Category Archives: Workplace Gifts

Helpful Tips for Last-Minute Employee Holiday Gift Givers

It's never too late for employee holiday gifts with gThankYou!

It isn’t too late to bring holiday cheer to your workplace! (Photo via Steve Jurvetson, Flickr)

Need last-minute employee holiday gifts? Don’t stress! We’ve got tips that’ll make your gift-giving easy, meaningful and appreciated.

Now that it’s mid-December, we’re counting down the holiday season in days, not weeks. Time is of the essence, and even the slightest planning ahead steers clear of holiday gifts that are obviously rushed, thoughtless or generic.

USA Today recently cited a Consumer Reports study of gift-giving in the workplace. A whopping 30 percent of people agree that coworkers and bosses give the worst holiday gifts. Yikes! Don’t use procrastination as an excuse to add to that statistic.

Take a deep breath and follow these steps for sharing great employee holiday gifts at the last-minute (without letting it show).

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The Secret to Great Employee Holiday Gifts: Gratitude!

What's the key to employee holiday gifts? An attitude of gratitude!

Relax and make gratitude the focus of your employee holiday gifts. In this photo, members of the North Dakota National Guard deliver holiday gifts to residents of a Veterans Home. (Photo via U.S. Army, Flickr)

If you’re in charge of employee holiday gifts, you’re probably under a lot of pressure right now. No boss wants to be remembered as the misguided (or worse — thoughtless!) workplace gift-giverdoling out frozen turkeys with no way to keep them frozen, a bag of bean soup mix, wrong sized logo-wear, or other too personal or disappointing gifts.

Fortunately it’s easy to avoid those terrible-gift scenarios altogether and share employee gifts that are meaningful to recipients and affordable for you!

doing employee holiday gifts right: The Gratitude Attitude

The secret of successful employee holiday gifts is in the overall company attitude. Are you sharing gifts because you feel obligated or because it makes the company look good? Uh-oh!

Gift-giving is a great business strategy for employee recognition and retention — even better than cash bonuses, according to recent research — but your efforts are at risk of falling flat if you lose sight of why we share gifts: to show appreciation.

Attorney Harley Storrings, contributing writer at Biz Journals, advises against any ungracious gift-giving. His recent column, “5 Guidelines for Holiday Gifts in the Workplace”, is a helpful, practical how-to on workplace gift-budgeting and communication. He concludes with one piece of advice that really gets to the heart of gift-giving:

“… always remember that the point of office gift exchanges is to express our appreciation for colleagues and managers in a meaningful and tangible way. Most problems arise when gifts are exchanged for other reasons.”

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gThankYou! Turkey or Ham Gift Certificates Delight All!

Employees love our gThankYou! Turkey or Ham Certificates -- especially with a FREE personalized Enclosure Card!The gThankYou! team hopes that you had a wonderful Thanksgiving, as we did. We’re planning to delight our workforce with gThankYou! Turkey or Ham Gift Certificates this holiday season and we’d love to help you do the same!

‘Tis the season for family get-togethers, celebrations with friends, parties with colleagues. Surely your employees, business partners, and valued customers would love to serve a turkey or ham — provided by you!

gThankYou! Certificates of Gratitude are affordable, easy and convenient — for the giver and the recipient. You can order them online with a couple of clicks, and in most cases they’ll ship the same day you order.

Just ONE of our many free Winter Designs!Choose from dozens of our FREE customizable Enclosure Cards! We have a specially-designed Winter Holidays catalog. Choose your favorite design and customize a personal message — we can even include your company logo!

gThankYou!  offers Turkey and Ham Certificates!

Photo via Betty Crocker Recipes, Flickr

Imagine how delighted your customers, colleagues, and employees will be when
you hand them a gThankYou! gift certificate for a turkey or ham. Accompany your certificate with a big smile, a handshake, and well wishes — if you can specifically compliment each employee for his or her accomplishments, even better!

Recipients can redeem their gThankYou! Gift Certificates at the grocery store they want, whenever they want. They select the turkey or ham that fits the occasion.  Any Brand, any preparation – fresh, frozen or cooked.

What could be easier or more welcome?

Follow our blog, Celebrating Work, for additional ideas on how to distribute gThankYou! gift certificates and for year-round coverage of industry best practices for gratitude and recognition in the workplace.

Questions? Check our user-friendly 2-page guide below! 


