best Thanksgiving leftover storage containers
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Real talk: Thanksgiving leftovers are even better than the main event, if only because you get to enjoy them in a relatively peaceful house (and pants are totally optional while you’re eating your cold stuffing straight from the bowl). These are some of the best storage containers for those Thanksgiving leftovers, if you’re lucky enough to have them—and they’re as stylish as they are functional.

W&P Porter Plastic Bowl with Silicone Strap, $24.99 on Amazon

W&P Porter Plastic Bowl with Silicone Strap

W&P

This sleek plastic storage bowl is BPA free but also available in ceramic, and in a range of pale, pretty colors in either material. The protective silicone strap is standard on all versions, but reviews suggest it’s not ideal for transporting liquids—so don’t try to stash leftover butternut squash soup in your purse for Black Friday camp-out sustenance. But salad, sweet potatoes, and green bean casserole (or anything stored in your fridge, for that matter) will be just fine.Buy Now

Joseph Joseph 12-Piece Nesting Plastic Food Storage Containers with Lids, $27.99 on Amazon

Joseph Joseph 12-Piece Nesting Plastic Food Storage Containers with Lids

Amazon

These rainbow-rimmed containers will add real pizzazz to cold mashed potatoes (or whatever else you put in them), and the color-coded dots in the bottom of each container coordinate with the lids—so you’ll never grab the wrong one and experience that square-peg, round-hole moment of trying to make it fit. The pieces also nest for space-saving storage in your cabinets in between batches of leftovers. If you like the look but are prone to dropping things, consider this newer set with lockable lids.Buy Now

Mepal Microwaveable Nested Storage Bowls, $62-$72 on Food52

Mepal Microwaveable Nested Storage Bowls

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Another nesting storage set, these bowls come in two sizes: deep and shallow. The deeper bowls hold more food, of course, but the shallow set will easily fit into freezers, crisper drawers, and other tight spaces. Choose from nine gorgeous colors and get four bowls in that single shade, or opt for the deep jewel tones of the mixed set and get an extra bowl (five total). The lids match the bowls, but their tops are see-through so you can identify your leftovers at a glance. These are microwave and dishwasher safe too.Buy Now

ECOlunchbox Blue Water Bento Stainless Storage Bowls with Silicone Lids, 3 for $32.99 on Amazon

ECOlunchbox Blue Water Bento Stainless Storage Bowls with Silicone Lids

Amazon

This eco-friendly option includes three smaller stainless steel bowls with leak-proof silicone lids, designed to be healthier for you and for the planet. Perfect for toting lunch, or storing less abundant leftovers (if you made a small-scale Thanksgiving dinner or just had an especially hungry horde). While these obviously can’t go in the microwave, they are dishwasher and oven-safe.Buy Now

Brooklyn Bento Stainless Steel Thermos with Bamboo Spoon, $19.99 on Amazon

Brooklyn Bento Stainless Steel Thermos with Bamboo Spoon

Amazon

That aforementioned butternut squash soup? This insulated, wide-mouth, vacuum-seal flask is perfect for storing it—or for toting your leftover turkey soup leftovers to work when you’re back to the grind (so meta), and keeping them warm until afternoon thanks to the copper lining. It’s leak-proof, available in coal-black or crystal-white, and the included bamboo spoon is a nice touch.Buy Now

Ello 10-Piece Meal Prep Food Storage Container Set, $35.99 at Target

Ello 10-Piece Meal Prep Food Storage Container Set

Target

These glass storage containers boast snap-on lids and brightly colored silicone covers that make them easier to grip (even with slippery fingers after picking turkey meat off the carcass). They also protect your fingers from superheated glass when taking your freshly nuked leftovers out of the microwave.Buy Now

Pyrex 1-Cup Treat Yo’ Self Containers, 3 for $14.99 at Target

Pyrex 1-cup Treat Yo Self Containers

Target

These adorable Pyrex containers are perfect for small portions of leftover gravy or sweet potato casserole (or a single, precious slice of pie)—and super cute for sending guests home with a little nibble too.Buy Now

Rezip 5-Piece Stand-Up Silicone Storage Bags, $19.99 on Amazon

Rezip 5-Piece Stand-Up Silicone Storage Bags

Amazon

A greener alternative to traditional plastic sandwich bags, these zip-stop silicone bags have the added bonus of a flat bottom so they stand up straight—which makes filling them with one hand so much easier, and acts as added insurance against leaks, just in case (let no speck of cranberry sauce go to waste). The bright colors are just icing on the cake. Or whipped cream on the pie?Buy Now

Five Two Airtight Silicone Lids, 5 for $40 on Food52

Five Two Airtight Silicone Lids

Food52

Okay, these are not containers, but they are amazing. Instead of wrestling with plastic wrap (and throwing copious amounts of it away), use these airtight silicone lids to snugly cover cups, bowls, pots, and other containers of nearly any size. They also work as lids when cooking and are oven-safe up to 550°F. Dishwasher-safe too, not to mention non-porous so they’re resistant to odors, stains, and bacteria. Need more? The knobs on top mean they stack neatly together for storage.Buy Now

For more tips, tricks, gear, and recipes (you need something to put in these containers, after all), see our Ultimate Guide to Thanksgiving.

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