch.

    • 3-D Gingerbread Trees

      Get lost in the enchantment of our top-rated gingerbread forest. Not only do these cookies look and taste great, but they're also easy to make.

    • Gingerbread Cutouts

      Create traditional gingerbread cutouts with this classic cookie recipe. Pair them with a batch of our easy powdered sugar icing, and hand them over to the kids for decorating.

    • Gingerbread Madeleines

      This classic French cookie gets a holiday twist with fragrant seasonal spices like nutmeg, cloves, and cinnamon. Sprinkle them with powdered sugar for snowlike sweets.

    • Spicy Gingerbread Twigs

      Cayenne pepper and brewed coffee spice up these cute gingerbread strips. Each crunchy cookie has just 30 calories, and they can be bundled and tied with a bow for a beautiful holiday gift.

    • Step-by-Step Spicy Gingerbread Twigs

      We've taken classic gingerbread cookies and styled them into snack-size sticks perfect for a holiday party. Watch as our senior food editor shows you how to make these simple, sweet treats.

    • Santa-Size Gingerbread Cookies

      Sweet molasses flavors these giant gingerbread cookies that are the perfect dessert to leave out for Santa. Serve plain or with our easy powdered sugar icing.

    • Gingerbread Stars

      Upgrade refrigerated gingerbread cookie dough by cutting it into festive star shapes. Dip in white chocolate and serve at your next cookie-exchange party.

    • Classic Gingerbread Cutouts

      These top-rated gingerbread cutouts have all the delicious spices you look forward to in the classic Christmas cookie. Decorate them with colored meringue icing, then gobble them up or give as gifts.

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      Striped Ginger Cookies

      Intertwine refrigerated sugar cookie and gingerbread doughs to make these kid-favorite treats with just three ingredients.

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      Gingerbread-Espresso Spirals

      Made with refrigerated sugar cookie and gingerbread doughs, these top-rated spiral cookies are easy to make. A hint of espresso powder elevates the Christmas cookies from basic to delicious.

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      Chocolate-Gingerbread Drops

      Chunks of chocolate and dried red cherries fill these moist gingerbread drop cookies. Plus, they can be frozen for up to three months, so you can enjoy them even after the holidays are over.

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      Peppered Orange Gingerbread Cutouts

      Ginger is just one of the spices in this timeless cutout-cookie recipe. Use your favorite cookie cutters to personalize the orange-infused gingerbread.

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      Favorite Gingerbread Cookies

      Made with whole wheat flour for a little health boost, these gingerbread cutouts get their flavor from molasses, cinnamon, cloves, and grated fresh ginger. Top them with our cream cheese frosting, a bit of food coloring, and nonpareils to add color to your holiday cookie plate.

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      Gingerbread Teddy Bears

      These teddy bear desserts are made from molasses-spice cookies. For the cutest cookies, be sure to form the balls into the sizes directed.

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      Gingerbread House Cookies

      Your kids will love helping out with this fun and tasty holiday cookie recipe. After just 7 minutes in the oven, the gingerbread house cookies are ready to be decorated with your children's favorite candies.

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      Chocolate Gingerbread Cookies

      Improve traditional gingerbread cookies with the addition of everyone's favorite dessert ingredient: chocolate! This twist on the classic cookie just might become your new favorite.

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