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After what feels like a century, we can finally enjoy the company of friends and family. Last year’s Thanksgiving dinner was most likely a lot quieter with lockdowns and, you know, COVID taking centre stage. However, this year we can safely gather and get together to make up for lost time. If you’re heading to a Thanksgiving feast this year and want to bring more than a bottle of wine, here are some gift ideas, which support local brands and businesses, for your host.
There’s nothing like sparking a brand new scented candle and tucking in for a cozy night. Apothegeri is a local TO brand and their candles make the perfect gift for any occasion, so why not surprise your Thanksgiving host with a selection? My suggestions are the warmer fall-inspired scents, like Cabin Fever, Cozy As F*, and Harvest.
A Brand New Cookbook
If your Thanksgiving host is a known cookbook-lover and collector, the best thing you can bring is a new book to add to their collection. TV star and best-selling author Mary Berg’s newest book hits shelves on October 5, and it’s all about cooking seasonally. It’s filled with recipes that are perf for quick and easy weeknight meals, as well as elaborate feasts for when you want to cook the weekend away.
Good Olive Oil
Every home cook needs to have a bottle of good-quality olive oil in their pantry. This isn’t the kind that you want to cook with but rather drizzle on top of salads, dips, pastas, and much more. Local brand Les Sorts is made from Spanish olives, and it’s won numerous awards for its beautifully balanced flavours.
A Great Goodie Basket
If you’re totally lost at what to gift your Thanksgiving host, a gift basket is sure to please. Toronto grocery haven McEwan Foods has a variety of baskets available to choose from. Whether you’re after sweet or savoury options, it’s a safe bet that your host will love you for gifting such a thoughtful prezzie.
Have a Shucking Good Time
Tasked with bringing an appetizer to this year’s Thanksgiving shindig? While a salad is always welcome, take it a step further and bring fresh oysters to shuck. Island Oysters is based in the Junction area of the city, and they source the freshest oysters from the shores of BC, PEI, and New Brunswick. If you aren’t into shucking your own, you can snag pre-shucked ones as well as smoked fish platters and a sauce kit to take your oysters to the next level.
Make it Martini Time
While a bottle of wine is a lovely gesture if you know your host is a martini person, why not bring a kit, like this one from Cocktail Emporium that comes with everything you need, minus the hard stuff. The Dirty Sue kit includes a jar of top-quality pimento olives, olive juice (so you’ll never run out of brine from the jar), gold picks for the olives, and two gorgeous coupe glasses. Cheers!
Fresh flowers are gorgeous, but dried bouquets are all the rage — plus they won’t die after a few days. Treat your Thanksgiving host to a dried bouquet that’ll last about one to three years, if taken care of properly, from local brand Mondays Child Florals. There are loads to choose from, but you can also get a bespoke bouquet made just for you!
(Story by Contributing Editor, Blair Stutz)