Congratulations! You don’t have to cook Thanksgiving dinner this year.
But if you don’t want to show up to the dinner you’ve been invited to empty-handed, you might be stumped about what to bring. Sure, a bottle of wine is never a bad idea, but what if you want to stand out from the crowd?
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We talked to the ATK Reviews Team, experts on equipment (and gift-giving!) to compile a list of affordable gifts your Thanksgiving host is sure to enjoy.
These gift ideas run the gamut of practical to whimsical and, most importantly, won’t break the bank.
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“Personally, I think the best gift for someone who's hosting Thanksgiving is a bottle of bourbon,” says Miye Bromberg, senior editor for ATK Reviews. And we couldn’t agree more. If someone is taking the time to cook an entire spread for a crowd, consider bringing a thoughtful companion to their favorite booze.
- A good wine opener, such as the Brabantia Tasty+ Corkscrew ($13.11) (and okay, maybe a bottle of wine), is a great idea for someone who drinks, suggests Sawyer Phillips, assistant digital editor for ATK Reviews.
- A champagne saver ($12.08), recommended by Chase Brightwell, associate editor for ATK Reviews, is far more affordable than a bottle of champagne. Our winner is leakproof and easy to use. Plus, if your host has a wine fridge, the flat top ensures it will fit with ease.
- Or, skip the booze. Carolyn Grillo, senior editor for ATK Reviews, suggests bringing some spirit-free alternatives. Help your tea-loving host relax after the big event with a small bag of loose leaf tea and our favorite tea infuser ($18). Or, bring them a nonalcoholic spirit or cocktail, such as a bottle of Proteau Rivington Spritz. ($24.70)
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If they're short on tools, here are some handy kitchen items recommended by Lisa McManus, executive editor for ATK Reviews, that are sure to bring a smile to your host’s face. Gift just a few or get creative and build a nice gift basket with a few items for each step of the cooking process.
- With the The Norpro Grip-E-Z Apple Slicer ($17.27), their next Deep-Dish Apple Pie will come together in a flash.
- Put a bow on a Wilton Recipe Right Nonstick 6-Cup Muffin Tin ($9.99) and handwrite one of our great muffin recipes, such as our Cranberry-Pecan Muffins, on an index card for a personal touch.
- Pair a beautiful Faay Teak Wooden Spoon ($10.99) with a jar of spices, such as a Spice Rub for Steaks and Chops (or a store-bought blend).
- Give your host “the whisk to rule all whisks,” says Miye— the OXO Good Grips Flat Whisk ($9.95). A flat whisk will turn your host into sauce royalty. Miye prefers a flat whisk to pretty much every other kind. “We can all agree that gravy is the sauce that binds, right? Can't have Thanksgiving without it, or without a flat whisk.”
- Sawyer says the OXO Good Grips Black Nylon Flexible Pie Server ($9.95) ensures each slice of the pie the host lovingly baked comes out beautifully.
- Our winning bar boards, recommended by Chase, are cute and practical powerhouses essential for any kitchen.
A make-ahead mix is the perfect blend of a useful item with a personal touch. They have a lengthy shelf life, so the host need not use them right away.
Chase suggests the following mixes:
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