Making the most of the holiday season, at a distance.

Ideas for a socially-distanced celebrations

There’s no denying this holiday season will be drastically different than those in the past. Many of the most highly anticipated activities, such as parties and the giving of gifts, will be experienced remotely this year due to the need for social distancing. While it’s absolutely essential to heed the rules this season, there are still plenty of ways to channel the holiday spirit while protecting yourself and others. From office party solutions to creative gift giving during a pandemic, the ideas found in this list will help you spread seasonal cheer to everyone you love (from a distance.)

How to celebrate the holidays with friends and family

  • Many holiday activities, like decorating the tree and baking cookies, have been enjoyed in the company of loved ones until this year. Instead of forgoing these important activities completely, use your preferred video chat software to share these experiences with family members. Participating in regular holiday activities, even remotely, will help you stay connected to traditions that won’t be happening in person this season.
  • With the cancellation of holiday-themed school concerts, there’s no better time to host an online talent show. Any and all forms of family entertainment are ideal, including magic tricks, musical performances, stand-up comedy, and dramatic readings.

Tips for planning a socially distant office party

  • Throw a virtual quiz night! For the real trivia experience, consider hiring a professional quiz master to moderate the evening’s festivities. When it comes time to distribute prizes, award the winners with virtual gift cards for local restaurants and coffee shops.
  • For smaller office get togethers, a virtual murder mystery party is a crowd-pleasing activity for employees with dramatic flair (costumes and getting into character are encouraged, but not necessary to enjoy the game.)
  • Arrange a virtual group wine tasting or painting lesson (or any other type of learning activity that you know will be of interest to your colleagues.) If everyone is working remotely, plan for party supplies to be dropped off at their homes ahead of time.
  • If the office holiday party has taken the form of dinner at a restaurant in the past, arrange for the delivery of a special meal to the homes of your workmates and their families.

Creative ideas for socially-distanced gift giving

  • Give the gift of a remote learning experience! Whether they want to take their cooking skills to a new level or they’re thinking about starting yoga, there’s an online class or workshop for every person on your gift list. Check out local specialty stores, wineries and exercise studios for inspiration, many have chosen to move their regularly scheduled classes online.
  • Shopping for a book lover? Treat them to a combination book subscription service and book club membership! Each month they’ll receive a book and a list of accompanying questions to be discussed at the next online book club meeting, which are generally kept on the smaller side to help facilitate discussion. Local bookstores are a great resource for this gift, sometimes offering several book club options based on genre or time period.
  • Gifts that allow for more free time are always cherished, especially by recipients who struggle to make time for themselves. Gift certificates or vouchers for services that offer dry cleaning, food and wine delivery, car washing, pet grooming, landscape upkeep, and snow removal go a long way to make busy days less overwhelming.