thanksgiving food gifts

Thanksgiving Food Gifts

Thanksgiving food gifts are a great American tradition.  This season if you can't make it for a Thanksgiving gathering, send them your warmest wishes with an unforgettable Thanksgiving food gift. Just click on one of the images below and explore until you find just the right Thanksgiving gift. 

To discover more about these creative Thanksgiving Food Gifts, just click on the image.

Peppered Smoked Turkey. Fresh cracked pepper adds zest and gives a regal appearance to this plump, juicy bird. Fully cooked, lightly smoked and ready to carve and serve.  Discover more...

Hickory Smoked Spiral Sliced Ham.  “Serve this masterpiece at your next family gathering! You'll enjoy the wonderful combination of the sweet glazed topping and hickory smoked flavor of our spiral sliced ham with the flavor enhancing bone left in. It's fully cooked and spiral sliced for your serving convenience.”  Place your order.

Whole Smoked Pheasant. Smoked over slow-burning Wisconsin Applewood.  Sweet, smoky, moist, juicy, flavorful and utterly delicious. Place your order.

Elk, Buffalo and Venison Thanksgiving Steaks. A delicious assortment. Hearty, ready-to-cook Hunters Reserve™ Wild Game. Each packaged at the peak of flavorful perfection! Come boxed and ready for gift-giving. State type of game you wish to order. 

Smoked Quail"A real delicacy in smoked poultry. These tender, flavorful birds are cured, smoked and cooked for the true gourmet. The rich flavor is sure to please..."  Learn more.

Alaskan Wild Salmon FilletsRich in heart-healthy Omega-3.  Naturally juicy and firm in texture make them perfect for grilling, broiling or pan searing.  Order Alaskan Wild Salmon.

Herb Roasted Turkey.  "A special blend of sea salt, spices, garlic, parsley and other seasonings are hand rubbed on each turkey. Our special cooking process locks in the natural juices so you can enjoy all the goodness on your table. Simply heat and serve this centerpiece entree at your next special occasion."  Discover more...

Whole Honey-Glazed Ham
.  "A blend of the ole pure south, pecan pieces, pralines, and bourbon sauce all mixed together and slowly cooked until its reduced to a sweet glaze poured on top of our honey glazed ham."  Reserve your order.

Smoked Pheasant. "These game birds are cured and full of flavor and growing in popularity. They are plump and tender, hickory smoked, cooked and ready to serve. Serve a brace (two) to make a big impression at your next dinner or get-together."  Buy pheasant or order smoked pheasant for your Thanksgiving gathering...

Filet Mignon.  “Carved from the finest grain-fed beef tenderloin-mild & tender!” Place your order.

Alaskan King Crab Legs.  “Guests will be dazzled by these elegant portions of King Crab Legs filled with tender, white meat. Fully cooked and immediately frozen, our King Crab Legs make a splendid entree that couldn't be more elegant...or easier to serve!”  Discover more.

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Lots of hugs and watching football games in the den after dinner.  "My family seems more loving on Thanksgiving. My family shows their loving feelings by hugging often on Thanksgiving. My mom shows her love by baking us a big dinner that almost covers the whole table!" (4)
— Josh Holt, 11
Redding, California

Getting married on Thanksgiving Day.  “The Thanksgiving Day that is special to us is November 22, 1962. We were married on that day in Ames, Iowa.  Ever since then, everybody has asked which one of us -- or both -- got the turkey that day.” (9)
— Larry and JoAnn McGlynn
Albuquerque, New Mexico

A family tradition forged in the turmoil of the Vietnam war,.  “We have a strange custom in our family: We all spank the raw turkey before he is stuffed and roasted. Why?  The year was 1966. I was living in Albuquerque with my boys while my husband was in Vietnam. Our families were far away.  It had not been a good week. A friend had been killed in Vietnam. I had been spat at for revealing my husband was in Vietnam. My youngest had a bad cold. I was alone with my boys and I hadn't heard from my husband in several weeks. I was worried sick about him.  I was in the kitchen washing the scrawny turkey when, as I lifted the carcass from the sink full of greasy water, I dropped it. That nasty-smelling water splashed all over my Thanksgiving outfit and I simply lost it." 

