Christmas Recognition Tip #7 – Gift Ideas


When employees reach specific milestones in their career, present them with a meaningful gift. These celebrations often happen at incremental anniversaries, starting after five or 10 years with the company.

As the employee invests more time at the company, the gifts should progressively become more valuable. Here’s a few ideas to get you started.

10 Meaningful Employee Gifts

  1. Tie tack of the company logo or the recipient’s initials

  2. An engraved pen

  3. Company apparel

  4. Food gift basket

  5. Monogrammed key fob

  6. A piece of jewelry

  7. A watch or pocket timepiece

  8. Television or gaming console

  9. A getaway weekend

  10. Bottle of Wine

Are you ready to start shopping? Don’t forget the cards! If you’re presenting the employee gifts at the annual company Christmas party, use holiday greeting cards.

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Small Business Tip #7 – Give Back

giving back

Get your business in front of a huge audience this holiday season. Plan to host a public event or attend an activity that focuses on giving-back to the community and spreading holiday cheer. The key to a successful event? Leave the sales pitch back at the office!

  • Host an open house. Explain what your business does with free demonstrations or behind-the-scenes tours of the facility. Partner with a local charity and offer to accept donations at the event to help their cause.

  • Host a Penny Drive. A little friendly competition in the office is good for ya. Collect spare change and donate to a local food bank before Thanksgiving. This will build a relationship with other businesses and spread the good feeling.
  • Go to a local animal shelter for the day. As a team, offer to walk the dogs, groom the cats and clean out pet kennels. Be sure your employees are wearing coordinating T-shirts sporting the company logo. Take lots of pictures to post on your social media!

  • March in a holiday parade. Don your finest Christmas sweaters and pack a big box of candy. Hand out sweets to the kids and shake hands with the adults to put a personal face to your business — right in the heart of your community.

  • Coat Drive/ Toy Drive. Have employees bring in their extra clothes or toys to give away to those in need. These charitable actions can make others see your business on a whole new light.

No matter which event you choose, be sure to hand out free gifts to those who attend. Try coffee mugs filled with seasonal candy or colorful notepads.

This week enjoy 60% off your card order! Simply enter code WCRT1014B at checkout to get this limited-time discount.

Be sure to read our entire guide for small business for smooth sailing up the the new year.


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Christmas Party Planning Tip #7 – Gifts & Goodies


As guests gather for the Christmas party and toasts are made, plan to send home a token of gratitude and Christmas appreciation. Whether your guests are your best friends or your employees, celebrate them. A simple verbal recognition to the group, followed up with a gift or certificate presentation, makes the party extra engaging.

For the Office Party:

If you’ve never ordered or presented award certificates in the past, it’s simple.

  1. Choose a certificate style that highlights your key values such as excellence, achievement or performance. Many certificates can be customized with a company logo or motto.

  2. Have a calligrapher add the employee names to the certificates or use a decorative font.

  3. Sign each document and tuck them into individual certificate holders to keep them from folding or creasing.

  4. Keep a camera handy to get snapshots of each award recipient. Use the pictures in the company newsletter or on social media accounts.

For the Home Party:

If you have a little extra spending cash, consider sending guests home with a gift. Some simple and elegant gift ideas include:

  • Ornaments
  • Bottles of Wine
  • Homemade Coco Mix
  • Coffee
  • Cookie/Dessert Goodie Bag

There’s still time to order certificates, employee gifts and holiday greeting cards to present at the party.

This week we’re offering a huge discount. Simply enter code WCRT1014B at checkout to enjoy 60% off your holiday greeting card order.


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6 Free Santa Letter Templates from PaperDirect

We are excited to present 6 brand new and completely free Santa letter templates for penning the big guy.

Writing a letter to Santa has been a tradition in America for over a hundred years. Whether you decide to use these templates for your class or just print one out for your kids at home, we hope your kids get the response (and presents) they want this year.

Santa Letter Template #1:

Santa Letter 1

Santa Letter Template #2:

Santa Letter 2

Santa Letter Template #3:

Santa Letter 3

Santa Letter Template #4

Santa letter 4

Santa Letter Template #5

Santa Letter 5

Santa Letter Template #6

Santa Letter 6

Whether your kid is just learning to write or can fully scribe a letter, we’ve got a template for them. Simply click the image of the template you like to be taken to the print page.

Where should you send your kids Santa letter? The United States Postal Service has a yearly Santa program you can check out here.

Be sure to view our other elegant holiday border papers. These are great for Santa letter writing, Christmas invitations or anything else you can think of! Merry Christmas from PaperDirect.


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10 More Office White Elephant Gifts

white elephant Okay, let’s face it. Most people dread the office white elephant gift exchange because it’s so difficult to come up with something funny and appropriate. Then there’s the holy grail of office white elephant gifts—ones that are fun and appropriate AND something people will actually kind of (in secret anyway) like.

