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How to use Thanksgiving leftovers for fantastic brunches, lunches and more

The goal with Thanksgiving, America’s favorite feast day, is always MORE: more turkey, more stuffing, more cranberry sauce. And lots more Thanksgiving leftovers, so we spend one busy morning cooking up a storm and enjoy the fruits of our labors for days afterwards.

Thanksgiving Leftovers

Thanksgiving Leftovers

“The only thing better than Thanksgiving dinner is Thanksgiving dinner covered in cheese.” — Laura on ringfingertanline.com

Thanksgiving leftovers can become a quick lunch or snack in very simple ways — the classic, of course, is leftover turkey (preferably dark meat) on a hard roll with mayonnaise and dill pickles. Put some cranberry sauce on there if you have some leftover. Some folks add aged cheddar, avocado, lettuce, chipotle mayo, red onion or fresh tomatoes. Do what you want; it’s all good.

There are dozens of options for Thanksgiving leftovers, but the key points are twofold: not only must the dish make use of your already-prepared bounty, they must not take so much time and effort in and of themselves, they feel like making Thanksgiving all over again.

Robin Miller’s turkey shepherd’s pie uses both leftover turkey and mashed potatoes for the topping.

At the blog of the Noble Pig, leftover turkey/cranberry monte cristo sandwiches get a boost from a delicious egg batter.

“This sandwich is a great way to use up leftovers, especially if you have to feed a house full of holiday visitors,” wrote Cathy, earlier this month. “I think re-purposing (Thanksgiving) leftovers into a completely different meal is always a great way to use them up. No one wants to keep eating the same thing over and over again.”

Thanksgiving Leftovers

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Turn stuffing into mini savory muffins with an egg or two and a bit of cream or broth. Take roasted root vegetables and use them to top a pizza — butternut squash is a great match for feta cheese; sweet potatoes are beautiful with bacon.

Thanksgiving Leftovers

The Nourishing Gourmet likes to use leftovers for turkey and rice soup, yam and turkey hash and turkey enchiladas, among other things.

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Make pumpkin pie muffins with leftover pie filling; try this recipe from canned pumpkin maker LIBBY. Turn leftover green beans into a simple salad with blue cheese and walnuts and sherry vinaigrette, or add them toward the end of Giada de Laurentiis’ recipe for Sauteed Green Beans with Tomatoes and Basil served with Parmesan Crisps.

National Public Radio encourages us all to “think outside the sandwich” when it comes to Thanksgiving leftovers. The Kitchen Window blog offers recipes for a Cranberry-Honey Smoothie; Migas (a southern scrambled egg dish); Mashed Potato Cakes; Turkey, Quinoa And Persimmon Salad With Warm Cranberry-Maple Dressing; and Cheesy Turkey And Kale Quesadillas.

According to NPR’s Susan Russo, “For many Americans, the best part of Thanksgiving dinner happens on the Friday after the holiday, when the leftovers begin.”

Thanksgiving Leftovers

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Find great ideas for using Thanksgiving leftovers when you download our FREE Ultimate Turkey Guide (click the link below).

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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.
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Thanksgiving Side Dishes Even Your Mother-In-Law Will Love

It’s Thanksgiving! Time for putting the final touches on your Thanksgiving dinner menu.  For some people that means bringing out the tried and true Thanksgiving side dishes, the age-old recipes that have become standards for your family, whether they taste particularly good or not. (Chances are you’ve had your fill of canned vegetables and Jell-O salad over the years.)

Are you in the mood to mix up the menu a bit? Try these easy and fabulous side dishes, reminiscent of the classics, but with a decidedly modern twist.  We’re confident everyone will appreciate them.

Instead of Aunt May’s green bean casserole, try EatingWell’s recipe for fresh green beans with caramelized onions.

For an easy update to a traditional fruit salad, try roasted pears with blue cheese by The Barefoot Contessa on FoodNetwork.com.

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Instead of creamed spinach, try a fresh spinach salad – here’s one from Ocean Spray which we love.

Instead of yams with marshmallows, try Epicurious’s delectable thyme roasted sweet potatoes.

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Instead of pumpkin pie, try Saveur’s Pumpkin Cheescake – with a Gingersnap and Hazelnut Crust.

Add some new flavors to your Thanksgiving table – your guests will thank you!

