When all other stores seems like too much work, when you don’t have the patience to match your loved ones to personality-appropriate brands, or when you plain forgot to do any holiday shopping at all, consider Target. Target, the place, is where you can roam and browse, reveling in the sheer delight of total anonymity and a gajillion celebrity collaboration products. But more often, at least in my case, Target is an admittedly busted mobile app, a tool for my phone-addicted mind to satisfy its scroll instinct while staying away from the Twitter hellscape. Honestly, I love it.
If you find yourself needing to maximize your holiday shopping efficiency, this is your store. The beauty of Target is that while it doesn’t have everything, it has a whole heck of a lot, and if you’re committed to getting all your presents in one fell swoop, it has exactly what you need.
From one die-hard Target fan, a guide to pulling off a single shopping trip for all your food-focused friends this holiday season:
No outdoor-dining enthusiast should be without a restaurant blanket. This one is machine washable (a must) and I’m extremely into boucle these days. Price: $40
This six-can mini-fridge has a midcentury, Smeg vibe without a Smeg price tag. I’d give it to whichever bachelor or college student in my life needs a beer fridge upgrade. Price: $130
Salad servers are a perennial hostess gift for a reason — they’re kind of fancy-feeling without being too expensive. These ones have a kooky energy that bring them to a more casual place. Price: $10
The dream of the ’90s is alive if you own a panini press. This stainless steel griddler, billed as “smokeless,” can also grill. It’s a generous gift for anyone who loves sandwiches, especially folks who cook for only one or two people. