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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Snowy Village Ornaments

Replicate your home or create an entire village with these ornamental abodes that are decked out for the holidays.

Use the patterns to create the steeply pitched cottage, quaint Colonial, or mid-century modern house -- or for inspiring other designs. A clothespin or candle clip attached to the base makes the ornaments a snap to hang on a tree.

Using one of the patterns, cut the house, roof, and base from card stock. Our ornaments are about 3 inches tall, but you can enlarge the pattern to the size you'd like. If you use white card stock, you can "paint" the house by gluing colored paper on top of the card stock.

Fold the house and roof pieces as indicated on the pattern. For the Colonial-style house, cut a square in the roof and cut an extra piece of card stock for the chimney. Glue the pieces together. Cut windows and doors from colored card stock or paper. Glue to the house.

Decorate as desired. Some ideas: Create a wintry scene by sprinkling glitter in craft glue spread on the roof and base. Form icicles by letting hot glue harden on waxed paper, then glue to the eaves. Create a snowdrift by sprinkling glitter in mounds of hot glue. Make wreaths from small chenille stems and twigs. For snow-capped trees, sprinkle glitter on the tips of miniature or bottlebrush trees.

Hot-glue a clothespin or candle clip to the bottom of the ornament to attach to a tree branch.

Cottage House Ornament

Cozy and quaint, this ornament would look right at home in a Norman Rockwell painting.

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Cape Cod House Ornament

Covered in a dusting of "snow," this ornament is a miniature replica of the perfect place to be when the weather outside turns frightful.

Print the Cape Cod House Ornament Pattern

Mid-Century Modern House Ornament

The holiday season brings cheer and good will to all, whatever your style may be.

Print the Mid-Century Modern House Ornament Pattern


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