• 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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  • 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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  • Why the Employee Turkey Gift Tradition Matters

    gThankYou employee turkey gifts communicate your holiday appreciation.

    Turkeys embody the grateful spirit of the season — and that’s why the employee turkey tradition has endured for generations! (Photo via jennie-o, Flickr)

    Ever wonder about the origins of the employee turkey gift tradition? For almost as long as turkeys have played a starring role on the Thanksgiving dinner table, companies have been giving turkeys to their employees at Thanksgiving as an expression of appreciation.
    It’s an American tradition that has stayed with us for generations — and it’s more relevant than ever today!
    There’s a reason why the New York Times calls employee turkey gifts a workplace “ritual” — buying turkeys for employees is a practical, meaningful and appreciated holiday gift.
    It’s also smart business.
    Employee appreciation is crucial now more than ever in the post-recession economy, as employers discover that employee appreciation builds a relationship beyond a paycheck.
    Holiday turkey gifts, when accompanied by clearly expressed “thanks” from management, build employee engagement and a stronger culture of workplace gratitude. Engage your workforce this holiday season with a Thanksgiving turkey gift. Download 10 Reasons to Give Employees a Turkey for the Holidays for a one-page sheet to share with your team.
    Read on to learn how the employee turkey gift tradition started and why it’s still important today.
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  • Write a Holiday Thank You Note to Remember

    Learn how to write a holiday thank you note to your workplace with gThankYou!

    Your organization flourishes and grows thanks to the commitment, creativity, and, most of all, hard work of loyal team members – do they know that???

    Two BIG words — “thank you” — make a world of difference in the workplace. Study after study shows employees work harder, work smarter, and are retained longer when they feel appreciated.

    Holiday employee letters are an annual tradition for major corporation CEOs, directors of government agencies, and university presidents.

    Why? Because thank-you notes work! (Research proves thank-you notes work even better than cash bonuses, say HR experts.)

    6 Tips to Writing Meaningful Employee Thank-You Notes

    A well written note of thanks can be a memorable keepsake for employees.

    When you write your letter of appreciation this season — whether for the first time or as part of your yearly ritual — here are tips to help you put your sincere gratitude on paper:

    • Go beyond recognition, which focuses on employee performance, to appreciation, which acknowledges an employee’s character and intrinsic worth. People want to feel valued for who they are.

    • Describe specific ways employees have contributed to your organization’s success this year.

    • Speak from the heart. Be honest. Be sincere. Avoid sentimentality which can come off as fake.

    • Reflect on the meaning of the season. Thanksgiving is a treasured American tradition that has meaning to everyone.

    • Deliver your letter on paper, in person. With today’s overflowing inboxes, no one wants another email.

    • Package your letter with a thoughtful gift that reflects the spirit of Thanksgiving.

    gThankYou offers free gift Enclosure Cards with all purchases of gThankYou! Certificates of Gratitude.


    gThankYou! Turkey Gift Certificates easily fit in an envelope alongside your thank-you note.

    Or, choose to customize your Certificates with a Free Enclosure Card featuring a heartfelt message of gratitude and your logo.

    Check out our full line of Thanksgiving Card Designs and download the Catalog to share with colleagues.



    Real-Life Examples of Thanksgiving Employee Letters

    For real-life employee holiday letter examples, DOWNLOAD our popular free guide, “How to Put the ‘Thanks’ in Thanksgiving.”

    Download FREE eBook, "Put the "Thanks" in Thanksgiving" Now!

    When you express genuine appreciation with employees, they share it back not only with you – but also with colleagues and customers.  That’s what’s so remarkable about gratitude –gratitude is contagious and makes givers and recipients feel great!

    End the year with your workplace feeling valued and appreciated. Brighten everyones’ holidays with your thoughtful holiday letter of gratitude. 

