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IN PARTNERSHIP WITH LANCE BASS

The Holiday Presence Exchange

MAKING HOLIDAY RECONNECTIONS MEANINGFUL

Starbucks and Lance invite you to transform your coffee routines this holiday into a shared moment to be truly present with the people you love over a cup of your favorite Starbucks® holiday coffee. Check out our conversation topics, suggested activities, and tips to accompany your coffee chats this holiday season.

HOLIDAY PRESENCE EXCHANGE IDEAS FOR Joyful Activities

Pair these simple and fun activities with your morning coffee to help make the most meaningful memories. 

 

  • Write a journal entry together about your year that you can come back to next holiday season. 

  • See how creative you can get by complimenting each other in a compliment-off. Write down a list of compliments and read them aloud to each other.  

  • Create a holiday decoration together like paper ornaments or decorative banners using whatever materials you already have in your house. 

  • Find a simple recipe like cookies or bread you can bake together while you enjoy your coffee. 

  • Take your coffee on-the-go and head on a short walk together outside. 

Couple making paper ornaments
HOLIDAY PRESENCE EXCHANGE IDEAS FOR Cheerful Conversations

Try these conversation starters to create meaningful discussions and a deeper level of connection. 

 

  • What is a great memory we share? What makes it special to you? 

  • What was something new you learned this year that feels important to remember? 

  • Who is someone that you really admire? What makes you admire them? 

  • What is something you genuinely appreciate about yourself?  

  • What is a holiday tradition from your childhood that you want to uphold as you get older? 

Couple drinking coffee together
HOLIDAY PRESENCE EXCHANGE IDEAS FOR Tips for Presence

Keep these in mind to help you stay in the moment while connecting with your loved ones. 

 

  • Having a good soundtrack to your coffee chat can set the mood and help you connect. Don’t be afraid to put on some great music! 

  • Before sitting down, put yourself in the mood for presence by writing down a list of things you’re looking forward to about the holidays.  

  • It’s helpful to put your phones in another room entirely for in-person chats just so you’re not tempted or distracted, and stay away from any TVs, tablets or digital notifications to help you stay present. 

  • If you’re connecting with someone virtually, try placing your device on a stand or keep it out of arm's reach so you’re not distracted by any incoming notifications 

  • Helpful conversation tip: Avoid thinking about what you’re going to say next by practicing reflecting your companion’s feelings back to them.  

Couple connecting
More Inspiration

Families from around the country are joining in the Holiday Presence Exchange and sharing their own tips for giving the gift of shared presence.

The Male Family
THE MALE FAMILY

After recently getting married, @melissamale and her husband will be writing greeting cards to each other as a way to reconnect and share gratitude as they celebrate their first holiday together as newlyweds.

The Seigler-Carter Family
THE SEIGLER-CARTER FAMILY

The holidays are a special time for @therealdadsofnewyork as they celebrate the anniversaries of their son’s adoption and birthday, and their wedding. They’re prioritizing time to unplug and reflect, and suggest kicking off a conversation with the question, "What is your favorite memory of us from this past year? What makes it so meaningful?" 

The Green Family
THE GREEN FAMILY

Celebrating the holidays this year with her husband, kids, parents and in-laws, @joyfullygreen will be cherishing time spent with her full family and enjoying their favorite holiday pastime – singing carols and playing music together.

The Crockett Family V2

@jasminescrockett and her family use the holidays to take advantage of fun family traditions like making delicious desserts that they enjoy with Starbucks® holiday coffee.