12 Thanksgiving Hostess Gifts That Are More Thoughtful Than Wine
This year, give a hostess gift with a personal touch.
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It's the season for gathering around the table with friends for pumpkin pie — and the start of the endless holiday party. Come November it seems that every week is packed with food, festivities and Friendsgivings leading up to the big meal. That means when Thanksgiving Day does finally arrive, you're so busy rushing to gather your pumpkin pie, that your hostess gift results in a simple bottle of wine because, well, timing. (Hey, no judgement.) Though, if you want to switch it up this year, we found items that are unique, cool and so much more thoughtful than the usual gift your host might be used to.
For the Baker
These gifts are perfect for the host who masters apple, pumpkin and pecan pies every time.
Every baker has a rolling pin — but what every baker needs is a marble rolling pin. The naturally cool marble keeps dough at an optimal, controlled temperature for perfect rolling each time. The wooden handles allow for sturdy prep while taking the strain out of your wrists and hands. This gift is a fantastic way to repay your favorite baker, and ensure deliciously cookies come Christmas.
Bakers know a thing or two about butter. Give them the opportunity to mix it up a bit with this sampler pack of flavored compound butters. With flavors like sriracha jalapeno, blueberry and everything bagel, these butters are a fantastic way to help your favorite baker add a little variety to their routine.
For the Home Cook
If your host is all about the turkey and trimmings, these gifts are sure to get them excited for the holiday season.
Flavorful spices are welcome in the kitchen of any home cook, and they make a perfectly generous and thoughtful hostess gift. We love the selection at SpiceWalla, a chef-driven, small batch spice purveyor with an exciting selection of single varietal spices and exotic blends alike. The smartly designed tins are a gorgeous addition to any pantry and are the perfect gift – no wrapping necessary!
For just $60, this German-made knife will have your home cook feeling like a pro. Wusthof knives are forged from a single piece of sturdy high-carbon steel that resists stains and corrosion. The sharp blade allows for precision when slicing and dicing and is an essential part of any home cook’s tool box. Plus, with a monogram, it's truly something extra special.
Give your host the gift of a healthful meal after an indulgent holiday. Hungryroot is a grocery delivery service that delivers healthy groceries along with 10-minute-and-under recipes curated to their personal food preferences — no shopping, travel to the store, or meal planning necessary. That way, in between planning holiday parties, your host can save some time with prepped meals they don't even have to think about.
For the Wine Lover
Show your host how much you care by bringing more than just a bottle to Thanksgiving dinner.
Looking for a unique, expertly crafted and delicious gift to bring to your next holiday party or potluck? These perfectly snackable wine chips come in different cheese flavors and have been designed exclusively for enjoying with a glass of wine. Gift the blue cheese chips with a bottle of sauvignon blanc or the smoked gouda chips with a bottle of cabernet sauvignon.
The Frescobaldi family are one of the most prolific wine makers in Tuscany, and have been for around 700 years. With so much experience in cultivating the land it’s no wonder that Frescobaldi makes one of the most flavorful and impressive olive oils on the market. Laudemio Frescobaldi Extra Virgin Olive Oil is an exceptional expression of Tuscan olive oil and is a delicious finishing oil on everything from risotto to ice cream. Anyone who knows their wine will be thrilled to try another exceptional product from the Frescobaldi family.
This wine purifier and aerator are perfect for the natural wine lover and the casual drinker alike. The company claims the sleek and compact filter for red and white wine drinkers quickly removes sulfites and adds air into the wine as you pour. What’s left is a flavorful, aromatic glass that’s free from any nagging sulfites.
For the Techie
These gadgets can be pricey, but they're well worth it to any host who loves to make their cooking process even smarter.
Sometimes time can get away from me in the kitchen. To fix that, I rely heavily on an Amazon Echo Dot to verbally set timers. This multifaceted device can play music, answer cooking questions and help me with my culinary math, like telling me how many teaspoons are in a tablespoon — for the record, my Echo Dot just told me it’s 3. This gadget seems to be compatible with everything and is only getting smarter and smarter, so grab one for your host before it’s too late.
This 100% wireless cooking probe can be used in the oven, on the stovetop or on the grill. The compact device allows you to cook all meats to perfection by controlling the internal temperature and the cooking speed from start to finish. It’s Bluetooth compatible with both Android and iPhone, and with a range of up to 65 feet your host can enjoy more time with their guests and less time standing over the stove.
Chances are your techie host has heard of sous vide cooking. This Bluetooth enabled device allows you to safely control and monitor temperature and cooking speed with automatic notifications to your smart phone, so feel free to step out of the kitchen as much as you like. All you need is a pot, hot water, a sealable bag and your Anova Sous Vide. (We already know our techie friend will have their phone.)