This post is all about Friendsgiving gift ideas.
The festive season is almost here and there is no time like the present to get started on preparations for imminent celebrations. In addition to preparing for the Bountiful feasting at Thanksgiving, many festive people will be celebrating the equally joyous Friendsgiving, a time when we can gather with closest friends and family to celebrate life in a more personal way.
While this may seem like a new tradition, it is actually something that has been in practice for a while now. So, without further introduction, here is what you need to know about Friendsgiving and some Friendsgiving gift ideas that will make you highly popular with your host and hostess.
What is Friendsgiving?
At this point, many of you may be wondering what “Friendsgiving” really is and why it is getting so much attention. The truth is that this tradition has been in full swing for a long time now and it is quite likely that you already celebrate your own form of “Friendsgiving” in some way or another.
As the name implies, Friendsgiving is much like Thanksgiving but instead of gathering with friends and family, it is a time to throw tradition and rules aside and celebrate with those closest to you in whichever way suits you best.
During Thanksgiving, the celebration is wrapped around a feast and various traditional activities that surround this feast. For example, everyone is usually invited to bring at least one dish to share with the other guests. There is turkey, parades, old family photos, a trip to the tree farm and plenty of football.
Then, there is Friendsgiving which is a time to kick back with close friends and family to enjoy good food- maybe even the leftovers from Thanksgiving feasts- and celebrate life as it best pleases you and your crowd.
Part of the joy of this celebration is beginning small traditions that will inspire fond memories that all present will cherish for years. One perfectly suitable tradition is the art of gift giving.
In the next section, I’ll cover thoughtful Friendsgiving gift ideas to give to your host if you’re ever invited to one.
Friendsgiving Gift Ideas
Whether you are preparing for a fully traditional Thanksgiving Dinner, or heading over to hang out with friends and family at a Friendsgiving celebration (or both), it is never the classy thing to show up empty handed.
Consider that your host has been hard at work with the various pressures of organizing a dinner party or any type of social gathering. After a busy year where professional and academic pressures often take priority over social connections, a small gift is a great way to begin warming the hearts, express gratitude and getting right into the spirit of the seasons.
As you will see in the following section on ideal Friendsgiving gift ideas, small tokens like personalized tags, flowers and/or even an engaging activity can help kick off your Friendsgiving celebration with a bang. At the very least, a small gift is the perfect symbol of your appreciation and friendship for your host/hostess and friends this year.
Furthermore, like so many others at this time of year, there is a good chance that you will not be able to make a trip to visit your loved ones this year. In this case, sending a small gift is a great way to remind friends and family that they are on your mind and thankful to share your life with them. Of course, after looking over this list you may find some of these items are a great detail to include in your own shopping plan to help prepare your home for a memorable Friendsgiving event.
1. Apple Pie Scented Candle
There is hardly a token any better to send warm sentiments than a scented candle that can be lit to celebrate this festive occasion. This one features the festive scent of apple pies and cinnamon fresh from the oven. Doesn’t the scent name sounds like it’s full of flavor? This is sure to invoke happy holiday memories.
2. The Torana Bouquet
Another way to add a special something to the festive atmosphere is with this perfectly arranged bouquet of flowers. The autumnal color schemes of earth tones and orange are a beautiful addition to holiday décor.
3. “Give Thanks” — Personalized Cutting Board
The best Friendsgiving gift ideas are personalized to the host. This cutting board is an absolute essential in the kitchen, but there is a good chance this beautifully crafted “personalized” cutting board is a cut above the rest. It may even serve as a beautiful decoration so put some thought into the phrase you choose for your host’s kitchen.
4. White Pumpkin Pie Baker Dish
If you are bringing a pie to the host’s/hostess’s house, bring it in this beautiful pie pan from Williams Sonoma. One of the best Friendsgiving gifts on this list. Think of all the recipes and desserts the host could whip up in this pie pan. Just make sure you leave it with your hostess when the pie is eaten. You can also find it at Crate and Barrel.
5. Cheese Board Set
The perfect Friendsgiving gift ideas address a deep personal delight. And what better delight is there than cheese in all its splendid variety. This cheese tray is the perfect detail for cheese lovers. It even includes the cutlery needed for serving cheese the right way.
6. “Spread Joy” Stamped Spreader
Speaking of cheeses, this set of cheese spreaders engraved with “Spread the Joy” is the perfect addition to a special cheese you want to give that cheese-aficionado in your life. It’s the perfect hostess gift.
7. Thanksgiving Chocolate-Covered Oreos
The perfect little something for that hostess who enjoys a tasty treat. Oreos and chocolate-covering in a Thanksgiving theme, what’s not to love? I just love the festive decorations on top of the Oreos. Another one of my favorite Friendsgiving gift ideas!
8. Thanksgiving Wine Label
If you already know which bottle of wine they will love, slap anyone of these beautiful personalized labels on the side and present a beautiful wine bottle that is also a memento of the occasion.
9. Happy Friendsgiving Thanksgiving Wine Bag
You have the wine and a smashing personalized label, now all that’s left is to place it in the right bag. Here is a great option.
10. “Who in The Room?” Party Game
Before you sit down to feast, or perhaps afterwards while everyone is comfortably digesting, here is a fun game that will help you get to know your friends and family a little better. There are some interesting, and potentially awkward questions included here that will reveal how everyone truly feels about each other. Certainly an eye-opener and best reserved for the closest of friends.
11. Set of (10) Hot Chocolate Stirring Spoons
If you are looking for a way to let that special someone know how sweet they are, this set of 10 Hot chocolate stirring spoons is just the thing. I got one of these for Christmas a few years back and I loved it. You will find 10 spoons dipped in chocolate ready to be placed into your cup of warm milk, tea or coffee. The chocolate will soon melt leaving a deliciously prepared beverage of white and dark chocolate with festive red and green sprinkles.
12. Holiday Nut and Dried Fruit Gift Basket
No Friendsgiving gift will be better received than something that takes the edge off all the effort. This delightful gift of dried fruits and nuts looks and tastes delicious and will be one less appetizer for your overworked hostess to make.
13. Harvest Spice Scent Collection
No need for fire, electric power or batteries. These beautiful spice scent diffusers can make the hostess home smell absolutely amazing for the festive season. This perfect gift will set a lovely atmosphere for the event and keep your Host’s/Hostess’s home smelling delightful for the rest of the season as well.
Final Notes of Friendsgiving Gift Ideas
Finally, remember that there are no rules or traditions in Friendsgiving except the ones you choose to adopt yourselves. With this in mind, take the time to think of a gift that will bring smiles and delight to your host or hostess and their guests. The best Friendsgiving gift ideas are those that are made specially for the people that mean the most to you.
Which of these Friendsgiving gift ideas is your favorite? Share your thoughts by commenting below!