20 Simple, Last-Minute Gift Ideas From Your Grocery Store!

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If you’re anything like me, no matter how hard you try to be organized…there always seems to be a few people that you would really like to show some appreciation for in the form of a simple gift at Christmas that you just didn’t remember….until now! Being that it’s Christmas Eve Day there aren’t a WHOLE lot of options (unless of course you’re crazier than I am and want to brave the mall or some other store today!)…but you might want to consider the grocery store. It’s amazing the things you can find there when you think outside the grocery bag!

As part of their Countdown to ChristmasTarget challenged me to see what last minute goodies I could find in their Grocery department to help people finish up their Christmas lists. So I spent Saturday afternoon (along with A LOT of other shoppers!) wandering the aisles of my local Target grocery store and came up with some fun ideas I can’t wait to share with you!  Plus, in addition to the gift inspiration…Target would also like to give one of my readers a $75.00 GiftCard! Win-Win! (Look for details at the end of the post.)

So let’s get started….

A Winter Bouquet

Who says Christmas flowers have to be red poinsettias? In the produce section of Target there is a nice selection of fresh-cut flowers. I selected two a bouquets…one made up of Christmas greenery and pinecones and a second bunch of white daisies and combined them to create a snowy floral arrangement. Flowers always brighten up a home no matter what the season!

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The Gift of Hydration

Water bottles seem to be all the rage lately! There were so many cool ones to choose from at Target I had a hard time deciding!  Pair one with a couple bottles of MiO Liquid Water Enhancer and you have a very hip and healthy gift!

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Strawberries and Chocolate

It’s hard to imagine anyone not appreciating this timeless and tasty treat! Grab a box of juicy, red strawberries and a tub of chocolate fruit dip and dress them up with a brown paper lunch bag and a bow and you’re set!

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Spice Up The Holidays!

The thing about giving the gift of spices for Christmas is you can be fairly certain they will not go to waste! Everybody needs basic spices, and when they come in these darling bottles from Archer Farms…they are impossible to resist!

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Nuts For Pistachios!

Probably the simplest gift I picked out…but another “sure to please” gift idea. The hubster LOVES pistachios and always considers them a treat at Christmastime!  At our holiday party last week, one of the “door prizes” was a BIG bag of pistachios and it was one of the FIRST gifts to be selected. :-)

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Hope Your Christmas “Izze” Merry!

I just love Izze Sparkling Juice! They are all natural with no refined sugar or high fructose corn syrup and each bottle actually provides two servings of fruit!  But what really puts them in the “gift-worthy” category is how beautifully designed and packaged they are. Add a ribbon and a few “fancy” plastic flutes and you have a fun, festive, and colorful gift!

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Cuties Clementines

Christmas wouldn’t be Christmas without a box of these little gems in our house. They are delicious, peel like a dream, and are a nice change of pace from all the candy, cakes and cookies that are making the rounds at this time of year. Tie up a box with a pretty ribbon and you’ve made a statement.

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Design Your Own Customized Food Basket!

Those pre-made food gift baskets can get pretty pricey and usually contain something you’re not particularly crazy about anyway. So why not make up your own? Grab that Hickory Farms Summer Sausage and pair it with your favorite crackers and your favorite type of cheese. You could even grab a small bottle of dijon mustard (or whatever you like) and add that as well. The box and the kraft paper “grass” I used were both recycled from gift baskets I received earlier this year. No sense in throwing those things away. :-)

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Caramel Apple Kit

Super simple, super sweet. Choose a bag of your favorite apples and pair them with some of those little individual servings of dipping caramel. You can even make the net bag that they come in part of the packaging. I just cut off the top and tied the caramel cups in a cellophane bag to it with a nice red ribbon.

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Asian Munchies

Every time I wander down the asian food aisle at the grocery store I am always attracted to the cute and colorful snack items on display. Arranged in this cut-off red lunch sack with a simple bow attached, it makes an adorable gift that downright irresistible.

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Italian Dinner In A Basket

I was not aware of this line of italian food by Giada De Laurentis for Target until I spied it this past Saturday. Since I’m a big fan of Giada’s I immediately decided I needed to put together a pasta dinner basket for a gift idea. The packaging is so lovely it hardly needs any embellishment. I just added a couple of ribbons and placed it in a recycled gift basket box. An extremely economical and elegant gift!

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Minty Cookies & Coffee

Since I am ALL ABOUT mint ANYTHING…I couldn’t resist pairing up a couple of minty treats!  These mini Mint Milanos make the perfect companion to this Peppermint Mocha from Starbucks. I just repackaged the cookies in a cellophane bag and added matching twine to each item to dress them up a little and give them a little bit of a “homemade” gift feel.

