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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Delightful Christmas Brunch Recipes

After the gifts are opened, sit down to a delicious Christmas brunch that the whole family will love. These delicious brunch recipes, including Christmas breakfast casseroles, cinnamon rolls, and pastries, are sure to make your Christmas morning memorable. Bonus: Almost all of these breakfast recipes are easy to make ahead.


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    • Mascarpone-Stuffed French Toast with Salted Caramel-Banana Sauce

      The rich filling of mascarpone, cream cheese, and sugared nuts in this breakfast recipe captures the true spirit of the holidays -- it's slightly over the top and will make the day feel oh, so special. Prepare it the night before for a make-ahead morning meal.

    • Roasted Breakfast Pears

      Maple-infused yogurt makes a luscious topping for these citrus-laced baked pears. Serve them alongside savory dishes for a most memorable Christmas breakfast.

    • Manchego and Brandied Cherry Scones

      Lightly nutty Manchego cheese and lush cherries fill these scones for a totally irresistable combination of savory and sweet. Offer a bowl of cherry jam for guests to slather on their scones on Christmas morning.

    • Eggs Benedict Bake

      Impress holiday guests with an easy breakfast recipe that has all the wow factor of homemade eggs benedict and none of the fuss. It takes less than a half hour to bake, and much of the preparation can be done the day before.

    • French Chocolate Coffee Cake

      A rich chocolate swirl and streusel topping turn a basic coffee cake recipe into a Christmas breakfast delight. Leftovers? Save and serve for a simple midday treat!

    • Creamy Caramel Crunch Rolls

      For those Christmas brunch guests with a sweet tooth, these gooey caramel rolls will hit the spot. Honey-roasted nuts add a bit of crunch to every bite.

    • Baked Denver Strata

      This zesty breakfast casserole is full of crowd-pleasing ingredients, including English muffins, chile peppers, olives, and ham. Plus, it can be made a day in advance and popped in the oven Christmas morning for a stress-free breakfast.

    • Quiche Lorraine

      Tantalize taste buds of holiday guests with the enticing flavors of this quiche lorraine recipe. A flaky piecrust holds all your breakfast favorites: cheese, eggs, and savory bacon.

    • The Most Flavorful Banana Bread You've Ever Had

      Roasting your bananas before adding them to your banana bread recipe adds natural sugars and distinctive flavor to the breakfast treat. Follow our video to find out how.

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      Cheesy Potato Bake with Eggs

      This hearty Christmas breakfast recipe features smoky bacon, fresh tomatoes, broccoli, and potatoes for a holiday-worthy breakfast casserole. Slash prep time by using a food processor or mandoline to slice the potatoes.

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      Banana Pancakes with Chocolate Bits and Raspberries

      Make Christmas breakfast extra special with pancakes infused with chocolate and banana. Top with fresh red raspberries to add bright color and fruit-filled sweetness to this holiday recipe.

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      Bagel, Lox, and Egg Strata

      This brunch recipe puts a fresh twist bagels and lox. Chives, melty Swiss cheese, and eggs give the comforting casserole a whole new taste.

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      Blueberry-Cream Cheese Pastries

      Christmas brunch guests will love sinking their teeth into these flaky fruit pastries. Full of blueberries, cream cheese, vanilla, and lemon juice, they're a tasty treat for any holiday gathering.

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      Spicy Sicilian Strata

      Cook this spicy strata full of pepperoni, spinach, and dried tomatoes in a skillet. The Italian-inspired Christmas recipe can be prepped and chilled overnight so all you have to do in the morning is stick it in the oven.

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      Gingerbread Cinnamon Rolls

      Delicious gingerbread adds holiday flair to simple cinnamon rolls. For an extra touch of holiday sweetness, drizzle with a homemade cinnamon glaze and garnish with sugared cranberries.

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      Spice Tea Breakfast Bread Pudding

      Surprising ingredients -- orange spice tea, dried cherries, and chopped persimmons -- turn bread pudding into a holiday treat. And it's perfect for overnight guests as the recipe serves 12 and is ready in just an hour.

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      Easy Huevos Rancheros Casserole

      Keep the tradition of Christmas brunch but mix things up with a Mexican-inspired breakfast casserole. Garnish the eggs-and-potatoes bake with salsa and sour cream and serve alongside freshly squeezed juice.

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      Apple-Almond Cinnamon Strata

      Take apple beyond the pie with our Christmas brunch recipe that's packed with cinnamon-spiced apples and almonds. We love serving it alongside smoked bacon -- the mix of sweet and savory is always a hit.

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      Our Best Christmas Candy

      These gorgeous Christmas candies are perfect to give as party favors or special holiday food gifts. Whether you prefer light-as-air truffles, hard candy, over-the-top fudge, chewy caramels, or sweet gumdrops, this is your one-stop shop for delicious candy recipes.
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