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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Real-Life Decor: A Bright Christmas Home

See how a holiday-loving family creates sophisticated Christmas decor that also feels casual and down-to-earth.

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    • The Main Event

      Anne and Jonathan Carr have three kids, ages 5 to 10. That's why Anne says her decorating strategy is rooted in modern design, not fussy details. "I used to do a lot more when the kids were younger," she says, "but I think you can get a festive look with a few easy touches and also save your sanity."

    • A Sparkling Display

      Mirrored garlands and ornaments play off the contemporary cool of the living area's graphic fabrics. To take it further, fill a glass pedestal bowl with glass balls -- Anne likes aqua -- and add shimmer by cutting up mirror garlands and arranging them around the balls.

    • Glitter Dear

      Anne attaches balls to an oversize boxwood wreath and places shimmering reindeer -- the kids glued glitter onto forms -- on the coffee table.

    • Floral Flourish

      A swag of fuzzy pom-poms and vases of amaryllis on the mantel add to the jolly atmosphere.

      Take it further: For a simple, natural look, arrange greens and pomegranates on the mantel.

    • Sweet Idea

      In another room, Anne sets the scene by filling apothecary jars with treats and making candy trees with her kids from foam forms and gumdrops.

    • Small Pleasures

      "Every year my kids put a mishmash of balls and wood ornaments on these quirky little artificial trees," Anne says.

    • Turn the Tables

      Anne gives the dining area a little bling by dangling snowflakes and a mirrored disco ball from the chandelier.

    • Enlightened Dining

      You don't need much to create a brilliant holiday table -- colorful plates, gleaming glass, and candlelight.

      Take it further: Rosemary topiary trees never go out of style -- on a table or in the kitchen.

    • Feather Your Nest

      An arrangement of feather, gold, and silver trees makes a fun tabletop vignette.

      Take it further: Spray white lacquer on pinecones for a snowy, shiny look.

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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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