For more on great side dishes, Thanksgiving turkey and tips on how to make this year’s holiday one to remember, download our FREE Ultimate Turkey Guide (click the link below).

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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 KileyChief ThankYou! Officer, gThankYou, LLC at info@gthankyou.com or 888-484-1658.
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It’s all Gravy: Quick tips on saucing your Thanksgiving turkey

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There’s a reason we use the word “gravy” as slang for “something good.” Gravy is such a delicious, beloved part of the Thanksgiving meal, it gets its own special vessel. There are entire Pinterest boards dedicated to the meaty, creamy stuff, from old-fashioned pan gravy and bourbon gravy to gravy made with chipotle peppers, mushrooms, bacon and even chocolate.

Yet the process of making gravy can be intimidating to home cooks attempting their first Thanksgiving meal. If you’re cooking for a big Thanksgiving group (when time is even more of the essence) or helping to prepare Thanksgiving dinner in someone else’s home, getting the gravy right is key.

Let’s demystify it a little bit.

The basics

There are a few things you need to make gravy. First, don’t wash out that roasting pan after the turkey is finished cooking. Those delicious, flavorful drippings on the bottom are the first ingredient.

It's all Gravy: Simple Pan Gravy from Chow.com

Simple Pan Gravy from Chow.com

(Didn’t roast your turkey in the oven but still want gravy? Check out this recipe for simple gravy from Chow.com, made with shallots, Marsala wine and chicken broth).

If it’s big enough, place your roasting pan over two burners, set on medium heat. Pour a few cups of liquid — usually a combination of broth, wine and/or cider — and scrape up the flavorful browned bits from the bottom of the pan. This is called deglazing, and you can do it with any liquid.

After the liquid reduces, pour it into a gravy separator, sometimes called It's all Gravy:  OXO fat separator a fat separator (at left, Oxo makes them in several sizes, available at Macy’s and other stores).

A fat separator is really the easiest thing for this step, but if you don’t have one, one option is to wait for the fat to separate as it cools, sped up if necessary by putting it in the fridge.

Skim the fat off the top and return it to the hot pan. Sprinkle on some flour and whisk  constantly (this keeps it from getting lumpy) until it starts to thicken and darken slightly.

Pour in the reserved turkey juices from earlier and whisk those in, too. Bring it to a boil. The mixture will thicken and get smooth, coating the back of a spoon.

It's all Gravy: Pan Gravy from MarthaStewart.com

Pan Gravy from MarthaStewart.com

Finish up with chopped fresh herbs, salt and pepper. Even if it’s looser, or more liquidy, than you’re used to, don’t worry; the gravy will get thicker in the gravy boat.

For easy and delicious gravy to serve with your Thanksgiving turkey, try these recipes:

To add flavor to the drippings, take a tip from Food Network chef Anne Burrell, who makes a brined, herb-crusted Thanksgiving turkey with apple cider gravyShe builds the ingredients for her gravy into the roasting. The final product includes flavors of onion, carrots, celery, garlic and Granny Smith apple, with bay leaf, thyme and cinnamon. 

For more on gravy, Thanksgiving turkey and tips on how to make this year’s holiday one to remember, download our FREE Ultimate Turkey Guide (click the link below).

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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 KileyChief ThankYou! Officer, gThankYou, LLC at info@gthankyou.com or 888-484-1658.
Follow the Company Blog –  “Celebrating Work”.
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5 Last Minute Tips for a Stress-Free Thanksgiving

For all its associations with feasting and family togetherness and football, Thanksgiving can be a day of stress and frustration — especially for the hosts.

We’ve already given you some pro tips about your turkey (packaged conveniently in the Ultimate Thanksgiving Turkey Guide, a free download). Today, let’s talk about how to let some of the steam out of the big day, to make this a stress-free Thanksgiving, something special for everyone.

1. Make a Plan

Stress-Free Thanksgiving - Thanksgiving by Sam SiftonSam Sifton, former New York Times restaurant critic and the author of “Thanksgiving” (Random House, 2012), spent several years as a “one man Thanksgiving helpline,” fielding panicked emails from all over the world.

“One of the most common questions I received in my role as the Thanksgiving help-desk correspondent … is what to do with a frozen turkey,” Sifton wrote in Chapter Two, “The Turkey.” “The answer on a Thanksgiving morning is generally: not much.

“You can’t hurry science. So plan ahead.”

