The Top 25 Trader Joe's Gifts to Grab While You're Getting Groceries
Honestly, name a better place to buy stocking stuffers.
Whatever way you slice it, there's no denying that Trader Joe's is ~the spot~ for finding one-of-a-kind, make-a-special-trip-to-purchase products. Where else can you find Everything But the Bagel Seasoning Dip, Peanut Butter Blondies, Apple Cider Drinking Vinegar, or Truffle Marcona Almonds? You certainly won't be finding a jar of their pickled beets anywhere else, and we'd like to keep it that way, thankyouverymuch. Some things in this world are still sacred.
That being said, if TJ's is the place for cult-worthy food finds, why not make it your last-minute gift shop too? It's convenient, affordable, and who wouldn't want to bust open a bag of Chocolate Mousse Muffins, Pumpkin Body Butter, and Speculoos Cookie Butter on Christmas morning? (Heads up: some of these seasonal items may not be on shelves just yet!)
Welcome to our Trader Joe's gift guide—a collection of special sanity-saving, stress-free items you can pick up while you're stocking up on paper towels, $3 Pinot Noir, and Trader Joe's Penne Arrabbiata. You'd be crazy not to!
Chocolate Advent Calendars
From cute cacao nibs to semi-sweet chips, baking chocolate, and countless bars, Trader Joe's is the spot for chocolate gifts galore. In the month of December, we're partial to the advent calendar aisle. With fun offerings like Holiday Traditions and Tidings, Design Your Own Ugly Christmas Sweater, The Adventure of Fearless Fox and His Tangled-Up Scarf, and even the new advent calendars for cats and dogs (!), kids, adults, and pets alike will love popping open daily windows to discover 24 unique treats made from delicious milk chocolate and a generous amount of cocoa butter. Best part? They're only 99 cents.
The flower section at Trader Joe's is not to miss. Quite literally: the second you walk into the grocery store, you'll likely be greeted with the sweet scent of fresh flowers and greenery. The section is stocked with an extensive collection of high-quality bouquets and potted plants, like double-dozen roses for $10.99 or seasonal box arrangements for $12.99. Some stores can help you with special orders if you're looking to gift a substantial centerpiece, too.
Gingerbread Flavor Dog Treats
Why should humans get all the grocery store goodies? Good boys deserve gifts, too. These festive gingerbread-flavored dog treats are the go-to gift for the puppy person in your life. They're made just from whole wheat, rolled oats, molasses, and natural gingerbread flavor and will ensure weeks of wagging.
Cinnamon Bun Spread
Few things could make a holiday sweeter than a jar of TJ's Cinnamon Bun Spread, warmed and shmeared over homemade pumpkin pancakes. "This rich, gooey, honey-butter based spread is gilded with cinnamon-bun flavors, like brown sugar, vanilla, and… cinnamon," Trader Joe's says. "Spread it on bagels, rice cakes, cookies—cinnamon buns!—or microwave some for several seconds then drizzle it over your hot, freshly made pumpkin waffles."
Pumpkin Body Butter
With its pretty packaging and downright delicious scent, you're going to want to make sure you buy yourself a container of Pumpkin Body Butter while you're gift shopping. It smells like fall, and thanks to shea butter and pumpkin seed oil, will leave your skin feeling super soft and smooth.
Cookie Mug Hangers
Crunchy spiced gingerbread cookies designed to hang out on the rim of your cocoa cup? Sign us up. Add some TJ's hot chocolate, a festive mug, and some sweet marshmallows you've got yourself a well-stuffed stocking.
Coffee Peanut Butter Cup Porter
Beer drinkers will go ga-ga for this Coffee Peanut Butter Cup Porter. For the sweetest stocking stuffer, wrap it up in a bow alongside some Cookie Butter Beer.
Old-Fashioned Egg Nog
We're all well aware of Trader Joe's' three-buck-chuck aisle. But when it comes to booze, the store has so many other worthwhile options that are great for gifting. For a festive Christmas cocktail party hostess gift, grab a bottle of Old-Fashioned Egg Nog Liqueur. It's made from a combination of spiced rum, brandy, cream, and cinnamon, and tastes delicious on its own, in coffee, or over ice cream.
