In an otherwise hectic season, Thanksgiving is the one holiday that seems to give us breathing room. It's a chance to slow down, enjoy an unhurried meal with friends and family, and express both gratitude and generosity.
It might seem corny, but we actually look forward to the classic ritual at the end of the meal, when each dinner guest reflects on what they're most thankful for that year.
What about you? Do you have a favorite Thanksgiving ritual? How will you say thanks this year? Whether you're opening your home to relatives, escaping to the wilderness for a simple campfire dinner, or joining the crowd at a friend's table, we hope your day is filled with warmth and contentment.
In celebration, we bring you 14 handmade ways to say thanks this season.
We give thanks for things large and small.
Clockwise from top left: 10 "Rosa" postcards, Rifle Card Co., Winter Park, Fla.; Doug Bar, Maak Soap Lab, Portland, Ore.; Feest Energizing Aromatherapy soy candle in eucalyptus & basil, Feest Home, Vancouver, Canada; Sweet thank-you card; Crop Circle Hoops, Laurel Hill Jewelry, Chico, Calif.
"Thanks for having us over!" Great host/hostess gifts for the season.
Clockwise from top left: Vintage butterflies thank-you postcard; Ceramic growler, Portland Growler Company, Portland, Ore.; Pinot Blanc flake salt, Jacobsen Salt Co., Portland, Ore.; White Sage & Wild Mint tea, Juniper Ridge, Oakland, Calif.; IPA from certified gluten-free Harvester Brewing, Portland Ore.; and leather wine-holder, made in Tahoe City, Calif.
Shake it up with an extra-special cocktail gift set.
We love The Mason Shaker, made in Brooklyn, New York by a pair of childhood best friends. After one too many kitchen mishaps with makeshift cocktail tools, Josh Williams and Eric Prum formed W&P Designs. Together, they've created a mason jar cocktail shaker that actually works-- beautifully.
Pair it with their drink-craft collection Shake: A New Perspective on Cocktails, ilustrated with quirky photos and sketches for instant inspiration.
Check out The Mason Shaker website for weekly recipes, and consider bringing a shaker and drink ingredients to your next shindig.