UFN’s Nice List: 12 Ways to Give Back This Holiday Season

With the holiday season upon us, small retail businesses are thinking about one thing: holiday sales! For florists, Christmas is a hugely important selling season.

However, Christmas is also the perfect time to give something back to the community that supports you all year long! UFN has compiled a list of ideas that you can use to spread holiday cheer this winter - and increase foot traffic to your shop at the same time!

UFN Florists Give Back - Organizing a food drive

1. Organize a food drive.

Collect non-perishable items at your shop, to be donated to a local food pantry. Give a wrapped rose to each person that drops off two or more cans of food (don’t forget to attach your business card)! Need help finding a local food pantry? Check out this resource to see where you can donate in your community.

UFN Florists Give Back - Doing a social media giveaway

2. Do a social media giveaway.

Offer a bouquet or gift basket as a prize that the winner can pick up from your shop. Be sure to familiarize yourself with Facebook and Twitter contest guidelines!

UFN Florists Give Back - Offering coupons

3. Offer a coupon.

Email last year’s holiday customers a fun coupon code, like “Merry16” for 16% off, to inspire them to come back again. Encourage them to share the email and coupon with family and friends to spread the holiday cheer!

UFN Florists Give Back - Including a free gift

4. Include a free gift.

Add a free gift to orders delivered during a certain date range, like December 20 - 24. The gift could be anything from a small box of chocolates to a Christmas ornament of your choosing - get creative!

UFN Florists Give Back - Donate arrangements

5. Donate arrangements to a local organization.

Create a set of small, festive arrangements, and donate them to a local organization like a nursing home or hospital. Spread holiday cheer to those who need it most!

UFN Florists Give Back - Hosting face painting

6. Host a face painter.

Hire a local face painter to spend a few hours at the shop - don’t forget to promote your event on social media and even with local news sources! Considering offering tea or coffee for parents, as well.

UFN Florists Give Back - Giving to charity

7. Give to charity.

Create a special holiday product, and donate a percentage of the proceeds to a local charity. Make sure to promote that product on social media and in emails! Want to find a local charity? Head on over to JustGive.org to find a local charity, or CharityNavigator.org to find specific charities for what you are passionate about.

UFN Florists Give Back - Display holiday art

8. Display holiday art.

Ask local artists if they’d like to display holiday-themed pieces at your shop. You could even host an “opening night” reception for your holiday art show!

UFN Florists Give Back - Holding contests

9. Hold a contest.

Have customers stop by the store wearing their ugliest holiday sweaters! Take photos, hold a random drawing or a vote, and select a winner. Announce the results and prizes on social media!

UFN Florists Give Back - Offering photo ops with Santa

10. Offer photo ops with Santa.

Have the big man himself, Santa, make an appearance at your shop! Set up a special area to take photos in front of a festive holiday background.

11. Stay open for special holiday hours.

Extend your hours into the evening for last-minute shoppers to stop by after they’ve finished work! Offer a free gift with purchase or a special “Midnight Madness” coupon. You’ll save the day for holiday procrastinators!

12. Promote a “gift for you” offer. 

Give each shopper a small free gift - such as a wrapped rose or ornament - for them to keep just for themselves! Give them a “me” moment in the midst of their holiday shopping.

Have your own ideas to spread goodwill and give back to the community during the holiday season? Let us know in the comments!

Happy holidays!

Amy Nightingale
UFN Content Manager

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