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How to Celebrate Your Employees for the Holidays

October 29, 2021

Employee holding holiday gift facing computer

‘Tis the season to be recognized!

The holiday season is approaching quickly! Can you believe it? We absolutely adore the holiday season. It’s fun, magical, and better yet, we get to show our appreciation for our employees! However, the holiday season has looked quite different in the last couple of years. Some of us may still be completely working remotely, some of us may have a hybrid schedule, or you might be fully back in the office! Whatever your circumstances are, we hope you can continue to celebrate your employees for the holidays (however that may look).

Last year, many of us struggled with what to do for employees during the holidays. Now, we’re all trying to navigate the world post-covid shutdowns. As you continue to figure out what works best for your company and employees, we hope that you embrace this holiday season and maintain your company culture!

Do you want to celebrate your employees this year in an exceptional way? Below we wanted to share some ideas that have helped Terryberry recognize our employees during the holidays.

Different Ways to Show Employee Appreciation

Whether you want to go all-out or share a small token of your appreciation, there are ways to celebrate your employees for every company. Here are some ideas to get you started:

Timeless Traditions

Who doesn’t love traditions? The holiday season is full of them! From your classic holiday party to your Toys for Tots donations, traditions really help establish a strong company culture! It’s important for your employees to feel like they are being thought of in a meaningful and thoughtful way. We suggest doing something more than just an E-card or an office party. It’s never too late to build on your company culture, how can you celebrate your employees in a clever way? Here are some ideas for you:

    • Cookie Contest
    • White Elephant Party
    • Secret Santa Exchange (Remote or in-office)
    • Team Gingerbread House Contest
    • Cubicle Decorating Contest (Individual or Team-based)
    • Ugly Holiday Sweaters

A Sweet Soiree

Everyone loves a good party. Right? Wrong. Not every holiday party is fun for employees, some employees may see this as an obligation. This is your opportunity to make a big impact! Whether you’re fully remote, or not, there are multiple ways to host a great office party to celebrate your employees this holiday season. The company really sets the tone for this type of event. You can either host a large-scale soiree or a budget-friendly office gathering.

Did you host a big office holiday before with free dinner, cocktails, and dancing? Some big parties like this are the highlight of the year for many employees. It is often an important part of company culture. This year, you have to decide what is best for your employee’s morale, safety, and health.

If you’re unable to host an in-person swanky holiday party, consider hosting a virtual one instead! You can utilize video conferencing platforms like Houseparty, Zoom, Microsoft Teams, or Google Hangouts. These platforms have great features that will help your employees feel connected without having to be there physically. This type of event will also work great for those who have employees across the country, or across the globe! Regardless of how you host, remember to invite and encourage all employees (inclusivity is important) to participate!

[TIP]: If you do host a virtual event, consider sending your employees an UberEats, DoorDash, or Grubhub gift card to bring their own appetizers and drinks. Everyone can eat, drink and be merry while leadership presents awards, or plays holiday-themed games!

Gentle Gestures

This is a simple idea, and easily achievable for smaller companies (less than 200 employees). Send your employees a handwritten, personable card. Keep in mind, we know that this is not the most clever or expensive idea, but it can make a big impact on your employees during the holidays. A simple gesture like a personalized note can go a long in making your employees feel valued and recognized for their contributions.

Grinch Stole Your Gifts?

Not today, Grinch! This season, maybe you give the gift of choice! If you are looking for an alternative to your office holiday party, then help your employees feel valued and excited during the holidays with personalized gift packages. We suggest coming up with 5 different themed gift packages for your employees. These packages could be themed for adventure, coffee, reading, etc. For example, an adventure-themed package would include a small Yeti cooler, Yeti Tumbler, an ice pack, and maybe a guide to US national parks. Or perhaps a coffee-themed package, including an espresso machine, coffee-scented candle, and an Ember mug. You can either have pick-up or delivery options too! T

There is one way to make gift-giving a lot easier logistically for everyone, especially your employees. Here’s one way to keep it festive: Terryberry’s gift selection program lets you create an online gift selection experience for your staff, partners, or customers.

Here’s How It Works:

    1. Set Your Budget, from $50​​​​​​ per gift
    2. Send Your Recipient List
    3. Terryberry Does the Rest! Terryberry creates a customized gift selection website, branded for your organization. Your recipients will receive a welcome email with a gift selection link. There, they will see your personalized greeting and dozens of excellent gift choices. Your recipients enjoy the experience of selecting a gift they’ll love!  Watch a video overview.

Terryberry does all the legwork, from curating high quality, appealing product selection, to managing gift orders and customer service, to fulfillment and delivery.

Awesome Awards

What better way to end the calendar year than by awarding your employees? Providing your employees with custom awards will help to make your employees feel recognized at work. We know how dedicated you are to your employees, but why not show them?

Your employees work hard, and we think their contributions should be recognized in a significant way! With Terryberry’s AwardChoice program, your recipients select a gift they will love from a curated collection of top luxury and lifestyle brands. Additionally, your own brand and message can be featured in the selection experience.

Terryberry creates a branded customized gift selection website for your organization. Your recipients will receive a welcome email with a gift selection link where they will be directed to a personalized experience and can select their gift from dozens of excellent choices.

The holidays can be a stressful time of the year. Luckily, there are easy ways that you can celebrate your employees this holiday season. We hope that you consider what will work best for your company, and employees because not every company culture is the same. But we can guarantee that by making your employees feel valued, recognized, and connected this season, you will see positive impacts!

Even if your traditional office holiday party can’t take place, you can still celebrate with your staff in a meaningful way!  Contact Terryberry to get started with a Holiday Gifts program for your organization.