The holidays are the perfect time to show your students and staff just how much you care about them. It’s the season of giving, after all. So why not share those warm and fuzzy feelings with those people who help your business thrive?
We know you’re busy. That’s why we’ve put together a list of holiday gift ideas for students and staff that are sure to please everyone on your list.
4 gifts that show your students you care this holiday season
Whether you have 100 students or 1,000 students, these low-cost holiday gift ideas are sure to spark joy in even your most Grinch-like customer.
Write a letter
Maybe it’s my Southern roots, but I appreciate nothing more than receiving a handwritten letter. Thank you, Happy Holidays, Just because — there’s no letter I don’t like receiving. Wishing your students and their families Happy Holidays is a simple and effective way to show your appreciation for a cost as small as a postage stamp.
How many hours do your students spend at your facility each week? Chances are, a bunch. Taking a little time out of your day to send a thank you card can help them feel good about spending so much of their time with you each year.
Warm, fuzzy letters are hard to come by these days. Make someone smile by opening your holiday thank you in the mail!
Snap and send team pictures
Does your facility provide professional team picture opportunities in the winter? What about a socially distanced winter wonderland photo op in the lobby?
Whether you hire a professional photographer or create your own little North Pole photo booth, providing kids with the opportunity to capture holiday memories at your facility is a great way to show you care.
Take it a step further and share those photos with customers. You don’t have to break the bank here. Simply sharing these kinds of images on your social media pages and tagging students is enough to get them into the hands of parents.
Provide complimentary snacks in the lobby
Did someone say food?
Surprise your students with a pop-up snack shop in the lobby. An after class treat of hot chocolate, pre-packaged cookies or whole fruit is a simple way to get right to the heart of everyone who enters your facility.
Make take home crafts
Consider ending class early one week to provide students the opportunity to make a craft for their parent, sibling or friend.
Think about it. Not every child has the opportunity to purchase a present for a special friend or family member. Providing an opportunity for your students to create their own gift to give may have a bigger impact on their holiday experience than you’ll ever know.
If creating crafts during class time is not an option, you can make holiday craft baggies for students to take home and complete on their own time.
3 gift ideas that show staff appreciation
When it comes to staff appreciation during the holidays, the way you acknowledge a year’s worth of hard work comes down to your company culture. We’ve short-listed our favorite holiday gift ideas for staff to help make your shopping experience a little easier!
Pay it forward
If your program is rooted in the belief that it’s far better to give than to receive, this idea is for you. Acts of kindness, such as adopting a family to provide presents for, volunteering at a local food bank or giving a donation in your employees’ names are the good deeds that people crave during the holidays.
If your dance studio, gymnastics gym or swim school partners with a charitable organization, you could make your impact even bigger by getting the families at your facility involved. No pressure, of course, but consider asking parents to make a donation to your charity of choice. Then match the donation, up to a maximum amount if you prefer, to make a more substantial donation.
Invest in their training
It may be every employer’s dream to have a staff who keeps up-to-date on current trends and develops new skills to help drive their business forward. Guess what? If you have the right staff at your facility, they’ll want the same thing.
Go for the win-win this holiday season by providing a training opportunity designed exclusively for youth activity center owners, managers and staff to your entire team. If cost is of concern here, don’t worry. It’s 2020. Virtual learning is the new black.
With a modest price tag, BOOST 2020 will be the gift that keeps on giving to your program for many years to come.
Host a holiday party
As much as we’d all like to jingle bell hop en masse, that’s not really an option these days. But that doesn’t mean you should let an annual staff holiday party fall by the wayside.
Utilizing the same tools that helped your team work remotely, you can host a virtual holiday party for your entire staff and their significant others. Whether you let staff expense a nice order-in meal and just relax at home or everyone picks out their favorite Zoom virtual background for festive games, there are many options when it comes to hosting a virtual staff party.
Bottom line, you don’t have to go big or go home treating students and staff this holiday season. Little touches throughout the holidays will help your customers and team feel more appreciated and excited to return to classes after the New Year.
Looking for more holiday inspiration from your class management software provider? Check our Jackrabbit’s holiday resource center for more!