My parents are visiting from the Philippines, and every time they are here we spend hours upon hours on shopping trips, searching the stores for presents to take to the family back home. They return to Manila in mid-November, so the timing is perfect for me to send back Christmas presents for my aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces and nephews. We have a huge family (my mother is one of seven kids, and each of her siblings has at least 3 kids; my mother already has 8 grandchildren!), so I have to be really careful with my budget. I stick to small presents, and search far and wide for deals.
Armed with a $25 gift card that I received at the recent Grocery Outlet Blogger Summit (plus an extra $10 gift card they gave me for being on the winning team of the Grocery Outlet Shopping Challenge!) , I decided to visit the nearest Grocery Outlet store to my home to see what sorts of holiday presents I could get.
Finding a great holiday present was as easy as walking into the store.
Grocery Outlet stores are already filled to bursting with holiday items -- decorations, gift bags, and food. Everything looks so nice, and the prices are great!!
It literally took me one minute to find these Ferrero Rocher holiday gift tins, filled with luscious Ferrero Rocher chocolates. I'm sure the stores in Manila will have Ferrero Rocher as well, but they'll probably be just the regular kind. These have 3 different kinds of Ferrero Rocher chocolates, and they're packed in festive holiday tins. I know the folks in Manila will appreciate these, because they're yummy and unique! And they're just $6.99 each! According to the sign, the regular price is $9.99; I did a quick search on my phone and found them for sale as low as $8.99, so $6.99 is still a great bargain. I used up my whole $35 gift card on seven of these babies, and voila! My shopping for my mother's sisters and brothers, and my grandmother, is done! Easy-peasy, thanks to Grocery Outlet.
Here are some other inexpensive gift ideas I found at Grocery Outlet. Of course, you might not find the exact same deals, but you're sure to find similar (if not better) ones, but these should give you a general idea of what you might find:
Truffles always carry an air of refinement and good taste, and these are just $3.99. They come with in plain, hazelnut, and salted toffee chips varieties. Salty toffee chips -- that sounds so divine, I am tempted to buy these truffles for myself.
Panetonne is an Italian sweet bread traditionally enjoyed during Christmas and New Year. You can add a touch of international flair to your holiday table for just $4.99.
All of these gift ideas look fabulous on their own; all you need to do is add a gift ribbon and a tag. But if you want a really festive-looking present -- or if you want to combine several small gifts to make a gift bag or basket -- Grocery Outlet has holiday gift bags, baskets and boxes for sale as well.
Unfortunately, Grocery Outlet had run out of milk chocolate Lindor truffles; when I visited the store, they only had the white chocolate variety left. Oh, well; that's how it goes at Grocery Outlet. I might go back in a couple of days to see if they've restocked on the milk chocolate variety. Actually, make that I'll definitely go back -- I took my parents with me to Grocery Outlet, and they are hooked! They bought tons of stuff on our visit, and they want to go back before they leave!
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Disclosure: I received a gift card from Grocery Outlet to purchase the items mentioned in this post. Grocery Outlet is providing the $25 Grocery Outlet gift card prize; the 5 Bobble Bucks for a free Bobblehead is provided by me (or to be more precise, my parents!). The views and opinions expressed here are my own.