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: 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 STYLIST LISA ON HOW TO WEAR A BODYSUIT

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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 stylist Lisa with a seasonal style hack you’re gonna want to get in on.

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The Best Recipe For When You’re Hosting 2 or 10, According to Food52

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Amanda Hesser and Merrill Stubbs, founders of Food52, run their site with a simple to goal: to help their community “eat thoughtfully and live joyfully.” Since 2008, the duo has been inspiring us to get in the kitchen and cook through stunning photography and dishes that appeal to bona fide foodies and novices alike. They have a knack for demystifying the world of entertaining and hosting, while of course presenting recipes—they’ve amassed over 60,000 of them—that even we (five-ingredient aficionadas) can recreate. Who better to propose a dish that can function as your “ace in the hole” all season long? Read on for a recipe—from their brand-new book A New Way to Dinner—that can function as a main, a side or a snack.

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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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