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Thanksgiving dinner is challenging for even the most seasoned host or hostess. There’s menu planning, decorating, shopping and then, you know, actually making the delicious food. All that planning could take a month!

After tackling a task like that, a Thanksgiving host deserves a little something special.

What kind of gift do you get for a Thanksgiving host? There’s the traditional bottle of wine, but what if you want to give something a little more personal? Something that will show your appreciation for all of the host’s hard work.

These gift ideas are the perfect option for your Thanksgiving host this year.

Simmer Pots

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My parents use a lot of air fresheners in their house. They love having a light scent, but I sneeze uncontrollably whenever I’m around them. Something about the artificial scent wafting through the air just doesn’t mix well with my (and a lot of other people’s) allergies.

A natural way to fill your home with a welcoming scent is with simmer pots. Essentially, you fill a jar or bag with aromatic ingredients; things like citrus fruits, ginger, herbs, fragrant woods and extracts, and you dump the contents into a pot, cover with water and boil. It fills your home with a scent that’s homey and not overpowering.

A simmer pot with traditional holiday scents would be a perfect gift for a Thanksgiving host. They can even put it on during dinner!

If you need a simmer pot recipe, try this orange, cinnamon and clove concoction from The Yummy Life. She lists five different scent options and gives you tips for how to prep, store and heat your scents.

Wrapped Bouquet

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Flowers are traditionally a great gift. They look pretty as a centerpiece or placed on a vase on the counter. It’s a thoughtful way to show your appreciation and add to the décor.

This wrapped bouquet idea from Design Sponge will make a traditional gift feel extra special for Thanksgiving.

In their tutorial, they make their own bouquet, but if you don’t have fresh flowers on hand, feel free to stop by the local market or flower shop and pick up a pre-made bouquet.

What makes this gift special is that they’ve wrapped the flowers with kitchen essentials like a dishtowel and a wooden spoon, and added a personal message.

Caramel Apple Cider Kit


What’s Thanksgiving without some apple cider?

If you want to bring something that everyone will be able to enjoy, this caramel apple cider kit from Thirty Handmade Days is the perfect gift! It’s got everything you need for an extra special cup of apple cider! And the presentation is adorable.

All you have to do is fill a basket with cups, cream, apple cider packets, caramel and hot sleeves. It’s that simple!

If you want to put your own twist on this idea, try including cinnamon sticks, chai spices or swap out the cider for hot chocolate packets.

Fall Box

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A gift that’s seasonal, useful, and full of treats is sure to make any host smile. And this fall box from Mom’s Best Network is just that!

To start, you’ll need a box. You can usually find the brown ones in the photo at your local craft store, or even box store. Then you get to fill it with lots of fall goodies. Think of what you love most about fall and start there.

One of my favorite things about fall is the drinks! Apple cider, pumpkin spice, chai and hot chocolate – they’re all delicious.

In the example, they include a cute Thanksgiving mug, and all the fixings for a delicious caramel hot chocolate.

If you know your host has a favorite fall drink, fill it with all they’ll need to make a few cups of it. There’s nothing a hostess will appreciate more than taking a few minutes to sit back, relax and drink a hot fall drink.

What are you planning on giving to your Thanksgiving host this year? Do you have a tried and true stand by? Tell us about it in the comment section!

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