Thanksgiving Gifts to Make Any Host Happy
- NOVEMBER 14, 2012
- By Selena Kohng
Between basting and baking, cooking and cleaning, scrubbing and scouring, and dusting and decorating-let’s just say that hosting Thanksgiving dinner is no walk in the park. So what are you most thankful for? That you’re not the one doing it. Even if you’re slaving over a dish to bring, give thanks to your gracious host or hostess with a gift as a token of appreciation. Here are a few ideas to get you started.
Centerpieces and Gift Baskets
The trick here is to pick a centerpiece that doesn’t compete with your host’s, or one they can enjoy long after leftovers are packed and sent home with guests. You can’t go wrong with fresh flowers in autumnal hues or fresh wreaths. If you’re flying in for the feast, have it sent directly to them as a festive surprise.
A gift basket may seem cliché, but done right it’s a thoughtful way to pamper your recipient and save yourself time. Opt for healthy assortments like fruit and gourmet goodies, classy and classic wine collections, or whimsical and trendy cake pop or truffles.
Kitchenware and Household Supplies
The bacchanalian holiday does quite a number on any kitchen, so replenish their inventory with brand new glassware, servingware, or kitchen gadgets that will tempt them to host again next year. The trick is to get something they would never get for themselves, like this puzzle cheeseboard with wine glass set or a tea set with exotic tea blossom buds or a portable espresso maker.
If your budget is a bit more modest, don’t be afraid to buy practical kitchen products; cleanliness never goes out of style. Just remember to go a little upscale to make it presentable; a bottle of Mr. Clean a nice gift does not make. Browse a wide assortment of soaps your host can use or set out for guests, or kitchen towels that range from geeky to cheeky and most everything in between.
If your host is none other than dear old mom and dad or anyone else you regard as family, make it sentimental with personalized host or hostess gifts: towels, artwork, stuffed animals, poems and candles are just a few of the many options you can sift through.