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6 Best Thanksgiving Gift Ideas - Where to Find Hostess Gifts

Updated on November 23, 2014
Beautiful Thanksgiving table centerpiece
Beautiful Thanksgiving table centerpiece | Source

Should you take your hostess a Thanksgiving gift?

How often do you need to find a Thanksgiving gift? Well, you can buy a gift for anyone at Thanksgiving to show your appreciation, but, at the very least, you need to buy a gift for the Thanksgiving hostess--or host--anytime you are invited to spend this holiday with someone.

So, yes, you should definitely take a gift for your hostess--or host--who invites you to his or her house for the Thanksgiving holidays. Inviting someone to dine with them on Thanksgiving seems to be a common practice in the United States for those who have nowhere to go.

A hostess gift doesn't have to be elaborate or expensive. There are several simple ideas you can consider that will surprise and please anyone.


1. Food and Wine for Thanksgiving

Offering something edible is always a good choice for a hostess. Walking in with a bottle of wine in hand—if you know your recipient likes it—is a viable option, as well. Cakes, pies, cookies, and other baked goods are always a great choice to appeal to the sweet tooth of your host, but be aware that dessert may already be prepared and plentiful. As an alternative, you can find delightful baskets that include food items along with a beverage such as wine or tea.

Since you probably don't know what is on the Thanksgiving menu, opting for a bottle of wine or a specialty food basket to be enjoyed later, perhaps when the turkey is gone, is an excellent--and safe--choice.


Sometimes a homemade card means the most!
Sometimes a homemade card means the most! | Source

2. Thanksgiving Greeting Cards

A simple Thanksgiving greeting card is a sweet gesture on your part that is sure to be welcomed. A few thoughtful lines are sure to make your hostess feel special and appreciated. A card is an easy, inexpensive way to show your thanks for the hospitality graciously extended to you.

If money is an issue, make your own homemade Thanksgiving greeting card. Whatever card you decide on, include a sincere, handwritten note inside. A few heartfelt words of gratefulness may be the only gift you need to give.


Beautiful autumn bouquet
Beautiful autumn bouquet | Source

3. Autumn Flowers for Thanksgiving

Bouquets of vivid fall colors are perfect for any hostess at Thanksgiving. Flowers are a perfect gift for most occasions, and Thanksgiving is no different. Surprise your hostess with an autumn bouquet. Consider ordering online for ease of delivery as well as significant savings.

If you order online, make sure your bouquet is scheduled to arrive at least the day before the Thanksgiving meal in order to ensure your hostess has the flowers for decorating. If you take the flowers with you on the day of the festivities, you will be providing your hostess with a perfect centerpiece for the meal or a bright decoration for another part of the house.


4. Inspirational Thanksgiving Gifts

What about an inspirational gift for your hostess? Sayings about giving thanks can be imprinted on items such as coffee cups. They can be put on practical items that serve as reminders, items such as calendars, magnets, and bookmarks. If you know your host would appreciate an inspiring message, then you will certainly touch her heart with this type of gift.


Candies with Thanksgiving decorations
Candies with Thanksgiving decorations | Source

5. Thanksgiving Candy

Candy is a great idea for any holiday. Do you have some of those Halloween candy pumpkins left over? Or candy corn? If so, take that! Seriously, though, add to it with some other goodies.

Come up with your own mixture of candies, or look for unique candy items online such as chocolate turkeys! Chocolate turkeys? Really? How cool is that? You can also find caramel filled apples, peanut butter pumpkins, and chocolate fall leaves. Specialty candies are always a good choice. They satisfy the sweet tooth and add décor to the holiday.


6. Practical Thanksgiving gifts

If you want to give a gift that can be used over and over, look at such items as serving platters and coffee mugs—complete with a Thanksgiving or fall design. You can even find t-shirts or warm winter sweatshirts with autumn décor. If your host has a nice yard or garden, consider a garden flag to add to the fall décor. Most hosts would appreciate a practical gift that they can use every year.


Discount Thanksgiving gifts

There are a number of gifts out there for the Thanksgiving hostess or host. Be prepared to show your thankfulness when you’re invited out for a Thanksgiving feast. When it comes to making the Thanksgiving host or hostess feel special, it really is the thought that counts. You don't have to spend a lot of money for a thoughtful gift for your host. Just don't show up empty-handed!

