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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Glimmer-Swirls Ornaments

Swirls of glaze and glitter ice these ornaments like frost on a windowpane.

What You'll Need

  • Delta Sparkle Glaze
  • Round paintbrush
  • 4-inch-diameter frosted glass ornament
  • Plastic or paper cup
  • Fine apparel-type glitter (gold or silver)
  • 1-inch-wide sheer ribbon to coordinate with ornament


1. Shake the bottle of Sparkle Glaze well. Use the glaze to paint freehand swirls on the top half of the ornament. Set the ball in a cup to dry. When the glaze is dry, brush glaze swirls on the bottom half of the ornament and set it in the cup to dry.

2. Add a second layer of swirls, overlapping the first. While the glaze is wet, very lightly sprinkle the ornament with gold or silver glitter. Tie coordinating sheer ribbon through the hanger loop at the top of the ornament.

On-the-go people surely don't have time to handcraft gifts and home decor -- unless they're readers of Simply Handmade. As its name suggests, this semiannual magazine takes time-strapped crafters step-by-step through all kinds of seasonal projects (more than 170 in each issue!) that require minimal effort and time. Yet, as quick and easy as they are to complete, Simply Handmade projects consistently yield exquisite results.

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  • 170-plus projects in each issue -- something for every busy crafter
  • Clear, easy-to-follow instructions, along with materials lists, patterns and helpful photos
  • Suggestions for finding materials in local shops
  • Timesaving tips that can be applied to other projects

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