Thanksgiving is a holiday with a lot of moving parts, from cousin Laura’s newly minted vegetarianism and Aunt Kate’s gluten sensitivity, to how many pans you’ll need to get turkey, brussels sprouts, sweet potatoes and cranberries all on the table at the same time.

Don’t panic. Plan. Lots of websites have checklists; we like this simple, straightforward one from Martha Stewart Living.

2. Get a Head Start

For those of us with busy jobs and full lives, taking the day before Thanksgiving to peel potatoes and chop onions is not an option. Still, there are plenty of things you can crank out in the days ahead.

Start with Better Homes & Garden’s list of “make-ahead holiday side dishes,” like green beans with almonds, glazed carrots with pistachios, mashed potatoes with thyme and blue cheese and pine nut puffs.

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Blue cheese pine nut puffs from Better Homes & Gardens

Pie can, and should, be made (or purchased) ahead. Stuffing (or dressing) is easy to make ahead and reheat in the oven as the Thanksgiving turkey is finishing up.

3. Clean as You Go

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It seems like a small thing, but keeping your work station clean is important for your mental and physical health. Wipe down cutting boards, soak prep utensils and stack hand wash dishes in the dishwasher to get them out of sight and free up counter space.

This site recommends picking up some disinfectant wipes, keeping the trash can close by, avoiding the garbage disposal and having a special bowl dedicated to kitchen scraps that can go straight to the compost.

Then once the meal starts, sit down. Really. You’ve worked for this stress-free Thanksgiving, now enjoy it; plus, it makes guests feel unsettled when the hosts are jumping up and down throughout the meal.

4. Give Guests a Job

As guests arrive on Thanksgiving Day, instead of banishing them to kill time in front of a football game, give them a simple job to do. A good rule of thumb is to ask no more than you’d ask of a middle schooler: set the table, peel the carrots, fill the ice bucket, assemble a cheese plate or crudite platter.

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Enlist early-arriving guests to put out simple appetizers, like these rosemary cashew nuts from The Food Network.

On The Kitchn, readers chimed in with ideas about how to entertain early-arriving guests.

“How you deal with early arriving guests often depends on the particular guest,” the site advises. “Play to their strengths — Are they social? Good in the kitchen? Adept at mixing cocktails? Set them up with a task that fits their personality and helps them feel welcome.”

Suggestions include make them the greeter, let them hang out (if you are comfortable cooking and chatting at the same time), or have them choose the music.

5. Roll with the Punches

It’s Thanksgiving, not a space shuttle launch. If Uncle Dave shows up late (again!) and the kids refuse to eat anything green (or any food touching something green, or anything without marshmallows, and can’t I just have pie?), worry not. It’s one day, one meal out of one day.  Thanksgiving is about being with family and friends and being grateful for what you have.  So, maybe you’ll burn the sweet potatoes and nobody will touch the cranberries. Oh well! Grab a glass of bubbly and enjoy your guests.

There’s always next year.

To get a head start on a great Thanksgiving game plan, don’t forget to download our FREE Ultimate Turkey Guide (click the link below).

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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”.
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Free Thanksgiving Turkey Cookbook – Download Now

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With Thanksgiving less than a week away, now is the perfect time to download gThankYou!’s free eBook, “The Ultimate Thanksgiving Turkey Guide— the perfect Thanksgiving Turkey Cookbook for cooking your holiday turkey!

Our ultimate turkey guide is straightforward and user-friendly, offering tips on everything you need to get started choosing, preparing and serving your Thanksgiving turkey. Whether it’s a Butterball or a heritage bird that’s pre-brined, roasted or destined for the smoker, our handy guide will help you streamline the centerpiece of your holiday meal.

Our popular Turkey Cookbook covers your Thanksgiving feast from shopping for the perfect bird to using leftovers to make “The Perfect Turkey Sandwich.”

Find answers to common questions:

  • How big a turkey should I buy?
  • Is fresh or frozen better? (The answer may surprise you!)
  • Commercial, free-range, heritage, natural, organic, self-basted or kosher?
  • What’s my turkey’s recommended thaw time?
  • Should I dry brine or wet brine?
  • How early will I need to wake up Thanksgiving morning to stick it in the oven?
  • Where does the thermometer go?
  • How do I know when the turkey is done?
  • What tools and methods are best for carving?
  • What the heck can I do with all these leftovers?

