‘Tis the season to be thinking about giving gifts — and not just to friends and families. If you own or lead a business, you’ve probably got employee presents on your mind, too.

According to a 2017 study, companies spend about $79 per employee when purchasing holiday gifts, and nearly one-quarter of the companies polled said they spend more than $100 per employee. Even for small businesses, that can add up to big spending.

Picking the right employee present is more important; but during the busy holiday season, it can feel like one more thing on your ever-growing to-do list. That’s why Red Velvet Events specializes in creating experiential gifts for you: tours and events that are tailored and one-of-a-kind for your employees and your industry.

After all, do you want your employees’ holiday gifts to end up in a regifting pile — or do you want them to be priceless memories they’ll never forget?

An Invitation to Adventure

For more than 17 years, we’ve worked with companies to plan fun and unforgettable incentives and special events for their employees, and we’ve loved every minute of it — especially since new team building opportunities are constantly springing up in Austin and beyond.

But the more popular an experience gets, the less it impresses. That doesn’t make it any less fun! But it does detract from the exclusivity. Think of it this way: Having the same Ikea bookshelves as your friends is not a big deal, but showing up to a party in the same dress as three other people can be embarrassing.

So what’s the cure for the everyday office team building, holiday party, or event? One word: adventure!

Red Velvet Events is an industry leader in creating food and alcohol adventures that are as unique as our clients. Our partner Deep Eddy Vodka recently worked with us to concoct an unforgettable tour and tasting experience for a corporate client. Employees toured the Deep Eddy Vodka distillery, learning how to make vodka and even creating their own custom blends that they were able to take home. They’d never had a company event like that, and they absolutely loved it. And that’s exactly what we love to hear!

That Personal Touch

Red Velvet Events make each experiential gift as unique as the employees receiving it. But we don’t do it alone. Thanks to amazing partners like Austin Detours, we’ve got seasoned experts working alongside us to design off-the-beaten-path tours and experiences for companies of all sizes and in all fields.

What sets our experiential gifts apart is that we and our partners understand how different each audience is. Our hard work, years of expertise, and understanding shine through in the programs we put together for our clients.

For example: Let’s say that you’re a client who works in the insurance industry. You’re going to be understandably risk-averse and lean toward more conservative experiences. Axe-throwing, bungee jumping, and skydiving are out of the question. However, a pasta-making class that teaches you how to prepare a delicious meal from scratch or a visit to a winery that involves actually stomping the grapes could make for a fun and long-lasting impression.

Alternately, let’s say you work in wealth management. Your employees are used to world-class experiences. You’ll want an incentive they’ll enjoy, but we’ll take it to a personalized level that all of you will love. One option is an afternoon with a professional golfer on the greens, getting pointers and hearing incredible stories firsthand. It combines the thrill of meeting a celebrity, a lesson in leadership, and — of course — a great day of golf.

Out With the Old, In With the Wow

The best experiential gift takes the average employee outing up one notch…or, in some cases, up several notches. For example, we partnered with Devil’s Thumb Ranch to bring an all-inclusive luxurious stay for a group of 87.

But the best gift of all is the one that doesn’t cause extra stress for you. Working with Red Velvet Events means you can leave the worrying to us. We can take care of your employee gifts with as little (or as much) involvement from you as you want, leaving you free to focus on what matters most to you during the holiday season.

This year, give your hardworking employees an experience they’ll absolutely love and treasure forever. With Red Velvet Events, you can guarantee this is one present that will be super fun instead of overdone!