The car’s packed. You’re just about to head out on the road to face the traffic when you realize that you don’t have anything to give the host/hostess to thank them for putting on this year’s Thanksgiving festivities!
You could stop some place on the way to pick something up, but who knows what you’ll find and if there will even be time. You can call another one of your relatives to ask them to bring something on your behalf, but who knows what they’ll select. Or, you can put off your trip for another 5 to 10 minutes and head back inside the house to create two last minute gifts any host or hostess will love.
1. ALL PURPOSE SPICE RUB (VIA POPSUGAR)
This is a great gift for all of the cooks in your life. In fact, it’s a great gift for anyone in your life that likes a good rub that they don’t have to make themselves! Plus, I’ll bet you have all of these ingredients in your pantry already!
1/3 cup coarse salt
1/4 cup packed light brown sugar
1/4 cup paprika
2 tablesppons ground black pepper
2 tablespoons dried oregano
2 tablespoons dried thyme leaves
1 tablespoon cayenne pepper (optional)
Combine all of the ingredients in a small bowl. You can use your hands to mix the ingredients and to break up the sugar. Package in a fun airtight container, and you’re all set! Your host will have enough rub to season 5-10 pounds of meat, poultry or seafood!
2. NATURAL ROOM SCENTS (VIA THE YUMMY LIFE)
The perfect gift for the day after Thanksgiving! We all know how great homes smell when the turkey is in the oven, the mashed potatoes are being mashed and the gravy is being stirred. But certainly just as memorable is the stale odor that can occur the day after. What better way to say thank you than a gift that gets your host/hostess’ home smelling pleasant again in an instant. Added bonus: it’s made with all natural ingredients, so it’s great for those with asthma and allergies who are normally bothered by air freshners.
I found this on The Yummy Life, and they had a number of recipes. My favorite is the one with oranges, cinnamon and cloves.
2 cinnamon sticks (or 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon)
1/2 tablespoon whole cloves (or 1/8 teaspoon ground cloves)
1/2 tablespoon whole allspice (or 1/4 tablespoon ground allspice)
1 anise star (optional)
To bring to your host/hostess, find a pint jar (holds 2 cups) or container. Add all ingredients to the container and then fill it up with water. Put on a fun, little label or decorate it. Then, when your host/hostess wants to use it, he/she can put it in a pot and have it simmer on a stove top, adding water as it evaporates.