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[GIFTED] The Pressure Print

Hosting Thanksgiving dinner today?  Bless your crazy little heart.  The Pressure Print ($25, The Pressure) is your personal mantra for today.  Think of how accomplished you'll feel when your loved ones are splayed out in your living room post-dinner, looking like some kind of religious cult that just made good on their suicide pact.  You'll survey the damage in the kitchen and think, "I've done it again."  

Go get 'em.   


[GIFTED] Meat: Everything You Need to Know

Everything about the Thanksgiving meal revolves around the turkey, which is ridiculous because turkey is actually one of the most boring meats you could possibily cook.  Steak, chicken, fish—you have them all of the time.  They just require a little seasoning, and a little braising, sauteeing, frying... whatever your preferred method.  But turkey?  When do you roast a whole turkey aside from one day per year?  Do I hear "never?" That's right.  

And for the people who eat turkey sandwiches on the regular, that's fine, but those sandwiches taste good not because turkey tastes good, but because you're putting it on bread, adding cheese, lettuce, tomato, condiments, etc.  Shoe leather could taste good if you put it between some good bread and topped it with enough acoutrements.  

I'm all for tradition, but turkey can blow me any day that isn't Thanksgiving day.  That's why I'm all over Meat: Everything You Need to Know ($27, Amazon), an impressive tome written by the legendary NYC meat man Pat LaFrieda.  The book features 75 recipes for beef, pork, lamb, veal and poultry, served alongside mouth-watering photos—not a turkey recipe in sight.  Snatch this book up for yourself and for the self-righteous, meat-loving foodie in your life ASAP.  


[SHAMELESS SELF-PROMOTION] Get the Look: Frank Sinatra

Ever look through old photographs of your grandparents and wonder why everyone always looked so goddamned dapper? That’s the era of Frank Sinatra, when people dressed up constantly. The man was wearing a suit in his mugshot, for God’s sake. Sinatra (and the rest of the rakish Rat Pack) was the original sharp dresser—they called him the Chairman of the Board not only because he was in charge, but also because he looked the part. The old “Dress for the job you want” advice was exemplified best by Frank. And just to set the record straight—Justin Timberlake didn’t make the fedora cool—Frank made the fedora cool.

Whenever you find yourself wondering if you can pull one off, just remember that if a skinny kid from Hoboken can do it, so can you. It’s all about the confidence. Be forewarned: Sinatra style is not for business-casual schlubs—the man wore a lot of suits. But if you’re not afraid of wearing a tie, you can co-opt his look for yourself. The voice of an angel and powerful "connections" are sold separately.  Read it here.


[GIFTED] Gobble Goodies

So you got invited to your friend's house for Thanksgiving.  Maybe you're going to their parents' house.  Maybe they're actually hosting it themselves because they're adults and holy shit when did we all get so OLD?  Either scenario is happening.  Because you don't have to do the psychotic running around with your hair on fire that is planning and executing a Thanksgiving dinner, you need to act extra grateful when you show up and are confronted with your apron-clad, sweaty-faced host who has spent the last week shopping, cleaning, obsessing, and cooking.

Hand her this EXTRA THOUGHTFUL Gobble Goodies Basket ($50, Mouth) that she can either put out for the guests because she accidentally burnt one of the appetizers, or she can shove in the corner of the kitchen and enjoy herself when this crazy holiday is over and everyone has gotten out of her goddamned house for good. Either way, she'll appreciate the gesture. 


[GIFTED] Make More Pie Plate 

When you're hosting Thanksgiving—and I mean Thanksgiving, not Friendsgiving, where everyone is loosey-goosey with what's going to be served (Guacamole? Sure! Chicken instead of turkey? Great, who cares, let's get drunk and play Cards Against Humanity!)—things are INTENSE.  

You're dealing with your parents and your in-laws and assorted elderly relatives who have been eating X casserole for 40 years and even though it tastes and looks like slop you have to make it because they will throw a FIT if you don't.

So, you spend the whole time leading up to the big day worrying about whether or not you're going to have all of the things everyone wants and also whether you're going to have enough of it.  This, of course, is ridiculous. Has anyone ever run out of food on Thanksgiving?  It's a ludicrous fear.  There's always so much extra that it feels like a burden.  But we fear it anyway.

This Make More Pie Plate ($22, Bourbon & Boots) plays right into those fears.  An empty plate with a very direct demand/threat, with a gun included for extra emphasis.  Buy two pies this year.  No, three.  Hell, just get four.  You don't want to run out.