How are you spending Thanksgiving this year? Are you traveling to a family member’s house or enjoying a meal with friends? While your host will be doing most of the planning, that doesn’t mean you’re entirely off the hook.

Being an ideal dinner guest requires some preparation, too. First, you’ll need to make sure you’re following health and safety protocols for visiting others during the COVID-19 pandemic. Second, you’ll want to avoid showing up empty-handed!

When attending Thanksgiving dinner at a friend or family member’s home, it’s polite to bring a side dish for everyone to enjoy. However, if you’re not confident in your cooking skills, there are plenty of other ways to thank your host for inviting you. 

In this post, we’ve rounded up some excellent ways to say, “Happy Thanksgiving!” with a thoughtful present. For the loved ones who won’t be joining you this year, check out our blog post on the best autumn care packages to order online. Keep reading for the best host or hostess gifts that will make you the perfect dinner guest this year. 

A Personalized Crystal Wine Stopper from ArtPix 3D

Anyone who entertains could always use an extra wine stopper to preserve their unfinished bottles. At ArtPix 3D, we can transform this ordinary bar tool into a one-of-a-kind luxury keepsake. Send us a portrait of a loved one or pet, and we’ll create a custom bar accessory your host will be proud to display in their wine collection.

A Scented Candle that Smells Like Autumn 

When it comes to throwing a memorable dinner party, the ambiance is almost as important as the meal. Scented candles that recreate the best smells of autumn would be the perfect Thanksgiving gifts for any host! Country Living has listed some of their favorites. 

A Spiced Coffee Blend for Cold Mornings 

There’s nothing like enjoying a cold slice of pumpkin pie for breakfast the morning after Thanksgiving. This year, surprise your host with a delicious coffee blend to go with it! Check out International Business Times to discover the best pumpkin spice flavored coffee beans you can buy in 2020.

A Thanksgiving Soundtrack 

Thanksgiving may not be one of the holidays that comes with its own music, but that’s no reason to sit in silence. Visit The ARTery at WBUR for some excellent fall album recommendations that would make thoughtful host or hostess gifts. 

A Stylish Personal Planner

The key to throwing the best parties is staying organized. Here’s a thank you present frequent entertainers would love to receive: a personal planner to help them keep track of upcoming events. Visit Popsugar to find the most adorable ones on the market right now.

Decorative Autumn Placemats 

Bringing a side dish isn’t the only way to contribute to the table on Thanksgiving. Take a look at these adorable placemats recommended by HGTV that would make an excellent addition to any autumn tablescape. Even if your host has already decorated their dining room, they’ll still be able to use this thoughtful present for future fall holidays!

Thanksgiving Treats for Four-Legged Friends 

Dogs may not be allowed at the dinner table, but there’s no reason they can’t have a taste of turkey! If your host is a pet owner, one of the best gifts you could bring would be a holiday treat for their four-legged family. Take a look at this post from Proud Dog Mom for the best treat recipes to wish any dog a happy Thanksgiving. 

A Set of Holiday Cookie Cutters

Once Thanksgiving is over, the holiday season is right around the corner! If you’re looking for host or hostess gifts that are sure to serve them well this December, you can’t go wrong with a set of Christmas cookie cutters. Business Insider has already rounded up some of their favorites. 

A Decadent Hot Chocolate Mix

There’s no better cure for a chilly night than a steaming cup of hot cocoa. With plenty of long winter evenings on the way, why not stock your host’s pantry with luxurious hot chocolate? Check out the top picks from The Spruce Eats to find the gourmet cocoa mixes that make the best Thanksgiving gifts. 

An Ice Tray Almost as Cool as the Cubes

Running out of ice is one of the worst things that can happen to any host. One of the most thoughtful Thanksgiving gifts you can bring is a couple of extra ice trays to make sure everyone gets a refreshing beverage with their meal. Check out The Daily Beast to find the most innovative ice molds for special occasions. 

A Candy Classic with a Turkey Twist

Here’s a holiday treat for adventurous eaters only. Delish tells us that Brach’s® candy corn got a savory makeover for Thanksgiving. This bizarre candy collection recreates a turkey dinner complete with side dishes. Not only will your host get a good laugh out of this unusual present, but it can also provide a fun after-dinner activity: see who’s brave enough to try a piece! 

Luxurious Flavored Salt

If there’s one ingredient almost no dish can do without, it’s salt. While your host probably has plenty on hand, consider upgrading their pantry with some gourmet options. Take a look at for recommendations, from smoked sea salts to flavored varieties. 

A Creative Advent Calendar

Some people go from turkey prep to the Christmas countdown faster than you can say, “Happy Thanksgiving!” Here’s a thoughtful present that will make the wait a lot more fun! Take a look at Refinery 29 for some creative advent calendars for adults that are sure to get them in the holiday spirit. 

An After Dinner Board Game

After a filling Thanksgiving dinner, it can be tempting to take a nap on the couch. Help fight off the post-turkey drowsiness by bringing a fun board game for everyone to play! Here are some creative suggestions from BuzzFeed that would make excellent host or hostess gifts. 

A DIY Winter Soup Kit

It might not seem like it at first, but those Thanksgiving leftovers will run out at some point. Here’s an idea that’ll save your host from having to cook again after eating the last turkey sandwich. Wholefully has some excellent winter soup recipes made from dry ingredients you can assemble and store in a sealed container. All the recipient will have to do is add boiling water!

We hope this post gave you some thoughtful ways to say, “Happy Thanksgiving!” with sweet host and hostess gifts. Check out our blog for more holiday shopping guides, or browse our shop for personalized keepsakes for every occasion!