Thanksgiving is all about simple pleasures. We sit around with family and friends, open some wine or whiskey, eat our faces off, and hope uncle Mark doesn’t start in about the “deep state.” Yes, this holiday is all about lazing. Unless, that is, you’re hosting.
If you’re lucky enough to have someone take it all on—the planning, the shopping, the prepping, the cooking—then you’ve certainly got something to be thankful for. Which is exactly why you should bring something special for the host or hostess in question. Thanksgiving is not widely thought of as a gifting holiday, so showing up with a thoughtful something will go that much further. It might even earn you a seat next to the mashed potatoes.
This waiter’s apron from Rough Linen has a pencil slot and spacious pockets for your checklist. Most importantly? It’s resilient enough to fend off even the most spirited of gravy splatters.See It
H&M nailed fall with this mustard yellow stone-washed linen tablecloth. No need to be precious with it when you need to clean it either—use the delicate cycle, then tumble dry to make it even softer.See It
Update a tradition with this tabletop tree sculpture. Guests jot down what they’re thankful for on a fall paper leaf and add to the branches throughout the day.See It
These are handcrafted in India from recycled materials and bring instant warmth and style to any table.See It
A stunning wreath from green lifestyle brand VivaTerra, that will hit anyone who comes through the door with an energizing whiff of broomcorn, marjoram, cherry peppers, safflower, leaves, wheat and millet.See It
This retro pie dish has a recipe painted on the bottom, saving your host valuable time in thinking about what to pop in the oven. Genius!See It
If you’ve ever smelled hot apple cider mulling in a slow cooker, you know there’s just nothing better. This candle from Brooklyn Candle Studio comes damn close to the real thing. It’s infused with natural aromatics like cinnamon, nutmeg, and clove—also known as the autumn holy trinity.See It
A distressed copper serving platter from World Market that’s the perfect piece to pile mountains of moist turkey on.See It
Burke Designs offers these charming porcelain place card holders, imagined as turkey legs, to help your host avoid any unfortunate seating snafus.See It
For a more modern Thanksgiving table, use these striking placemats from CB2. Bonus—they’re made from industrial power-coated iron and can easily double as trivets for hot dishes.See It
A bit of a spurge for sure, but these ceramic nesting stones from Slash Objects are as versatile as they are eye-catching. Use them for a pre-dinner meat and cheese arrangement or to hold side dishes.See It
These rustic, brass place card holders from Crate & Barrel are a bargain at just $4 a piece but hardly look it. See It
Not sure how sound the science is, but the VitaJuwel line claims to fortify your water and wine with the natural energy of precious gems. I do know that the piece is stunning and new age or not, it will make for a much needed apolitical conversation piece.See It
This stainless steel carafes from Snowfox is not only durable but keep reds and whites at a consistent and optimal temperature throughout the marathon meal.See It
If you’ve ever spent time frantically flipping through the silverware drawer looking for the cheese knife, you’ll appreciate this cheese board with built in utensil storage. Likely your host will too.See It
Depending on the size (and rowdiness) of your group, glassware might not be a viable option. It’s sturdy enough it feels like the real thing too.See It
Festive for a turkey day tablescape or buffet, but subtle enough not to venture into tacky territory. See It
This regal cookbook stand from design-forward store Uncommon goods is made from salvaged wood and works with tablets too for those smart home cooks who get their recipes from Chowhound.See It
Something about this time of year demands that a scented candle be lit at all times. Plus? This stone match holder is also a striker.See It
As the saying goes “this gravy ain’t gonna stir itself!” Well, it literally will after you wow your host, surely desperate for extra hands, with this automatic pan stirrer. A built in timer ensures you never overdo it.See It
No Thanksgiving table is complete without a gravy boat or two…or three (we love gravy). Consider something retro that will brighten up your table like this Buffalo China gravy boat, available on Etsy.See It
And when all else fails, a nice bottle of booze will always do the trick. This limited edition bottle of oh-so-smooth Belvedere, designed by Laolu Senbanjo, is practically a centerpiece itself and proceeds support the (RED) organization in their fight to eliminate HIV/AIDS in Africa.See It
For more great tips, tricks, and hacks, see our Ultimate Guide to Friendsgiving.
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