You’ll also find:

  • A list of tools and kitchen wares to assemble before the big day, with tips on how to use each.
  • Introductions to alternative turkey-cooking methods, such as deep-frying or smoking.
  • A how-to for making your own delicious gravy at home (and how to troubleshoot if it gets too lumpy).
  • Our favorite recipes for leftovers.

Download your FREE Ultimate Turkey Guide now by clicking below:thanksgiving turkey cookbookTell your friends about our blog and let us know how you like our eBook. Happy Thanksgiving, and happy cooking!

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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”.

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Putting the “Thanks” of Thanksgiving in Your Workplace

Thanksgiving - GiveThanksTurkeyThanksgiving is the day we set aside to give ‘thanks’, to remember who and what we are grateful for, and to celebrate by feasting with family and good friends. Many employers share the ‘thanks’ of Thanksgiving with employees, giving gifts like a turkey for the holidays or paid time off to spend with family. Some organize potluck lunches to recognize the occasion, while others overlook Thanksgiving altogether and just hold an annual holiday party. However you choose to do it, your employees will be grateful for the appreciation and recognition you can provide.

Glassdoor, an online employer rating and career community, surveyed employees about how appreciated they felt at work, what their work motivations were, and what they really wanted from employers at Thanksgiving. Employees said they’d stay with employers longer and work harder if they felt more appreciated by their bosses. When asked in the survey about Thanksgiving perks they’d appreciate the most, more than half of employees said they’d enjoy not being required to work the day before and after the holiday. Other perks employees would like at Thanksgiving include cash bonuses or a pre-holiday meal at work.

Winter brings thoughts of the upcoming holidays, and the previous year’s achievements and accomplishments in employers and employees both. As we start to plan the new year, it’s an ideal time to reflect on what we are grateful for, and an important opportunity to make sure everyone’s efforts are acknowledged with thanks.

Here are some ideas for putting the “thanks” of Thanksgiving into your workplace:

Say “Thank You”. Recognition and genuine appreciation are important employee motivators and create engagement. Try some creative ways to say thanks.

  • Write short notes thanking direct reports for specific work-related actions and efforts and post them on a wall or bulletin board in their work area in the weeks leading up to the holiday. You can even add graphics of Thanksgiving dinner items.
  • Present a public thank you and handshake for employees at a team meeting.
  • Give gift certificates for Thanksgiving turkeys along with certificates of appreciation for employee contributions.
  • Incorporate personal touches like handwritten letters and recalling stories of individual efforts and successes to make workplace gratitude meaningful and memorable.

Treat Them to Lunch. Whether it’s at a fancy restaurant or a catered buffet, saying thank you with a lunch before the holiday gives employees a little respite from their hectic work and personal schedules. Add a little extra time to mingle, or prepare a video or slideshow to watch during the meal. It’s a great way to recount why you appreciate your employees.

Let Everyone Participate. Instead of just a top-down approach to workplace appreciation and gratitude, encourage everyone to express their thanks at work. And, don’t forget about part-timers, interns and even custodial staff.  They all appreciate words of thanks and recognition at Thanksgiving time.

Use Technology. Connect everyone to the spirit of Thanksgiving with a page on the company intranet or social media for them to post why they appreciate a boss, a co-worker, a team, a customer, or a vendor. You can also prepare a special “Wall of Thanks” or bulletin board for anyone to post pictures or thank yous.

This Thanksgiving, remember to thank those who work to make your organization profitable and successful. You’ll be glad you did.

For more ideas on great workplace gifts, please download our free Workplace Gratitude Guide today.

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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”.
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Thanksgiving Gift Certificates Put the ‘Thanks’ into Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving Gift CertificatesBundling gThankYou’s Thanksgiving gift certificates is a great way to give employees the gift of a full Thanksgiving feast — complete with a turkey, all the fixings and dessert.

Everyone loves sharing the Thanksgiving meal. By bundling several of our gift certificates together to provide for the full feast, you’ll be recognizing an American tradition as well as your employees. Give the gift of Thanksgiving and it will be a token of appreciation your employees won’t forget.

Here are four ways bundling gThankYou gift certificates puts the “Thanks” into Thanksgiving.