Click here to download our FREE Guide to gThankYou! Gift Certificates!

About gThankYou, LLC

Turkey Gift Certificates and Turkey Or Ham Gift Certificates by gThankYou! are two of America’s favorite employee gifts and can be redeemed for any Brand (Turkey or Turkey Or Ham), at virtually any Grocery Store in the U.S.

gThankYou, LLC provides company leaders with a variety of easy, meaningful and affordable ways to recognize and reward employees, holiday time or anytime. gThankYou! Certificates of Gratitude and our free Enclosure Cards are personalizable including incorporating your company logo. And, nearly all orders ship same day.

gThankYou, LLC (www.gthankyou.com) is based in Madison, Wisconsin. Contact: Rick KileyChief ThankYou! Officer, gThankYou, LLC at info@gthankyou.com or 888-484-1658.
Follow the Company Blog – “Celebrating Work”.
Join the Conversation @gThankYou 
Watch our gThankYou! YouTube Video – “Learn More About Us”.

“G” logo and “Certificates of Gratitude” are trademarks and “gThankYou” is a registered trademark of gThankYou, LLC.

Happy Thanksgiving! From Our Family to Yours

The gThankYou! family wishes you and yours a hearty Happy Thanksgiving!

Happy Thanksgiving from our family to yours!This is one of our very favorite holidays because it’s about sharing our gratitude for and spending time with family and friends, and giving thanks for the bounty and blessings of our lives.

There’s something special about sitting around the table enjoying a delicious roast turkey dinner with all our favorite foods, reminiscing, talking about things to come, and enjoying one another’s company.  It’s a treasured holiday with our family and we hope it is with yours too!

At gThankYou! we couldn’t be successful without our greatest asset–our valued employees–and we thank each and every one of them for their hard work, enthusiasm and commitment to gThankYou! We’re grateful too, for all of our customers, who trust us to deliver timely, convenient gift certificates of gratitude to their work families. And to those of you who just enjoy our blog posts, thank you for reading, sharing and commenting! We hope our suggestions and tips are helpful to you and your businesses.

Here’s a little Thanksgiving poem by Joanna Fuchs of Poemsource that we thought you might enjoy:

Thanksgiving Feasting
When the Halloween pumpkins are gone,
And the leaves have all fallen to ground,
When the air has turned windy and cold,
Then Thanksgiving will soon be around.
Thoughts of loved ones all feasting together,
Pleasant pictures from past times appear
To dwell in each heart and each mind–
Then Thanksgiving is finally here!
The kitchen has scrumptious aromas,
The dining room looks oh, so fine,
Decorations with pilgrims and turkeys,
And now we are ready to dine!

Happy, Happy Thanksgiving — from our family to yours!

To help you have the best Thanksgiving dinner celebration ever, download our FREE Ultimate Turkey Cookbook and Guide by clicking below now:thanksgiving turkey cookbook

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 About gThankYou, LLC

Turkey Gift Certificates and Turkey Or Ham Gift Certificates by gThankYou! are two of America’s favorite employee gifts and can be redeemed for any Brand (Turkey or Turkey Or Ham), at virtually any Grocery Store in the U.S.

gThankYou, LLC provides company leaders with a variety of easy, meaningful and affordable ways to recognize and reward employees, holiday time or anytime.  gThankYou! Certificates of Gratitude and our free Enclosure Cards are personalizable including incorporating your company logo. And, nearly all orders ship same day.

gThankYou, LLC (www.gthankyou.com) is based in Madison, Wisconsin.  Contact:  Rick Kiley, Chief ThankYou! Officer, gThankYou, LLC at info@gthankyou.com or 888-484-1658.
Follow the Company Blog –  “Celebrating Work”.
Join the Conversation @gThankYou
Watch our gThankYou! YouTube Video – “Learn More About Us”.

“G” logo and “Certificates of Gratitude” are trademarks and “gThankYou” is a registered trademark of gThankYou, LLC.

FREE Turkey Cookbook! Easy Steps to the Perfect Thanksgiving Turkey

Free Thanksgiving Turkey Cookbook for the perfect Thanksgiving Turkey.This Thanksgiving, serve your loved ones the perfect Thanksgiving turkey! Our FREE turkey cookbook, “The Ultimate Thanksgiving Turkey Guide” is chock-full of information making it easy and fun for you whether you are a first time cook or a seasoned pro.

