By Elizabeth Dubos
Disclaimer: This blog post is not sponsored. These thoughts and suggestions are my own.
Thanksgiving is a time to spend with friends, family, or someone special. It’s a time where people express what they’re thankful or grateful for. There are numerous Thanksgiving traditions like hosting a feast, watching the Macy’s Thanksgiving parade, or playing football. A similarity between Thanksgiving, is that people gather together to celebrate this holiday. If you’re going to someone’s Thanksgiving gathering, you might consider bringing something to express your thankfulness for an invitation. However, you might not know what to bring. The following thoughts might be swirling around in your head. Do I bring a side dish or dessert? Do I bring wine? Do I bring a card? Do I bring flowers? How much time or money should I spend on this gift? What to bring to Thanksgiving can be a daunting task because you don’t want others to think you’re not grateful for them opening up their house and preparing a meal for you. Here is a list of suggestions that will help you decide what you should bring to Thanksgiving. Lastly, don’t be so hard on yourself, because it’s the thought that counts.
1. Leftover containers. This will come in handy for Thanksgiving leftovers. The host will be appreciative that they don’t have to worry about the excess food in their fridge that could possibly go to waste. You and other guests can bring the leftovers home and enjoy them for a delicious lunch!
2. Flowers. You can easily pick up a beautiful bouquet or vase of flowers from the grocery store and present them to your host. Also, flowers take up less space, so the host doesn’t have to worry about where to put them.
3. Wine and an opener. Everyone can enjoy a delicious drink before the Thanksgiving feast. Wine and openers are easy to purchase and transport to your Thanksgiving celebration. Plus, you can purchase a wine gift bag to enhance its presentation for your hosts.
4. Coasters. Everyone will have a drink, whether it’s alcoholic or not. People will start to leave their drinks around and this could possibly stain the furniture. The coasters will prevent stains and save your host’s furniture.
5. Candles. Head on over to Yankee Candle and pick out a Fall or Thanksgiving scented candle for this occasion. It will enhance the Thanksgiving atmosphere. Plus, the scent can be a great conservation starter and bring up memories of past Thanksgivings.
6. Bring a card game. If the celebration is adults only, then consider bringing Cards Against Humanity. If there’s children, consider bringing Apples to Apples. These two card games are an excellent source of laughter that everyone can play together. Card games are great for when everyone is digesting their food and not ready for dessert yet.
7. A card. Thanksgiving cards are simple and sweet. Plus, you can write a thoughtful message in the card about why you’re thankful that they invited you.
8. Pinterest Craft. It’s okay if you can’t find the right gift. Head on over to Pinterest and look up Thanksgiving crafts. People love homemade gifts because it shows the hard work and effort you put into the gift.
9. A Gift Card. Show your appreciation with a gift card to their favorite store. The host worked really hard to make Thanksgiving successful and when they’ve recovered, they can go to their favorite store. Maybe they could use it for Black Friday shopping?
10. A bath bomb or bath salts. Hosting a Thanksgiving celebration can be exhausting. After the celebration has concluded, the host can enjoy dipping into a nice warm bath and relax with their bath bomb or bath salts.
11. Thanksgiving Mad Libs. After you’ve finished eating your Thanksgiving meal and enjoying coffee and tea, why not play Mad Libs? You fill in words into the prompts and then read it aloud. Everyone will enjoy laughing together.
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12. Before you bring a side dish or a dessert, remember to ask the host what they would like. The host will have spent hours and days preparing their home and meal for Thanksgiving. You wouldn’t want to bring an extra dish to take up space. Plus, the host will be more aware of food allergies, so they can alert you on what will be the best dish to bring.
Edited by Emily Chance