"Tears running down my face, I slapped at that naked bird in the sink with all my might.  The boys came running. ‘Can I hit it too?’ ‘Me too!’ Standing on a kitchen chair, they slapped the bejesus out of that bird.   There was a certain cannibalistic satisfaction in eating the bird that day. But the best came around midnight when, by some miracle, my husband was able to get through on the phone to us. We went to sleep that night thankful for knowing he was still alive -- as he is today, still slapping the turkey.”   Send a gift this holiday to U.S. servicemen and women.  (9)

— Erika Gimple
Albuquerque, New Mexico

Thanksgiving food and Thanksgiving stories give us the most unforgettable moments and memories that we carry along with us through the rest of our life.  It's in this spirit that we thought we would give you a little bit of the best of both by weaving in memorable Thanksgiving stories in the right hand column with the culinary images and descriptions of our Thanksgiving food gift selections in the left hand column.  We wish you the happiest Thanksgiving... 

Thanksgiving Food Gift Memories

What are your favorite Thanksgiving memories?

Watching Grandma working busily in the kitchen.  "What I remember most about Thanksgiving from my childhood is watching Grandma Menard working busily in her kitchen, peeking in the oven and tasting the dressing to see if it was done. Propping open the roaster in which the 15- to 20-pound turkey was cooking and perhaps stealing a little bit of the neck. Preparing delicacies that I would put up against anything the world's most-famous chefs could offer." (1)

— Jeff Tiedeman
Grand Forks, North Dakota

Savoring Grandma Eva's pie — the most velvety pumpkin pie around.
  “My grandmother, Eva Mary Quinn Fitzpatrick, was raised in the Green Lake area, back when it was country, but as a young woman married my grandfather, a dairy farmer in Tillamook, Ore. She raised four children on the farm, and even when I was a youngster I remember her cooking on a woodstove, long after the rest of us had electric stoves. Her pumpkin pie was in great demand at Thanksgiving. I don't know where she got the recipe, but it makes the most velvety pie around. We always just called it Eva's Pumpkin Pie.” (2)
— Karen Jones
Edmonds, Washington

Two teenagers organizing a neighborhood Thanksgiving food drive to give thanks by giving to others. 
“Bridgett Jenkins recognized a memory in the making when her 13-year-old daughter, Stacy, and her pal Jaymie Grauman, 14, organized a neighborhood food drive late last week [November 1996].  ‘They were just sitting there, and they said 'Wouldn't it be nice to just help someone?' We've been there before,’ Jenkins said. "We know what it's like to be down and out.’  The girls used Jaymie's computer to design their fliers, then they hand-delivered them to the 150 homes in their neighborhood, Tibbitts Landing.  That Sunday the girls got a little red wagon and started collecting. With the help of Jaymie's father and a few friends, they ended the day with 10 bags of groceries for the food bank at Elk Plain School.  ‘They were really excited,’ Jenkins said of the Bethel Junior High School students. ‘They thought nobody would really put anything out.’  Now they know how one generous act leads to another.” (13)

