Hosting a Thanksgiving feast can be a Herculean undertaking that requires a lot of preparation, labor, and usually, cash.
If you’re lucky enough on the receiving end of a Thanksgiving or Friendsgiving feast this year, make sure you bring a little something for your host, even if you’re implored to “only bring yourself!”
While wine is always welcome, here are 8 unusual gifts and treats you can bring that your host will be sure to appreciate!
- A digestif. As the name suggests, digestifs are believed to aid in digestion, no small thing after a major feast! Choose a sweet digestif like Bénédictine or an herbal bitter such as Chartreuse.
- Mocktail fixings. With so much wine flowing freely, your host might appreciate something for the non-drinkers and designated drivers. Make sure the recipe you choose is easy and doesn’t make more work for your host.
- A gift for the family pet. If your hosts have a dog or cat, a small chew toy or catnip toy can be a sweet offering and potentially alleviate some of the stress the animal might be feeling in a house full of strangers.
- Sandwich fixings. In all of the feast prep, your hosts may have neglected the inevitable post-Thanksgiving turkey sandwich fixings. Put together a basket with a loaf of good bread, some sliced cheese, and some small bottles of mayonnaise and mustard.
- Breakfast fixings. Of course there’s lots for dinner, but your host might appreciate something delicious and easy to make for breakfast. Fruit salad or cinnamon rolls are a good bet.
- Storage container set. Yes, there will be leftovers, and likely not enough storage containers to pack them in! Your host might appreciate a set of inexpensive containers to send home with his guests.
- Something for the kids. Keep them busy so you can enjoy the meal! A few extra pads of paper and marker/crayon sets are always welcome.
- A scented holiday candle. With Christmas right around the corner, a festive holiday candle makes a great gift for getting into the holiday spirit. The Frasier Fir candle has a pleasant, natural scent.