BE WELL: OUR DE-STRESSING RECS FOR THE PRE-HOLIDAY SEASON

We prefer our holidays chill—and we’re guessing you probably do too. In the spirit of a less-stressful season, we’ve put together a few tips to use ahead of the game. So even when it seems like everyone around you is rushed and tense, you’ll be in total ~zen~ mode.

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HOLIDAY DIYS: WRAPPING, CRAFTING, TREE TRIMMING, CARD DESIGNING…4 EASY PROJECTS (BECAUSE IT’S NOW OR NEVER, FOLKS)

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There are certain inalienable holiday truths: You’re gonna need some gifts, they won’t wrap themselves and the perfect card requires a bit of lipstick and Mod Podge. OK, that last one might be a stretch, but handmade anything, no matter the materials, is really special. Crafted details—those little things your recipient knows could’ve only come from you—make all the difference. Thanks to the wonders of Instagram, we’ve noticed a few of our team members here at Madewell have serious skills in this arena, so we asked them to share their favorite DIY projects for the season. Best part? You’ll need, like, 30 minutes tops and minimal supplies for each one.

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GOT YOU COVERED: TRAVEL STYLE WITH MODEL & VINTNER MICHELE OUELLET

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This year we like to think we’ve really got your back—from gifts to buy, to what to wear, to how to make present wrapping not totally terrible. We’re sitting down with our team to glean a little pro advice to get you through the season with flying colors (blue being a nonnegotiable, of course). Next up is our friend, model and vintner Michele Ouellet. She divides her time between the East Coast (modeling) and the West (working for her family’s winery, Lorenza). So she knows a thing or two about schlepping from here to there. And not looking like she’s, you know, schlepping.

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GOT YOU COVERED: ARTIST BRIAN KASPR ON HOW TO GIVE THE GREATEST GIFT OF ALL

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This year we like to think we’ve really got your back—from gifts to buy, to what to wear, to how to make present wrapping not totally terrible. We’re sitting down with our team to glean a little pro advice to get you through the season with flying colors (blue being a nonnegotiable, of course). Next up is our friend Brian Kaspr. He’s an artist who has lent his talents to several of our leather goods, and if you haven’t had a chance to snag one of his monogrammed masterpieces, he’s making guest appearances during our Personalization Palooza in stores all season long (details below). Read on for his tips on how to give, arguably, the best gift ever: a one-of-a-kind monogrammed leather bag or accessory.

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GOT YOU COVERED: OUR VISUAL GURU JAY ON HOLIDAY DECOR THAT DOESN’T SCREAM “HOLIDAY”

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This year we like to think we’ve really got your back—from gifts to buy, to what to wear, to how to make present wrapping not totally terrible. We’re sitting down with our team to glean a little pro advice to get you through the season with flying colors (blue being a nonnegotiable, of course). Next up is Jay, the man behind the visual design in our stores. If anyone can share a thing or two about decorating for the season without going all tinsel and candy canes, it’s him. (Not that we have anything against tinsel and candy canes…)

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GOT YOU COVERED: OUR DESIGNER JOYCE ON DRESSING FOR DAYS IN + NIGHTS OUT

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This year, we like to think we’ve really got your back—from gifts to buy, to what to wear, to how to make present wrapping not totally terrible. We’re sitting down with our team to glean a little pro advice to get you through the season with flying colors (blue being a nonnegotiable, of course). First up is our head designer, Joyce…

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A TRIP FOR TWO TO PARIS? MAIS OUI.

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While a cozy sweater or a monogrammed bag are both excellent gift options, this year we’re also giving add-ons that can’t be wrapped, i.e., a day trip out of town, a handwritten note or even a heartfelt hug. The crème de la crème? We’re also giving away a trip for two to Paris, with a stay at our favorite boutique hotel, Mama Shelter.

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