Giving Thanks on Turkey Day

By Kat La Mantia | October 19 2023 | GiftBlogAdultsChildren'sGeneralAll

Whether you’re prepping to host a traditional turkey feast, planning a Friendsgiving with your chosen family, or just looking for a way to show gratitude for your daily joys and blessings, there’s all kinds of ways to celebrate Thanksgiving.

For powerhouse hosts, Babs and Ina Garten have got your back with people-pleasing recipes to wow at any holiday table, and Batch Cocktails provides delicious, make-ahead cocktail recipes to free up some precious kitchen time on Thanksgiving day. For guests or Friendsgiving goers, don’t show up empty-handed! Side dishes are always welcome. Check out Trap Kitchen: Mac N’ All Over The World for the perfect mac n’ cheese recipe, or find a cozy, seasonal dessert in The Complete Autumn and Winter Cookbook.

Kids and adults alike can give thanks this holiday season through guided journals like The Gift of Gratitude or My First Gratitude JournalLittle ones can celebrate the holiday with Little Golden Books like Elmo’s Best Thanksgiving Ever! and I Am Thankful, or with board books starring their favorite characters like Thankful for Family (Berenstain Bears) and Llama Llama Gives Thanks. And for kids curious about the history of the holiday, check out these great titles on Native American history and heritage!

See our favorite Thanksgiving picks below, and then explore our title lists to discover even more!

Cookbooks for Holiday Entertaining

Best of Cocktails

Gratitude & Thankfulness

Children’s Thanksgiving Bestsellers

Native American Heritage – Children’s

Gifts for Host/Hostess

Casual-Fancy Meals to Share
The cooks of America's Test Kitchen share how they entertain at home, with 140 recipes from simple to showstopping and airtight planning strategiesToss out old rules of getting together and throw a dinner party so memorable and fuss-free that everyone will want to repeat it— even the host
$35.00 US
Sep 19, 2023
8-1/2 x 10
320 Pages
America's Test Kitchen

Celebrate with Babs
Holiday Recipes & Family Traditions
It only takes two years to start a tradition! From New Year's Day to Christmas and every holiday in between, your adopted grandmother Babs shares all of the holiday recipes and motherly advice you need to make every celebration special.
$32.00 US
Apr 12, 2022
8 x 10
256 Pages

Boards and Spreads
Shareable, Simple Arrangements for Every Meal
Go beyond cheese with 65 recipes for delicious boards and epic spreads for dinner, appetizers, breakfast, snacks, and more.
$24.00 US
Aug 23, 2022
7 x 9
192 Pages
Clarkson Potter

Go-To Dinners
A Barefoot Contessa Cookbook
America’s favorite home cook presents delicious, crowd-pleasing, go-to recipes that you’ll want to make over and over again!
$35.00 US
Oct 25, 2022
7-7/16 x 10
256 Pages
Clarkson Potter

Recipes and Ideas for Effortless Entertaining
Everything you need to make everyday entertaining a flawless reality!
$32.00 US
Sep 13, 2022
8-1/2 x 11
312 Pages
Appetite by Random House

Trap Kitchen: Mac N' All Over The World: Bangin' Mac N' Cheese Recipes from Arou nd the World
(Global Mac and Cheese Recipes, Easy Comfort Food, College Student Cooking, Quic k Meal Ideas, International Cuisine Fusion,Gourmet Home Cooking, Simple Recipe)
Foreword by Snoop Dogg50 unique, globally-inspired mac n' cheese recipes, perfect for college students, culinary enthusiasts, and those seeking quick, affordable, yet gourmet comfort food. Crafted by seasoned chefs, this book blends traditional cheese-rich dishes with international flair, making it an ideal kitchen staple for busy students and home cooks. A perfect present for food lovers and adventurous cooks, it transforms the classic mac n' cheese into a diverse, global gastronomic journey, accessible to cooks of all skill levels.
$24.95 US
Jul 19, 2022
7-3/8 x 9-1/8
128 Pages
Kingston Imperial

The Complete Autumn and Winter Cookbook
550+ Recipes for Warming Dinners, Holiday Roasts, Seasonal Desserts, Breads, Food Gifts, and More
Celebrate the season with this treasure trove of cozy cooking and baking recipes, from soul-warming soups and simple dinners to showstoppers and weekend projects.
$34.99 US
Sep 21, 2021
8-1/2 x 10
432 Pages
America's Test Kitchen

