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3 Ways to Cook & Enjoy Thanksgiving Dinner Delivery

Why Should I Have My Thanksgiving Meal Delivered?

Let’s face it: hosting Thanksgiving may sound fun, but it’s a LOT of work. The Thanksgiving turkey is stressful, beginning with the battle royale in the grocery store for that last turkey, and sometimes (knock on wood) ending with it being tragically burned in the oven. Instead of a horror story, look into having a Thanksgiving dinner delivered right to your doorstep, with simple cooking instructions that will ensure a tasty turkey and succulent side dishes. Check out our meal ideas and pairings below for three full-sized and delicious Thanksgiving options that will leave you less stressed, and give you more time with your family.
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How to Give the Best Thanksgiving Host Gifts

Why Should I Bring the Host a Thanksgiving Gift?

If you’re asking this question to yourself right now, we’re betting that you’ve never hosted a Thanksgiving dinner party before. The Thanksgiving hostess is the personification of patience and preparation. There’s the endless planning, the ceaseless cooking, and, of course, trying to organize everyone’s travel. It’s a small wonder one of the most popular Thanksgiving hostess gifts is a bottle of wine. Chances are, though, that your host or hostess will have enough bottles by the end of the night to last them quite some time, so read on for some thoughtful Thanksgiving gift ideas that they’re sure not to forget.

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DIY Halloween Gift Baskets for Kids 2016

Why A DIY Halloween Gift?

Every year parents spend more and more on Halloween, to the point where last year the average person planned on spending $77.00, according to a U.S. News report. Each year, thousands of parents spend tons of money on expensive, bland Halloween gift baskets that go untouched throughout the holiday. A DIY Halloween gift is a cheaper, more personalized way to celebrate the holiday, and your kids will be sure to enjoy a delicious Halloween gift basket that nobody else at school can get. While some parents make everything from scratch, you can save a lot of time by buying some creative Halloween snacks from Figi’s.
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Thanksgiving Meals Delivered: A Guide for your Family

Choose from 3 of our handpicked Thanksgiving Meals

Want a full Thanksgiving dinner delivered right to your door? Or how about the easiest way to share a Thanksgiving dinner with someone far away? Figi’s is here to help you eliminate those painful trips to the grocery store with delicious Thanksgiving meals to order with easy heat-and-serve preparation, delivered right on time for the holiday. Choose from three of our handpicked Thanksgiving meals below, or create your own!
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Springtime Gummi Bears: Sweet and Colorful Treats!

Whether you’re sending gummi bears to a child in your life or just bringing out your own inner child, Figi’s has the perfect colorful gummi bears for Spring! After a long winter, it’s time to put away the hot chocolate, and bring out gourmet gummy bears for a bold and bright snack. These colorful chews are reminiscent of the blooming flowers and bright spring colors, making them the fun gift for any occasion this season! Figi’s has a multitude of flavors and types of gummi bears and other chewy candies to please your sweet tooth. Gummi candies are fun for people of all ages, making them the sweet, fun treat everyone can enjoy.

Figi's Gourmet Gummi BearsGourmet Gummi Bears: Find the most delicious gourmet gummi bears at Figi’s. These gummies come in seven delicious flavors that are sure to delight. Give them as a gift or keep them for yourself; either way they’re bound to be loved. These fun little chewy bears are the great gourmet gift for people of all ages, from birthday parties to host gifts, these bears are the perfect present.

 

Figi's Chocolate Covered Gummi Bears Chocolate Covered Gummi Bears:Chocolate gummy bears are the perfect combination of chewy and chocolaty for the best gift for any sweet tooth in your life. Not only are these bears as adorable as the original, they’re the ultimate in sweetness. This creamy milk chocolate, gummy combination is bound to be a new favorite!

 

Figi's Gummi Variety PackVariety Packs: Looking for more than one gummy candy to give as a gift? You can choose from six yummy candies to make the perfect variety. These colorful candies are perfect for springtime birthdays, graduations, and more! Choose from Gourmet Gummi Bears, Tootsie Fruit Chews, Easter Chocolates, Licorice Assortment, Spring Bridge Mix, and Jelly Rabbits & Chicks for the perfect combo of sweet fun!

