Holiday Gift Guide for Employers

There’s a chill in the air and more than a few snowflakes in many parts of the country, which means it’s once again time to start buying holiday gifts. Hickory Farms makes it easier on busy execs this year with this holiday gift-giving guide for employers. Below are some suggestions for gifts for co-workers, staff and clients.

  • Hydros Water Bottle – This “green” gift is great for employees to use both at work and for their gym workouts. The top filter removes contaminants from tap water and can be reused and washed, so there’s no waste.
  • Hickory Farms offers a wide array of business gifts, so you can show clients that you appreciate their business. Hickory Fireside makes a perfect corporate gift and comes with a bottle of Lucinda & Millie Chardonnay, two kinds of summer sausage, three cheese varieties, and two flavorful mustards for some fireside snacking. Not sure of their tastes? Hickory Farms offers gift cards in $25, $50 and $100 increments.

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  • Movie passes or event tickets are great choices, especially if you know that certain staff members are film buffs, concert lovers, or appreciate a good professional sporting event. Make sure you gift them with two so they can bring their spouse or a friend.
  • A scented candle can be an inexpensive yet thoughtful holiday gift for a trusted co-worker.
  • If you’re planning the holiday party for your office, include a Hickory Holiday Celebration Gift Basket for the festivities. Packed with tasty treats and a bottle of both red and white wine, this gift basket is sure to be a holiday hit.

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When you think holidays, think Hickory Farms. We offer volume discounts for large orders, and our Business Gift Consultants are standing by to help you select the perfect gifts to make the best impression. We make shopping super easy with online ordering 24-hours a day, or you can call 800.753.8558 to place your order. Call today to ensure your gifts ship in time for the holidays

 

Corporate Party Ideas for the Holidays

Throwing your employees a Thanksgiving party is a great way to let them know how much you appreciate all of their hard work. This year, you can make your corporate party extra special with these simple party planning tips.

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Source: Better Homes and Gardens

Time and Place

The holidays are a busy time for most people. Therefore, you’ll want to make sure that both the time and place work for everybody. You should pick a location that’s festive and centrally located for employees. If you decide to host an office party, make sure to go the extra mile with your decor to give the event a boost of festivity.

Next, select a time that won’t overlap with family activities. Try scheduling the party a day or two before Thanksgiving or, if you want to have the party on Thanksgiving, select a time that doesn’t conflict with dinner.

Source: Southern Living

Source: Southern Living

Theme

When choosing the party’s decor, try sticking to a theme. A fall harvest is a simple idea with tons of possibilities. Try decorating with fall squashes, carved pumpkins and a bouquet of leafy greens. An apple theme can also give you great ideas for fun decorations, delicious food and beverage pairings.

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Activities

Plan a few activities to ensure that everyone will have a good time. You can compile a list of fun games to play during the event, as well as a playlist for background music. Additionally, you can plan charitable activities, such as a canned food drive, to help spread holiday cheer to others in need.

Source: Southern Living

Source: Southern Living

Food

Food is one of the core components of every great party. Because your employees will be eating heavy meals at upcoming holiday celebrations, it’s a good idea to stick to snacks and hors d’oeuvres. Set out our Home for the Holidays gift box to lay out an assortment of cheeses, sausages and crackers, or the Hickory Holiday Celebration Gift Basket featuring a variety of sausages, mixed nuts, fruits, cheeses and wines.

By choosing a great venue, planning some activities and taking advantage of our Hickory Farms’ corporate gift baskets, you can throw a great Thanksgiving party that the whole office will love.

Keep Your Kids Fueled for the Day with Fruit-Packed Treats

When your child grows hungry, it may seem like the school day will never end for them. Give your kids the energy that they need to stay focused and attentive all day long with a great fruit-packed treat. Your kids will love these delicious cereal bar recipes below, especially if they feature an assortment of mixed nuts from Hickory Farms.

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Apricot Cereal Bars

Filled with protein and a hint of sweetness, cereal bars are packed with the flavors your kids crave, as well as the fuel they need. Start by toasting equal amounts of rolled oats and our mixed nuts on a baking tray until you can smell a nice, nutty fragrance. Then, throw the toasted mixture into a large bowl and add a bit of puffed cereal, flour, salt and a heaping handful of our dried apricots.

Using a food processor or blender, puree tofu, honey, vanilla, egg and, for added tang, a bit of lemon zest. Combine the tofu mixture with your mixed nuts and apricots, folding everything together with a spatula. Finish by spreading the mixture into a pan and baking.

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Almond Honey Bars

Kids love granola bars, but store-bought versions are oftentimes filled with sugar and preservatives. For a soft and chewy bar you’ll feel good about feeding your little ones, make your own with this simple recipe.

Start by toasting a healthy mixture of our natural almonds with oats and your choice of seeds, such as sunflower, flax, or sesame. When the oats and nuts have turned a nice, golden brown color, mix them with chopped pieces of our dried Yellow and White Peaches, as well as a dash of our Berry Bounty Nut Mix. Then, add in a bit of honey, almond butter, brown sugar, and vanilla before baking.

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Gorp

Essentially a deconstructed granola bar, Gorp is an even easier treat to make for your kids. Just combine our mixed nuts with our dried Angelino and October Sun Plums, some natural almonds and a few chocolate chips.

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With these energy-packed snacks featuring our Hickory Farms mixed nuts, your kids will have all the nutrition that they need to make it through a long day at school.