• Holiday Appreciation Planning Checklist Now Available!

    Worker with holiday appreciation planning checklist!

    Believe it or not, the holidays are just around the corner. Planning ahead is key to avoid scrambling and making the season more hectic than enjoyable. The good news is that we have the tools to help you succeed! Our new holiday appreciation planning checklist can be used year-round, offering ideas for ways to celebrate your employees.

    This time of year, we highly recommend ordering your Turkey Gift Certificates and free Enclosure Cards NOW so you can cross it off your to-do list.

    Show Appreciation All Year

    Everyone deserves recognition for a job well done. However, busy leaders and managers often don’t have the time or knowledge of when to show their appreciation. At gThankYou, we serve as a resource to help infuse gratitude and appreciation techniques into the workplace.

    When should you show appreciation? Any time! But here are some excellent examples of when appreciation is key:

    • Celebrating achievements
    • Embracing seasonal activities
    • Highlighting Milestones
    • When you want to illustrate core company values
    • To support smart behaviors.

    Download our FREE Holiday Appreciation Planning Checklist!

    Download your employee appreciation planning checklist - FREE!

    Why Now? Your Team Deserves It!

    We all know that summer rushes into fall and winter comes sprinting behind. By planning ahead now, our team can help you swiftly personalize your gift certificates and enclosure cards and ship them to you right away. Doesn’t it feel great to be ahead of the game? You can feel confident that your gifts are perfect, thanking your employees for a job well-done.

    Let us help you celebrate Halloween, Thanksgiving, Christmas, Hanukkah and all other holidays and milestones in-between!

    We all know it’s been a rough couple of years. Whether your teams are in-person, remote or hybrid, we have ideas and gift vouchers that are perfect…no matter where everyone puts in their hours. It’s easy to show gratitude when you keep handy our holiday appreciation planning checklist.

    Are you ready for Spooky Fun!?

    Halloween Enclosure Cards to delight employees!Halloween is just a couple of weeks away and is an excellent time to get in the spirit. Capitalize on a universal love of fall and the holiday, treats and amusement through parties, decorating and more! It’s everyone’s favorite time for creative team-building. We have put together several ideas for you to celebrate October 31 at any time this month. Check out the blog: Don’t Be Scared to Host Halloween Festivities!

    Thanksgiving is Next Month!

    Use your appreciation planning checklist to remember Thanksgiving Enclosure Cards!

    Thanksgiving’s central themes of gratitude and inclusion are the perfect backdrop to show your employees you care. By giving the gift of a Thanksgiving turkey,  you can bring about feelings of gratitude, family traditions, bring families together, and show deep appreciation – among many other things. Check out our recent blog: Why a Thanksgiving Turkey Gift is so Meaningful.

    View our 10 Reasons to Give Employees a Turkey for Thanksgiving here!

    Download your free copy of "10 Reasons to Give Employees a Turkey for the Holidays"

    Christmas and the December Holidays are Close Behind!

    Christmas Card from Your Employee Appreciation Planning Checklist

    Closing out the year is always an important time to make sure employees feel valued and special. Focus on the joy of the season to illustrate how grateful you are for their time, dedication and great work. Food-related gifts have always been popular choices but even more so in these times. gThankYou has a wide variety of practical food gift options (such as turkey, ham, pie, fruit and veggies, groceries) that are sure to delight all!

     

     

    gThankYou Turkey and Turkey OR Ham Gift Certificates

    gThankYou offers Turkey and Turkey Or Ham Gift Certificates for your holiday turkey gift-giving. Certificates can be redeemed in virtual all major grocery stores anywhere in the United States for any brand and preparation of whole turkey. Recipients choose the centerpiece of their holiday meal, when the timing is best for them and at the store of their choosing.

    Turkey vouchers come in dollar valuations starting at $10 and go up to $30. They work as Manufacturer Coupons so they are single use and provide no change.

    We offer free personalization of Recipient and Giver names or company logo.

    All orders come with customizable Enclosure Cards if you would like – FREE, regardless the size of your order. Click here to see the range of our Autumn and Thanksgiving Designs. Or here for our Winter and Christmas Designs. All Cards can accommodate a logo.

    Most orders ship same day. Order online or for turkey volume discounts, call us at: 888-484-1658.

    If you have a large or distributed workplace call us. We can help, including providing USPS direct mailings to remote workers if needed.

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    We look forward to helping you celebrate your dedicated, hard-working team!

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  • Why a Thanksgiving Turkey Gift is so Meaningful

    Why your gift of a Thanksgiving Turkey is so meaningful - Family

    Thanksgiving is a time of gratitude and celebrating traditions. Turkey has long-been the traditional centerpiece of the Thanksgiving meal, making it the symbol of the holiday, gratitude for the bounty of the meal, shared history and family and friends.

