thanksgiving hostess gifts

So Thanksgiving is upon us. Crazy, right?

This weekend I spent some time thinking about all of the glorious recipes I could make for the occasion. There are so many incredible ideas circling the web and I could really get lost in recipe research, narrowing down and cooking and baking. I love holiday baking so much. It really is my favorite time of year.

But, with a holiday smack dab in the middle of a work week, it's not always easy to find the time for such creations. Working mom don't got time for that.

We are splitting the day and attending two holiday gatherings, one with each side of our family. Both are large groups and since everyone contributes something, I'm also feeling stumped on what to bring in addition to the crunch for time. And so instead of lovingly prepared cakes and pies, this year I'm looking for some alternative hostess gifts and contributions to the festivities. Here are some ideas, in case you are in a similar boat...

thanksgiving bottle stopper

Wine and and a fun stopper or opener. These gifts are always fun and can be enjoyed during the party, or as a special treat for the host or hostess on another day.

thanksgiving literary candles

Candles. Like these super adorable literary candles from uncommon goods.

thanksgiving honey

A local delight, like this incredible local jersey city honey from oh honey. I purchased a jar at a jersey city street fair over the summer and not only is it delicious, but it's also absolutely beautiful!

thanksgiving table setting

a nice flower arrangement is always a great gift. It feels extra thoughtful for the host and immediately brighten up anyone's day.

thanksgiving jacques torres

a beautiful box of chocolate. Jacques Torres is right up the street from my office and it's a constant go-to for great gifts. 

thanksgiving la colombe.jpeg

Fancy, delicious coffee. I like La Colombe or Stumptown. You can purchase whole bean and request they ground it for you. I also like to pick up a nice handful of their fancy sugars and sweeteners to add to the gift, which also feels extra indulgent.

so that's what's on my hostess list this year. I know I'd love to receive any of these types of items, and so hopefully our family members will as well! 

What are you bringing to your Thanksgiving dinners?

ps: salted caramel apple cheesecake bars / pumpkin spice cupcakes / apple cranberry strudel