re: The Chowhound Team
Just about all of the items mentioned by MsAlyp can be found in NYC
The Container Store has a multitude of festive containers / tins / boxes.
Broadway Panhandler has great cookie cutters and other homewares...cute tableware, salt & pepper shakers, glasses, table linens.
Economy Candy (LES) has seasonal candy as does Macy's (in the Cellar)
The Tasti-D'lite (sorry about the spelling) on Second Ave and 61st St. also has bins and bins of colorful holiday candy and chocolate...especially the delicious chocolate cordial balls.
Gift bags are always nice! Small bottles of wine, mini pumpkin, small pumpkin loaf (or any small bread that is comprable), roasted pumpkin seeds, specialty chocolate.
If you bake a nice baked item packaged would be cute (ie: mini cookies in mason jars with some matching ribbon on top). Although I have lots of mixed feelings on her Marth Stewart always has great suggestions for things like that.
If you're not a baker like myself what about a nice combo of smaller bottle of wine paired with an appropriate cheese or chocolate.
Have you ever made your own chocolate molds at home? Very easy.
Depends on the crowd, if nothing else you could go to your local craft store get some cheap cute festive containers and make your own assortment of decent chocolates, cookies, pastires, etc.
You might want to check out JAM PAPER...huge store at 14th and Third Ave.
They also have a website. Plenty of bags...all sizes and varieties.
State News...86th betwn Lex and Park has a HUGE selection of Thanksgiving doo-dads and decorations.
Also located at 72nd St. and Third Ave.