This story is part of Holiday Survival Guide 2019, featuring tips on the best ways to manage the holiday season.
Real talk: Thanksgiving leftovers are even better than the main event, if only because you get to enjoy them in a relatively peaceful house (and pants are totally optional while you’re eating your cold stuffing straight from the bowl). These are some of the best storage containers for your leftovers, if you’re lucky enough to have them — and they’re as stylish as they are functional.
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W&P Porter plastic bowl with silicone strap: $25 W&P This sleek plastic storage bowl is BPA free but also available in ceramic, and in a range of pale, pretty colors in either material. The protective silicone strap is standard on all versions, but reviews suggest it’s not ideal for transporting liquids — so don’t try to stash leftover butternut squash soup in your purse for Black Friday camp-out sustenance. But salad, sweet potatoes and green bean casserole (or anything stored in your fridge, for that matter) will be just fine. See at Amazon
Joseph Joseph 12-piece nesting plastic food storage containers with lids: $28 Amazon These rainbow-rimmed containers will add real pizzazz to cold mashed potatoes (or whatever else you put in them), and the color-coded dots in the bottom of each container coordinate with the lids — so you’ll never grab the wrong one and experience that square-peg, round-hole moment of trying to make it fit. The pieces also nest, making for space-saving storage in your cabinets in between batches of leftovers. If you like the look but are prone to dropping things, consider this newer set with lockable lids. See at Amazon
Mepal microwaveable nested storage bowls: $62-$72 Food52 Another nesting storage set. These bowls come in two sizes: deep and shallow. The deeper bowls hold more food, of course, but the shallow set will easily fit into freezers, crisper drawers and other tight spaces. Choose from nine gorgeous colors and get four bowls in that single shade, or opt for the deep jewel tones of the mixed set and get an extra bowl (five total). The lids match the bowls, but their tops are see-through so you can identify your leftovers at a glance. These are microwave and dishwasher safe too. See at Food52
ECOlunchbox blue water bento stainless storage bowls with silicone lids: $33 Amazon This eco-friendly option includes three smaller stainless steel bowls with leak-proof silicone lids, designed to be healthier for you and for the planet. Perfect for toting lunch, or storing less abundant leftovers (if you made a small-scale Thanksgiving dinner or just had an especially hungry horde). While these obviously can’t go in the microwave, they are dishwasher and oven-safe. See at Amazon
Brooklyn Bento stainless steel thermos with bamboo spoon: $20 Amazon That aforementioned butternut squash soup? This insulated, wide-mouth, vacuum-seal flask is perfect for storing it — and for toting your leftover turkey soup to work when you’re back to the grind (so meta), and keeping them warm until afternoon thanks to the copper lining. It’s leak-proof and available in coal-black or crystal-white and the included bamboo spoon is a nice touch. See at Amazon
Ello 10-piece meal prep food storage container set: $36 Target These glass storage containers boast snap-on lids and brightly colored silicone covers that make them easier to grip (even with slippery fingers after picking turkey meat off the carcass). They also protect your fingers from superheated glass when taking your freshly nuked leftovers out of the microwave. See at Target
Pyrex 1-cup treat yo’ self containers: $15 Target This adorable trio of Pyrex containers comes in a small size perfect for petite portions of leftover gravy or sweet potato casserole (or a single, precious slice of pie) — and super cute for sending guests home with a little nibble too. See at Target
Rezip 5-piece stand-up silicone storage bags: $20 Amazon A greener alternative to traditional plastic sandwich bags, these zip-stop silicone bags have the added bonus of a flat bottom so they stand up straight — which makes filling them with one hand so much easier. It also acts as added insurance against leaks, just in case (let no speck of cranberry sauce go to waste). The bright colors are just icing on the cake. Or whipped cream on the pie? See at Amazon
Five Two airtight silicone lid set: $40 Food52 OK, these aren’t containers, but they are amazing. Instead of wrestling with plastic wrap (and throwing copious amounts of it away), use these airtight silicone lids to snugly cover cups, bowls, pots and other containers of nearly any size (you get five lids of varying sizes in the set). They also work as lids and splatter screens when cooking and are oven-safe up to 550 degrees F. Dishwasher-safe too, not to mention non-porous so they’re resistant to odors, stains and bacteria. Need more? The knobs on top mean they stack neatly together for storage See at Food52
For more tips, tricks, gear, and recipes (you need something to put in these containers, after all), see our Ultimate Guide to Thanksgiving.