If you're happily attending Thanksgiving dinner at someone else's home this year and don't have to be the one in charge of all the cooking, then you may want to make sure you don't show up empty-handed for the holiday.

If cooking a dish to serve isn't quite your style, then bringing a thoughtful gift for the hostess who is preparing and serving you your large dinner is a great way to show your gratitude (and what better holiday to show that than Thanksgiving?). Check out these 7 perfect gifts to give your Thanksgiving Hostess.


Candles are an easy and simple gift to bring a holiday hostess, and if yours has a quirky sense of humor, they'll get a kick out of this one from Etsy that really expresses how thankful you are for them. Depending on size, prices range from $12.99-$27.99.

Cheese Knives

It's rare to find a person that does not like cheese, so if your hostess happens to be obsessed with it, this set of Gold Agate Cheese Knives from World Market ($19.99) might be the key when it comes to a great gift.


Your hostess may have made the turkey, roasted veggies, stuffing, casseroles and even the pies—give them a small break by providing some delicious snacks for the night (or you know, stuff that they might want to just keep for themselves later). Great options include a BONNIE AND POP dried fruit gift basket ($37.99 on Amazon), which features mango slices, apricots, peaches, pears, apples and more, a Jessie's Nutty Cups Signature Nutty Assortment (Available HERE for $33.00). The assortment includes original nutty cups, cookies 'n' cream cups, dark sea salt cups, dark chocolate, PBJ cups and Choco-Hazelnutty Cups.

Thanksgiving Games

If your crowd doesn't sit around watching classic holiday entertainment like football games, the parade, or Christmas movies, then perhaps bringing a game to liven up the festivities before or after dinner is just the ticket. A Trivia game, like this one from Etsy, is a great way to add a little fun to the day (just make sure to also bring a prize for the winner if your group is competitive).


Decorative items for the home are always a thoughtful gift, and this classic and classy Facets Curvy Vase from Lenox is a great way to say thank you and compliment pretty much any decorative scheme. It retails for $72.00, though discounts may be available with online sales.

Wine Advent Calendar

Wine Advent Calendar
Surprise your Thanksgiving Hostess with a special holiday advent calendar that makes counting down to Christmas much more fun. Laithwaites

After all the cooking your hostess did, something fun and relaxing (and also delicious) is a must. While the last thing they might want to think about is the next big holiday, a Wine Advent Calendar might change their mind. This "Home for the Holidays" version, available at Laithwaites for $149.99, features a fun and festive display, 24 mini bottles of various wines and even a half bottle of Prosecco for Christmas Eve. This will make the countdown to Christmas all the more fun. Order on behalf of your hostess by Nov. 21 to guarantee delivery by Dec. 1.

Thanksgiving Dinner
Thanksgiving dinner. Pixabay