Looking for a Festive Gift that all Employees or Customers Can Enjoy?
Turkey and ham gifts make a memorable gift that everyone can enjoy with family and friends. It’s a perfect festive gift that will be remembered and appreciated!
Turkey and ham gift certificates, vouchers or gift checks have made it easy and more cost effective for companies to give the gift of a turkey or ham.
Years ago, companies would deliver fresh or frozen turkeys to their employees or customers. As the work environment has changed, so has the way to give the gift of a turkey. Many employees travel, some work out of their homes, while other take public transportation. Therefore, the traditional turkey gift needs to be easy to give and easy to receive! Another concern for companies is diet restrictions and the risk of frozen or fresh turkeys not being stored properly. Therefore, a cost effective, safer, and flexible turkey gift check has become a great way to give the traditional gift of a holiday meal!
Turkey Gift Certificates vs. Turkey Gift Checks
Not all turkey gifts are the same! There are turkey certificates, vouchers and turkey and ham gift checks …
What is better, a turkey gift certificate, voucher or turkey gift check? Vouchers are the same as certificates while gift checks have different benefits and options. Below are some good questions to ask, you may also want to and review Turkey Gift Certificate Comparison
Difference between a Turkey Gift Certificate and Turkey Gift Checks
There are many good questions to ask to make sure what is purchased meets the needs of your company and the needs of the recipients. But first, it is important to understand how turkey, ham and grocery programs work!
Important Questions to Ask:
What will a turkey gift cost?
Most companies give a $15-$25 gift to cover at least the cost of a 12lb Thanksgiving turkey and sometimes more to cover additional festive grocery items. It is an important to note; Holiday Gift Checks can be used for other festive grocery items in addition to the turkey or ham but gift certificate (voucher) programs are only good for the item on the gift certificate. Additionally, most programs charge a service fee of .50-$1.10 per gift depending on the customization; adding company’s name or personalizing with the recipient’s name. The service fee is typically nominal but as with all things expect to pay a small fee per gift, it is one way to ensure a good company that will support their program, has a reliable customer service department, and will be around for years to come.
Can the recipient buy other items beside a turkey or ham?
Gift certificates are limited to the product(s) on the gift certificate such as just the turkey or just the ham. Turkey gift checks offer the option to use for the turkey, the ham as well as other grocery items such as side dishes or the pumpkin pie. Some employees may not host a holiday gathering but may want to use their gift to bring a festive item such as a dessert or side dish. Therefore, usually the more flexible a program, the better it will address the different needs of all employees and customers.
Another important consideration, with a gift certificate part of the gift amount may be lost or forfeited if an employee does not spend the entire gift amount on the product specified. This can be confusing so as an example, if an employee is given a $20 turkey gift certificate(voucher)and the employee only spent $15 on a 14 lb. turkey, the remaining $5.00 would not be received by the recipient. Instead, the $5.00 would be kept by the company that supplied the gift certificate. Consequently, the supplier would make an additional $5.00 per gift plus the initial service fee charged.
A Holiday Gift Check can be used for other grocery items in addition to the Thanksgiving turkey or holiday ham. If a $20.00 gift check is given and $15.00 is spent on a Thanksgiving turkey, then the remaining $5.00 would be applied to the recipient’s other grocery purchases. The only money the supplier receives is the initial service fee. Therefore, the entire dollar amount of the gift is passed on to the recipient.
Expiration date restrictions
Turkey or ham gift certificates and gift checks expire in 6 months. This ensures the recipient has plenty of time to spend and enjoy the gift. If the gift does not have an expiration date, be cautious. It may not be accepted by all stores or banks. Just like most grocery coupons, certificates are required to have an expiration date. Gift check programs that follow strict bank regulations and grocery store guidelines are dated and expire within 6 months. Banks are not required to cash a check that is older than 6 months.
What if an employee’s gift expires before they have a chance to use it?
Most companies will not replace expired gifts certificates or gift checks, or they might charge a fee to re-issue. There is one company, Holiday Gift Check Program that has traditional replaced expired gift checks for no fee.
Where can recipients redeem gift certificates or gift checks?
Gift certificates and gift checks are redeemed at grocery stores or super stores. It is important to check with the supplier to determine if redeemable nationwide or if there are store restrictions.
As another option, HoneyBaked Ham has partnered with Holiday Gift Check Program and exclusively accepts Holiday Gift Checks at over 400 specialty stores nationwide.
How do we know what which grocery stores should accept a turkey certificate or turkey and ham gift check?
Typically, if a store takes a check it will take a Holiday Gift Check because it is a business check. Most grocery stores and super stores seem to prefer gift checks because they can process it as a check. Therefore, it can be validated by running it through the check reader and the store is almost immediately reimbursed. There are two concerns for stores with certificates (vouchers). First, they must go through a clearinghouse and can take much longer for stores to get reimbursed. Also, some stores have limited the acceptance of certain certificates or voucher because of reoccurring fraud. For helpful tips on using s Holiday Gift Check, click on Where to redeem?
Other Important Question:
How long has the company been in business?
It is important to ask how long the company has been in business, to validate that it is a reputable company. Companies do come and go! You may want to check customer testimonials or references to be certain the company will stand behind their turkey or ham gift program. Some programs routinely notify grocery stores prior to the busy holiday season. This helps clerks re-familiarized themselves with the program each year to ensure easy for the recipient to redeem.
Does the company accept returns on ‘leftover’ turkey gift checks or certificates?
Most companies buy extra gift checks because they do not want to run out of gifts for employees or customers. Therefore, a company may want to return ‘leftover’ gift checks or certificates for a refund after season or after a promotional program has ended. This is an important question to ask because not all companies accept returns. Additionally, some companies may charge a hefty fee for returns. One company that does accept returns on ‘leftover’ gift checks for no fee is the Holiday Gift Check Program.
Is there a difference between a non- branded turkey gift certificate or check and a branded certificate or gift check?
A non-branded turkey certificate or gift check can be used to purchase any family favorite brand of turkey or ham. Employees can shop discounts or promotions to take advantage of the best turkey or ham price. A branded certificate or gift check may be limited by stores to the specific brand on the turkey gift check. Grocery stores may treat it much like a coupon and require the recipient to purchase only products from that specific brand. Many grocery stores restrict the purchase on branded checks as an extra measure to ensure their store will get reimbursed.
Will we need to tax our employees?
Typically, because it is it a low-cost gift (usually under $25.00) it falls under the De Minimus tax laws and would not require taxing. Additionally, most companies do not tax a turkey gift because it is usually a one -time gift (once a year) and not meant to be a cash gift such as a gift card. The gift is intended to be a gift of a turkey or ham. Some companies may wish to add restrictions. For example, Holiday Gift Check Program will add usage restriction right on the check such as ‘nonredeemable for cash’ or ‘nonredeemable for alcohol or tobacco’ to help clarify the intend of the gift. As in any tax question, it may be necessary to get additional input from your company.