I've already done a post on celebrations, so I don't have much to add to today's topic. But I figured I'd address something tangentially related to celebrations, which is gifts.
Some GMs like to get meta and give out gifts around IRL holidays. I've had several GMs give out birthday presents or Christmas presents or whatever else. Before doing so, consider carefully if this supports the tone of the game you're going for. If it's just a casual game between friends, it's probably okay. If you're taking a more serious approach to your game, it probably doesn't match the tone to come up with some flimsy pretext to start handing out goodies to your players.
If you do choose to do so, make sure that these items are balanced. You don't want your game suffering long term based on a fun spur-of-the-moment decision. I recommend hand-picked items rather than random rolls for this. This caution should be doubly considered if you're only giving one person a gift (such as on a birthday,) since that could also create a party imbalance in the party or at least feelings of exclusion.
Another thing you can do is give gifts for in-game holidays instead of IRL ones. This feels more authentic an immersive, and there are usually better reasons for doing so. However, the above advice still applies. Try to keep things balanced, and don't go overboard. Other than that, just have fun with it! Celebrations are happy things, so if you aren't having fun, then there won't be any point to it. Only do this if you and your table enjoy it, and if it's right for all of you.
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I, Nick “Draconick” Johnson, am a writer and roleplaying enthusiast with over ten years of experience in various tabletop roleplaying games both as a player and as a GM. I am also somewhat involved in other forms of tabletop gaming such as wargaming, board games, and card games. It is my hope that by creating and maintaining this website that I can share my unique take on all things within our hobby and to foster a community of like-minded individuals.