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Best practices for virtual meetings and events: People prompts

Icebreakers are questions that you can include in a virtual meeting or event to inspire attendees to share a little about themselves. It helps you better connect on a more personal level and encourages everyone to participate. Let’s make like Nelly and ask 21 questions.

Recognize and reward essential workers with a virtual gift experience

There’s a conversation brewing about how to reward and recognize essential workers in a meaningful way. Companies who want to deliver heartfelt gratitude are looking past cash, gift cards, and tchotchke gifts and looking towards rewarding programs that will make an impact. Our solution: virtual gift experiences.

Holiday gifting: be the exception, not the rule

What’s the most memorable holiday gift you’ve ever received? If nothing specific comes to mind, it turns out you’re not alone. A 2018 research survey shows that 53% of recipients have forgotten about the holiday gifts they received last year. With the festive season right around the corner, these findings might make you think twice about the impact of your upcoming gift program. So, how can you avoid giving a forgetful gift? Here’s our take.

Best practices for virtual meetings and events: Online etiquette

Etiquette is more than saying “please” and “thank you;” it’s the protocol for being a respected, kind professional. But through a webcam, etiquette can be hard to navigate. How can we know if we’re behaving cordially online? Equal parts tender and tongue-in-cheek.

Dining-in: Take a break and bake with us

There’s something healing, and almost primitive, about baking bread. It tastes like home, like comfort. What could be better than providing yourself with comfort and carbs? Trying out that new Automatic Bread Maker you selected during a virtual gift program. You didn’t buy that baking powder and baking soda for nothing!!! Dine in, let's get baked.

Learning curve: when home office meets homeschool

It’s estimated that millions of students will be temporarily homeschooled while we wait and watch to see how the coronavirus evolves. With no clear indication of when schools will be back in session, working parents are all asking the same question: How can I keep my kids entertained and up-to-date on their schoolwork all while working from home? Here are a few tips to help see you through and keep you sane.

When we reconnect—make it memorable

If you’re like us, reconnecting on-site for meetings, events, and incentive trips is probably high on your wishlist but not ranking highly on your current to-do list. The postponement of on-site programs doesn’t mean you can’t, or shouldn’t, start planning ahead in the meantime. Like planting a seed in the ground, the on-site programs you plan now will eventually bloom into memorable gift experiences.

Balancing work and well-being

Finding a work-life balance can be emotional, and these days, we find ourselves on a new precipice: how can we remove some of the emotions and stressors surrounding all of our own new, varying nine-to-five routines? We don’t have all the answers, but we do have some advice that might help, for the sake of our work—and the sake of our post-work selves.

Gifting all over the world

In many cultures, gift-giving is customary and is viewed as a part of our innate, human nature. Understanding the reasons why we gift can help you cement better relationships with your recipients and deliver your intent in a caring, genuine way.

Dining-in: Savory, summertime tortilla soup

You finally received the gift that’s been on your wishlist for a while: a Dutch oven. It turned up on your doorstep after you indulged in a virtual gift experience– and now, it’s time to put it to use. We know it’s getting warmer outside and you likely aren’t craving soup as often, but can we all just pretend it’s a little rainy outside and we’re chilling out on the couch with this bowl of goodness?

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