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21 things you need to buy before Thanksgiving  3 Weeks ago

Source:   USA Today  

It's almost the best day of the year: Thanksgiving. But before you gorge yourself on turkey and mashed potatoes (and slip into a food coma), there's a lot of prep work that needs to be done. Whether it's baking the perfect pumpkin pie or getting ready for your out-of-town guests, your to-do list is a mile long.

To help you have the happiest (and most delicious) Turkey Day yet, we've rounded up the 21 products you need to buy before the holiday, from our favorite turkey roasting pan to the best potato masher.

Roasting a turkey is no small feat. But what makes it a little easier is a trusty roasting pan like this one, which we gave our seal of approval after testing. The splurge-worthy stainless steel pan is strong enough to handle a massive 20-pound bird and has excellent heat distribution so your food will be cooked evenly every time.

Get the Viking 3-Ply Stainless Steel Roasting Pan from Amazon for $99.98

If you're going to spend hours sitting around your dining room table, you might as well make it look good. Set the scene with this chic macrame table runner, which is one of Pottery Barn's most popular Thanksgiving decor items. The hand-woven cotton cord will add texture to your table and protect it from scratches and hot pans.

Get the Macrame Table Runner from Pottery Barn for $96.50

Pumpkin, sweet potato, apple, pecan—no matter what type of pie (or pies!) you're planning to serve, you'll need the perfect pie dish to bake them in. We love that this one not only yields perfectly cooked crust with a pretty fluted edge but it's also deep enough to hold up to two quarts of filling.

Get the Emile Henry Modern Classics Pie Dish from Amazon for $29.99

Don't show up to your Thanksgiving feast empty-handed. Instead, gift the hostess with the mostess this popular cheese plate, which was one of The Knot's top wedding registry picks this year. Reviewers on Anthropologie's website rave that it's functional yet fashionable—since they're handcrafted, no two boards are alike. 

Get the Agate Cheese Board from Anthropologie for $78

Whether you're watching the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade or cheering on your favorite football team, a cozy throw blanket is a must. Over 5,000 Amazon shoppers love curling up in this one because the plush faux fur is so soft and luxurious yet lightweight and breathable (and machine-washable!). 

Get the Chanasya Faux Fur Throw Blanket from Amazon for $28.98

Get the Pyrex Easy Grab Glass 8-Piece Set from Amazon for $20.56

If you're hosting overnight guests for the holidays, they'll be pleasantly surprised to find these fluffy towels in the bathroom. We chose them as the number one bath towels this year because they're soft to the touch yet incredibly absorbent and even stain-resistant.

Get the Fieldcrest Spa Bath Towel from Target for $19.99

A few glasses of wine can make any family holiday more fun (and less stressful). Pop your bottles with ease with this electric wine opener. According to its 4,000+ glowing reviews, it can remove corks in just seconds and can open up to 30 bottles of wine before it needs to be recharged.

Get the Secura Electric Wine Opener from Amazon for $19.99

From roasting veggies to baking delicious cookies and dinner rolls, a good baking sheet is essential for Thanksgiving prep. Our favorite is this aluminum one because it's large enough to fit more than a dozen cookies yet lightweight enough that you can handle it easily. Plus, it has amazing heat distribution so no matter what you're making, it cooks evenly.

Get the Nordic Ware Natural Aluminum Commercial Baker's Half Sheet from Amazon for $13.40

You can't have Thanksgiving without a perfectly carved turkey. And you can't have a perfectly carved turkey without a high-quality electric carving knife. We recommend this one because not only did it perform well during our slicing tests but it's also the quietest knife we used. Its non-slip grip was also easy to hold even when our hands were covered in turkey juices.

Get the Black & Decker Electric Carving Knife from Amazon for $18.53

When the oven, stove top, and even microwave are all being used, you'll need another place to cook your mashed potatoes or cranberry sauce. Enter this Cuisinart slow cooker. We named it the best slow cooker of 2019 because it performed near perfect on every cooking test we put it through and was by far the easiest to use.

Get the Cuisinart 3-In-1 Cook Central 6-Quart Slow Cooker from Amazon for $108.12

If you're like my family (a.k.a you decorate for Christmas the day after Thanksgiving), you'll need to get your Christmas tree stand before November 28. Of all the stands we tested, this one—which can hold any tree up to eight feet tall—was the most stable and withstood the most pressure before tipping over.

Get the Krinner Tree Genie Deluxe from Amazon for $76.98

Sure, you could use a regular Dutch oven for your favorite casserole—but you could also use this fun pumpkin-shaped one. Made by Staub (the same brand that makes our top-rated Dutch oven!), it's made of cast iron so it cooks evenly and will last for many Thanksgivings to come.

Get the Staub Enamel Cast Iron Pumpkin Cocotte from Crate and Barrel for $299.99

There are plenty of ways to make mashed potatoes, like with a stand mixer or hand mixer or in a slow cooker. But both my mom and grandma swear that the best way is with a hand masher. This one has rave reviews on Amazon because its non-slip grip is comfortable to hold and its stainless steel head is both durable and efficient at mashing.

Get the OXO Good Grips Potato Masher from Amazon for $11.99

We love essential oil diffusers for the fragrance but for added autumn ambiance, you might like these rustic-chic candles. Customers love that they use an LED light to create a realistic flickering flame (a.k.a they're super safe) and that they can stay lit for up to 500 hours on one charge. 

Get the Flameless Birch Wax Candles from Pottery Barn for $64

A lot of food = a lot of dishes to wash afterwards. Make the chore a little more bearable with this punny towel. According to reviews on Anthropologie's site, the pictures don't even do it justice—the pattern is hand-painted and has a touch of shimmer to it, too.

Get the Quill & Fox Hello Gourd-Geous Dishtowel from Nordstrom for $20

Everything tastes better when it's cooked in a cast iron skillet, this we know. And we also know that of all the skillets we tested, the Lodge one performed the best. It cooks food evenly and is incredibly durable so you can pass it from generation to generation to use every Thanksgiving (and all year-round!).

Get the Lodge 12-Inch Pre-Seasoned Skillet from Amazon for $19.92

Consider this the 2019 equivalent of your grandma's fine china. Anthropologie is known for making some of the most beautiful, highest-quality serving ware and these bowls are no different. And since they're both dishwasher- and microwave-safe, they're as practical as they are pretty.

Get the Glenna Serving Bowls (Set of 3) from Anthropologie for $98

Fact: When I was little, I'd eat a bowl of straight gravy at Thanksgiving like it was soup. To satisfy my gravy obsession, I could've used this fat separator, which is on our list of the top Thanksgiving tools of 2019. It has an easy-to-use trigger that quickly separates liquid from fat and prevents splashing and spills in the process.

Get the OXO Good Grips Good Gravy Fat Separator from Amazon for $24.95

Work off all that delicious food with a game of flag football in the backyard. A favorite for a lot of families on Thanksgiving, this set has such a high rating on Amazon because it holds up well over time and because the adjustable belts fit kids and adults alike.

Get the SKLZ 10-Man Flag Football Deluxe Set from Amazon for $13.73

For all the cooking you do on Thanksgiving, you likely do just as much cleaning. Whether you're prepping for guests or cleaning up the aftermath, this Eufy Robovac (our favorite affordable robot vacuum!) will make it easier. It picked up the most dirt per run when we tested different vacuums and was so quiet, it didn't even interrupt our conversations.

Get the Eufy Robovac 11S from Amazon for $239.99

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