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So you’ve been invited to a Thanksgiving dinner and you graciously accept. The proper thing to do is to dress appropriately and arrive on time. Once there, you should still observe etiquette. Finish the food on your plate. Praise the cooking and please don’t drink too much. The last thing the host or hostess would want to deal with is a drunken guest. Also, help clean up after. And of course, you have to bring gifts to Thanksgiving dinner for the kind host.

 

 

Food

Food is always a welcome gift to a Thanksgiving party. The more food you have, the better the party as my dear ol’ Gramma used to say. Of course, you have to bring something nice not some food you just bought on your way to dinner. But before deciding on what food to bring, you should politely ask the host if you can.

Spend some time and effort making your specialty. If you don’t have one or if the host would rather that your specialty doesn’t steal the show, go with something easy to make but goes well with the tradition. Slaws, for example, are always welcome additions to any party, particularly Thanksgiving.

The Crunchy Thanksgiving Slaw by The Kitchn is the perfect complement to the beloved turkey. It is light yet gives different flavor and texture. The best part of this version is that it won’t wilt as fast as other slaws. That means you can make it at home and take it to the party without worrying of whether it would wilt or get soggy.

To make your Crunchy Thanksgiving Slaw, you’ll need to make the dressing first. Check out the recipe for the exact amount of each ingredient. Basically, you’ll be whisk ing oil, vinegar, maple syrup, Dijon mustard, and salt together in a bowl. Then add red onion and stir before letting it sit for 10 minutes.

Slice up the cabbage thinly then add to the bowl of dressing. Mix in almonds, cranberries and parsley, as well. Season with salt and pepper to taste.

Let it sit in room temperature while you get ready for the party. It will not wilt for up to two hours so you better make it quick. Pack your Thanksgiving gift in a nice container or simply cover your salad bowl with cling wrap then proceed to the party.

You want your slaw to look presentable as it is appetizing. Use a Clean Dezign Large Serving and Salad Bowl. The eco-friendly salad bowl is made from bamboo fibers and comes with servers and a bamboo lid. It looks so nice, you can even give the bowl itself as your Thanksgiving gift.

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(Related: Remarkably Simple Thanksgiving Dinner Recipes for Your Outdoor Feast)

 

Wine

Wine and other alcoholic beverages are popular thanksgiving gifts. You should be courteous enough to as the host first before buying your gift. Ask if it’s okay to bring a bottle to Thanksgiving dinner and if the host says sure, ask if he or she prefers a particular kind.

Wine of the Month Club offers one bottle of wine in a gorgeous treasure chest-like box for as low as $49. You can choose from its selection of Classic, Vintners and Limited Series wines.

Beer seems like a good idea, too, as long as the host agrees. You can all have a bottle or two to start off the night and shake off the hibbie jibbies.

 

Wine Glass Set

Now here’s something reserved for the closest of friends who like to have some drunken fun every now and then. This wine glass set from Du Vino is the perfect Thanksgiving gift to bring to the dinner party. It includes four wine glasses printed with different funny quips and drawings. One says, “Let’s Get Baked,” another says, “Let’s Get Basted.” The other two says, “Let’s Get Ready to Gobble” and “Let’s Get Smashed.”

The ink used is organic and won’t easily be washed away even in a dishwasher. Each stemless wine glass come with an edge that won’t easily chip and a sturdy base. All four are packed in a tough white gift box.

 

Tea

Not all parties or even Thanksgiving dinners end with beer or wine. Some people prefer good ol’ fashioned tea. Bring a box of Taylors of Harrogate Classic Tea for your host, especially if you know him or her as a tea drinker.

The variety box includes 48 different tea bags. It has six of each variety, which are as follows: Decaffeinated Breakfast, English Breakfast, Earl Grey, Green Tea with Jasmine, Lemon & Orange, Organic Chamomile, Organic Peppermint, and Pure Assam.

 

Essential Oils

Tea is one of the healthiest drinks around. In fact, wellness spas often offer tea to their clients as part of their service. You can bring that feeling of serenity to your host’s home with the calming scents of essential oils.