 

 

Looking for Other Fun Chewy Candies?: Look no further. Figi’s has a wide variety of chewy candy including fruity chews, jelly beans, licorice treats, taffy, and even sugar free treats! You’ll find the perfect sweets for your springtime occasions!

 

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Feelin’ Fruity: Fruit Gifts They Can’t Resist!

From indulgent to healthy, Figi’s has exactly what you’re looking for when it comes to dried and fresh fruit baskets and gifts. Our juicy, sun-ripened fruit baskets will give you that taste of summer you’ve been craving. And, if you’re feeling like adding a little something extra, try the fruit that you love so much dipped in creamy chocolate or smooth caramel. With a delicious variety like this, you really can’t go wrong.  

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Fancily Fresh: Looking for a delicious, but healthy way to snack? Look no further! Figi’s Fancy Fruit Packs are every bit as tasty as they are good for you. The natural fruity sweetness of our fresh fruit baskets is just what you need to cure that sweet tooth of yours (or teeth).

Figis Fancy Fruit Packs

Chocolate Lovers: Calling all chocolate lovers! Whether you’re looking for a delectable delight for that special occasion, or a unique treat just for fun, we’ve got your pleasure. From dark chocolate to white cream, from chocolate chips to coconut flakes, our Gourmet Chocolate Covered Strawberries are the perfect way to celebrate life’s wonderful moments. Or, if you’re looking for a more unique confection, treat yourself or a friend to our smooth and creamy Chocolate Dipped Apricots.

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Tropical Bliss: Need to get away? We’ve got you covered. Our fresh and dried fruit gifts are that oh-so-sweet break from reality we all need every now and then. Take a vacation with our Paradise Snack Mix, or send the escape to someone else with our Tropical Fruit Gift Basket.

Figis Tropical Fruit Gift BasketFigis Paradise Snack Mix

Fall Flashback: Flashback to the best part of fall with our Gourmet Caramel Apples, the perfect mix of fresh fruit and delicious candy. These sweet treats highlight rich layers of smooth caramel, decadent milk and white chocolate drizzle, and sprinkles of peanuts and three kinds of chocolate chips, all over the crisp apples of harvest time. Or, use our Caramel Apple Dipping Kit to shower your own apples in candy sprinkles, peanuts, and toffee bits!

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Let Them Know They Are Loved – Figi’s Fall Gift Basket Ideas

Personalized Grand Impressions Gift Basket from Figi's

Gift Baskets From Figi’s

Figi’s is well-known for its gift baskets; we have a wide-variety of baskets for every season and occasion.  I thought we give you a quick overview of some of our fall-themed gift baskets available now.  They’re a great way to show your loved-ones how much you care during this season of ‘thanks.’  Gift baskets from Figi’s also make great gifts for other people you’re ‘thankful’ for: co-workers, business associates, teachers and neighbors, for example.  You could even bring a a Figi’s gift basket to your family’s Thanksgiving dinner!

Cheese and Meat Gift Baskets:  we have dozens of meat and cheese gift baskets to choose from! Many Figi’s gift baskets combine snack-sized cheeses and meats with snacks, candy, chocolate, nut mix, crackers and more! And many of our gift baskets can be personalized with your special greeting.  Figi’s has the perfect combination of Wisconsin cheese and savory sausages for everyone on your gift list this fall!

Personalized Heartland Buffet Gift Basket from Figi'sPersonalized Heartland Buffet: a wide-variety of Wisconsin’s finest cheeses, sausages and snacks – delivered in a beautiful wire gift basket.  Mixed nuts and our signature beef sticks make for a well-rounded gift basket that almost anyone would enjoy.  Figi’s adds your personalized message, imprinted on the elegant red ribbon, for that ‘extra touch’ of love.

