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Teas That Treat Just About Everything
Create a gift basket with these essential oil-infused teas that pamper every part of your amazing Thanksgiving hostess. There's one for destressing after the marathon cooking session, one to sooth a tummy after too much turkey and one to lull them gently to sleep after a day of holiday festivities. Toss in an adorable mug and a card, and you have a self-pmaper package any host will love. Find the Lipton Wellness teas through their website or through Amazon and Walmart.
Lipton Wellness Teas: $4.38 for each box of 15 sachets.
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Cozy Breakfast Gift Basket
Let your Thanksgiving host enjoy a cozy family breakfast the morning after all the holiday festivities with this kit. It has everything they need for a fluffy stack of comforting pancakes, and the bowl will be used for years to come. It boasts a spout for pouring so there's no more messy ladeling pancake batter onto the griddle — and cleaning the mess afterwards.
Stonewall Kitchen Farmhouse Batter Bowl: $49.99 for the complete set.
Photo: Courtesy of Stonewall Kitchen
Wine They Don't Have to Set Out
If you bring a bottle of vino to a big family event, the host or hostess is inevitably going to set it out for everyone else. These cans of wine not only boast some seriously delicious grapes in each batch but also encourage the recipient to keep them for private use. After all, they deserve some drinks all to themselves after all that cooking.
Underwood Wine The Bubbles: $28 for 24 cans.
Photo: Courtesy of Underwood Wine
Fancy Chocolate Without the Fuss
Back in the day, you could only get those classic Godiva Masterpieces through a display case or in a fancy box. Luckily, the chocolatier reimagined them for more real-life consumption. There are now bags of individually-wrapped versions of their Milk Chocolate Hazelnut Oyster, Dark Chocolate Ganache Heart and Milk Chocolate Caramel Lion of Belgium. Oh yeah, they come in bar form, too. Let the chocoholic hostess rejoice in a basket of cocoa goodness. You can get them through the Godiva site in bulk (dangerous), or pick up a bag or bar from grocery and convenience stores.
Godiva Masterpieces Milk Chocolate Hazelnut Oyster: $27.99 for 6 bags of 17 pieces.
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Restaurant Appetizers for Their Average Weeknight Dinner
Let's face it: Unless your hostess is a certified foodie, they're probably not going to drop much dough on fancy olive oils and vinegars — which is where you come in. With this small but sumptous gift set, they can create a restaurant-quality bread and olive oil dipping plate right at home, on even a regular old Wednesday.
Lucero Olive Oil and Vinegar Trio from Herry & David: $29.99 for the set.
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The Sweet Combo of Coffee and Chocolate
After all those festivities — and the tranquilizing effect of turkey — your hostess with mostess is going to need a kick of caffeine. But chocolate makes everything better, so why not make it a mocha? With this dalring barista set, no one needs to run to a coffeeshop to get their daily cuppa. And the cocoa base if Godiva, so you know it's guaranteed to be good.
Mocha Barista Set with Godiva from Thoughtfully; $49.99 for the set.
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Deliciously Cheerful Candy for Snacking
With names like "You're a Peach" and "Super Star," these candies give your Thanksgiving hostess not just a sweet snack but also a pat on the back for the beautiful dinner. Our favorite might just be the "Thank You a Bunch" gummy roses, but let your hosts sample all the sugary treats and decide the sweet victor for themselves.
Sugarfina Thank You Bento; $26 for set with 3 different candies.
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A Better Way to Get Rid of the Bird
There are only so many turkey sandwiches a person can eat, unless of course you've been given a gift set spefically designed to dressup that turkey, stuffing and cranberry sauce. Let this box help your hosts rework the leftovers from their luscious dinner into sandwiches they'll be dreaming about until next year's feast.
Thanksgiving Leftovers Set from Mouth; $59 for the set.
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Something Soothing to Put Them to Sleep
What does you Thanksgiving hostess really need after a long day of cooking, cleaning and entertaining? Well, maybe a drink right off the bat, but they can enjoy a glass of wine while they unwind in a soothing bath from this sleep-inducing set. After all, you're not a normal guest, you're a thankful and understanding guest who knows the hostess is eager to finally kick up her feet.
The Night Before Christmas Set from Lush; $17.95 for the set of 2 products.
Photo: Courtesy of Lush
A Decorative Plate for Future Dinner Parties
Maybe your Thanksgiving host or hostess really, truly loves the frantic energy of the holidays. They're the kind that gear up for the next holiday as soon as they've cleaned up after the current one. This subtle and elegant cheese plate made of slate will be a go-to for your hosts to serve cheese to their guests for years to come.
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We’ll let you get away with not writing thank you cards anymore and calling or texting after 8 p.m., but there’s no way we’re going to let you get away with skipping out on bringing Thanksgiving hostess gifts to your upcoming holiday dinners.
Someone slaved away over the stove — and the oven and the mixer — to put a gorgeous meal in front of you, so you’re bringing them something to say “thank you for all your hard work,” gosh darnit. The holiday is, after all, about being thankful.
But where do you start if you’re not sure what makes Thanksgiving hostess gifts suitable for the occasion or, even more puzzling, you don’t know the tastes of your hosts all that well. That’s where we come in. We rounded up some all-around pleasers that are sure-fire hits. We also threw in plenty of pointed gift ideas if you happen to know the habits and interests of your hostess and feel confident buying a more personal present.
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We have the coffee-lover covered as well as the blissed-out tea fanatic. We have something for the stressed hostess who needs to unwind as well as the one who likes expressing their love through food. We have a gift set that will help them put those Thanksgiving leftovers to delicious use like never before, and of course, we have some chocolate and wine because who turns that down? In fact, the edible gifts are so irresistible that you might want to place a double order...so you can keep one of each for yourself and use the others as Thanksgiving hostess gifts.
Click through the gallery above to see all our ideas for Thanksgiving hostess gifts.
Don’t worry, we included links to sites where you can buy them to take that work out of the process for you. We also selected surprises that have a range of prices so you can find something special that also suits your budget.