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  • Frozen Turkey Gifts vs. Turkey Gift Certificates

    Beautiful Thanksgiving Turkey Spread

    If you’re still ordering frozen turkey gifts for your employees, this should be the year that you replace that burdensome and onerous approach with Turkey Gift Certificates from gThankYou.  We assure you that this easy process will literally and figuratively lighten your load.
    Turkeys remain the quintessential holiday employee gift.  Always the star on the table at Thanksgiving gatherings across the country, turkeys are a welcome and appreciated gift.  They are the perfect way to underscore how thankful you are for your employees’ contributions and loyalty.
    There is no longer a good reason to struggle with frozen turkey gifts. gThankYou! Turkey Gift Certificates are good for any brand and size whole turkey, at major grocery chain stores nationally. Recipients love having the ability to choose the turkey they want for their family. Instead of having your team spend time on frozen turkey logistics, they can spend it on what really matters – engaging employees and sharing heartfelt appreciation.

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  • Ultimate Thanksgiving Turkey Guide

    Cook the perfect turkey this holiday season with gThankYou’s Ultimate Thanksgiving Turkey Guide.

    It seems that fall is upon us suddenly, as is the proliferation of pumpkin spice everything.  This means that it’s time to start thinking about showing gratitude to employees this Thanksgiving holiday.

    Thanksgiving is a holiday that is quintessentially American and an ideal reminder for us all to embrace and share feelings of gratitude and togetherness.  The gift of a Thanksgiving turkey for employees means that you are providing the centerpiece to their meal as they gather with friends and family.  Contributing to the good will that permeates Thanksgiving ensures that your generosity and thoughtfulness will be remembered by your employee and their guests.

    There is no other gift that strengthens employee bonds and good feelings towards your company as well as the gift of a Thanksgiving turkey.

    The Ultimate Resource for Serving a Perfectly Cooked Holiday Turkey

    Click the Image to Download Your Free Copy

     

    Everyone loves an unexpected gift!

    At gThankYou we think your holiday Turkey Gift deserves a special unexpected addition – our Turkey cookbook and guide!

    gThankYou’s newly updated Guide is much more than a traditional cookbook. It’s the complete resource for serving a beautifully cooked turkey from start-to-finish.

    This Ultimate Turkey Guide is the perfect complement to the gift of a Thanksgiving turkey – and FREE!

    Download your copy today and share this helpful how-to guide with coworkers. We think you’ll love it!

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  • 5 Tips to Find Your Perfect Thanksgiving Turkey

    Tips on finding the perfect Thanksgiving turkey by "Living" MagazineBy mid-October, the supermarket checkout aisle is full of magazine covers, each boasting a glorious, burnished brown Thanksgiving turkey — so juicy and tempting, you can almost smell the savory aroma while you dig out your debit card.
    And indeed, it’s not too soon to start thinking about stuffing (should it have bacon this year? Probably!), your other side dishes — and of course, the holiday centerpiece: a beautifully roasted turkey.
    Before you choose a bird, check out these five tips to keep in mind as you plan your holiday meal, whether you’re serving 25 assorted aunts, uncles, and cousins or a simple Thanksgiving turkey feast for two.

    1. Know What You’re Getting: Master This Basic Turkey Terminology

    Turkey seems straightforward enough — but the wealth of options available today can confuse shoppers who aren’t sure what they want or what certain labels mean. Here’s a quick glossary to cover the main points*:

    Free-range turkeys from Bell Evans

    Free-range turkeys from Bell & Evans, a brand widely available east of the Mississippi, scored best in an Epicurious taste test. Photo from Serious Eats.

    Free-Range
    As Americans become more aware of the often harsh conditions in which commercial poultry are raised, many are choosing free-range turkeys over better-known name brands. Under USDA standards, free-range birds must have access to the outdoors while they are raised (instead of being crammed into overcrowded farm facilities). Along with other advocates of free-range turkeys, the regional farmers who raise them say the birds are of higher quality than their commercially processed counterparts, because their diets are more varied (improving the flavor of their meat) and they get more exercise (improving their texture).

