Thanksgiving letters are a wonderful way to show employee appreciation.


It’s that time again to put pen to paper and consider writing appreciation letters from “boss to employee”. Sound old school? It is! At gThankYou, we are believers that some traditions are worth holding onto, and the Thanksgiving letter is well worth the effort.

What’s a Thanksgiving letter to employees?

Thanksgiving letters express true gratitude to the people who make your business work every day. The best letters have a heartfelt tone and offer specific examples of why the organization and leadership are grateful for the individuals who show up, do the work, bring innovation, stretch the boundaries, and keep the lights on. No matter the size of the organization, there should be a leader who can take the time to write a personal “Thank you” to their teams.

Everyone loves a handwritten thank you note. What are the Best Thanksgiving Messages to Employees?

Thank you is easy to say, yet it’s underused in the workplace. Let’s collectively change that! When in-person, use eye contact, a handshake, fist-bump or other social connection while saying, “Thank you.” We promise, it will be well-received and appreciated. In writing, keep an upbeat tone that doesn’t seem canned.

The best Thanksgiving messages are:

  • Authentic
  • Individually written and addressed
  • Written with specific examples of overcoming an obstacle, meeting a goal, or an illustration of their value at work
  • Have a personal element included (Your energy brightens up the room! You keep us on task! Your leadership skills are astounding!)

Why do all of this? Because thank-you notes work! (Research proves thank you notes work even better than cash bonuses, according to HR experts.)

A written note or company-wide Thanksgiving letter of appreciation are underutilized gems. A sincere note communicates you care and are grateful for employees hard work and dedication.

gThankYou has spent years honing the perfect tips for how to express gratitude in a way that is authentic and well-received: in the form of a memorable Thanksgiving or holiday letter. If you’ve never done one for your team or company, it’s a great time to start the tradition.

How Do I Write a Memorable Thanksgiving Letter?

If you don’t know where to start, we’ve got your back! gThankYou is proud to be your ally in finding the right ways to build and maintain a culture of gratitude.

We offer a free, downloadable eBook that outlines How to Write a Thanksgiving Letter to Employees. It offers insights from workplace leaders on how to write a Thanksgiving or holiday note. It provides real-life examples from bosses in a variety of industries, best practices for thanking employees, ideas for brainstorming your own unique approach, and tips on how to share your Thanksgiving letter.

Even if you have written an employee letter of appreciation before, you’ll find inspiration and value in these real-world examples. Download your copy today.

Download FREE eBook, Put the Thanks in Thanksgiving!

Are You Ready for Thanksgiving?

Holidays sneak up quickly every year, but especially when leaders and managers are working hard to stay afloat. If employees are working the holiday, plan now to make them feel appreciated with a workplace Thanksgiving spread and options to be home with family for at least part of the holiday.

Nothing says ‘Thank You” like the gift of a Thanksgiving turkey. If you are searching for the perfect holiday gift, gThankYou can help! We offer a range of Certificates of Gratitude for practical yet appreciated food gifts, in values to fit any budget.

Check out our blog, Why a Thanksgiving Turkey is So Meaningful, for insights into the tradition and meaning of a Thanksgiving turkey.

Your team considering a turkey gift-giving program? Download and share, “10 Reasons to Give Employees a Turkey for the Holidays”.

Appreciation Resources

Employee and workplace appreciation should be an everyday commitment supported by a year-round plan of activities to show appreciation and encourage engagement, fun, and team building.

To help juggle all your appreciation efforts, gThankYou offers an Employee Appreciation Planning Checklist that can be used all year to help stay on top of highlighting wins, celebrating occasions, and creating a culture of recognition.

Where Do I Start?

Download your free eBook, Put the “Thanks” in Thanksgiving, to start thinking about this year’s memorable letter of appreciation and reach out today!

You can reach the gThankYou! Team at 888-484-1658 or

We look forward to helping you select the perfect custom gifts for your team with free gift Gratitude Cards personalized with your message of holiday thanks.

However you choose to acknowledge and appreciate your team, we applaud your efforts to share gratitude and kindness in the workplace.

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