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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Our Best Cookie-in-a-Jar Recipes

In need of a creative addition to your cookie exchange party or a tasty gift for friends and family? Look no further than our collection of irresistible cookie-in-a-jar recipes. Each holiday-ready gift takes less than 30 minutes to prepare and features layer upon layer of favorite cookie, brownie, or blondie mix-ins.

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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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Wreaths for a Country Christmas

Craft a charming country-style wreath, the perfect finishing touch for your Thanksgiving or Christmas decor.

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    • Silver Stars

      Put some sparkle in your outdoor decorations with this small, sparkly wreath. Add a spray of silver chenille stems and precut wood stars to an evergreen circle. Wrap a length of bead garland loosely around the bottom, and add stars with holes drilled into them for hanging. Wire the chenille stems into the greenery.

    • Boxwood Square

      Fresh or dried, Boxwood sprigs make a classic wreath that looks good year-round. Make the wreath yourself, or buy it fresh and let it dry to sage green perfection. Garnish with simple ribbons or bows of your choice.

    • Star Your Collectibles

      Vintage pieces like this picnic container are a natural with fresh holiday greens. We've used ours as an impromptu mailbox, but it could also display an armful of holly or small wrapped gifts.

    • Green Apples

      A fresh green apple wreath looks even more vibrant when hung on the side of a red barn. When made of fresh fruit, the wreath can be extremely heavy and perishable. However, artificial fruit can be substituted to make a long-lasting version with faux greenery.

    • Holly Jolly

      Holly wreaths make a definite holiday statement. Artificial berry clusters were added to this one since the real berries tend to dry and drop off.

    • Berry Red

      A bevy of red berries wired to a grapevine wreath form create a burst of holiday color. Choose any size wreath and any color of faux berries from the crafts store to make this cheery decoration.

    • Twigs and Berries

      Faux berry wreaths are a great look for country interiors. Yet they can also be used as a base for ornaments, bows, and other decorations. We've added twigs, dried flowers, holiday ornaments, and sheer ribbon bows to create a vision in white.

    • Mossy Branches

      Four interesting lichen-covered branches are wired together to make a rustic square wreath that's simply garnished with reindeer moss and a few sprigs of holly.

    • Beribboned Circle

      A cabin window is transformed into an elegantly pretty holiday scene with this wreath. First, spray paint a wreath form with gold paint or wind it with golden ribbon. Next wire on a swag of silk leaves and flowers at the top and a tiny nosegay at the bottom. Or simply use hot glue to attach the decorations directly to the wreath.

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      Stuffed Candy Canes

      This homeowner's passion is fabric -- a hobby that's been incorporated into her holiday wreath as well. Three fabric candy canes and red plaid bows are important enough to be the only decorations for this artificial pine wreath.

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      Berried in Splendor

      Red berries are a natural for the holidays. This moss-covered wreath form is unadorned save for a proliferation of berry branches that frost it in country style.

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      Cowboy Stars

      Go country by adding a cowhide leather bow, toy sheriff's stars, and little boot and spurs to a 15-inch wire circle.

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      Add Fresh Touches

      Even an artificial berry wreath like this one will look better with fresh leaf sprigs stuck in here and there. The complementary contrast of red and green makes each color more vibrant.

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      Herbed Wreath

      A moss-covered base plays host to a variety of tiny plants and herbs in a living wreath you can make any time of year.

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      Only Moss

      Dried sheet moss is inexpensive and adaptable. We've glued it to a unique wreath form we made using aerosol foam insulation, sculpted to create a star shape that will last through fall and beyond.

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      Starring Snowflakes

      A close look reveals that this snowflake was created from the tips of fresh evergreen branches. Wired together in the center, the shape gets a snowy look from a shot of canned artificial snow and clear glitter applied before hanging.

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      For the Birds

      A pair of artificial birds perch happily on this tiny twig wreath. The only other embellishment are sprigs of white berries.

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      Pretty Christmas Wreaths

      Deck the halls with these gorgeous winter wreaths that will bring holiday cheer to your Christmas decor. Christmas wreaths are often made with fir, but we share alternative wreath supplies that could inspire this year's front door.
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