Personalized Christmas Gift Ideas

Make the season extra special with a personalized gift. We're sharing 15-plus personalized DIY gift ideas that everyone will love. Whether you're looking for monograms or maps, we've got a gift for everyone on your list.

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Steal This Home's Cottage-Style Decorations!

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Easy-to-Make Christmas Centerpieces

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Decorated Christmas Trees

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Gingerbread House City

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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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