The Best Things to Bring to Thanksgiving Dinner (and We’re Not Talking About Food)


It’s officially November, which means it’s time to start thinking about turkey! Thankfully, I don’t have to worry about preparing any food, but I am going to my family’s place for dinner, and I have started to plan for the day in my own way.

If you will be a guest at someone else’s house this holiday, do you know the dress code? Do you have the gift for your host picked out yet? Thanksgiving is only three weeks away, so here are some of my recommendations to make your planning a bit easier.


Comfortable yet respectable clothing

No matter how tempting wearing sweatpants may seem while you’re chowing down, please, don’t do it. Even if it’s just your immediate family, you should wear something semi-respectable while at the dinner table. Thankfully you have options that will accommodate the dress code and your expanding waistline.

Uniqlo Smart Style Pants

I recently bought these pants to wear on a business trip. I usually wear leggings when I’m flying, but the stretchy waistband of these pants felt just as comfortable, and there was no need to change before my meetings! If you’re worried you’ll have to unbutton your pants at the dinner table, wear these instead. And the best part is, they’re only $40!

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Zara Turtleneck with Pearl Buttons

This turtleneck is comfortable, and the pearls make it a tad more formal. And again, under $30!

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If there’s no snow on the ground, opt for comfy loafers to complete this look.

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A gift for your host

Here’s an important reminder for this holiday season: you should never show up to someone’s house empty handed! I personally believe the best host/ess gift is a baked good, but if you’re not a cook or don’t have time, here are other great ideas.

Linen Napkins

I like gifts that the host can use for the event or similar events in the future. I prefer linen napkins, but decorative paper napkins can be just as helpful and are probably more likely to be used that night. But if your host doesn’t use your gift that night, don’t be offended or mention it. They’ve already got everything planned out anyway.

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Christmas ornament

If your host celebrates Christmas, get them an ornament for their upcoming decorating session!

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Bottle stopper

For the bottle of wine that will inevitably be opened for dinner.

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And the most important thing to bring is your charming self!

Dreading the conversation during dinner? Smile, refuse to get riled up and change the topic as soon as you can. It will all be over soon. And at the end of the day, it’s only Thanksgiving so kick back, enjoy, and eat lots of good food!

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