Every Thanksgiving, my family used to take turns telling each other what we were thankful for that year. I always felt a little put on the spot, especially at big gatherings, though I appreciated the sentiment of the ritual. That's why I really dig this idea of a "Thanks" jar, so guests can jot down their thoughts at leisure. Giving thanks is the very point of Thanksgiving, but I'm usually sidetracked by the bounty of food and drink. This apothecary jar — which the crafty folks at Young House Love made with a thrift-store score and a glass-etching kit — serves as a reminder, and also makes a simple and beautiful centerpiece, especially placed with flowers or a few small gourds. Pick out some autumnal paper to tie it all together.
After the last bite of pumpkin pie, you can read the notes aloud, then tuck them away as a treasured keepsake.