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Thanksgiving Gift Ideas

November 25, 2004
 
Traditions

The highlight of Thanksgiving is a bountiful meal where families and friends gather to enjoy such mouth-watering favorites as: turkey, mashed potatoes, cornbread, cranberry sauce and pumpkin pie. While many families have special recipes and traditions that are constant from year to year, others are more experimental; interested in the newest trends in turkey preparation or an offbeat dessert. Either way, it's not uncommon for preparations to begin several days or weeks before the feast. Commemorating the very first Thanksgiving in Plymouth, Massachusetts, people are as thankful for an abundant table today as the pilgrims were back in 1621. It is a special occasion meant for showing others how thankful you are to have them in your life.

 

Gift Ideas
  • Cookbook
  • The Golden Harvest CD: Shaker chants, spirituals and songs
  • The Charlie Brown Thanksgiving video
  • Corkscrew and bottle of wine in an autumn-themed gift bag
  • Monogrammed pewter coasters
  • Wine bucket or cooler
  • Potholder and matching apron
  • Cornucopia basket with fresh fruits or vegetables
  • Thanksgiving puzzle for the family to work on after the feast
  • Cranium Turbo Edition
  • The Imposter Party Game
  • A jar of gourmet cranberry relish
  • Molded foil-wrapped chocolate turkey
Gift Certificate Ideas
  • Cooking.com has a range of gourmet treats for the Thanksgiving table.
  • Give them a choice of holiday music from CD Universe.
  • HomeGoods has decorative accessories for a festive fall.
  • It's easy with a gift certificate from Boston Market- a great choice for home made pies.
  • The ultimate turkey pan can be purchased with a gift certificate from Williams-Sonoma.
Frequently Asked Questions

My husband and I are attending Thanksgiving Day dinner at my in-laws. My mother in-law is a very accomplished cook, while I am not very handy in the kitchen. She has asked me to bring a dish. Any suggestions?
Compliment your mother-in-law on her talents in the kitchen, and admit that your own skills need some polishing. Search out the best bakery in the area and buy a traditional Thanksgiving dessert-perhaps a pumpkin or pecan pie.
Or if dessert has already been planned, you will find an amazing range of prepared gourmet salads and breads at most upscale groceries. Your dish needn't be homemade for you to make a delicious contribution to the feast!

I've been invited to a Thanksgiving dinner with friends. Should I bring a gift?
While Thanksgiving is not a gift-giving holiday, it's a nice gesture to bring a hostess gift. You might choose something that relates to the colors or theme of this holiday. For example, a Thanksgiving candle or a bouquet of flowers with pretty autumn hues is a wonderful accent for any dining room table.

 
 
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