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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Holiday Appetizer Buffet Recipes

Start your holiday feast with a bounty of delicious appetizer recipes. Classic party appetizers like shrimp cocktail and meatballs should make an appearance, but also make room for fresh appetizer ideas like bacon-stuffed dates and Indian-style pitas.


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    • Butternut-Sage Crostini

      These decadent, creamy bites are perfect for the holidays, thanks to a dab of seasonal squash and a sprinkle of fresh sage on top. Savory cayenne-spiced ricotta in between makes them even more rich.

    • Blue Cheese and Pine Nut Puffs

      Light, rich, and just crisp, treat your guests to a truly delightful holiday appetizer. Using a pastry bag, pipe the blend of Roquefort and Gruyere cheeses into pretty star shapes and bake.

    • Mini Party Quiches

      These bite-size cheesy quiches will tide holiday guests over until dinnertime. A crumbly Parmesan crust holds the warm egg filling and fresh tomato or herb topper.

    • Chinese Cola Wings

      Sit back and watch these saucy wings fly off the plate. Ginger and red pepper team up with classic cola for a sweet-and-spicy party appetizer recipe that's downright irresistable.

    • Dress Up Store-Bought Appetizers

      Fool everyone with these easy party appetizers that start with store-bought ingredients.

    • Mini Souvlaki Skewers with Fennel-Yogurt Dip

      Tender pieces of pork loin stack with grape tomatoes and cucumber slices for a light and savory party appetizer. Keep a bowl of our refreshing yogurt dip nearby for dunking.

    • Bacon-Filled Medjool Dates

      With a little crunch and over-the-top savory flavor, bacon is the perfect match for chewy and sweet medjool dates. Before serving, drizzle the dates with honey and top with snipped fresh thyme.

    • Gorgonzola-Thyme-Stuffed Olives

      Delight your guests with bite-size holiday appetizers. A mixture of cream cheese and Gorgonzola gets flavored with thyme and pepper and piped into salty green olives.

    • Creamy Stuffed Peppers

      Gently spiced cream cheese cools off jalapeno peppers for a flavor-loaded appetizer recipe. If you're not a fan of spicy, sub sweet peppers for jalapenos.

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      Asiago Cheese Dip

      Toasted baguette slices or fresh veggies make the perfect dippers for our rich and cheesy Asiago dip. The slow cooker appetizer recipe makes almost 30 servings.

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      Greek-Style Stuffed Mushrooms

      Mushroom caps make a natural home for ripe olives, feta cheese, and chopped tomato. Savory herbs add bite to this Mediterranean-inspired appetizer recipe.

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      Tandoori-Spiced Chicken Pita Crisps with Cilantro Sauce

      Marinating chicken in yogurt and a blend of ginger, garlic, onion, and tumeric gives it traditional Middle Eastern flavor your family will love. Pile the chicken onto oven-baked pitas, and top it off with our spicy cilantro sauce.

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      Olive-Cherry Bruschetta

      Top toasted bread with goat cheese, prosciutto, and a spoonful of olive-cherry tapenade. Fresh lime and basil give this party appetizer extra wow factor.

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      Spicy Italian Meatballs

      No party is complete without a batch of juicy meatballs. Our meatball recipe is made with Italian sausage and pepperoncini peppers for extra kick. Best of all, you can make them in the slow cooker.

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      Cream Cheese and Yogurt Fruit Dip

      This simple and sweet party appetizer takes only 15 minutes of prep and five ingredients. Serve with cantaloupe melon balls and green grapes to add color to your buffet table.

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      Double-Quick Shrimp Cocktail

      Two dip options make this shrimp cocktail doubly popular.

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      Mini Spinach Calzones

      Lightly stuffed with spinach, the simple filling in these savory appetizers also features chopped green onion, Parmesan cheese, and cream cheese. Premade pizza dough makes this party recipe so easy to make.

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      Easy Bruschetta

      Dress up classic bruschetta with your pick of toppings. Our fresh ideas include tomato and olive, shrimp, or pesto and white beans.

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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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