New season. New Trader Joe’s Shopping List! I wasn’t going to do a Trader Joe’s Christmas Shopping List….but a lot of you asked for it! And I am so glad you did. I found some really fun new Christmas items, thanks to you! And I ended up hosting our book club for December and strictly used all Trader Joe’s items. I have learned from years of hosting parties that the easier I make it the happier EVERYONE is! Well, Mainly me. And Kevin, because he helps me a lot. I like to get ready-made food’s and Trade Joe’s some of the best holiday party foods! Simple things that can go in the crock-pot to complete a meal. I have a Trader Joe’s Christmas Bucket List FREE printable for you too at the end of this post. Making your Trader Joe’s Shopping List simple.
Yes, I do get their bags. I use their paper bags for SO many things that I look forward to shopping for these bags. They get re-used and then recycled. I feel I should mention that because I did get a comment on my last Trader Joe’s blog post. And someone had the best response that “paper employees so many people, paper is bio-degradable. Paper is NOT bad”.
Snapped a picture before everyone arrived for bookclub. I will share what everyone loved the most from my Trader Joe’s finds!
These are all the top recommended treats from Trader Joe’s for Christmas. I really think any of these would make a great gift with a little gift card attached to it for: teachers, bus drivers, mailman, music teachers, custodian, librarians, gym teachers etc. The TOP RECOMMENDED item were the Joe-Joe’s! You all love them. My kids do too. And Jingle Jangle, but that was already sold out at my Trader Joe’s. My favorite is the Dark Chocolate Mint Stars! See what I like to do with them below…..
The Dark Chocolate Mint Stars are such a cute gift if you can find a star dish.
I also really like to use the Trader Joe’s Mint Chocolate Stars to top off a brownie. It will make any brownie look fancy! I put the star on as soon as the brownies come out of the oven! (THESE are our favorite Paleo Brownie).
More awesome gift ideas for Christmas from Trader Joe’s. My girls got super excited to give their teachers some of these things with a Starbucks gift card. Really cute stocking stuffers too!
Best place to get a Gingerbread house kit. We like to have a gingerbread house making contest around Christmas with my family. I grab these then everyone can customize them! We made a beach house out of our’s last year.
That Winter Wassail is a favorite. I heated it up in my kettle and served it at book club. It smelled so good. Or on Christmas Eve I put some in a crockpot so it is all warm when we wake up and smells up the kitchen! Literally smells like Christmas morning should.
Ok this idea appetizer or addition to a meal came from a reader and it was a hit! I used three bags of the frozen turkey meatballs with one jar of the Pepper Jelly and about half of the Sriracha BBQ Sauce bottle. Added it all to the crockpot and let it do it’s thing for about 6 hours. Served it with salad and everyone loved it! I was worried it would be spicy, but it wasn’t. My kids even ate it. (Three bags will serve about 12-14 people, well I should say, women).
I also served the Creamy Cauliflower Onion Dip with raw veggies. That salad was awesome. And everyone’s FAVORITE were those Mini Brie Pastries. I served them with some Fig Dipping Sauce. But that Pepper Jelly would be so good too as a dip.
Always a hit to grab some veggies and dip for a party. But take it up a notch with the Fig and Goat Cheese Spread. Or the most liked was the Cranberry Chèvre.
You can also decorate your home with Trader Joe’s Christmas items! The Arched Ivy comes with a strand of twinkle lights! Very affordable and a great hostess gift.
Trader Joe’s mini wreaths are a must-have! I hang them on windows or mix them into a gallery wall for an easy festive touch. I also hung one over our bed.
Picked up the Christmas Cactus too. Has a little pop of pink. Couldn’t resist.
Honestly Christmas is the best time of the year, but also one of the most stressful with so many things going on. So if you can make hosting a party or taking food to a party simple, I highly recommend it! We typically make all our meals from scratch, but a holiday party I make an exception. I always makes sure to offer a salad, veggies instead of just crackers and of course some indulgent food that you only get this time of year. It’s all about balance.
Here is to making Christmas fun and easy so we can focus on the real meaning and the gift of the season.
You can print your Trader Joe’s Shopping List or as I like to call it Trader Joe’s Bucket List FREE PRINTABLE HERE