Updated: Nov 20, 2020
The leaves have mostly fallen, the Halloween candy is long gone (no judgement), and it’s just about that time of year when you’re inundated with holiday decorations...
The turkey-coma-inducing holiday is coming up fast, so start building an appetite.
There’s so much to love about Thanksgiving, but let’s be honest, guilt-free noshing for hours on end is the best part.
And there’s also the crazy aunt, tensions over who breaks the wish-bone, and the dreaded visit to the in-laws.
At the end of the day, Thanksgiving is all about taking a moment to be thankful for what we have, and those that love and support us.
So whether you’re headed over to the fam-bams, or you’re doing a socially distanced Thanksgiving this year, we’ve got you covered with all the best gifts to celebrate being thankful.
For your gracious host...
A great way to smooth over any awkwardness, nurture your relationship with your host AND celebrate the values of Thanksgiving, is to bring a gift to your host. The go-to bouquet of flowers or $20 bottle of wine is better than nothing, but why not take it that one step further and get your host a gift they’ll truly love and use?
Whether you’re a guest at your in-laws or with extended family, we’ve got you covered with these unique and loveable gifts:
BYOC (bring your own cheese) because who doesn’t love cheese? The best way to start off any meal is with a beautiful plate of cheeses, charcuterie, fruits, and more. And what better way to make sure there will be cheese on the table than to bring it yourself?
We love iGourmet. They deliver curated cheese and charcuterie plates wherever you are. Embrace the festive season and order their Thanksgiving assortment, featuring addictive cheddar with caramelized onion, and cranberry chevre. They even include the cheese board, so there’s one less thing your host has to worry about
Get the cheese plate here:
Bring a little beauty to the table by gifting your host beautifully designed napkin sets. This is an especially welcome gift for those cooks who always seem too frazzled at the end to put together a festive looking tablescape.
These beautifully crafted napkins by Minted will make everyone around the table feel like a special guest. Each set comes with a foil-pressed gift tag with the fabric designer’s name. Just make sure to get enough to go around the whole table!
Get the napkins here. Minted Dinner Napkins Set
These beautifully designed fabric napkins are the perfect gift to bring beauty to the Thanksgiving feast
Make it a party with some entertaining staples. The best entertaining gifts are the ones that they’d never think to spend money on, but can’t live without once they have it. That’s exactly what this beautiful antiqued gold finish party bucket is Sure, they’ll only bring out this champagne-chilling bad boy out a few times a year, but every time they do they’ll think of what a thoughtful gift it was.
Get the party bucket here:
For the Socially Distant but Less Socially Awkward Thanksgiving
Thanksgiving will look different for many of us this year, with large in-person gatherings not always being possible. Whether you need to downsize the celebration to just your household, or you’re unable to celebrate at all with your loved ones, these gifts will help make sure the spirit of Thanksgiving is still going strong.
For when you’ll be missed around the table: Help ease the pain of your absence by getting your parents a pair of long distance lamps. Through the magic of technology you can show them you care with one small gesture. Whenever you touch your lamp it changes color, and so too does its partner. These lamps can be anywhere on earth (space not tested!) and still transmit a message of love. Plus, they’re a beautiful piece of decor that is sure to light up any room.
Get the lamps. Uncommon Goods, Long Distance Lamps
Inspire the adventurous foodie in your family with Best of Mouth’s Indie States of America subscription box. This monthly box is filled with mouth watering artisanal treats from all over America. Each box focuses on a different region of the U.S, so you can close your eyes and pretend you’re traveling.
There’s nothing better than food to remind us that we’re all close in heart, even if we’re physically distant. Get the box:
This tasty subscription box will have you feeling connected to your family this Thanksgiving – even if they’re on the other side of the country.
Sit around the (virtual) table with Cuiline’s unique cooking classes. Cuiline brings you around the world through food, with their virtual cooking classes with chefs from around the world. This Thanksgiving, they’re putting together a special meal that brings us to Ireland.
Join Chef Alix in a mouth-watering three-course cooking class. Before the class you get most of the ingredients shipped right to your door – all you have to do is buy whatever fresh ingredients you need. After everyone’s participated in the live cooking class, you’ll be provided with your own private zoom room where you and the fam can eat the meal you’ve just prepared together.
Who says you can’t have Thanksgiving AND be safe too?
Thanksgiving day might look different this year, but in many ways it’s just the same: It’s all about being with loved ones (in person, or virtually) and eating A LOT of really good food.