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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Christmas Ornament Crafts

Keep these handmade Christmas ornaments for yourself, or use them as one-of-a-kind gifts this holiday season. Each of these 20+ Christmas ornament crafts is easy to make and perfect for this year's Christmas decorating.

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    • Snowman Star Ornaments

      These crafty ornaments are a new spin on a classic winter figure. All glittered up and star-shaped, they look like snowman snowflakes. Draw a rounded star shape to use as a pattern. Trace and cut out two shapes from white batting; pin together. Sew the shapes together along the edges, stuffing with fiberfill as you go. Stitch a long white string through the top of the head for a hanging loop. 

      Thin decoupage medium with a bit of water. Brush mixture all over star, coating the edges and stitches; let dry. Brush on a second coat on all areas you wish to glitter. Sprinkle glitter; shake off excess. Reapply as desired; let dry.

      Draw on eyes with a fine-tip black marker. Glue on an orange-felt nose. Glue artificial greenery around neck.

       

       

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    • Vintage Santa Ornament

      What's better than seeing Santa's friendly face smiling down from the Christmas tree? Try this unique take on a classic decoration by starting with miniature vintage mugs. Then, bleach bottle brush trees; let dry. Dye bottle brush trees red; let dry. Place tree in mug, sticking into florist's foam to secure. Glue on ornaments as desired.

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    • Budget-Friendly DIY Ornaments

      It only takes a few materials to make these cheery felt ornaments. Let the kids help out by choosing felt colors, choosing designs, and cutting with supervision. Whether you make them for the tree or as gift toppers, it's a project that's easy on your schedule and your wallet.

    • Kiddie Snowsuit Ornament

      These little guys are all bundled up -- but that only makes them more adorable! Download our pattern and trace onto lightweight cardboard. Glue on the back of patterned scrapbook paper and trim around shape. Cut out a felt oval for face. Stitch on eyes and mouth and attach pink felt circles for cheeks. Hot-glue face onto hood of snowsuit. Hot-glue black paper semicircles for shoes, and glue on embellishments where desired. Use trims, metallic pipe cleaners, buttons, and ribbon for embellishments. Attach a loop of thread for hanging. 

       

       

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    • Gold Geometric Ornament

      Add some trendy shine to the tree -- no one will guess the secret material used to make this ornament is straws!

      Purchase gold metallic straws, or coat straws with gold spray paint. Cut straws into pieces: four 5 inch; four 3 inch; four 2-3/4 inch. Thread 5 feet of string onto a needle. String one 5-inch straw, two 2-3/4-inch straws, and another 5-inch straw. Push straws near the end of the string and pull strings tight to create a diamond shape. Keeping strings taut, secure with a square knot, and leave a 3-inch tail.

      String one 5-inch straw and one 2-3/4-inch straw and tie off on the bottom of the diamond shape. Repeat, and tie off at the top of the diamond. Thread needle back through one of the 5-inch straws, so your string comes out in the middle; tie off. Add a 3-inch straw horizontally between each side of the diamond, tying off at each corner.

      Add a gold bead to the 3-inch string tail and secure with hot glue; let dry. Trim excess string.

    • Felt Tree Ornament

      This sweet tree is an adorable Christmas ornament craft the kids can make. Cut a tree shape from light green wool. Cut out a dark green tree accent and a brown trunk accent and sew these pieces onto light green layer. Use needle and thread to sew on purchased beaded felt balls in a zigzag pattern. Stitch a yarn loop at the top for hanging.  

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    • Cookie Cutter Shadowbox Ornament

      Repurpose vintage cookie cutters into shadowbox ornaments with shabby chic flair. Brush cookie cutters with cream paint; then line the back with sheet music or book pages. Embellish with costume jewelry, metal details, and beads.

    • Fabric Cutout Ornament

      Patterned fabric with bold shapes can be used to make super easy ornaments. Choose a fabric with bright circles of pattern or color, and layer with fusible batting. Press layers together. Sew layers together about 1/4-inch from the edge of each circle, using a decorative stitch setting. Use pinking shears to cut through all layers around each circle motif. Attach a loop of ribbon for hanging.

    • Cardboard Snowflake Ornament

      You can fill the tree with beautiful hand-drawn snowflakes without breaking the bank. Only a few simple materials are needed to make this fun craft that the kids can join in on.

      To find a snowflake pattern, search the Web for "snowflake pattern"; print and cut out your favorite. Trace shapes onto kraft chipboard and use a crafts knife to cut out. Use white marker to draw embellishments onto ornaments. Loop off-white ribbon through hole in ornament and secure with tape.

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      Simple Snowman Ornament

      These frosty cuties will add cheer to your tree and are quick and easy crafts to make. Punch a circle from embossed or snowflake-patterned white cardstock. Cut out carrot nose from orange cardstock and attach with foam adhesive dots (available at crafts stores). Draw on eyes and mouth with black marker. Punch a small hole on the top of the ornament and thread loop through hole to hang.

