Holiday gift guide: grocery store edition


Whole Foods is the perfect spot for your holiday shopping.

If you’re like us, then you believe there is no greater gift than the gift of food. And what better place to get some of the best food than at one of the awesome grocery stores in New Jersey? Luckily, their shelves are stocked with some great holiday gift ideas for every foodie personality – wine and beer enthusiasts, artisanal types, dinner party hosts, coffee lovers and even cheese snobs.

With local offerings from Brooklyn-based cheese cave Crown Finish, and limited-edition collaboration products from Bronx Brewery and Empire Estate Wine, there are plenty of items to wow all of your friends and family members.  Check out their top picks for delicious stocking stuffers and last-minute entertaining gifts.

1. Anarchy in a Jar Salted Caramel Apple Butter $5.99

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This limited run, small-batch flavor made from New York grown apples and produced in Brooklyn is sure to satisfy any artisanal sweet tooth and can be found at Whole Foods.

2. Candy Cane Joe-Joe’s $11.30

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These simple chocolate wafer cookies from Trader Joe’s are sandwiched together with a cool, creamy, minty filling with pieces of crushed candy canes. For fans of the classic chocolate-peppermint combo, these classic cookies will always please the palate.

3. Organic Pasta Sauce


You’ll feel better eating this healthier pasta sauce.

ShopRite has started using Wholesome Pantry Organic where they protect natural resources and use only approved resources. This pasta sauce has plumb, organic, vine-ripened tomatoes, fresh herbs and spices. It’s wholesome and delicious and perfect for the pasta lover in your family or friend group.

4. Greyston Bakery Limited Edition Peppermint Fudge Brownies $1.50

Baked with only the best ingredients and without any preservatives, these brownies sold at Whole Foods are absolutely delicious. And you can feel even better about your purchase knowing the company participates in an Open Hiring model where anyone that comes to the front door of our bakery is given the chance to work, no questions asked. When a job becomes available we hire the next person on their waiting list.

6. Holiday Spice Orange Cranberry Baked Brie


Cheese lovers rejoice!

A wheel of brie topped with orange marmalade, cranberries and almonds, then wrapped in flaky puff pastry. Pick up at Stop&Shop and bake at home for a beautiful holiday buffet centerpiece that will delight any cheese lover.

7. Camembert Cheese and Cranberry Sauce Fillo Bites $3.99

Trader Joe's

This will make for an excellent gifts for the sweet and savory person in your life.

Who says fancy has to be hard or expensive? These Trader Joe’s treats are made of fillo dough, which is baked to a crispy finish and is then filled with a combination of Camembert and cranberries. The combination of the two is a little bit of sweetness and ties the berry and cheese flavors together. They are perfect for your New Years cocktail party or appetizers leading into a holiday meal.

8. Crown Finish Special Washed Bufarolo $29.99/lb

Imported from Bergamo, Italy where it is hand made at the Gritti Family Farm. Aged to perfection in the Crown Finish caves in Brooklyn, this cheese is unique and exclusive to Whole Foods Market. Tell that to your cheese loving friends!

9. Stumptown Winter Cheer Limited Edition Cold Brew $3.99

Delicious cold brew coffee with milk and mulling spices available for a limited time only at Whole Foods.

10. Bronx Brewery’s ‘No Name’ IPA $7.99

A special collaboration brew only available at Whole Foods Market locations in the Northeast region. The beer is currently nameless and is looking for you to submit your best name ideas at What better gift could you get for a beer lover?

11. Empire Estate Dry Riesling $21

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This wine will please any sommelier.

Born out of a collaboration between Thomas Pastuszak of New York’s Eleven Madison Park and Kelby Russell of acclaimed Finger Lakes winery Red Newt Cellars, this dry vintage is a unique gift for any wine-lover in your life and is available at Whole Foods.

12. West Elm Light Stripes Apron $29 

West Elm

How cute is this apron?

This holiday season, Whole Foods Market has teamed up with West Elm to develop tabletop and kitchen textile goods made by The New Denim Project including this adorable apron. All goods are produced ethically in Guatemala and will feature yarn and woven fabrics made with a special blend of 100% cotton and pre-consumer denim waste.