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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Creative Christmas Wreaths

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Genius Christmas Hacks

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Holly and Roses "Cake" Centerpiece

Serve a holiday-hue centerpiece with lacy baby's breath, two-tone holly leaves, and bright red roses.

What You Need:

Surround the arrangement with glowing, lighted votives for a sparkling touch.
  • Glass or crystal pedestal cake dish
  • Florist's foam and clay
  • 1 or 2 bunches of red sweetheart roses
  • Fresh holly
  • Baby's breath for filler

Instructions:

1. Cut florist's foam and mount it on the center of the pedestal cake dish. Soak the foam thoroughly in water.

2. Cut rose stems to about 3 inches in length. Insert the rose stems into the florist's foam, spacing the roses about 3 inches apart.

3. Cut holly into short pieces, and insert into the foam between the roses. Cut short pieces of baby's breath to fill in empty spaces.

4. Water the arrangement twice a day and it should last about a week.

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