1. Every plate filled. Our gift certificates give the recipient the flexibility to do it their way. Whatever the dietary preferences at their family’s Thanksgiving table — gluten-free, low-carb, Paleo, vegetarian, meat and potatoes, or a combination — we offer certificates that suit everyone’s tastes: turkeys, hams, general groceries, pizza, fruits and veggies, pies and ice cream.

2. An all-American symbol of gratitude. Families come together at Thanksgiving to remember the Pilgrims’ first meal together with the Native Americans. The life of early settlers wasn’t easy, but they knew how important it was to join hands and remember to be grateful for the abundance of the land and how far they’d come.

Thanksgiving is also a moment of culinary pride for many families. They bring out the best silverware and work hard in the kitchen to put a tasty, memorable meal on the table.

And because you helped provide that meal, your workplace will be on their minds as they give thanks.

3. Practical. Gift certificates don’t collect dust in the back of a closet, or get “regifted” or donated to a thrift store. They get used! Food is needed and appreciated by everyone, and gift certificates for food are particularly useful because they give the recipient a choice of what, where and how to spend them.

Recipients go to the grocery store of their choice, at a time they pick and select the food they want. Redeeming the gift certificates is as easy as presenting them at the check-out lane, no fuss or extra steps necessary.

4. So easy for you, too. At gThankYou!, ordering gift certificates is simple. You can place your order online or by calling us at 888-484-1658. Need your certificates the next day? No problem! We also customize your certificates with both giver and recipient names if you wish, and provide FREE customizable “thank you” cards, too.

Gift certificates don’t require add-ons, like wrapping paper, ribbons, refrigeration, storage or costly shipping. We provide FREE customizable enclosure cards and customize each certificate with names of both giver and recipient.

They’re also easy to distribute. They can be tucked into payroll envelopes, handed out directly to employees, or mailed to employees’ homes. The convenience of Thanksgiving gift certificates makes them ideal if you have employees in more than one location. Whether your employees are at company headquarters or a satellite location, they’ll receive the same special gift from you.

Enjoy our exciting new FREE eBook on Workplace Gratitude for insights into the science of creating a culture of appreciation. Download by clicking here or below.



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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 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.

New Thanksgiving Thank You Cards from gThankYou!

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gThankYou!, America’s employee gift certificate leader, announces new free Thanksgiving thank you card designs.

The weeks leading up to Thanksgiving are a natural time and American tradition to express appreciation to your employees for their hard work, contributions and enthusiasm.  gThankYou’s Thanksgiving thank you cards (we call them Enclosure Cards) are free with any purchase of gThankYou! Gift Certificates and created to strike the right tone of gratitude, whatever your need or situation.

We’ve updated our Autumn and Thanksgiving Enclosure Card Catalog with new designs, in addition to favorites from past seasons. Our wide selection of cards makes it easy to say “thank you” in your workplace.  Click the catalog image above to start downloading your free copy now!

gThankYou! offers affordable, meaningful and practical Certificates of Gratitude for celebration of employees, clients and friends.  We look forward to helping you celebrate in your workplace this holiday season!  Please enjoy our new Thanksgiving designs.

New Thanksgiving Designs

“Watermark Turkey” is elegant, heartwarming and simple. Visually, it keeps the focus on the centerpiece of the traditional Thanksgiving dinner, a succulent turkey.

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“Watermark Turkey”

What are you thankful this Thanksgiving season? For employees who go above and beyond, the “Thanksgiving Turkey” design expresses a direct answer: you’re thankful for them.

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“Thanksgiving Turkey”

“Thanksgiving Border” is a playful design that leaves plenty of room for you to personalize with a short note of gratitude.

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“Thanksgiving Border”

Colorful and bright, “American Thanksgiving” is a reminder of Thanksgiving’s origins as the quintessential American holiday.

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“American Thanksgiving”

Cute and a little silly, “Turkey Talk” makes saying thank you fun!

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“Turkey Talk”

“Give Thanks Turkey” multiplies the gratitude with a stylish, sleek design.

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“Give Thanks Turkey”

 

gThankYou! Enclosure Cards are always free with any purchase and available in a dozens of designs to help you celebrate in your workplace throughout the year.  Please enjoy our Winter Holiday Design Catalog.  We will be sharing updates to our Winter Designs soon!





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.

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Employee Appreciation Best Practices: Zoosk Throws Holiday Parties

Zoosk LogoZoosk.com works hard and plays hard – and that translates to employees feeling engaged and excited about working for the company.

