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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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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How to Make a Snowflake Tree Ornament

Fashion a holiday ornament that's rich in beauty and easy on the budget with this paper snowflake tree crafted from pretty printed scrapbook paper.

What You Need

  • Two 4-inch and four 2-3/4-inch die-cut snowflake shapes
  • Embroidery needle
  • Long-eye beading needle
  • White embroidery floss
  • Ten 10-mm-round white pearls
  • Medium-width ribbon

How to Make It

  1. To give shape to the tree, slightly trim the tips from one large and one small snowflake shape.
  2. Use the embroidery needle to push a small hole through the center of each snowflake.
  3. Thread the beading needle with an 18-inch length of embroidery floss.
  4. Slip a pearl onto the floss.
  5. Carefully remove the needle, and then rethread it with both ends of the floss. The ends of the floss should be even.
  6. Thread the needle through the bottom of a large snowflake; add two pearls.
  7. Thread the needle through the remaining snowflakes, from largest to smallest, adding two pearls between each shape.
  8. Finish with a pearl at the top.
  9. Sew through the center of the ribbon and secure the thread.
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