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Holiday Must-Haves From Trader Joe’s!


It feels like everyone is getting into the Christmas spirit early this year. Trader Joe’s is always a little ahead of the holiday game, and you really have to snag the products you’re interested in early if you don’t want to miss out.

So when I casually strolled into TJ’s last weekend to find Christmas music playing and some of my holiday favorites on shelves, I knew I couldn’t pass them up. Since my visit, even more seasonal favs and brand new items have hit shelves. Although I haven’t put my tree up or even started Christmas shopping, I’m feeling TJ’s FOMO. Will I make another trip this weekend and officially stock up on holiday goodies? We shall see.

Here are the Trader Joe’s holiday items I’m most excited for this year!

Bring these to the holiday party

Whether you’re hosting or a guest, these Trader Joe’s holiday items are easy wins.

Frozen Mashed Sweet Potatoes – Who has time to peel and boil potatoes? Not us. I love these because they are JUST mashed sweet potatoes, frozen in blocks so you can heat the exact portion you need and add whatever seasonings and extras you want. There’s a regular mashed potato version too! I keep these in my freezer all winter.

Chili Cranberry Orange & Onion Crunch – I looooove Chili Onion Crunch. The sweet addition of cranberry and orange sounds interesting and I’m thinking it would be really yummy on a holiday charcuterie board!

Wine – TJ’s has a huge selection of tasty (and often inexpensive) wines. If you’re looking for a non-alcoholic option, try the Sparkling Tea Rosé.

Unexpected Cheddar Cheese Spread Holiday Cheer – The holiday version of this fan fav contains cranberries, Riesling wine, and cinnamon. Another perfect add to your snack board.

Lemony Arugula Salad Mix – Holiday side dishes are delish, but heavy. This salad mix is a favorite all year long and will balance perfectly with the rest of the spread.

Brined Half Turkey Breast – Zero effort and the perfect size for hosting a small group.

Broccoli & Cauliflower Gratin – A rich and decadent veggie side that won’t dirty and dishes! Win.

Cornbread stuffing – It’s not the holidays without stuffing, right?!

Snack on these to get into the holiday spirit

Nuts About Rosemary Mix – Just a solid, yummy savory snack mix. Crossing my fingers the spicy version returns this year too.

Mini Dark Chocolate Mini Stars – One of the first holiday items I spotted this year. At first I thought, “It’s too early.” And then I grabbed a box because I love them and if you wait, there’s a good chance you’ll miss out.

Candy Cane Chocolate Covered Almonds – Dark chocolate + white chocolate + peppermint + almonds. OF COURSE these are amazing.

Jingle Jangle Everything – I haven’t seen the actual tins of Jingle Jangle out YET, but it’s coming. The pretzels are super fun, and would look amazing on a dessert board.

Candy Cane Joe-Joes – These are such a TJ’s holiday staple that every year they have new variations of the sweet, minty cookie, like ice cream.

Thanksgiving Stuffing Seasoned Popcorn – I passed this up and then I saw Kelsey from Trader Joe’s Food Reviews give it a 9/10 so YES I will be returning and buying if they’re still in stock.

Thanksgiving Stuffing Seasoned Kettle Chips – If stuffing always smells good but the texture isn’t your fav, these are for you. The seasoning is everything. Pro tip: put these chips ON your turkey sandwich.

Stollen Crisps – Sweet and delicious on their own, and the perfect addition to a holiday charcuterie board.

Get gifting!

Olive wood – This is one of my favorite seasonal TJs products! The selection changes a little every year, but whether you gift a bowl, spatula, or cutting board, you can’t go wrong!

12 Days of Scented Candles – Advent calendars are for adults too! And it’s no secret that TJ’s candles are great gifts. Wrap this for a friend or gift it for yourself and enjoy looking forward to discovering a new scented mini candle each day!

12 Days of Beauty – Who doesn’t love a beauty advent calendar? I fell in love with so many products from last year’s calendar, like a shower steamer, hand cream, and sunscreen.

Plants and flowers – This gift never fails. Trader Joe’s has endless bouquet options and plenty of unique and beautiful plants. The new Nordic Reindeer Tillandsia is beautiful!

Brazil Nut Trio – A summer favorite, now in the form of a gift set! The scent is known as a dupe for Sol de Janeiro. The body cream is luscious and the body mist and body oil are new to the lineup.

Pound Plus Bar – Gift your fav chocolate lover with a pound of chocolate – Literally. The seasonal version of this gigantic bar is made with milk chocolate and is filled with caramel, sea salt, and pretzel bits.

Advent calendars – A fun option for kids and pets (yes, they have advent calendars for dogs and cats 🐾).

Cinnamon Swizzle Sticks – These are so fun! Gift them with a DIY hot chocolate set or your bestie’s favorite coffee or tea.

Felted Wool Trivets – These cozy wool trivets usually come in holiday-themed colors but this year, you can snag a few in neutral colors to gift!

What’s your favorite Trader Joe’s holiday item?

What are you most excited to see return? Let me know in the comments so I can add it to my shopping list too ❤️.

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