    Heritage
    What are heritage turkeys? These unusual breeds were once common in America, but fell out of favor as growers concentrated on the specially bred, big-breasted birds preferred by consumers (typically the Broad Breasted White turkey). Heritage varieties include Narragansett, American Bronze, Jersey Buff, and Bourbon Red.

    Per the Splendid Table, heritage turkeys generally offer less breast meat and a stronger flavor than a conventional Thanksgiving turkey. As a result of the latter point, some expert cooks recommend not brining heritage birds, as doing so just wipes out their unique flavor.
    Natural
    By federal regulation, a turkey labeled “natural” may not contain artificial flavorings, coloring, or chemical preservatives. The natural label also means the bird hasn’t been fed animal byproducts or given growth promotants or antibiotics (except for parasite control). Forbes writer Beth Hoffman says the last point alone makes natural turkeys worth it: “If we can stop the run away use of antibiotics in raising livestock and poultry, it is worth a few extra cents a pound to do it.”
    Natural turkeys must also be minimally processed, meaning they have only been handled as necessary to slaughter, clean, and make them ready for human consumption. Note that a “natural” designation doesn’t have to be free-range, and that “natural” isn’t the same as…
    Organic
    Organic turkeys are free-range birds that have not been treated with hormones or antibiotics, and were given pesticide-free feed. Consumer Reports agrees with Hoffman that the lack of antibiotics is in itself a good reason to go organic. Whether organic birds taste noticeably better is up for debate and presumably highly subjective; in 2011, a representative from the World Society for the Protection of Animals said that “While some studies have been conducted on the taste of meat from organically-raised turkeys versus meat from intensively raised animals, to my knowledge they have not been conclusive.” And Mic in 2017 pointed out that the “organic” label is not a guarantee that meat is healthier or was raised and processed under more humane conditions.
    Kosher
    Quite simply, kosher turkeys are prepared under rabbinical supervision according to Jewish dietary law. While alive, these turkeys are given no antibiotics and fed a vegetarian diet, Epicurious says. Then they’re covered with kosher salt and rinsed repeatedly in cold water. This can make for a juicier, tastier bird, but, as Tablet notes, the process also means kosher turkeys are usually not entirely plucked before they’re sold, which can be a pain. The general sentiment is that you shouldn’t brine a kosher turkey, because they’re already salty enough, but Joan Nathan pushes back on that here, noting that she and her friends agree the kosher turkeys of today are less salty than they used to be.
    Self-basting
    A self-basting turkey is injected with a solution to improve the flavor and juiciness of the meat. Some manufacturers treat only the breast meat, while others inject the entire bird. The label must say “basted” or “self-basted” and must list the amount and names of the ingredients used in the basting solution. (Remember, the net weight of the turkey includes the weight added by the solution — so you could be paying more for less meat. Cook’s Info says: “The solution injected will constitute 6 to 9 % of the weight that you are paying for.”) Generally speaking, you do not need to brine a self-basting turkey yourself before cooking (which saves time). If you prefer to use your own brine solution, read the packaging closely to ensure your Thanksgiving centerpiece isn’t already basted.
    Fully cooked
    As stated, a fully cooked whole turkey has been precooked and frozen by the processor. After thawing, it can be reheated (or served cold), which takes much less time than cooking a raw bird. Note, though: You can’t stuff a fully cooked turkey, as the dish isn’t in the oven long enough.
    Young
    A “young” turkey is a turkey of either sex that is less than 8 months old at the time of slaughter. Most turkeys reach market maturity at 4-5 months of age. As Berkeley Wellness says, “Most of the turkeys found on the market are young and will have tender meat.”
    Hen vs. tom
    Turkeys weighing 8-16 pounds are usually female (hens), while larger birds are male (toms). Since supermarket turkeys are normally slaughtered young, both hens and toms should be about the same in terms of taste, juiciness, and tenderness — so don’t fret too much over the sex of your bird. (That said, Berkeley Wellness notes that some cooks claim toms are tastier, and some say you’ll get more white meat on a hen.)

