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.

View Slideshow

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.

View Video

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.

View Slideshow

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.

View Slideshow

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.

View Video

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.

View Slideshow

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.

View Slideshow
Popular in Christmas

Pretty Christmas Door Decorations

Once you've trimmed the tree, head outside to deck your front door for Christmas. Our ideas for front door decorations range from traditional to modern, but all are easy to put together. Using Christmas wreaths, lights, and garlands, you'll have the prettiest house on the block.

X

    Everything in this slideshow

    • Choose Monochromatic Christmas Decorations

      Go all out this year and create a winter wonderland at your front door. Enlist the kids to cut snowflakes, and hang them from strings of lights. Spray faux trees white and plant them in galvanizd buckets on each side of the door. For the final touch, spray-paint wire baskets white, hang, and fill each with sparkling silver orbs.

      Shop Christmas wreaths now!
    • Mix Shapes and Textures

      If matching isn't your style, funky forms are a wonderful way to add visual interest to a holiday front door. Here, distinctive topiaries play against a gathering of bright berries and the soft white of the wreath.

    • Hang a Low Wreath

      Be the first on the block to break wreath tradition. Hanging your Christmas wreath low on the front door looks modern and welcoming, and it leaves the window free for collecting sunlight.

    • Celebrate Traditional Decor

      Bring your front door back to basics with red and silver ornaments nestled in fresh greenery. This look is sophisticated and works on a traditional or contemporary home.

    • Play with Pastels

      The deep jewel tones common during Christmas aren't right for every home. If you're looking for a change, try a pastel palette, like the white, sea green, and butter yellow shown here.

    • Try the Coolest Front-Door Secret

      Our Holidays editor came up with a nifty trick for making matching swags for outdoor light fixtures. See her secret!

    • Add Fresh or Faux Flowers

      If you live in a temperate climate, you might be able to make front door decorations with seasonal flower displays, such as poinsettias. To dress up the arrangement, try selections in an accent color -- here, white adds a pop of bright against the brick. If your weather isn't so mild, go for faux flowers that you can reuse year after year.

      Shop now: pretty Christmas decorations!
    • Play with Modern Shapes and Colors

      An unconventional wreath (made from an antique serving dish) is the centerpiece of this modern holiday door, but every detail counts. The bold ornaments, lime ribbon, and contemporary plantings combine for a cool Christmas look.

    • Change Your Holiday Greeting

      Most seasonal displays are fairly static, but small elements can help you add a bit more personality to your front door decor. Here, a tiny chalkboard allows the homeowners to add a changing message on the front door wreath. Other ideas: a countdown to Christmas, or ribbon or wreaths that change weekly.

    • 10 of 28

      Use a Symmetrical Design

      When in doubt, a symmetrical arrangement of Christmas decorations always looks polished. Spiral topiaries welcome guests onto the landing, where an evergreen arch accents existing architecture.

    • 11 of 28

      Choose an Unusual Accent Color

      Add an unexpected accent color to your Christmas decorations for a fresh front door. Here, ripe oranges and a tangerine-color ribbon make classic pine green pop.

    • 12 of 28

      Use Garden-Inspired Christmas Door Decorations

      This large, leafy garland and matching front door decorations are made from evergreen branches, pinecones, berries, apples, magnolia leaves, and festive holiday ribbon. At nighttime, the intertwined lights add a cozy, cheery glow. Use it as inspiration for your front door, or add your favorite festive elements.

      Editor's Tip: Purchase a long evergreen garland to serve as the base, then use florist's pins and hot glue to secure embellishments.

    • Easy Christmas Wreaths
      13 of 28

      Learn to Make Easy Christmas Wreaths

      Create your own front door decor with these simple-to-make Christmas wreaths.

    • 14 of 28

      Decorate Front Yard Trees and Shrubs

      Instead of simply accenting your front door, try integrating the rest of the front yard into your design. Here, simple lit orbs add unexpected brilliance to the large tree. The lights also make the house as attractive by night as it is by day.

      Christmas lights that shine bright -- shop now!
    • 15 of 28

      Add a Twist to Your Front Door Decor

      Wreaths are a lovely addition to nearly every front entryway. But there are other items that can add seasonal interest to your door. Here, ice skates -- tied with a bit of greenery and ribbon -- dress up the traditional entry.

