When you are worried about the turkey going dry and the pie burning in the oven, the last thing on your mind as a host may be something as small as bread. Offer to bring a few artisanal samples from a local bakery, or even attempt to bake your own before the holiday gathering.
After turkey and copious amounts of wine, your belly will be full and your eyes will be shutting. Instead of bringing a bottle of wine to add to the sleepies, trying bringing some delicious seasonal coffee. Pumpkin is always a huge hit, but rich flavors like hazelnut and chai are always comforting in the colder months.
When you are running around a hot kitchen, the last thing on your mind is snapping photos. Be the day’s photographer and capture all of the special holiday moments. As a thank you to the host, you could later make a scrapbook so they can reminisce about their successful event.
Kitchen Emergency Kit
There are so many things that can go wrong on a major holiday. Your host will appreciate a safety net — even if it's a small one! Pack a small bag of emergency items that could help your host get through the holiday. A timer, turkey twine, and an aloe plant are all great options for some of the major kitchen emergencies that could arise.
It may seem like a strange thing to pack along, but those that host a later dinner will definitely appreciate you bringing a distraction. With the chaos that ensues with even the smallest of families at holidays, it helps to have activities to keep rambunctious little ones and ornery older ones occupied while the host gets the meal ready.
Music can always set the tone for a great time. Before you leave the house, download a few playlists appropriate for the different phases of dinner. You could be a huge help to the host in making sure the mood is just right for the meal!
Who doesn’t absolutely adore chocolates? Your host is going to get a ton of pies and big-name desserts, so sometimes bringing something small, flavorful, and decadent dessert is a nice treat after a huge feast.
Grumbling stomachs can easy be distracted with the help of a fun activity. Send the hungry masses outside to toss around a football. Not only will the extra activity help them feel a little better about the big meal they are about to consume, but your host will be happy to have eager fingers out of their way!
After slaving away all day at the stove, you wouldn’t believe how much a kind gesture is appreciated. Instead of bringing something related to the dinner, think outside the box and get a pampering present for your host for working so hard on a fabulous meal.
After the turkey has settled and the cleanup is done, the host really won't have much energy to do anything. Why not bring by a classic Thanksgiving flick or even a Christmas movie to help kick off the new holiday season?