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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Our Best Cookie-in-a-Jar Recipes

In need of a creative addition to your cookie exchange party or a tasty gift for friends and family? Look no further than our collection of irresistible cookie-in-a-jar recipes. Each holiday-ready gift takes less than 30 minutes to prepare and features layer upon layer of favorite cookie, brownie, or blondie mix-ins.

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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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Tabletop Decorating Ideas

Make your table a feast for the eyes with these fast decorating tips that add sparkle and life to any meal.

Put on the ritz with a large variety of colorful costume jewelry.

Give holiday table settings a creative and unexpected twist by putting your costume jewelry to work. Large bracelets make perfect napkin rings, and necklaces add panache to hurricane lamps. If a necklace is too short to drape around the hurricane lamp, use fine wire to extend it.

This table -- decorated with inexpensive rhinestone look-alikes -- sparkles with glitz and glamour.

For a romantic, dressy table -- perhaps a New Year's Eve dinner for two or four -- layer on the rhinestone jewelry: Drape a silver candelabra with necklaces and earrings and scatter large rhinestones (or crafts-store look-alikes) around the table to catch the light.

Vary the color and size of your fruit to create a lush collection of objects.

Give tea lights an elegant look by coating them with tiny glass beads. Remove the candle and push a long nail through the bottom of the metal cup. Wrap the outside of the cup with double-stick adhesive tape and roll it in the glass beads (available from a crafts store). Use the nail to attach the cup to a piece of fruit, making sure the cup rests securely and is level. Replace the candle in the cup.

Use these small goblet floral arrangements for place settings, party favors, or centerpieces.

Collect mismatched flea market cups or goblets and fill them with petite bouquets to decorate each place setting at a dinner party. To send the cups home as party gifts, use dried flowers glued to plastic foam inside the cup; that way, guests won't have to worry about spilling water.

Decorative oversized planters make any table look elegantly festive.

Create a dramatic centerpiece with lightweight papier-mache or plaster planters from a crafts store or florist's supply shop. To keep the greenery fresh, line the planters with plastic trash bags, then stack blocks of water-soaked florist's foam in the bags. Insert evergreen branches and decorate them with cranberry garland and kumquats. To make kumquat ornaments, string wooden beads, kumquats, and holly leaves on embroidery thread.


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