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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Quick & Easy Christmas Wall Decor

Add holiday cheer to your walls with these quick and easy art projects.

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    • Frame and Ornament Display

      Transform an empty frame into Christmas wall art. Thread a glass ball ornament onto a narrow length of ribbon. Tie the ends together and tack to the back of a wooden picture frame so the ball hangs in the middle. Hang the frame on the wall from a pretty ribbon tied in a secure bow.

      Editor's Tip: For instant artwork, frame scraps of wrapping paper or scrapbooking paper, as shown in the frames flanking the middle one.

    • Dual Square Wreaths

      Highlight a buffet or sideboard with square green wreaths hung on the wall above it. If you're hosting a party, the artful arrangement is an eye-catching way to draw guests to the goodies.

    • Christmas Greetings Board

      Turn your Christmas cards into a work of art. Wrap a bulletin board with batting and cover with fabric. Using a disappearing-ink fabric marker, draw a snowflake design in the center of the fabric-covered board. Tack ribbon or twill tape along the snowflake lines, then cover the thumbtacks with decorative buttons using hot glue.

      Editor's Tip: Use neutral tan, ivory, or blue fabric and keep the bulletin board in season all winter long.

    • Memory Lane Picture Frames

      Gather Christmas pictures from years past to show off for the holiday season. Mount the photos on holiday scrapbooking paper and place in simple frames. Swap existing artwork for these festive, nostalgic pieces.

    • Wrapped Present Wall Decoration

      Wrap an existing frame with colorful Christmas fabric to look like a present. For a dose of extra holiday style, trim the fabric with coordinating ribbon or rickrack.

    • Wire Christmas Tree Wall Decoration

      Turn a seasonal symbol into festive wall art by crafting a Christmas tree out of ball ornaments and wire. Create the tree from sections of crafts wire, then make S-shape ornament holders from smaller sections of wire and hang ornaments on the tree. Add a glittery star to mimic a tree topper. Hang the wire tree on the wall. Make the ornament tree into art by framing it. Top the frame with a bow.

    • Hanging Natural Wreaths

      Dress your wall with a multitude of wreaths. Find wreaths of varying sizes at a crafts store. Embellish them with holly berries, birds, and ribbon. Alternate sizes for an easy wall display.

    • Festive Holiday Card Ladder

      Make all the holiday cards flooding your mailbox this season part of your holiday decor. Attach bungee cords in an X pattern to a painted ladder. Tuck the cards over or between the bungee cords. Add hooks to the sides of the ladder to hang stockings or candy-filled cones.

    • Winter White Medallions

      Ceiling medallions become wall art when hung en masse. Choose inexpensive reproductions of classic patterns -- they're lighter than plaster originals. Add ribbons to medallions with center cutouts. Hang with adhesive hooks. To add more holiday flair to the display, hang ball ornaments from fishing wire in front of the medallions.

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      Cheery Wall Art

      Fill a blank wall in no time with an easy -- and festive -- wall display. Paint nine 12-by-12-inch artist's canvases in your favorite holiday color. Let dry. Fasten ribbons on canvases in desired pattern. Use double-sided tape to attach ribbon. Hang and enjoy!

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      Small Touches of Greenery

      Adorn existing wall decorations with branches of greenery and ornaments for instant Yuletide panache.

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      Ornaments on Parade

      Make your home holiday-ready by adding a festive flair to existing wall decor. Find ornament shapes you like in clip art or holiday-theme coloring books. Trace the ornament shapes onto cardstock, felt, or foam board. Embellish each ornament with stripes or polka dots and glitter. Attach handmade ornaments to a silver cord (found at a crafts store) and hang from a mirror.

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      Bouquets of Fresh Greenery

      For a simple holiday wall project, just use branches. All it took to dress up this wall was a few sprigs of fresh greens trimmed from a Christmas tree and tucked into ceramic wall vases.

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      Holiday Dinner Plate Wreath

      Who says holiday wreaths have to be made from foliage? Here, a collection of blue-and-white dinner plates is arranged into a one-of-a-kind holiday wreath. Save yourself time next year by arranging the plate wreath on a square of plywood. Spray-paint the plywood a coordinating color and hot-glue the plates to the board.

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      Joyful Plate Display

      Turn your favorite holiday word into a beautiful wall display. Spell out a festive word on plain plates, pair them with red-and-white plates, and arrange on a wall. For the J, O, and Y plates, use your home computer to print letters in your favorite font. Trace the letters onto plain white plates, using paint pens and fill in.

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      Ribbon-Wrapped Doors

      Make interior doors part of your holiday decor by turning them into unexpected presents. Use large ribbon to create a bow around each door. Add a gift tag complete with a festive saying to finish.

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      Hanging Holiday Message Advent Calendar

      Try a new twist on traditional Advent calendars with an Advent ribbon. Attach a wide piece of ribbon to the wall. Write holiday messages on small pieces of paper, roll them, and tie with thin pieces of ribbon. Attach the paper rolls to the wide ribbon. Read one message each day leading up to Christmas.

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      Bright and Cheery Holiday Mantel

      Give your mantel a holiday makeover with colorful stockings, ball ornaments, and -- of course -- presents! Wrap an artist's canvas in wrapping paper and tie with a ribbon. Hang for an easy piece of artwork. Fill glass vases with ornaments. Finish off the display by hanging garland and stockings with care.

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      Vintage-Inspired Christmas Card Holder

      Turn flea market finds into holiday decor with a little festive flair. This restored arched window frame became a card holder. To continue the vintage vibe, display heirloom or reproduction holiday cards.

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      Advent Calendar with Envelopes

      Create a super-simple Advent calendar from a pegboard, colored envelopes, and number stickers. Fill envelopes with holiday messages, candy, or small gifts and seal with number stickers. Attach the envelopes to the small lengths of twine. Tie the envelopes to large pieces of twine stretched across the width of the pegboard.

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      Classic Christmas Mantel

      Create a winter-inspired mantel display with a secondhand gate and festive foliage. An ornate wrought-iron gate is a beautiful wall display on its own, but add a wreath, ribbon, and garland and it turns into welcoming holiday art. Just prop the gate against the wall, loop a wide ribbon through a lightweight wreath, and tie it onto the gate.

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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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