Batch Cocktails
Make-Ahead Pitcher Drinks for Every Occasion
A hip, accessible guide to batch cocktail-making for entertaining, with 65 recipes that can be made hours--or weeks!--ahead of time so that hosts and hostesses have one less thing to worry about as the doorbell rings.
$19.99 US
Mar 19, 2019
6-1/2 x 9
160 Pages
Ten Speed Press

The Essential Cocktail Deck
50 Cards for Mixing Modern Drinks
Shake up your next get-together with this indispensable deck of 50 cards featuring classic and unique cocktail recipes.
$22.00 US
Jun 20, 2023
5-1/2 x 7-1/2
52 Pages
Clarkson Potter

Winter Drinks
70 Essential Cold-Weather Cocktails
A giftable collection of 70 cocktails built to fortify against the cold, featuring essential classics; updated riffs on traditional toddies, punches, nogs, and spiked coffees; and thoroughly modern drinks built to channel the season.
$19.99 US
Oct 02, 2018
7 x 8
160 Pages
Ten Speed Press

Llama Llama Gives Thanks
From beloved storyteller Anna Dewdney comes the perfect way to give thanks: a Llama Llama Thanksgiving board book!
$7.99 US
Aug 15, 2017
7 x 7
Board Book
14 Pages
Viking Books for Young Readers
Age 0-3 years

Weeâchumun's Thanksgiving Story
In this Wampanoag story told in a Native tradition, two kids from the Mashpee Wampanoag tribe learn the story of Weeâchumun (corn) and the first Thanksgiving. 
$17.99 US
Aug 02, 2022
11 x 8-1/2
32 Pages
Age 3-7 years

Elmo's Best Thanksgiving Ever! (Sesame Street)
Celebrate Thanksgiving together on Sesame Street with this Little Golden Book starring Elmo and his family and friends—including Oscar, Abby, Cookie Monster, and Julia!
$5.99 US
Sep 06, 2022
6-5/8 x 8
24 Pages
Golden Books
Age 2-5 years

I Am Thankful
We all have much to be thankful for--including this Little Golden Book with delightful rhyming text and sweet illustrations of diverse children saying why they're thankful!
$5.99 US
Sep 07, 2021
6-5/8 x 8
24 Pages
Golden Books
Age 2-5 years

Thanks from The Very Hungry Caterpillar
Show friends and family how much you appreciate them with the Very Hungry Caterpillar's colorful book of thanks.
$9.99 US
Aug 15, 2017
5-1/2 x 6-3/4
32 Pages
World of Eric Carle
Age 3-6 years

Thankful for Family (Berenstain Bears)
Celebrate Thanksgiving and family with this festive Berenstain Bears board book!
$7.99 US
Aug 29, 2023
6 x 6-5/8
Board Book
22 Pages
Random House Books for Young Readers
Age 0-3 years

Best Worst Grateful - Color Block
A Daily 5 Minute Mindfulness Journal to Cultivate Gratitude and Live a Peaceful, Positive, and Happier Life
Harness the power of gratitude and live a happier life through guided journaling! Stylish color block cover adds a vibrant vibe to your daily gratitude practice.Be more joyful with this easy-to-use mindfulness journal that offers you the opportunity to take a moment each day for a thoughtful but quick self-review, noting the high point, the low point, and one thing for which you feel truly grateful. When you acknowledge your highs and lows, and focus on your moment of gratitude, you learn to transcend the difficult moments and live more joyfully.
$16.99 US
Dec 06, 2022
5-1/2 x 8
Stationery & Accessories
192 Pages
Spruce Books

Grateful for You
A Mothers Journal to Write Letters to My Baby Keepsake Mom Memory Book and Journal to Children
Preserve those precious memories for lifetime, and then pass down to your child one day!
$19.95 US
Mar 01, 2022
6 x 9
120 Pages
Paige Tate & Co

The Gift of Gratitude
A Guided Journal for Counting Your Blessings
Beautifully illustrated guided journal based on the work of Louise Hay, packed with affirmations and motivational exercises on self-love, joy, and living in gratitude. 
$14.99 US
Dec 28, 2021
5-1/2 x 8-1/2
Stationery & Accessories
144 Pages
Hay House LLC

My First Gratitude Journal
Fun and Fast Ways for Kids to Give Daily Thanks
Gratitude Journal for Kids: Grateful kids are happy kids!
$6.99 US
Dec 17, 2019
6 x 9
128 Pages
Z Kids
Age 5-9 years