The gThankYou! Free Turkey Cookbook: A Sneak Peek

Tips for Shopping

Do you know how to pick out the perfect bird? We answer important questions like:

  • What size should I buy?
  • Fresh or frozen?
  • What’s the difference between commercial, free-range, heritage, natural, organic, self-basted or kosher?
  • How far in advance do I need to buy it?

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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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Where to Shop With Your gThankYou! Gift Certificate

Use your gThankYou! Gift Certificate at your favorite grocery store!

Shop the way you like at your favorite grocery store with your gThankYou! Turkey or Ham Gift Certificate. (Photo via greggavedon.com, flickr)

Wondering where you can shop using your gThankYou! Gift Certificate?

You can choose your favorite grocery store chain or mass-merchant store such as Wal-Mart or Target anywhere in the U.S.

As long as the store honors manufacturer coupons, they have the ability to accept your gThankYou! Certificate and there are no grocery chains that we are aware of that do not honor gThankYou! Certificates.

Your gThankYou! Gift Certificate is a manufacturer coupon, just like the cents-off coupons you’re used to, it’s just higher value. They have safety features built into the paper such that they can be validated easily over the phone.

The only stores that do not honor gThankYou! Certificates are those that don’t accept any manufacturer coupons, such as Costco and Sam’s and the Aldi chain. Specialty stores don’t typically honor coupons.  However, if your favorite specialty store is willing to call us, we will redeem it for them. We’re often asked about HoneyBaked Ham stores: many of them do take our coupons but not all.  For shoppers interested especially in HoneyBaked Hams, some grocery stores such as Kroger are beginning to stock them.

Quick tip:
If the store you choose has any questions or concerns, please be sure they call us while you are there so we can take care of it for you.  You can always go to customer service on your way in to a store. Our toll-free number is on the coupon: 888-484-1658.

Learn more about your gthankyou! gift certificate with these free downloads!

gThankYou! offers several useful free downloads for Gift Certificate recipients including a “Guide to Using Your Certificate,” available both in English and in Spanish.  (These can both be found on our website under the “Information for Recipients” tab.)

If you’re a recipient, download one for yourself for easy reference. If you’re an employer, download and print off as many guides as you need for your employees, for posting or distributing.

Download our FREE guide in English! Download our FREE guide in Spanish!

We also offer free cookbooks that are full of helpful advice for the novice cook as well as the seasoned pro.

These popular cookbooks, “Ultimate Thanksgiving Turkey Guide” and “Holiday Ham Guide” are great companions to your gThankYou! Turkey or Ham Gift Certificate.

Click here to see all our FREE DOWNLOADS in one place.

Happy Thanksgiving from all of us at gThankYou! However you celebrate, we hope your gThankYou! certificate helps you create a delicious and meaningful meal among family and friends.

About gThankYou, LLC

Turkey Gift Certificates and Turkey Or Ham Gift Certificates by gThankYou! are two of America’s favorite employee gifts and can be redeemed for any Brand (Turkey or Turkey Or Ham), at virtually any Grocery Store in the U.S.

gThankYou, LLC provides company leaders with a variety of easy, meaningful and affordable ways to recognize and reward employees, holiday time or anytime. gThankYou! Certificates of Gratitude and our free Enclosure Cards are personalizable including incorporating your company logo. And, nearly all orders ship same day.

gThankYou, LLC (www.gthankyou.com) is based in Madison, Wisconsin. Contact: Rick KileyChief ThankYou! Officer, gThankYou, LLC at info@gthankyou.com or 888-484-1658.
Follow the Company Blog – “Celebrating Work”.
Join the Conversation @gThankYou 
Watch our gThankYou! YouTube Video – “Learn More About Us”.

“G” logo and “Certificates of Gratitude” are trademarks and “gThankYou” is a registered trademark of gThankYou, LLC.

Use Your Turkey Gift Certificate On A Culinary Tour Of The U.S.

Recipe suggestions for using your gThankYou! Turkey Gift Certificate

Take a culinary vacation with your gThankYou! Turkey Gift Certificate and try a mouth-watering recipe from across the country. (Photo via jennie-o, Flickr)

This Thanksgiving, take your taste buds on a trip and try something new! Your gThankYou! Turkey Gift Certificate — redeemable for any turkey size, brand or type — is your ticket to a culinary tour of the United States.