    As you might guess, the further you get from name-brand commercial turkeys, the more you’re likely to pay. Heritage and organic turkeys can be pricey. If you’re searching for something less expensive, consider Amish turkeys (which are generally natural and hormone-free) or free-range birds. (For a real deep dive on turkey prices, the USDA has information for you.)
    *As this NPR article from 2015 makes clear, a number of these labels are not quite as clear-cut as we wish they were!

    2. To Get the Right Size, Buy a Pound Per Person (or More)

    Traditional Thanksgiving holiday in the USA, with family preparing turkey and gathering around the table.

    Here’s a simple formula: Get 1 pound of Thanksgiving turkey for each adult you’re serving, and half a pound per child. So if you’ve got 10 adults coming and four kids, you’ll want at least a 12-pound bird. If you’re inviting big eaters or counting on plenty of leftovers, make it 1.5 pounds per adult. (For creative recipes for your excess meat, check out “Thanksgiving Leftovers: Five Fresh Ideas.”)
    Once you hit the 16-pound mark, you can be less strict, as birds that big have a better ratio of meat to bone — e.g., a 20-pound turkey will serve 14 people just fine and yield plenty of leftovers.

    3. For Many People, Frozen Beats Fresh

    As a rule, fresh food sounds better than frozen. But turkey is different. The term “fresh” applies to raw poultry that has never been stored below 26°F. Poultry held at 0°F or below must be labeled “frozen.” (Turkeys stored between 1°F and 25°F don’t have an official name, but are often labeled “refrigerated,” “hard-chilled,” or “previously frozen.”)
    In other words, “fresh” only describes a turkey’s temperature from the time it was processed. It has nothing to do with how long it’s been sitting at the store.
    If you are curious about how fresh turkeys fared in an Epicurious taste test of supermarket brand turkeys, the Bell & Evans’ fresh turkey review was the most positive, earning an Epi Top Pick stamp of approval.
    And while some cooks rave about a fresh Thanksgiving turkey straight from the farm, in a Cook’s Illustrated taste test, frozen turkeys were rated more moist and tender than fresh birds.
    So we recommend buying a frozen Thanksgiving turkey, as long you have the time and the fridge space to thaw it safely — a 15-pound turkey will take about three full days to thaw.

    4. Decide on Your Recipe Before Shopping

    Your recipe’s success can depend on the type of Thanksgiving turkey you choose. For instance, if you’re experimenting with an unusual brine or exotic seasonings, you probably don’t want a self-basting bird. Or if you’re planning to grill your turkey, you’ll want to be sure it’s not too big. (You also might want to consider asking your butcher to spatchcock it — remove the backbone — for you. This is an excellent method for roasting, too.) So go in to your turkey purchase with an idea of what you’d like to do.

    5. Lock Down Special Turkeys ASAP

    Plan ahead to leave enough time to defrost your frozen Thanksgiving turkeyIf you want a free-range, organic, or heritage bird as your Thanksgiving turkey, it’s not a bad idea to start planning in mid-October. (If you use a digital calendar, go set an annual reminder right now!) Local co-ops and groceries often begin reserving turkeys a few weeks in advance, and family farms like to know even sooner. You’re better off checking in early than missing the rush. And even if you’re just getting a regular frozen commercial bird, make sure you buy it far enough in advance (usually 3-5 days before Thanksgiving) that it has time to thaw.


    To make this year’s Thanksgiving turkey the best you’ve ever served,
    download our FREE Ultimate Turkey Guide right now.

    Craft your perfect Thanksgiving meal with the gThankYou! Ultimate Thanksgiving Turkey Guide!
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  • It's Not Too Late to Order Business Thanksgiving Gifts!

