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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Easy Holiday Dinner Recipes from Scott Peacock

From creamy scalloped potatoes to cheddar biscuits, Scott Peacock shares his favorite dishes for a stress-free holiday feast.

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    • Scalloped Russet and Sweet Potatoes

      Two types are potatoes are layered with sautéed onions and a creamy sauce in this comforting side dish. Nutmeg and thyme add holiday flavor.

    • Plum Compote

      This thick fruit sauce takes just 10 minutes of prep time. Cherries, apricots, apple slices, and dried plums are reduced with port wine and sugar to create a deeply flavored mixture that's delicious spooned over meat or served with a cheese tray.

    • Caramelized Brussels Sprouts with Lemon

      This recipe is sure to win over Brussels sprouts-haters. A drizzle of olive oil, sprinkle of salt and pepper, and squeeze of fresh lemon are the only ingredients needed to transform them into a mouthwatering side dish.

    • Herb-and-Garlic-Crusted Pork Roast

      A two-layer crust locks in the juice and adds flavor to this succulent pork roast. Before roasting, begin by spreading a layer of bacon, apricot preserves, and garlic on the pork roast. Then, top with a coating of bread crumbs, parsley, and rosemary.

    • Double-Cheddar Holiday Biscuits

      These warm buttermilk biscuits are sure to disappear from your holiday table quickly thanks to the delightful surprise of sharp cheddar cheese.

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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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