The best Thanksgiving gifts for family and friends

It’s not long now until Thanksgiving, a time when family and friends get together to share turkey, cornbread and pie, exchange gifts, then loosen their belts and pass out on the couch for a few hours. If you’re hunting for the perfect Thanksgiving gifts this year, we’ve put together a few ideas to help you out.

Thanksgiving Gift Ideas for the hosts

Make no mistake, hosting Thanksgiving requires a lot of hard work and effort. You’ve got to arrange the decorations, organise the seating so that the kids can’t hear the jokes Uncle Mike and Uncle Phil are telling, get up at 6am to put the turkey in the oven and spend most of the day trying to keep the dog out of the kitchen. Then there’s the washing-up to handle afterwards. Your hosts deserve something truly special for Thanksgiving, but you can also think about what they’re really likely to appreciate, such as a dessert dish, a big bottle of something alcoholic, or a handwritten promise that you’ll host next year!

thanks givingThanksgiving Gift Ideas for Mom

Almost everyone loves Thanksgiving, but maybe none more so than Mom. This is when the whole family comes together under one roof, often with people traveling hundreds of miles to get there in time. For that reason, you might like to think about ways to keep the memories, such as with a Polaroid camera to capture impromptu scenes, along with a photo album, or having an artist friend hand-draw a sketch of all the family together around the table.

Thanksgiving Gift Ideas for Dad

If your Dad is anything like mine then he’s going to be happy with anything that makes his Thanksgiving as relaxed as possible. You could try for a classic like a new pair of comfortable slippers, or a warm cardigan; something funny like a spare set of batteries for the TV remote, or something really cool like a fancy new set of carving knives for sharing out the turkey.

turkeyThanksgiving Gift Ideas for Kids

As a kid you look forward to Thanksgiving for months in advance – seeing all your cousins, gorging on amazing food, watching great movies on TV, and of course the gifts. If your Thanksgiving is going to involve what feels like an army of kids running around playing, then it might be an idea to think of gifts that they can all either share or play together, and things that are going to keep them quiet. What about handicraft sets, with plenty of paintbrushes and paper to go around, or the all-time classic for parents needing a break sometimes – board games!

thanksgivingThanksgiving Gift Ideas for Friends

There’s still time if you want to create really unique Thanksgiving gifts for your friends this year. It doesn’t need to be a box set or the obvious bottle of wine. Find an afternoon to jar up some homemade jam, put together a collage of pictures of you all together, or even make them a mixtape of songs that are special to your group.

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Happy Thanksgiving, from all of us at Tinggly!