Well, here we are 8 months into the COVID-19 pandemic and the only thing that seems to be clear is this holiday season will be far from normal.
Since March we’ve all watched companies adapt and readapt to the ever changing requirements these crazy times continue to thrust upon us – and now, the holiday season has brought more new challenges.
As an event planner, the holidays are supposed to be my busy season – a time when companies roll out the red carpet and show their gratitude to all those that have contributed to their success throughout the year. But, clearly this isn’t an ordinary year and while I watch as companies grapple with what to do or even if IF to do it, I can’t help but think of all those that have worked so hard to keep it all together. It’s a year that has been easy for no one.
I’ve come to the conclusion that if there was ever a time that warranted gratitude and a little morale boosting cheer, this is most definitely it.
So, with this in mind, I thought I’d share some holiday gift giving inspiration! Most holiday parties are a no-go so why not invest some of those party savings into memorable gifts to show your team how much they are truly valued.
In the spirit of supporting local, all of these options come straight from Calgary and are sure to spread some cheer during a time that has been difficult for everyone.
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Cookies or baking from Sweet Relief Pastries. There are a number of amazing holiday options on her website. Each one guaranteed to bring a smile to its recipient.
A build it yourself Grinch tree from Hen and Chicks. Such a fun and unique activity AND they even offer bulk price savings when you buy 4 or more.
One of my new favorite florists is Amborella. Their arrangements are nothing short of gorgeous and better yet, they offer flower subscriptions, Which means you can express your appreciation a few times a year!
Speaking of subscriptions – did you know that Calgary has a wine boutique that offers Canada’s largest monthly wine club? They’re called the wine collective and they are definitely an amazing gift that keeps on giving!
Finally our friends at Fork + Farm Catering have built an impressive package that includes everything from gingerbread decorating kits to individual meals that can be delivered right to your team’s door. View Their Catering Menu By Clicking Here
While celebrating from a distance is far from ideal, there are still plenty of ways to spread some holiday cheer this season and show your team how much you’ve appreciated them.
Looking for more non-traditional event planning ideas during the holidays? There’s plenty more where these came from. Reach out to us today. We’d love to help! firstname.lastname@example.org