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The Ultimate Grocery Store Gift Guide

By Elizabeth Leader Smith, November 28, 2013  |  Meet the Blogger  |  More Posts by Elizabeth Leader Smith

I’m all for one-stop errands. In college, it was the coffee shop/laundromat. Today it’s just natural that I holiday shop where I grocery shop. No, I’m not gifting collards and cashews. Instead, I’m reaching for truffles, flowers and toys and clothing and picking up ingredients for homemade gifts. Here’s how:

Gifts Under $5, $10, $15 and $30

From secret Santa swaps to stocking stuffers to gifts for that special someone, you can dazzle with fewer dollars with our gift guide. Choose from edible delights (of course), like a nice spice grinder (under $5) or silky chocolate truffles (under $10) to toys made from recycled plastic milk jugs (under $15) to handmade jewelry (under $30) at prices that please.

Whole Foods Market Spice GrinderAlter Eco Truffles

Green ToysL.I.F.E. Bands

Gifts for a Good Cause

Make the future brighter by purchasing a Whole Planet Foundation® calendar – you’ll support microloans for entrepreneurs in developing countries.

Or warm hearts and feet with socks that support funding for projects that make positive changes in the world. See more gifts that give back.

Whole Planet CalendarPACT Men's Socks

Click and Create
Add handmade to your holiday with festive DIY decorating tutorials from Etsy’s community, created exclusively for Whole Foods Market. From gift wrap and ornaments to napkin rings and an advent calendar, find inspiration and ideas by visiting our online how-tos.



Gifts from the Kitchen

Rather make and bake than buy? We’ve got you covered. Cherry-Pistachio Crunch Bark, a terrifically flavorful, colorful bark, is ideal for holiday gift giving. And our Spicy Wine Mustard is gift ready with a downloadable gift tag.

Take a look at our favorite recipes for gifts including treats for Fido!

Cherry-Pistachio Crunch BarkSpicy Wine Mustard

Wrapped in Style
Swap that pricey paper gift bag for our limited-edition reusable A Better Bag™ featuring custom artwork by Matte Stephens, a painter and illustrator and an Etsy seller since 2007.

For about $1 each and available in two sizes, these sturdy bags make beautiful gift bags they won’t toss. Get them while they’re here!

Better Bag

Pocket Art
Practical gift or work of art? Our limited edition 2013 holiday gift card is both! Designed exclusively for Whole Foods Market by artist Jason Middlebrook and made with sustainably harvested birch wood, it’s available for purchase online and in our stores in the US and Canada.

Gift Card

We’ve decked the halls and stocked our aisles with gifts for all budgets and tastes to make holiday shopping easier for you.

Which gifts from our stores would you like to receive? Share in the comments!

From carving with confidence to pouring with pride, our online Holiday Cheat Sheet means more of your best for less stress. Order holiday meals online too; we'll do the work, you'll take the credit.

Category: Holidays, Entertaining




FoodieFood says ...
My favorite Whole Foods gifts are the teddy bears with the Whole Foods Market t shirts that they bring in every so often. I have two of them!
11/28/2013 2:31:29 PM CST
Amie Shadlu says ...
I ordered one of the limited edition holiday gift cars. I can't wait to see what the birch wood material is like!
11/28/2013 5:17:22 PM CST
Amie Shadlu says ...
Ha ha, oops-- I meant gift CARDS, not cars! Anyway, I love Whole Foods and I can't wait to spend the gift card money on all of the extra little goodies that tempt me every time I go grocery shopping!
11/29/2013 12:33:06 PM CST
Berjouhi adamian says ...
12/04/2013 3:31:45 PM CST
Susan Simon says ...
The best gifts from Whole Foods I could get would be their Spinach and Lentil soup, unlimited access to the salad bar, and unlimited access to the bulk bins - I go through steel cut oats pretty fast!
12/04/2013 4:00:48 PM CST
marc yablon says ...
where can I buy those organic socks for men.
12/04/2013 4:03:47 PM CST
Joelle says ...
I would love to receive a basket of dark chocolate and cacao products. Oh my!
12/04/2013 4:42:49 PM CST
Jennifer G says ...
Green Toys are always on our list for our children and our friend's children! We love the simplicity of the toys (no batteries!) that lets the kids imagination run wild! Plus, there is something for everyone! We pick up a few every year and they are always a hit! :)
12/04/2013 4:52:19 PM CST
Michele Brown says ...
I really enjoy the fact that Whole Foods have cooking classes for Kids, and I also like the gift ideas.
12/04/2013 5:14:58 PM CST
Nikki - Community Moderator says ...
@MARC - Our products vary between stores so you can always check with your local store to see if they have anything in stock!
12/04/2013 5:15:05 PM CST
sherry pincus says ...
12/04/2013 5:23:21 PM CST
Maria Galvan says ...
My husband would love the Cherry-Pistachio Crunch Bars. I would love to receive tons of chocolates hmmmm!
12/04/2013 5:32:05 PM CST
Jennifer Moore says ...
Wow, there are so many nice things in your store that I would like to receive: specialty candies, lotions, face products for this aging skin of mine, spice grinders, organic towels.... How can I choose just one??
12/04/2013 5:54:37 PM CST
jea smith says ...
I would love the velvet truffles and the cherry-pistachio crunch bark....for the chocolate fiend in me :D
12/04/2013 6:20:07 PM CST
Jasanna Czellar says ...
I'd love to get a basket of all the delicious organic and grass-fed cheeses!!
12/04/2013 8:10:24 PM CST
Maryvel N. Tenaya says ...
I wrote a story earlier and sent it but I forgot about the charity !! Disabled American Veterans. I've given off and on over the years when I had the means to do so. These brave people who give their lives ought to have all that can be contributed to their needs for what they've done for us...
12/04/2013 8:12:26 PM CST
TisPam says ...
A gift card in the reusable bag, of course!
12/04/2013 8:16:45 PM CST
Melissa L says ...
A gift card would be awesome! I shop for so many different things from the store, I'd be able to get a little here and there =)
12/04/2013 8:24:33 PM CST
Hari says ...
Spice grinder would be great to grind flaxseeds, etc.
12/04/2013 8:37:11 PM CST
roxy says ...
The 365 brand Cola is delicious! It tastes like real Cola, unlike the fake thing made by coke. I also love Cedarlane roasted red pepper hummus and the salad bar. These are just a few, but I actually love 99% of the goodies in stores.
12/04/2013 8:49:29 PM CST
CarolLynn Meyers says ...
I live in Hubert and cant buy clean healthy food here at all so we drive to Wilmington many times a month for our groceries. I want to thank you, we love your store. its always a pleasure shopping at whole foods.
12/04/2013 9:06:40 PM CST
Hari says ...
The spice grinder would be great for grinding flaxseeds etc. And I could eat the truffles at the same time!!!
12/04/2013 10:47:13 PM CST
Nadia says ...
I like to pick many different kinds of products to make a nice gift basket. I even put a live baby Xmas tree in the middle. I have fun picking unusual things and who ever receives it always has fun looking at each item.
12/04/2013 10:54:15 PM CST
Gail says ...
The truffles look so good!
12/04/2013 11:02:40 PM CST
Lucille Poiry says ...
I have given the Whole food lg over the shouldershopping bag to my friend neighbors and family I still use mine & wish I could purchase more. I nought them in Olive Khaki & black & everyone loved them and it wasn't a huge expense for me That I would repeat again
12/04/2013 11:15:53 PM CST