— Bridgett Jenkins
Stacy Jenkins
and Jaymie Grauman
Tibbitts Landing, Tacoma, Washington
If you were to guess, what Thanksgiving songs do you think are rated the most popular?
A surprise Thanksgiving feast in the French countryside.  "Just out of college and eager to travel the world, my friend Malcolm Carling-Smith and I decided to move to France In the fall of 1976 and immerse ourselves in the French culture.  The two of us took French language courses in a school in Tours, France - a language institute that catered mostly to young adults from countries throughout the world.  Like us, most of the other students rented rooms in the homes of local host families who spoke little or no English.  It was an unforgettable experience staying with these families.  We got to know some of them very well.  We learned about their traditions and they learned about ours.  In late November, however, we couldn't help but be reminded of home as we walked the streets and markets of France and saw no pumpkins, no harvest decor, no turkeys.  One evening, we were invited over for dinner by one of the host families.  When we arrived and they opened the door to their home, we were taken completely by surprise to see a full Thanksgiving celebration feast awaiting us.  The parents and children were dressed up as Pilgrims and Indians.  They served us roasted turkey, potatoes, cranberries, and pumpkin pie.  It was a slice of home away from home, and one of the most unique and memorable Thanksgivings I've ever had."

Bob Cole
Camarillo, California

The gift of an infant son on Thanksgiving day.  “Cindy Lou Downing of Redding wrote that her most memorable Thanksgiving took place 21 years ago when the whole family decided to have a potluck dinner at the home of her grandmother, a frail woman who had given birth to 14 children.  ‘It was wonderful, tables and tables of food, aunts, uncles and cousins I hadn't seen for years.’ Her grandmother would periodically rest in her room throughout the day and when she got up, Mrs. Downing, who was expecting her first child, would lie down. 

‘That evening my grandmother came to her room and asked, 'What's wrong, dear?' I told her 'Grandma, I have the strangest backache, it comes and goes every 10 minutes or so.' Her eyes grew wide and she said, 'Honey, you're in labor.' We both laughed and I said, 'You're the expert.'  ‘That night I gave thanks for a beautiful, healthy son. This Thanksgiving Day, Anthony turns 21 years old and though Grandma is no longer with us, her spirit will always be. This is going to be a great Thanksgiving!’”  (4)
Cindy Lou Downing
Redding, California

Giving kindness to strangers produced the most memorable Thanksgiving.  “Even a quarter century later, Pat Widing hasn't forgotten her most memorable Thanksgiving ever. The long-time Merrillville [Indiana] woman was told by a friend about an ‘adopt a sailor’ program through the Great Lakes Naval Station.  The program allowed fresh-faced Navy recruits who lived far away to leave base on this holiday to share dinner with local families. Widing and her friend Darlene Sperber adopted 10 recruits on that long-ago Thanksgiving.  Their families rented a van, picked up the sailors at the base, and feasted together at Pat's and Darlene's homes. 

‘Oh my, they ate and ate and ate,’ Pat said. ‘Our turkey bone was bare.’  One recruit ate so much food and candy he got sick and threw up before returning to his barrack late that night.  ‘But they were so appreciative,’ Pat said. ‘They kept saying 'thank you' over and over.’  And, a few days later, a mother of one of the recruits mailed Pat a thank-you card, expressing her appreciation that her son shared the holiday with a genuine ‘family.’ ‘After all of the Thanksgivings I've had since, that one still means the most,’ Pat said. ‘And it was with strangers.’” Thanksgiving stories about giving to others.  (5) 
— Pat Widing
Merrillville, Indiana

The taste of turkey served from the back of a supply truck on the front lines of the Korean War.  At age 73, reflecting back on his many Thanksgiving seasons, Harold Latham's most memorable Thanksgiving occurred during a bitter cold winter of the Korean War. "''I was sitting there with the rain and snow hitting my steel pot [combat helmet],’ he recalled.  'It got awful cold in the mud there, just a nasty place to be. I was a rifleman, just grunting my way through.  Then they brought us a hot dinner on the back of a deuce and a half (truck), right to the line. they'd feed half of us, while the other held the line. We had turkey and all, then it was back to action.  For a little while, though, it was like home...the food anyway.'” (3)
— Harold Latham
Fayetteville, North Carolina

A wife who stuck by me through thick and thin. “Leon C. and Athlea Stilley of Greenwell Springs [Louisiana] were . . . married on Thanksgiving Day -— on Nov. 28, 1946.  ‘I still feel I have more than most folks to be thankful for every Nov. 28 that she stuck by me through thick and thin,' Leon Stilley wrote. "And Athlea I. Goodwin Stilley is still my best reason to be thankful, besides Jesus, on this day." (10)