This week, the New York Times published an interactive guide to Thanksgiving recipes from each of the 50 states (plus D.C. and Puerto Rico).  It’s impossible not to be inspired to try something new and different after looking at the mouth-watering pictures and recipes.  We’re particularly pleased that the article kicks off featuring Wild Rice with Mushrooms – a recipe from our home state of Wisconsin!

The NYT guide includes turkey recipes for:

Plus you’ll find state-specific recipes for a variety of appetizers, soups, salads, side dishes and desserts.

Like all recipes that have been passed down for generations or are based on local staples, each dish has a good story behind it.  We know you’ll love this resource as much as we do!

All this week on our blog, Celebrating Work, we’ll be sharing tips on how to make your Thanksgiving successful and filled with gratitude.

You’ll find useful turkey-cooking tips, such as Thanksgiving Turkey: Where Does the Thermometer Go?, and general advice for workplace gratitude and employee engagement around the holidays, such as “Putting the ‘Thanks’ of Thanksgiving in Your Workplace.”

We hope you enjoy your holiday with family and friends and have a happy, delicious Thanksgiving!

For more Turkey Day cooking tips, check out our popular cookbook, “The Ultimate Turkey Guide” to make a mouth-watering centerpiece to your holiday feast and “wow” your guests.  It’s perfect for the first time cook and the seasoned pro!

Download your Free Thanksgiving Turkey Cookbook and Guide now by clicking below:Download Free Thanksgiving Turkey Cookbook by gThankYou!

About gThankYou, LLC

Turkey Gift Certificates and Turkey Or Ham Gift Certificates by gThankYou! are two of America’s favorite employee gifts and can be redeemed for any Brand (Turkey or Turkey Or Ham), at virtually any Grocery Store in the U.S.

gThankYou, LLC provides company leaders with a variety of easy, meaningful and affordable ways to recognize and reward employees, holiday time or anytime.  gThankYou! Certificates of Gratitude and our free Enclosure Cards are personalizable including incorporating your company logo. And, nearly all orders ship same day.

gThankYou, LLC (www.gthankyou.com) is based in Madison, Wisconsin.  Contact:  Rick Kiley, Chief ThankYou! Officer, gThankYou, LLC at info@gthankyou.com or 888-484-1658.
Follow the Company Blog –  “Celebrating Work”.
Join the Conversation @gThankYou
Watch our gThankYou! YouTube Video – “Learn More About Us”.

“G” logo and “Certificates of Gratitude” are trademarks and “gThankYou” is a registered trademark of gThankYou, LLC.

Creative Ways to Share Your gThankYou! Turkey Gift Certificate

gThankYou turkey gift certificateHave fun with your gThankYou! Turkey Gift Certificate by sharing creatively with employees!

People love getting gift certificates. In fact, Americans plan to give more gift cards this year than in the past. According to an October survey by the National Retail Association, gift cards remain the most requested gift item for the eighth year in a row.

Gift certificates like the gThankYou! Turkey Gift Certificate are convenient for giver and receiver alike, plus they’re meaningful, practical and easy to redeem!

Your Turkey Gift Certificate is more than just a piece of paper. It’s a meaningful contribution to your company’s overall culture of gratitude!

Read on for tips to make your gift-giving as special as possible.

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It’s Not Too Late To Share Your Thanksgiving Turkey Gifts!

gThankYou! Thanksgiving turkey gift

Delight your employees with Thanksgiving turkey gifts! Turkeys represent the spirit of the holiday, whether they’re roasted in the oven or cooked outdoors in a deep fryer, as these two friends are about to do. (Photo via natapics, Flickr)

Thanksgiving is less than two weeks away, but there’s still time to order your Thanksgiving turkey gifts from gThankYou!

Your employees work hard for you all year. The holidays are almost upon us, and if you haven’t planned a holiday thank-you for them, it isn’t too late!

Why thanksgiving turkey gifts?

Thanksgiving is the perfect holiday to share your thanks with employees — not only does Thanksgiving celebrate the very spirit of gratitude, it has a rich history in the U.S. and is well-loved by just about everyone. It gathers family and friends alike for fellowship (and, of course, lots of delicious food).

Turkeys are the centerpiece of this tradition-filled feast, so you’re giving a vital component of a major celebration when you share Thanksgiving turkey gifts with employees. By sharing gThankYou! Turkey Gift Certificates, not frozen birds, you’re giving your employees the choice of when, where and how to enjoy their Thanksgiving turkey.

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