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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Clever Christmas Candy Decorations

Sweeten your Christmas decorating by incorporating holiday candies into centerpieces and arrangements.

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    • Cool Roses

      Tie red-and-white peppermint sticks around a vase with a red-and-white grosgrain ribbon. (Use a sturdy rubber band to hold the canes in place, or hot-glue them to an inexpensive vase.) It's a jolly presentation for usually formal red roses.

    • Peppermint Greeting

      Turn your home into a candy land with yummy sweets. Fill glass containers with red and green peppermints. Cut out letters spelling a Christmas greeting, and secure them to the containers with tape. Place the display on a mantel or side table for a decoration everyone will want to sink their teeth into.

    • Marshmallow Snowmen

      Stack two large marshmallows with a toothpick. Use tiny dots of frosting as glue to decorate the snowmen with sprinkles, chocolate chips, chocolate wafers, and other small treats. Group the snowmen on a silver platter with mini marshmallows and sugar for snow.

    • Candied Light Catchers

      Clever and quick to make, candied light catchers brighten a windowsill. Place metal cookie cutters on a foil-lined baking sheet. Spoon crushed hard candies into each cookie cutter, mixing colors if desired, to form a 1/4-inch-thick layer. Bake 4 minutes at 325 degrees F; remove from oven. Let cool.

    • Rock Candy Ornaments

      Dangle crystal candy sticks from tree branches as shimmering ornaments. Loop wire hangers through ribbon tied to the handles. For an extra touch, string a circle gummy candy onto the stick.

    • Tree of Treats

      Purchased icing is the "glue" that keeps this decoration edible. Place florist's foam in a container, then insert a wooden skewer in the center. Push a foam cone onto the skewer, then cover the cone with purchased icing. Attach purchased meringues using wooden picks. Finally, tuck bay leaves between the bottom meringues and the container. Top with a bow for a splash of bright color.

    • Candied Candle

      Decorate a foam wreath shape with fun gummy candies. Use toothpicks to secure the treats until the foam is completely covered. Tie a licorice bow for an edible accent. For a pretty centerpiece, sit the wreath on a silver platter and place a candle inside.

    • Winter Wonderland

      If you are disappointed by the short life of baked gingerbread houses, build the appealing abodes from foam-core board. A light coat of royal icing supplies a base for architectural details composed of cake-decorating sugar shapes, frosting ribbons, and edible pearls. Overlap candy wafers to add shinglelike dimension to the roof.

    • Miniature Wreaths

      This trio of red-and-white wreaths makes a sweet holiday decoration. Hot-glue an arrangement of candy canes, mints, sour cherries, and cinnamon drops to rings of cardboard wrapped in grosgrain ribbon. Hang these sugary sensations, designed by Laura Holtorf Collins, on the wall, use them for candle surrounds, or use several to cradle serving bowls.

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      Sweet Holiday Trees

      Choose a trio of crafts-foam shapes, and glue on a variety of red mints. Top your creations with tiny bows, and surround them with small ornaments for a seasonal display.

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      Minty Fresh Forest

      Poked into a cardboard base sprinkled with fake snow, green plexiglass rods hold aloft peppermint balls in a contemporary sculpture. If you leave the mints in their wrappers, use a dab of hot glue to secure the candies.

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      Ribbon Candy Centerpiece

      Place a simple red votive on a crystal dish. Surround the candle with rich red and green ribbon candies for this easy and colorful centerpiece.

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      Candy Tree Display

      A heaping of sour cherry candies and miniature trees from a hobby store turn a glass canister into a mouthwatering display case. If you can't find sour cherry candies, try jelly beans, sugarcoated lemon candies, or peppermint sticks.

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      Sugarplum Tree

      For a sweet little centerpiece, fill a silver sugar bowl with a candy-covered tree. Wedge a cone-shape piece of plastic foam tightly into the sugar bowl. Use hot glue or floral picks to secure small artificial candied fruits, peppermint candies, and evergreen sprigs to the foam until it is completely covered. Use the tops of candy canes to form the tree topper.

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      Candy Place Setting

      Jazz up a place setting by using a translucent red cookie cutter as a party favor. Tuck a candy cane through the cutter's handle, then tie it up with red-and-white cord and a sprig of tiny pinecones and berries.

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      Dark Chocolate Nonpareils Tree

      Hot-glue several layers of large dark chocolate nonpareils to a foam cone that's been spray-painted brown for a snowy-look decoration. Place in a festive pot and tie with a rich brown bow for an elegant look.

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      Candy Gift Wrap

      Not enough ribbon? Just wrap a box in red paper and use hot glue to attach wrapped peppermint candies to the box top. (Tip: On shiny paper, glue the candies with crafts glue rather than hot glue.)

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      Swirling Trees and Lollipops

      Whimsical and bright, striped fondant topiary trees put a twist -- literally -- on ordinary holiday decor. Place them in white containers and surround with gumdrops to make the vivid colors pop.

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      Candy Cane Candle Cuff

      Tall red candles play into the peppermint scene when decorated with candy cane sticks or polka-dot ribbon. Heavy-duty double-stick tape adheres the embellishments to the candles.

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      Ribbon Candy Card Frame

      Old-fashioned ribbon candies are glued together to make a picture frame that accents a greeting card or photo beautifully.

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      Minty Topiary

      Quick to make, these colorful topiary trees feature candies hot-glued to foam cones. Set each tree on a silver candlestick for added elegance.

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      Sweet Candy Trims

      Reflect the sweetness of the season with ornaments made from simple peppermint candies. Try candy cane or snowman shapes for fun variations on the Christmas tree.

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      Fruitful Tree

      Covered in sugary orange slices, this zesty tree is ripe for picking. Use wooden picks to secure orange slices to an icing-covered foam cone, then fill gaps with gumdrops or sour cherries. Wrap a garland of miniature marshmallows threaded on kitchen string around the cone. Top with a candy star.

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      Candy Cane Ornament

      This candy cane ornament will make a sweet decoration on your tree. Hot-glue two candy canes together to form a heart shape. Hot-glue a peppermint swirl where the top ends meet. Use a pretty red ribbon to tie the ornament to the tree.

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