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How To Christmas Like A Pro: Activity & Gift Guide For The Ultimate Christmas

The festive season is right around the corner! By now, there's probably a small Christmas tree already set up in the corner of your office, and malls nearby have begun rolling their Christmas playlist. If you’re looking to spruce up your team’s Christmas celebration this year, look no further as we dish out the best activities to get your team in the festive spirit, as well as the perfect gift ideas for each team member.

Adulting is a pain, we know, but Christmas shouldn’t be 😉🎁

1. Christmas karaoke

Photo source: Lovin Dublin

While I admit to putting on spectacular concerts in the privacy of my bathroom, my introverted self spent several sleepless nights internally screaming at the prospect of singing into a microphone, with an audience (my teammates), in an enclosed, soundproof room for our team bonding activity 😱

But the best teammates will make any karaoke session an enjoyable episode of The Voice, without the judgement or the need to impress. There’s no better way to let loose and discover your colleagues’ hidden talents by rocking out to Bon Jovi’s “It’s My Life”. Add these Christmas hits to the mix and you’ll be all caught up in the festive feels, singing until Santa Claus actually comes to town:

🎶 Jingle Bell Rock

🎶 Walking In A Winter Wonderland

🎶 Santa Baby

🎶 All I Want For Christmas Is You

🎶 We Wish You A Merry Christmas

2. The Singaporean Dream

Photo source: The Singaporean Dream

If you’re finding it hard to relate to the lyrics of White Christmas (does the whipped cream on my Toffee Nut Latte count as a White Christmas?), The Singaporean Dream card game by SGAG confirm can! It also begs the question: Just what is the Singaporean Dream?

A selfie with PM Lee? A university scholarship? Or getting a BTO flat on the first try? 😜

The objective of the game is to pay, steal and sabo your way to collecting the most number of Dream cards. Choose one of the six Singaporean personalities: Ah Beng, NSF, Influencer, Aunty, High Flyer or PSLE Top Scorer—each holding different “Special Powers” that you can use once per turn!

For example: If you got the Influencer personality, your Special Power is sponsorships, i.e. getting another player to buy you a dream card 😂 To unlock your Special Power, you need to first take a photo with a product and post it on your Instagram story with the hashtag #thesingaporeandream.

When the dreams run out, the person holding on to the most dreams wins (wah, deep)!

With its tongue-in-cheek approach to addressing our social worries, The Singaporean Dream promises a whole lot of laughter with your team while also prompting low-key reflection on our notions of success in Singapore. Christmas just got real with this card game 🙌

3. Secret Santa

Photo source: The Odyssey Online

A well-loved Christmas classic in the office, Secret Santa can be both exciting and nerve wracking. It's like having a secret admirer, except not. For the unaware, Secret Santa is basically a gift exchange but with a twist. “Gifters” (you) are randomly assigned a person to whom you give a gift (“giftee”). The identity of the gifter is a secret, only to be revealed on the day of the gift exchange.

Once all the presents are gathered in the middle of the room, everyone opens their presents and take turns guessing who was their Secret Santa. The guessing game has the potential to get very interesting, and therefore hilarious. Go incognito, find out what your “giftee” wants for Christmas and sleuth around to figure out who’s your gifter.

Not sure what to gift? Don’t worry, we’ve got that sorted out for you too. There’s something in this gift guide for every person or budget:

IRVINS Salted Egg - Potato Chips/Fish Skin/Cassava Chips

Photo source: IRVINS Salted Egg

Tourist or not, we would often spot IRVINS’ huge yellow bags being lugged around in malls. We can’t blame them, IRVINS Salted Egg snacks are becoming an iconic local delicacy that we can proudly claim as our own—without triggering our regional neighbours 😜

At only $16 for a big pouch of Salted Egg Potato Chips/Fish Skin, this would make the perfect gift for The Snacker in your team. Spice up Christmas for them with these snacks in Hot Bomb flavour.

Zilingo E-Gift Card

There’s always that one person in the team who knows about all the great lunch deals and shopping discounts. This person can be found quickly scrolling through online stores while waiting for everyone else to be seated for team lunches. Did someone just come to mind? Great!

Turn the tables around by surprising him/her with a Zilingo e-gift card! Zilingo is an up-and-coming one stop fashion destination that carries independent labels from all over the region—perfect for The Fashionista in your team! Simply purchase an e-gift card through your debit or credit card, PayPal or wallet credit, and the e-gift card will be sent via email.

Purist Patisserie

Photo source: Purist Patisserie

Of course, no celebration is complete without desserts. Purist is a boutique patisserie that bakes up the most delightful and stunning treats to make any event sweeter 😍

For the sweet tooth, get them Purist’s single cakes at only $8 each. And if the team’s not into log cakes for Christmas, check out Purist’s range of whole cakes and tarts.

Warning: Purist’s bakes are too pretty to eat.

Bonus: Pandora charm

If you want to spend a little more for your giftee and get them something memorable, make your gift sparkle with Pandora. For the sophisticated Team Lead, get her a charm from their limited edition Christmas collection to add to her bracelet.

Have you heard? Santa’s on Wantedly and he’s giving away a free 2D1N staycation at MBS to one of his connections!

Here’s how to win:

1. Log in to Wantedly and update your profile

2. Connect with Santa here 🎅✨

3. Comment here with your 8 digit user ID (in your Profile URL) and tag 3 friends you're inviting to the staycay

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Ready to score a free 2D1N getaway at Marina Bay Sands hotel? Hop on your sleigh and add Santa to your connections today. Who knows, he might even help you find your dream job on Wantedly! 😉

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