10 Hostess Gift Ideas to Bring to Thanksgiving Dinner

Discover simple and unique gift ideas that your Thanksgiving host or hostess will love.

Forget sugarplums, I already have images of turkey stuffing and pecan pie dancing in my head. We all know that Thanksgiving is truly the perfect holiday to connect with family and friends, enjoy some football and eat a decadent, delicious meal.

Photo by: Graphic: Erica Reitman

Graphic: Erica Reitman

But if you were lucky enough to receive a Thanksgiving dinner invite this year, don't show up empty-handed without a hostess gift. Yep, even if your hostess is a family member (including your mom or dad!), it's still a nice gesture to show up with a small token of appreciation to offer thanks to whoever is going to be responsible for stuffing your belly that day.

True, a bottle of wine or flowers is always a nice gesture, but here are some other simple, unique ideas that we think will make almost any host or hostess smile.

A Delicious Treat

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Make these Sweet and Spicy Nuts to serve your guests or to give as gifts.

You might have to stop yourself from eating your gift on your way over to dinner, but a yummy treat is always a good idea when it comes to hostess gift-giving. These sweet and spicy nuts are easy to whip up even if you're not someone who spends much time in the kitchen. You can keep things easy and bring the mix over in a pretty dish, or get a little fancy and put them in simple jars tied with twine.

A Beautiful Hand Soap

Photo by: Photo Credit: Nordstrom, Inc.

Photo Credit: Nordstrom, Inc.

A beautiful hand soap might not be something your hostess regularly splurges on for themselves, but it's a great go-to gift because it works for almost anyone. This is the perfect item to keep on hand for a guest bathroom or for holiday get-togethers. Just like their candles, this Diptyque softening hand wash has an intoxicating smell and will ensure you'll be invited back for Thanksgiving dinner next year.

Oil + Vinegar Instead of Wine

Photo by: Photo Credit: Williams-Sonoma

Photo Credit: Williams-Sonoma

Everyone's taste in wine differs, so rather than try to sort out which varietal your hostess likes best, go for something that everyone could use: extra virgin olive oil and balsamic vinegar. This set from Olivier is so beautiful they almost look like perfume bottles. For any hostess that enjoys cooking, this gift will be an unforgettable one.

Everyone Loves a Good Tote

Photo by: Photo Credit: BAGGU

Photo Credit: BAGGU

Another gift I would put in the "universal" category is a good tote. BAGGU makes totes in all sorts of colors, sizes and materials, and almost all of them fold up into a tiny pouch that is super easy to throw into your purse. These are handy to have on hand when you go food shopping, to the farmer's market or if you need a handy bag for turkey leftovers.

Like a Moth to a Flame

Photo by: Photo Credit: Voluspa

Photo Credit: Voluspa

A candle is always a nice choice for a gift, especially one that references the woodsy change of seasons. Voluspa's Goji Tarocco Orange candle is a unisex scent that's the perfect blend of sweet and spicy. I always have one of these burning in my house, and I simply can't get enough of the scent.

Unleash Your iTunes

Photo by: Photo Credit: Jawbone

Photo Credit: Jawbone

If you're looking for a more luxe gift, or perhaps you're even thinking about combining a Thanksgiving hostess gift with a holiday present, a wireless, portable Bluetooth speaker is an amazing choice. The Jawbone Jambox speaker can easily be moved around from room to room and syncs up with your mobile phone, computer, iPad or any other Bluetooth device.

You can even gift a Thanksgiving Playlist along with your snazzy new speaker.

Bottle Opener

Photo by: Photo Credit: Pottery Barn

Photo Credit: Pottery Barn

Bar accessories are another great gift, especially for anyone who loves to mix cocktails or has just moved into a new home and might be hosting their first Thanksgiving. This Ken Fulk retriever bottle opener from Pottery Barn is pretty adorable and would go great with a six-pack or two of local craft beers.

Linen Napkins

Photo by: Photo Credit: Serena & Lily

Photo Credit: Serena & Lily

For the hostess who entertains a lot, a beautiful set of linen napkins is always a welcome gift. These eucalyptus napkins from Serena & Lily feature a vintage-inspired pattern and are available in three beautiful hues.

Make a Donation

Making a donation in someone's name is always a lovely idea for a gift, and a hostess gift is no exception. However, it's sometimes hard to know exactly which organizations your hostess chooses to support. So, in those cases, you can purchase a gift card from JustGive.org. Your hostess can then redeem the card and choose which organization they would like to make their donation to.

Instagram Photos as Decor



If you purchase a gift certificate from a service like SocialPrintsStudio.com, your hostess can easily go to the site and choose to have posters, framed pics, greeting cards or magnets made from their own Instagram feed. For a fun idea, try taking a pic of your Thanksgiving gathering and sending it along to your hostess after the event in case they'd like to include that photo in their order to remember the special night you all shared over the holiday.

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