DIY Ugly Sweater For Last Minute Holiday Parties

Holiday party season is in full swing, and there’s always a chance you might get a last minute invite to one this weekend (or already have one on the calendar!). It seems like every year holiday parties require the best (or worst?) ugly sweater attire, so if you’re scrambling for a quick outfit to wear out this weekend, we can help. All you need are a few quick decorations and tools, most of which you probably already have on hand. Keep reading for our step-by-step guide to making a DIY Ugly Sweater for last minute holiday parties.

What You Need: 

1. Find the perfect sweater. We like our Ahhhmazingly Soft Jegging Sweater (pictured) or the Raglan V-Neck Sweater. Bright colors are best to really make your look stand out!

DIY Ugly Sweater for Holiday Parties

2. Start with some tinsel. Use your hot glue gun or fabric glue to add some fun texture and depth to your sweater. In this case, the crazier it looks, the better!

DIY Ugly Sweater for Holiday Parties

3. Glue on seasonal patches or pins. Grab your DCI Ugly Sweater Kit or pins, or make your own cutout holiday shapes from thick fabric like felt or fleece. Glue the patches over the tinsel for a 3-D effect.

DIY Ugly Sweater for Holiday Parties

4. Add your finishing touches. Take your sweater over-the-top and add finishing touches like mirror balls (you could even use ornaments here) and throw a necklace on top – extra points if your sweater lights up!

DIY Ugly Sweater for Holiday Parties

COMPLETE YOUR LOOK: We like these little extras from our Holiday Party Shop for the ultimate ugly sweater party outfit .

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Secret Santa Gifts For Under $20

Mid-December is usually the time where our gifting frenzy really hits – the number of days left to shop is dropping, but somehow the amount of gifts we have to buy continues to grow! From family gatherings to office parties, gift exchanges are everywhere, and finding unique, fun giftables can be tough. We’re here to help this year (and avoid breaking the bank!) so that you can get all of your last minute gifts in one stop. We pulled together some of our favorite Secret Santa gift ideas for under $20. Teammates, roommates, classmates & more are all on the list  – check it twice! No matter who’s been naughty or nice, our Secret Santa gift guide will help you finish your holiday shopping ASAP.

Secret Santa On a Budget: Secret Santa Gift Ideas for Under $20

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AEO Gifts for Him: The Active Adventurer

If you know someone who is always on-the-go (think: non-stop from the gym to work & more), you’re dealing with an Active Adventurer. Finding the perfect gift for this guy is almost as difficult as keeping up with his schedule, but this year we’ve got you covered. We curated a gift guide of on-the-go gifts for the on-the-go guy so that he can still celebrate the season & never miss a beat.

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AEO Gifts for Her: The Life of the Party

We all have that one friend… you know, the one everyone can’t help but feel happy around! She’s the Life of the Party & always makes your day a little more exciting. We curated a gift guide just for her, inspired by rich velvet, deep colors & metallic accessories. Give the girl who knows how to celebrate something to celebrate.

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AEO Gift Guide: Gifts for the Life of the Party

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Stylist Inspired: Favorite #AEOSTYLE Holiday Gifts for Her

‘Tis the season to give & get! With hundreds of great gifts from jewelry to clothing to home decor, it can be tough to find the perfect gift for all of the girls in your life (and let’s be real – you want this gift to be juuuuust right). That’s where we come in! Our AEO stylist searched through our gift guides to pick out the best gifts for every girl on your list. If you’re in need of some #AEOSTYLE gifting inspiration, check out our stylist gift guide & shop each gift through the links below!

Get Inspired: AEO Stylist Top Picks for Holiday Gifts for HerSHOP HOLIDAY GIFTS FOR HER:

  1. AEO APT Faux Fur Pillows
  2. Soft & Sexy Destroyed T-Shirt
  3. Velvet Slip Dress
  4. Crochet Beanie
  5. Denim X Hi-Rise Jegging
  6. Jegging Pattern Crew
  7. Chain Choker Layered Necklace
  8. Ahhh-mazingly Soft Boyfriend Shirt
  9. Ahhh-mazingly Soft Moto Jacket

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Stylist Inspired: Favorite #AEOSTYLE Holiday Gifts for Him

We’re in the giving spirit – are you? Sometimes the guy on your list can be the toughest to buy for (is he a flannel guy or a vest guy… or what if he likes sweaters, right?). If you need some gifting inspiration, we’re here to help! Our AEO stylist searched through our gift guides to pick out the best gifts for every guy on your list. Check out our gift guide & shop each piece through the links below, and get to work on your holiday gift list!Get Inspired: AEO Stylist Top Picks for Holiday Gifts for Him

SHOP HOLIDAY GIFTS FOR HIM:

  1. Rugged Flannel Shirt
  2. Faux Sherpa Vest
  3. Slim Selvedge Jean
  4. AEO x Eastland Alpine Hiker
  5. Bigmouth Santa’s Drinking Mitten
  6. Woolrich Blanket
  7. Tall Turn-Up Beanie
  8. Baja Hooded Sweater
  9. Plaid 6″ Classic Trunk

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