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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A Midwestern Christmas

Midwest Living magazine decorated their Christmas tree with orange silk roses, wheat, and golden lights.

Designed to match the wreath in the 2004 Christmas issue of Midwest Living magazine, this tree is accented with orange silk roses, pinecones, and bundles of wheat. Sparkling gold lights add a warm, comforting feeling to the home. The theme is "Bounty of the Midwest," with the goal to showcase the gems of the earth.

Carol Schalla, Home Editor of Midwest Living magazine, suggests coordinating your tree with the colors and interior design of your home. You don't always have to use "Christmas specific" themes or elements. Glean your inspiration from nature, and consider mixing casual decorations with more elegant ones.

You can use nontraditional Christmas colors and materials to bring the outdoors in. Use natural and dried materials such as pods, flowers, and intertwined wheat, and cast a warm glow with sparkling accents.

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