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Getting creative with Gift Cards

Pairing the ladies on your list with their favorite style – not to mention color ­– can be tricky. When you aren’t sure which palette she prefers, a Vera Bradley Gift Card is a can’t-miss option for making her Christmas wishes come true. Add some extra sparkle with one of these creative packaging ideas …

15 ways to get creative with Gift Cards

Getting creative with gift cards

1

Slide one into a Luggage Tag and bundle it with a book about
her dream destination, an atlas or a larger Travel style

2

Create a shimmery DIY Glitter Mug, tie a festive ribbon
to the handle and place the Gift Card inside

Getting creative with gift cards

3

In a Tech case to tie in with her new gadgets

Getting creative with gift cards

4

Bundled with stationery items to ensure she keeps in touch

5

Fill a Tumbler with a colorful candy
and attach the Gift Card

Getting creative with gift cards

6

In a Round About Jewelry Box
with a new bauble

7

In the name panel of her favorite Lunch style

Getting creative with gift cards

8

In the card slot of the wallet she wants

9

Tied to a Travel Mug filled with a bag of her favorite coffee or tea

Getting creative with gift cards

10

Tucked inside a Leather or Faux Leather Envelope

Getting creative with gift cards

11

Attached to an Agenda with Binder Clips

12

Placed in an interior pocket of a Crossbody
or Handbag she’s been wanting

Getting creative with gift cards

13

Dial in her mobile with a Gift Card and phone case

14

Secured to the handle of an Umbrella
with a note, “For a rainy day!”

Getting creative with gift cards

15

In a Desk Note Set paired with colorful pens

Santa Came to Town

There’s always a sense of playful, childlike wonder at the annual Vera Bradley holiday gathering. Maybe it’s the ice-skating and hot cocoa piled high with marshmallows. Or perhaps it’s seeing all of the families, including adorable little ones with Christmas characters painted proudly on their rosy cheeks. But our guess is it’s the result of the jolliest guest in the house, Santa. Mr. Kringle never disappoints the guests, both young and young at heart. We hope the season’s celebrations bring laughter, sparkle and joy to your December days.

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Spirit of the Season

Spirit of the SeasonWith all the glitter and gifting this time of year, it’s easy to forget about the simple gestures that deliver the most genuine joy. Take a moment to make someone’s day brighter, during the holidays and always.

A small gesture goes a long way …

Spirit of the Season

Spirit of the Season

Spirit of the Season

A Cup of Cheer

It is our opinion that a few flakes of glitter can make anything flashy and festive. With this in mind, we hosted a special Sip ‘n Sparkle gathering for 25 team members to create these dazzling decoupaged mugs.A Cup of CheerA Cup of CheerA Cup of Cheer

A Cup of Cheer

A Cup of Cheer

Love the luster?
With a few supplies and a little time, you can simulate this shimmery DIY at home!
(Did we mention it’s a great gift idea?)

A Cup of Cheer

WHAT YOU’LL NEED:
Mug, painter’s tape, a brush, decoupage (gloss finish*), glitter
*We used Martha Stewart’s brand with success.

A Cup of Cheer

1. Wrap the painter’s tape around the mug. Keep in mind the glitter will be from the bottom of the tape line, down. Leave at least 1 inch at the top and don’t forget the handle! 2. Brush a coat of decoupage onto the mug, covering the surface below the tape line.

A Cup of Cheer

3. Pour a generous amount of glitter over the wet decoupage.

A Cup of Cheer

4. Remove the tape immediately, being careful not to smudge the glitter. Let the mug dry overnight. 5. The next day, brush the loose pieces of glitter off the mug. Add a coat of decoupage over the glitter area. Let this dry overnight. 6. The next day, add a second coat of decoupage on top and let the mug dry overnight. 7. Let the mug cure for a week before using it, and 28 days before placing it in the dishwasher. Cheers!

A Cup of Cheer

Be Kind. Be Colorful.

Be Kind. Be Colorful.

The Vera Bradley Foundation for Breast Cancer is dedicated to finding a cure, with 87 cents of every dollar donated going directly to breast cancer research. Do you have someone close to the cause? Give their present a purpose. This year, make a donation in their name and seal the gesture with a pretty Pink Swirls style. The Breast Cancer Awareness color not only looks lovely, it also announces support for the fight against this disease.

Win them and be Jolly!

Jump over to our Jolly Holiday sweepstakes on Facebook and enter for a chance to win the Be Colorful Tote (Pink Swirls) and Soft Wool Ombre Scarf (Ombre Pink).

And don’t forget to follow along to get in the spirit by sharing the sweepstakes with your friends and family, because the more people we have enter, the more we’re giving away in the end!

A Vision in White

This year, Vera Bradley’s entry for the Festival of Trees – an annual event held in our hometown of Fort Wayne, Indiana – was a wintry display that begged the question, “Do you want to build a snowman?” Or snow woman, as the case may be.

Festival of Trees 2014

Festival of Trees 2014

“Because our tree’s ultimate destination is Erin’s House for Grieving Children, we wanted the design to be whimsical, fun and ‘kid-centric,’” Kate Virag, Media and Public Relations Supervisor said. “What’s more fun and unexpected than a giant snowman?”

The volunteers began with a pre-lit tree and layered in three tiers of quilt batting for the body. Next, ornaments were placed strategically to create a warm face and buttoned-up appearance. Tree branch arms (for a flying friend to perch on) and a Ziggy Zags scarf and hat were the final touches for this sensation in snow white.

Festival of Trees 2014

Festival of Trees 2014

Festival of Trees 2014

Festival of Trees 2014

Festival of Trees 2014

Get this look at home.

Tricia R., Visual Merchandising Photography Stylist says it’s easy to bring this lighthearted look to your holidayscape. Begin with a tree covered in white lights. Cut three sections of felt to wrap around and create his/her body. Cover the batting with spray glue and then sprinkle with snowflakes or white glitter. “We left some tree branches exposed in between each section of her body,” Tricia said. “But that’s really up to you.” Next comes the fun part … Get creative with what you have around the house and accessorize your personal snow pal. Corncob pipe? Knit Scarf, perhaps? It’s a look sure to melt every heart, young and old.

Warm and Cozy

Warm and Cozy

Twas a month before Christmas, and she longed to be snug,
with ‘mallows at play in a hot chocolate-filled mug.
When off of the couch, there arose something comfy,
A blanket with pattern, that was also quite fluffy.

Her goosebumps persisted, her chill to the core,
She sat up, quite frozen, there had to be more.
With a draft at the floor, and a bite in the air,
She needed her booties, her tootsies were bare.

Still feeling frosty, she sent out a tweet,
“Icy this evening, need styles for heat.”
As she searched through her closet for the coziest piece,
Her eyes danced with glee at a Robe, made of fleece.

As she settled in, content, to scroll her favorite site,
She stopped onto Facebook, just quickly, to write:
“May your styles be warm and your colors be bright,
Happy holidays to all, and to all a warm night!”

Win them and be Jolly!

Jump over to our Jolly Holiday sweepstakes on Facebook and enter for a chance to win the Slipper Booties, Throw Blanket, Hooded Fleece Robe and Slim Journal Set, all in Emerald Paisley, as well as the overall Grand Prize.

And don’t forget to follow along to get in the spirit by sharing the sweepstakes with your friends and family, because the more people we have enter, the more we’re giving away in the end!