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Last-Minute Gifts From Aldi That Don't Feel Like They Came From a Grocery Store

Inexpensive, impressive, and easy to find right now.

The holiday gifting season doesn't have to be stressful. When you need a quick gift, consider the resource that is Aldi grocery stores.

From bottles of wine to gourmet foods, Aldi shelves are stocked with easy, ready-to-go gift options. Added bonus: the stores are less overwhelming than a full grocery store, and you can get your regular shopping done, too!

With supply chain issues and distribution, not all Aldi stores will have all these items. Supplies are limited. Keep this in mind when you make a quick stop.

Even if what we have on this list isn't available, you can count on Aldi to be an easy go-to for last- (and first-) minute gifts. Plus, with most gifts under $10, these Aldi options are great for gift exchanges, Dirty Santa, or White Elephant presents.

The Snack Gift

1186 Clancy's Pretzels or Mistletoe Snack Mix Gift Boxes
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Even if there's no mistletoe, you can gift a box of Aldi's chocolate covered pretzels or "sweet and salty" Mistletoe Treats ($3.49). Give a little bit of holiday cheer to favorite cashiers, restaurant waiters, hair stylists, or teachers. Attach a gift card, and you've got an easy gift with a festive feel.

Catch a Gingerbread House if You Can

Benton's Gingerbread House Kit box on a white background
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For less than $10, a Benton's gingerbread house or train ($5.99) is a quick gift option for family holidays, especially ones with young kids that need to keep busy on cold days. Each Aldi kit includes everything you need to build and decorate a gingerbread structure or train.

Say "Olive You!"

Olive Medley Gift Jar and Olive Oil Bottles in a box
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Gourmet olive bars and charcuterie trays are hot trends in the food space. Aldi features multiple olive options to gift on their own (with an added bow on top) or as part of a gourmet food basket or charcuterie tray set-up.

Olive oil is a great staple for holiday cooking, and Aldi's olive oils and olive oil gift sets are wonderful hostess options for foodies and new cooks.

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A Gift in a Bottle

two wine bottles and a box of beer

Aldi's hostess alcohol options include everything from a chocolate wine to mulled wine and Prosecco. Aldi doesn't stop with simple wine offerings, however. These choices come from different countries and offer a variety of unique flavors, all under $10.

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If grabbing a quick bottle of wine as a last-minute gift doesn't match with your recipient, maybe a six-pack of Aldi lager, ale, or hard cider will be well-received? Each of these options is unique and seasonally themed for sips of flavors like cranberry merged with familiar beer flavors. Add a bow and your gift is ready to go (in a beer stein!)

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Light the Way

a red candle and a green candle on a white background
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Aldi's candles are a great holiday hostess gift or something special to keep on hand for unexpected gift giving. Need a teacher gift or a surprise friend exchange option? Candles are a festive option. Aldi presents the present of a candle with fun containers and festive scents. You might even need to gift one to yourself (hint, hint Santa!)

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Make Scents

Attach one of six Scentsicles ornaments to the top of a package, or gift the entire package for full-on holiday aroma. These Aldi seasonal scented ornaments bring the smells of the holidays home in O'Christmas Tree, White Winter Fir, or Christmas Berry. A great option for a gift basket, these ornaments come in an easy-to-gift festively-labeled jar.

Tip: Grab yourself a package, and hang Scentsiclees on your tree or add to a pine wreath for fresh smells.

Merry Cheese-Mas!

Specially Selected Panino Tray
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Holiday hostesses might be making a trendy charcuterie board for your get-together. You can help them create their own special spread with Aldi's Specially Selected Cheese Pairing Spreads, a Specially Selected Panino Tray, and Carr Valley Bread Cheese Assorted Varieties.

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