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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Whether your decorating tastes tend toward formal, country, or eclectic styles, we've got plenty of ideas for dressing up windows and sills for the season.

Display some of the great outdoors.

Screen your view of the outdoors with an indoor forest of skinny Christmas trees. Anchor the trees in wet sand in galvanized buckets, and add watering cans for a garden theme.

Dress up windows with a eucalyptus wreath.

Highlight a room's view by adding peepholes -- such as a lightweight wreath of artificial eucalyptus. Wire several stems together in a circle to make the wreath and hang it in front of the window with clear monofilament.

Add accent with a dried flower swag.

Accent windows with swags of artificial eucalyptus and silk or dried red flowers. To make each swag, bundle stems of eucalyptus, red twigs, dyed-red baby's breath, and bear grass into a small swag; assemble red yarrow into a smaller bouquet and wire it over the swag's stem ends. Tie a bow over the joint and bend one eucalyptus branch to form a hanger to hook over the curtain rod.

Add a touch of frost with snowflakes.

Let it snow -- indoors! Dress up a window with a lacy table skirt for a quick valance and hang paper snowflakes from the curtain rod with ribbon.

Reflect the colors of Christmas.

Arrange red and green bottles along the top of a window sash where they can catch the light and filter your view with Christmas color.

Frame a window from inside with miniature lights. Run a strand of lights along the sill and top of the sash, securing it with small pieces of masking tape. Suspend a lighted tree-topper ornament from the sash (or pop a specialty add-on ornament onto one of the miniature lights). Hide the wires with greenery.

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