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      Glitzy Globe Ornaments

      Don't be fooled by their glamorous look -- these glitzy globes are easier to make than you think. Start by punching festive designs from double-sided adhesive sheets -- make snowflakes, tree shapes, and more. Once ready, stick them on plain glass ornaments. A sprinkle of red glitter adds a sparkling finish.

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      25 Days Ornaments

      Count down the days until Christmas with bright and cheery paper ornaments. Cut colorful double-sided cardstock into various-size squares; using bold ink, stamp each square with a number (1-25). Use a hole punch and some string to hang. They'll look fabulous on your tree or in a bouquet of fallen backyard branches! 

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      How to Make Salt Dough Ornaments

      This is one of the most customizable ornament ideas ever! Return to the classic technique of salt dough to create ornaments in any shape, color, and style you can dream up.

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      Paper Poinsettia Ornament

      Try this papery spin on one of your favorite holiday flowers: the poinsettia. Made with red cardstock, glue, and a few pom-poms, this simple ornament is almost as pretty as the real deal. To make, cut the cardstock into five small teardrop shapes. Fold each in half lengthwise and crease, then unfold. Using hot glue, adhere the round ends to create the flower center. Finish by bedazzling with mini white pom-poms.

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      Bedazzled Paper Ornaments

      Like a little glitz and glam around Christmastime? Us, too! These patterned ornaments get their done-up look from festive paper, mini pom-poms, ribbon, gems, and glue. Experiment with colors, play with patterns -- no matter how you assemble them, they're sure to sparkle.

      Editor's Tip: Little ones crafting, too? We recommend cutting easy ornament shapes they can use to trace.

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      Sweet Birdy Ornaments

      Who says gift tags are for presents only? These little labels double as ornaments, thanks to out-of-the-box thinking and a few simple supplies. Make these easy bird ornaments by cutting the bodies from red or white glitter paper (to avoid the mess of traditional glitter), then drawing on details using markers and a gel pen. The charming two-in-one tags ensure nothing goes to waste this holiday. 

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      Paper Star Ornament

      Fold it right there! Save some room on your Christmas tree for these easy yet dazzling paper stars. Start by printing our free pattern, then finish by gluing on a sweet holiday message.

      Get the pattern and project instructions.
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      Snowman Ornaments

      Do you want to build a snowman? Look no further! Stitched from cozy scraps of felt, these cute-as-can-be snowmen are kid friendly and perfect for decorating. Send them along with presents, or hang them on your tree -- either way they're sure to melt your heart this holiday season.

    • Outdoor Christmas Ornaments
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      Cutest Outdoor Ornament (Ever!)

      Make the outside of your home as pretty as the inside with this adorable crafts-stick trick! 

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      Chalk Design Christmas Ornaments

      Go old-school this Christmas with mini chalkboard ornaments. Start by coating unfinished wooden discs in red paint, then let your creativity wander with fun and festive chalk designs. Think snowflakes, doves -- even a vintage Santa face! 

      Get the pattern and project instructions.
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      Paper-Stuffed Christmas Ornament

      All it takes to turn a clear ball into a Christmas-worthy ornament is a few strips of paper and a bit of imagination. We used music sheets here, but old book pages, colored scrapbooking paper, or magazine pages will do the trick, too.

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      Felt Star Ornaments

      Delicate stars make perfect tree or window adornments -- and you don't even need a pattern! To make, cut simple shapes from felted wool and embellish with embroidery floss, pearl beads, and crystal accents. To add visual variety to your display, change the size of star and type of accents.

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      Scrapbook-Paper Tree Ornament

      Gather your kids and friends together for an afternoon of Christmas crafting, and create a whole forest of these easy trees. The trick: Roll up strips of green scrapbook paper for easy stacking.

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      White Felt Ornaments

      Simple stitching skills are all it takes to whip up these sweet Christmas ornament crafts. Use them to adorn everyday items, such as canisters, or add them as present toppers.

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      Silhouette Ornament

      Old-fashioned silhouettes are popular again, so honor your family members by celebrating their profiles in Christmas ornaments. Using a photo as a guide, trace a silhouette onto black paper; cut out. Line the back of a small frame with decorative paper, then glue the silhouette on top. Hang with a pretty ribbon.

      Free silhouette patterns.
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      Sheet Music Stars

      Add a musical note to your Christmas tree with these quick-to-craft paper ornaments. All you need is some sheet music, thread, and our helpful pattern.

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      Gnome Ornament

      This lovable gnome makes a great DIY craft for your Christmas tree or a gift. Simply print the free pattern onto fabric, then stitch, stuff, and close. 

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      Rosette Snowflake Ornament

      Kids will have a great time choosing the colors of felt and assembling these deceptively simple rosette snowflake ornaments. Choose contrasting or complementary colors, and string a few extra from the windows to enhance your decorating.

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      Easy Christmas Ornaments

      Transform simple supplies into outstanding homemade Christmas ornaments with our easy crafting ideas. Clever embellishments, quick-to-make shapes, and beautiful designs come together to make this collection of easy Christmas ornaments.
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