Research Shows That People Most Often Forget THIS When Shopping for Thanksgiving

Check your list twice! You don't want to forget these Thanksgiving staples.

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You know it’s the truth—the holidays are a ridiculously busy time of the year. That’s why grocery shopping strategy is important, especially when it comes to making a Thanksgiving shopping list. It goes unsaid that you shouldn’t shop day-of, when many necessary ingredients are sold out and stores are often closed. Plus, the likelihood of forgetting something is much higher when you’re rushed and racing through the aisles.

To help you with your holiday planning, we’re sharing a list of the top things people forget on Thanksgiving. Highlight them, underline them or circle them in red—whatever you need to do to make sure these items make it to your table this year!

Take a Second Look at Your Thanksgiving Shopping List

Get ready to double-check your Thanksgiving plan. Shipt, a delivery service, put together a list of America’s most-forgotten Thanksgiving items so you can make a note not to forget.

After surveying 2,100 people, these were the items that the respondents forgot most on Thanksgiving:

  1. Cranberries
  2. Fragrant spices
  3. Napkins
  4. Beverages
  5. Pumpkin pie spices

We can’t imagine Thanksgiving without a properly-spiced pumpkin pie! In case of emergency, here are some easy Thanksgiving desserts you can try. In my house, there’s a heated debate about cranberries (whole vs. jellied), but I’m of the opinion that it’s better to be prepared with one or the other rather than nothing at all.

Last-Minute Thanksgiving Reminders

Like we mentioned above, doing some prep in advance is the key to a successful Thanksgiving meal. Here are a few essential tips to keep in mind:

  • Don’t thaw your turkey overnight. Trust us on this one, because everyone at the table could end up with upset stomachs, not full, happy ones. Move your turkey to the fridge a few days before Thanksgiving to give it time to thaw safely. Here’s more on why you shouldn’t leave a frozen turkey out overnight.
  • Study up on table-setting. Even if your Thanksgiving is more on the relaxed side, it’s nice to set the perfect Thanksgiving table. Don’t forget a fun area for the kids.
  • Don’t skimp on the sides. Some family members might not enjoy turkey or ham, so blow them away with a variety of Thanksgiving side dishes. There should be something for everyone at your table!

Hannah Twietmeyer
Hannah is a writer and content creator based in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, with a passion for all things food, health, community and lifestyle. She is a journalism graduate from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and a previous dining and drink contributor for Madison Magazine.