Your team is almost like your second family. Consider how much time you spend with them throughout the year – the relationships you build, the work you get done together, the laughs and tears. It’s normal to want to celebrate the holiday season with them in a big way.

Holiday parties are a great opportunity to go above and beyond and demonstrate to your employees how important they are to you. If you’re feeling stuck doing the same thing year over year for your holiday parties, inject some innovation and creativity by thinking out of the box and providing them with exclusive experiences, tailored to who they are. Here are some examples

Cook your own holiday dinner

There are many ways your team can come together to enjoy holiday dinners – one of them is to cook it themselves. Some venues offer cooking classes where you split up the team up in different groups and each team prepares one course of your meal. A group of chefs lead your guests in the right direction. After an afternoon full of fun in the kitchen, guests will be able to sit down in a beautiful dining room and enjoy their gourmet dishes.

Cooking together builds stronger relationships. You have to trust one another in the process to follow the recipe and get things done correctly. It also leverages different skills from different people in a setting you don’t get to see very often.

Give back to the community

Especially during the holidays, it’s important to remember that there are people in need who need support during this time of year. A fun way to celebrate the holidays with your office is by giving back. There are many not-for-profits that offer programs for corporate clients where you can volunteer as a group. Activities can be anywhere from helping wrapping gifts for families, cooking a holiday meal for a homeless shelter, or hosting a party at the local boys and girls club.

Many employees want more than just a paycheck. They also want to feel like they’re making an impact on the community. Doing it as a team will help provide a memorable moment that you team can look back on and be proud that they accomplished something together.

Custom scavenger hunt

The last unique activity comes through team participation to achieve a singular goal – and some healthy competition, of course. Consider engaging your employees with a custom scavenger hunt challenge. Split them up into teams and provide each team with a specific allowance. Ask them to go around the city collecting certain items with this allowance.

You can make it unique by personalizing the items to the company’s history and milestones. The team that gets most or all items at the cheapest price and within the time limit wins. End off the day by celebrating the team effort with a private dinner at a beautiful restaurant.

Scavenger hunts are all about team bonding. Aside from being fun and dynamic, they encourage participants to think outside of the box and be more creative.

The unique experiences are only a few examples of what you can do but there are countless options! The most important fact to remember is that no matter what you plan is, always keep in mind that the main goal of a holiday experience: making memories together. Happy planning!