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.

View Slideshow

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.

View Video

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.

View Slideshow

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.

View Slideshow

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.

View Video

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.

View Slideshow

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.

View Slideshow
Popular in Christmas

Baby's First Christmas Stocking

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

What You Need

  • Tracing paper or copier
  • 1/4 yard dotted print fleece fabric
  • 1/4 yard white flannel
  • Scissors
  • 1/8-inch-wide cording or satin ribbon
  • Matching threads

Download the Stocking Pattern

How to Make It

  1. Enlarge patterns and cut out. With right sides of fleece fabric together, cut 2 from stocking pattern. Cut 2 from white flannel (with bottom on fold) for each cuff. Cut a 1-x-6-inch piece of fleece fabric to be used for the hanging loop.
  2. Sew stocking pieces together, right sides together, using 1/4-inch seam line. Clip curves; turn right side out; press.
  3. For loop, fold long edges together, right sides together and stitch using 1/4-inch seam. Turn right side out. Fold in half with top raw edges even. Place loop inside stocking at top edge, having loop hang down inside stocking. Baste in place at side edge of stocking.
  4. For cuff, print out desired name or writing for stocking from computer font choices or hand letter, as desired. Trace writing onto one cuff piece (with fold at bottom). Couch cording or ribbon by placing trim over letter lines and tacking on by stitching with matching thread along side edges of trim and through cuff fabric. Continue to take small, hidden stitches over trim and through cuff fabric to attach trim to cuff. If desired, treat edges with a small dot of clear-drying glue or fabric fray check product to help maintain a crisp cut.
  5. With right sides together, sew side edges of cuff and cuff lining, using 1/4-inch seam. Turn right side out and fold in half along bottom fold line. Insert cuff inside stocking with top raw edges even. The right side of the cuff with the writing trim should be facing the wrong side of the front stocking piece. Stitch top seam in a 3/8-inch seam to attach cuff to stocking, also stitching through hanging loop. Flip cuff to outside and lightly press top edge.

Baby's First Christmas: 8 Keepsake Projects You'll Love


Loading... Please wait...