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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Easy Holiday Place Setting Ideas

Transform your holiday table with easy handmade projects. Acorn place card holders, squirrel-theme place cards, cranberry-adorned napkin rings, and custom-dyed napkins create stylishly festive place settings.

Whether you're planning a small family dinner or a big dinner party, these festive table accessories show off your personal holiday style. Easy-to-make napkins, napkin rings, name cards, and name-card holders mesh with simple dishware for a memorable holiday table. The easy projects add a fresh spin to your holiday decorating, and each can be completed in less than 30 minutes. You'll have plenty of time to focus on your meal preparations, knowing your table is set to impress your guests.

Ready to print from our free pattern, available below, the squirrel-theme name cards with their natural acorn holders bring a hint of the outdoors to the table. And with tea-dyed napkins, the appeal of vintage table linens is easy and inexpensive to achieve. Wrapped with cranberry-adorned rosemary napkin ring wreaths, these vintage-look napkins create a timeless, slightly rustic holiday look.

Squirrel Name Cards & Acorn Holders: What You'll Need

  • White cardstock
  • Crafts knife
  • Acorns
  • Fine-tip permanent marker

Squirrel Name Cards & Acorn Holders: How to Make It

  1. Get the Squirrel Name Cards pattern, available below. Print the Squirrel Name Cards onto cardstock; cut out.
  2. Cut a shallow slit into the top of each acorn using a crafts knife.
  3. Write a guest's name on each name card using a fine-tip permanent marker. Insert a card into the slit of each acorn.

Editor's Tip: Let kids help find the best-looking acorns for the name-card holders. It's a great way to spend time together outside and to help kids participate in the holiday preparations. Plus, it's fun!

Get the Squirrel Name Cards pattern.

Rosemary & Cranberry Napkin Ring Wreaths: What You'll Need

To make four napkin ring wreaths:

  • Wire cutters
  • 60 inches of 16-gauge wire
  • 24-gauge wire for wrapping
  • Two bunches of fresh rosemary
  • Hot-glue gun and glue sticks
  • 18 whole artificial cranberries

Rosemary & Cranberry Napkin Rings Wreaths: How to Make It

  1. Cut 10 inches of 16-gauge wire for each napkin ring wreath. Shape each length of wire into a 2-inch-diameter circle for the wreath base. Overlap the ends slightly; secure the overlapping ends with 24-gauge wire. Trim any excess.
  2. Twist rosemary sprigs around wire until wreath base is completely covered, using 24-gauge wire to wrap and secure rosemary in place. Fill any gaps with small pieces of rosemary. Trim excess wire.
  3. Hot-glue three cranberries to each wreath. Store wreaths in the refrigerator until ready to use.

Editor's Tip: For the best results, use these fragrant napkin rings the same day you make them.

Tea-Dyed Napkins: What You'll Need

  • 5 quarts water
  • 10 tea bags
  • Scraps of white linen or cotton fabric
  • Six white linen or cotton napkins

Tea-Dyed Napkins: How to Make It

  1. In a large pot bring the water to a boil over high heat. Remove pot from heat. Add tea bags and allow to steep for 5 minutes. Remove tea bags.
  2. Add a few scraps of white fabric to the tea solution; let scraps soak in tea solution for 15 minutes. Test scraps for desired stain; if darker color is desired, add more tea bags to solution, let steep for 5 minutes more, then remove tea bags; retest using additional fabric scraps. Remove scraps.
  3. Place napkins in the tea solution; let stand for 15 minutes or until napkins reach desired darkness. Gently squeeze out excess liquid, and hang napkins to dry. Wash napkins by hand to preserve color.

Editor's Tip: When testing the tea solution, use fabric scraps with a similar content and weave. Different fabric will accept the tea-dye solution differently.


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