This year has been far from normal, but there are ways to make the holidays feel somewhat normal despite everything. APM Help has been a fully remote company since we were established 3 1/2 years ago, so we know that virtual parties can be fun. We know, virtual? Not the same. But your co-workers or family are sure to appreciate the sense of togetherness, so give these ideas a try and let us know what you think!
Virtual White Elephant
The infamous White Elephant party! I was introduced to this party-style in college, and have participated in at least one White Elephant every year since. It sounds complicated at first, especially when it's virtual, but I promise it's not and everyone tends to have a good time. Here's what you need:
Now, use a name randomizer, like this one, to fill out Column "B" next to each name in Column "A". That is who they are going to get a gift for.
Send an e-vite for a "Reveal" party where everyone shows their gifts and tries to guess their Secret Santa - keep the spreadsheet handy!
Turn the party into a cocktail hour or ugly sweater party to add to the holiday spirit once everyone has guessed their Santa
Simple, right? If you want people to give gift ideas, then I would recommend sending out a survey beforehand to ask people what kind of gifts they would want within a certain price range. Have a large company? Mix departments so that people can get to know each other better. For example: IT with Leasing, Maintenance with Accounting, etc.
I love the creativity behind the White Elephant and Secret Santa parties, and I personally love opening gifts not knowing what they could be. Some people prefer to eliminate the gift-giving for various reasons, so if that's you, here are some great ideas for a Virtual Holiday Party:
I hope that these ideas spark some joy for you, your co-workers, family and whoever else you choose to share these great party ideas with! I know I am going to be trying a few of these out with my co-workers at APM Help and my family during this holiday season. Leave a comment below if you try any of these out - we'd love to hear how it goes!
Happy Holidays! 🎁✨
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