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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Festive Holiday Chair Decorations

Try these ideas for decorating your dining chairs for Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Years.

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    • Dressed for Dinner

      As you prepare to dine with family and guests this holiday season, think beyond the table centerpiece. The creative chair decorations shown in the following slides add a festive touch all the way around the table. Choose a new look for your Thanksgiving feast, a Christmas gathering, and the New Year's bash.

      This pretty dressing is perfect for a Thanksgiving or Christmas table. It starts with a damask napkin neatly folded and draped over the back of the chair. A coordinating ribbon ties an ornament ball on the back.

    • Silver Bells

      Wrap chairs with glittering tinsel for an easy addition that adds festivity to the dining room. Add silver bells and star ornaments or other decorations that can hang from the tinsel.

    • Fall Feast

      Take your cue from nature to decorate for Thanksgiving dinner. Use white pumpkins or paint them soft ivory for a sophisticated arrangement. Add gourds, twigs, and pheasant feathers for more fall appeal.

    • Snowflake Surprise

      Add more joy to Christmas morning with a chair full of small presents. Decorate a small white gift bag with ornaments, ribbon, and glitter. Place it on the chair or hang it with ribbon from the back of the chair.

    • Deck the Chairs

      Drape dining chairs in simple table runners tied in place with ribbon. Pristine white linens are the perfect complement for brightly wrapped holiday presents.

    • Helping Hand

      Turn old mittens or winter gloves into easy back-of-chair vases. Tie one to each chair with ribbon that coordinates with your table decorations, then tuck a fresh flower stem and a sprig of evergreen in the glove opening.

    • Fragrant Name Tag

      For a variation on table place cards, let each guest know where to sit by marking the chairs with name tags. Write the name on a paper tag and secure it at the back of the chair with ribbon and a sprig of eucalyptus.

    • The Kissing Chair

      Everyone's favorite chair will be the one with the mistletoe, which encourages convivial guests to pucker up. Add a red cushion and some wired ribbon for a charming display of holiday cheer.

    • Gift-Wrapped

      Adorn a chair like a gift-wrapped present by wrapping it with a "ribbon" of fabric. Cut two 8-inch-wide lengths of green fabric; turn under the sides and iron flat. Wrap one length around the cushion and secure it with a safety pin. Wrap the other length around the chair frame and secure as needed. Cover the gap with a throw pillow.

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      Fresh Flowers at Dinner

      Leave room on the table for the holiday feast and move the flower arrangements to the chair backs. To make this wreath that echoes the oval shape of the chair, place lime-green and white chrysanthemums in florist's vials, tuck them into a twig wreath base, and wire on miniature ball ornaments. Secure the wreath to the chair with ribbon crisscrossed on the chair's front and tied to the wreath's four corners.

      To keep this chair decoration from overpowering the room, just create wreaths for the chairs at the table ends, then hang small matching bouquets on the side-chair backs.

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      New Year's Gala

      Celebrate with a dazzling dinner party where even the chairs are dressed in silky fabric. Black top hats double as gift baskets to fill with favors for bringing in the New Year.

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      12 More Dining Room Decorating Ideas

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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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