Creative and Unique Host Gift Ideas for Your Thanksgiving


By Danielle Directo-Meston

Whether you’re attending your first Friendsgiving or heading home for the holidays, being a good Thanksgiving dinner guest involves more than simply showing up at the door. Organizing holiday festivities can be hard work, so why not celebrate the spirit of the occasion by bringing a thoughtful host gift as a token of your appreciation?

While every host loves a fancy bottle of vino, take this opportunity to think outside of the box with a truly creative giftable. Whether your host is a professional party planner, an off-duty chef, or a stylish interior decorator, these unique Thanksgiving host gift ideas offer something for almost everyone.

Delicious Kits for DIY Foodies

No ordinary gift basket will do when it comes to the at-home gastronomist, so help them hone their culinary creativity with a some more interactive selections. Try a cheese making kit for the cocktail soirée expert, a marble rolling pin or some quirky cookie cutters for your favorite baker, or an artisanal tea collection inspired by your host’s international travels.

Picks for Pro Party Planners

Consider buying a host gift that keeps on giving long after the party’s been packed up, like high-end upgrades for their kitchen or dining room table. Although some hosts may already have entertaining essentials—like a silver serving tray, a barware set, or a slate cheese board—they may not necessarily be willing to splurge on luxurious replacements for themselves.

Personalized (and Useful!) Presents

A truly one-of-a-kind gift is one that’s completely customized for them—and won’t collect dust, either. A gorgeous wooden box carved with your trinket-collecting host’s initials, an embroidered linen napkin set, or a wall canvas printed with your shutterbug friend’s own photo are some host gift ideas that happen to be both personal and practical. You can find some of the latest pesonalized gift deals on LivingSocial as a place to start.

Accessories for the Interior Decorator

It’s no surprise that your party hosts have a knack for decorating, so impress them with an indulgent accessory for their stylish home. Planning an entire Thanksgiving feast (not to mention post-party cleanup!) can be draining for even the most seasoned hosts, so pick up a little special something to help spruce up their space the very next day. A luxurious scented candle, fresh floral arrangements handpicked for the season, or a cool throw pillows inspired by their impeccable decor will no doubt be much appreciated any interior design aficionado.

Gifts for Gardening Enthusiasts

Got a green-thumbed host whose happy place is just past their front door? Encourage them to grow their skills with an herb kit, a gift certificate for a local gardening class, or a discount gift card for a nearby nursery. Or, you could help them add a soundtrack to their garden with some lovely (and portable) bluetooth speakers that are great outdoors or indoors.

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