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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Table Setting in Lime Green with Twigs

When you have a room as distinctively colored as this one, why resist?

Revel in your home's color by setting a monochromatic table.

Revel in your home's color by setting a monochromatic table. Although our room is an eye-popping green, you could do the same in a yellow room, an orange room, a red room, a blue room, or a purple room.

We start by draping the table in moire fabric, then topping it with a large glass round. (Store the glass between two oversize pieces of corrugated cardboard, and you'll be able to pull it out for other special dinners throughout the year.)

On the table, spare branches set in tall glass vases make glass balls truly shine. Handblown green glass vases hold the branches dotted with ornaments and a stem or two of bright flowers.

Green glassware and plates complete the tabletop. In the far corner, a side table gets a holiday makeover with a collection of glass candleholders and a simple pile of matte glass ornaments.

The backs of the dining chairs feature place cards for guests. To make them, punch or cut a hole at the top of two contrasting squares of stiff paper. Push a tiny loop of ribbon through the hole from the back. Fold and shape the rest of the ribbon to give a bow effect and secure by twisting with florist's wire, leaving a length at the end to attach the card to rattan chair backs.

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