Gift ideas for friends and family

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BEN OHENE / The Daily Campus

 

People might convince themselves that they don’t need anything from the smorgasbord of stocking stuffers lining the shelves at grocery stores. But that doesn’t mean that they won’t accept an
excuse to abandon the last New Year’s resolution they made in honor of the season of giving.

Whether you’re shopping for a friend, your significant other or a party, here are the sweet treats and savory delights everyone knows they can’t resist.

For your best friend: Trader Joe’s Sipping Chocolate, $3.99

Thick, rich, and smooth, this chocolate is more than a simple cup of hot cocoa. It’s inspired by European tradition, and it’s perfect for savoring slowly on a cold winter’s night.

For your girlfriend: Chocolate Passport, $9.99 at Trader Joe’s

Taste the bold flavors of Latin and South America and Africa with 8 bars of chocolate, ranging from 60 percent to 73 percent cacao.

For the foodie: Grand Cru Gruyere Reserve, $19.99 per lb

Earthy, warm and rich with slightly fruity undertones, gruyere pairs well with salami and prosciutto, and fresh fruits like apples and melons.

For your boyfriend: Creminelli Sopressata Salami, $12.99 at Central Market

Sopressata is the most popular kind of Italian salami and pairs well with cheese and crackers. With flavors reminiscent of red wine and garlic, the Creminelli artisan salami is sure to satisfy a meat lover.

For your sister:

Sister’s Gourmet Cookie Mix, $8.99 at Central Market

Flour, sugar, chocolate chips and oats in jar are what make up these baking mixes. Have fun with the classic chocolate chip oatmeal cookie mix, or give flavors like chocolate chip mint and chocolate chip oatmeal with cornflakes and coconut.

For the party:

Assorted Chocolate Covered Joe-Joe’s, $6.99

Take Trader Joe’s version of Oreo cookies, dip them in various chocolates and drizzle them with things like peppermint bits and gingersnap sprinkles. You’re welcome. Flavors include: double chocolate, peppermint, peanut butter and ginger.

For yourself:

Whole Foods Toffee Popcorn Crunch, $4.99

Because after all that heavy gifting, you know you’re going to need something. That’s when you indulge in Whole Foods’ version of Moose Munch, the quintessential holiday snack.

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