Thanksgiving Gift Etiquette and Practical Hostess Gift Ideas

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    • Victoria Lynn profile imageAUTHOR

      Victoria Lynn 

      4 years ago from Arkansas, USA

      Glad you think so, Au fait! Happy Thanksgiving!

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      C E Clark 

      4 years ago from North Texas

      Great ideas, and Thanksgiving is just a few days away! Voted up and useful!

    • Victoria Lynn profile imageAUTHOR

      Victoria Lynn 

      4 years ago from Arkansas, USA

      rtburroughs2--A side dish is perfect, and something to spike the eggnog is fun!

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      Robert Burroughs 

      4 years ago

      Nice hub, for Thanksgiving I usually go to a relative's house. Most times I will bring a side dish or something to spike the eggnog.

    • Victoria Lynn profile imageAUTHOR

      Victoria Lynn 

      4 years ago from Arkansas, USA

      Shyron - I think it's always nice to take something. A card is always nice. Glad you enjoyed the suggestions. :-)

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      Shyron E Shenko 

      4 years ago from Texas

      Hi Victoria, I will be following your suggestion this Thanksgiving. My husband and I are invited somewhere special and I usually take something. But I really like you Idea of making a card.

      Voted up UABI and shared.

    • Victoria Lynn profile imageAUTHOR

      Victoria Lynn 

      5 years ago from Arkansas, USA

      Thanks, RTalloni! It's always good to be prepared!

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      RTalloni 

      5 years ago from the short journey

      A great reminder here to be prepared with hostess gifts for the holiday season. Very nice ideas!

    • Victoria Lynn profile imageAUTHOR

      Victoria Lynn 

      5 years ago from Arkansas, USA

      Yes, GoldenThreadPress, you must take something to your sister's! :') Thanks for reading!

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      GoldenThreadPress 

      5 years ago

      Victoria Lynn: Great information in this Hub. I will have to remember this when I go over to my sister's house this year!--Deb

    • Victoria Lynn profile imageAUTHOR

      Victoria Lynn 

      5 years ago from Arkansas, USA

      Thanks, Thelma, for the input. I think chocolate is great for any occasion!

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      Thelma Alberts 

      5 years ago from Germany

      Great ideas! I like your gifts here. Chocolate would be great especially if it´s self made. Thanks for sharing.

    • Victoria Lynn profile imageAUTHOR

      Victoria Lynn 

      5 years ago from Arkansas, USA

      You're funny, Effer! I knew you had to have a lot of friends. I used to have almost too many, but now I think it's too few. :-( I'm too busy these days and live more like a hermit. haha. Or maybe I just don't have your engaging personality!!! :-)

    • Victoria Lynn profile imageAUTHOR

      Victoria Lynn 

      5 years ago from Arkansas, USA

      Thanks, random. I agree. Something simple makes a big difference. :-)

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      Paula 

      5 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

      I DO have a ton of friends....I've tried to sell some and give some away....but they keep coming back........I was just kidding about the "no friends"....precisely because I have TOOOO many........

    • Victoria Lynn profile imageAUTHOR

      Victoria Lynn 

      5 years ago from Arkansas, USA

      Thanks, summerberrie! There are lots of great chocolates out there! :-)

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      Victoria Lynn 

      5 years ago from Arkansas, USA

      Effer--That pie sounds wonderful. Bring me wine and I'll make you a pie!!!!! No friends? You? I would think that you would have tons of friends!!!!

    • Victoria Lynn profile imageAUTHOR

      Victoria Lynn 

      5 years ago from Arkansas, USA

      Thanks, Carol, for the input! Wine is always great! Bring some on over!

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      Rose Clearfield 

      5 years ago from Milwaukee, Wisconsin

      Great topic for an article. Bringing a simple card and a small food gift for a holiday gathering or other special event that someone is hosting can make all the difference. Love the mix of gift ideas here.

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      summerberrie 

      5 years ago

      Great ideas! I really like the chocolates with Thanksgiving motifs.

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      Paula 

      5 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

      OK Vee....You are so thoughtful......So, when I come for dinner......YOU give me a gift, or I bring you a gift? LOL....I'll bring a gift if you make me my favorite pie.......Chocolate Mousse with whipped cream......No pie...No gift! I negotiate EVERYTHING. Could this be why I have no friends???....UP++

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      carol stanley 

      5 years ago from Arizona

      I like all your ideas and I am always thinking I might get creative with gifts for any housewarming. I tend to do the wine as it is easy. Thanks for sharing these great ideas. Voting UP and sharing.

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