How I Celebrate Thanksgiving & Gift Ideas For The Host

You may have gathered from this and this post that I love Thanksgiving. I never really celebrated it in Switzerland and it still feels like such a new thing each year. I also love that it involves great food and fun times around the dinner table with family. Since we live in the same area as Greg’s family, we go to to one of his aunt’s houses each year. Both his mom and dad’s side live in the area so we try to rotate as best as possible between the two.

We decided a few years ago that we’d never do two Thanksgiving outings in one day. It’s too much of a hassle to drive between the two and because we live in the area, it’s not like we don’t see each other on other occasions. Plus we also don’t want to leave Daisy alone all day. She’s a big part of our family so it’s important that we also spend time with her just at home.

This year we’re heading to Greg’s dad’s side and it is going to be a feast! His dad takes making the turkey incredibly serious – as you should – and gets up ridiculously early each year to get it started. I don’t know how many people are going to be at the dinner this year but all I do know is that he’s cooking two 24 pound turkeys! Yes, you read correctly. I’m sure they have planned plenty of leftovers – clearly – but that is still excessive. I am equally excited and terrified to see those turkey come out of the oven.

Even though we head out for Thanksgiving dinner, that doesn’t stop us from cooking at home for ourselves. I love sweet potato with marshmallows, stuffing and of course cranberry sauce. I’m also in charge of desserts, which usually ends up being pumpkin pie, my favorite! Greg is making his second ever turkey this year – don’t worry it will be small – and the gravy. It’s so funny to see him talk shop about how he’s planning to prepare his turkey – just like his dad!

This time of year is the perfect time to pick up a little gift for your Thanksgiving or Christmas host. It’s nice to bring a little something, thanking them for having you and preparing a lovely meal. Below I’ve rounded up my favorite gift ideas for the host that are thoughtful and don’t break the bank.