    While every group or family is different, there is something special about time together, gathering around the table, and enjoying each other’s company at the holidays. At gThankYou, we are passionate about what we do because it provides employers a way to celebrate team members in a way that honors gratitude and tradition.

    A Thanksgiving turkey gift is so meaningful, it positively impacts both giver and recipient. You may not know this, but turkey gift-giving has been a workplace tradition for over a century.

    In an article on MentalFloss.com, Why We Eat What We Eat on Thanksgiving, it shares that even Alexander Hamilton said,

    “No citizen of the U.S. shall refrain from turkey on Thanksgiving Day.”

    In general, there are varied historical versions of when and how turkey as the centerpiece all started, but it was deeply rooted in American tradition when it was declared a holiday in the 19th century.

    Looking for a way to thank and celebrate your hard-working team? A turkey for Thanksgiving is a gift that everyone appreciates and values.

    Why your Thanksgiving turkey gift is so meaningful:

    1. Turkey is an iconic symbol of gratitude

    It communicates you care because we associate turkey with Thanksgiving and gratitude. Thanksgiving brings people together to express gratitude for their bounty and blessings. The gift of a turkey is the ultimate symbol to show team members that you are thankful for who they are and what they do every day for your business.

    2. Turkey is uniquely American

    Turkeys are native to North America and the centerpiece to America’s oldest tradition, Thanksgiving. President Abraham Lincoln declared Thanksgiving a national holiday in 1863, to count “blessings of fruitful fields and healthful skies.” Thanksgiving evokes the joy of the holidays and the life time of memories of the warmth of being with family and the traditions of cooking the feast. At a time when we feel so divided, celebrating what unites us reminds us what’s important.

    3. Giving turkey gifts is smart for business

    Your employees are craving your thanks — A Gallup poll of U.S. workers revealed that only one in three say they’re regularly recognized. A holiday turkey gift shows you care and are grateful for employees’ hard work and dedication to the success of your business. It’s a practical, affordable gift that has universal appeal. At a time when retention is key, it’s savvy business to show employees appreciation and keep them happy!

    4. Turkey is a gift of hospitality and inclusion

    Thanksgiving is one of the few times we welcome everyone as family – there are no religious, ethnic or class boundaries. A traditional Thanksgiving meal unites generations and brings together family, friends and neighbors. After years of isolation, this is just what the doctor ordered.

    5. A turkey gift puts your company’s gratitude top-of-mind

    Turkeys embody the grateful spirit of the season, and that includes your company’s gratitude. Nothing says thank you like the gift of a Thanksgiving turkey. When employees sit down to enjoy their turkey, your company and the symbol of appreciation will be on their table and on their minds.

    6. Turkey gift-giving is an opportunity for leaders to engage with employees

    Sharing the gift of a holiday turkey with a big smile and a genuine “Thank You” is a priceless opportunity for leaders to ensure that employees feel valued and appreciated. Whether in-person or remotely, this is an excellent time to personally connect and share gratitude to employees.

    Americans love turkey!

    Americans eat 46 million turkeys on Thanksgiving, but the joy of turkey isn’t reserved for Thanksgiving. In 2020, U.S. consumption of turkey was 5.26 billion pounds and 16 pounds per person. We also eat approximately 22 million turkeys on Christmas and 19 million on Easter!

    Easy turkey gifts for any size organization

    gThankYou offers Turkey and Turkey Or Ham Gift Certificates for your turkey gift-giving. Certificates can be redeemed in major grocery stores anywhere in the United States for any brand and preparation of whole turkey. Recipients choose the what they want, when the timing is best for them and at the store of their choosing.

    Why your thanksgiving turkey gift is so meaningful - share yours with a heartfelt message of gratitude

    Turkey vouchers come in dollar valuations starting at $10 and go up to $30. They work as Manufacturer Coupons so they are single use and provide no change.

    We offer free personalization of Recipient and Giver names or company logo.

    All orders come with customizable Enclosure Cards if you would like – FREE, regardless the size of your order. Click here to see the range of our Autumn and Thanksgiving Designs. All Cards can accommodate a logo.

    Most orders ship same day. Order online or for turkey volume discounts, call us at: 888-484-1658.

    If you have a large or distributed workplace call us. We can help, including providing USPS direct mailings to remote workers if needed.

    To learn more about gThankYou:

    Share your Thanksgiving gratitude with the thoughtful gift of a turkey.

    “10 Reasons to Give Employees a Turkey for the Holidays” Download

    Want to share with your team why you should give a turkey gift this holiday season? Download our free PDF, “10 Reasons to Give Employees a Turkey for the Holidays.”

    Download your free copy of "10 Reasons to Give Employees a Turkey for the Holidays"

    Happy Countdown to Thanksgiving!

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  • Don’t Be Scared to Host Halloween Festivities

    Halloween festivities start with decorations!

