8 Tips for contactless festive celebrations

It’s almost that wonderful time of year again! You’re not just going to let it pass by, are you? Read our tips for safe and enjoyable festive season celebrations in 2020:

1. Start buying gifts now

As we’re spending most of our time at home right now, online shopping is on the rise again. If you want to avoid the busiest period in December, why not make your wish list now and start buying gifts too, so everyone gets their gifts in time.


2. Switch to drawing names live

In 2020, you don’t draw names from a hat anymore! You do it live on your phone – from a distance. And if you’re not in the same place, you do it during a video call. It’s great fun seeing people’s reactions as they find out who they’ve drawn!

Friends drawing names at distance

3. Send gifts by post

Of course you’d rather be together to celebrate at your favourite time of year. But if your group is quite big, you won’t all be able to get together this year. Just send the gifts by post to anyone who can’t be there. Lots of webshops will wrap up your gifts and send them for you.

Mailbox with gift

4. Organize an unwrapping party in a video call

You’re probably so experienced in video calls now that organising an unwrapping party will be no problem at all. To make it a great experience, it’s worth spending some time decorating your room (read Tip 7) or finding an atmospheric background photo. That will put you all in the right mood for having fun unwrapping your gifts.

Friends in a videocall

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Need some more contactless tips? Then read on…

5. Split up a big group

Did you draw names last year with a big group that can’t get together now? Then ask one or more of the group members to be co-organiser this year, and split your group up into several small groups. Keep in touch during the celebration, and promise each other that everything will be back to normal next year!

Group friends in a videocall

6. Rent a big room

It can be hard to keep your distance with the entire family in someone’s house. You can also rent a bigger space in a convention centre or community centre so that everyone can be together and still keep a safe distance from each other. Always make sure to check the latest rules for what is possible.

Big room with Christmas decorations

7. Turn your home into a festive extravaganza

You’ve probably never spent so much time in your own home. So why not do something special with it as the festive season approaches. Make seating in your living room appropriate for social distancing, and put up lots and lots of festive decorations. Make sure you get started in time – whatever you’re celebrating!

Christmas decorations

8. Have a winter celebration in the garden

If you’re with other people for a longer period of time, then fresh air is a must. So outdoors is the place to be! Imagine you’re in Lapland, go outside and get a fire started in a fire basket! Set up some cosy seating with plenty of space in between. Don’t let a shower put you off! A white Xmas would be the perfect finishing touch…

Roasting marshmellows

We hope these tips have made you feel positive and enthusiastic about the coming festive season. And don’t forget about the people who are really alone in these social distancing times. Maybe you know someone who you could ask to take part in your celebration, whether it’s socially distanced or online.

Together we can save the festive season. Could you use some inspiration for fun activities to do during the festive season that can be done remotely too? Read our 10 tips for fun contactless activities during the festive season. Have fun!
Start drawing names

PS If you have a contactless tip or idea, please send it to help@drawnames.co.uk, tweet @drawnamesuk or post it on our Facebook page.