The owners of our company like to do a holiday handout at Thanksgiving each year. They used to do a whole Thanksgiving meal (turkey, stuffing, sweet potatoes, pie). Last year there was a lack of available turkeys in the quantity we needed, so we switched it up and did a bottle of sparkling cider with a $25 gift card. This year the owners want to do something different but they are not sure what. Does anyone have any suggestions? We have about 300 employees in one location. Thanks!!

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MONEY. Give visa cards for the price that you usually would spend on dinner items. Nothing beats a visa card. Especially for Black Friday and Cyber Monday

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Tax laws trip up the gifting of Gift Cards. They are cash equivalents and therefore must be taxed on the $ value. You can allow employees to expense something (dinner / groceries) and have them submit for reimbursement as part of a special expense allocation of $50 for example. Or you can gift something that is not a cash equivalent like an Amazon credit - the credit cannot be redeemed for cash, only merchandise, even if returned - so that stays within the rules.

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Caveat -the reimbursement/stipend has to conform to tax laws too / best consult with tax teams first!

I personally would not want cider .. money would make a person feel appreciated and in the long run, can be something that they remember when wanting to switch or being tempted to move. It’s the small things sometimes.. obviously $25 or $50 isn’t going to keep a person but the thoughtfulness can help

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Don’t like cider either

Agree with our friend from Deloitte

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We're doing a choice of ham, turkey, 2 pies, or a $25 grocery store gift card. Up to each individual branch manager what they choose to do. We have 9 locations each with between 5 & 15 employees.

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