Hosting a group of people for Thanksgiving is a lot of work, and while many hosts are happy to spend the occasion with friends and family, they deserve a hearty thank you for their efforts. Show your appreciation for a Thanksgiving meal by bringing a thoughtful host gift. We’ve got 4 Thanksgiving Host Gift ideas to start with. Happy Thanksgiving!
If the host of your Thanksgiving is particular about their dinner, then why not bring food for the next day? This is especially nice if you’re staying with your hosts – it’s the type of thing one might overlook in the uber focused prep shopping. Put together a nice collection of the makings for turkey sandwiches. A nice loaf of bread (or two!), a quality jar of mayo, and some nice lettuce is plenty – but if you want to turn it up a notch, consider this gourmet turkey sandwich recipe. Cream cheese, sprouts, and sunflower seeds? Sound delicious, and super thoughtful.
Breakfast for the next day is probably the last thing on your host’s mind, so we love the idea of prepping it for them. This apple pie overnight french toast is ideal because it can be prepped in advance and takes no work the next day. Use a disposable tin foil pan to make cleanup a snap! Just make sure your host will have space in their fridge for the pans – or take responsibility for some creative rearranging.
If you’re crafty in the kitchen, it’s always a good idea to bring homemade goods as a hostess gift. Whether it’s pickles, salsa, or jam, it is a lovely gesture to bring a non-perishable homemade gift. With this and the chocolates listed below, it’s important to stress that the items are a gift – so there’s no need for them to share with their guests.
No time to cook or can? No problem. This simple fudge recipe is a literal “set it and forget it” slow cooker recipe. All you need is milk chocolate chips, whipping cream, honey, white chocolate chips, and a bit of vanilla and sea salt, and a few hours for the chocolate to cook and cool. But if you don’t have time? No problem. Check out our extensive chocolate selection in store or online.
Dads of all kinds have been there for us, from our first bike ride without training wheels to when they shed a tear at our high school graduation. After all the birthdays, soccer practices, and comforting hugs, we’re all grown up—but our dads get to still play a huge part in our lives, especially as we have kids of our own.
Care packages are the perfect remedy for those who are feeling homesick this holiday season. Whether they’re overseas on a business trip, across the country studying for exams, or even just next door fighting the flu, everyone will be grateful for a little thoughtful delivery. Perk up a loved one’s day by making them a care package for every occasion.
You don’t have to blow the budget to assemble the perfect care package. Make sure to keep these tips in mind before you begin:
Most people are excited whenever they receive snail mail that isn’t a bill. Make it extra special for them this season, and include something that they may not have time to pamper themselves with on a day-to-day basis.
If someone is missing home and unable to get their hands on certain food products where they are, make sure to include their favourite snack or holiday treat for a little taste of home.
Everyone needs an emergency kit during flu and exam season. Make yours functional and fun by including necessary distractions along with the essential cold fighters.
Make your care package unique to whoever is receiving it. Include family photos, handwritten cards and anything else that reminds them of home.
Update – December 1, 2016
Thank you everyone for your overwhelming outpouring of support of our local seniors this holiday season. We have now fulfilled the personalized wish lists for our senior partners thanks to your generosity and support. However, we will continue to collect donations for the more than 1,000 seniors who visit the Operation Friendship Seniors Society drop-in centre each day during the winter. If you would like to support these seniors, male/female drop in centre tags will be available for pick up at all Edmonton stores. These seniors are most in need of warmth items and hygiene products, and some special holiday treats such as cookies or chocolate. They often love having a travel mug to help them keep warm outside.
With your help, we have met our goal of helping 2,000+ seniors this holiday season, and your continued support of the Santa for Seniors program this year will support our local seniors without a home.
The London Drugs Santa for Seniors for Operation Friendship Seniors Society & Friends is a holiday donation drive that will support seniors in the Greater Edmonton Area with personalized gifts.
In 2015, the Santa for Senior program supported 500 inner city seniors with gifts for the holidays. Now in its second year, Santa for Seniors hopes to help 2,000 seniors in Edmonton, Sherwood Park and St. Albert.
Santa and his volunteers from London Drugs, Operation Friendship, Sherwood Care, YouVille and North Edmonton Seniors Association will deliver all items to the seniors on December 15.
In December 2015, London Drugs in Edmonton partnered with Operation Friendship Seniors Society to provide personalized gifts for 40 of the Society’s seniors.
In less than three weeks, thousands of items were donated, wrapped and delivered by Santa and his elves for the 350 residents of Operation Friendship Seniors Society, with another 150+ packages provided for the Society’s drop-in centre.
“We are so grateful to be part of this program with London Drugs for the first time,” said Jimmy Morrison, Community Relations Supervisor with Operation Friendship Seniors Society. “Many of our residents do not have family or loved ones they can celebrate the holidays with, so this small gesture will mean so much to many. We are thankful to the community for any support they can provide to us, especially during the holidays, and look forward to expanding this program with London Drugs in the future.”
Thank you to our customers in the Edmonton area for supporting Edmonton inner city seniors. If you would like to help a senior in your area, here are the top 10 most popular gifts from the Society’s wish lists.
10 POPULAR GIFTS FOR SENIORS
Learn more about Operation Friendship Seniors Society: http://www.ofss.org/
London Drugs partnered with Airdrie Angel to make this holiday season a bit brighter for families who have fallen on hard times due to illness, financials difficulties and other trying circumstances.
“This is a really hard time of year for a lot of families and it’s really important that we support however we can,” says Colleen Lancaster, Store Manager at London Drugs in Airdrie.
Staff from her store and a group of volunteers from The Carre Group surprised families with everything from a Christmas tree and decorations to stockings and stuffers and gifts for the entire family.
“What a day like this does for all of us is to make us appreciate what we have and how we can share with others,” says Lancaster.
Airdrie Angel founder, Matt Carre, adds, “It’s about giving a lift to the spirit. This is exactly what Christmas is all about.”