A really good roasting pan will go a long way, and you can use it after Turkey Day for things like roast chicken or roast beef. Plus, by going with a stainless model, you'll be able to scrape up all the delicious bits that settle in the bottom without worrying about scratching the surface.
Maybe you already know this secret, but if not, I have one word for you: brine. Brining your turkey before roasting will ensure one of the moistest birds you've ever eaten. Find a great brining recipe and give it a whirl. This bag will make cleanup a breeze.
A baster will help you take advantage of all the yummy juices that the turkey creates while cooking. I love that this one comes with a cleaning brush, as basters are notoriously difficult to clean well.
A good cookbook will go a long way if you're in need of some recipe inspiration. This one spans the country, looking at menus with West Coast, Southern and New England flare.
A ball of good butcher's twine will go a long way in the kitchen. Use it to tie roasts and keep your turkey's legs in place while roasting.
While a tablecloth might not be an everyday thing in your house, they do come in handy during the holidays when you're trying to dress up your table and keep spills from hurting the finish. I love this one because the stripes will hide stains well, and it doesn't scream Thanksgiving, so you'll be able to use it after the holiday.
Hand separate the fat from the juices before making your gravy? Pshaw! Use one of these fat separators to make the job easy. They really do work!
No Thanksgiving chef should be without a great carving knife. Pick one that's sharp and long, but it doesn't have to be anything fancy. You want a knife that can perform double-duty and be used after Thanksgiving too.
Simple white serving platters are perfect for carved turkey, as well as other non-Thanksgiving food after the holiday.
Trivets. You'll need a lot of trivets. It seems like Thanksgiving has the largest number of serving dishes, and hot ones at that.
I love this Oxo thermometer. It's easy to use and has cool features like a 10-minute warning to prevent over cooking. It's definitely worth the money.
Have plenty of compartment storage containers handy to pack up leftovers in easy, one-stop servings — think homemade TV dinners.
If you have room on your table, a centerpiece with candles can be the perfect addition. I like this one because the candles are contained in votive holders, which means less waxy drips.
Have one kitchen timer? Get another! With all of the different dishes cooking for different amounts of time, having a couple of timers handy will be helpful. This one has a fun, retro feel. Plus, it's magnetic, so you can stick it somewhere away from your countertop.
The pie server is a simple tool that makes dishing out slices so much easier than trying to wrangle a knife and fork combination. It's worth the money, I promise.
Making homemade mulled cider would be a treat for any of your guests. If you need to conserve burner space for all the other food you'll be making, consider this mulled cider candle. You'll get all of the fragrance without the stress of trying to find a place to cook your own.
A large carving board with juice trenches will be your best friend at carving time. Make sure to pour the juices into your homemade gravy, or use them to enhance a store-bought gravy if that's the route you go.
These serving stands come in handy, especially if you're serving Thanksgiving buffet style. Raising up serving dishes makes a lot more room on the table for a slew of goodies.