Build Your Own Trader Joe’s Gift Bag

I love Trader’s Joes. For the uninitiated, this grocery store chain offers its own private-label products with high quality, low prices and great service. The store is practically a tourist destination. My wife’s uncle and aunt drive almost 100 miles into another state to reach the nearest Trader Joe’s.

If you know another Trader Joe’s fan, assemble a TJ’s gift bag. (See if a store is near you.) Start with the colorful, reusable Trader Joe’s tote bag (ranging from 99 cents to $4). Then fill the bag with your TJ favorites. Or try choosing products based on themes like breakfast time, just snacks, taste of Italy, south of the border, Asian favorites, or chocolate lover.

My Trader Joe’s dream gift bag would overflow with my favorite non-perishable products:

  • Spicy and Tangy Almonds
  • A bottle of Charles Shaw Chardonnay (a.k.a. “Two Buck Chuck”)
  • Pita Bite Crackers
  • Peanut Butter Filled Pretzels
  • Truffle Brownie Mix
  • Olive Tapenade Spread
  • Triple Ginger Snaps
  • Baked Jalapeño Cheese Crunchies

As a bonus gift bag item, visit and buy Cooking with All Things Trader Joe’s by Deana Gunn and Wona Miniati.

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