Spread Holiday Cheer for Next to Nothing
Small gestures mean a lot Personalized + Unexpected
A helping hand, a lift in spirits, a genuine smile, a thoughtful gift: Surprising and delighting is part of our ethos at Archer Hotel. Our mindful hosts are encouraged and celebrated for the creative ways they personalize the guest experience — all year long.
The Giving Drink Archer’s holiday spirit that keeps on giving
We love that in 2012, #GivingTuesday was created as “a day that encourages people to do good. … Every act of generosity counts and everyone has something to contribute toward building the better world we all want to live in.”
Joining in on this global generosity movement was (pun intended) a given. And with a spark of inspiration, The Giving Drink was born. Patrick Ocampo, lead bartender at AKB Tysons, created this festive cocktail. Available at every AKB (the casually hip hotel bar at Archer Hotel in Burlington, Falls Church, Florham Park, New York, Redmond and Tysons) November 15, 2022 – January 1, 2023, The Giving Drink is Archer’s holiday cocktail served with flamed rosemary sprigs and edible gold flakes — and $2 per drink will be donated to No Kid Hungry, an organization on a mission to help end childhood hunger in the United States.
We also took a poll to discover how some of Archer’s hosts spread cheer during the holiday season and beyond.
For those you know Any reason + no reason at all
- Write personal letters to (or call) loved ones or someone you’ve been thinking about.
- Send thank-you notes to those who’ve made you feel special.
- Invite a friend over for dinner or breakfast.
- Offer to babysit for a friend or family member.
- Perform acts of kindness for those in your home (e.g., make a bed, clean out a car, take over a chore).
- Start a new family tradition.
- When hosting a party, ask guests to bring donations in lieu of a host gift.
- When cooking or baking, make extra for your neighbors.
- Shovel snow from a neighbor’s driveway.
- Host game night for neighbors.
- Take doughnuts or bagels to your office, club, group, fire station or police station.
- Give a small treat to your mail carrier, crossing guards or delivery drivers.
For those you don’t (at least not yet)
- Adopt a family in need for the holidays, supplying groceries, necessities or thoughtful gifts (or any combination).
- Go a-caroling (or just visit) a local nursing home.
- Make easy-recipe cards and hand them out or leave them on cars.
- Pay for the ___ for the person behind you in the drive-thru line.
- Volunteer or drop off needed items at humane societies (e.g., clean bath towels, leads and leashes, unopened pet food and treats, spray cheese).
- Volunteer at a food drive, homeless shelter or soup kitchen, or deliver meals to those who can’t get out and about easily.
- Donate gently used coats, clothes, toys and food to local organizations or drives.
- Send funny or uplifting cards to a children’s hospital or nursing home.
- In line or in traffic, let someone else go first.
- Smile at and make eye contact with strangers.
- Organize a snowball or water balloon fight.