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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Christmas Tree Skirt Ideas

Whether you are interested in handcrafting your own Christmas tree skirt creation or you're looking for the perfect tree skirt while doing your Yuletide shopping, we have the best Christmas tree skirt ideas for you. Ranging from easy felt Christmas tree skirts with a modern holiday vibe to stitched-together country-home masterpieces, you're sure to find a Christmas tree skirt that fits your decor and personal style.

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    • Cable-Knit Christmas Tree Skirt

      A stunning cable-knit throw skirts the base of this Christmas tree like a soft blanket of snow. Easy to stitch, the top is cut in one piece with the cable textures running parallel across the entire shape -- no piecing required and no need to match patterns. Polish off the look with pretty poinsettias.

    • Sparkling Snowflake Christmas Tree Skirt

      Snowflakes are an iconic symbol that indicate winter's arrival, and during the holidays, the motif is available in abundance throughout stores. For this tree skirt, cut a desired-size circle from white felt fabric with a slit for the tree. Collect gray and blue felt snowflakes in all shapes and sizes and hot-glue them to the white felt. Embrace the wintry theme by adding snowflake embellishments around the house.

    • Colorful Circles Christmas Tree Skirt

      Ring your evergreen with colorful circles in this super-easy tree skirt. Cut a large circle from green felt with a slit for the tree. Decorate the edges in a festive ball ornament theme by adding various-size felt circles in shades of red and green.

    • Ornament-Trimmed Christmas Tree Skirt

      Don't just trim your Christmas tree with ornaments -- this festive tree skirt is the perfect holiday statement for a beautifully decorated tree.

    • Vintage Christmas Tree Skirt

      This vintage Christmas tree skirt is actually a vintage dress skirt found at a thrift store. While you’re shopping for Christmas gifts, keep your eyes open for fabrics, dresses, or skirts with simple designs that bring interest without drawing too much attention when placed around the tree base.

    • Radiant Ribbon Christmas Tree Skirt

      Tie together your Christmas color scheme with this Christmas tree skirt made from richly colored ribbons. Cut varying lengths of thick, wire-edge ribbon in different colors, then attach them to the tree trunk with florist’s wire.

    • Simply Rustic Christmas Tree Skirt

      Keep your under-the-tree decorations simple and classy. Pair two burlap shapes for a rustic tree skirt that works with a variety of decorating colors. All you have to do is cut the burlap, leaving the raw edges intact, and attach the two pieces together using a single topstitch.

    • Modern Christmas Tree Skirt

      Create a bold, modern Christmas tree skirt by embellishing the felted wool fabric base with geometric shapes in trendy colors. Continue the color pattern by mimicking it in your ornaments.

    • O Holy Night Christmas Tree Skirt

      This Christmas tree skirt bears a merry message applied with custom-cut stencils and black fabric paint on linen. Machine-stitch the outside of the linen-stenciled circle together with a base tree skirt circle cut of matelasse fabric. Then, weave-stitch the fabrics together on the inner circle of the linen fabric. 

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      Feliz Navidad Christmas Tree Skirt

      Inspired by the Wild West, this festive tree skirt can be made from any colorfully woven Mexican blanket. Frame the Christmas tree skirt with a feathery edge to carry out the tribal theme.

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      Adironack Christmas Tree Skirt

      Keep your Christmas tree warm and cozy with this tree skirt pieced together from various plaid and country-style patterned fabric squares. Line the skirt with soft wool to enhance the country theme.

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      Jolly Holly Christmas Tree Skirt

      This handmade felt Christmas tree skirt is so fun to make (and festive under the tree), you won’t want to cover it up with gifts. For the skirt, cut a desired-size fabric circle with a slit for the tree. Cut holly leaves in two colors and sizes (about 24 and 26 inches) of felt and red felt circles for berries. Hand-stitch long, straight stitches with embroidery floss down the center of the leaves. Glue on leaves and red berries.

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      Gift-Theme Christmas Tree Skirt

      Think outside of the box -- or maybe we should say inside of the box -- with this Christmas tree “skirt” idea. Instead of wrapping the base of the tree, paint a wooden box like a large Christmas gift and place the tree inside.

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      Easy No-Sew Pink Christmas Tree Skirt

      Give your nontraditional Christmas tree a unique tree skirt. Glue wedges of colorful textured felt or fabric to a circular base for an instant pop of color and festive flair. Trim the felt or fabric seams with different colors and sizes of rickrack. Finish the outer edge by gluing on a pom-pom fringe.

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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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