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5 virtual gift ideas for the holiday season

October 26 / US

As a hybrid working culture continues, holiday celebrations may look a little different this year. Still, you probably want to show appreciation to your employees for all they do by finding new ways to say thanks. 

The good news is that gift-giving doesn’t have to be in-person to have an impact. Virtual gifts can still be of value and create goodwill for all. Here are 5 ideas to keep things festive and bright.

Gift baskets: a fun surprise

Gift baskets may seem cliché or impersonal, but honestly, they’re a joy to receive. Sending a fruit basket directly to your remote employees’ homes can be a great way to connect with them in their work environment—and a treat the whole family (or roommates) to enjoy.

If you want to venture into something a bit more personal, box delivery companies can provide things like cocktail kits, terrarium starters, and even home-office packages. If the gift box includes an activity, you could gather the team together over video chat and have everyone open and build them together.

Sharing a meal together

As your employees continue to socially distance, it’s still important to get the whole team together. Why not share a meal virtually?

We’re seeing customers use Vouchers to cover the cost of meals with Uber Eats for their employees. Everyone gets a chance to order takeout from their favorite local spot and support local businesses at the same time.

With Vouchers, you can control how much you’ll cover for each person as well as the time frame in which they can use it. This way, you’ll only pay for how much is actually used and ensure that it goes toward sharing time together with the team.

Charitable giving to lift everyone’s heart

A lot of people have been hit hard by the pandemic, and there’s no shortage of good causes to which to donate. Help your employees feel connected with their community by setting aside some money for everyone to donate to their favorite charity.

You could let each person select a charity for their portion, or let them nominate charities and have the whole team vote on which one(s) they like. This way, everyone can be involved in communal giving, and your team will feel connected over doing something good.

A gift that works for everybody

Gift cards are the tried-and-true option for giving a gift that lets your employees choose what they want. And we’d be lying if we said that we think Uber gift cards aren’t a great option.

The holiday season is a time for travel and togetherness. Give your employees a ride to their loved one’s houses for cookies and tea or to the airport to catch a flight home. Uber gift cards also work for Uber Eats, so employees can order dinner for the whole family if they’d like—and avoid doing the dishes that evening.

Gift cards are also great as a spiff for top performers or as a giveaway that can surprise and delight.  

Gifts that keep giving

What’s better than a one-time gift? A gift that lasts for weeks or months. Subscription services can be a great way to tailor your gift-giving experience to your team.

Everyone can use a subscription to their favorite TV streaming service. The team could even pick a show to watch together (and of course discuss before their meetings). Other options can be virtual workout classes or workshops that help the team build a skill.

Keeping the hybrid holiday festive

The holidays are a time to celebrate the successes of the past year. As your company continues to navigate pandemic times, it’s important to find ways to bring your people together and show appreciation for all they have accomplished.

Whether it’s sharing a team meal together but virtually or giving employees a way to treat their loved ones, Uber for Business can help you deliver cheer throughout this holiday season.