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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Creative Christmas Decorating with Fruit

A trip to the produce section will add sweet fragrance and bright color to your holiday decorations, both indoors and out.

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    • Deck the Door

      For a simple door decoration, hang a juicy red pomegranate from ribbon. Create a hanging loop by pushing the ends of a short length of florist's wire into the pomegranate. Thread red ribbon through the loop and tie in a bow at the top of the fruit.

    • Christmas Topiary

      This topiary features kumquats and roses, the fruit theme echoing in the bowl of cranberries, oranges, and pears. Use wooden picks to push flowers or fruit into foam shapes to create your own handcrafted centerpiece.

    • Pretty on a Pedestal

      Add a sparkling centerpiece to your holiday buffet with a bowl of sugared fruit. Elevate the arrangement in style by using a pedestal compote, then fill the bowl with sugar and arrange the colorful fruits on top.

    • Welcome Home

      An elegant fruit-covered sphere provides a warm, festive welcome for holiday guests. Key limes and cranberries are fastened to a 3-inch foam ball with heavy-duty floral picks. The sphere rests upon a wide green ribbon and the stair railing is festooned with an evergreen garland.

    • Citrus Spheres

      This staircase gets the holiday treatment with chic citrus spheres suspended by shimmering ribbon. To create, fasten kumquats to 3-inch foam balls with wood picks; suspend with wire concealed by wide ribbon.

    • Ornate Urns

      A grandly appointed entry sets a festive tone for a home. Here, a stately urn is filled with fruit, flowers, and branches to create a stunning holiday focal point in the foyer.

    • Candles and Cherries

      A pewter platter holds ribbon-wrapped candles surrounded by pears, white cherries, and figs. The rich color combinations of seasonal produce add warmth and beauty to table settings and centerpieces.

    • A Stunning Entrance

      Adorn your front hall with garland, vases, and wreaths all intertwined with fresh fruit. The bursts of color enliven decorations without overpowering them.

    • Pear Place Cards

      A playful, inexpensive twist on tradition, this pear place-card holder extends a personal welcome to guests but takes just seconds to create.

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      Hanging Up Fruit

      A mantel provides the perfect stage for a holiday spectacular. This festive garland is made up of kumquats and cranberries. Use thin floral wire to thread the fruit and then twist these smaller strands into a larger rope.

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      Fragrant Fruit Bowl

      This festive display adds color as well as spicy citrus fragrance to your holiday home. To make your own, press cloves into clementines and arrange them in a bowl of cranberries garnished with a few sprigs of rosemary.

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      Dining Room Decor

      An opulent dining room deserves impressive holiday decorations. Commanding fruit-filled containers crown the sideboard, adding height and color to the sophisticated space. The impact is doubled in the mirror's reflection.

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      Plant Your Fruit

      Decorative fruit arrangements can brighten the exterior of your house, too. Just place brightly colored fruit around your existing plants to create a spirited look for your landscape or entry.

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      Citrus Garland

      Add sunny colors to your Christmas greenery by threading citrus fruit through thick wire. Intertwine the fruit with your traditional garland.

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      Spice Up Serving Platters

      Simple serving dishes become dazzling displays when you outline them with holiday greenery and fruit. Bind the greenery in place with twine or wire concealed by holiday ribbon.

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      Dangling Style

      Make a statement with a large flower arrangement surrounded by smaller candles. This dramatic display includes amaryllis plants, evergreen boughs, and small red pears hanging from ordinary branches.

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      Hanging Boughs

      This chandelier is decked out for the holidays with crab apples and cut branches. Use faux greenery to avoid falling needles.

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      Pretty Christmas Living Rooms

      Don't stop at the Christmas tree -- extend your Christmas decorations through the whole living room. These Christmas decorating ideas will have your space overflowing with cheer, whatever your decorating style.
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