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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Our Best Cookie-in-a-Jar Recipes

In need of a creative addition to your cookie exchange party or a tasty gift for friends and family? Look no further than our collection of irresistible cookie-in-a-jar recipes. Each holiday-ready gift takes less than 30 minutes to prepare and features layer upon layer of favorite cookie, brownie, or blondie mix-ins.

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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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Festive & Fun Holiday Drinks

Serve guests one of these fabulous holiday cocktail or other party-worthy drink recipes for a festive start to any get-together. Many of our Christmas drinks are easy to make ahead, leaving you stress free for your holiday party.


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    • Apple on the Rocks

      Sparkling hard cider gives this spiked drink an extra kick. Serve it as a Christmas cocktail, a holiday party drink, or a treat at the end of a long winter day.

    • Pear Sparkler

      The delicate flavors of rosemary and pear combine with bubbly ginger ale in this sparkling cocktail recipe that's perfect for a Christmas party.

    • Orange-Ginger-Pomegranate Punch

      With orange, ginger, pomegranate, and Prosecco -- the Italian sparkling wine similar to champagne -- this punch recipe will be a Christmas crowd-pleaser.

    • Hot Scarlet Wine Punch

      The alluring aromas of cinnamon and cranberry in this festive holiday cocktail are a delicious way to welcome Christmas guests. Start simmering the wine recipe in your slow cooker hours before the party and it will be ready for guests whenever they arrive.

    • Raspberry Mojito Punch

      This pretty red-and-green punch is deliciously flavored with raspberry, mint, and lime. To make it kid-friendly, simply skip the rum and increase the carbonated water.

    • Rosy Cheeks

      Chambord gives this frosty drink just a hint of pink blush. Add a drop of red food coloring for rosier color or leave as is for a pretty red-and-white contrast.

    • Citrus Cider

      Take advantage of the abundance of winter citrus to use fresh fruit juices in this hot cider recipe. Adding orange and lemon peel to the spice mix intensifies the citrus level for greater depth of flavor.

    • One Tip for Decadent Hot Chocolate

      We love warming up with a mug of hot chocolate. Make yours even better with our tip for ultimate creaminess.

    • Minty White Chocolate Eggnog

      Make purchased eggnog your own by adding white chocolate and peppermint to create a sweet and silky holiday drink. Garnish with a sprinkling of nutmeg and a peppermint stick for an extra-special touch.

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      Peppermint Frost

      Make a refreshing Christmas cocktail with splashes of creme de cacao, peppermint schnapps, and cream. Extra candy canes come in handy as a cool garnish on these creamy holiday drinks.

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      Hot Buttered Cider

      This seasonal apple cider will warm you from head to toe. Plus, you can transform the leftovers into hot buttered rum with a quick addition of 1/2 cup rum to the recipe.

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      Tiramisu Tippers

      Skip the fork and drink your tiramisu instead. With ice cream, vodka, coffee liqueur, and creme de cacao, this decadent drink tastes just like the classic Italian dessert -- and makes a delicious Christmas cocktail.

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      Peppermint-Eggnog Punch

      Love the cool, wintry flavor of peppermint? Try this creamy punch recipe made with peppermint ice cream, eggnog, and ginger ale. To add even more holiday flair, use a peppermint stick as a stirrer.

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      Chocolate Blitzen

      This beautiful Christmas cocktail makes a decadent and memorable dessert. Ice cream, Irish cream, creme de cacao, and vodka are blended and served in a chocolate-rimmed martini glass.

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      Cranberry-Pineapple Cooler

      Fresh cranberries are a colorful garnish for this tart and sweet alcohol-free punch. For a traditional red-and-green Christmas color combo, add a sprig of mint to each glass.

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      Brandy-Kissed Snowflakes

      These adorable brandy shots are creamy, smooth, and warming. The addition of cinnamon spices things up for a Christmas-worthy cocktail.

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      Winter Fruit Sangria

      This blend of red wine, honey, brandy, and dried fruit is a cocktail party favorite. Make it ahead of time and be stress-free at party time.

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      Icy Holiday Margaritas

      These cranberry-raspberry holiday cocktails look festive and offer a special-occasion twist on classic blended margaritas.

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      Ginger-Infused Vodka

      Serve this icy-cold flavored vodka before dinner or use it as a base for cocktails. You can make it up to four days in advance.

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      Sparkling Sangria

      This fresh cocktail recipe is the perfect counter to heavy holiday food. Fresh ginger mingles with grapefruit juice and champagne for a bright, refreshing drink.

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      Pomegranate Sparklers

      To create these festive holiday cocktails, steep pomegranate seeds in brandy and float them atop glasses of champagne.

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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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