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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Set a Stylish Christmas Table

Explore these handsome Christmas table decorating ideas for the look that matches your style.

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    • Beribboned Setting

      Christmas red and green get a fresh look when layered with crisp whites. Tartan plaid table runners make a stark white tablecloth more playful, while silky ribbon tied to the back of each chair adds decoration and holiday color to the entire setting.

    • Green is a Natural

      During the holidays, the color green is frequently teamed with red. But green alone can be just as pretty. Combined with white china and gold-rimmed goblets, green plates used as chargers look elegant on this holiday table.

    • A Country Christmas

      Table runners placed perpendicular across a table dress up a white tablecloth for the holidays. Red vases and greenery make a simple centerpiece, and bows with holiday ornaments attached make easy chair decorations.

    • Small Table, Big Style

      A small gathering is the ideal place to pull out an alternative holiday color, such as the fuchsia napkins and Christmas balls shown here. Twelve place settings of the bright color could be overwhelming, but here, it's just right.

    • Formal Coordination

      If a formal holiday meal is your cup of tea, go all out by coordinating fabrics for the table runners, napkins, and chair decorations. Then, continue the scheme by attaching small flowers in your star color to a candelabra for an elegant centerpiece.

    • Traditional Whites

      White and red is a classic Christmas combination, so you can't go wrong by pairing white candlesticks with red tapers and fresh greenery for an impressive centerpiece on a traditional dining table.

    • White Wonderland

      Nothing looks more elegant than white, so layer white on white for a truly sophisticated setting. A silver centerpiece sparkles against the white flowers, clear glasses, and white dishware, while one splash of color -- light blue -- makes a contemporary appearance in a strip of ribbon down the center of the table.

    • Luxurious Touches

      A vision in pink, this table showcases vintage china, gold-rim glassware, and rosy Depression-era goblets. Garlands of silver tinsel and beads drape the mantel, where damask wallpaper covers the firebox opening.

    • Colors that Complement

      Say goodbye to traditional red and green and decorate in colors that complement your room. Dress the table with cookies and miniature bottlebrush trees, and hang ornaments from the chandelier. Continue the look on the tree with gumdrop branches and cookie ornaments. Get a closer look at the coordinating centerpiece in the next slide.

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      Edible Centerpiece

      Almost too pretty to eat, this centerpiece features a winter landscape of bottlebrush trees with adorable cookie animals. More iced cookies, glass stars, and miniature ball ornaments cascade from the glass chandelier.

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      Contemporary Tabletop

      Crisp white runners topped by place mats in green add dimension to contemporary furnishings. Sew two linen runners, trim the ends with twinkling buttons, and arrange them across one another on the table. Take a closer look at the place settings in the next slide.

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      Layers of Luxury

      For a sleek place setting, stack square white dishes on gorgeous-in-green place mats. Wrap chocolate-brown napkins in lime velvet ribbon threaded through rhinestone buckles.

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      Indigo Elegance

      Simply adorned for the holidays, this dining room features a white-painted antique breakfront that showcases blue-and-white porcelain. Comfortable chairs upholstered with indigo-blue mohair surround a circular pedestal table adorned with a white-twig centerpiece and tall silver candlesticks.

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      Merry Mustard

      The color mustard is a warm backdrop for the rich greens and reds of natural decorations. Mustard-and-ivory toile drapery and pale mustard wallpaper lets evergreens, amaryllis, and poinsettias take center stage.

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      Gleaming Silver on Green

      Gleaming silver sparkles against a sage-green damask cloth topped with red place mats. Red roses, small wreaths at the windows, and a greenery-bedecked chandelier complete the elegant setting.

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      Chocolate Table

      This chocolate-brown table welcomes guests to a holiday dinner. White china and clear glasses pop against the rich tone of the table. A centerpiece with flowers accents the hues for a cohesive feel.

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      Golden Gifts

      The yellow undertone of the glasses, silverware, and plates sets an inviting tone for dinner. Small gifts wrapped in gold ribbon rest at the center of each plate awaiting guests.

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      Vintage White

      This vintage white table accented with pink and purple flowers, candles, ribbon, and ornaments is ready for hungry guests.

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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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