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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Kaleidoscope Christmas

Special Interest Publication editors tied their Christmas tree theme together with rainbow-colored ornaments.

In a collaborative effort, the Creative Home and Paint Decor Special Interest Publications decided on the theme "Christmas Kaleidoscope" for this tree. The theme is based on the idea that all creative efforts start with color, so this team hung 800 colorful ornamental balls to create a rainbow-like kaleidoscope.

To add a personal touch, 200 of the larger ornaments were handcrafted using clear acrylic craft paint and glitter. The rest of the tree is filled in with smaller brightly colored ornaments. The colors are broken down into three different bands with the yellow and orange family at the top, the pink, purple, and red family in the middle, and the green and blue family at the bottom.

This tree is an example of how you can bring colors that you don't normally live with into your home, says Amy Panos, Senior Editor of the Special Interests Publication Creative Home. Don't be afraid to use color at least one time a year, especially around Christmas, she says.

You can tie the whole color scheme together by making a tree topper that incorporates all of the colors used. Create a large bow out of ribbon to make your tree look like a giant gift. You can also tie lengths of ribbon to the base of the tree making a fun and simple tree skirt.

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