DIY Holiday Jar

Happy Holi-DIYs! This easy DIY gift is a must-make for any gift exchange. Read on to see how to make your own festive jar just in time for Christmas.

DIY Holiday Jar

 

WHAT YOU NEED:

  • Small jar
  • Glue gun
  • Glue sticks
  • Small rocks
  • Fake snow
  • Decorative sand
  • Small toy animals
  • Small plastic trees

DIY Holiday Jar

WHAT TO DO:

  1. On the inside of a clean, small jar, use a hot glue gun to secure small rocks to the bottom.
  2. Glue tiny toy animals and small plastic trees on top of the rocks.DIY Holiday Jar
  3. Add decorative sand to cover the glass bottom of the jar.
  4. Spoon fake snow around the trees and animals.DIY Holiday Jar
  5. Secure the lid on top of the jar.
  6. Gift it!

Want more DIY Christmas gifts? Check out some of our faves here and here.

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Stylist’s Picks: Last-Minute Gifts

Erin loves Aerie. Erin loves gifting Aerie. Erin is here for you to help with your last-minute gifts! Read on for some of her go-tos.

 

#1. Give the gift that always works.

If you’re really down to the wire, a gift card is always a love. Send an e-gift card to the girls on your list and include links to some of Erin’s outfit picks from this season for inspiration on how to use it.

3 Favorite Outfits

Fave Gifts

Stylist's Picks: Last-Minute Gifts

#2. If it’s grammable, it’s giftable.

Little things = big loves. Graphic beanies, pom pom EVERYTHING… stock up on small things that will make your friends smile. They may not think to get the fun stuff for themselves!

Stylist's Picks: Last-Minute Gifts

#3. Shop for the season.

The softer, the better. Furry scarves, knit gloves and any other winter accessory is a great way to keep the girls on your list warm and cozy this season.

Stylist's Picks: Last-Minute Gifts

#4. Gift a winter uniform.

‘Tis the season… to wear sweaters, sweatshirts and leggings every. single. day! If you know Erin, you know she’ll be living in her winter uniform all season long. Give the gift of stylist-approved comfort!

Stylist's Picks: Last-Minute Gifts

Happy gifting, girls!

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DIY Wall Hanging

DIY your gifts this holiday, or make one for yourself– a woven wall hanging is a great way to get your hygge on! Read on to see how to weave your own wintry decor.

DIY Wall Hanging

WHAT YOU NEED

  • Large weaving loom
  • White yarn to wrap loom
  • Yarn to stitch with
  • Weaving needle
  • Scissors
  • 2 wooden dowels

WHAT TO DO

  1. In the loom, wrap yarn around the top and bottom pegs to make the base that you’ll be weaving through.
  2. At the very bottom of the loom, bring 4-5 pieces of yarn into a knot to create your bottom fringe. This will secure the bottom so that when you’re done with your creation, you can simply slide it off.
  3. The easiest way to get going is to simply “under and over” the yarn, making your base for incorporating fun things like poms!DIY Wall Hanging
  4. To create poms, wrap yarn in circles around your hand about 10 times.
  5. Next, cut an 8-inch piece of yarn and tie it around the middle of the yarn bundle.
  6. Cut the two loops on the top and bottom of the now tied bundle.
  7. Fluff the strings out to make a pom!DIY Wall Hanging
  8. Use the under over method with thicker yarn and tug at it to make it puff out for a fun texture
  9. Once you’re all done, use a dowel or festive stick to weave through the top loops.
  10. Have fun! It’s all about being creative. Try an assortment of yarns and mix up the textures and use your favorite colors to make it your own.

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Holiday Packing Guide

The holidays are all about giving—not forgetting! Trust our holiday packing guide to make sure you have everything you need for your trip home. Read on to see some of our packing must-haves!

 Keep Cozy

Cable knit sweaters and cropped hoodies are always in style. Made for snowy days or staying in, these cozy tops have you covered!

Holiday Packing GuideNordic Lace Loves

Start with the basics and keep it always Aerie underneath with your fave bralette and matching undie set. Holiday Packing Guide

All The Leggings

For lounging, eating, shopping, everything… pack all the leggings! Pack plenty of pairs to go with all your fave tops and stay cozy all week long. Holiday Packing Guide

Step By Step

Prepare for the elements! Pack your warmest pair of knit socks and waterproof boots to keep your toes safe from the snow.

