Thanksgiving is a time to show appreciation for the people around you, and here are some gift ideas that let you do just that.
Now Thanksgiving isn't a holiday that is associated with gift giving traditionally.
As it's enough just to get together for a Thanksgiving dinner with your friends, family, and loved ones, and enjoy spending quality time together.
However, there are a few exceptions to this rule, and there are certain people in your life that you might want to get a little Thanksgiving gift for.
This includes people in your workplace, the teachers at your children's school, and any neighbor you may be friendly with.
And don't forget to take a little something for the hostess if you get invited to a Thanksgiving dinner or party.
So, to help you decide what to get for them, I've come up with 5 small but thoughtful gift ideas for each category (some will be repeated as they work well as a gift for many people).
And let's start with gifts for a Thanksgiving hostess (or host!).
Gifts For A Thanksgiving Hostess
When you are invited to a Thanksgiving dinner or party, it's nice to take along something for the hostess that can be shared on the night with their other guests.
So the following Thanksgiving hostess gift ideas will all reflect that.
A Nice Bottle Of Wine
A nice bottle of wine is the go-to gift to take along to a Thanksgiving dinner.
As it's perfect to share around with the dinner, and also makes sure the hostess doesn't run out of wine as the night goes on.
So pick up a nice bottle of white or red and your work is done!
A Bunch Of Flowers
The second most popular gift to bring for the hostess when invited to a Thanksgiving dinner is a bunch of flowers.
And like the wine, you can't really go wrong with this.
So find out what your hostesses favourite flowers are and pick up a bunch on the way round there.
A Box Of Chocolates
A box of chocolates is our next Thanksgiving hostess gift idea.
As these can be brought out after the meal and passed around the table for everyone to enjoy.
Or if your hostess is a chocoholic, they can keep these for themselves to enjoy after everyone has left.
After all, they deserve it for all their hard work!
Homemade Pumpkin Pie
You can never have too much dessert right?
This is especially the case over Thanksgiving, so a lovely gift to bring to a Thanksgiving dinner is a homemade pumpkin pie.
And even if you're not a whizz at baking, there are plenty of YouTube tutorials, such as the one above, that walk you through how to do it.
So give it a bash and see what happens, as this will be a gift that your hostess will really appreciate.
A Traditional Dish From Your Own Country
Now this final Thanksgiving hostess gift idea is for people that come from outside the United States.
But it can also work well for people that come from out of state too.
And that is to bring a side dish that is famous in your home country/state.
This will go down really well, as everyone will get to try something new and unusual (and hopefully delicious!) alongside the regular Thanksgiving fare.
Which is a winner for any Thanksgiving dinner party.
Thanksgiving Gifts For Your Neighbors
Thanksgiving is a good time to connect with your neighbors and strengthen that community spirit.
And what better way to do that than to give them a little gift?
Fancy Hot Chocolate
There are not many treats that are more comforting and warming than a mug of hot chocolate.
So gifting your neighbors some good quality hot chocolate such as the ones above by Godiva is a really nice idea.
And fits in well with the feeling and spirit of the Thanksgiving holiday.
Chocolate Covered Oreo Turkey Cookies
Some Thanksgiving treats like cookies, cupcakes, or candy are always a good idea for a little gift.
And for your neighbors, how about these chocolate covered Oreo cookies by Philadelphia Cookies?
As these have been decorated for the season with Thanksgiving Tom turkeys on the top, so they both look and taste great.
Homemade Pecan Pie
Baking your neighbors a pie for Thanksgiving is a wonderful thing to do.
And you won't go far wrong with a pecan pie, as many people will already have made or bought a pumpkin pie for themselves.
So get your baking hat out and make your neighbors happy this Thanksgiving.
And if you're not an expert baker, you can follow a YouTube tutorial such as the one above to show you what to do.
Gobble Gobble Mad Libs Word Game
I bet there are a few of us who remember playing the Mad Libs word game with our families when younger, right?
So how about getting your neighbor a Thanksgiving themed Mad Libs book to play with their family this year?
As this is a nice little gift to give and is something they will enjoy using.
A Thanksgiving Gift For Their Children
If your neighbors have a young family, then the ideal Thanksgiving gift for them is to get something for their kids to enjoy.
And a great idea for this is to get them a Thanksgiving themed activity or coloring book.
As this will keep them occupied, and give their parents a little time to themselves to enjoy the holiday as well.
And if you go for the coloring book, throw in a pack of crayons for them to color in with too.
Thanksgiving Gifts For Your Coworkers
It can be a nice idea to share some love with your coworkers at Thanksgiving by getting each other a small gift to enjoy.
