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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Clever Ways to Decorate with Cranberries

From wreaths to table settings, you can add a seasonal touch of red to your holiday decorating scheme with cranberries. They're not just for recipes anymore.


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    • Tiny Christmas Trees

      Position tiny trees in a bucket, and fill with cranberries. For an extra holiday touch, bend bits of wire as hooks for cranberry "ornaments" on the Christmas trees.

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    • Cranberry Holiday Mantel

      Spruce up your mantel with this gorgeous holiday decoration idea. Evergreen garlands and vases, or glass cylinders, with floating cranberries and candles make for a festive display of Christmas spirit.

    • Holiday Table Settings

      Set the table for an elegant holiday party with cranberries strewn from centerpiece to place setting. Sprinkle cranberries into votive candleholders. Cut out paper circles and write each guest's name on a circle. Trim paper circles with red and add one to each votive for creative Christmas name cards.

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    • Frosty Christmas Wreath

      Adorn the front entry of your home with a snow-dusted wreath. Pour 1 to 2 inches of water into the bottom of a fluted cake pan or gelatin mold. Fill with cranberries, freeze, then shake loose. Tie the Christmas wreath to the door or porch rail with a red woolen scarf, and tuck in fresh evergreen or holly branches.

    • Festive Outdoor Wreath

      Wire red twig dogwood stems into a circle, letting some stems stick out. Pop fresh cranberries on the tips. Thread cranberries on a long string, looping it around the wreath. For a sophisticated final touch, add silver ornaments and greenery to the Christmas wreath.

    • Outdoor Christmas Lights

      Wide candles take shelter inside glass vases one-quarter full of SnoWonder instant snow and a topping of rosy cranberries. The easy holiday luminaries are sure to brighten the path to your home.

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    • Hanging Topiary Balls

      Make your home sparkle with this inventive leaf-and-cranberry topiary. Cover a foam ball with leaves and stud it with cranberries. Add a red ribbon, hang it up, and admire the beautiful Christmas decoration.

    • Crimson Christmas Centerpiece

      This simple holiday centerpiece is easy to make and gorgeous to set out. Fill a ceramic dish with cranberries, and settle a single flower over evergreens in the middle.

    • Cranberry Cake Plate Tower

      Drop cranberries inside the hollow stems of graduated and stacked cake plates. Decorate with silver and red Christmas ornaments and tiny trees, and you have a festive, creative centerpiece for your holiday party.

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      Cranberry Christmas Flowers

      Fill a vase half full of cranberries and fresh water and insert a floral arrangement, such as roses and holly leaves. Add more water and cranberries to hide the stems of the holiday mantel decoration.

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      Frugal Fruit Bouquet

      Stretch your floral arrangement budget by adding in cheap, plentiful cranberries. Crab apples on skewers, delphiniums, cranberries, white calla lilies, and roses give this Christmas flower arrangement a fanciful look.

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      Cranberry Christmas Table Setting

      Cranberries can be incorporated into dishes and drinks, but they also make colorful Christmas decorations. Use the festive, bright berry in both your centerpiece and chandelier.

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      Cranberry Garland

      A metal chandelier receives a warm holiday touch with cranberry garlands and an evergreen dressing. Add to the ambience of your dinner table by placing white, scent-free candles on top of the fixture.

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      Cranberry Floral Centerpiece

      This Christmas decoration is easier to make than it looks. Start with an 8-inch-square clear glass vase. Cut a piece of floral foam to a size that lets a layer of cranberries fit between the foam and the vase. Cover with water. Insert red roses, stripe' roses, red tulips, gold-tipped cedar, and silver ornaments into the foam. Thread cranberries on thin floral wire to loop over the winter arrangement.

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      Cranberry Christmas Drink Craft

      To make this wine chilling ring, use electrical tape to anchor an empty wine bottle in the center of a bucket. This will form the empty hole in the middle of the ring. Fill the bucket with water and cranberries; some berries will sink and some will float, producing a pretty pattern. Place the bucket in the freezer. When the water is frozen, remove the empty bottle from the center and place the ice ring in a decorative bucket. Finally, chill a bottle of your favorite wine in the ring and enjoy.

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      Cranberry Drink Garnish

      For a fancy way to chill your holiday drinks, freeze cranberries with just enough water to cover them. When frozen, remove from tray, break into pieces, and add to your ice bucket.

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      Christmas Cookie Decorations

      A favorite holiday treat, shortbread is an easy and delicious dessert to serve to family and friends. Dot the dough with dried cranberries for a zingy cranberry shortbread. Fill bowls around the table with fresh cranberries and shortbread for a red holiday decoration that is pretty enough to eat.

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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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