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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Pitch-Perfect Caroling Party

Share the gift of music and good company with a caroling party this holiday season. Try this unorthodox Christmas color scheme of robin's egg blue, white, and splashes of red to decorate for the gathering.

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    • Gather 'Round

      People of all ages can enjoy a caroling party. Put guests at ease by singing boldly yourself, regardless of your ability to keep a tune. The point is to have a good time participating in an age-old tradition.

    • It's a Party

      Get your guests into the spirit of the season with music-themed invitations.

    • A Warm Welcome

      Greet your guests at the door to set the tone for the evening before ushering them in to your winter wonderland.

    • Sweet Treats

      The treat table is a feast for the eye and the mouth. Make a no-sew table topper with 50-cents-a-yard blue sueded fabric by hot-gluing a blue-checked ribbon to it. Flowers are also key for a fresh, festive look. Try 'Paperwhite' narcissus bulbs, white hydrangeas, and amaryllis.

    • Tiny Tree

      Use elements pulled from nature as the basis for decorations. Here, cedar branches tucked into a blue vase create an impromptu tree.

    • Music Box

      Copy sheet music onto blue and cream paper and use it to wrap little crafts boxes. They make fun ornaments tied to a tree with ribbon.

    • Vintage-Look Christmas Ball

      Christmas sheet music photocopied onto parchment paper gives these decoupaged musical ornaments an antique look.

    • Stand Tall

      Instead of an ordinary tree stand, place your tree in a galvanized container found at home improvement stores. Weight the metal bucket with rocks so the tree doesn't tip.

    • Keep It Simple

      Keep the party stress-free by minimally decorating for the party. Here, a largely neutral color scheme is dressed up with hints of blue in the pillows, votive candleholders, and glass ornaments.

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      A Humble Hearth

      The fireplace might technically be nonfunctional, but it still glows with a mass of pillar candles on the brick hearth. A pair of antique andirons gives it an authentic feel. The mirror above is draped with pepperberries and greens and crowned with blue teardrop ornaments.

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      Beaded Touch

      White pearl beads nestled around a votive candle create a snowy effect.

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      Sing Along

      Provide a song book with a mix of the standards and your own favorite Christmas tunes.

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      Clever Candy Trick

      A key party-decorating point is to look for simple, inexpensive items that can boost your color scheme -- in this case, blueberry candy canes for the dessert table.

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      The Sweet Reward

      Getting everyone together to enjoy the sounds of the season is a reward in itself.

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      Pretty Christmas Living Rooms

      Don't stop at the Christmas tree -- extend your Christmas decorations through the whole living room. These Christmas decorating ideas will have your space overflowing with cheer, whatever your decorating style.
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