9 Rad Reasons to Raid the Trader Joe’s Holiday Gift Section Right Meow


It’s that time of year again! — that time when you go into Trader Joe’s intending to only get a loaf of gluten-free sliced bread (El Hub highly recommends the one in the green bag. He says the one in the pink bag tastes like sawdust.) and leave with a cart filled with snacks and holiday gifts “allegedly” for other people, but really they’re just for you.

1. Ginger Ultra Moisturizing Hand Cream ($4.99)

trader joes ginger ultra moisturzing hand cream
It took every ounce of my willpower to not put all of these in my basket…

This is SO GOOD. I bought three tubes because #hoarders, and I’m going back for more. It smells exactly like Origins Ginger Souffle Lotion. If you’re unsure about ginger scents, ask someone who works at TJ’s if they can open a tube so you can test it out first! That’s what I did, and the sales clerk mentioned that he ended up getting one for himself, each of his aunties, his sisters and his mom.

Good man!

2. Lip Treatment Duo ($3.99)

trader joes lip treatment duo
Be gone, dry lips!

A lady I was chatting up in the beauty section said that she bought this duo last year, and she 100% recommended it if you have dry lips.

trader joes lip treatment duo price

3. Gingerbread Scented Candle ($3.99)

trader joes gingerbread scented candle in hand
Smells good enough to eat (but you shouldn’t because it’s just a candle)

Another recommendation from my homegirl in the beauty section. It smells just like a gingersnap!

trader joes gingerbread scented candle
What a steal!

4. Macaron Soap ($4.99)

trader joes macaron soap in hand
Looks good enough to eat? (But you shouldn’t because it’s soap.)

How cute are these little soaps? You might have to tell anyone who uses your bathroom not to eat them though!

trader joes macaron soap
An affordable stocking-stuffer

5. Face Mask Trio ($6.99)

trader joes face mask trio
Different masks for different needs

I’m so intrigued by the Rose Gel Mask! Pro tip/hack: If you see something in a gift set that you wanna keep for yourself, just break up the set and give away the things you don’t want as stocking-stuffers. 😉

6. Exfoliating Body Scrub Trio ($7.99)

trader joes exfoliating body scrub trio

I have a full-sized exfoliating body scrub from TJ’s that I love, and I bet these minis in different scents are just as great.

7. Handwoven Recycled Newspaper Baskets ($5.99)

trader joes recycled newspaper baskets
Snazzy organizers

Each basket looks different, and they feel sturdy, too.

trader joes recycled newspaper baskets top
Pretty spacious

trader joes recycled newspaper baskets side
Just imagine all the cat treats (or makeup) you could fill this with.
trader joes recycled newspaper baskets pattern
How cool is this?

8. Olive Wood Serving and Cutting Board ($11.99)

trader joes olivewood boards price
I love the varied patterns on the grain.

These disappeared quicker than a skittish street cat at TJ’s last year.

trader joes olive wood board
Dreaming of all the cheese one could display on this board…

9. Olive Wood Bowl ($5.99)

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Lots of different colors!

Yet another highly sought-after gift that was gone with the wind in a heartbeat last year. I’m going back on Friday to grab a few of the oblong bowls. I love how they all look so different.

trader joes olivewood bowls in hand
These oblong ones are my favorites.

Happy holiday shopping!

Your friendly neighborhood beauty and Trader Joe’s addict,



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