Whether you’re returning home for Thanksgiving or visiting someone else’s house as a guest, it’s proper (and appreciated) to arrive bearing gifts. Sure, you could bring the standard potato salad – but you can do better. Unless specifically asked to, it’s usually unwise to show up with an unannounced entree or dessert. This throws off the planning that went into the dinner, and you run the risk of showing up with an item that is already being served. The best solution to this is to arrive with something deemed an accessory (but not dessert) to the dinner.
Here are three Thanksgiving gifts that are guaranteed to secure you an invitation to next years get-together:
A Nice Bottle of Wine
Wine can be served with other wines, and it’s a gift that can be stored and enjoyed at a later date if necessary. When selecting a bottle, don’t go cheap – but don’t break the bank either. Pick out a bottle that fits comfortably in your middle price range and that will appeal to the most guests. Even better: learn what the main course will be, and then choose a wine that pairs well with it. If you don’t know what foods go with what wines, try this online guide. If you want to add to this gift, include a stylish corkscrew – it’s a gift that will get many years of use, and it insures that you’ll be able to open the bottle if an opener can’t be found. I recommend a quality brand such as the Laguiole Beechwood Waiter’s Corkscrew.
A Gourmet Selection of Coffee
Most people like coffee, and it’s a safe bet that coffee will probably be served at some point during the evening. Much like the wine discussed above, coffee is something that can be enjoyed at the dinner or at a later date by the hosts. Everyone is familiar with Starbucks and other chain coffee shops, but not everyone frequents local shops. Bringing a unique coffee blend (or two) from your local coffee shop is a guaranteed way to show you put extra thought into your gift.
Godiva Pumpkin Patch Truffles
Who doesn’t like pumpkin on Thanksgiving?! You’re guaranteed to be a dinner favorite if you show up with these decadent truffles from Godiva filled with creamy pumpkin-spice ganache and enrobed in milk chocolate. This Thanksgiving-appropriate treat not only tastes great, but the wrapping makes sure it looks the part. Plan on buying a few boxes so everyone gets to enjoy at least one. The Godiva Pumpkin Patch Truffles are available in boxes of five for $13.00.