Who says you can’t shop for gifts while doing your weekly grocery shopping? You’re a busy human. You need to snag a present for your co-worker, Felipe, while also stocking up on the best vegan frozen pizza. Where do you go? Sing it with me to the tune of “Downtown” by Petula Clark: Trader Joe’s! Yes, Trader Joe’s gifts are back in stock and there are plenty of options—too many, in fact. So, we went ahead and browsed the shelves for you to find the best food gifts from Trader Joe’s. Whether you’re looking for elegant chocolates for your mail person, luxe oil for your mother-in-law, or a pre-wrapped panettone for your favorite Sporked editor, here are some fun and tasty Trader Joe’s gift ideas.
- Festive Chocolate Collection
This box of chocolates offers seven shapes in dark, milk, and white chocolate. There’s a snowman, a gingerbread person, and even an “ugly” holiday sweater (it’s not actually ugly but I’m pretty sure that’s what it’s supposed to be), along with a present and some round shapes. Some are pure chocolate, some are filled with hazelnut paste or caramel or “creme brulee.” It’s a cute take on a standard box of mixed chocolates. And Felipe will love it. (Note: There’s no page for this product on the TJ’s website but you can catch a glimpse of it on this page highlighting their holiday offerings.)
- Chocolate Passport
If you know a chocolate snob, this is one of the best Trader Joe’s gifts to buy. A selection of eight different chocolate bars, each one is made with cacao grown in a different country: Peru, Ecuador, Venezuela, Ghana, Dominican Republic, Papua New Guinea, Sao Tome, and Tanzania. So each bar offers a cacao-flavored tour of the region. Think of it like wine or cheese tasting—but with chocolate. And the set looks great too. Each bar is packaged in vibrantly colored paper, and the eight bars are shelved in a little box and bound. You don’t even need to wrap it. It looks that good.
- Scar Pier Panettone al Cioccolato
Really lazy and looking for Trader Joe’s gift ideas? Look no further. Each one of these chocolate-filled panettones comes beautifully pre-wrapped in four different color options, complete with a bow. Fruitcake might be a stereotypically bad food gift, but these Italian Christmas cakes are filled with chocolate, for gosh sakes. No one will get mad at that.
- English Toffee
Skip the tin of flavored popcorn and gift this two-pound can of crunchy, nutty toffee squares instead. Scattered with bits of cashew and almond and coated in chocolate, this throwback candy has staying power.
- Truffle Oil Duo
So, you can’t afford to buy your amateur chef friend that whole white truffle from Piedmont they’ve been dreaming about. Show you care with this limited edition duo of black truffle oil and white truffle oil from Trader Joe’s. (It’s available on Amazon if you can’t find it at your local TJ’s.) They’re made with actual Italian truffles—not just that artificial flavoring that goes into some truffle oil.
- Taste Test of Caramels
Even though we taste test foods for a living at Sporked, we’d still enjoy tasting through this collection of caramels from Trader Joe’s in our spare time. Each chocolate-covered caramel square is decorated with something that clues you into the flavors inside. There’s espresso, fig, maple, hot chili, gingerbread, salted lavender (fun!), and more. Have wannabe Sporked editors in your life? Buy a few of these as Trader Joe’s Christmas gifts.
- Gingerbread House Kit
Looking for Trader Joe’s gifts for kiddos or crafty buddies? This A-frame gingerbread house kit comes with everything needed to make a classic cookie cabin—gingerbread cookies for the walls and roof, fruit gummies and chocolate buttons for decor, and icing mix to glue it all together. There are even little sugar animals to complete the tableau.
- Panoply of Organic Italian Pasta
I am obsessed with this pasta gift pack, so if you’re shopping for me, this is one of the best Trader Joe’s food gifts to pick up. It’s a collection of five different, colorful, obscure Italian pasta shapes: pink and white striped farfalline; green, white and orange striped papillon; lemon flavored torchietti; green and white striped fischietti; and multi-hued ortolana creste di gallo. This will be the gift to win at any Yankee swap.