We listed a few ideas last year which still hold up, but if you’re looking for even more gift ideas, read below:

Gift Ideas:

Now you can be the hero of the next exchange with these cheap, easy, and awesome white elephant gift exchange ideas.

Zombie Apocalypse Survival Kit

Whether you want to make it funny or useful, you can assemble it yourself and include whatever you believe might be helpful to survive the zombie apocalypse.  Some ideas:

  • Duct Tape
  • Toilet Paper
  • Map
  • Cheap Pocket Knife
  • a Sandwich

Beyond Expert Level Puzzles

Take a handful of saw dust or paper shredded beyond hope of every being assembled and package as an “Expert Level Puzzle”.

Bubble Gum Jar with a Surprise

Take a mason jar and fill the bottom with gumballs. Then insert a baggie with a little monetary surprise inside and fill in more gumballs around it. Pack the gum tightly or the special treat will reveal itself.

Chili Making Kit Renamed

Print out your own self-made label and rename it BUBBLE BATH.

Sushi Slippers

Or any other goofy slippers make a great gift. They are funny and somehow very practical.

Camera Extender/ Selfie Stick

They will all call it cheesy, but they will all want the totally useful in selfie portrait taking ….camera extender!

chicken handbagRubber Chicken Handbag

What woman doesn’t love a great handbag? Celebrate the obsession with the rubber chicken handbag. (This website has a ton of great gag gifts)

Board games related to work

There is an endless amount of cool board games on the market. Find some that relate to your work in some way for a tongue in cheek gift.

Foam Dart Gun and target

Foam dart guns make the perfect stress reliever and the perfect office white elephant gift.

Superhero Snuggies

Yeah, you know they will all want the superhero snuggie.  There is no shame because, well YEAH!

See, you thought figuring out the perfect office white elephant gift was going to be difficult. Done and done.

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11 Fun and Lighthearted Christmas Messages for Clients

There's no businesses like your business It’s the merriest time of the year! And what better way to brighten your clients’ holidays — and let them know how much you appreciate them — than by sending a personal Christmas card?

A formal, elegant card is always a good (and safe) choice. But if your business is known for being more fun than formal, you might want to opt for something a little more whimsical.

Of course, the sentiment is just as important as the design, and it’s a good idea to match its tone with the overall feel of the card you choose.

Here are a few jolly ideas to get you started:

  1. Keep calm and merry on.

  2. May your holidays be filled with love and laughter.
    (Eggnog really helps with the laughter part.)

  3. Here’s hoping you still have plenty of jingle in your pocket after the holidays are over!

  4. Happy Ugly Sweater Season!

  5. Wishing you a cool yule!

  6. Sending you laughter and cheer
    Throughout the year.

  7. There’s “snow” business like your business.
    Thank you and Merry Christmas!

  8. Don’t worry. Santa told me you’re on the nice list this year.

  9. Dashing through the snow
    To wish you a very merry Christmas!.

  10. You make us merry all year long.
    Thank you for your business!

  11. This holiday, may your Christmas tree lights be tangle-free.

Cool Yule Message You’re invited to use one of these sentiments verbatim or as a jumping-off point for your own creativity. But whatever you do, don’t pass up the opportunity to send your clients something memorable. Going the extra step to mail them a little “cheer in an envelope” will make them feel appreciated, keep you top of mind and create loyalty year-round.

And whether you decide to go sophisticated or fanciful, with PaperDirect’s extensive collection of personalized Christmas cards, you’re sure to find exactly what you’re looking for!


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Small Business Tip #6 – Promotion Ideas

Santa Vinyl Banner

Christmas candy displays line supermarket aisles while tinsel and twinkle lights dominate craft and hobby stores.

So, what are you waiting for?

Now is the time to start promoting your holiday specials, sales and services.

Most retailers launch holiday promotions in October or November — some even earlier. So grab the calendar and start mapping out your methods of spreading holiday cheer.

Here’s a few things to pencil in the coming days:

1. Design, write and schedule holiday-related social media posts and emails. 

You can do this right on the Facebook page. This way, you won’t forget to amplify your next promotion- just be sure to check your page periodically for comments and user-generated content.

Facebook scheduling

2. Order holiday giveaway items for customers and seasonal signage for the store. 

Having a promotion next week? Order a vinyl banner to hang in your window. This will grab driver’s attentions and encourage them to stop in.
3. Schedule holiday advertising online, radio, television and in print media.

Find out where your audience is then go there! Whether it be online, radio or print media, get in front of your audience.
4. Design bag stuffers to use in-store and postcard mailers for online customers.


In all sales leading up to Christmas, show a little love with some simple bag stuffers or postcards. Design and print a holiday message or coupon offer and slip it in their bag. when they get home and revel over their newly bought items, they’ll see the offer and be more apt to make a return visit. All for the cost of postcards.

5. And of course, don’t forget to order a few goodies for your hard-working employees who help make the holiday season a success.

week6-onThis week enjoy 20% off employee gifts including custom designed coffee mugs, mouse pads, memo pads and so much more.