Holiday Packing Guide

 

Add Some Accessories

Knit beanies and cozy scarves will keep you warm all break long. Fun sayings and bright colors make these must-haves stand out!

Holiday Packing Guide

Want more of our fave holiday styles? See more here!

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Real Talk With Jordan Jones of Packed Party

We talked to Jordan Jones, founder of the MOST fun Packed Party gifts brand. Find out how she started her business in her apartment and read about her must-haves for your holiday parties this season. Check out our fave Packed Party items at our Spring Street Pop-Up and at Aerie.com now!

 

How did you come up with the idea for Packed Party?

The idea for Packed Party came to me in a dream in 2013. I had moved to San Francisco not knowing anyone, was sort of feeling sorry for myself one evening in my apartment and called my mom who told me I was having a Pity Party for myself and to go to bed. Thank goodness I listened to her because I went to bed and woke up from a dream about sending a physical Pity Party to myself. I scoured the internet for anything like it and there was nothing that existed so I wrote a business plan for Packed Party right there and sent it to my dad the very next day.

 

What advice do you have for girls who want to start their own companies?

If it’s an idea you’re truly passionate about, dive in head-first fearlessly. No one can stop a woman with passion. I loved Packed Party from the night it came to me in my dream, I knew no one could do it better than me at 23 and today at 27 I still believe that. I have a passion for making people’s days and giving great gifts so I’m truly doing what I love. There will always be nay sayers or people who will try and get in the way, but when you know in your heart of hearts you’re the person to do the job and you love it, there’s no stopping you.

 

We love the Packed Party Pom Pom Magnets! What do you love most about the pom trend?

Thank you! Me too!! I am a pom pom fanatic. I have been since I was little weirdly so it makes a lot of sense so many of our fall + holiday items have poms on them! I think details are incredibly important so adding a pom to anything makes it a little bit better and pops it!

Real Talk With Jordan Jones of Packed Party

Packed Party is our go-to for unique gifts! What are your must-haves for the ultimate holiday party?

I love a good holiday party! I love creating a great tablescape story and always look to my friend Darcy Miller for inspiration in this department. As far as the actual place setting I love putting a staple in place people can keep with them like a Disco Drink or some sort of fun gift with someone’s name attached to it. Can never go wrong with a disco ball on the table, right?

 

What makes you #AerieREAL?

I pride myself on keeping it very real with people. Everyone who knows me knows where they stand with me, I have a lot of trouble hiding my emotions, ha. My mom raised me to be really confident in who I am and never sort of “pretend” to be anyone else so I don’t wear much make-up and that’s sort of set the tone in our office – we’re all about keeping it easy, natural, and functional. No one here is trying to be anyone they’re not which I love. Being a Party Girl means being confident in the skin you’re in and owning whatever it is you’re dealing with like a Pity Party, celebrating yourself for that big raise at work with a Yay, You, you-name-it.

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Iskra Presents… Our MOST Giftable!

Your one-stop shop for this season’s must-get, must-give gifts! Watch Iskra count down our top 10 cozy faves this holiday.

  1. The City Sweatshirt Collection is back and bigger than ever! These sweats are MADE for your leggings.
  2. NEW Sleep Leggings! In ribbed, waffle and plush styles, these are our softest, coziest, newest leggings. Sleep in them. Stay in them. Wear them out (we won’t tell).
  3. Flannel PJ Sets. A classic is always the right choice!
  4. Layer on the love with Cable Knit Sweaters.
  5. Bralettes and undie sets in our NEW Nordic Lace, inspired by our dreamy trip to Iceland.
  6. Cozy Undie Bundles – the best gifts undie the tree!
  7. Chill Leggings made for every day and everywhere.
  8. Get your Aerie on with our must-have logo undies.
  9. Super soft Play Leggings to take you straight from coffee to class.
  10. POMS! Add a mix & match pom to snap on Pom-Tastic Hats, Snoods and Slippers.

What Aerie faves are on the top of your gift list? Comment below & tell us!

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