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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Outdoor Christmas Decorating Ideas

Make the outside of your home as ready for the holiday season as the inside with these outdoor Christmas decorating ideas. Our holiday decorating ideas, including beautiful Christmas greenery, festive light displays, and more, are sure to get your yard Christmas-ready.

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    • Festive Front Door

      Mallory of Charming in Charlotte decked out her front door with a magnolia leaf wreath and garland. Bright ornaments in red, silver, and gold tones add a pop of color to decor

      Mallory's Styling Tip: For a picture-perfect finish, stack kraft paper wrapped gifts against the door.

    • Cranberry Luminarias

      This inexpensive outdoor Christmas idea is a cinch to execute. Simply layer a stocky glass vase with faux snow and real cranberries (or fake, if you're worried about animals). Tuck in a pillar candle. Align on your walkway with fir bundles topped with your pretty luminarias.

    • Pretty Porch Decor

      Make the most of sheltered porch corners with an impressive (and easy!) display of candles and greenery. To get the look, top a small table with a patterned holiday towel, assorted candles, and pinecones. A festive holiday wreath and bucket of birch branches completes the look.

    • Luxe Lanterns

      Add the soft glow of candlelight to your front porch with decorated lanterns. Jennifer of Dimples and Tangles filled hers with ornaments and topped them with beautiful bows and greenery.

    • Reindeer Wreath

      Our most festive front door starts with a faux white reindeer surrounded by green leaves and branches.  Anchor the wreath with a neutral ribbon and pops of bright green berries.

    • Gorgeous Garland

      Erin of Earnest Home Co. created a rustic dried orange and cinnamon garland to decorate her colonial-theme porch. We love the pop of red apples in her decor. Get her complete instructions here.

    • Handmade Holiday Wreath

      Searching for that perfect holiday wreath? Make your own with these easy step-by-step instructions from Alice and Lois. We love the seasonal combination of bay leaf branches and berries!

    • Inviting Holiday Mailbox

      Prepare a merry welcome at the curb -- a pretty swag of pine tied on with wire adds a flourish to your mailbox. Embellish it with red accents and pretty pinecones. The first snow will only enhance the look.

    • Festive Railing Planter

      Add seasonal greenery to your outdoor planters for a festive and bright entrance. Here, we used a mix of pinecones, berries, clementines, and evergreen sprigs.

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      Candy Cane Holder

      Take inspiration from classic Christmas candy and fill a white planter with decorative candy canes for a unique outdoor holiday decorating idea. Store-bought plastic canes and weather-treated ribbon mean this front door decor can last throughout the season.

    • 3 Cheap Christmas Wreath Ideas
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      Cheap Wreaths: 3 Ideas!

      Keep your wallet full and your decorations merry with these pick-your-favorite cheap wreath crafts.

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      Tiny Tannenbaum Planter Holder

      A wrought-iron planter holder features miniature dwarf spruce and other evergreens for a Christmas treelike display. Enhance the arrangement by adding glass ball ornaments and fresh-cut boughs of cedar and pine into the mix.

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      Christmas Light 'Burning Bush'

      Light up your winter nights! Lay coiled Christmas light strands on top of soil, then insert branches and dried weeds to create a bushlike appearance.

      Editor's Tip: Last year's lights all tangled up? Instead of buying new ones and coiling them by hand, just use your tangled ones.

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      Tiny Frosted Trees

      Bottlebrush firs look like miniature frosted evergreens when arranged in a wintry bucket or planter. Votive candles add a calming, flickering glow to this outdoor Christmas decoration.

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      Red Door Garland

      Dress up your entryway with a festive Christmas garland for a look that's both welcoming and of-the-season. To make this outdoor holiday decorating idea your own, customize a ready-made pinecone garland with ornaments that coordinate with your door color. Position the garland outside the door frame and secure at the top and sides with self-adhesive hooks or brick clips.

