25 Thanksgiving Business Ideas You Can Start Today [2024]

Updated: July 23rd, 2023

Interested in starting a thanksgiving business in 2024?

We put together 25 of the best thanksgiving businesses you can start in today.

For each business idea, we’ll show you real-world examples of other thanksgiving businesses to help you see what it really takes.

Here's the full list:

1. Start a dessert boxes store

Gifting is a culture that cements how we relate to those close to us. Consumer goods stores have innovated various gifting methods and dessert boxes happen to be one of them.

If you love baking and you have a passion for entrepreneurship, starting a dessert boxes store can be a highly rewarding venture.

Here are some ideas for your inspiration.

How much you can make: $2,000 — $150,000/month

How long does it take to build: 90 days (?)

I Make $1.5M/Year Shipping Chocolate Penises To Your Friends

Dick At Your Door is an e-commerce shop that grew almost 10x within the last eight months by selling anonymous pranks such as 5 oz chocolate penises, and its founder shares his journey that started as a joke to becoming a professional chocolatier.

Adam started Dick At Your Door about 9 years ago
Adam grew the business to $125K/month
Read by 14,379 founders

2. Start a gift store

Running a gift store business involves selecting and selling unique, personalized products suitable for both special events and everyday celebrations.

As a business owner, you have the opportunity to source and showcase festive home decorations, gourmet delicacies, and handmade crafts that cater to different seasons and occasions throughout the year.

With the flexibility to offer various items and services driven by creativity and location, building a thriving local gift store allows owners to shape the shopping experience and create a sense of nostalgia in their community.

For aspiring entrepreneurs who possess a talent for adding special touches, opening a gift shop provides an opportunity to turn their passion into profit while designing cheerful and memorable experiences for their customers.

How much you can make: $5,000 — $749,997/month

How much does it cost to start: $6,500 (?)

How long does it take to build: 120 days (?)

How This Flight Attendant Started An E-Commerce Business On The Side

This case study features a flight attendant who started an e-commerce business selling educational tooth fairy kits that include real foreign coins, which now generates around $8,000 per month in sales.

Tiffany started Passport 4 Change about 10 years ago
Tiffany grew the business to $8K/month
Read by 5,953 founders

3. Start a meme-based product

How much you can make: $13,500 — $20,000/month

How long does it take to build: 90 days (?)

How We Created A Product Based On A Meme and Made $100K

Two college students turned a viral meme into a successful business, with over $200,000 in sales and a 65% profit margin largely due to the product's viral nature, passively selling 75% through Amazon FBA.

James started The Nut Button over 6 years ago
James grew the business to $13.5K/month
Read by 7,475 founders

4. Become a local event artist

Event artists make the audience more centered, increase event PR, attract new artists, and build a good brand profile.

Becoming an event artist is easier than you think. All you need to do is choose a niche and work on attracting foot traffic to the events. Be creative and work on your communication skills.

5. Start a giveaway videos business

6. Start a success story videos business

How much you can make: $1,500,000/month

How much does it cost to start: $500 (?)

How I Started A $500K/Month Video Production Company From My Bedroom in LA

Lemonlight CEO, Hope Horner, co-founded an on-demand video production company that has produced over 7,000 videos for more than 3,000 brands, generating over $6 million in sales and growing to a 45-person team, all without taking any outside capital and being recognized in Inc 5000 and Entrepreneur 360 for three years in a row.

Hope started Lemonlight almost 10 years ago
Hope grew the business to $1.5M/month
It cost Hope $500 to start the business
Read by 16,779 founders

7. Start a hashtag challenge business

8. Start a themed content business

How much you can make: $40,000/month

How I Started A $30K/Month Personal Branding Content Service For B2B CEOs

Influence Podium CEO Marti Sanchez started his content service for B2B CEOs three years ago, which now helps get CEOs of companies on podcasts and repurposes those episodes. They have crossed $30k MRR and their next goal is to hit seven figures by the end of the year, while completely self-funded.

Marti started Influence Podium about 4 years ago
Marti grew the business to $40K/month
It cost Marti $100 to start the business
Read by 4,336 founders

9. Become a giveaway blogger

A giveaway blogger business idea involves starting a blog or website where you give away free products to your audience. This can be a great way to build a loyal following and generate income through sponsored giveaways and advertising.

To run a successful giveaway blogger business, it’s essential to focus on building an engaged and loyal audience. This can be achieved through regular content updates, engaging with followers on social media, and offering valuable content such as tips, tricks, and resources related to the products you are giving away.

Another key to success is finding reputable and high-quality products to give away. This can be achieved through partnerships with brands or by finding products that align with your brand’s values and mission. It's also essential to ensure you follow all legal requirements for giveaways, such as disclosing sponsored content and obtaining consent from entrants.

Finally, it’s important to stay organized and efficient with your giveaway planning and execution. This can be achieved through scheduling software and spreadsheet templates to track entries and winners.

By following these tips, a giveaway blogger can build a successful business that offers value to its audience and brand partners.

How much you can make: $40,000/month

How much does it cost to start: $1,000 (?)