Personalized Grand Impressions Gift Basket from Figi'sPersonalized Grand Impressions Gift Basket: talk about making a ‘grand impression!’ This meat and cheese gift basket is loaded with over 4 pounds of delicious treats: sausages, beef sticks, Wisconsin cheeses, pepper crackers and Figi’s Signature Kave Kure® Cheddar Cheese Spread. But that’s not all; we’ve included gourmet popcorn, mixed nuts, cookies, caramel peanut clusters and chocolate hazelnut Lindor truffles! This gift basket would make a great gift for a family, a company outing or a corporate gift for a business partner – and you can personalize the ribbon with your own special message.

Thanksgiving Gift Baskets: We have a few fall-themed Thanksgiving gifts that would be perfect for a Thanksgiving celebration with loved-ones. Let’s take a closer look at a couple popular choices.

Autumn Abundance Gift Basket from Figi'sAutumn Abundance Gift Box: a new and very successful gift for us last year, this Thanksgiving gift box is loaded with Figi’s favorites, adorned in a nice autumn package. Snack sized sausages and cheeses, cake tortes and foiled leaf-shaped chocolates deliver a true fall feast!

Fall-icious Snacks Gift Basket from Figi'sFall-icious Snacks Gift Box: our fall sampler delivers the snack size treats your friends or family will love! We’ve packed in 18 sweet and savory choices: summer
sausages, assorted Wisconsin cheeses, creamy cheddar cheese spread, cake tortes, honey roasted peanuts and much more!

Gift Baskets for Women: how about a nice gift basket for the special lady in your life? Pamper your mom, sister or spouse with a ‘thank you!’ gift from Figi’s! As temperatures continue to drop, a nice coffee gift basket would really come in handy to warm the heart and soul!

Personalized Coffee Break Gift Basket from Figi'sPersonalized Coffee Break Gift Basket: wow – does that look good! It’s the ultimate coffee break! Our gourmet coffees include Breakfast Blend, Special House Blend, and Mocha Java. These coffees are nicely paired with chocolate chip shortbread, shortbread fingers, chocolate covered coffee beans, foil wrapped chocolate stars and creamy Black Forest petits fours.  We also include a personalized red ribbon to wrap up an ideal coffee gift for your special lady!

Personalized Celebrate Each Moment Mug from Figi'sPersonalized Celebrate Each Moment Mug:  technically not a gift basket, but this gift for her is a Figi’s exclusive reminding someone special to live life to the fullest as she starts each day.  She’ll love having her name on this mug which brims with Lindt chocolate truffles, a Belgian chocolate cookie, and Chocolate Supreme Cocoa. Specify up to 10 characters to add a name, and up to 10 characters to add “from” names to the back of the mug.

Gift Baskets for Men:  Thanksgiving time sometimes corresponds with hunting season in certain parts of the country.  Send your guy off to the woods with some ‘survival snacks’ from Figi’s  And there’s always football on TV several times a week at this time of year.  And where there’s football, there’s a need for football party snacks.  Figi’s can help you find the perfect snacks for your guy! Here are some unique gift baskets for men:

Macho Man Gift Basket from Figi'sMacho Man Gift Basket: a nice assortment of beer nuts, pretzel bites, dipping mustard and snack-sized cuts of Figi’s famous sausage! There are enough tasty snacks to last the whole game! The beer mug will come in handy as he relaxes with his favorite beverage.  It’s all wrapped up in a classy black basket and “#1 Guy” ribbon.

Woodsy Snack Basket from Figi'sWoodsy Snack Basket: savory Figi’s sausages, plus beef sticks and assorted snack-sized cheeses! Stone wheat crackers, dipping mustard, mixed nuts with and white cheddar popcorn are all included in a rustic faux birch bark basket!

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My Birthday with the President

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Figi’s Gifts in Good Taste Catalog 1996

What’s a 1996 edition of the Figi’s catalog have to do with “My Birthday with the President” you ask?  Well, we will get to that, I promise.  It should also be pointed out this story isn’t about my personal birthday, nor does this involve the current President.  Curious, isn’t it?