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      Twig Sculpture

      White twigs rise from a mound of potted juniper, making a small container stand tall. Snowy-white Mitsumata branches lend a striking profile and contrast with a festive red pot. Insert shimmery red ornaments and natural pinecones into the greenery for a colorful and textural impact. A faux-bird resting on a branch injects a bit of whimsy.

      Editor's Tip: Make it your own. Choose redtwig dogwood, birch, or spray-painted twigs to create this display. Besides white, twigs painted silver or gold will shimmer in the winter light.

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      Outside Ornaments

      Ornaments aren't just for the tree! Give your outdoor planters a holiday makeover with a few round ornaments, birch branches, and grapevine balls. We use plastic ornaments to avoid breakage.

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      Christmas Light Planter

      Dress up bare branches in festive Christmas lights for a unique outdoor Christmas decorating idea. A shimmery gossamer ribbon reflects the glow cast by braiding together several strands of colored bulbs.

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      Wintry Glass Candle Display

      Turn inexpensive glass cylinders in various sizes into miniature Christmas luminaries. Place a cranberry-red candle inside each cylinder, filling the space between the glass and the candle with miniature red and silver ornaments. Set atop moss in a planter outdoors for instant holiday spirit.

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      Wreath with Skates

      Hang a wreath that welcomes visitors with a snowy sport theme. Two white ice skates command attention from inside a foam wreath that's wrapped with sleeves of an old sweater. A decorative bow and snowflakes add pizzazz.

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      Natural Container Holiday Show

      A supersize cone from a sugar pine brings star power to this container display. Set the pinecone upright amid a bed of moss and spruce sprigs dotted with small pinecones. Top the pinecone with a faux-cardinal for eye-catching impact. A potted evergreen in a complementary green, such as this compact 'Blue Star' juniper, creates a striking combination of natural elements.

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      Snow Globe Planter

      A mix of bistro and mini lights brightens up any winter arrangement on your front porch. Here, we've secured some strands to a trellis with zip ties; more lights are tucked into evergreen boughs that cradle magnolia leaves.

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      Wintry Windowsills

      Turn your dormant window planters into decoration space by planting hardy shrubs until spring arrives. Simple wire stars and white lights add festive glow to this outdoor Christmas decoration.

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      Jingle Bells

      This hanging holiday decoration couldn't be any easier. All you'll need is fresh greenery (we like spruce branches), striped ribbon, and bells. Hang it on the front door, the mailbox, or anywhere that needs a holiday touch.

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      Christmas Light Orbs

      Spheres of grapevines wrapped in Christmas lights become shimmering orbs on a coat of freshly fallen snow. Place these magical globes in birdbaths, urns, or on stairsteps to cast an ethereal glow on your outdoor landscape.

      Editor's Tip: Use an outdoor-rated power cord: Check the tag on the cord to verify it's safe to use outside.

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      Fruit-Filled Birdbath

      Once the birds have flown south, take advantage of your empty birdbath for this dazzling holiday decoration. Frozen sections of kumquat, cranberries, pepperberries, and polished stones provide a striking contrast to the bright white snow.

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      Holiday Bench Decor

      Give your porch bench some holiday spirit with an arrangement of greenery, pinecones, gazing balls, and ornaments. Spray the arrangement with a light dusting of fake snow for extra winter flair.

    • Outdoor Christmas Ornaments
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      Watch: Outdoor Christmas Ornaments

      Hang a pretty snowflake ornament that's meant for the outdoors. A few paint sticks and paint provide the base -- see how!

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      Glowing Holiday Globes

      Glowing frosted globes (available in large and small sizes from home-improvement stores) take the edge off a chilly winter twilight. Scatter the spheres around your yard to create an ethereal winter landscape, or group them in a birdbath or other outdoor winter container for maximum impact.

      Editor's Tip: Plug the outdoor-rated power cord into a ground fault interrupter (GFI) outlet or a circuit with a GFI outlet on it.

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      Snowy Sled Display

      When not cruising the snow-covered hills, an old sled embellished with pine sprigs, pinecones, and fruit does double duty as a welcoming Christmas decoration next to the front door. A bright red ribbon on top ties the look together.

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      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.
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