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Bagel Time!

Bagels and Cream Cheese. Pretty much a match made in heaven. Take the bagels out of their original packaging and put them in a cellophane bag with some cute ribbon or twine tied at the top. Now add your favorite flavored cream cheese (mine just happens to be Strawberry!) and you have a thoughtful gift…not to mention BREAKFAST!

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A “Little” Christmas Cheer!

“Little” being the operative word here.  I just can’t resist these miniature cans of soda…especially when they are “dressed up” for Christmas with cute white polka dots on the can. The soda makers have practically done all the work for you! :-)  You just add a couple of those “fancy” plastic flutes with a ribbon and you’re done. Or you could add one of those tags that say “Hope your Christmas is Merry and “Sprite”!  Sure it’s cliche and been “done to death”….but who cares!? It’s Christmas…have fun!

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A Cup of Cheer!

More gift-giving cheer!  I just love the packaging that Target does for their Archer Farms line of products. So classic. This can of hot cocoa is pretty enough on it’s own to give as a gift without anything else! But add a cellophane bag full of mini marshmallows and suddenly you have something really special…and yummy!

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Cereal and Milk

When we were kids and our Mom would buy us those little individual serving size boxes of cereal we would think it was the coolest thing ever! That was the inspiration behind this idea. Just think how fun it would be to give these to little ones as a special Christmas breakfast treat. (I actually know of a few BIG ONES who would like this idea too!)

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Gourmet Oatmeal With a Sweet Topping

Two of my very favorite breakfast foods are combined in this gift idea. John McCann Steel Cut Oats are SO good, and one of my favorite things to put on ANY kind of oatmeal is 100% Pure Maple Syrup. I just love the flavor combination. One of these cute little bottles of syrup tied onto the can with some ribbon is just the ticket to making this an attractive little gift.

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Rootbeer Floats Kit

This one really needs no explanation. Bottles of rootbeer…a container of ice cream and you’ve got a delicious treat…good for any time of year! (Just make sure you don’t leave it under the tree!)  :-)

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Yogurt & Granola

I must have skipped breakfast on the day I did my shopping at Target…because there seems to be an excessive amount of breakfast items here. :-)  Oh well, who doesn’t love a tasty, nutritious and quick breakfast? I personally would love receiving something like this as a gift. It would most definitely not go to waste.

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Christmas Cheers!

And finally….another presentation of the Christmas Cheer idea…but this time for a crowd. The green Sprite cans are just so festive looking, I couldn’t resist styling them into one more gift idea.

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I hope you found something inspiring in these 20 simple last minute gift ideas that can be found in your grocery store! Now get to the store….you’re running out of time! :-)




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  1. Pat Bonasera says

    I received a pretty oven mitt made with a Christmas theme fabric (candy canes). Tucked inside the mitt was a plastic bag with chocolate cake mix and instructions hand printed on an index card, decorated with Christmas stickers, for making chocolate mocha cupcakes. The cupcakes will be made and eaten in a jiffy, but I’ll have the oven mitt to remind me of my neighbor’s thoughtfulness for many Christmas seasons to come.

  2. Julie B says

    I so agree with you on the Archer Farms spice bottles. They are reasonably priced and cute. I can’t say I’ve thought of anything terribly creative. I’ve done hot cocoa & mug. I made up a gallon zip lock bag with packaged crackers, cookies, candy, juice boxes etc for a neighbor who was traveling by car over the holidays one year.

  3. Della says

    I once got a little basket filled with various flavors of tea. I like to drink hot tea in the winter,.

  4. says

    i was made responsible for finding 7 bridal shower gifts, for $10 each, 45 minutes before the shower. Did a ‘movie bundle’ with movie and popcorn, a ‘bath bundle’ with bath salts and candles and one that was an ‘Italian Dinner Bundle’ which was pasta, sauce, parm cheese and a pasta fork. Everyone seemed to like my random, albeit, practical shower gift ideas, so everything worked out just fine…

  5. Sheila D. says

    I received a dozen of roses in a pot with glued candy canes around it with a beautiful bow. I plan to make another for a hostess gift for Christmas. It is beautiful.

  6. Kimberly Holst says

    Hello, one gift I gave was to a dear friend. I love to cook and bake and she was learning from me so I wrote out all my recipes and put them in a nice wooden recipe box and on the top put a rolling pin that I had rolled a dish cloth to match her kitchen, I used some scotch tape to hold it in place and some nice ribbon was tied on the handles close to the rolling part so it looked like a wrapped candy :-) Merry Christmas Eve!!!

  7. Naomi says

    In the past, I have given away a coffee/tea mug, with gardening gloves and flower seeds. Simple yet thoughtful.