Having a few tricks up your sleeve for holiday gifting will always come in handy. Whether you've run out of time, run out of ideas, or are on your way to a party and have forgotten a gift for the host, you don't want to turn up empty handed. No matter who the recipient is, these grocery store gift ideas are good for almost anyone and are sure save your bacon.
1. Cheese and Wine
Ever the lovely pair, cheese and wine make the perfect gift no matter what the occasion. If you think wine is too expensive or too difficult to pick out, visit your local Trader Joe's. Their wines are always affordable, and they have an Online Guide to Wine to help you make your selection. Also, their gourmet cheese selection is delectable and affordable. You can put together a very high-end gift for under $30.
2. Burts Bees
You can find their line of products almost everywhere and they make only the highest quality natural and organic products that make perfect gifts. Walgreen's carries many of their products so a quick DIY gift basket would be simple. Get a body wash and sugar scrub along with a fancy scrubbie pad and nobody will know you stopped at the drugstore on the way.
3. Gift Certificate Combo
Nothing says "I ran into Jewel on my way over" like a gift card. Make your gift more thoughtful and unique by pairing it with a useful item. Pair an iTunes gift card with a new pair of earbuds, or Amazon instant video credits with a box of microwave popcorn. Give new parents a gift card for a good restaurant with a homemade coupon for babysitting. Get a gift card for the grocery store and give it with a few reusable shopping bags. You might not be able to hide the fact that you shopped last-minute, but your creativity is sure to make up for it.
Grocery stores and drug stores carry many outdoor accessories and everyone likes getting a new pair of gloves with a matching hat. Pair it with a box of gourmet hot cocoa mix for a "frightful weather" themed gift. Socks are also easy to find at most stores and are so notorious for being a bad Christmas gift that the recipient is sure to get a chuckle out of them. Or, if you forgot to get your friend's new baby a gift, onesies, hats, and diapers are sold everywhere.
5. Fruit Basket
These sell for top-dollar if you purchase them assembled. Choose from seasonal favorites like pomegranates, clementine oranges, festive persimmons, and some shiny red apples. Add some whole nuts for added interest, and nestle it all in a simple basket. Cut a few snips off your Christmas tree for garnish and add a bright red ribbon.