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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Easy-to-Make Snowflake Ornaments

No two snowflakes are alike -- and just as the saying goes, these adorable snowflake ornaments are unique Christmas crafts you can make your very own.

Christmas Day Snowflake Ornament

Use this snowflake ornament to celebrate the iconic day of the Christmas season, or switch up the numbers in the bottle cap to mark another significant date or number, such as an anniversary or the number of Christmases you've spent with someone.


  1. Punch a small hole in the top of a chipboard snowflake (available at crafts stores).
  2. Paint the snowflake with silver glitter paint, or paint with silver paint and immediately coat with glitter; let dry. Paint the mandala-shape chipboard or cardstock cutout with white paint; let dry. Paint the inside of the bottle cap red; let dry.
  3. Press desired scrapbooking stickers -- here we show the number 25 to represent Christmas day -- into the center of the bottle cap. Stamp the inside of the bottle cap with a Christmas message.
  4. Using crafts glue, adhere the mandala shape to the snowflake. Glue the bottle cap to the center of the mandala.
  5. Thread ribbon through the small hole at the top of the snowflake ornament; tie into a bow and hang.

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Salt-Dough Snowflake Ornaments

Though these delicate snowflake ornaments look tasty, they're not edible -- so don't mix them up with the Christmas cookies!


  1. Prepare the dough: Mix 1/2 cup salt, 1 cup flour, and 1/2 cup water until sticky.
  2. Roll the dough to 1/4-inch thickness, and cut out snowflake shapes with cookie cutters; use a skewer to pierce a hole for hanging.
  3. Bake the shapes for 4 hours in a 200 degrees F oven.
  4. When cool, draw hearts, squiggles, and dots on the ornaments with a red permanent marker.
  5. Hang the ornaments on the Christmas tree from loops of festive twine or yarn.

Framed Snowflake Ornament

Send a warm holiday greeting with this simple-to-make snowflake ornament.


  1. Paint two different wooden snowflake shapes white; let dry.
  2. Glue the snowflakes on top of each other and fit them inside a wood frame, using dabs of glue at the ends of the bottom snowflake to secure it to the frame. 
  3. Cut holiday-theme scrapbook paper to fit the frame edges; glue in place. 
  4. Using rub-on transfers, rub a holiday message onto the front of the top painted snowflake.
  5. Coat the ornament with varnish; let dry. Add a ribbon hanger.

Clothespin and Crafts-Stick Snowflake Ornaments

Our contemporary take on classic Swedish straw ornaments combines crafts sticks (or clothespins) with wooden rounds to create different snowflake forms.

Clothespin Snowflake Ornament Instructions:

  1. Glue six small-size doll clothespins to a medium-size wooden circle, positioning the clothespins near the outside edge.
  2. Hot-glue a small wooden circle to the center front of the snowflake ornament, then glue a 1/2-inch-diameter button plug to the center of the circle.

Crafts-Stick Snowflake Ornament Instructions:

  1. Overlap four crafts sticks to form a snowflake shape and hot-glue them to a medium-size wooden circle.
  2. Glue a small-size wooden circle to the center of the snowflake ornament, then attach a 1/2-inch-diameter button plug to finish the ornament.

Colorful Snowflake Ornaments

Make a colorful flurry of snowflake ornaments in all shapes and sizes to decorate your Christmas tree this holiday season.


  1. Fold a square of strudy decorative paper in half diagonally, then in half again.
  2. Make small cuts on all sides of the folded paper.
  3. Open, press flat, and outline the edges with crafts glue and glitter.

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