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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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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    • Peppermint-Pretzel Candies

      For delicious candy that comes together in a snap, combine pretzels, peppermint, and white chocolate in your slow cooker. The crunchy Christmas candy makes a sweet holiday gift idea.

      Christmas Candy Tip:
       Be sure to use the low-heat setting when cooking chocolate in a slow cooker, and watch carefully to avoid scorching.

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    • No-Bake White Chocolate and Almond Butter Balls

      Break open the bright white exterior of this Chrismas candy to reveal a delicious blend of crisp, crunchy rice cereal and creamy almond butter. Drizzle melted white chocolate over the treats for a gourmet presentation.

    • Cherry-Chocolate Clusters with Salted Almonds

      A sprinkle of sea salt complements the tart dried cherries in this tasty treat. Assemble the chocolate candy in your slow cooker for hands-free preparation.

    • Easy White Fudge

      Our creamy white fudge recipe bursts with flavor thanks to pecans, orange peel, and a splash of vanilla. Prefer chocolate fudge? Swap 3 cups of semisweet chocolate baking pieces for the white baking pieces.

    • How to Make Fudge

      Gain confidence in one of the best candies of Christmas: fudge. We've got the two things you must do to make your best fudge ever.

    • Candy Bar Fudge

      Homemade fudge sandwiches thick, gooey caramel and crunchy peanuts for a delicious sweet that rivals your favorite candy bar. Our recipe yields 64 servings, making it perfect for holiday baking exchanges and large family gatherings.

    • Cashew Brittle

      Try a nutty twist on buttery brittle by trading cashews for peanuts. The classic Christmas candy takes just 15 minutes of prep and can be stored for up to a week.

    • Pumpkin-Gingerbread Truffles

      Crushed gingersnaps and canned pumpkin give these stunning chocolate truffles warm holiday flavor. Finish them with a snowlike dusting of cocoa powder.

    • Chocolate-Covered Peanut Butter Pretzels

      Three ingredients are all you need for this gone-before-you-know-it candy. Simply press creamy peanut butter between two mini pretzel twists, and drizzle the sweet sandwiches with dark chocolate.

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      Lemon-Pistachio Nougat

      Traditional nougat takes on the fresh flavors of lemon and pistachio in this soft and chewy candy recipe. Whipped egg whites help to achieve the nougat's fluffy consistency.

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      No-Bake Caramel-Popcorn Drops

      We've reinvented your favorite salty snack mix in the form of irresistible candy clusters. Salty pretzels, mixed nuts, popcorn, and golden raisins get the sweet treatment thanks to a creamy coating of caramel.

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      Creamy Cranberry Fudge

      Orange peel, pistachios, dried cranberries -- this white fudge is full of flavorful ingredients. The creamy candy bursts with holiday colors, making it a festive addition to your holiday buffet.

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      Chocolate-Mint Divinity

      Ridiculously smooth and creamy, divinity is as dreamy as its name. Add a seasonal crunch to this chocolate candy with a light sprinkling of crushed peppermint hard candies.

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      Salted Chocolate-Caramel Clusters

      Salty, sweet, crunchy, chewy -- the best of candy's flavors and textures come together in this ultimate two-bite delight. The coarse sea salt is optional, but it adds both a tongue-tingling saltiness and a pretty snowlike topper.

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      Thin Mint Bark

      A chocolate-wafer base supports beautifully swirled mint and milk chocolate baking pieces for a gorgeous, refreshing Christmas candy. This easy candy can be stored for up to two weeks, making it a great option for candy gifts.

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      Snowman Truffles

      Add this happy fellow to your Christmas repertoire this year. His face is a truffle, his hat is stacked sandwich cookies, and his eyes and nose are chocolate pieces and a gumdrop slice.

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      Bacon Chocolate Bark

      We bet the three ingredients in this easy candy recipe will hook you: thick-cut bacon, caramel sauce, and bittersweet chocolate. Enough said.

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      Candy Bar Doughnut Pops

      Candy bars are the inspiration for these doughnut-hole pop treats. Cover doughnut holes in chocolate frosting, then top with slices of your favorite candy bar for a new take on the checkout-lane purchase.

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      Cranberry-Cashew Clusters

      This no-bake candy recipe is a cinch: Melt vanilla-flavor candy coating with nutmeg and cinnamon, mix with rice cereal and the namesake cranberries and cashews, and top with melted chocolate. More cashews make a cute sprinkling on top.