Spark Naturals Fall Diffuser3 Pack includes Pure Joy, At Peace, and Thankful essential oils. The Pure Joy Blend contains Frankincense, Peppermint, White Fir, and Wild Orange. It provides a sweet, woody aroma that reminds you of the Christmas season. This makes it an even better Thanksgiving gift since your host can enjoy the wonderful scent of Pure Joy during the holidays.

At Peace, meanwhile, is made up of Bergamot, Lavender, Patchouli, and Ylang Ylang essential oils. As the name implies, it provides with a soothing and calming effect that you may need after slaving it in the kitchen the whole day.

Finally, we the Thankful Blend. It is a combination Nutmeg, Cinnamon, Nutmeg, and Tangerine essential oils. It gives off that warm and sweet yet spicy aroma reminiscent of the time your mom made pies and cookies.

 

 

Scented Candle

Who doesn’t love a nice smelling home? Give the gift of relaxation with a scented candle. If you’re in a hurry to smell something nice and don’t want to set up your essential oil diffuser, you can always whip out your scented candle and light it up. In no time, your home will be filled with glorious calming aroma.

The Chesapeake Bay Candle Balance + Harmony Scented Candle, designed and poured in the United States, is made from natural soy wax. It comes with a self-trimming wick and a frosted jar that gives it a more elegant yet relaxing look. Each Chesapeake Bay scented candle is estimated to burn for as long as 50 hours.

 

Hand Soap

Isn’t it a great feeling to wash your hands clean after spending the whole day preparing and cooking food for Thanksgiving dinner? Just imagine washing away the smell of garlic and onion or the stickiness from your hands.

Give your host the gift of radiant-smelling hands with Puracy Natural Liquid Hand Soap. The Cucumber & Mint scented vegan gel hand wash is hypoallergenic, biodegradable, gluten-free, and non-toxic. It is also certified cruelty-free sine it was ever tested on animals. The doctors behind the formula added Vitamin E, sea salt, and aloe vera to make sure the Puracy hand soap can be used by people of different skin types.

 

Party Game

Keep things lively by playing games. But don’t just bring any game, give your host the Hygge Games Who in The Room? Party Game. This set includes 300 questions that will surely spice up the night. The questions are so personal that you may find out things that you never would ever think of. Of course, this is all for fun.

 

Throw Pillow Cover

When all the guests have left and the dishes are done (or in the sink), your hostess can finally heave a sigh of relief and rest her tired body on the couch. She’ll be thankful for the throw pillow you gave her as your Thanksgiving gift. Now she has something to hug while slowly dozing off to dreamland.

This “Give Thanks” Decorative Throw Pillow Cover from Denkin is perfect for the occasion. Not only are you thanking your hostess for having you, you’re also giving her a reminder to appreciate what she has every time she sees the pillow cover.

The throw pillow cover is handmade from durable and eco-friendly cotton linen fabric. It measures 18 x 18 inches and weighs 190 grams. The gorgeous pattern is only on one side. The back is in the fabrics natural color. The zipper is also hidden so you don’t have to worry about hurting yourself or your hair getting stuck or something.

 

Travel Coffee Mug

When you’re celebrating Thanksgiving Day with a bunch of close friends, it’s called Friendsgiving. What better way to show your appreciation to your beloved friends than with a Friends Travel Coffee Mug.

Anyone who’s seen the iconic TV series surely wishes they had the same crazy group of friends.  In case you’re clique is indeed that crazy then you have to give out these coffee mugs as your Thanksgiving gifts. At least give one to the host of the party.

The travel coffee mug is made of food safe plastic. It measures 2 x 2.5 inches and can hold up to 15 ounces. The best part, though, is the design of the cup, which includes drawings of a couch and other objects, popular lines from the show, especially Joey’s classic “How you doin?” and the very familiar FRIENDS logo.

 

Be imaginative when thinking of Thanksgiving gifts to bring to dinner. Of course, you can go the more traditional route with flowers and food baskets. But if we’re talking about spending Thanksgiving with your closest (and zany) friends or family, you can bring something that they wouldn’t expect. Check out Gentleman Pirate Club for more gift ideas and tips on how to celebrate Thanksgiving Day.