24 Thanksgiving Gift Ideas They’ll Be Grateful For

This Thanksgiving, delight the table with gifts as sweet as pie.
Gauraa at SmartGift
November 10th 2021Nov 10, 2021

Mouth-watering meals, scrumptious treats, friends, family, and mulled wine — if you’re counting down the days to Thanksgiving, you’re not alone. The nation’s most delicious holiday is so close you can almost smell roasted pecan in the air. This year, Thanksgiving Day lands on November 25th.

While Thanksgiving isn’t a holiday traditionally associated with gift exchanges, it’s still a ripe opportunity to show loved ones you’re thankful for them. Whether you’re looking for a little something to bring to your host’s Thanksgiving dinner, sweet surprises for family members, or a small token of appreciation for guests at your annual Friendsgiving — we have you covered.

Gifts for the Host and Hostess

When it comes to Thanksgiving hostess gifts, you can’t go wrong with food. This year, charm the table with Thanksgiving appetizers and Thanksgiving gift baskets.

Take the load off meal prep by sending them this lavish cheese and honey tray from Harry & David. Complete with aged cheddar, raspberry and lionza cheese, Savannah honey, sea salt water crackers, and award-winning wine — they’ll be more than thankful for your presence at the table.

Not only do these hickory-smoked sausages pair exceptionally with Thanksgiving cocktails, they come packaged with three-seed crackers and their very own bottle of fine red.

Thanksgiving side dishes are great, but we know everyone’s always reaching into the baked goods basket for seconds. Let’s make sure they don’t run out! For the ultimate Thanksgiving dinner delivered, send them a Bakery Tray with Pineapple Macadamia Nut Cake, lemon poppy seed coffee cake, cinnamon swirls, raspberry galettes, and shortbread cookies.

Let’s not forget the pinnacle of Thanksgiving food: pie. Crafted with Harry & David’s own special recipe, and baked with premium ingredients like real pumpkin, whole eggs, and genuine whipped cream, this gourmet treat will grace any dinner table in style.

Curating a completely vegan Thanksgiving dinner isn’t easy, but it’s best to make provisions for our plant-based friends. Cover your bases with a no-sugar-added Apple Pie from Oregon’s Willamette Valley Pie Co. With a flaky crust and delicious apple cinnamon filling, it’s sure to leave all guests reaching for another slice, regardless of their dietary preferences.

There’s always space at the table for Thanksgiving desserts. Give them a set of rich, dark, artisan truffle cake pops. Hand-decorated by a small bakery, the icing is set to look like pumpkins on the vine — and primed to make a stellar display.

Help your host set the table with memorable Thanksgiving decorations. Opt for a traditional, lush fall cornucopia basket, or freshly-picked floral Thanksgiving centerpieces like these selections from 1-800-Flowers.

Looking for a present with year-round relevancy? Send your hosts pre-planted roses, warm calla lilies, or a grateful set of Thanksgiving cactus and succulents. They’ll be thankful for you whenever they slow down from their days to nurture their new plants.

Gifts for Family

It’s been a challenging year, but having family members by your side — physically or virtually — has made life easier. Why not take the opportunity to express your gratitude with a gift?

In 2021, formal Thanksgiving shirts might be a thing of the past — send your son or nephew away at college one of these festive and cozy long-sleeved tees from vineyard vines. Whether he’s grabbing a meal at the dining hall or lounging back at the dorm, he’s sure to appreciate these breathable, relaxed fits.

Send your brother, father, or father-in-law a sweater tailored to impress. With a merino wool blend and ribbed collar, he’ll be fielding compliments from appetizers all the way through desserts.

Dazzle your loved ones with Thanksgiving dresses for girls and women — this printed Sankaty Margo Shirt Dress presents the perfect combination of comfort and elegance, fit for just about any cocktail event.

This year, many parents will be celebrating their baby’s first Thanksgiving. To make sure the little people in your life are dressed to the nines, send them the ultimate little Thanksgiving outfits from Hanna Andersson — these adorable finds are stitched in combed French Terry and front-lined in organic cotton jersey so the artwork never touches their soft skin.

Thanksgiving Gifts for Friends

With COVID-19 and travel restrictions, many feasters this year are looking to trade in their annual family Thanksgiving dinner for a low-attendee Friendsgiving. Why not make the event extra special with some Thanksgiving gifts for friends? If you’re hosting, these treats would also make wonderful additions as Thanksgiving gifts for guests (or Thanksgiving gifts for employees and coworkers!).

Now that you’re finished with meal prep, it’s time to kick back and watch TV with company. Whether you’re watching the annual Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, Thanksgiving football, or Thanksgiving movies — we have just the right pairing for you. The Popcorn Factory’s fall-flavored popcorn comes drizzled with pumpkin caramel cream cheese and makes for one of the best (and extremely munchable!) seasonal snacks.

This year, don’t just send your guests home with leftovers, (what is known as the “Thanksgiving dinner to go”) — send them a fall cookie assortment from Cheryl’s. Complete with chocolate chip, buttercream frosted, caramel pretzel, pumpkin spice, and rocky road pecan cookies — who says the feast must come to an end?

Keep friends and colleagues warm as we head into the cold winter. Send them a plaid blanket scarf or logo beanie from Timberland. Soft and comfortable, they’re welcome accessories for the season.

Hydration is key as we progress into colder, drier months. Send your girlfriends a set of full-sized, hydra-smoothing lipsticks or a phyto-retinol lip balm from bareMinerals — they’ll fall in love with these vibrant and moisturizing shades immediately.

From all of us at SmartGift, happy Thanksgiving!