    Photo credit: Bee Felten-Leidel, Unsplash

     

    Last year, workplace Halloween festivities took place virtually. Despite the distance — and perhaps the initial awkwardness of dressing up for a Zoom party — events everywhere were successful! Halloween is a favorite holiday for many, offering an opportunity to tap into creativity and kid-like behaviors (candy binge, anyone?). In our current environment, everyone appreciates a chance to relax and have fun at work.

    In this new world of work, Halloween may continue to be a hybrid event. Some workplaces will resume all-things-Halloween, with elaborate decorations, cutthroat costume contests and sugar-laden parties. Others are still remote, but with full intentions of celebrating. Either way, the options to have Halloween fun are endless.

    Delight hard-working staff with a Halloween activity or celebration this year. You’ll all appreciate the chance to engage over something fun.

    “The farther we’ve gotten from the magic and mystery of our past, the more we’ve come to need Halloween.”
    – Paula Curan

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  • Thanksgiving Thanks Made Easy with New Card Designs

    Grateful Enclosure Card - Thanksgving Thanks Made Easy gThankYou makes workplace Thanksgiving turkey gift-giving easy, convenient and affordable – regardless the size of your organization!

    Turkey and Turkey Or Ham Gift Certificates by gThankYou are redeemable at major grocery chains anywhere in the U.S. for any brand, preparation and size of turkey (or ham). Recipients choose where they want to shop and the perfect turkey centerpiece of their Thanksgiving meal.

    One of the perks of working with gThankYou is the ability to personalize Gift Certificates (with recipient names and organization logo) and custom Enclosure Cards. Well-done employee appreciation is all about personal connection.

    To learn more about volume discounts on turkey vouchers or how we can help with large distributed workplaces, call us at 888-484-1658 or email info@gthankyou.com and we would be delighted to work with you this holiday season!

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  • Why the Employee Turkey Gift Tradition Matters

    why the employee turkey tradition matters - it's all about gratitude!

    Thanksgiving is all about tradition, loved ones and gratitude.

     

    If you’ve ever been curious about why the employee turkey gift tradition matters, the reasons are many: it’s practical, meaningful, affordable and a gift everyone values and enjoys sharing with family and friends!

    For decades, company leaders have been giving turkeys to their employees at Thanksgiving as an expression of appreciation. The gesture is a nod to tradition and gratitude. It’s an affordable gift, but one that is truly appreciated. It’s also smart business.

    It is already that time of year to think ahead. How will you celebrate your employees this holiday season?

    gThankYou makes turkey gift giving easy, regardless the size of your organization. Start planning ahead now and contact us to find out about our simple, easy and personalized process. Visit us online or call us today: 888-484-1658!

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  • Spring Gift Ideas: Give the Gift of Groceries

    Give the Gift of Groceries this Easter

    Spring is always a season of hope, and after the past year of dealing with the impact of COVID-19 on our work and personal lives, the promise of a hopeful and bright spring of 2021 seems especially important.

    “Spring will come and so will happiness. Hold on. Life will get warmer.”
    Anita Krizzan

    Give the Gift of Groceries in Celebration of Spring

    Many companies have a long tradition of celebrating Easter or spring in the workplace. It’s still important to share that sense of appreciation to employees, particularly when we take a moment to reflect on the challenges of the past year. No matter how you and your team celebrate Spring, the practical gift of groceries is something that will resonate with everyone in an meaningful way – especially during our pandemic recovery. It’s one gift that is always welcomed and appreciated by all.

     

    gThankYou Grocery Gift Certificates can be redeemed for any combination of food items at major grocery stores anywhere in the U.S.
    Recipients can choose the center piece of a holiday meal such as an Easter ham, healthy basics like fruits and vegetables and/or a special dessert. They choose what their family needs and will enjoy most. Recipients will appreciate your thoughtful gift and acknowledgement of their role in helping your organization weather the challenges of the past year.
    Give the Gift of Groceries with gThankYou Grocery Gift Certificates

    All gThankYou purchases come with free customizable gift Enclosure Cards. Perfect for your personal note of appreciation and thanks. Choose from dozens of seasonal designs and have us add your organization logo too! We want you to love it!

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  • 7 Ways to Share Socially Distanced Kindness in the Workplace

    Share Kindness in the workplace this February!

    Brought to you by Elsie Weisskoff with REDBUBBLE Life

    February is the month of love and kindness. While some people thoroughly enjoy the multitude of candy hearts, red roses and pink teddy bears, others would rather skip right through to March. But February is much more than Valentine’s Day – it’s the month of kindness! Take advantage of this time to show compassion and support to colleagues at work. We all need a little extra appreciation these days.