And the following are all good choices, depending on your coworkers tastes and preferences.
A Thanksgiving Scented Candle
Candles always make for lovely gifts, and Thanksgiving is no exception.
So treating a coworker to a candle with the scents of the season is a great idea, and the Pumpkin Latte candle by Chesapeake Bay is ideal.
As this one gives off aromas of praline, pecans, and pumpkins, and you can't get much more Thanksgiving than that!
Homemade Thanksgiving Cookies
Cooking up a fresh batch of cookies for your work mates will always go down a treat, especially at Thanksgiving.
And there are plenty of molds and cutters to use to shape your cookies into turkeys, leaves, pumpkins, and other Thanksgiving shapes.
However, if you don't want to bake, you could try to make the Oreo turkeys in the video above instead, using ready made chocolates and biscuits.
As these look great!
Thanksgiving Bath Bombs
Bath bombs are another thing that make for good gifts for any occasion.
However, these turkey bath bombs are absolutely perfect for a Thanksgiving gift.
So help a coworker put some fizz into their bath times this Thanksgiving with a set of these bath bombs.
A Game To Play With Their Family
Playing games with your friends and family is a big part of Thanksgiving, so giving a coworker an appropriate game as a gift is a good option.
And an entertaining game to play with the teenagers and adults in a family is the Relative Insanity card game.
As players match each scenario with a funny punch line card, and the funniest one gets the points.
So it's a nice gift that they can use to have some fun with their family at their Thanksgiving get together.
A Thanksgiving Beer Coolie
As nice as it is to get together with the family over dinner at Thanksgiving, there's also a hell of sport to watch too.
And it's great to be able to veg out in front of the box with a bellyful of turkey and enjoy a few beers while cheering on your favourite team.
So this funny beer coolie would make an ideal Thanksgiving gift for a sports loving coworker.
As it will help them keep their beer cold and their hands dry, while still staying in keeping with the season.
Thanksgiving Gifts For Your Kids Teacher
Gifts for teachers at Thanksgiving is not a necessity, but it can be a nice thing to do to show appreciation for all their good work with your little ones.
And you don't want to go too expensive here, as these gifts should be small and thoughtful instead.
No teacher is ever going to turn down free candy, especially at Thanksgiving time.
And the good news is that there are usually a range of fall inspired treats available at this time of the year that make for lovely gifts.
So pick out something nice and surprise them this Thanksgiving.
As this is a gift they can also share with their class or in the staffroom too, so you'll be making more than one person happy!
Much-Needed Classroom Supplies
If you ask any teacher what they need most in their job, the answer will be extra classroom supplies,
So why not make a contribution by getting them a pack of Papermate Flair felt tip pens for Thanksgiving.
As these are used by many teachers for marking and grading their students work, and they are always running low on them.
Alternatively you could get them a gift certificate for ReallyGoodStuff.com, which has all the supplies they could possibly need, and let them choose themselves.
A Coffee Shop Gift Card
Teaching is an extremely rewarding profession, but it can also be an exhausting one.
As you're dealing with classrooms full of noisy kids every day that seem to run on boundless amounts of energy.
So a teacher needs a little energy boost themselves at times to get through the day, and for most teachers, coffee is their go-to life-saver to keep them going.
So treating them to a gift card to a coffee shop for Thanksgiving is a lovely idea, as they can then pick up a free coffee or two on their way in to school to help them deal with the demands of the day.
And enjoy a seasonal pumpkin spiced latte on you.
Homemade Thanksgiving Cupcakes
We all have a sweet tooth come Thanksgiving time, and teachers are no different.
So why not treat them to some homemade Thanksgiving cupcakes?
As there are tons of easy to follow baking tutorials on YouTube that show you how to create these, with various styles and decorations, such as the video above.
So you could make some cupcakes and decorate them to look like turkeys, pumpkins, or make ones that look like miniature pumpkin pies.
The options are endless.
And these will be greatly appreciated, as you've put in the effort to make them something special.
A Nice Bottle Of Wine
Doing such a high energy job such as teaching all day means a teacher will need to be able to switch off and relax at the end of the day.
So you have a few gift options for them here, such as bath bombs for a nice soak in the tub, or a book for them to read and get lost in.
And another option is to get them a nice bottle of wine.
As they can enjoy a glass or two in the evenings to destress after school, or take it with them to share with their family and friends over Thanksgiving dinner.
Thanksgiving is the time of the year to be with family, recharge your batteries, enjoy some great food, and be thankful for everything good in your life.
So a gift isn't necessary in most cases.
But it can be a nice thing for the groups people I've listed here, and I hope I've given you some good ideas on what you can get for them.