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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Christmas Stockings

Add flair with our festive Christmas stockings you can make yourself. Craft a personalized Christmas stocking for someone you love using our easy step-by-step instructions. Grab a few ideas from our collection of unique Christmas stockings, where we have instructions for projects with felt; various kinds of fabric, buttons, ribbon; and even a bit of sewing for those who want to make embroidered Christmas stockings. Adorn your fireplace with bright pops of color with our colorful Christmas stockings, which range from single-color stockings to multicolor stockings with elaborate patterns -- whichever design you choose will brighten up your mantel or staircase. Make handmade Christmas stockings with ruffles or faux fur, or create a cool winter scene with our instructions for a cross-stitch stocking. For experienced knitters, we have detailed instructions for making pretty red-and-white knitted Christmas stockings from wooly yarn. You can even incorporate paper, tinsel, and scrapbook stickers into your stockings to give them a personalized touch.

Easy Handmade Christmas Stockings

Add a personal touch to your holiday decor with Christmas stockings you create...

Four Christmas Stocking Projects

A single stocking pattern and varied red-and-white fabrics allow personal...

Colorful Christmas Stockings

For most of us, no Christmas is complete without the tradition of hanging...

Colorful Santa Applique Christmas Stocking

This exquisite stocking -- complete with delicate beading, decorative stitches...

Baby's First Christmas Stocking

This soft polka-dot stocking is perfect for your little one's first Christmas.

Make a Holiday Stitched Stocking

Embellish a white felt stocking with red embroidery floss. Personalize this...

Make a Holiday Swirled Stocking

Designed for an experienced knitter, this stocking makes a beautiful Christmas...

Diamond-Quilted Dazzler

The soft colors and quilted fabric of this standout stocking make a nice...

Cable-Knit Christmas Stocking

Simple ribbon trim adds festive color to an old sweater for this cozy stocking.

Treasured Trio

Whether beaded, star-studded, or beribboned, these stockings are sure to add...

Seasonal Sweater Stocking

Warm material makes cozy holiday stockings to hang on your mantel.

Bundled Candles

Light up the evening with this bright grouping of candles. It's easy to pull...

Make a Holiday Santa Stocking

Use three kinds of paper, tinsel, and scrapbook stickers to incorporate a...

Christmas Elf Stockings

This year, recruit elves to decorate your stockings instead of fill them.

Winter Wonderland Stockings

Choose your size and cross-stitch a lovely winter scene, then assemble a...

Simple Striped Christmas Stockings

Make these personalized Christmas stockings in a snap. Embellish the final...

Sew Easy Stockings

Dress up store-bought stockings with antique lace, green felt leaves, a trio o...

Flowered Felt Stocking

Add a modern twist to a yuletide with bright blooms and buttons on a felt...

Tailored Design Christmas Stockings

Textural fabrics and neatly tailored cuffs make for designer stockings.

Christmas Stockings for the Whole Family

These stylish stockings will become instant heirlooms to be cherished year...

Cutout Tree Stocking

Two contrasting felt colors make this graphic design successful.

Canning Jar Luminarias

Even when guests are about to arrive, there's time to make a small collection...

Make a Holiday Tea Towel Stocking

Use festive red-and-white tea towels to make Christmas stockings -- the perfec...

Make a Blue Christmas Stocking

This stocking takes on a mod flair with a ruff of oh-so-soft white fake fur an...


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