    We admire the work that the Random Acts of Kindness Foundation has been doing for years. February 17th is Random Acts of Kindness day and this year’s theme is Explore the Good which is the perfect mindset for 2021.  They have a plethora of ideas, tips, inspiring quotes, materials like posters and calendars and even dedicated workplace materials. Check it out! Consider becoming a RAKtivist® (short for ‘Random Acts of Kindness activist).

    It’s been proven that one random act of kindness a day can reduce stress, anxiety and depression. Acts of kindness also release hormones that make you calmer, healthier and overall happier.

    “When you are kind to others, it not only changes you, it changes the world.”
    Harold Kushner

    At REDBUBBLE Life we’ve recently shared “14 Days of Socially Distant Love and Kindness” to inspire kindness this month. We are thrilled to share workplace specific examples for gThankYou readers below!

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  • Virtual Holidays: Thanksgiving is Still On!

    THanksgiving High-Five: Virtual Thanksgiving

     

    Thanksgiving is America’s holiday of gratitude. It will never be canceled. But it will be different this year. Smaller gatherings, no travel and reunions going on-line. 

    In these times, gratitude means more than ever. Your staff has conquered unprecedented challenges we never imagined. Your team deserves all the recognition you can offer.

    Unite in a Spirit of Gratitude

    If your workplace family can’t be together in person this year, have you considered a virtual Thanksgiving event?

    Colleagues have grown accustomed to meeting and socializing via platforms like Zoom. According to Business of Apps, Zoom was seeing 200 million daily meeting participants in March 2020 and 300 million in April. The week of Thanksgiving is an excellent opportunity to bring together your remote workplace community for some online warmth, positivity and gratitude.

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  • What Employees REALLY Want this Holiday Season

    Gratitude: Giving back to the employees who give so much every day

    Holiday gift-giving is a joyous time to spread gratitude. It brings people together (even remotely) and delivers a pick-me-up during challenging times. The COVID-19 Pandemic has rocked many boats, but let’s look at the positive: increased employee engagement! To embrace this uptick, let’s also explore employee appreciation and keeping morale high by giving employees what they REALLY need or want this holiday season.

    COVID-19: Good for workplace engagement 

    Understanding the importance of employee engagement has always been important to organizations; especially those that care about employee satisfaction, retention, and a variety of other factors that support a great workforce. With the COVID-19 pandemic, employee engagement has been absolutely critical as companies have needed to heavily rely on essential workers and revamp organizational structures. Remote workforces require extra effort to keep engagement levels high, and recent research indicates that this is indeed happening.

    According to Josh Bersin, noted HR industry analyst, educator and thought leader, made a bold statement in an April 2020 blog post entitled “COVID-19 May Be The Best Thing That Ever Happened To Employee Engagement.”  Bersin pointed out that the Coronavirus accelerated one of the biggest business transformations in decades. He stated,

     “Yes, it’s a health crisis but for most companies, it’s also an incredible opportunity to transform.”

    Bersin & Associates research showed that during the pandemic,

    “companies are treating their employees better than ever. And employee engagement, a problem that plagues more than two-thirds of companies year after year, is actually going up.”

    Bersin indicated that businesses are bending over backward to take care of their employees because they have to these days.  There is a new focus on protecting employees, “personal productivity, wellbeing, and personal resilience.”

    The COVID-19 crisis has brought many challenges to the world of work, but it has also opened up a remarkable opportunity for workplace leaders to reinvent how they engage, appreciate and recognize their workforce.

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  • Make Your Virtual Halloween Party a TREAT!

    Host a virtual Halloween party in your workplace this season!

     

    What about your annual office Halloween party?

    Health experts recommend skipping in-person gatherings this year — especially in areas with high COVID-19 levels. But you can still have plenty of spooky seasonal fun online.

    Holiday parties have always been a great way to help employees bond and burn off stress, and to recognize their hard work. That matters more now than it ever has.

    Mix some fun and creativity and you can host a virtual Halloween party! Your colleagues will appreciate the efforts to keep the Halloween spirit alive despite the pandemic.

    Here’s how to get started:

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  • Thanksgiving Cards for Your Holiday Thanks

    Thanksgiving Cards for Your Holiday Thanks

     

    This year, more than ever, displaying gratitude is critical for employee motivation and engagement. Our teams have weathered unprecedented challenges and deserve accolades for their hard work and dedication. The holidays are quickly approaching – are you prepared to show your employees how grateful you are?

    Check out this article from the Harvard Business Review, In Times of Crisis, a Little Thanks Goes a Long Way.”

    At gThankYou, when you order holiday gift certificates, a personalized card enclosure is included. This offers that extra touch of customization that make recipients feel seen and valued.

    With Thanksgiving around the corner, a thoughtful employee holiday letter or card from your CEO can be especially meaningful. As part of our holiday gift offerings, we have new Thanksgiving Thank You Card Designs, crafted to inspire your messages of gratitude.