    • 16 of 28

      Match Front Door Decor to Architectural Style

      If you're new to Christmas decorating, use your home's architectural style as inspiration. Traditional homes look great in classic decorations, while rustic homes call for a more casual setup. Here, a cozy cabin gets dressed up with simple, unadorned fresh greenery -- two wreaths and a garland.

    • 17 of 28

      Rely on Color for Contrast

      One way to make your Christmas door decorations stand out is with color. White is a great contrast to dark or bright-color doors. Here, wooden snowflake cutouts are spray-painted white and hot-glued into wreath form. A wide double ribbon adds a simple, elegant finish.

    • 18 of 28

      Decorate All Your Surfaces

      If you have a large front entryway, you're lucky: You have more room to add pretty holiday accents. One way to unify them is to choose just a few materials to repeat, such as the grapevine and fir shown here.

    • 19 of 28

      Create a Wreath from Nontraditional Materials

      Evergreens and pinecones are standard elements for front door decorations, but unconventional materials will make your door stand out. Here, rolled-up cones of printed paper, torn from an old book, are glued to a wreath for a graphic update to a Christmas classic.

    • 20 of 28

      Balance Your Christmas Door Decorations

      Ornate doors and wide front entryways need little decoration. Instead, add accents to the surrounding areas to create the perfect holiday look. Two containers flank this wide entry, playing off the elegant front porch's symmetry. Bright silver and red ornaments accent both the containers and the evergreen wreath.

    • 21 of 28

      Add Glitter to Your Christmas Door Decorations

      Sparkle and shine are synonymous with the season. Use this pretty silver front door decoration as inspiration to create your own glittering welcome. Purchase a silver wreath, or paint a grapevine wreath using metallic spray paint; add a sparkling ribbon, and weave in silver and blue ornaments. For another sparkling color scheme, use gold and bronze decorations to glam up your Christmas door.

    • How to Make a Christmas Wreath
      22 of 28

      Make a Festive Yarn Wreath

      A simple wreath base and some yarn are all it takes to create a beautiful door decoration this Christmas. See how!

    • 23 of 28

      Use Seasonal Colors for Christmas Door Decorations

      Play up the traditional Christmas red-and-green color scheme with a modern spin. If you have a green door, accent it with an all-red wreath and place bright red flowers on the front porch. Don't have a green door? Play around with other color schemes, such as white and blue (good for lighter doors) or silver and gold (good for darker doors).

    • 24 of 28

      Go for Traditional Decor

      You can decorate a door for Christmas in a way that's both classic and fresh with traditional accents. Hang a medium-size boxwood wreath with a bright red bow in the middle for pretty texture and style. Add symmetrical accents on either side of the door to complete the look, such as the shaped topiaries shown here.

    • 25 of 28

      Use a Single Color

      There is a surprising array of diversity in the green color spectrum, from deep and rich to light and bright. These simple and traditional Christmas door decorations focus on color variations to add visual interest. A green ribbon adds luster to an evergreen wreath, while tiny lights brighten the garland around the front door.

    • 26 of 28

      Transform Premade into One-of-a-Kind

      It's easy to customize an ordinary garland for extraordinary impact. Small holiday ornaments secured with hot glue coordinate with this red front door and add bright pops of color to a premade pinecone garland. Tall lanterns, adorned with small sprigs of berries, lead the way to Christmas celebrations.

      Shop Christmas ornaments now!
    • 27 of 28

      Adorn Seasonal Items for Christmas Door Decorations

      Lean a vintage wooden sled next to the front door and decorate it with a small garland, pinecones, ornaments, and a bright red bow.

    • 28 of 28
      Next Slideshow Pretty Christmas Wreaths

      Pretty Christmas Wreaths

      Deck the halls with these gorgeous winter wreaths that will bring holiday cheer to your Christmas decor. Christmas wreaths are often made with fir, but we share alternative wreath supplies that could inspire this year's front door.
      Begin Slideshow »

      Related

    close
    close
    close
    close
    close

    Loading... Please wait...