Whole Foods is an excellent place to assemble a holiday cheese plate. It's also a great place to buy some thoughtful stocking stuffers. The market has a ton of all-natural health and beauty products, as well as great chocolates, nuts, and candy in interesting or unusual flavors. There are even plenty of great cooking tools and kids' toys that are just waiting to brighten up someone's holiday.
Here are 10 great stocking stuffers to pick up at Whole Foods.
- Good Living 3.5-Inch Pan, $7: Miniature versions of regular things are adorable, and this tiny pan is actually supremely useful. It's only 3.5 inches across, but it's the perfect size for cooking a single egg, browning butter, warming up syrup, melting jam for ice cream, toasting spices, and more.
- Sushi Sonic Real Wasabi, $9 for 1.5 ounces: A lot of "wasabi" in the U.S. is just horseradish, mustard, and food coloring. Real wasabi is a green plant that grows underground, and it's finely grated and formed into a little green lump to serve with or on sushi. It's a rare treat in the U.S., because it's not widely grown and it's a lot more expensive than horseradish and food coloring. Fresh-grated wasabi only keeps its flavor for about 15 minutes after grating, which is part of why it's so hard to come by. This version is freeze-dried to keep its flavor, so it just needs to be mixed with water 10 minutes before eating.
- Melissa and Doug Harmonica, $6: Most of us probably tried and failed to play a harmonica just like this as kids. Some of us may actually have learned how. Now it's time to pass the harmonica experience on to the next generation.
- Whole Foods Market Fizzing Bath Bombs, $3: Fizzing bath bombs are super fun, and these are all-natural and smell like flowers. There are several varieties for different skin types, and plenty of good, seasonal scents.
- Pacha Whipped Soap & Scrub, $10: These organic whipped soaps are soft and scrubby and they come in great scents, like French Lavender and Honeysuckle Rose. Peppermint Twist is a great one for the holidays.
- The Bitter Truth Bitters, $10: Bitters make an excellent stocking stuffer for anybody who is interested in cocktails, and Whole Foods has a whole wardrobe of them available. If your recipients are new to the cocktail scene, give them the standards like Angostura, Peychauds, or orange bitters. If they're the types that already own all the classics, look for something a little more unusual, like bacon, Thai basil, cherry bark, or molé bitters.
- 365 Milk Chocolate Gingerbread Bark, $4 for 4.7 ounces: These are crunchy chunks of crispy, spicy gingerbread cookie crumbled up into organic milk chocolate. If they sound amazing, it's because they are.
- Whole Foods Dark Chocolate Pear & Almond Bar, $3: This bar made of Belgian dark chocolate has slivers of crisp, flavorful pears along with crispy almonds. It's crispy and fruity and likely to be something your giftee has never tried before.
- Indigo Wild Holiday Soap Trio, $10: This trio of holiday soaps is attractively packaged and just the right size to fit in a stocking. The soaps themselves are holiday-appropriate, too. The box includes three bars of organic goat milk soaps in holiday scents. One is made with spruce and sage, another with frankincense and myrrh, and the third is made with peppermint and almond.
- Rustic Bakery Gingerbread Tile Cookie Gift Bag, $9: These sweet, spicy, chewy cookies from Rustic Bakery are large, lightly glazed rectangles with intricate designs stamped into them, just like ones served at German bakeries and Christmas markets throughout the holidays. They're already packaged in attractive bags with brown paper gift tags, so all you have to do is sign your name and pop them in a stocking.