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  • Pandemic Makes Frozen Turkey Gifts Unpractical

    Protect your holiday turkey gift giving this year! The Pandemic makes frozen turkeys unpractical and unsafe.

    Your Turkey Gift to Employees is More Important than Ever

    The pandemic has changed lives and dramatically changed our workplaces.

    For many of us, we have lost the in-person connection with employees – the ability to smile, share a handshake or genuinely thank someone in person.

    Employees need to feel secure right now in knowing that they are valued. If you have company holiday traditions that are near and dear to your team, respect them. Find a way to make them work in our new work world. Many employees are relying on that cash bonus or holiday turkey gift that they have always received.

    Thanksgiving and the holiday season have always been an opportunity for workplace leaders to share their gratitude and appreciation to employees. Your appreciation and thanks are more important than ever this holiday season.

    The gift of a Thanksgiving turkey has long been a valued and meaningful gift for employees. The tradition of turkey gift-giving is revered by many companies, and for some, distributing frozen turkeys is a beloved tradition that is decades old.

    This year especially, the practical gift of food is something everyone can appreciate and can share with family. The gift of the centerpiece of the holiday meal is a truly meaningful and appreciated gift by all.

    If you are new to turkey gift-giving, download our free PDF, “10 Reasons to Give Employees a Turkey for the Holidays” and share with colleagues.

     

    Pandemic Makes Frozen Turkey Gifts Unpractical and Unsafe

    The reality of a literal gift hand-off this year brings about a variety of challenges.

    Firstly, safety is paramount. Commitment to employee safety continues to be in the spotlight for good reason. The pandemic means leaders can’t go desk to desk shaking hands; gatherings of employees exchanging pleasantries and holiday goodies simply isn’t feasible or legal in some cases. And, a socially distanced line of masked employees to receive a frozen just isn’t that safe or appealing.

    Secondly, many workforces are partially or wholly remote at this point making frozen turkey gift-giving logistics simply unfeasible.

    No need to worry! gThankYou can help.

    You can keep your beloved turkey gift tradition this year with gThankYou! Turkey Gift Certificates. Employees choose the brand, preparation and size turkey that their family would like, at major grocery stores nationally. No messy frozen bird logistics to manage plus flexibility in distribution for in-person and remote workplaces.

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  • How to Buy Corporate Turkey Gifts the Easy Way

    Corporate turkey gifts made easy with gThankYou! Turkey Gift Certificates

    Delight your workplace with the gift of a Thanksgiving turkey this holiday season. gThankYou makes it easy and affordable.

    It’s August already — time to start planning your annual corporate turkey gifts for Thanksgiving and Christmas!

    During these unsettling times, sharing your holiday turkey gift carries special importance and meaning.
    Early planning gives you and your team peace of mind that your turkey gift-giving is organized despite what the fall brings.

    And, more time to focus on what really matters at the holidays: sharing your gratitude with staff, volunteers and customers.
    Let gThankYou take care of the logistics this year.
    gThankYou! Turkey Gift Certificates make it easy and convenient to share corporate turkey gifts. Even if your organization is large and working remotely.
    Our turkey vouchers carry on the appreciated tradition of giving employees a Thanksgiving turkey, without the hassle of storing and handling a large number of frozen birds.
    gThankYou! Turkey Gift Certificates are redeemable for any brand and any preparation of whole turkey, at virtually all major U.S. grocery stores.
    Plus, all gThankYou purchases come with customizable Enclosure Cardsabsolutely free! It’s the easiest way to wish a “Happy Thanksgiving!” to the people in your workplace and express your sincere appreciation for their contributions.
    Givers and recipients alike love gThankYou! Turkey Gift Certificates. They’re easy, practical and, best of all, meaningful.
    A turkey is the centerpiece to the most gratitude-focused holiday of the year. This year, more than ever, we all crave feeling valued and remembered. The gift of a Thanksgiving turkey shows your recipients that you care about them and their family. When they sit down to their annual Thanksgiving feast, surrounded by loved ones, they’ll be grateful for you and your organization, too.
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  • How to Buy Turkeys in Bulk for Employee Thanksgiving Gifts

