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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Fabulous Ideas for Christmas Tables

Check out these four festive Christmas table settings for easy, inexpensive decorating ideas that start with everyday items.

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    • Rustic Repast

      Create a rustic table that echoes the unfinished woods and warm tones of a cozy log cabin. Traditional reds and greens are easy to come by with fresh evergreens, red ribbons, and red pillar candles. For a homespun centerpiece, fill unconventional containers, such as this old wooden toolbox, with florist's foam to hold casually mixed greens, candles of alternating heights, and a garland of beads or cranberries.

    • Burlap and Balsalm

      To make a seasonal favor, nestle a small burlap-wrapped tree inside a red pail and garnish it with pinecones and tiny ornaments. Print name tags using your computer and spray-glue them to small squares of craft wood.

    • No-Sew Napkin Rings

      Fashion no-sew napkin rings by gluing together the short ends of a frayed strip of burlap. Tie a single thread of burlap through the holes in a button, then glue the button in place.

    • The Kissing Chair

      Who wouldn't love to sit in a chair adorned with mistletoe? Dress up everyday chairs with red cushions, wired ribbon, sprigs of mistletoe, and shiny ornaments.

    • White-Hot Holiday

      A table blanketed in white lends sophistication and a sense of occasion to any gathering. Get the look by using clear glass and metallic elements against a backdrop of white table linens and china. An artificial tree spray-painted white, flocked with spray snow, and potted in a galvanized pail makes a modern centerpiece for this table. Lights and star ornaments hung on the tree add another layer of sparkle.

    • Snowy White Setting

      Stretch your holiday budget by setting the table with inexpensive solid-white plates, with more decorative salad or dessert plates set on top where they show most. Set out old-fashioned rock candy sticks to use as coffee stirrers.

    • Flames in the Snow

      Flickering votive candles are staples of holiday decorating, but they don't have to be plain. Dress up painted terra-cotta pots by coating them in glittering "snow," and add wax snow (made by whipping melted wax) to top off the candles.

    • Jingle-Bell Chairs

      Drape silvery tinsel across the back of the chairs, hanging bells or star-shape ornaments on it for an extra bit of glitter. Depending on the shape of the chair back, it may be easiest to simply wrap lengths of tinsel around it.

    • Just for Dessert

      Dainty confections are the inspiration behind this whimsical table setting, from chocolate-brown place mats to sweet pink dots on the plates. For the centerpiece, hard-to-resist dessert pedestals are really metal candlesticks topped with clear glass plates. Fill them with chocolates, candies, cookies, or ornaments to enhance the playful mood.

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      Pretty in Pink

      Make plain placemats more decorative by gluing on borders of pink ribbons or braid. Use a washable fabric glue for the job, applying thin lines with a toothpick.

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      Rosy Pink

      Create a sweet place setting by sandwiching a round of pink scrapbook paper and a red sticker-dot border between two glass plates. Personalized candies indicate where guests should sit.

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      Candies and Carnations

      Tuck dainty carnations into a slim florist's tube, and slip the tube inside a clear container filled with Jordan almonds for a surprising arrangement.

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      Easy Elegance

      Go formal without going over the top with a table setting like this one. Small touches of iridescent accents and embellished crisp linens give a fresh yet refined look. Circle a centerpiece of all-white flowers with a border of green and red apple wedges. This arrangement contains pale hydrangeas, seeded eucalyptus, and a handful of strategically placed gold ornaments. Dip the apple wedges in lemon juice to prevent browning.

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      Alternating Apples

      Red and green apple wedges stand out against the white china backdrop. Dip the apple wedges in lemon juice to keep them from turning brown.

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      A Stocking Favor

      Miniature stockings double as favors and a clever way to hold flatware. Stitched from green fabric, the stocking is personalized by metal letters hanging from sheer ribbon.

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      Deck the Chairs

      Drape dining room chairs in simple white table runners tied in place with ribbon. This easy slipcover treatment is a high-style complement to gaily wrapped presents.

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      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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