Thanksgiving gift and menu ideas

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Thanksgiving party is the perfect time to gather family, friends and dear ones who have become a special part of your life. It is the way of saying how much you have appreciated them for their support and love. Aside from hospitality and kindness, one great way to show how grateful you are to have them is by giving a gift that will also make your party worth remembering.

For the visitors on the other hand, giving gifts is a nice way to say thank you for the host’s generosity and to show appreciation to all the values and memories you have shared. So, whether you are the host or guest of a special Thanksgiving party, giving a gift is a nice idea as there is always something to be thankful for.

Finding the perfect gift that will create a lasting memory is really a tough job. There are many factors that need to be considered such as budget, appropriateness, the person’s age, gender, needs and interest. Whatever any other concerns that pop up on your mind, it should be remembered that the quality of gifts depends not on how big or expensive it is, but on the sincerity of the giver. To help you find one, here are some practical and smart gift ideas you can count on.

A bottle of wine is always appreciated as a gift whether for family, friends or business partners. It is something that people consume and enjoy in their own time, but there is a big chance that it will be opened and enjoyed during the party. Wine is a good gift idea as it is a unisex gift and has a broad target age span. It can be personalized and made extra special by looking for a wine gift basket that may include wine crackers, dry roasted peanuts, seasoned pretzels and cheese straws.

Flowers are one of the perfect embodiments of love. You can express your feelings to a person through its different colors and variations.  It has the ability to touch the lives of a person and make the day brighter. It fit every occasion, especially Thanksgiving party that help capture the true spirit of the celebration. Flowers also create an elegant centerpiece for the Thanksgiving dinner table.

A set of colored candles that comes with a charming scent is also a great idea for Thanksgiving parties. Together with flowers, candles are classic decor to the Thanksgiving dinner table, or simply as a decoration to one’s home. While candles are considered as a generic gift, you can customize it to come up with something special and unique. Instead of pre-boxed candle set, one can opt to add pillars, tapers and attractive holders with an interesting color, texture or shape that will complement the home of a person who will receive it.

Giving a deck of cards, board games, set of dominoes, coloring books, word search puzzles and a fun coffee-table book also make sense. These can be used to start a conversation and keep dinner guests entertained before or after. Activity books, in particular, are some of the ideal things that will keep children entertain while their moms and dads are having conversations with other adults.

As what most people always reminded, gifts don’t need to be big and expensive, a simple greeting or thank you card could mean a lot. Saying thank you these days are usually sent in the form of texts, emails and social media messages. The modern times change how people express their gratitude, but that only makes thank you cards more special. To make the cards more personal, try to write it by hand to show your dedication and the time you invested in preparing it.

While there are many thoughtful things you can give to a special person during the Thanksgiving party, it has also been part of the culture to bring foods that are shared during dinner.

In America, where Thanksgiving Day is observed annually to celebrate the harvest and other blessings over the past year, Squash Soup, Turkey with Stuffing, Mashed Potatoes, Cranberry Sauce and Pumpkin Pie are likely the classic foods served on the Thanksgiving table. The host of the Thanksgiving party has been planning the menu few months ago to avoid duplication.

For the sake of potluck, you should come up with a unique dish. Tastemade, a video network that offers food-related programming for online audiences, recommends some unique Thanksgiving recipes. For the main dish, Rolled Roast Beef is a nice option. It is a herby beef dish packed with tons of flavors and stuffed with veggies and cottage cheese. For the side dish, Hasselback Sweet Potatoes with Marshmallows and Maple-Pecan Crumble, Pumpkin & Kale Pasta Casserole, Cheesy Sausage Gratin and Cheesy Bacon & Brussels Sprouts Bake are some recipes that deserve a try.

But, as many sites suggest, it is more practical to just bring a food that can be served in the morning for the guests who will stay overnight. In this case, a loaf of good bread, milk and a pancake mix alongside a bottle of high-quality maple syrup are certainly good ideas. — Mark Louis F. Ferrolino

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