Add Festivity to Your Holiday Party with These Gift Ideas
The holiday season is finally upon us: workplaces are draped in decorative lights, homes are wafting with the warm smell of sugar and cinnamon, people are coming together in merriment, and annual holiday parties are popping up all over your schedule.
While we love nothing more than end-of-year festivities, we realize the arrival of the holidays — and the endless shopping it entails! — can be daunting. Whether you’re going to an in-person or virtual holiday party, family or office holiday party, or partaking in a remote team gift exchange, we’ve curated the best gifts for everyone on your list.
Gifts for the Family
No matter what you celebrate — Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, or Omisoka — the holidays are all about family. Help your family members, or the family members of your loved ones, celebrate the holiday season in style.
Encourage your dad, brother, or father-in-law to unwind by trading in holiday party tops for cozy and festive pajamas from Hanna Andersson. Plus, these adorable pjs come in all sizes for the whole family (yes, including the little ones!) to match and enjoy through the winter.
This year, give your mom, sister, or in-laws elegant holiday party dresses so they can shine at every event. Plus, these outfits will pair perfectly with the proliferation of Gatsby holiday party themes.
Add some jazz to their holiday outfits with some sparkling, open-framed jewelry from Kendra Scott.
Of course, no outfit is complete without accessories! Send them a sparkly pouch from Kipling that can serve as a clutch handbag on its own, or fit inside a purse as a portable cosmetic case.
Shopping for a practical dresser? Try Kipling’s Masha shoulder bag, which comes with two straps: a sturdy crossbody, and an edgy chain — making it a versatile accessory for any occasion.
Socks are always a welcome gift this time of year — warm hearts and toes alike with the finest, cushioned finds from Smartwool.
Give the gift of coziness this holiday season with warm mittens and touchscreen gloves from Timberland. Fleece-lined for extra warmth and comfort, these sensible accessories will add a touch of elegance to any winter outfit.
Ideas for Office Gift Exchanges
Over twenty months into the pandemic, and we’ve all exhausted our appetite for remote employee virtual happy hours. The question remains: how do we inject hospitality and holiday spirit into virtual company holiday parties?
To help liven virtual events like remote holiday parties, SmartGift recently launched Hero — a corporate gifting platform for employee and client appreciation for the contemporary workplace.
This year, bring back beloved office traditions such as Secret Santa, or the White Elephant gift exchange. Whichever route you choose, we have gifts for coworkers to complement any of your virtual holiday party ideas.
An assortment of sweet and savory treats — like peanut butter cups, peppermint bark, artisanal soft pretzels and succulent fruit — is an excellent way to round off a year of hard work. With the finest flavors, and premium ingredients, it’s a warm gesture that shows them how much you love working together.
Delight the coworker who always brought their own snacks to the office break room. This stunning advent calendar features a selection of treats like popcorn and sweets to help them countdown to the big day.
Make sure they’re covered with all the necessities! Send them a trio of face masks, an embroidered winter beanie, or a solid-color ribbed scarf from Timberland so they’re prepared for the eventual return to the office.
Give your resident office wellness enthusiast the sustainable gift of beauty from bareMinerals. This hydrating make-up is just what she’ll need to get through the harshness of the winter season.
Gifts for the Host and Hostess
If you’ve hosted a dinner or work holiday party before, you already know how stressful it can be to prep for and organize. This year, let’s put in some extra thought into unique and thoughtful gifts for our host or hostess.
Instead of picking an item they’ll politely accept but never use, express your gratitude with party supplies, and a tray (or two!) of the finest holiday food.
This gourmet spread from Harry & David includes a carefully curated assortment of salamis, delicious cheeses, baguettes, and tasty snacks. Plus, it features two bottles of delicious red, so your hosts can relax once guests have returned home.
Trying to choose between holiday party appetizers and desserts? Now you don’t have to — this spectacular selection of traditional bakery favorites and festive treats are fit for double duty. With apple pull-apart breads, chocolate baklava, cinnamon swirls, a mini chocolate cake, and cookies galore, served on a reusable wooden tray — your host will be delighted.
It wouldn’t be a holiday party without some bubbly. Regale your hostess with a selection of twelve mini bottles of sparkling wine — perfect to consume a day at a time on their own, or to top off their favorite holiday party drinks.
Searching for the perfect remote holiday party favors? Send them greetings with a whimsical mailbox! Complete with sweet treats like peppermint goodies, dark chocolate cookies, puff candies, hot cocoa mix, caramel popcorn, and more — there are enough special treats for the whole family to share.
No celebration can be perfected without holiday party decorations — send them a rustic holiday centerpiece to bring the beauty of winter to their table!
Give the green thumbs in your life the gift of new plants. This gorgeous mint blue box arrives with three pre-planted amaryllis bulbs, designed to grow and thrive within eight weeks.
For impatient gardeners, opt for a Christmas cactus — blooming with red and white blossoms, it matches the colors of the season, and will align perfectly with any kind of holiday decor.
It’s hard to go wrong with a classic arrangement of long-stemmed red roses and lilies. Give the traditionalist host a sign of true beauty.
From all of us at SmartGift, happy holidays!