There is nothing worse than having to scramble to find last minute gifts. Whether it’s for a “Secret Santa”, a co-worker, your delivery man or a neighbor, you’ll want to find the perfect token gift.
You could drive to the mall and deal with the traffic and long lines, or you can pay a visit to your local Whole Foods Market. Yes, you read that correctly – Whole Foods Market! It’s so much more than a grocery store.
Here are a few great gift suggestions and products to serve to holiday guests or make your guests feel right at home.
Big Dipper Wax Works Candles (*Suggested Retail Price: $8.99)
Perfect for the environmentally and socially conscious friend or relative, these all natural beeswax candles are made of North American sourced 100 percent beeswax, Big Dipper Wax Works Candles are a product of the sustainable beekeeping industry, emitting a sweet, subtle, honey-like fragrance. These candles release negative ions that improve air quality by eliminating pollutants and allergens. To cement your spot on the good list, 10 percent of profits from the candles will be donated to organizations dedicated to promoting sustainable beekeeping.
I love candles. I am always thrilled to receive candles as a gift. Especially ones that emit a nice fragrance. Candles also make a great addition to your holiday table and as décor around your home.
PACT Socks Bundle (*Suggested Retail Price: $19.00-$30.00)
You can never go wrong with sock stocking stuffers. PACT socks for men, women and kids are made from 100 percent organic yarns at an eco-concept factory in Turkey powered by wind energy. Stitched in bright colors, stripes and festive patterns, PACT socks come in knee-high, regular and ankle sizes. By supporting PACT, a company whose mission is to create clothes in the cleanest, most responsible way possible (from the factory to the packaging), you’re a shoe -in for the good list.
Socks might not sound like a “fun” gift, but they are a practical gift nonetheless. If you want the make the fun pick up some fun and colorful designs and patterns.
Threads 4 Thought Hoodies (*Suggested Retail Price: $25.00)
Give your loved ones a super soft pullover hoodie that’s not too hard on the environment. Threads 4 Thought’s sustainable apparel is made from organic cotton and comes in stylish fits for both men and women. How it gets you on the good list: T 4 advocates for peace and environmental friendliness while giving back to charity.
I have teenagers and they love hoodies. They are great for both boys and girls. You can buy hoodies just about anywhere but I would prefer to buy one that is eco-friendly and gives back to charity. It’s a win-win situation.
Green Toys (*Suggested Retail Price: $7.99 – $19.99)
Great for kids from ages 1 and up, choose between submarines, plastic keys, orange tractors or fun airplanes that are constructed from recycled milk containers. Green Toys are made in California, saving energy that would be wasted if the raw materials were shipped from overseas. Think of it this way: for every pound of recycled milk jugs used in the making of these toys, Green Toys saves 3,000 AAA batteries — enough electricity to keep a laptop computer running for a month! How many lumps of coal would it take for that?
I love the idea of battery-free toys. Not only is it better for the environment (and our wallets) but I also think it’s a great way to spark imagination. Let your child/grandchild power the toys on their own and make up their own sound effects.
These toys make great stocking stuffers.
Whole Foods Market Organic Triple Milled Soap Pack (*Suggested retail price: $19.99 for 3 pack)
This 3 pack includes three bars of soap including soothing Organic Lavender, Organic Lemon Verbena and Organic vanilla.
I have this set. I LOVE these soaps. I have enjoyed them before in years past. They make a lovely gift any time of the year, not just for the holiday season.
These soaps would make a great hostess gift. You could also offer them to guests instead of regular soap. I’m sure they will appreciate that extra special touch.
I like to use these soaps as “sachets” too. Before I use them I stuff them inside my drawers. That way when I open my drawers their sweet scents waif through the air. When I am ready to use them I just take out the one I want and keep the other ones in the drawers until its their turn.
The Organic Lavender is a great soup you use just before bed time. I find it very relaxing.
Whole Foods Market 365 Peppermint Vanilla Liquid Soap and Lotion Sink Stand Duo (*Suggested retail price: $14.99)
This refreshing jolt of peppermint hand soap and lotion (including the sink stand) is an aromatic gift idea, perfect for friends and family.
I HAD this set! My family enjoyed the scent so much that they washed their hands MORE often than they needed to. The soap went quickly. We do have four people in our home but I still believe my kids kept using it even when they didn’t need to.
This soap DOES smell like peppermint and it leaves a light scent on your skin. I wish I had a Whole Foods Market close by because I would have purchased a couple of more of these. Not only are these lovely gifts but they would also be perfect for a guest bathroom or to set out in your bathroom during a holiday party so that your guests can enjoy the minty scent when they wash their hands. This is also a great hostess gift.
The duo comes in a silver tone stand.
I have some lotion left which is standing alone on my counter. I kept the holder because I am hoping to re-purpose it with similar sized soap.
I hope Whole Foods Markets offers these again next year.
L.I.F.E. Line products
Give back to your community (the neighbors, babysitters, etc.) with a branded coffee sleeve, bracelet or change purse. Proceeds go to CTC (Comfort the Children) International, a non-profit working alongside Kenyan communities to create sustainable change.
I like this product line. I have a few L.I.F.E products. My favorite is the “sleeve” (pictured above). I keep it in my car for those times when I buy a hot beverage when I’m out and about and need something to protect my fingers from getting burned.
I also have a little change purse that I gave my daughter and a sleeve to hold plastic bags.
I love that the proceeds goes towards charity. Many of the products would make great stocking stuffers.
365 Everyday Value® Holiday Goodies – The perfect treats to satiate those sweet tooth’s, Whole Foods Market’s private label brand, 365 Everyday Value® offers an array of holiday cookies and ice creams! Cookies are available in Chocolate Candy Cane Crème Cookies, Holiday Shape Cookies (in Butter and Gingerbread), and Pumpkin Pie Cheesecake. Ice creams available in Peppermint, Egg Nog, and Pumpkin.
I had a chance to try the Chocolate Candy Cane Crème Cookies. They looked like Oreos (two chocolate cookies with cream sandwiched in the middle). These cookies went fast with my family. They were irresistible!
I wish I had taken a picture of them before my family ate them all up.
Gingerbread cookies and homemade chocolate chip cookies are always nice for the holidays, but offering guests the Chocolate Candy Cane Crème Cookies would make it an extra special treat. Allegro Coffee® Celebration Café
A distinctive coffee with a world full of taste, as this years blend will be made from two sources: Guatemala and Ethiopia. What’s more is that the coffee is certified kosher, and Allegro donates 5 percent of their net annual profits to support both the communities where their products are grown and their local neighborhoods.
This makes a great cup of coffee. I had to make my own K-cups since I have a Keurig brewer, but that is OK with me. As much as I love my K-cups it’s great to try out different coffees.
According to the brand this coffee contains…
Candied sweet notes of butterscotch, toffee and chocolate with a lively sparkle and ripe peach and apricot finish.
I honestly cannot taste those flavors except for the butterscotch or toffee (I’m not sure which one it is that I am tasting). It’s a medium roast with a touch of a sweet taste to it. It’s a great morning coffee and after dinner coffee. This would be nice to serve your guests.
You could also use this coffee in a gift basket paired with some mugs and cookies.
As you can see, there is a lot more to be found at Whole Foods Market aside from fresh fruits and veggies.
What do you think about these gifts and holiday ideas? Would you like to receive any of these gifts?
To find a Whole Foods Market near you visit www.WholeFoodsMarket.com. You can also find the brand on the various social networking sites.
*I received a few free product samples in order to do this review. There was no compensation. The opinions expressed are my own and not influenced in any way.