Don’t discount your grocery store as a place to buy gifts. Especially stocking stuffers! There are so many treats for family members of all ages. The military commissary, with its unique selection from produce to the well-stocked international aisle, will help you fill your stockings, all while you are doing your grocery shopping.
- – Chocolates – From dark to milk chocolate, or shaped chocolates in Nutcrackers or oranges, there are many options to choose from.
- – Hot chocolate – these will be used throughout the winter months, so fun to have on hand
- – Gum – whether you are traveling over the mountains and through the woods and will need something to pop your ears, grab some gum. Just remember, this isn’t for small children.
- – Jams and Jellies – from your typical favorites to unique holiday ones like fig, hot pepper, or Meyer lemon jams and jellies
- – Spice mixes – the international aisle has a bounty of spice mixes. Try a curry mix or even an enchilada spice mix. It is a fun way to explore new flavors while gifting to your family and friends.
- – Jarred specialties – Roasted Red Pepper, sun-dried tomatoes
- – Dip Mix – If your family or friend loves ranch dip or fried onion mix, grab some to put in the stocking!
- – Pretzels
- – Trail Mix
- – Baking mixes – consider Yorkshire pudding or schnitzel mix from the international aisle.
- – Sunflower Seeds
- – Unique candies – Check out the holiday endcaps for holiday candies from around the world or specialty candies. Shaped peanut butter cups or animal-shaped marzipans are fun and wonderful treats to behold in the stocking.
- – Canned juices – Canned means it won’t break if someone grabs the stocking quickly and is shelf stable, so it won’t spoil over time. Mango juice or pineapple-orange juice is fun, and you can drink the morning of while enjoying the holiday fun!
- – Popcorn
- – Popcorn seasonings
- – Dried fruit – mango, papaya, figs, pineapple, and so many more.
- – Nuts – salted or coated in sugar or honey; these protein power snacks come in bags, canisters, or even small tins.
- – Jerky – spicy, or traditional, beef or turkey – these shelf-stable snacks are great for throughout the year.
- – Coffee
- – Tea
- – Electric toothbrush – the grocery store isn’t just for foodstuffs, and an electric toothbrush can entice and encourage young children into brushing their teeth.
- – Facial mask – a fun nod to a spa day at home, and who couldn’t use a spa moment after the busy schedules of the holidays
- – Don’t forget an orange!
Get your grocery shopping AND some holiday shopping done at once. Yup! All about the multi-tasking errand while providing nutritious and fun treats for the stocking. Better yet
Lucia F. Candelaria says
I have been married to the Air Force on 7 Jan 2023 for 69 years, and I well remember how we in the Military were so spoiled and taken care of by our Government. This is no longer the case, at least not at Kirtland AFB. The prices are not cheaper than in town!
We don’t seem to matter anymore. I find it very sad. There is a lack of merchandise from which to choose. I continue to shop on base because I love the life it has given us in the past. I feel sorry for the future generations.
Catharine Bevona says
Do not forget the delicious German chocolates, Cookies, Lebkuchen and Stollen that most commissaries offer. They bring me back to the 4 years I spent over in Europe.