— Leon C. Stilley
Greenwell Springs, Louisiana

Like godparents at a christening we ‘oohed and ahhed’ as the steaming turkey was pulled from the stove.  “Thanksgiving 1963 stands out for Donna Miller of Forrest Lane [Owensboro, Kentucky ], who was then 15 and one of eight children growing up in Meriden, Conn.  She and her siblings were assigned chores, from setting the table for a dozen or more people to preparing the corn, turnips, acorn squash, green beans and Jell-O with fruit.  The turkey was so large [that] her mother started cooking it the night before.  ‘So when we woke up next morning, that's what we smelled," Miller said. ‘We didn't have a hen turkey; we had a tom turkey, a big one.  All eight of us gathered around the stove like godparents at a christening, and the turkey was pulled from its hibernating and relieved of its bread-stuff contents,’ Miller wrote.  ‘We oohed and ahhed at the steaming beast and drooled at the thought of consuming it.’” (6)
Donna Miller
Owensboro, Kentucky

Traveling very long distances so family members would be together on Thanksgiving.  “Well, my entire family lives in Baton Rouge, Louisiana - aunts, uncles, cousins, second cousins twice removed - but one year an aunt and someone she had married decided to move to Houston for a little while, and the entire family on my mom's side just couldn't stand it. So, for Thanksgiving we all trekked down to Houston, bought all our Louisiana seasonings, and we all celebrated Thanksgiving there with them. They all went down to Houston. They couldn't stand that someone was not in the family for Thanksgiving, and now I'm in school in Washington, D.C., and they can't stand that I'm here for Thanksgiving. So, I've got a mother and a grandmother and father and a sister that have all come up here.”  (8)

Unidentified student
Washingon, D.C.

Celebrating a 100th birthday on Thanksgiving Day.  “In 1904, Wilda Fletcher was born on Thanksgiving Day in Lyndon, Kan., making this Thanksgiving her 100th birthday.  Fletcher's earliest memory took place in her grandparents' home. Her grandfather, Charles Green, was a historian who followed Buffalo Bill and wrote about his adventures.  Fletcher recalls one evening, her grandfather brought Buffalo Bill home while she was there. She said he shook her hand and only stayed a short while. He was wearing his infamous buffalo skin coat, with a flask on his side. . . Fletcher said the best piece of advice she could give to her grandchildren, great-grandchildren and all young people would be to ‘always be loving and kind.’  On this Thanksgiving Day, Wilda Fletcher's family will gather to celebrate the 100 years of her life so far, which, according to her, is the best birthday present she could ask for. ‘Family is very important,’ she said.” (7)
— Wilda Fletcher
Myrtle Beach, South Carolina

Graduating from the children’s table to the adult’s table.
  “My favorite memories of Thanksgiving are when you finally graduated from the little table in the corner and got to move up to the big table with the adults. The view of the big table from the little table is one that I definitely remember.” (8)
— John Graney
Washington, D.C.

Receiving an eviction notice on Thanksgiving Day.  “In 1991, on my way home from work, while riding on my motorcycle, I was struck by a drunk driver.  This was May, and by Thanksgiving my family was under a very dark cloud.  Because of my injuries I could not work. For the next two years, my wife and I struggled to make ends meet and provide a roof over our heads. We were abused by the system and rebuked by society. Giving thanks was an emotion that had become alien to us.  One day, in 1993, my wife won a free turkey in a giveaway contest. Classmates of mine, who knew of our struggle, provided the rest of the fixings for our dinner. We were jubilant and feeling thankful for the first time in a long time. As we sat at the table saying our prayer of thanks, there was a knock at the door.  It was our landlord, with a three-day eviction notice and a letter from the court demanding payment of our other half-month's rent (we could only afford to pay half at a time).  Every year we struggle with the painful memory of that infamous day of thanks. To be so thankful one moment and so destroyed the next.  I wish a happy holiday to everyone, but request you remember those who may not be as fortunate.” (9)
— Edward Kisner
Rio Rancho, New Mexico