    Buying bulk turkey gifts for employee thanksgiving gifts is easy when you choose gThankYou! Turkey Gift Certificates!Turkeys are meaningful, appreciated employee Thanksgiving gifts that honor a popular workplace holiday tradition going back generations.
    But what if you need to buy turkeys as employee gifts for a large workforce?
    It used to be the only way to share the gift of Thanksgiving turkeys in bulk in the workplace was to order and deliver them frozen.
    Today, you no longer need to deal with the hassle of buying, storing and distributing bulky frozen turkeys, plus you can provide a holiday gift that recipients prefer more — the choice to choose the right size turkey for their family, when they want it.
    gThankYou Turkey and Turkey Or Ham Gift Certificates make it easy for you to share the gift of a Thanksgiving turkey. And, recipients love the flexibility to choose the size, brand and preparation they want as the centerpiece of their holiday family celebration. That’s because gThankYou! Gift Certificates are Manufacturer Coupons good for any brand of merchandise specified and can be redeemed nationally at virtually all major grocery chain stores.
    Watch our “About Us” Video to learn more about easy, affordable employee Thanksgiving gifts from gThankYou!
    Large company or widely distributed workforce? gThankYou can help with a customized turkey gift program to meet your timing and budget. To learn more about our large volume pricing, customizing and delivery options, call us at 888-484-1658 or request a consultation here.  That customization is what sets gThankYou apart from other companies.  We work with a wide spectrum of businesses and understand that each company has unique needs.

    Read on for a step-by-step guide to ordering gThankYou! Gift Certificates this holiday season and see for yourself why gThankYou is America’s Favorite Employee Gift!
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  • How to Celebrate Thanksgiving in the Workplace

    Celebrate Thanksgiving in the workplace this year and show colleagues you care!

    Celebrating Thanksgiving in the workplace is an appreciated and valuable way of showing gratitude to employees. (Photo via Satya Murthy, Flickr)

    Celebrating Thanksgiving in the workplace is an appreciated and valuable way of showing gratitude to employees. Don’t miss out this year!
    SHRM calls Thanksgiving workplace celebrations an “incredible tool” for managers.
    A business veteran and author quoted by SHRM says that “in so many organizations, employees go through their days assuming that their co-workers, and especially their bosses, don’t notice or appreciate all of the hard work that they do.”
    “And if that’s the way you feel, you will just go through the motions,” the expert, Todd Patkin, says.
    Thanksgiving gratitude to the rescue! “Tapping into the spirit of Thanksgiving can tip the balance between success and growth or stagnation and failure,” Patkin says.
    Celebrating Thanksgiving in the workplace is also a “motivator and catalyst for growth,” he added.
    Read on for tips on how to celebrate Thanksgiving in the workplace, even with limited resources or at the last-minute. After all, the emotion that Thanksgiving thrives on — gratitude — is 100% free and instantly accessible.
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  • Spring into Spring with Gratitude!

    There isn’t just one recipe for success when it comes to employee recognition; there are many thoughtful ways to acknowledge employees’ dedication and hard work. Leaders who take the time and energy to show employee gratitude year-round end up with happier team members and a more enjoyable workplace.

    We couldn’t agree more with this recent Forbes article that states,
    “Never underestimate the power of ‘thank you.’ Everyone wants to feel recognized and appreciated, so encourage employees to thank the people around them, including their colleagues, senior leaders, and employers, on a regular basis, year-round.”

    So what are you waiting for? It’s always the “time of year” for gratitude!

    Celebrate Spring in the Workplace

    Celebrate spring in the office with flowers and chocolate eggs

    Right now, many people are gearing up for Easter (Sunday, April 12). While not everyone celebrates this holiday, it can easily be regarded as a “Spring into Spring” workplace celebration with chocolate, bunnies, family meals and egg-hunting – which everyone would welcome and enjoy.

    If you have concerns about tackling Easter at work, take a look at our blog post about Why You Should Celebrate Easter in the Workplace. It is chock full of ideas about how to make Easter-ish and spring workplace celebrations entertaining and appropriate for everyone!

    Another resource is “4 Easter Employee Engagement Ideas For Your Office.”  Dying eggs is easy and relaxing, allowing employees to chat while dipping. And a Peep diorama? How fun would that be? Check out these creative winners!

    Share the Gift of an Easter Ham

    Share the gift of an Easter Ham with employees and clients - it's a gift everyone will appreciate!

    If you are pondering how to shower employees with a “Happy Spring” thank you, consider the gift of a holiday ham. For many, the gift of a ham for Easter is a valued and welcome gift. It evokes family and underscores the joy and warmth that comes from sharing a special meal together. gThankYou makes it easy to share the gift of ham – during springtime or whenever you want to share your workplace appreciation.

    Easter Bunny gift Enclosure Card

    Want more choice? Consider our Ham or Turkey Gift Certificate. Recipients choose what’s best for the centerpiece of their family celebration.

    Be sure to check out our Spring cards selection, they are guaranteed to brighten someone’s day and are always free with any purchase.

    Thinking you’d rather go the sweet route? How about a Candy Gift Certificate? Since sugar makes the world go ‘round, this is always a fan favorite for employee appreciation gifts. There are so many seasonal candy classics like jelly beans, chocolate bunnies and of course Peeps in every color.

    Our Holiday Ham Guide Gift for You!

    At gThankYou, we love a delicious, juicy ham with all the fixings. That’s why we created our Ultimate Holiday Ham Guide – so everyone can cook a a crowd-pleasing ham! Our Guide is packed with pages of ham goodness, including an exploration and explanation of the different kinds of ham, cooking tips, menu planning ideas, food safety strategies, recipes and much more!