    Thanksgiving is next week, but it’s not too late to order your business Thanksgiving gifts for the workplace.
    gThankYou offers same day shipping so your business Thanksgiving gifts can arrive as soon as tomorrow!
    Not only are gThankYou’s business Thanksgiving gifts fast and convenient, they’re a meaningful and practical gesture of gratitude that your workplace will love.
    gThankYou! Gift Certificates for Turkey (or Turkey or Ham) allow you to give recipients the gift and joy of a Thanksgiving turkey for their holiday meal centerpiece — without the stress of handing out actual frozen turkeys or hams.
    Our Thanksgiving Gift Certificates can be redeemed for any brand, any size and any preparation of whole turkey (or whole or half ham), at virtually all major groceries nationwide. gThankYou Gift Certificates redeem as Manufacturer Coupons, just like the cents-off coupons everyone is used to.
    Plus, you won’t need to worry about finding Thanksgiving cards to accompany your gifts at the last minute. All gThankYou Gift Certificates come with customized, personalized “Thank You” Enclosure Cards — FREE.
    Don’t miss this opportunity to show appreciation in your business at this important time of year. Holiday gratitude is essential in the workplace because it is a chance to let employees know you care about them as people first, according to careers-search website Ladders.
    “As a manager yourself, part of your job description is to ensure your direct reports feel valued, treasured and supported. This doesn’t just extend to their performance between 9 and 5, but also that you understand they have a life outside of the office, too,” Ladders’ Lindsay Tigar writes.
    For employee gifts, one workplace expert “suggests a gift certificate toward something they enjoy … that you know will make them happy.”
    In the end, that’s what business Thanksgiving gifts are all about: a token of gratitude to make employees happy. Happy employees are the foundation for a successful, productive and profitable business!
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  • Thanksgiving Gift Certificates Say 'Thank You' When It Counts

    gThankYou Thanksgiving Gift Certificates with free gift Enclosure Cards

    All gThankYou! Thanksgiving Gift Certificates come with your choice of custom ‘Thank You’ gift Enclosure Cardsfree!

    What’s a meaningful yet simple way to share your Thanksgiving gratitude with employees? Thanksgiving Gift Certificates!
    gThankYou’s Thanksgiving Gift Certificates for Turkey (or Turkey or Ham) allow you to give recipients the gift and joy of a Thanksgiving turkey for the centerpiece of their holiday meal.
    The centerpiece to the Thanksgiving feast is a symbol of gratitude and family togetherness going back generations. It’s America’s oldest tradition — and a practical gift everyone appreciates and enjoys sharing with family and friends.
    Thanksgiving Gift Certificates from gThankYou can be redeemed for any brand, any size and any preparation of whole turkey (or whole or half ham), at virtually all major groceries nationwide. Our Gift Certificates redeem as Manufacturer Coupons.
    What will really make a lasting impression is sharing your sincere message of “Thanks” along with your Thanksgiving Gift Certificate.

    The ‘Uplifting Charm’ of Thanksgiving Gratitude

    As the year comes to a close, Thanksgiving is the perfect time to reflect on the year and express appreciation for all your staff’s hard work. Thanksgiving was created for sharing gratitude!
    In a newspaper column this week, editor Ben Bromley praises the simplicity of Thanksgiving.
    “There is beauty in simplicity, and grace in gratitude,” Bromley writes.
    Thanksgiving is underrated, and it’s time we “give Thanksgiving when it’s due.”
    “Ever since the Pilgrims and Native Americans gathered to break bread and give thanks for the harvest, there has been a quiet, uplifting charm to the holiday,” he writes.
    Celebrate that charm with employees! Express your thanks to staff with a practical, meaningful gift that symbolizes gratitude: Thanksgiving Gift Certificates.
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  • Why Choose Turkey Gift Certificates and Vouchers?

    Best employee turkey gift - gThankYou! Turkey Gift Certificates and Vouchers

    America’s business leaders choose gThankYou! Turkey Gift Certificates and vouchers for Thanksgiving and holiday employee appreciation. Shouldn’t you?

