The holiday season is quickly approaching, and Thanksgiving is just around the corner. Besides enjoying a delicious meal, one of the best parts of this holiday is showing gratitude. If you have the privilege of being invited to someone else’s home for dinner, it’s always a nice gesture to bring a gift for the host or hostess as a sign of appreciation. To help you out, we have compiled a list of thoughtful and creative Thanksgiving hostess gift ideas.
It’s always nice to show gratitude towards others, especially when they put in a lot of effort. If you haven’t hosted a Thanksgiving dinner before, it can be quite a task. Depending on your personality, the preparation can be quite draining. That’s why it’s always a thoughtful idea to bring a small gesture of appreciation to thank your host or hostess for putting in all the hard work to make the dinner a success.
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Bring Your Go-To Dish or Dessert
Don’t stop there if you’ve been asked to bring a dessert or a side dish to Thanksgiving dinner. This is a perfect opportunity to make a great impression. You can bring your favorite dish or dessert on a beautiful holiday dish the host can add to their collection and reuse every season.
I have a banana bread recipe that I have always loved to make and add a special touch to it. You can make it, too; the recipe is on our blog, and print it off here.
If bringing bread, choose a holiday loaf pan to bake it in. If baking cookies, pick out a holiday cookie tray or platter your host can keep and use next year.
Attaching your recipe when you bring a dish to someone’s house or an event is always a good idea. This way, the hostess can make it again and add it to their collection if they like it. Additionally, you can include a fun and festive knife, spatula, or spoon that complements the dish you are bringing along.
Not Your Typical Bottle of Wine
It is customary to bring a bottle of wine when you visit a hostess. However, to make the gift more special, it is a great idea to add some personal touches to it. This will make it look like you have put some thought and effort into it instead of grabbing a bottle on your way to a Thanksgiving dinner.
Using a basket is a great choice to bring everything together. Place a bottle of your favorite wine in the basket and add the following items:
Wine glass charms – There are now several new options available to choose from when it comes to wine glass decorations. You are no longer limited to the typical ring that goes around the stem of the glass. You can now opt for tiny suction or magnetic charms that match your holiday or theme. Another great option is to use washable wine glass markers so everyone can write their names on their glasses. Or, even better, you can ask your guests to write what they are thankful for on their drinks!
Wine stopper – They now make some very pretty and functional wine stoppers. So, you could go with a themed wine stopper or one they could use all year round.
Thanksgiving theme coasters – Add a set of Thanksgiving-themed coasters to your basket. You can also choose from inspirational sayings, creative designs, or fall colors.
When bringing multiple items as a gift, baskets are a great option. However, you can also consider using a reusable bag. There are many excellent options available to choose from. You can even personalize the bag by selecting one with the hostess’s initials.
A Few Kitchen Essentials to Include:
- Oil Mist Spray Bottle – If you are not aware, using non-stick cooking sprays that are commonly available in the market is not considered healthy. However, there is a great alternative that you can consider – putting olive oil into a mist spray bottle and using it to spray your pans. This option is not only healthier but also inexpensive, and it can also make for a great gift idea!
- Olive Oil – Include a bottle of olive oil or other types of oil of your choosing so they can fill their new mist spray bottle!
- Dinner Table Game – I saw recently that they have these games out there. It might just help keep family talks under control during Thanksgiving! Dinner table games are typically cards that are conversation starters by asking questions or asking would you rather.
- Embroidered Thanksgiving Kitchen Towel – This is probably one thing that many people have a difficult time investing in for themselves, but they look so good! My favorite is this one by Mud Pie.
I hope you found these ideas helpful for your upcoming Thanksgiving gathering. Which idea do you think you will use? Please share in the comments below.