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5 last-minute Thanksgiving video ideas

/ Kristen Sato

Even though celebrations and holidays look different this year, there are still ways to make them feel special. One way is to make a last-minute Thanksgiving video quickly and easily. It’s not too late to create a festive video greeting or show your appreciation for friends, loved ones, even your customers.

Here are some last-minute video ideas to get you inspired. When you’re ready to make your own video, sign up for a free WeVideo account and start creating.

1. Happy Thanksgiving video greeting

If you're not able to be together in person on Thanksgiving, why not send a video message to let a friend or loved one know you're thinking of them? Choose some fun footage of the kids or grab your smartphone and record yourself saying "Happy Thanksgiving!" It doesn't have to be fancy or scripted (just take it from the Muppets)! Then upload your footage into a quick and easy video editor, add some text or background music, and you're done. 

If you're a business owner, you can make a quick Thanksgiving video greeting to send to your clients or share to your social media accounts. And by quick, we mean quick. It only has to be 10-30 seconds long, and you don't even need photos or video footage on hand (see second example).


2. Thank you video message

It's been a rough year, so why not thank the people who made it survivable? Whether it's a mentor, a friend, a colleague or your customers, show your gratitude for those who made a positive difference this year.

Videos like this don’t need an intricate musical number or flashy graphics to be successful. You’re not creating this video to bring your product attention, you’re doing it to show your appreciation to those that support you. Keep it simple and straight to the point.


3. Thanksgiving-themed tutorial

Put a fun Thanksgiving spin on your tutorial videos. Add festive Fall decor to the background where you film, incorporate the colors of autumn in your beauty tutorial, or share a Thanksgiving recipe or DIY tip with your followers. There's a lot you can do to engage to your followers this Thanksgiving, even just by making small adjustments that don't require extra time or resources.


4. "What I’m thankful for" video

Thanksgiving is dedicated to all those warm fuzzy feelings of gratitude and appreciation, so go ahead... be thankful. Create a video sharing what you're thankful for, and share it with those who matter.


5. Thanksgiving video using only motion titles/stock video

No time to shoot and record video? No problem. You can make a memorable video using stock media, motion titles and music! With an editor like WeVideo, you can use the Ken Burns effect to add a pan-and-zoom effect to still photos, or choose from a variety of festive motion titles. Stock images and video clips are an easy way to create a professional-looking video in a snap, and WeVideo has a library of over 1 million assets to choose from.


Want more video marketing ideas for 2021? Check out our 2021 marketing calendar now to start planning ahead!