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      Coconut-Macadamia Bark

      Looking to hand out unique Christmas candy gifts this year? Take a break from chocolate in favor of a creamy bark made with vanilla candy coating, tropical macadamia nuts, a hint of finely shredded lime peel, and toasted coconut.

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      Peanut Brittle

      A Christmas candy staple, peanut brittle offers itself up in must-share slivers. Make a big batch of this hard candy to cover all your food-gifting needs.

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      Salted-Nut Truffles

      For peanut-lovers only! Creamy peanut butter and marshmallow creme hide beneath melted white baking pieces. Chopped peanuts and chocolate sprinkles add oomph to the outside.

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      Salt and Pink Peppercorn Caramels

      A sprinkling of coarse salt adds crunch and brings out the creamy sweetness of the caramels. Pink peppercorns have a mild citrus-sweet heat that adds light flavor and color.

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      Double-Decker Layered Fudge

      Dark chocolate? Check. White chocolate? Of course. We couldn't resist doubling the chocolate in our quick and easy fudge recipe.

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      Mocha-Orange Bark

      Candied orange peel, dark chocolate, and chopped chocolate-covered coffee beans make this simple bark a favorite. Make the sweet treat early in the busy holiday season, and store it for up to two weeks.

    • How to Make Chocolate Ganache
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      Secrets to Creamy Chocolate Ganache

      Decorate your Christmas candies with gorgeous and tasty chocolate ganache. From choosing the best chocolate to the right times to stir the mixture, we'll help you master this decadent dessert topping.

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      Lemon Drop Bark

      Take a break from chocolate with a tangy vanilla-lemon bark that requires just four ingredients and 20 minutes of hands-on time.

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      Candy-Box Caramels

      Dress up these caramel squares by dipping them in sprinkles, crushed nuts, and bits of candy. Add a drizzling of dark or white chocolate to make them even prettier.

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      Fabulous Five-Minute Fudge

      This quick fudge recipe features the irresistible combo of melt-in-your-mouth chocolate and toasted walnuts. The best part? All you need is your microwave and 5 minutes to prepare the classic candy.

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      Salted Dark Chocolate-Almond Bark

      A little sea salt goes a long way in this five-ingredient candy recipe. Microwave two kinds of chocolate to create the bark, then top with smoked almonds and 1/4 teaspoon of the large-flake salt.

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      Coconut and Grapefruit Gumdrops

      A childhood favorite gets a makeover by infusing the candy with bold tropical flavors and cutting them into sleek squares. The chewy gumdrops are softer than their store-bought counterparts, plus twice as flavorful!

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      Chocolate Tea Bark

      Chocolate bark gains an air of sophistication with a few tea leaves and sea salt flakes. Package this one as a hostess gift for your next holiday party.

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      Holiday Cake Pops

      Give the gift of sweetness this holiday season! Candy-coated cake pops in snazzy holiday tins make the perfect party favors. Drizzle each pop with creamy caramel and chocolate sauce, or sprinkle with crushed peppermints and nuts.

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      Eggnog Marshmallows

      These angelic homemade marshmallows feature traditional eggnog spices and a cap of white chocolate. Enjoy the fluffy Christmas candy alone or with a steaming mug of hot chocolate.

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      Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Truffles

      Try our tasty, no-bake take on truffles this Christmas. Luscious cookie dough with chunks of chocolate and a hint of brown sugar makes a delectable holiday dessert. Drizzle with leftover chocolate to take these treats over the top.

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      Orange and Nut Toffee

      This buttery brittle features candied orange peel, walnuts, and cashews for a bright twist on toffee.

      Christmas Candy Tip: When melting and cooking sugar, take care when stirring not to splash the mixture onto the sides of the pan. Sugar crystals can form on the sides of the pan and fall into the mixture, causing the sugar to recrystallize and give the candy a gritty texture.

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      Peanut Butter Truffles

      The combo of peanut butter and chocolate is oh, so divine. Top these rolled truffles with finely chopped peanuts, and you'll have a delicious sweet-and-savory match on top of the chocolate candies.

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      Peppermint Sticks

      To make this easy candy, dip peppermint sticks in dark chocolate and roll in crushed nuts, cinnamon-sugar, or sweetened coconut.

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      Oreo Truffles

      You won't believe how easy this truffle recipe is to follow. (Hint: just three ingredients.) Thirty minutes of prep gives you 50 truffles to share.

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      Luscious Homemade Food Gifts

      A tasty food gift is the present everyone loves. We have fun food gifts for everyone on your list, including creamy chocolate truffles, Christmas cookies, hot sauce, flavored syrups, and more. And with our cute packaging ideas, they'll be the prettiest gifts under the tree.
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