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Co-op Gift Giving Guide

By Paige Charland, Co-op Marketing Specialist

Brought to you by the December edition of the Natural Buzz monthly newsletter.

With Thanksgiving past, and Christmas looming near (and Kwanzaa and Hanukkah, too!), the season of giving is in full swing. We have our long lists in hand and good intentions in our hearts as we begin our hunt for the perfect gifts. When you think of the Co-op, you often think of us as just a plain grocery store, but there are surprising treasures hidden throughout our stores to help you check off all the names on your list. Whether it’s delicious food, fair-trade accessories, or perfumed lotions and potions, our gift-giving guide has everything you need this holiday season.

Let’s start with the stocking stuffers first. Many of the items you need can be found right at the customer service desk. We have Badger Balms and numerous chapsticks for the cold, dry weather. We have plenty of Zand Cough Drops for that inevitable winter cold. We also have a full stock of aromatherapy delights such as Hive & Home Beeswax Candles, Maroma Incense and adorable animal-shaped incense holders, sage smudge sticks, luminary candles, and more. In this section of the store you will also find travel-size Dr. Bronner’s Soap (you can never have enough Dr. Bronner’s). And we’re only halfway through the list! Fill their stockings further with Lake Champlain Chocolate, whether it’s bite-sized pieces or full chocolate bars. We have a wide variety of pleasantly scented Pacha bulk soap – you can fill a bag of your own or buy a pre-filled bag of smaller sizes to test out. You can also grab Mineral Fusion Nail Polish in a slew of colors for the trendy people in your life. But don’t forget about the spicy people in your life! Gift their stockings with a bottle of Cholula Hot Sauce, or perhaps two or three. Help your friends and family stay healthy by giving them travel-sized Urban Moonshine Bitters and Oregon’s Wild Harvest Biodynamic Tonics. Any cheese lovers in the family? Visit our plentiful cheese display in our Concord store to find cheese forks to adorn their next scrumptious platter. Near our bulk liquids you can find drink lids made to fit mason jars for your thriftier friends. Top that stocking off with a bag of Annie’s Cookie Bites for the perfect gift-opening snack, and you’re good to go!

Now that we’ve taken care of the stockings, we can begin looking for gifts. These gifts are great on their own or with others, and can definitely be used for Yankee Swaps or Secret Santas. Let’s start with the crafty people in your life – we now carry kombucha starter kits from Oregon Kombucha in a variety of flavors. For food goodies we have bags of Setton Farm Pistachios, Equal Exchange Coffee, Organic Valley Eggnog (which should probably be enjoyed on Christmas Eve while still cold!), Runamok Maple Syrup, and all manner of bakery treats. For spirits, try Downeast Cider’s Winter Blend, some bubbly mini-bottles of champagne, or any one of our delectable wines. You can always check out the chalkboards above our cheese case for the perfect cheese and spirits pairings. While you’re there you can add some copper Moscow Mule Mugs to your cart for easy gift ideas. In our health and beauty aisles you can find even more products that make great gifts. We have Scrub it NH salt body scrubs, Veriditas Essential Oils, Badger’s many skin care lines, and all kinds of lotions, shampoos, creams, and oils. Support a stellar company by purchasing Alaffia products, which range from shampoos and conditioners to woven baskets and handcrafted bags. Create the perfect giftbag for your loved ones by purchasing one of our canvas bags in two different prints – one with the retro Co-op logo and the other with a baby chick that says “I’m a Co-op Chick”.  For the more spiritual ones in our lives, we have Mala Beads, and metaphysical bracelets from Low Tide Island Design. On the quirkier side, we are now also carrying salt lamps and our cozy winter wear has returned. Finish off your list with colorful thermoses from Hydroflask or our new LifeFactory water bottles.

And just like that, your list is complete! Who knew that all of your holiday shopping could be done at Concord Food Co-op? We hope to see you in soon as you start working on your list. Happy shopping!

Note: many of these products and giftware may only be available at our Concord location. You can always call our New London store at 603-526-6650 to check if they carry a product you’re looking for before you make the trip.