I have had a lot of fun researching company history as part of our 70th Anniversary celebration this year. I love most any kind of  history and trivia and so I was eager to review as much Figi’s ‘nostalgia’ as I could.  Reviewing old photos, news clippings, marketing materials and ’employee newsletters’ gave me a new insight and connection to our company.  I was really interested in learning more about the people who helped shape Figi’s over these 70 years, especially our founder, John Figi. I never met Mr. Figi, but he’s a legend around here.  Our company still bears his name 70 years after he founded it; Mr. Figi retired 32 years ago and it has been 13 years since his passing.

Even though Mr. Figi had retired as President of Figi’s in 1982, he still kept ties with the company he started back in 1944.  One example of his ongoing connection was an article he authored for the January/February 1997 edition of our “Figi’s Facts” employee newsletter.  It’s a fun short story about a golf game Mr. Figi had with former president Gerald Ford; a birthday present for Mr. Figi arranged by his son, Todd.  So where does the catalog fit in…? You’ll see.  Here are some excerpts from Mr. Figi’s short story; I hope you enjoy it:)

A Birthday to remember: golfing with President Ford

By John Figi

The Fords live just a few miles away (from my home in California) so it was convenient for (President Ford) and his Secret Service personnel (to meet me).  At 11:30 AM, two Secret Service people arrived to check out the club house and immediate area. At noon, President Ford arrived accompanied by two more Secret Service men. I was told he has protective service 24 hours a day, drawing from a pool of twelve people.

President Ford and I are about the same age (he is 83) and it was my birthday. We rode in the same golf cart. Two of the Secret Service Agents rode in a gold cart always 50 yards behind us.  We made a $2.00 bet on our game.  After nine holes, we stopped for lunch at the club house and split a sandwich; neither of us was very hungry.  I took sandwiches to the Secret Service agents who stayed outside the club house.  I said, “You guys will be taking off those Khaki vests very soon.” It was over 80 degrees outside.  An agent said, “No way, you would not believe the hardware we have in these jackets!”

After we finished our round, I paid the $2.00 wager I lost and invited President Ford to our home  and he graciously accepted.  We visited for about a half hour while the Secret Service stood guard outside. (My wife) Irene asked if we could have a photo with him…I handed him a Figi’s catalog…I hope you noticed it in the photo.

John and Irene Figi with President Ford 1997

President Ford is a fine, down-to-earth person and a good golf competitor.  Even though I lost $2.00, I enjoyed my birthday treat!

We’ll be back soon with some Thanksgiving and Christmas gift giving tips for you.  We’ll also have a post regarding an upcoming promotion to support our troops overseas.

Do you have a favorite Figi’s memory you’d like to share? Share with us in the Comments below or join the conversation on Facebook & Google+.  Thanks again for reading our blog; we’ll be back soon with more helpful tips on holiday gift giving!

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Figi’s 70th Anniversary Part 4 – Trivia

Figi's Gifts in Good Taste - 70th Anniversary 2014

Figi’s Gifts in Good Taste – 70th Anniversary 2014

Welcome back to our blog series on the Figi’s Gifts in Good Taste Founder’s Week – 70th Anniversary!  In this, our fourth installment, we have some fun Figi’s trivia and photos for you, so let’s jump right in, shall we?

Question 1: 70 years ago, Ann & John Figi started their “Cheese of the Month Club” (eventually becoming Figi’s, Inc.) in a small Marshfield, WI apartment. They mailed 1,500 postcards (see image below) to doctors, lawyers, dentists and others they believed would be interested in mail order cheese gifts.  How many orders did John and Ann’s initial mailing of 1,500 postcards produce? a) 43 b) 558 c) 226 d) 110

Figi's Cheese of the Month Club

Cheese of the Month Club Ads

Did you know: Ration stamps issued by the US Government had to accompany Figi’s orders/payments during WWII?

WWII Ration Stamp

WWII Ration Stamp

Question 2: The world’s largest cheddar cheese made a stop at Figi’s during our 20th Anniversary celebration in 1964, before going on to be displayed at the World’s Fair in New York.  About how many pounds did these mammoth Wisconsin cheese weigh? a) 1,000 pounds b) 10,000 pounds, c) 25,000 pounds d) 35,ooo pounds. Find out here:

Question 3: John Figi opened a retail store in 1947, where was this store located? a) Marshfield, WI b) Madison, WI c) Green Bay, WI d) Milwaukee, WI

Did you know: Figi’s Cheese was taken on Mount Everest expedition? Read about it here.

