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The Holiday Season and COVID 19

Posted by | 26-08-2020

It may only be August, but it's not too early to start thinking about corporate holiday gift ideas. COVID 19 has affected us all, and so it is increasingly more important to recognize employees and so the upcoming holidays are a good place to begin.

A corporate holiday gift program can make a significant difference, especially around the holidays, regardless of holiday rituals and practices. Holiday employee gifts can be incorporated into your employee recognition program, so that employees are recognized throughout the year.

A Corporate Holiday Gift Program is a unique way to bring people together and to foster positive morale among employees. Creating a corporate holiday gift program within your business raises the spirit of all staff members, regardless of what holiday they choose to celebrate due to faith or beliefs.

Today’s gold standard of gift giving is thoughtfulness. Often this means tailoring a gift to fit the individual. Personalizing your gifts in your employee recognition program is important because it ensures that each employee feels valued.  However, buying personalized gifts for members of your company during the holiday season can be demanding and overwhelming. Essentially, holiday employee gifts need to be egalitarian during the holiday season. By doing this, each employee feels valued in the same way because everyone receives the same gift. For company gifts to be egalitarian and successful, the corporate holiday gift ideas need to be universally appealing. You then have to consider what employee gifts would be universally appealing to your group of unique individuals. To create satisfied employees, holiday employee gifts should come in the form of food, water, health, entertainment, and electronic accessories.

There are many corporate Christmas gift selections from which to choose to celebrate your employees and acknowledge their value. Electronic devices are a real hit both for holiday employee gifts and in your year round employee recognition program. From Fitbits to headphones, and laptop sleeves to desk organizers embossed with the company logo can be quite impressive and useful to all employees. Even an office chair accessory with the company logo can create comfort for each employee, while making them feel a part of the team at the same time. Other corporate holiday gift ideas may include candles, fleece blankets (with the company logo stitched in the fabric), winter driving gloves, engraved watches, and crystal plaques.

The online article "10 Alternatives to the Office Holiday Party" ( suggests diverse ways for employees to come together and to not only acknowledge the season, but to also be acknowledged by their employers. This pandemic has forced all organizations to be more creative in how they recognize their employees. This upcoming holiday season may look dramatically different than in past years in that large parties may not exist. In short, the article discusses unique ways to celebrate outside the norm of office holiday parties. A cookie swap among employees can be a delicious way to bring people together in addition to the employer adding to the swap with bakery purchased goods along with beverages. Ugly holiday sweaters are a fun and easy way for people to be more relaxed. Hosting a catered lunch or even a company potluck during office hours shows employees that they are important and that their time is valuable. Organizing a holiday card exchange or a secret pal/santa gift exchange encourage people to embrace the spirit of giving and to have fun in the process. Charitable donations like food or toy drives promote global thinking and the importance of being kind and generous (thebalancecareers .com). Although holiday office parties are enjoyable, it is good practice to provide alternatives to all employees.  

Now is the time to begin thinking and making a plan for your corporate holiday gift ideas. Before you know it, the holiday season will be here!

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