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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Contemporary Christmas Trees

If traditional reds, greens, and golds give you a case of the blahs, try one of the fresh, modern takes on Christmas tree decorating shown here.

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    • Trio of Trees

      Win the award for the most creative with these three small Christmas trees. Use colorful wooden gift boxes for a jack-in-the-box element of surprise. Decorate the trees with a mixture of oversize decorative balls and smaller silver ornaments to keep the room sparkling.

    • All That Glitters

      A frosted artificial tree becomes stunning when hung with frosted drop ornaments and wrapped in a simple, wide ribbon.

    • A White Christmas

      A snow-white tree is the perfect backdrop for bright, colorful ornaments. Choose a playful theme, such as "Eye-Popping Presents" shown here, and choose simple shapes to let the colors shine.

    • Rainbow Brights

      Give your tree a rainbow effect by organizing bulbs in monochromatic sections along the tree. Here, shades of yellow, pink, and blue create the desired effect. Connect the colors by adding a tree topper and skirt that uses all the colors on the tree. Learn how to make the colorful ribbon tree skirt on the next slide.

    • Ribbon Tree Skirt

      Dress up the base of your tree with a colorful ribbon skirt. Cut varying lengths of thick, wire-edge ribbon in different colors, then attach them to the tree trunk with florist's wire.

    • All Glamour

      A lipstick-red tree is delicately balanced with a clear bead garland and drop ornaments. You could inexpensively duplicate this look by spray-painting a large branch red and hanging jewelry-inspired ornaments from it.

    • Glistening Tree

      Hang handmade ball ornaments covered in metallic or iridescent sequins or glitter designs, all in icy pastel colors, to make your tree shimmer.

    • Sweet Treat

      A small white tree decorated with glass-candy ornaments is a sweet way to celebrate the holidays. Peppermint candies in a clear class vase enhance the theme.

    • More Trees

      For more tree decorating ideas, check out these creative themed Christmas trees.

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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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