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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Christmas Recipes

Find delicious holiday recipes, create a menu for Christmas dinner, and serve the perfect Christmas punch! We have you covered with recipes for elegant holiday appetizers, Christmas dinners, and more. If you're expecting a lot of guests this holiday, our Christmas casserole recipes feed a crowd and feature festive seasonal ingredients. It can be a busy time of year, so our make-ahead side dishes work great as low-key Christmas recipe ideas. But when it comes to Christmas cooking, we like to skip right to dessert. Our Christmas cookies are some of the most popular recipes on our site, and they don't disappoint. Gingerbread cookies, thumbprint cookies, and sugar cookies all make the cut. Or start a new tradition with our Christmas candy recipes and look to our Christmas pies or holiday cakes for your next party. It's also a great time of year to pair a special drink with your dinner or desserts. Our festive holiday drink recipes include fabulous cocktails and punch ideas that will keep guests mingling.

Our Best Christmas Candy

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Luscious Homemade Food Gifts

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Freezer-Friendly Holiday Cookies

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Delightful Christmas Brunch Recipes

After the gifts are opened, sit down to a delicious Christmas brunch that the...

Double-Cheddar Cheese Biscuits with Chef Scott Peacock

Delicate mixing is key to these cheese biscuits by chef Scott Peacock. Watch...

Free Bite-Size Desserts Mini Cookbook

Enjoy 10 delicious holiday dessert recipes in this mini cookbook.

How to Bake a Ham

A juicy baked ham turns any gathering into a special occasion, and though a...

"Home for the Holidays" Brunch

Between Thanksgiving and the New Year, your home may double as a...

In a Twinkling: Garnishes

Quick ideas from simple to grand for decorating your holiday table.

Simple Christmas Food Gifts

Christmas food gifts aren't just for your favorite foodies. A special homemade...

Crowd-Pleasing Holiday Casserole Recipes

Beat the chaos of the holidays with a delicious, hearty casserole recipe (or...

Irresistible Eggnog Treats

The classic Christmas drink takes on new roles in these festive recipes. Dazzl...

Our Best Christmas Dinner Menus

Prepare a delicious Christmas dinner menu with inspiration from our 20-plus...

Make-Ahead Holiday Side Dishes

Preparing side dishes shouldn't be stressful. Make-ahead methods and shortcut...

Free Holiday Appetizers Mini Cookbook from the Red Plaid Cookbook

Enjoy delicious holiday appetizer recipes in this mini cookbook that features...

How to Make Fudge

To pieces of equipment and a quick buttering step help you make the best fudge...

Gifts for Pets: Homemade Treats

Surprise the pet-lovers in your life with treats for their cat or dog. Our cat...

Free Sweet Food Gifts Mini Cookbook

Make delicious Christmas gifts for family and friends with this handy mini...

How to Cook a Holiday Rib Roast with Grain Mustard Jus

This holiday roast is ready for your special feast! We'll walk you through...

How to Make Spicy Gingerbread Twigs

Make crunchy gingersnap cookies featuring coarse sugar "glitter." Watch as we...

Elegant Dinner Party Buffet

From appetizers to desserts, these Christmas dinner recipes will help you...

Christmas Cupcakes

Get creative this Christmas with one of our holiday cupcake recipes or cute...

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