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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Holiday Trend: Decorate in Blue and Brown

Teal blue and cocoa brown remain trendy colors for the holiday season.. Try these creative ideas to make festive decorations using these nontraditional colors.

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    • Embrace Simplicity

      Teal blue and cocoa brown remain trendy colors for the holiday season. Try these creative ideas to make festive decorations using these nontraditional colors.

    • Encourage Kissing

      Kissing balls last longer than mistletoe, and they're easy and fun to make. Cover foam balls with scraps of silk fabric embellished with trims and beaded pins. Hang them at various heights with lengths of ribbon and wait to see who walks beneath.

    • Cones are for Giving

      Handmade cone-shape ornaments have plenty of visual appeal but are even better filled with gifts. Roll card stock into a conical shape and cover the cone with metallic paper to form the basic ornament. Personalize the cone with ribbon, fabric trim, and metal letters. Glue on a satin-ribbon handle and fill the cone with tiny wrapped presents.

    • Silvery Circle

      Give up your tired evergreen wreath, and opt for one in stylish silver. Spray any wreath with metallic silver paint; then attach small presents and a ribbon with hot glue.

    • Glamorous Globes

      Dress up plastic foam ornaments by covering them with scraps of pretty fabric in blue and brown. Decorate each globe with bits of ribbon and rickrack braid, including a loop for hanging.

    • Holiday Snow Cone

      Make an extra-large cone to hang on a doorknob and hold wrapped gifts for friends. Form the cone from a large sheet of card stock, taped together. Decorate the top edge of the cone with white paper cut to resemble icicles or melting snow.

    • Company's Coming

      A chic tabletop display of sweets has a teal, cocoa, and silver color scheme. Serve holiday favorites on classic silver trays and tuck in a few candles and wrapped presents. Don't forget to serve the chocolate!

    • Treat Your Sweeties

      Hot cocoa seems so stylish when served in tall glass mugs atop a glass cake stand. Use readymade icing to personalize store-bought chocolates with the initials of family members or guests.

    • Simple Elegance

      'Tis the season for pretty gifts on display, so make sure yours look stylish. Wrap boxes with robin's-egg-blue paper; accent with coordinating brown ribbon. Spray recycled ice cream and yogurt containers in coordinating colors to hold homemade treats.

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      Make It Personal

      Kids of any age -- even adults -- are delighted with personalized stockings hanging behind their chairs. These are made with ribbons, woven together for fabric and decorated with metal letters stitched to the cuff.

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      Stately Flowers

      Substitute regal white amaryllis blossoms for more traditional holiday poinsettias. Tuck flower stems into tiny water-filled florist's vials, and anchor them in larger glass tubes partially filled with faux snow. Suspend the tubes from the wall with ribbon hangers.

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      Ribbon Dazzlers

      Leave bows behind and opt for understated elegance with a flat embellishment made from layered ribbon and paper, which is taped on the underside. These low-profile gift wraps are easier to mail and arrive looking perfect because there are no bows that crush.

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      More Holiday Color Themes

      Check out another unique color scheme for your holiday decorating.

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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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