A Massachusetts Thanksgiving turkey with a lemon fresh shine.  “My turkey disaster happened many years ago when I had a house full of visiting relatives. Preparing the bird, I did as my mother always did, by patting salad oil over it before baking. She believed this gave the skin a golden crispness without drying it out.  I usually kept the salad oil in an upper cabinet, but the last bottle of oil I bought was a large, economy size that was on sale. It wouldn't fit on that upper shelf, so I reached under the sink for the new bottle, opened it and patted it on the turkey.  As I was about to put the turkey in the oven, I glanced at the salad oil bottle again . . . . the label read LEMON OIL. I had plastered it with furniture polish! The skull and crossbones stared at me from the label.  In a panic I drew steaming hot water in the sink and scrubbed the bird over and over again.  As Aunt Marge walked through the kitchen she said, "I have seen people clean turkeys, but I've never seen anyone wash under their arms before .'  I cautiously pealed the CRISP skin off the bird and served it with fear. Everyone at the table said it was the best turkey they ever tasted.  Ellie Prendergast 'fessed up and writes that the family is still laughing about this one at her house.”  (12)
— Ellie Prendergast
Hyannis, Massachusetts


(1) Jeff Tiedeman, Herald Staff Writer, “Thanks for the Tradition,” Grand Forks Herald, Grand Forks, North Dakota, November 24, 1999, p. 01
(2) Karen Jones quoted in Larry Brown, “Thanksgiving Memories,” The Seattle Times, November 18, 1992, p. D1
(3) Harold Latham interviewed by Staff writers, “Thanksgiving memories,” The Fayetteville Observer, Fayetteville, North Carolina, November 28, 2002
(4) Jon Lewis, “Thoughts On Thanksgiving Readers Reminisce About Holidays That Were Special,” The Record Searchlight, Redding, California, November 25, 1993, p. C1
(5) Jerry Davich, “Memories of Thanksgivings past,” Post-Tribune, Gary, Indiana, November 22, 2007, p. A3
(6) David Blackburn, Messenger-Inquirer, “Thanksgiving stories seasoned with food, family,” Owensboro Messenger-Inquirer, Owensboro, Kentucky, Daviess County, November 21, 2004, Section F, p. 1
(7) T.M. Gabrielson for The Sun News, “Woman to Celebrate 100th Birthday On Thanksgiving,” The Sun News, Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, November 25, 2004, p. 7
(8) Noah Adams and Dan Charles, “What Is Your Favorite Thanksgiving Memory?,” All Things Considered, National Public Radio, Edition: 20:00,21:00, November 23, 1995
(9) Compiled by Carrie Seidman, “Turkey Day Stuffed With Smiles, Tears,” Albuquerque Journal, Albuquerque, New Mexico, November 27, 1997, p. A1
(10) Danny Heitman, “Giving Thanks - Stories of memorable Thanksgivings,” The Baton Rouge Sunday Advocate, Baton Rouge, Louisiana, November 21, 1999, p. 1H
(11) Bonnie Newman-Stanley, “Holiday Rekindles Memories of Food, Friends, Family And Faith,” Richmond Times-Dispatch, Richmond, Virginia, November 28, 1985, p. 17
(12) Gwenn Friss, “A kitten in the turkey, a turkey in the hot tub and other Thanksgiving disasters,” Cape Cod Times, Hyannis, Massachusetts, November 26, 2003
(13) Kathleen Merryman, “Carving Out Memories - Thanksgiving Stories Stuffed With Kindness, Hope And Even Silliness,” The News Tribune, Tacoma, Washington, November 28, 1996, p. A1


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