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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Our Best Cookie-in-a-Jar Recipes

In need of a creative addition to your cookie exchange party or a tasty gift for friends and family? Look no further than our collection of irresistible cookie-in-a-jar recipes. Each holiday-ready gift takes less than 30 minutes to prepare and features layer upon layer of favorite cookie, brownie, or blondie mix-ins.

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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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A Very Colorful Christmas

Look beyond the traditional Christmas red-and-green color palette for a rainbow of ways you can decorate for the holidays.

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    • Joyful Color

      Have some fun by creating a holiday tree dressed in vibrant jewel tones. Choose ornaments, ribbons, and gift wrap in yellows, purples, blues, and pinks, then add silver and gold stars and sheer package bows to make the scene sparkle.

    • Snowy White

      Take a color scheme of mostly white and you can add most any other color for a punch of interest. This room's white is accented with green and yellow pillows. Likewise, the tree is primarily white; only the packages below show the hint of color -- also in green and yellow.

    • Classic Red

      A tasteful, classic design readily adapts to seasonal changes. It's a great way to make holiday accessories blend into a room's decor. The fabric used to make the stockings on this mantel is a classic red toile; the look enhances the traditional feel of this cottage.

    • Warm Green & White

      A soothing, subtle mix of soft white and sage greens creates a holiday look that's both easy on the eyes and easy to accomplish. And it looks great throughout the winter -- most elements can stay in place until March.

    • Glowing with Gold

      Using gold in your holiday decorating makes other colors, especially greens, more vibrant. Add wreaths, ornaments, and amber-color lights to create a warm gold tone in your home this season.

    • Pink and Green

      Neutral rooms can really take a shot of color, especially during the holidays. We took our cue from the colorful tree decorations used around the centerpiece. These hues gave use a starting point for table linens and accents.

    • Room Repeat

      Repeat any holiday colors already found in your room. In this case, the gorgeous red of the wing chairs was picked up for the candle accents.

    • Fast Festivity

      Red-and-white pillows, each created in less than an hour, spread color throughout the room.

    • Make a Statement

      Give your entryway some holiday color. Whether you choose a large poinsettia, oversize vase of ornaments, or a striking red rose arrangment, your guest will love the pleasing, colorful welcome.

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      Corner of Color

      Though the tree echos the wall colors of tan and blue, the wrapped packages underneath really capture the eye in a pleasing combination of red, white, and blue.

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      Nontraditional Colors

      Nontraditional color ornaments can still say "holiday" with a color and style theme. Look for holiday decorations that harmonize with your tableware or color schemes.

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      Lime Green

      Revel in your home's color by setting a monochromatic table. Although our room is an eye-popping green, you could do the same in any color room.

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      Hot Pink and Blue

      An iron urn filled with pink and blue baubles creates a seasonal display that breaks the mold on traditional holiday color schemes. Create this look using any color ornaments you desire.

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      Bold and Beautiful

      Most decorating color conventions are thrown aside in this vibrant home that includes a chili-pepper red family room. Even the holiday decorations echo the intense hues of the room's decor.

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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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