Are you lucky enough to be going to someone else’s house this Thanksgiving? If so, you’ll want to bring a hostess gift.
These last minute Thanksgiving hostess gifts can be picked up the day before the holiday, and will help you show your appreciation for the friend or family member making dinner.
Cookbooks fit the theme of the day, which is a good meal combined with great conversation. There are some, like Sam Sifton’s Thanksgiving: How to Cook It Well, that seem made especially for the day. Others, like Ina Garten’s Barefoot Contessa Foolproof: Recipes You Can Trust or Deb Perelman’s The Smitten Kitchen Cookbook, are newly released just in time for Turkey Day.
Stationary or Note Cards
There’s something very old-fashioned and sweet about handwritten letters today, and a box of note cards echoes that sentiment. Get the highest quality you can by stopping in a card store, office supply chain, or even craft outlet. Pair the note cards with a pen and you’re all set.
Kitchen Towels or Aprons
There isn’t a cook around that couldn’t use a few more kitchen towels. Get them at places like Macy’s or Williams Sonoma, and wrap them in with a pretty ribbon to make the best presentation possible. An apron is also a nice gift on a big cooking day like Thanksgiving.
Gifts for Pets
Don’t forget Fido on Thanksgiving! If you’re going to the house of someone that has a cat or dog, they’ll appreciate you remembering their pet.
Depending on the group, board games can be a fun way to spend the day. Games like Apples to Apples, Cranium, and Ticket to Ride get everyone talking.
Small Gift Basket
Gift baskets make perfect last minute Thanksgiving hostess gifts if they’re created especially for the person in mind. If your hostess has a particular like or hobby (coffee, gardening, reading), put together a small basket with items they can use after the holiday.