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Thinking beyond — or in addition to — the checkbook when giving employee gifts lets staff members know they’re appreciated, writes Inc. Magazine’s Sara Hottman in “How to Choose a Holiday Gift for Your Staff.”

She quotes Paul Vagadori, senior human resources director for San Francisco-based Zoosk.com, an online dating community: “We work hard, we play hard.”  Check out the Zoosk.com blog – it looks fun to work there!

In his fast-paced company, Vagadori knows how important it is to show employees the company values and appreciates their stellar efforts. “We want to show them we’re willing to invest time and money for what they do,” he tells Hottman.

Parties help build a sense of team and boost morale, and Vagadori hosts several during the holidays:

  • A Thanksgiving potluck — the company springs for entrées and each employee brings a favorite dish.
  • A fun pub event in mid-December—everyone enjoys beer and snacks.
  • A formal gala at year-end — a professional photographer takes pictures as  employees and their dates play games and hit the gambling tables, and everyone gets a framed photo at the end.

The company gives other holiday gifts, too.

  • Extra paid time off — so employees can be with family and friends.
  • Bonuses — merit-based gifts for going above and beyond.
  • Small, useful gifts — nice travel mugs with the company logo, or gift certificates of gratitude.
  • Opportunities to give back to the community — a giving tree, where employees take tags and buy gifts for a family in need, and a food bank.

“We have a healthy competition over who can bring in the most weight in food,” Vagadori says to Hottman. “This way, individuals who work in a nice environment, and who are happy to have jobs can give back. It’s nice to be on the giving end.”

Be creative and make it personal when you give workplace gifts during the holidays and year-round. You’ll more than reap the benefits in employee retention and goodwill.

What’s your plan for holiday giving this year? SHRM’s annual survey says 72% of employers plan to host holiday parties this year – do you?

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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.
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What to Serve at Your Holiday Party: Turkey or Ham?

A perfectly browned turkey or a glazed holiday ham, sliced into layers like the petals of a flower. Either makes for a crowd-pleasing main course, ample enough to feed a crowd, with leftovers to spare.

But when you’re hosting a holiday gathering (that isn’t Thanksgiving — turkey has the clear edge there), which do you choose for your centerpiece? What makes better appetizers for a cocktail party?

If your gathering is less than two weeks after Thanksgiving, everyone might be happier with ham. A spiral-sliced, smoked bone-in or boneless ham comes already cooked, so all you have to do is warm it up, glaze it and serve.

Hosting a cocktail party? For appetizers, ham is a little more decadent than turkey.

For example, I served ham and cheese puff pastry squares (recipe by Ina Garten on the Food Network) for my New Year’s Eve party in 2010. They were finger food, easy to make and fantastic with sparkling wine.

Ham and rice croquettes are a tiny bit more fussy because they require frying, but reviewers of this Gourmet recipe raved about them. “Superb! One of the easiest apps to please a wine-swilling crowd,” wrote one; another said, “My guests really loved them.”

For a Spanish flare, try Spanish-style garlic shrimp with ham and bell peppers, which is a “great tapas or appetizer with crusty bread.”

If you have picky eaters or anyone who keeps kosher on the guest list, go with turkey. Turkey offers white meat for the dieters and dark for everyone else, and most flexitarians make an exception for fowl.

If you choose, you can even roast a smaller bird (though the leftovers are so good, that’s a hard argument to make).

Credit Elinor Carucci for Bon Appétit

For appetizer portions, Jennie-O is a font of great entertaining ideas based around turkey, like pesto turkey pinwheels and smoked Gouda and turkey dip.

These turkey pockets are made super easy by the addition of premade dough.

For something different in the weeks following Thanksgiving, try something more exotic on your turkey. Asian flavors are awesome with the neutral flavors of turkey breast meat — check out the cinnamon-orange scented turkey from Rick Rodgers at Bon Appétit (the “dry brine” salt includes star anise, Szechuan peppercorns, clove, coriander and fennel).

Joanne Chang’s recipe for a turkey glazed with soy, sesame, honey and ginger, found in Food & Wine, will banish memories of Thanksgiving from your holiday gathering. Also intriguing is a recipe for a teriyaki glaze on the turkey and shallot gravy to finish.

Credit Con Poulos for Food & Wine

Whatever you do, be sure to save some leftovers for yourself! Enjoy.

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.