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 Festival of Christmas Trees

The editors of Special Interest Publications, Midwest Living, Creative Collection, and BHG.com share their best holiday decorating ideas in the Festival of Trees and Lights.

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    • Special Interest Publications: Kaleidoscope

      These decorations take ornamental balls to a whole new level. Nearly 800 brightly colored ornaments create a rainbow that cascades down the entire tree.

    • Special Interest Publications: Tree Skirt of Ribbons

      Create a tree skirt by tying ribbons to the bottom of the tree so that they flow out from beneath. This is a great way to tie the whole color scheme together.

    • Midwest Living: Elements of Nature

      The "Bounty of the Midwest" tree is decorated with earth-tone colors and orange silk roses. To add to the natural theme, the editors used wheat bundles, dried hydrangea, and magnolia evenly throughout the tree.

    • Midwest Living: Golden Glow

      The glow of the gold lights adds warmth to the orange silk roses and wheat bundles nestled on evergreen branches.

    • Creative Collection: Array of Pheasant Feathers

      Nestled by a warm fireplace, this tree is adorned with soft, rust-colored bows and ornamental balls. Anchored in an iron urn, the tree is complete with white lights that glisten around the large pheasant feathers and fall foliage.

    • Creative Collection: Artichoke Detail

      Large, textured artichokes surrounded by ribbons are tucked within the tree to build on the nature theme.

    • Creative Collection: Pheasant Tree Topper

      Add life to your tree topper by gluing ornamental pheasants to a cone-shaped basket filled with foliage and flowers.

    • Creative Collection: Pinecone Accent

      Twelve-inch pinecones bring an outdoorsy atmosphere inside. They're attached to the tree with wire and dressed up with fall foliage.

    • BHG.com: Fantasy Tree

      Green and silver accents make the BHG.com tree a holiday favorite. Decorated with silvery netting, green ornamental balls, dragonflies, and sparkling artificial foliage, the tree brings nearly all of the seasons together.

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      BHG.com: White Santas

      Add a winter wonderland aura to any tree with a jolly, white-felt Santa. Several different Santas are tied sparingly around the tree to emphasize the holiday.

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      BHG.com: Golden Butterflies

      With wingspans of nearly 10 inches, these butterflies, dusted with gold sparkles, add life and beauty to the tree. The butterflies represent signs of spring and the gardening season.

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      BHG.com: Sparkling Pear

      This holiday pear shimmers against the white lights while drawing attention to the seasonal holiday food.

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      BHG.com: Chandelier Crystals

      Elegant chandelier crystals accented with orange and green crystal beads dangle from the evergreen branch.

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      Pretty Paper Ornaments

      Gather all of your holiday-inspired scrapbook paper, crafts paper, and torn pages of old paperback books, then pick some festive embellishments and make these fun and simple paper ornaments. These paper ornaments range from vintage classic to makeshift modern and kid-friendly to crafter-challenging, so everyone will have a paper ornament to make this Christmas.
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