Do You Bring a Hostess Gift to Thanksgiving?

November 18, 2009 | By | Comments (0)

Since I won't be traveling home for Thanksgiving this year, a friend's family has generously invited me to spend it with them. My mother raised me better than to ever show up empty handed to a gathering, but I'm a little bit stumped on Thanksgiving.


It's not technically a potluck, since my only contribution will be pies. (I'll be making the Gingery Apple Crumb Pie and the Bourbon and Orange Pecan Pie from our November 2009 issue.) And I will of course bring a bottle or two of wine. But I need your advice on whether or not I should be bringing a traditional hostess gift.

What do you think? Given my situation, should I bring something extra for the couple who's hosting? And do you have any Thanksgiving etiquette questions we can tackle as a group?

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