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8. Claim your gravy boat.

If you know you'll need one, get moving. Town & Country owner Richard LoGuercio said gravy boats are one of the first items to go for Thanksgiving. Again, you could buy or borrow one, but the point here is to reduce the amount of work for yourself. A 7-ounce silver gravy boat from LoGuercio's company is $7.50; a silver gravy ladle is $3.35. Anne Cusack / Los Angeles Times
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