    If you are looking to share a holiday turkey gift with employees or customers, skip the logistic hassles of distributing frozen turkeys and share gThankYou! Turkey Gift Certificates and Vouchers instead.
    What’s the difference between turkey gift certificates and vouchers? Nothing! A “voucher” is just another term for gift certificate.
    When it comes to workplace turkey gifts, more companies choose gThankYou! Certificates of Gratitude. We’re America’s favorite choice for Turkey Gift Certificates, Turkey Or Ham Gift Certificates and other popular food gifts – perfect for holiday-time or anytime employee and customer appreciation.
    gThankYou! Turkey Gift Certificates allow recipients to choose any brand, size and preparation of whole turkey — Butterball®, Norbest®, Smithfield® or any other brand from major grocery stores in the U.S.
    gThankYou Gift Certificates are Manufacturer Coupons which are only good for a specific item (such as a whole turkey), have an expiration date and provide no cash or residual value. They cannot be deposited in the bank or used to buy other merchandise.
    Be careful not to confuse turkey gift certificates and vouchers with gift checks or gift cards.
    Gift cards, allow recipients to buy any store merchandise. Butterball® Gift Checks, and other holiday gift checks, can be deposited into a bank account or used to buy any merchandise. And, both are taxable gifts to employees.

    If you are looking to restrict your holiday gift to a Turkey, choose gThankYou! Turkey Gift Certificates.
    (If you are concerned with the tax implications of employee gift-giving, please consult with your accounting or tax professional.)
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  • 5 Reasons Employees Love Turkey Vouchers

    Turkey vouchers by gThankYou are good for any brand whole turkey at major grocery stores in the U.S.

    gThankYou! Turkey Gift Certificates are good for any brand of whole turkey at major grocery stores in the U.S. All orders come with FREE Cards to customize with your Thanksgiving appreciation.


    What goes great with your workplace Thanksgiving celebration? Turkey vouchers for employees!
    A gift certificate for a turkey is an affordable yet meaningful way to share a classic employee holiday gift. And by giving vouchers instead of actual turkeys, your team avoids the hassle of handling and storing a large number of frozen birds. It’s a win for everyone!
    gThankYou! Turkey Vouchers (or Turkey Or Ham Vouchers) make it easy to reward and thank your staff with a gift they’ll remember all year. Recipients love the ability to choose the turkey that’s best for their family holiday celebration — gThankYou Turkey Vouchers are redeemable for any brand of whole turkey, at virtually all major grocery stores in the U.S.
    Because a turkey is the Thanksgiving meal centerpiece, it carries the symbolism of holiday gratitude and family togetherness. As a gift, it lets your employees know you care.
    Plus, it’s a practical gift your employees will be able to share with family and friends.
    gThankYou! Turkey Vouchers are easy to order: online or call us at 888-484-1658. They come with free personalization and free customizable ‘Thank You’ Enclosure Cards. Even better, we ship same day so you can have your order as fast as tomorrow.
    Order America’s Favorite Turkey Vouchers™ today and let us take care of the logistics of your holiday appreciation so you can focus on what’s really important: thanking employees and celebrating the joy of the season together!

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  • Bring Your Gratitude: Celebrating Thanksgiving at Work

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    At work this holiday? Throw a Thanksgiving party and be sure everyone gets a slice of pie (and gratitude)! (Photo via See-ming Lee, Flickr)

    Will employees at your company be spending Thanksgiving at work? Bring the gratitude and make it a workplace celebration they’ll appreciate.
    Spending the holiday at work isn’t where most of us expect to be this family-centric celebration, of course. But with the right attitude and activities, sharing Thanksgiving with colleagues is an opportunity to highlight workplace gratitude and celebrate your “work family.”
    “When we’re counting our blessings this Thanksgiving, work will probably not make the list for most of us,” according to the American Management Association (AMA). “Yet it’s worth noting that the origins of Thanksgiving are rooted in work. In its earliest incarnations, it was a day to celebrate the hard-earned bounty of the harvest.

    “And the very first Thanksgiving feast in America came about when the Pilgrims wanted to express their gratitude to the Wampanoag Native Americans who had helped them survive their first year in their new home. So in a very real sense, the tradition of Thanksgiving began as a way of celebrating the timeless workplace values of hard work and cooperation.

    If your company has employees spending Thanksgiving in the office, now’s your chance to plan ahead and make it a celebration of hard work, cooperation and gratitude!

