Holiday Gift Guide: Shopping Hacks

Get away with doing your Holiday shopping at the grocery store.

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Once upon a Christmas, one of our editors was so broke that she had to get crazy resourceful with her Holiday shopping. Where could she go to find stocking-stuffers and enticing trinkets for less when even the malls and mega-stores, with all of their seasonal deals, were a bit too pricey? The answer was right before her shopping cart: the grocery store. 
 
Think about it: any decent sized grocery store will have an inexpensive, well-organized variety of items that people actually need. You know those “gourmet” cookies (gourmet = more than three bucks in the cookie realm) that you told yourself were too much of a splurge for your Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life marathon? Well, they’re the perfect amount to splurge on Aunty Barb. 
 
How many times have you been tempted to buy that scented candle, serving platter, or Best-of-So-and-So CD (cue Michael Bublé) before making for the check-out line? Tie a cute bow around that candle for your sibling; gift that ceramic platter to mom and dad with a homemade card that includes a sweet, hand-written recipe (don't you love presents that double as a hint?). 
 
The key to pulling-off the grocery store hack is some legit Holiday wrapping. Spend the extra ten dollars to get some pretty paper, cellophane and snazzy cloth ribbons. Trust us, they'll transform that bottle of dry shampoo and Burt’s Bees balm into a thoughtful present. 

Our 5 Favorite Grocery Stores:

1. 
Lucky – price range: low to medium
2. 
Ralph's – price range: low to medium
3. 
Piggly Wiggly – price range: low to medium
4. 
Gelson's – price range: medium to high
5. 
Whole Foods – price range: medium to high

Here are10 grocery store-style finds that'll make cute, super useful presents this year.

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Intelligentsia Direct Trade Black Cat Classic Espresso Roast Ground Coffee 12oz  - $12.99
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Lu Biscuits Petit Ecolier Milk Chocolate, 5.29 oz - $3.49
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Mrs. Meyer's Merge Clean Day Scented Soy Candle, Lavender, Small, 4.9oz - $6.64
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Maybelline New York The Blushed Nudes, 0.34oz - $7.49
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Lip Shimmer In Rhubarb - $5
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Neutrogena Oil-Free Moisture Sensitive Skin, 4 Fl.oz - $8.52
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Women's Super Opaque Control-Top Tight - $8-$22
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Hanes Tagless Men's Boxer Briefs 6-Pack (Includes 1 Free Bonus Boxer Brief) - $15
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OvenChef Range Rectangular Roaster, 2.6-quart, 13x8-inch - $15
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Picardie Tumbler, Clear, 7.4-ounce, Set of 6 - $22
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