While this holiday season may look different than years past, I am committed to bringing holiday cheer to everyone I meet because let’s face it, we could all use a little joy in our lives.

To help me shower friends with gifts and spend quality time with small groups of loved ones, I will be stocking up on all the budget-friendly goodies, treats, and gifts from a grocery store that’s new to Arizona.

Earlier this month, ALDI opened its first two Arizona stores, one in Chandler and one in Goodyear (a third location in the Phoenix area is coming soon!). It’s perfect timing with the holidays right around the corner! They are known for offering top-quality products at affordable prices. I was shocked to see the prices of the items I buy at the grocery store weekly and realize how much I could be saving by shopping at ALDI. 

Most of the products are ALDI-exclusive brands, many of which are award-winning and Fan Favorites for ALDI shoppers. I’m especially excited about their Simply Nature line of products that’s free of any artificial colors, flavors, and any unnecessary enhancers. They also have a gluten-free line called liveGfree and Earth Grown which features plant-based products. No matter what product you choose, you’ll love the price!

Here are a few of my favorite ALDI items for the holiday season:

Gourmet Cheeses: The cheese section was definitely the most popular spot at ALDI during my visit and after seeing the array of unique flavors, I can see why! My go-to holiday entertaining food is a charcuterie board and ALDI has absolutely everything you need to impress your guests without the high price tag. Be sure to get the Emporium Selection Blueberry Vanilla Goat Cheese while you’re there!

$10 Or Less Wines: Most of the wines at ALDI retail for under $10. You can’t get more affordable than that! They work with over 50 wineries around the world to curate top-quality wines at unbeatable prices. Try wrapping a bottle of wine in a festive dishcloth or adding one to a basket with some Emporium Selection Smoked Gouda and a loaf of French bread for a thoughtful and affordable gift. The Belletti Moscato Rosé was the perfect sweet pairing with savory cheese and crackers.

Organic Fresh Meats: Our Christmas Day dinner is going to be much smaller this year, but it will still be a very special evening and include a delicious homemade meal. ALDI has the most competitive prices on organic meats, so I’ll be sure to plan our dinners with ALDI fresh meat selections at the top of my list.

Fresh Produce: Fresh fruits and vegetables are delivered to ALDI daily and they have a great selection of organic produce at the very best prices. My favorite produce items include their organic berries for our Christmas morning brunch, low-priced avocados for a creamy guacamole appetizer, and multicolored bell peppers to use as cracker alternatives for all their yummy dips!

Festive Cookies: I love baking cookies with family, but only enjoy doing it for an hour or two, so to make after-dinner treat platters I will be relying on the worldly cookie selection at ALDI. Do not pass up Specially Selected Dark Chocolate Coated Butter Cookies–they are a perfect holiday treat with a cup of spiced tea!

When you stop by ALDI, you must visit the “Aisle of Fun” which features ALDI Finds. These limited-time items range from house decor and kitchen appliances to apparel and seasonal foods. It’s everything you never knew you needed, and the perfect gift items for that person on your list that has everything. 

Be sure to check out the new ALDI stores in Chandler and Goodyear this holiday season. They also offer online shopping with curbside pickup or delivery for convenient and safe shopping. Happy shopping and happy holidays!

This is a sponsored post created in collaboration with ALDI.

 

 

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