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These 3 Shopping Lists Will Send You into the Holidays with Confidence

published Nov 14, 2023
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A good list can simplify almost any task. When life gets overwhelming — as it can in this furiously festive time of year — a little pen-and-paper planning can be the difference between delightfully busy and downright stressed. That’s especially true for one of this season’s eternal tasks: shopping. Between throwing parties, hosting overnight guests, and remembering to feed yourself on any given Wednesday, it can feel like we’re always planning a run to the store.

With a few savvy shopping lists at the ready, you can all but eliminate those last-minute dashes for the box of baking soda you were sure you had. We’ve created three lists to get you started: each full of essentials you always need, might forget, or haven’t even thought about since last year. And with Shipt, you’ll always have an extra hand to grab those last few items before company arrives. Shipt connects you with personalized shoppers who offer same-day delivery from your favorite local stores. As a Shipt member, you’ll get exclusive deals and receive expert service from shoppers who follow your preferences. Because the holidays can be stressful, but they certainly don’t have to be.

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Shop For: Pantry Staples

We’re gonna tell you right now, you don’t have enough flour. A deep bench of shelf-stable pantry essentials keeps cooking marathons cheerful, not chaotic, so err on the side of stocking up. You’ll have all the basics on hand for whatever you’re cooking for the holidays, from Hanukkah tzimmes to Las Posadas tamales. Shoppers with Shipt can stop at your favorite grocery stores, like Target, HEB, and Meijer. And with real-time communication, you and your shopper can easily talk substitutions and last-minute swaps. Stock up on these items now so all you’ll need when it’s time to cook are the perishables.

  • Flour
  • Sugar
  • Yeast
  • Salt
  • Stock (or broth concentrate)
  • Pumpkin pie spice
  • Cinnamon
  • Canned pumpkin
  • Baking soda
  • Baking powder
  • Cocoa powder
  • Vanilla
  • Canned milk
  • Rice
  • Pasta
  • Oil
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Shop For: Household Supplies

No holiday memory ever began with toilet paper, but overlook it and it’ll be a holiday you’ll never forget. It’s easy to forget about all the essentials that quietly keep your house and your holidays humming, so take this opportunity to make sure you’re well-stocked. And as much as we love a good Target run, when you just don’t have time, you can trust shoppers with Shipt to grab everything you need and bring it right to your door — from Target to CVS and more!

  • Pain reliever
  • Antacids
  • Bandages
  • Batteries
  • Extension cords
  • Disinfecting wipes
  • Trash bags
  • Laundry detergent
  • Dish soap
  • Hand soap
  • Toilet paper
  • Paper towels
  • Food storage containers
  • Aluminum foil
  • Plastic wrap
  • Storage bags
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Shop For: Weeknight Dinner Heroes

Big feasts are the hallmark of the holidays, but these two months also consist of many plain old Tuesday dinners — many prepared after a holiday cooking or baking project. With a ready supply of versatile ingredients, you’ll be quick enough to cut “hangry” off at the pass. These hardworking heroes feature frequently in so many of our trusted standbys — including our favorite one-pot meals, sheet-pan suppers, and lightning-quick dinners. And with quick and convenient delivery through Shipt, tonight’s ingredients will arrive without you needing to break a sweat.