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287 Ways To Feel Like You Actually Helped On Thanksgiving, Even If You're Not Hosting

Don't just bring your appetite, people.

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Being a guest at someone's Thanksgiving is great, but you know what's even better? Helping out your host by bringing something!

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While some people show up with just their appetite, it's pretty easy to bring something, anything, in addition, whether it's a really tasty side dish, or just a bunch of interesting Thanksgiving facts. We rounded up a bunch of posts with great ideas so that your friends, family, or anyone else who's cooking Thanksgiving for you will think you're the best guest ever.

If you want to bring a gift to thank the person (or people) feeding you...

1. 23 Thoughtful Hostess Gifts That They’ll Actually Use

You really can't go wrong with a customized bottle of wine with a Wordy Wine label.
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You really can't go wrong with a customized bottle of wine with a Wordy Wine label.

2. 19 Under-$30 Gifts For People Who Love To Cook

I dare any host not to love this adorable butter dish.Get it from Amazon for $14.99.
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I dare any host not to love this adorable butter dish.

Get it from Amazon for $14.99.

3. 38 Best DIY Food Gifts

This mulled wine kit is everything that's good about presents.
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This mulled wine kit is everything that's good about presents.

If you want some fun facts to get the dinner-table conversation started...

4. 15 Turkey Facts That Will Make You Sound Smart This Thanksgiving

Male turkeys are called gobblers!
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Male turkeys are called gobblers!

5. This Is Why The Detroit Lions Always Play On Thanksgiving

Tl;dr: It was a (successful!) ratings ploy by the Lions's first owner that managed to stand the test of time.
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Tl;dr: It was a (successful!) ratings ploy by the Lions's first owner that managed to stand the test of time.

6. 13 Surprising Facts About Your Thanksgiving Groceries

Libby's, which makes the canned pumpkin you probably buy to make your pies, has its own special hybrid variety of pumpkin. It's a hybrid of the Dickinson pumpkin (pictured above) called Libby’s Select.
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Libby's, which makes the canned pumpkin you probably buy to make your pies, has its own special hybrid variety of pumpkin. It's a hybrid of the Dickinson pumpkin (pictured above) called Libby’s Select.

7. Everything You Didn't Know About The Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade

Macy's is the second largest consumer of helium after the U.S. government.
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Macy's is the second largest consumer of helium after the U.S. government.

If you're dreading a whole meal with your dysfunctional family...

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Definitely drink when someone refers to the turkey as "moist."

9. 6 Awkward Holiday Conversations You’re Dreading, And How To Deal With Them

Woof. We all have that Curious and Kind/Insufferably Nosy Relative, but luckily, there's a diplomatic way to handle them.
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Woof. We all have that Curious and Kind/Insufferably Nosy Relative, but luckily, there's a diplomatic way to handle them.

10. 52 Cute Photos To Look At Instead Of Your Awkward Family On Thanksgiving

Here's a puppy seeing snow for the first time. You're welcome.
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Here's a puppy seeing snow for the first time. You're welcome.

And if you want some delicious, low-key recipes that won't outshine the turkey...

11. 29 Thanksgiving Side Dishes That Will Make Turkey Irrelevant

Idea: make one tray of these pretzel Parker House rolls to eat at home, and another to bring to Thanksgiving. Recipe here.
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Idea: make one tray of these pretzel Parker House rolls to eat at home, and another to bring to Thanksgiving. Recipe here.

12. 21 Big-Batch Cocktails To Get Your Family Drunk On Thanksgiving

This rosemary baby cocktail is easy to make, and a cinch to transport. Recipe here.
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This rosemary baby cocktail is easy to make, and a cinch to transport. Recipe here.

13. 19 Thanksgiving Dips That Will Feed A Crowd

Trust me, if you bring this cranberry, pecan, and white cheddar cheese ball to Thanksgiving, you'll be the MVG (most valuable guest). Recipe here.
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Trust me, if you bring this cranberry, pecan, and white cheddar cheese ball to Thanksgiving, you'll be the MVG (most valuable guest). Recipe here.

14. How To Survive Thanksgiving If You're Gluten-Free

Probably a good idea to bring a bag of these salted candied almonds to snack on juuuust case all of the appetizers are glutenous. Recipe here.
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Probably a good idea to bring a bag of these salted candied almonds to snack on juuuust case all of the appetizers are glutenous. Recipe here.

Happy turkey day!

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