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Gift Giving Guide: Part Two

By Allison Burch, November 26, 2011  |  Meet the Blogger  |  More Posts by Allison Burch
Whether you’re stuffing a stocking, sending a gift across the country, handing a hostess some holiday cheer or simply putting something special in the hands of someone special, you’re sure to find a gift for everyone on your list at Whole Foods Market. Over the next three days, we’re sharing helpful ideas in our gift giving guide. Today we’ll explore stocking stuffers from around our stores and gifts you make yourself. Tomorrow we’ll share ideas for over 10 gifts under $10 to make even a Grinch smile. And Sunday brings tips for easy shopping from the comfort of your living room — in your PJs with a mug of hot cocoa in hand. Whether you’re stuffing a stocking, sending a gift across the country, handing a hostess a little holiday cheer or simply putting something special in the hands of someone special, you’re sure to find something to share with everyone on your list. We’re sharing helpful ideas in this three-part gift giving series.  In Part One, we explored over 10 gifts under $10 to make even a Grinch smile. Today, we’ve got stocking stuffers from around our store and homemade gifts. Tune in tomorrow for tips for easy shopping from the comfort of your living room — in your PJs with a mug of hot cocoa in hand. STOCKING STUFFERS

Whole Planet Foundation® 2012 calendars cost only $3 each and include more than $20 in coupons. Read more about this year’s calendar and savings.

A L.I.F.E. Jacket is a reusable canvas coffee sleeve handmade by women in Kenya to help them earn a living and send their special needs children to school. Watch this video to find out more about this special product.

Organic Fuji apples are perfectly suited to fill up a stocking. For every pound sold, a donation goes to the Share Our Strength No Kid Hungry® campaign.

Citrus for Christmas, because who wouldn’t love to reach in and find a cute clementine or a sweet and seedless satsuma in their stocking?

Tru Sweets Organic Candy Canes: Have the iconic candy cane with all of the festive celebration and without corn syrup, artificial flavors and artificial colors. These candy canes have just four ingredients: organic evaporated cane juice, organic brown rice syrup, natural peppermint flavor and organic fruit juice.

Theo Chocolate Holiday Bars: Santa loves these chocolate bars from the first and only organic and fair trade (from cocoa bean to bar) chocolate factory in the US. For a limited time only, try Gingerbread Spice Milk Chocolate, Peppermint Stick Dark Chocolate, Peppermint Stick Milk Chocolate and Nutcracker Toffee Dark Chocolate.

Whole Foods Market™ Organic Lip Balm Trio: Organic lip balms make great stocking stuffers in a special holiday trio. These natural, seasonal flavors are available for a limited time only, in Vanilla, Ginger Lemon and Wintermint (peppermint and spearmint).

MAKE YOUR OWN Some of the most beautiful gifts are those that are handmade, low cost or absolutely free. Here are few of our favorite ideas. Get even more on our holiday site.

Give Your Time: Offer your loved ones free babysitting, computer training, help with taxes, yard work or massage. Whatever your skills, you can donate it. The sky’s the limit.

Culinary Creations: Put your culinary skills to work by offering others homemade cakes, cookies, jellies, jams, pickles, relish or whatever your food forte may be. Give your friends several stamped and self-addressed index cards and tell them to drop one of the cards in the mail to you whenever they're in the mood for a batch of cookies. We've pulled together some simple recipes for Gifts from Your Kitchen.

Recycle Your Reading: Choose a special book from your own library collection and pass it on to a friend.

Make Your Own Gift Baskets: To get you started, here are several themed ideas:

Busy Mom: Fill a basket with energy bars and trail mixes, as well as tea tree oil foot bath and relaxing herbal teas.

Gardener's Pail: Pick up some favorite seeds, a pair of gardening gloves, hand salve, a natural-bristle nail brush, a visor, sunscreen and an all-natural insect repellant with citronella.

Pasta Lover: Collect several kinds of pastas. Add some high quality jarred pasta sauce and a nice bottle of wine. A ladle and a pasta strainer are nice touches too.

Fire Starter: Gather some pinecones, long stick matches, candle scents or oils, starter blocks and an ash shovel, and arrange in a fireside basket.

Whatever path you take through Giftland, have fun, get creative and remember: the real gift is having family and friends to share the holidays with! What do you hope you’ll unwrap this year?