    Make Gratitude Your #1 Priority for Thanksgiving at Work

    Download our free eBook, "How to Write a Thanksgiving Letter to Employees".

    “Learn how to Write a Thanksgiving Letter to Employees” with the FREE eBook from gThankYou!

    “Gratitude can transform common days into thanksgivings, turn routine jobs into joy, and change ordinary opportunities into blessings.” — William Arthur Ward
    Employees spending Thanksgiving at work are far from alone.
    Millions of Americans work on Thanksgiving. According to a recent poll, a quarter of Americans are required to work Thanksgiving, Christmas or New Year’s Day — and even more, 45 percent, reported that there’s a chance they’ll work one of these holidays. Employees in retail, law enforcement, health care, travel, utilities, freight, news and other industries all keep working through the holidays.
    Even though they’re far from alone in spending Thanksgiving at work, it’s crucial to let your employees know how much you appreciate their dedication and hard work coming in on a holiday.
    Whatever else you do to celebrate Thanksgiving at work — gifts, a communal potluck, a catered turkey feast with all the fixin’s, or an outing to watch a Thanksgiving parade or volunteer at a soup kitchen — gratitude comes first.
    A Thanksgiving gift or activity shared without gratitude is apt to feel manipulative and impersonal to employees.
    Clearly expressed appreciation from company leadership is key. Employees will notice if managers and other leaders are oblivious to their sacrifice to work on a holiday.
    A note or public announcement of gratitude from the company CEO can make all the difference — and it doesn’t have to be big production! A simple acknowledgement and “Thank You” is plenty. If budget allows, a gift or complimentary Thanksgiving meal is a great way to reinforce this message of gratitude.
    It’s worth noting that “professional satisfaction” is by far the leading reason employees feel thankful at work, beating “benefits” or “salary” by a wide margin, according to an AMA Performance & Profits poll.
    When you thank employees, you’re boosting their sense of professional satisfaction. And in the long haul, feeding a culture of workplace gratitude has benefits beyond engagement.
    Gratitude creates the kind of “cohesive organization that will lower stress and frankly be a place at which people are actually grateful to come to work,” Forbes contributor Neale Godfrey writes this week in her article, “Thanksgiving: Gratitude at Home and at Work May Lead to a Longer, Happier Life.”
    Read on to learn how to write a meaningful and memorable Thanksgiving letter to employees.
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  • FREE eBook: How to Write a Thanksgiving Letter to Employees

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    Learn insights from workplace leaders to writing a Thanksgiving letter to employees that they will remember. Download this new FREE eBook by clicking the image above.

    It’s November, and that means the holiday season of gratitude is here! Seize the opportunity to honor and celebrate with your staff — write a Thanksgiving letter to employees this month.
    Writing Thank You notes is a practice shared by many of the most successful CEOs in business, like Campbell Soup Company’s Doug Conant and Pepsi’s CEO Indra Nooyi.
    But you don’t have to be the CEO of a Fortune 500 company to write the kind of Thank You letter that employees tell their families about and remember for years to come.
    We are excited to introduce our new eBook“Put the ‘Thanks’ in Thanksgiving: How to Write a Thanksgiving Letter to Employees”,  the perfect resource for inspiring your Thanksgiving letter to employees this holiday season. Download this FREE eBook for step-by-step tips and lessons from real-life examples from workplace leaders.
    This free eBook is for you — whether you’re an HR manager in charge of employee holiday gifts, a C-suite executive seeking practical advice for a company-wide Thanksgiving mailing, or a location manager who wants to hand-write individual Thank You cards to the whole team.
    Writing a memorable Thanksgiving letter to employees is one of the most valuable and appreciated ways to show your gratitude to employees.

