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 Golden Holiday

Go for the gold to create holiday hues that will soothe, surprise and sparkle.

Influenced by golden yellow, green takes on a tart look. This formally arranged mantel holds traditional evergreens, but it's a trio of just-shy-of-ripe Bartlett pears that puts an interesting spin on the color wheel.

Their yellow hue is picked up in the scalloped edges of the stockings, tailored from matelasse pillow shams. Hand-thrown cachepots and the arrangement's showpiece, a square wreath, also carry out the pear-green scheme.

Accent with White

This neutral-toned seating area is dressed for the holidays with a mouth-watering color combo of berry and honey. A large wreath of gilded lemon leaves draws the eye toward the windows.

To make an equally rich wreath, spray clusters of fresh lemon leaves, still on their stems, with gold paint. Let them dry, then insert the stems into a plastic-foam wreath form until it's densely covered.

Almost touching the ceiling with a topper made from cranberry glass, the living room tree is decorated with a mix of old and new traditional ornaments. The amber lights bathe new and old ornaments in a light similar to candle glow. A garland of red, green, and gold glass trinkets strings all the colors together.

A tried-and-true color combination for the holidays, red and gold tell a new story with more intense tones. Reds are juicier -- running the gamut from cranberry to grape -- and gold has a strong influence from brown, giving it an amber cast.

In a dining room suited for entertaining, an opulent scene is set by ruby-red decorations matched in wattage by shiny metallic gold. Twin centerpieces anchor the tablescape: glass hurricanes surrounded by rings of roses, anemones, and dusty miller.

And Highlight with Sunlight

This sunroom's minty freshness comes from its palette of soft sage, heather, and spruce on a field of snow white. Glass icicles, mirrored ornaments, and a variety of white Moravian stars lighten and brighten the dark fir tree. A white statice wreath looks dusted with snowflakes.

Wrapped gifts broaden the color scheme to include this year's hot color: yellow-green. It can be as tangy as lemon-lime soda or as soft as sage leaves.

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