Enter code WCRT1014B at checkout to get this limited-time offer.

View our entire guide to holiday promotions here.


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Christmas Recognition Tip #6 – Certificates


Award certificates are an economical way to show your employees appreciation. These paper documents are personalized, signed by an authority figure and often show up in celebratory photographs. So, why not make them extra special? Here’s four ways to embellish award certificates before the big presentation.

1. Add Foil Seals.

These metallic certificate additions can feature a company logo or simple words of gratitude.

2. Use Colorful Card Stock.

Skip the simple white printing paper. Choose bordered paper or an uncommon hue to use for the award.

3. Present Certificates in Folders.

Keep the award clean and wrinkle-free by using a decorative folder or jacket during the presentation.

4. Print Out Speech

If you present your award certificate with a prepared speech, consider printing it out and handing it over with the certificate. That way, when your words are forgotten, your employees can revisit  the nice things that were said.

Get all of these great supplies online at Paper Direct. This week enjoy 20% off all employee gifts to keep expenses down and employee appreciation high! Use code WCRT1014B at checkout to get this special offer.

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Christmas Party Planning Tip #6 – The Drinks

The drinks

Celebrate the holidays, but do it safely! Since most Christmas parties include alcoholic beverages, have an action plan in place to keep employees out of harm’s way.

Things to Consider:

  1. Use drink tickets. Give each guest a set number of complimentary drinks via a ticket system to limit them to two or three beverages. If they want more, they will need to pay (which helps keep your budget in line) and make their own personal decision if they can handle more alcohol.

  2. Schedule a taxi service. Arrange a pick-up service with a few local taxi companies. Let guests know that taxis will be parked outside the party at a specific time to help them get home safely. If the budget allows, make this a complimentary service to all employees.

  3. Offer festive alternatives. Not all guests will want to sip the bubbly. Have the bartender whip up a virgin mocktail with fruit juices and soda for party guests who wish to abstain from drinking but want to carry around a colorful drink.

  4. Have a “Drink of the Night.” Let it either be thematic to your company or festive to Christmas and the holidays. For example, offer a Gingerbread Apple Christmas Cocktail. Recipe here:
  • 2 ounces of ginger liquor
  • 1 ounce of vanilla vodka
  • 2 1/2 ounces of Apple Cider
  • Twist of Lemon
  • Agave Syrup
  • Orange Zest

Or one of our other favorites the Christmas Cookie Shot. Recipe here:

  • 1 oz peppermint schnapps
  • 1 oz Kahlua® coffee liqueur
  • 1 oz Bailey’s® Irish cream

Keep the party lively by presenting each employee with a small keepsake gift as they enter the party. Try tucking drink tickets inside a water bottle or tote bag.

Enjoy 20 percent off all employee gifts this week at Paper Direct. Simply enter code WCRT1014B at checkout to get this offer!


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Ultimate Guide to Throwing a Successful White Elephant Bash

presentIf there is anything more fun than the White Elephant Party in encouraging a hilariously good time, we do not know of it. The wacky tradition encourages the exchange of small, often useless, always creative, and completely funny gifts among friends.

But even “almost anything goes” parties need a few guidelines, so here is the ultimate guide on throwing a successful white elephant party so your event is the one to remember.

Set the theme

You do not officially need to have a theme, but it is so much more fun to see what happens when the participants all need to come up with something around a specific idea. You can even combine ideas, such as “Pirate Christmas” or “Grandma’s Couch Football” for added fun.

Set the Rules of the Gift

present1Participants need to know what is expected of the gift so they have an easier time figuring out something great to bring. Should gifts be new or used? Should the gifts be under a specific dollar amount? Are handmade gifts allowable? Set the guidelines for the gifts so everyone knows and is comfortable participating.

Send the Invitations

For any party, the invitation sets the mood of the event, so get creative. Choose an awesome paper design something quirky that will hint at the fun ahead.  (Be sure to include specific instructions on the gifts).

Create a Festive Atmosphere

If you have a theme for the party decorate the home or office around it for the event. If you do not have a theme, or the theme IS “white elephant” go full-on, no-holds-bar, quirky fun! This is not the time to hold back that creative spirit.

Decide the Rules of Play

christmas-messageHow wild the party gets depends a lot on how you play the game. Traditionally, everyone chooses numbers and the next person can choose what the person before them has, or from an unwrapped gift. If a gift is “stolen”, that person can choose to steal from another person or from any unwrapped gifts. To amp up the fun, plan a party wide “swipe” where EVERYONE is vulnerable to a switch. The more “swipes” the more fun and chaos. Some impose a “3 Swipes rule” where a gift is out of play after it is taken three times.

Remember Refreshments

Great food is important to any great gathering, and especially important if you want to throw a successful white elephant party. The food does not need to be elaborate, but it should reflect the spirit of the party.

With these tips for throwing a successful white elephant party, your event should go off without a hitch but with much side-splitting fun!


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