Everything Thanksgiving: Get all our Thanksgiving recipes, how-to’s and more!
This year’s Thanksgiving will likely look similar to last year’s due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. Most Thanksgiving gatherings will be smaller again, and it’s possible that you won’t be breaking bread — er, stuffing — with far-away family members yet even with vaccinations more available.
Look, we know that Thanksgiving isn’t that big of a deal in the grand scheme of things, and that there are far more important things going on in the world right now. But still, it’s OK to feel a little bit disappointed that you may not be partaking in long-standing holiday traditions this year. If you want to spread a little love to friends and family members that you would usually celebrate with Thanksgiving with — or you just want to spend less time cooking this year — shipping something delicious to their (or your own) doorstep might be the best and safest way to do so.
Some people might be excited by a turducken, while others might love nothing more than a big tub of pumpkin pudding from their favorite city bakery. Others might appreciate a fully cooked feast that just needs to be reheated. No matter whom you’re shopping for and what Thanksgiving means to them, the dishes below are special. Each one ships nationwide (or beyond, in some cases) and is guaranteed to make someone’s day.
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1. Milk Bar’s apple cider doughnut cake
By now, you’ve probably seen pastry chef Christina Tosi’s signature Milk Bar birthday cake. Maybe you saw it while scrolling on Instagram or a dessert-loving friend brought one to a party. Either way, there’s no denying that Milk Bar’s sweet, fun, nostalgic cakes are showstoppers. If you’re looking for something to send to relatives with a sweet tooth, the Milk Bar apple cider doughnut cake is packed with fall flavor: apple cider jam, creamy frosting and caramelized doughnut crumbs. You can buy a 6-inch or 10-inch cake starting at $56, not including shipping costs. Milk Bar ships nationwide in the U.S. and internationally to the U.K. and Canada. You can schedule a day for your cake to be delivered, up to 30 days in advance.
2. Logan Farms’ hickory smoked turkey
If you’re the family’s designated Thanksgiving host, you might be having some feelings about canceling the big gathering this year. Whether you’re worried about your 20-something kids not being able to cook a whole bird in their tiny apartments or your elderly relatives not being able to get around the kitchen at all, sending a smoked turkey will ensure that everyone gets a chance to celebrate. This Logan Farms hickory smoked turkey comes fully cooked, frozen and vacuum-sealed and serves 10 to 12 people. It’ll last up to 30 days in the fridge or a year in the freezer. Send one right now, and the lucky recipient just has to heat it and eat it! Get a 9- to 10-pound bird for $89, with free shipping. Available delivery dates can be found on the checkout page.
3. Chesapeake Bay’s sweet potato casserole
Sweet potato casseroles are one of those Thanksgiving classics that vary a lot by region. Some people top their sweet potatoes with broiled marshmallows, while others go for canned pineapple and brown sugar. This Chesapeake Bay sweet potato casserole is made with warm spices and a brown sugar and pecan topping. If that sounds like your family’s idea of delicious, you can ship two 22-ounce pans of this casserole (that’s 6 to 8 servings) anywhere in the continental U.S. For standard shipping, the cutoff date to order a casserole that will be received by Thanksgiving is Nov. 17.
4. Savannah Candy Kitchen’s Georgia pecan pie
There are people out there who think of Thanksgiving dinner as just a necessary prerequisite to Thanksgiving dessert. If you know any of those people and can’t celebrate with them this year, sending a top-notch pecan pie is definitely the move. Send a 9-inch pie made with Georgia pecans from Savannah Candy Kitchen. Shipping is free and nationwide. Available delivery dates can be found on the checkout page.
5. Williams Sonoma’s complete Thanksgiving stuff turkey breast dinner
If you’re looking to send a fully cooked mini-feast to someone far away (or to yourself), Williams Sonoma has you covered. They have a huge selection of Thanksgiving dinner options, from this four-person turkey breast dinner to a massive 12-person feast. It includes turkey breast, mashed potatoes, green bean casserole and a buttery pumpkin pie. Williams Sonoma ships nationwide and to certain international locations. Order by 3 p.m. ET on Nov. 19 for delivery by Nov. 24.
6. Harry And David’s apple sausage walnut stuffing
This side dish isn’t for Thanksgiving purists who like their stuffing made with bread, butter, stock and a few bits of chopped onion and celery. However, for adventurous eaters who like experimenting with new recipes every year, a delivery of apple sausage walnut stuffing from Harry and David would be a welcome surprise. Get it for $39.99 plus the cost of shipping. Harry and David ships nationwide and to Canada, Germany and Great Britain. Express two-day shipping is included; only standard shipping and processing costs apply.
7. Gourmet Butcher Block’s all-Madden turducken
Even if you aren’t celebrating with a crowd, Thanksgiving can still be special. If you’ve never had a turducken, know that it’s exactly what it sounds like: a turkey stuffed with a duck stuffed with a chicken. This particular Gourmet Butcher Block all-Madden turducken also has two layers of sausage stuffing and a layer of cornbread dressing, and weighs an impressive 17 pounds (it’s named for NFL legend John Madden). It comes frozen and takes four to five days to defrost in the fridge. Available delivery dates can be found on the checkout page.
8. Magnolia Bakery Classic Banana Pudding
New York City’s Magnolia Bakery rose to national fame after a cameo on ”Sex and the City,” but it’s remained popular over the following 21 years thanks to legitimately fantastic cupcakes and banana pudding. If you know someone who’s homesick for New York this year, make their day with a tub of Magnolia Bakery’s classic banana pudding. The 64-ounce party bowl feeds up to eight people on Thanksgiving Day. Available delivery dates can be found on the checkout page.
9. Little Pie Company’s pumpkin pie
Pretty much anybody could whip up a pumpkin pie with some store-bought crust and the recipe on the back of a can of Libby’s pumpkin pie filling. But if you want to make someone feel special, choose a pie from Little Pie Company. Each 10-inch pumpkin pie is made from scratch and serves 8 to 10 people. And if any of your guests happen to be theater buffs, they’ll love that the New York-based company was started by Broadway actor Arnold Wilkerson. Available delivery dates can be found on the checkout page.
10. The Elegant Farmer’s apple pie baked in a paper bag
If you’re looking for a unique spin on an American classic, consider The Elegant Farmer’s apple pie baked in a paper bag. Like the name suggests, it’s stuffed with tender Ida Red apples, baked in a brown paper bag, and still upholds a light, flakey crust. Each pie serves 6 to 8 people and can be frozen for up to 90 days. Goldbelly ships nationwide and this Thanksgiving treat ships for free. Available delivery dates can be found on the checkout page.