5 Unique And Memorable Thanksgiving Host And Hostess Gifts
The Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade with a giant Snoopy balloon, snow-covered football fields ready for action, wonderful gatherings with friends and family – the Thankgiving holiday comes with many honored traditions, but if you have to pinpoint one thing about Thanksgiving that’s on everyone’s list, it’s FOOD. Lots and lots of food. And if you’ve ever hosted a Thanksgiving meal at your home, you know that to get that food on the table requires WORK. Lots and lots of work.
Therefore, if you happen to be one of the very fortunate souls who was invited to the home of a friend or family member for the Thanksgiving holiday, you owe it to your sure-to-be-exhausted host or hostess to show up with a big smile and a very thoughtful Thanksgiving host and hostess gift (and this is in addition to bringing your famous green bean casserole). Stumped for ideas? Here are 5 unique and memorable Thanksgiving host and hostess gifts, guaranteed to earn you “best guest ever” status:
Can you think of a better gift for someone who is sharing one house with you than another house for them to share with feathered friends? Birdhouses come in every conceivable shape, color, and theme, and are particularly appreciated (especially by the birds) as the weather gets colder. If your host/ess has children, consider a window nest box, giving them the opportunity to get up close and personal with a local bird family! If you’re crafty, local craft stores sell unadorned birdhouses that you can decorate with paint, tile, etc., or, better yet, let your recipients have the fun of painting it themselves. (If you’re looking for creative decorative ideas, we’ve got hundreds of birdhouses pinned here.)
2. Personalized Mason Jar Candles
When we spied this mason jar candle idea from Hobby Lobby, the creative wheels started spinning! The leaf stencil is a gorgeous idea, and perfect for fall. But by the time Thanksgiving rolls around, it’s almost time for a seasonal change, not to mention the upcoming holiday. Instead of a leaf stencil, how about the hosts’ monogram? Or a snowflake, a palm tree, Santa’s hat, or a menorah? The possibilities are endless – the more personal the better!
Even in this digital age, no, especially in this digital age, there is something very special about receiving a real honest-to-goodness-with-real-pages-that-turn hardcover book. If you’re close enough to your host or hostess to be invited for Thanksgiving, chances are good that you know enough about their hobbies, dreams, and/or lifestyle to choose a selection that is both personal and appreciated. If, like you, they are gardeners, then head on over to our Book Review section and take your pick – you can’t go wrong with any of the titles we’ve recommended. If they’re not gardeners,
you need to find new friends you can, of course, head to Amazon, type in any keyword under the sun, and find an impressive list of hardcover books that can be delivered as early as tomorrow! Or you can take a look at their Best Books of 2016 recommendation list. Make sure to write an inscription inside to make the gift truly memorable.
4. Indoor Herb Gardens
This is an especially thoughtful gift for the chef who lives in an area with a harsh winter, as it brings the garden right to their kitchen! There are many herb kits on the market, but we highly recommend that you take a look at the wide variety of kits offered by Grow and Make. Available in several options, you can personally select the herbs that suit your gift recipient’s tastes, giving a gardening gift that truly does keep on giving. If you run out of time and need it tomorrow or the next day, Amazon has a very attractive reclaimed barnwood planter box mini herb garden that is sure to be a hit, as well.
Orchids have long been hailed as an exotic, specialty bloom, but in the last few years they have gained in popularity to the point of becoming “mainstream.” Just because they are readily available, however, doesn’t take away from the magical allure of this stunning plant. Orchids are an elegant choice for a host/ess gift, but some varieties are more hearty than others, so take care to select a bloom that won’t cause more anxiety than pleasure! Our personal favorite is the Purple Phalaenopsis Orchid. Known as “the beginner’s orchid” due to its hardiness and ability to withstand conditions indoors, the Phalaenopsis comes in many different colors has become the most popular orchid in the United States.
As long as you don’t show up empty-handed, any Thanksgiving host and hostess gifts you choose are sure to be appreciated! But if you want it to be memorable, take a departure from the typical wine and cut flowers route and go for something personal and unique.
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