The Spice Market
This "set of curated seasoning blends" brings together the best of the best spice mixes TJ's has to offer: Spicy Italian-Style Sprinkle, Cocoa Cinnamon Sugar, Everything But the Elote, Chile Lime Seasoning, and Everything But the Bagel. Bye bye, bland food.
Honeycrisp Apple Scented Candle
Name a sweeter, smarter, more succulent candle scent. Buy two so you can burn this baby as you wrap holiday presents.
Ginger Bread Cream Liqueur
Part gingerbread-spiced cream, part vodka, this bottle of booze is one of the best things you can sip come Christmas cocktail hour. Don't forget to wrap it with a festive bow!
Sweet and Salty Snack Mix
The only thing missing from said holiday happy hour? This snack mix, made with caramel-coated popcorn, roasted peanuts, pretzel bites, salty chocolate nibbles, and wouldn't-you-like-to-know-what-else.
Pumpkin Spice Biocellulose Face Mask
Face masks are one of the most fun, festive ways to make someone feel pampered. Stock up on a bunch of Trader Joe's Pumpkin Spice Biocellulose Face Masks (they're made with ultra-soothing clove leaf, orange peel, and ginger root) and drop them into everyone's stocking, or give them out on Christmas Eve for a before-bed de-stressing session.
Almond Beverage Chocolate Bar
Vegans need chocolate gifts, too. What better way to treat your dairy-free friend than with a chocolate bar made from delicious almond milk, cocoa beans, and organic cane sugar?
Hot Cocoa Snowman
Drop this frosty little fellow in a mug of warm milk or watch and watch him dissolve into hot cocoa. For the most meta move, drop him into a cup of hot chocolate for the richest, most dreamy-indulgent drink.
White Pine Hand Soap and Lotion
We're all doing a lot of hand-washing these days. Help your loved ones pamper their hands with this festive soap and hand cream set, made with argan oil, jojoba, botanicals, and aloe vera. Just make sure to pick up a pair for yourself!
Candy Cane Chocolate Covered Almonds
Roasted almonds dipped in dark chocolate, then "enrobed" in white chocolate and covered in candy cane bits. Talk about something to celebrate.
Let's be honest: Gifting a fondue kit is just an excuse for you to join in on the melted cheese eating. Is there anything wrong with that? Absolutely not.
Pumpkin Spice Batons
For the #PSL lover in your life, what better way to kick off any holiday than with a pumpkin spice latte and one of these new Pumpkin Spice Baton treats? These wafer cookies each hold a rich, dreamy creamy spiced pumpkin filling made with real pumpkin puree. We'll be impressed if the container makes it past lunchtime.
Champagne Gummy Candies
Popping a pouch of Champagne-shaped gummy candies is about a celebratory as it gets. Share a bag of these sweet treats with someone special on Christmas and it'll give them something festive to snack on come New Year's Eve (if they last that long).
It's back, baby. Who knows what you'll find inside this tin of Trader Joe's favorite sweets and candy treats?
Mediterranean Olive Oil Set
This tasty trio includes three types of extra virgin olive oil: Italian, Greek, and Spanish. Whether or not your loved one will be traveling this holiday season, they'll (at very least) get transported across the globe as they taste these delicious oils. Pair with some of TJ's fresh bread or pita chips and you've got yourself a great hostess gift for your token foodie friend or family member.
Festively Flavored Coffee Cup Celebration
Honestly, the name says it all. This giftable box of various high-quality Arabica beans from Brazil includes 20 single-serve coffee pods. There are four each of their beloved Wintry Blend, Gingerbread, Salted Caramel, French Vanilla, and Chocolate Mint-flavored coffees.
Nutty Popcorn Trio
Here's a fun game you can play with everyone you give this sweet treat to: it's called "try not to finish this in one sitting." It's next to impossible to lose once they taste the delicious combination of Pecan Praline Caramel Corn, Chocolate Almond Popcorn, and Macadamia Caramel Corn.