    And even better, it’s FREE for you! Download it now and share with colleagues and friends. Give this guide/cookbook with your gift of a holiday ham and delight your recipients. They will appreciate getting not just the centerpiece of their meal, but all of the helpful hints contained in the guide.

    Do you want to learn new ways to glaze a ham? Interested in how to properly cook and carve? Intrigued by new recipes that inspire novice and top chefs alike? Then look no further! Check out the Ultimate Holiday Ham Guide for inspiration and practical advice.

    Happy spring and Easter from your friends at gThankYou! We appreciate YOU.

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  • How to Celebrate Valentine's Day in the Workplace

    Celebrating workplace friendships is why you should celebrate valentines day in the workplace!

    There’s another way to frame a Valentine’s Day workplace celebration besides romance. It’s a celebration of workplace friendships! (Photo by Tyler Burrus, Flickr)

    Planning a Valentine’s Day workplace celebration may seem like a tricky proposition at first glance — drawing attention to romance, among coworkers? That’s an HR headache waiting to happen!
    But there’s another way to frame a Valentine’s Day workplace celebration: as a celebration of workplace friendships and the strong bonds that develop between people who work closely together.
    “We all need friends at work,” writes University of Kentucky provost and management professor Christine M. Riordan, for Harvard Business Review.
    At a time when employee engagement is at an all-time low, it’s important to recognize the power of friendship in the workplace, according to Riordan.

    Why Workplace Friendships Deserve Celebration

    “Research shows that workers are happier in their jobs when they have friendships with co-workers. … Gallup found that close work friendships boost employee satisfaction by 50 percent and people with a best friend at work are seven times more likely to engage fully in their work,” Riordan writes.
    But workplace friendships are about more than camaraderie and fun.
    “It is also about creating a common sense of purpose and the mentality that we are in it together,” she writes.
    Friendships are particularly vital to the happiness, motivation and productivity of Millennial employees, according to a LinkedIn study.
    Another demographic is seeing an increased reliance on friendships: men. According to a recent survey, men are forming more meaningful relationships with other men. And that could have a “transformational” effect in the workplace, according to the Fast Company article, “How Men’s Changing Friendships Might Reshape the Workplace.”
    “We already know how workplace friendships can be vital, energizing and meaningful. In addition to their upsides for individual well-being, they also impact team performance, adding another level to the instrumental ways we rely on each other and collaborate,” researcher Michael Kimmel writes for Fast Company.
    “We men are also learning that workplace friendships, with both women and men, can be a reason we show up for work every day. We let down our guard, share what’s important, and listen with care. And our lives — in the office and outside it — are so much richer for that.”
    Read on for tips on how to plan a Valentine’s Day workplace celebration that reflects the transformational power of friendship between coworkers.
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  • Wrap Your Holiday Employee Gifts in Gratitude

    Photo by Aaron Burden

    They’re here!

    One of our favorite moments is when we unveil the new Enclosure Cards for Christmas and the winter holidays. It’s our own little version of the traditional tree-lighting. 🎄

    This season, we have some exciting new designs to help you offer a meaningful “thank you” to your hardworking team members.

    Write a Note of Appreciation

    What do employees want most for the holidays? Your appreciation and thanks for their efforts, loyalty and contributions.

    When you share your holiday employee gifts, include a sincere and heartfelt note of gratitude. It will transform your gift-giving – lifting spirits, making your gift memorable and ensuring recipients feel valued and appreciated.

    It’s why we offer attractive Enclosure Cards for the holidays and everyday occasions – free with every purchase so all gThankYou gifts are wrapped in gratitude.

    New Holiday Card Designs

    Whether you prefer elegant or playful, snowy scenes or strings of lights, “happy holidays” or “peace and joy,” there’s an appealing holiday-themed Enclosure Card to fit your company’s style. Create your own message of appreciation or use one of ours – Click to see all our Christmas and Winter Card Designs.

    Here are our newest additions for your holiday note of cheer and gratitude:

    Download a Catalog of Popular Designs

    Want a PDF of our popular designs to share with colleagues?

    Download our updated Christmas and Winter Design Catalog now.

    Download Your Free "Winter Holiday Enclosure Card Design Catalog" Now!

    As always, gThankYou Enclosure Cards come free with any purchase of our Certificates of Gratitude. Choose your favorite design, include a thoughtfully-crafted message of appreciation and sign it in text or with a logo. We’ll gladly send you a proof to approve, and we’ll make edits until you love it!

    There’s still time to give the workplace holiday gift everyone loves. Order your gThankYou Certificates of Gratitude now – for ham or turkeypieice cream or groceries and let your holiday gratitude bring joy and appreciation to your workplace.

