Smokeball staff members participated in their annual Yankee Swap this past week, a holiday-themed gift exchange that’s just another example of why Smokeball was chosen as one of Inc. Magazine’s “Best Workplaces 2018”. The annual gift exchange gives Smokeball staff the opportunity to get in quality time with their colleagues outside of usual business hours and have a little fun during the holiday season.

This year’s gift exchange was In-House Counsel Emily Wood’s third annual Smokeball Yankee Swap. Emily said, “I love that the gift exchanges gives our colleagues the opportunity to express their individuality through the gifts they contribute. We get to learn more about colleagues’ personalities every day at Smokeball!”

Smokeball employees embody the core value of “Caring Is Not Optional” even in the company social events, with staff shopping for one-of-a-kind gifts and staying at work late to celebrate the holiday season with one another. A non-inclusive list of some of the hot gifts, and suggestions for last minute gifts for anyone left on your list are:

  • Garrett Mix from Garrett’s Popcorn;
  • A snow globe featuring a photo of support team member Frank Furjanic;
  • Moscow Mule copper drinking cups;
  • A madeinChicago Co-op Hot Sauce gift box;
  • Board games, including Handemonium and Exploding Kittens.

“At Smokeball, caring about each other, caring about our product, and caring about our clients go hand in hand,” said Marketing Operations Specialist Taryn Mohnsen. “‘Caring is Not Optional’ is part of every-day life at Smokeball and is part of what makes our team and the product so special.”

Smokeball’s Renewal Coordinator Rob Everette participated in this year’s Yankee Swap. Rob feels lucky to work with colleagues that he also considers his friends, stating: “Things like our Yankee Swap really showcase the work culture at Smokeball – we put in a lot of hard work, but we also have a ton of fun.”