best entertaining products for Thanksgiving

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.

Belgian Linen Apron, $50 on Rough Linen

Belgian linen apron

Rough Linen

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

Washed Linen Tablecloth, $59.99 on H&M

washed linen tablecloth

H&M

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

Thankful Tree Centerpiece, $26.99 on Wayfair

Thanksgiving centerpiece

Wayfair

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

Funky Handmade Kantha Placemats, 6 for $49 on VivaTerra

handmade Indian fabric placemats

VivaTerra

These are handcrafted in India from recycled materials and bring instant warmth and style to any table.See It

Fall Harvest Wreath, $79.99 on VivaTerra

fall harvest wreath for Thanksgiving

VivaTerra

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

Vintage Apple Pie Dish, $14.99 on QVC

QVC

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

Apple Cider Candle, $24 on Brooklyn Candle Studio

Apple Cider Candle

Brooklyn Candle Studio

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

Copper Serving Platter, $24.99 on World Market

World Market

A distressed copper serving platter from World Market that’s the perfect piece to pile mountains of moist turkey on.See It

Turkey Leg Place Card Holder, 4 for $40 on Burke Decor

Turkey Leg Place Card holder

Burke Decor

Burke Designs offers these charming porcelain place card holders, imagined as turkey legs, to help your host avoid any unfortunate seating snafus.See It

Copper Placemat, $11.95 on CB2

geometric copper placemat

CB2

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

Ceramic Nesting Trays, $250 on Slash Objects

Slash Objects

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

Turkey Place Card Holder, $3.95 on Crate&Barrel

brass turkey place card holder

Crate&Barrel

These rustic, brass place card holders from Crate & Barrel are a bargain at just $4 a piece but hardly look it. See It

VitaJuwel Wine Decanter, $149 on Frontgate

Frontgate

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

Stainless Steel Wine Carafe, $40 on SnowFox

stainless steel wine carafe

Snowfox

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

Kitchen Cheese Board and Knife Set, $14.99 on Amazon

Amazon

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

BPA Free Recyclable Drinkware, $6.99-$17.99 on Tossware

Tossware recyclable drinkware

Tossware

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

Turkey Tea Light Candle Holders, 6 for $29.95 on Amazon

Amazon

Festive for a turkey day tablescape or buffet, but subtle enough not to venture into tacky territory. See It

Cookbook and Tablet Stand, $60 on Uncommon Goods

Cookbook and Tablet Stand

Uncommon Goods

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

Stone Match Striker, $25 on Uncommon Goods

beach stone match striker and holder

Uncommon Goods

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

Automatic Pan Stirrer, $25 on Uncommon Goods

automatic pan stirrer

Uncommon Goods

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

Vintage Gravy Boat, $16.50 on Etsy

vintage china gravy boat

Etsy

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

Belvedere Laolu Senbanjo Limited Edition Vodka, $29.99 on Belvedere Vodka

Belvedere Laolu Sanbanjo Limited Edition Vodka

Belvedere Vodka

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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