    Wishing you and your colleagues a wonderful holiday season.

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  • Focusing on Gratitude Helps Add Meaning to the Holidays (and Every Day)

    From “The Language of Letting Go: Hazelden Meditation Series”, author Melody Beattie.

    As we approach celebrating Thanksgiving with family and friends, this quote from Melody Beattie beautifully reminds us of the transformative power of gratitude at the holidays – and every day.

    Beattie knows about the transformative power of gratitude having survived a traumatic childhood, addiction and the loss of a child but emerging from this to live a a full and rewarding life. After having an epiphany in rehab that got her to focus her energies on “the right things,” she became a renowned self-help author (she literally wrote the book on codependency, followed by many other bestsellers) and remains a celebrated writer and an inspiring beacon for many struggling with addiction and grief. The daily meditations on her website (or apps) are a good way to start or end your day!

    Let’s break down what she said in this quote because while it’s the perfect quote as we prepare to celebrate Thanksgiving this year, it’s also a powerful reminder for us to look at every day through the lens of gratitude.

    Gratitude:

    “Unlocks the fullness of life…”
    Who doesn’t want to live their life fully, experiencing the maximum of satisfaction and joy at both home and at work. Gratitude opens our eyes to the beauty and goodness of the world around us. It energizes us and brings hope. Sharing gratitude brings out the best in those around us too.

    “Turns what we have into enough…”
    Gratitude allows us to be thankful for the abundance of good things in life and not be driven by societal or selfish needs. Gratitude helps us realize we are, and we have, enough.

    Research finds that “just acting grateful can make you feel grateful” says Arthur C. Brooks in “Choose to be Grateful. It will make you Happier.” He goes on to say:

    “If you want a truly happy holiday, choose to keep the “thanks” in Thanksgiving, whether you feel like it or not.”

    “…turns denial into acceptance…”
    Gratitude let’s us enjoy relatives and friends for who they are – imperfections and all. And, most importantly accepting ourselves for doing the best we can. Gratitude heals.

    In a recent Forbes article on gratitude, positive psychologist researcher and author Robert Emmons “cites research showing the effectiveness of gratitude in buffering stress and building resilience. He even recommends a strategy he calls “Remember the bad.” The point is not to dwell on the negative, but to look back and reflect on difficult experiences and how we got through them. In doing so, we learn not to take our current blessings for granted. We are also reminded of the resources that helped us weather past storms.”

    “…chaos to to order, confusion to clarity…”
    Stopping to take a breath and reframing stress that can come at the holidays (or any day) is an opportunity to clear your mind and re-prioritize what’s important. Being grateful helps put what’s really important in perspective.

    “…turns a meal into a feast, a house into a home and a stranger to a friend.”

    No matter the scale of the meal, gratitude for the bounty and those we share it with turns any occasion into a “feast”.

    Thanksgiving is a holiday uniquely steeped in a history of gratitude. It’s the one time of year we treat everyone as family. It’s gratitude that allows us to open our hearts and our homes.

    This holiday season share your gratitude and share in the joy you spread.

    Wherever and however you celebrate Thanksgiving, we hope the meal becomes a feast of gratitude for you and your loved ones.

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  • Gratitude in Action: 6 Thanksgiving Traditions From Around the World

    Thanksgiving traditions worldwide celebrate gratitude and the bounty of the harvest.

    Holidays celebrating gratitude, communal harmony and harvest bounty are common around the world. (Photo via Faith Goble, Flickr)

    Did you know that our American Thanksgiving is just one of many gratitude-related Thanksgiving traditions celebrated around the world?
    Traditions differ from country to country, but gratitude in action is cause for universal celebration.
    The spirit and significance of giving thanks is the same wherever you go — with or without roast turkey and cranberry sauce. So what does giving thanks look like around the world?
    Celebrations worldwide of “thanks-giving” share several elements, no matter what people are eating, wearing or singing. We all honor:

    • harvest bounty
    • communal harmony
    • gratitude in action

    That last one, gratitude in action, is an important one. Simply thinking about gratitude isn’t a cause for celebration. It’s about how we act on our gratitude. We’re giving thanks, not having thanks!

    The French word for Thanksgiving is action de grâce. Translated literally, then, Thanksgiving is a day for “actions of grace.”
    Read on for six “actions of grace” traditions from around the world.
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How gThankYou Certificates Work

Step 1

Order Certificates

Choose the gThankYou Certificates you want and order them online or by telephone.

Step 2

Ship directly to your business

Your order is delivered by UPS. Nearly all orders ship the day received. Overnight shipping is available.

Step 3

Distribute to your employees

Personalize your gThankYou Certificates with Recipient and Giver names (optional) and give them to employees.

Step 4

Redeem at any grocery store

Recipients redeem Certificates at major U.S. grocery stores and select the items they want.