Figi's Cheese Gifts on Mount Everest

Question 4: In which year did Figi’s start offering our Signature Kave Kure® Cheese Spread? a) 1944 b) 1959 c) 1982 d) 2010

Question 5: Which is Figi’s most popular gift – year, after year, after year? a) English Butter Toffee b) Grandma’s Fruitcake c) Holiday Feast Cheese and Meat Gift Basket d) Kave Kure Cheese Spreads

Best Selling Figi's Food Gifts

Best Selling Figi’s Gifts

 

Question 6: Which well-known illustrator created the depiction of cheese being taken to the post office in a red wagon (shown below is the original as it still hangs in our corporate office – it holds a clue to the answer)? a) Charles M. Schulz b) Norman Rockwell c) Robert Charles Howe d) John James Audubon

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The Legend of the Figi’s Red Wagon

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Here are our Figi’s Trivia Answers; how did you fare?

Question 1: the answer is “a” 43 orders – humble beginnings…and we’re glad Ann and John didn’t give up! That’s how it all began. The young entrepreneur and wife, Ann sorted orders, cut 200 one-pound wheels and 70 one-pound blocks of cheese on the kitchen table, sealing it in cellophane heated on the stove, and penciling in the addresses. Dinner was usually perched atop the finest Colby, Cheddar, and Swiss cheeses packed high in the family refrigerator!

Question 2: the answer is “d” about 35,000 pounds – that’s a lotta Wisconsin cheese!

Questions 3: the answer is “a” Marshfield, WI…where our single retail store still resides.

Question 4: the answer is “b” 1959.  Check out these fun facts from 1959!

Question 5:  the answer is “c” Holiday Feast Cheese and Meat Gift Basket – our most popular gift! Full of Wisconsin cheese, sausage, fruitcake, candy gifts and more!

Question 6: the answer is “c” Robert Charles Howe.  He was an American visual artist born in 1954 in the style of Norman Rockwell. Several of his works have been sold at auction, including ‘Back to School Supplies, Saturday Evening Post cover,’ in 2012 for $7,500. Mr. Howe died in 2002.  It is said John Figi took his initial Cheese of the Month Club orders to the post office in a red wagon, as depicted in Mr. Howe’s illustration.

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Figi’s 70th Anniversary Part 3 – Employee Party

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Figi’s Gifts in Good Taste – 70th Anniversary 2014

Welcome back to our blog series on the Figi’s Gifts in Good Taste 70th Anniversary! Founder’s Week is off to a great start! We already have two customers who have one $50 Figi’s eGift Certificates and employees that have won prizes, too!  If you missed our post on what Founder’s Week is, including how John and Ann Figi started our company at their kitchen table, you can read all about it here.

New today and for today only! 70 cent shipping on select Figi’s gifts found here; don’t miss this special Founder’s Week promotion!

Figi's 70 Cent Shipping

Also, be sure to check out our limited-time Founder’s Week Sale – loaded with our very best selling customer favorite gifts. Get Holiday Feast, Fancy Holiday Cookies, Creamy Country Fudge and more here at 20% off – this week only!

Founder's Week 20% Off Sale

Here are a few photos from yesterday’s Founder’s Week events at Figi’s:

Figi's 70th Anniversary Cake

One of Figi’s 70th Anniversary cakes

Managers Serving Cake

Figi’s managers serving cake

President's Address

Figi’s President Jim K. addressing employees

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#FigiStrong bracelets given to employees

 

Figi's Employee Trivia Contest 1

Figi’s employees hunt for trivia contest answers

Figi's Employee Trivia Contest 2

A $300 gift card is up for grabs

We will be sharing more news and photos with you very soon. Be sure to visit our special Anniversary page at figis.com for more Figi’s history, photos, a video and more.

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