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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Christmas Decorating With Sparkling White

Sparkling decorations and vintage furniture fill a home with simple, white holiday delight.

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    • Holiday Home

      Abundant seasonal decorations greet visitors to this 1940s shingled home. Wreaths and garlands are placed symmetrically in keeping with the home's architecture and garden.

    • Twinkling Light

      The Christmas tree is aglow in white lights to add sparkle to the short days of winter. Simply decorated Christmas trees can look spectacular if they're well-lit.

    • Light the Night

      Decorating doesn't get much easier than this. Set candles in various glass holders on a clear-glass table to illuminate any room.

    • Easy Mantel Ideas

      The mantel offers a key decorating opportunity but it doesn't need to be elaborate or expensive. Store-bought garland or faux flowers dress up any mantel. Add berries, pinecones, or ribbon to give it an inspired look.

    • Holiday Reflections

      A lucky flea-market find, the ornate mirror in the living room fits perfectly into a corner reflecting the bright lights from the Christmas tree.

    • Set for the Holidays

      In the dining room, touches of silver and gold are elegant sparks against the white table linens.

    • Christmas Centerpiece

      This easy centerpiece is certain to be the center of attention. Fill a glass bowl with your favorite gold and silver ornaments. Dress it up with beads and greenery for a special holiday look.

    • Pretty Plates

      In the dining room, a fusion of green comes from depression plates that are layered onto new white lattice chargers.

    • Light Bright

      For added sparkle, wrap chandelier cords and chains with ribbons and swatches of fabric. Crystal beaded covers fit over most chandelier light bulbs.

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      Classic Holiday Kitchen

      A limestone-topped custom island provides a country contrast to the marble countertops used elsewhere in the kitchen. The cabinets have doors that resemble the home's divided light windows. A year-round topiary is dressed for the holidays with a 5-second bow that is mirrored on the adjacent wreath.

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      Homespun Holiday

      Don't stow your beautifully wrapped presents in a dark closet or heap them under the tree. Here, elegant gifts sit atop a white sofa table to complement a clean finished look in this white living room.

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      Classy Glass

      Raise a glass of good cheer! Fill stemware and a glass urn with silver ornaments and beads for a touch of sparkle and elegance.

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      Dressed for the Holidays

      An armoire dresses up for the holidays with a string of sparkling stars and a simple wreath. Unadorned swags of mixed garland festoon the doorway.

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      Magical Fresh Flowers

      Small touches can make a big difference. Paper whites and other forced bulbs, potted in unusual containers such as a birdbath from the garden, bring a breath of fresh air to winter rooms.

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      Simple Dining

      This casual dining area contains a late-1700s wall-hung cabinet showcasing a collection of white ironstone, which echoes the lines of the curvy Queen Anne chairs. The rustic farm table keeps the space down to earth.

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      Rustic Chandelier

      This old chandelier was found under a layer of dust in a box beneath a show vendor's table. The white light now adds sophistication to a casual dining area.

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      Snow White Bathroom

      A dramatic and sculptural pedestal sink looks charming in the master bathroom. A bit of fabric and mistletoe for the vintage mirror infuses the room with seasonal color.

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      Fresh White Tulips

      White tulips are a fresh and easy way to decorate any room, especially when decorating with white. Forced to bloom at holiday time, they assume an air of luxury.

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      Sweet Dreams

      The master bedroom has a peaceful and dreamy feel. The bed is layered with white linen and satin. To highlight the cape dormer, floor-to-ceiling panels work like romantic portieres. The footboard makes a clever home for a holiday wreath.

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      A Hint of Green

      In a white room, subtle accessories can have a big visual punch. Here, a simple wreath adorned with ribbon subtly adds color against the snow-white linens.

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      Fresh Florals in Glass Planter

      Potted cyclamen, dwarf arborvitae, and kalanchoe nestle in tinsel and clear marbles within a recycled glass vessel.

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      Trio of Amaryllis

      Breathtaking in their simplicity, the white amaryllis thrive in the soft-winter light of a windowsill. The high-necked containers support the flowers' stems.

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      Azaleas in a Row

      A column of "Honesty" Keepsake azaleas makes for a great display in the sunroom. These tree-form plants are easy to care for but won't tolerate frost.

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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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