Thanksgiving is a time to give thanks... to those who step up to spend the day(s) cooking and cleaning for their family or friends and open up their home to create connections, memories, and a few laughs over good food and good drinks. And, boy, are we thankful it's not us (our founder, Christine, might just have a life goal to never have to prepare a turkey dinner).
Or, maybe, Thanksgiving is a time when family and friends come together, but on the other side of the country and you're reminded of the invisible string tugging at your heart wishing you could be there in person. Although we know presents won't replace your actual presence, sending a thoughtful gift is a simple way to connect.
Whatever your situation, we have a few ideas that move beyond the bottle of wine and leave a lasting impression (no morning-after headaches here!).
PREPPING FOR THE PARTY
Entertaining takes up a lot of time and energy--and that's even before the first guest arrives. You know the drill--spending 8 hours to prepare a meal everyone scarfs down in 20 minutes. Help the host out with some useful kitchen accessories (which may encourage them to actually host again). From durable and stylish kitchen towels to an apron that is ready to play ultimate workhorse, pick a textile that adds style to the kitchen without compromising on utility.
Handwoven Cotton Towel in Grey Stripes | Handwoven by artisans in India
PULLING OFF THE PERFECT PARTY
Hosts are always on the hunt for decorative pieces that make a statement and what better way to make a statement than gifting pieces that have a good story behind them.
If Thanksgiving is the main course, then the table decor is the appetizer that whets the guests' appetite (does a food analogy about food work? Meh, we're going with it).
Natural wood pieces that use either reclaimed or sustainably-sourced wood can easily blend in with any decor while simultaneously standing out--the salt pot that was hand-carved by artisans in Kenya, the acacia charcuterie board made by master artisans in India, or the serving spoon handmade with rustic tools from the tropical hardwood trementina from coast of Oaxaca, Mexico.
Textiles add a punch of colour and a soft texture to the table whether they're woven or hand-batiked. From versatile fouta towels that can fill in as a table cloth to napkins that soften with each wash, these gifts also promote sustainability (ditch the disposables!).
Most good parties feature some libations. With bottles of wine, beer and whiskey changing hands, it can be hard to capture the best of the best. Tasting journals will help your host capture the best and regift the rest.
Whiskey Tasting Journal | Made using tree-free handmade paper
Trementina Serving Spoon | Handcarved using rustic tools in Oaxaca, Mexico
Batiked Napkins | Handmade by artisans in Ghana
Acacia Wood Serving Board | Handcrafted by master artisans in India
Reclaimed Wood Salt Pot | Handcarved by artisans in Kenya
Fouta Multi-use Towel | Hand-fringed by artisans in Tunisia
PAMPERING POST PARTY
Leave behind something besides a mess. Something hosts can use just for themselves. Ayurvedic soaps will smell just as good as they clean and moisturize. And beautiful journals can be used to capture future party planning to-dos or whatever their heart desires.
Ayervedic Aloe Vera Neem Soap | Handmade by artisans in India
Fauna Journals | Handmade with recycled cotton paper
Happy Thanksgiving and Happy Gifting!