Five Simple and Uncomplicated Holiday Games for your Office Party!

Are you throwing a Christmas shindig for your employees? That’s wonderful! Let us be the first to tell you that you’re an amazing boss!

Now on to the topic of the party! You may have the venue, music, and food down to pat—but what about the games? Yes, every party needs games! If you aren’t familiar with Christmas games that aren’t too juvenile, let us help you with that!

Here are some adult Christmas games you can play at your holiday party:

Christmas “Who Has” List

This is one is a great ice breaker for parties! The rules are fairly simple. You provide your employees with a printed worksheet. No, this isn’t more work. What they’ll find is a sort of checklist. For example:

Who has…given out socks as a present?
Who has…consumed more than three glasses of eggnog in one hour?

The employees will need to find someone who fits the description and have that someone sign the item on the list. It’s a great way to form laughs and make employees be honest about their Christmas blurbs! It’s a fairly simple but highly effective manner of getting your employees to interact with one another. You can even turn it into a competition of sorts. The first one to get a complete list full of signatures gets a prize!

What’s that Christmas Carol?

A great way to form bonds between employees is by having them work together. You can have your employees form into different teams. Have a representative step up for every round and have them identify a played Christmas carol. The one who can give the correct answer earns a point for their team.

You can have the winning team win a prize. You can even add a twist by having all the team with the lowest score have to do a consequence!

Build Me a Burger

This requires the involvement of the boss, making it a good way to foster goodwill between the admin and the workforce. Have the employees put labeled post-its on their back. Break them up into teams. On the post-it will be a particular ingredient that would go toward a burger.

The boss then orders a burger from the ‘menu’ (provided for by the host, usually). The employees will need to “build” a burger by sticking the right ingredients together in the proper order.

Some extra tips:

  • Make sure there are equal number of ‘ingredients’ per team
  • Have some blank post-its and a marker handy for “off menu” orders.

Things to remember:

Make the games fun yet tasteful

No one wants to get harassed during a company game. If anyone is clearly uncomfortable, be flexible and let them sit out an event or game.

Don’t forget to give out the holiday hampers!

Trust us when we say that everyone is waiting for the holiday hampers to make an appearance! Before the night ends, be sure that HR dutifully gives out a hamper to all employees (that includes them, too!)

Other than that, make use of the games above and have yourself a fabulous holiday party!…

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The Right Tips to Make Tasteful Holiday Hampers

In our years in the biz, the fairly constant questions we’ve received about Holiday Hampers fall under these lines:

  • My employees are mixed in gender
  • Some employees don’t celebrate Christmas
  • Is wine an appropriate part of the holiday hamper

Today, we give you the right tips to making a tasteful holiday hamper.

What is a “tasteful” holiday hamper?

It is a holiday giveaway that isn’t complicated and doesn’t give anyone special treatment. When building a Christmas basket, a good point to remember is to never over think the thing.

When building your holiday hamper remember that:

Less is more

Hampers do not need to be ostentatious. Something simple often does the trick better. When you splurge on the holiday basket, some grumpy employees may wonder if they can just opt for the cash spent on the holiday basket.

Choose genderless products

If you’re thinking of adding makeup to your holiday basket, don’t. Of course, unless if your employee base is 100% female—then by all means, go right ahead!

However, if your employee pool is mixed in gender, it is usually smarter to get things that both sexes can use suitably like food. You can never really go wrong with food.

Avoid culturally insensitive items

Work with HR in finding out what religions are in your employee pool. That way you’ll have a good idea on what is appropriate. If they are only a few, it would only take a few moments to have HR opt out certain items.

The personal touch will certainly not be missed by your employees.

If the work is too much, get help!

If you find that your HR department isn’t as well-versed in the gift-giving as you’d hope, there is no need to fret. Online business like ours are made to help out those who cannot suitably build their holiday hampers.

You can take a page out of our many deals and packages to come up with a tasteful holiday basket to suitably satisfy your employees.

When it comes to holiday hampers, there is no one else who knows the biz like we do.…

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The Thoughtful Hamper: Adding Wow to Your Employees’ Holiday!

Even as early as now, smart employers will try to learn from the previous Christmas holiday. A review of the previous year’s holiday hamper giveaway should be done.

Is a Holiday Hamper truly necessary?

In the years we’ve spent in the business, we’ve come to truly realize how important the holiday hamper is. It’s a great way to show your hardworking employees that you care beyond paying them every payday or giving them sick leaves.

This little show of effort is a great way to cultivate a positive air in your office. Building the annual Christmas Hamper can be quite challenging. There is a delicate balance that needs to be struck. Employers cannot put things willy-nilly in the holiday giveaway basket. Getting something that screams “fresh off the shelf” can counter the goodwill that you’re trying to foster.

What should go into a Holiday Hamper?

The Holiday hamper doesn’t have to be expensive. They don’t even have to be big. In fact, the best hampers are those that employees can find within their price range. This means that this is something that they can replicate. If they like it, they can create something like it and share it with their own network outside of work.

With that in mind, let’s take a look at some of the best picks for any Holiday Hamper:

Crackers

You can’t really go wrong with crackers. They don’t spoil fast and there are a variety of them available in the market. You can even support local gourmets and buy artisanal crackers and cookies. Not only are you giving your employees a special treat, you’re also supporting the local industry.

Chocolates

Is any Christmas ever complete without chocolates? The holidays are practically made to imbibe in the best sweets that the world has to offer. The best thing about the holidays is that chocolates go on sale. So putting some of the staples like M&Ms is more than enough to bring a smile to an employee’s face.

If you simply cannot come up with a good basket for your company, you can make use of online stores who come with holiday hamper options for you.…

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