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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Red and White Holiday Home Decorations

That favorite color combination -- red and white -- will make your home merry and bright for the holiday season. Try these ideas for a stylish twist on tradition.

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    • A Welcoming Entry

      The front door of a house can be as inviting as a cup of warm cocoa on a cold day. Outline your entry with a garland of fresh pine and adorn the door with a red basket filled with greenery.

    • Candy Cane Candle Centerpiece

      Stylish glass vases hold candles for a centerpiece and look as festive as a candy cane. To make this centerpiece, tie the candles together with ribbon, leaving long ends. Hold the candles upright while pouring in enough layers of decorative red and white sugar to anchor them firmly.

      Editor's Tip: Thread the ribbon ends through tiny Christmas balls for a touch of holiday sparkle.

    • Towers of Treats

      Explore your local flea market or antiques store to find the makings for these festive food servers: You'll need antique plates and short candlesticks. Stack matching plates in different sizes to make a tiered cake stand that displays your best holiday goodies.

    • Easy Table Runner

      Join colorful yet inexpensive tea towels to create this cheerful table runner. Measure and mark 5 to 7 equally spaced spots along each of the narrow edges where two tea towels meet. At each marked spot, attach a metal eyelet according to the package instructions. Thread ribbon through the holes to join the towels and form a single runner.

    • Scrap-Bag Stockings

      Raid your scrap bag to find leftover pieces of red and white fabrics for festive Christmas stockings -- the more patterns, the merrier! Add classic ball fringe to the cuff for a fun, retro detail.

    • Take-Home Treats

      Send your guests home with something to enjoy at the end of holiday parties. Place an attractive container of candy canes by the door, so guests can take one as they say their good-byes.

    • Jolly Holly Favors

      Tuck a tiny gift box into a cup or bowl at each person's place setting. Colorful boxes that don't need rewrapping are sold at most crafts stores. Simply tie a ribbon onto the boxed gift, and dress it up with artificial berries or greenery.

    • Festive Chair Back

      For a quick decoration on the back of a dining-room chair, tie on a big red-ribbon bow. Wire on a sprig of greenery and a glittering white snowflake ornament that your guest can take home as a little gift.

    • Treasure Vintage Ornaments

      Those vintage ornaments found in the attic have seen countless holiday celebrations. Bring them out and display them proudly, nicks and all, for an authentic touch of Christmas past.

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      Skater's Holiday

      Old ice skates from a secondhand store become charming decorations, especially on a tree. The pom-pom trimmings are easy and fun for older kids to make from bright red yarn.

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      Poinsettia Purse

      Whip together a holiday purse, using thick white felt and accents of red yarn. No fancy sewing skills are needed -- simply cut one length of felt and fold it over (you may want to line it with sturdier fabric cut to the same shape). Secure the edges with a buttonhole stitch, using red yarn on a large darning needle. Add more color with a flower made from red felt scraps and a button.

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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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