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 Houses

Kids can create their own gingerbread house with this easy-to-make cookie.

Everyone loves to decorate gingerbread houses.

You've heard of tree-trimming parties. Why not host a house-trimming party? Gingerbread house, that is. Think of this yummy gathering as a practice session for dolling up your big house. Try a colorful window treatment here; a swag of magical lights there; even a fanciful front door wreath -- all of it easy to gobble up and redo if you and the kids don't like the finished look. That's the beauty of our cookie decorating project.

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While you're at it, let the kids invite a few friends over to help. The cookie set-up is painless. Just have plain gingerbread cookie houses baked, ready, and waiting for the decorative details. You'll also want to have an assortment of colorful candies, cereals, and ready-made icings on hand. Our four designs get you going with can-do confidence.

North Pole Workshop

North Pole Workshop: Dressed in the latest reds and greens for the holidays, this little cottage sports lime and cherry gumdrops and shiny lollipop windows.

Techinicolor Palace

Technicolor Place: 'Tis a lively house clad in eye-popping hard-candy rounds, jelly candies, and peanut-butter-filled chooclates. What more can we say?

Grandma's Thatched-Roof House

Grandma's Thatched-Roof House: Cereal squares, tiny marshmallows, toffees, and candy rolls lend a woodsy look to this natural-hue house.

Princess Cottage

Princess Cottage: Crunchy pink cookie shingles, fruit-flavored oval jelly candies, and bright gumdrops add a magical flavor to a palace fit for royalty.


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