    The Simple Power of ‘Thank You’

    Learn tips to writing a Thanksgiving letter to employees they'll value and remember.Doug Conant is a legendary thanker. While leading Campbell Soup through a dramatic turn-around, he wrote more than 30,000 handwritten Thank You notes to staffers and clients.
    Conant’s all-too-unusual practice helped create “a company-wide culture of gratitude,” according to Business Insider.
    His dedication to gratitude was almost certainly a factor in Campbell Soup’s reinvention and renewed success under his leadership from 2001 to 2011.
    “It’s worth mentioning that when Conant took the reins at Campbell Soup, the stock price was falling and it was the worst performer of all the major food companies in the world … By 2009, the company was ahead of the S&P Food Group and the S&P 500,” Business Insider’s Shana Lebowitz writes.
    “Bottom line: showing gratitude can motivate your team to work harder, and you probably aren’t showing enough right now,” she concludes.
    In a must-read editorial for Harvard Business Review, Conant himself explains his management strategy as a marriage of “tough-minded performance standards with tender-heartedness.”
    Conant was an inspiration to Janice Kaplan, the journalist who studied gratitude for her New York Times bestseller “The Gratitude Diaries.” She found that Conant’s enthusiasm for thanking employees is not shared by many executives — and they’re missing out:

    “As I was researching this book, I heard over and over from executives the line, ‘Hey, we say thank you with a paycheck.’ Well, guess what? You don’t say Thank You with a paycheck. You say ‘I’m paying you’ with a paycheck. You say Thank You with Thank You.”

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  • Engage Your Workforce with Thanksgiving Turkey Gifts for Employees

    For generations, Thanksgiving turkey gifts for employees have been a workplace tradition.
    Since businesses started the practice more than a century ago, it’s grown and spread across industries and into workplaces small and large. It’s endured from the industrial age into the digital age.
    Now, the latest research in employee engagement shows exactly why the turkey gift tradition is so enduring.
    Engaged employees have one big factor in common: they receive more recognition and effective feedback from their managers, according to research analyzed this week by HR Dive.
    Positive, effective recognition accompanied by a meaningful token of gratitude shows employees you care. And knowing your work matters is the driving force of engagement!

    More Engaged, Easier for You!

    Thanksgiving turkey gifts for employees still send an effective, thoughtful message of recognition. The only difference now from a century ago? They’re easier for you to share!
    The turkey gift tradition used to involve actual frozen turkeys — and that came with the hassle of buying, storing and distributing bulky frozen birds. Now you can let employees choose the right size turkey for their family, when they want it.
    gThankYou! Turkey Gift Certificates (and Turkey Or Ham Gift Certificates) make it easy for you to share your Thanksgiving turkey gift for employees. 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 good for any brand of merchandise specified and can be redeemed nationally at virtually all major grocery chain stores.
    Download our Product Guide to learn more about easy, affordable employee Thanksgiving turkey gifts for employees from gThankYou! To learn more about our customizing and delivery options for large orders, call us at 888-484-1658.
    Read on for more research on the connection between recognition and engagement and on why gThankYou is America’s Favorite Thanksgiving Turkey Gift for Employees™.
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  • Testimonial: 'Importance of Giving Employees a Thanksgiving Turkey'

    Why it's important to give employees a Thanksgiving turkey gift.

    “On the Wednesday before every Thanksgiving, Dad would come home from work with a nice, big turkey.” — Lisa


    Last week we asked our gThankYou email subscribers to answer the question, Why is it important to give employees a Thanksgiving turkey?
    We entered the respondents in our giveaway of Melanie Kirkpatrick’s new book, “Thanksgiving: The Holiday at the Heart of the American Experience.”
    Lots of great responses came in, but one in particular stood out. It came from Lisa, an administrative assistant in California.
    Lisa’s heartfelt reflection on the employee turkey gift tradition goes back to her childhood. It’s about a lesson in appreciation she learned from her father and his boss. She’s been kind enough to allow us to share her story with you, our Celebrating Work blog readers!
    The holiday season is the perfect time to honor your team’s hard work and dedication with the gift of a Thanksgiving turkey. But don’t take our word for it. Read on for Lisa’s story on why it’s important to give employees a Thanksgiving turkey.
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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.