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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More Easy Christmas Ornaments Kids Can Make

Kids can show holiday spirit with their own handmade ornaments.

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    • Name that Ornament

      Plain ornaments can be personalized for the kids with simple letter stickers found at a crafts store.

    • Vintage Paper Ornaments

      These paper trims take their cue from vintage decorations. Rickrack, ribbon, scraps, rhinestones, and other embellishments turn them into dimensional gems for the tree.

    • Puffy Pom-Pom Ornaments

      These yarn balls bring to mind ice-skating parties and warm hats. Make the poms using a pom-pom creator (available at crafts stores) and colorful acrylic yarn. Or, wrap scads of yarn around the middle of a paper-towel roll, slip off the yarn, and tie at the center. Clip the loop ends and fluff.

    • Photo Ornaments

      Snap candid shots of friends, then turn the photos into ornaments. Hot-glue lace and ribbon around the edges of the pictures. Wrap the cut ends to the backs of the photos, finishing them with more glue to prevent fraying. Attach a hanging loop to the back of each photo ornament.

    • Peppermint Stick Starburst Ornament

      This starburst of peppermint sticks explodes with color. Lightly coat a foam ball with red acrylic spray paint. Press peppermint sticks about 1/2 inch into the ball. Remove the sticks, add a dot of glue into each hole, and then replace the sticks.

    • Pushpin Ornament

      This sparkly ornament is made from common pushpins. Insert clear pins in a circle around the middle of a foam ball, then add rows to cover the ball. A bent silver pipe cleaner forms the hanger.

    • Mini Present Ornament

      Hide a sweet snack in mini packages that double as ornaments. Glue strips of felt to papier-mache boxes with snug-fitting lids; embellish with ribbon and trim. Use an awl or nail to punch a hole in the lid. For a hanging loop, insert ribbon ends through hole; knot ends inside the lid at the base.

    • Magnificent Music Notes Ornament

      Decoupage classic holiday tunes onto plain ornaments and decorate your tree in song.

    • Newsworthy Christmas Ornament

      The writing's on the walls of this miniature house ornament made from newspaper-covered chipboard. Modify the size and window placements of the pattern and enlarge the newsprint on a photocopier to create a variety of houses.

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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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