How long does it take to build: 105 days (?)

We Started A $300K/Year Business Doing Giveaways For Pro Gamers

VastGG founders Trey Christensen and Cody Reese have built a multiplayer gaming giveaway marketing agency generating over $30k per month with 1.95 million subscribers to their newsletter and over 2 million social followers.

Trey started VastGG almost 7 years ago
Trey grew the business to $40K/month
It cost Trey $1000 to start the business
Read by 4,574 founders

10. Start a home cooking business

How much you can make: $417,000/month

Sweet Success: Rosanna Pansino Reflects On 10 Years On YouTube

This case study shares the story of Rosanna Pansino, a YouTube personality who earns over $5 million every year from her channel which has 13.7 million subscribers, sharing cooking videos that are typically 15-20 minutes long.

They started Rosanna Pansino YouTube Channel almost 14 years ago
They grew the business to $417K/month
Read by 648 founders

11. Start a flash sale offering business

12. Start a live contest hosting business

How much you can make: $30,000/month

How much does it cost to start: $500 (?)

How long does it take to build: 90 days (?)

I Went From Making Extra Income With Affiliate Websites To Building A $360K/Year Business

Case study on SEO consultancy and affiliate marketing business generating over $360k per year with over 700k monthly visitors, with insights on building valuable content, conducting extensive research, and working with a skilled and dedicated team.

Jerry started WebRevenue over 17 years ago
Jerry grew the business to $30K/month
It cost Jerry $500 to start the business
Read by 6,038 founders

13. Start a free guide business

14. Start a canned goods making business

15. Start a thank you notes business

How much you can make: $8,333/month

Time commitment per week: Min. 5 hours/week

I Run A Thank-You Notes Website That Makes $8.7K/Month With Display Ads

Heidi Bender started Tons of Thanks in 2014, developing it into the go-to resource for over 15 million people to write meaningful thank-you messages, handling ad revenues, SEO and learning to not give up even when the "passive income" point is reached.

Heidi started Tons of Thanks almost 10 years ago
Heidi grew the business to $8.33K/month
It cost Heidi $10 to start the business
Read by 3,408 founders

16. Start a say thank you videos business

17. Start a Community Delivery Service

Community Delivery Service is an easy business to start. Subscribers pay a monthly fee to receive a curated box of products based on their preferences. The boxes contain items such as food, beauty products, and other lifestyle goods.

The idea behind the subscription service is that customers can't always find time to shop for themselves or they have trouble finding what they want in stores. Community Delivery Service offers a way for people to get their favorite items without having to spend time looking for them every month.

18. Start a thanksgiving-themed products business

19. Become a festival photographer

20. Start an online polls

21. Start an exchange loyalty rewards business

22. Start a flower arrangements business

Flower arrangement refers to a decorative display of cut flowers. Floral designers focus on ensuring balance, proportion, scale, unity, harmony, rhythm, balance, and emphasis in every flower arrangement gig.

Whether it is a romantic weekend getaway, a valentine’s dinner, a family get-together, a wedding, or an anniversary, a unique flower arrangement brightens the atmosphere. The flower arrangement tradition has lived with us for a long time, and there are no signs it will fade away, at least in our lifetime.

Are you a florist looking to expand your flower business? Combine your affinity for flowers with your floral design skills to create inspired floral creations. Before starting your flower arrangement career, you will need some training and experience.

How much you can make: $3,000 — $9,600/month

How much does it cost to start: $250 (?)

How long does it take to build: 30 days (?)

With Just $300, I Started A Dried Flower Arrangement Business And Now Make $10K/Month

Milla Rose, a boutique online flower arrangement business based in Melbourne, Australia, started as a side project in a bedroom and has grown into a nearly $10k a month business, with monthly revenue doubling since last year, selling almost 3000 arrangements to all corners of Australia.

Alexandra started Milla Rose over 3 years ago
Alexandra grew the business to $9.6K/month
It cost Alexandra $250 to start the business
Read by 3,193 founders

23. Start a donation business

24. Start a niche greeting cards business

How much you can make: $1,000 — $100,000/month

How much does it cost to start: $8,750 (?)

How long does it take to build: 77 days (?)

I Created A Prank Card Company & Grew It To $30K/Month

Joker Greeting sells unique prank gifts, including a non-stop musical birthday card, an idea raised by the founders visiting their mom's house, having no website or marketing and yet raising $92,073 on Kickstarter in 30 days due to being picked up by media, enabling them to sell 15,000 units in the first year, owned SEO for their niche, selling almost 40,000 units in 2017 and expected to reach 50,000 to 60,000 in 2018 with a small team, using Shopify and various social media channels with lots of organic traffic.

Travis started Joker Greeting almost 9 years ago
Travis grew the business to $100K/month
It cost Travis $1000 to start the business
Read by 12,268 founders

25. Start a food donation app business for restaurants

meet the author
Pat Walls

I'm Pat Walls and I created Starter Story - a website dedicated to helping people start businesses. We interview entrepreneurs from around the world about how they started and grew their businesses.