12 Best Places to Order Thanksgiving Dinner If You Don’t Want to Cook
Winner, winner, turkey dinner! Skip cooking the big meal or give a dinner or treats to someone else with these home delivery Thanksgiving options.
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Even if you’re celebrating a downsized Thanksgiving this year, it’s understandable if the stress of this crazy year has you dreading all the shopping, prep, cooking and clean-up that goes along with this holiday meal. Or maybe you’d like to send a meal or treat to a friend, neighbor or loved one who’s spending Thanksgiving alone.
Regardless of your situation, we’ve got a solution! Here are 12 of our favorite food gift retailers from which you can order Thanksgiving meals with all the trimmings and desserts, or other tasty food gift baskets.
One carving caveat: If you’re ordering a ready-made, frozen meal, be sure to allow plenty of time — between 48 and 96 hours — for the turkey, ham or other entree to thaw.
Boston Market: Comfort Food for a Crowd
While some prep is required, Boston Market’s home-delivered Thanksgiving meals take most of the heavy lifting off your shoulders. Complete meals for 12 include turkey, ham, mashed potatoes and gravy, stuffing, two kinds of pie and more. Meals arrive frozen and just need to be thawed and reheated. Order by Nov. 23. You can also order smaller meals for in-store pick-up. Make sure you know the stores closed on Thanksgiving before you head out to do last-minute shopping.
Honey-Baked Ham: For Small or Large Gatherings
Choices, choices. That’s what The Honey-Baked Ham Company offers hungry Thanksgiving dinners.
In addition to their signature salty-sweet ham and turkey breast, they offer pot roast, beef tenderloin and even barbecued pork ribs. We like the versatility here — whole meals can be ordered, or you can go à la carte and choose entrée, sides and desserts separately. Save us a slice of carrot cake! Order by Nov. 23 or look into in-store pick-up.
Harry & David: Heat and Eat Gourmet Meals
Best known for their gift baskets and towers, high-end purveyor Harry & David up the ante at the holidays with their heat-and-eat gourmet meals.
If your crew isn’t wild about turkey, try their gourmet prime rib dinner. It comes with three out-of-the-ordinary sides, including black truffle and almond green beans, acorn squash with maple glaze and Gruyère and garlic red mashed potatoes, plus blueberry peach crisp for dessert. Wow! Customizable menus allow you to choose your sides, appetizers and dessert. You can select wine, too.
Wolferman’s Bakery: Brunch Banquet
Known for its delectable sweet and savory baked treats, Wolferman’s Bakery also offers a ham brunch banquet — perfect for a small group or those who prefer to eat earlier in the day. The spiral-cut glazed ham comes with triple cheese and caramelized onion quiche (OMG!) as well as coffee cake, English muffins and berry preserves. They even throw in the coffee.
Public service announcement: If you’re on a diet, DO NOT scroll through Wolferman’s baked goods offerings.
Williams-Sonoma and Martha Stewart: Complete Thanksgiving Dinner
The name Williams-Sonoma always conveys high quality. And Martha Stewart? Well, if she offered to cook us Thanksgiving dinner, we wouldn’t argue.
The two team up for the Martha Stewart Complete Thanksgiving Dinner for Eight. It features a fresh free-range turkey; mushroom, leek and herb stuffing; five delectable side dishes; plus apple cranberry crisp. It’s a good thing, but at $359, good things don’t come cheap! Order by Nov. 20 for delivery on the 25th.
Hickory Farms: Ready to Cook Holiday Meals
If it’s simply not Thanksgiving without marshmallows in your sweet potatoes, then head to Hickory Farms.
Known for cured meat and cheese selections, they also sell ready-to-cook holiday meals, including a Grand Beef Tenderloin Dinner for six to eight diners, with those aforementioned sweet potatoes. If that’s still too much cooking for you, try one of their seasonal gift baskets with salami, cheese, crackers and wine.
Omaha Steaks: DIY Holiday Meals
We love the flexibility of the Omaha Steaks Build-Your-Own holiday meals. Choose turkey or ham, plus three sides of your choice and pecan or pumpkin pie. (But can’t we have both?)
Note that the whole turkey (there’s also a turkey breast option) has to be cooked — everything else is heat and serve. There are meals for six to eight people, with options galore for additional side dishes, desserts and wine. And if you just want to stick with steak, they’ve got you covered.
Gourmet Gift Baskets: Charcuterie and Wine Snacks
If you’ve got elderly parents or other loved ones on their own this Thanksgiving, a big turkey dinner they have to reheat may not be the ideal gift. That’s why we like this Artisan Charcuterie & Wine Tray from Gourmet Gift Baskets. Three types of cheese, plus salami, crackers, salty snacks and a nice bottle of Cabernet Sauvignon means they’ll be enjoying this basket well into December.
Gifting Kosher: Kosher Treat Basket
Your Jewish friends and loved ones will appreciate this bountiful Thanksgiving basket from Gifting Kosher, which includes fruit, chocolate, sweets and savory snacks in a keepsake basket. The company also sells kosher wine and champagne, candies and baked goods, plus gift baskets for all the major Jewish holidays.
Knack: Gift Boxes
Gift basket companies are a dime-a-dozen, but Knack is different.
Their gift sets are highly customizable, with options for moms, dads, students and caregivers. Plus you can choose based on ethos — say, if you want to buy from women-owned businesses, small businesses or companies that donate a portion of their profits to causes you care about.
Send a little TLC to someone special in your life who’s celebrating on their own with a personalized gift box of food or pampering gifts.
Wine Country: Gift Baskets
Can we just cut straight to the wine? Gourmet selections from Wine Country Gift Baskets let you toast to your blessings or send a little love to someone special.
Wine, of course, is the theme of many of their baskets, but they also sell autumn-themed baskets full of salty and sweet treats. Or really wow the oenophile in your life with one of their high-end baskets featuring premium California wines.
Dad’s Cookie Company: Sweet Nostalgia
This is a sentimental choice for me. When we moved from St. Louis when I was a kid, my parents never stopped talking about how much they missed the oatmeal cookies from Dad’s Cookie Company.
Dad’s has been in business since the early 1900s, making a one-of-a-kind Scotch Oatmeal Cookies. Send a box or jar to an elderly relative or give some cookies to yourself. Either way, you’ll be thankful you did!
Up next, try these tips to keep kids entertained during Thanksgiving, too!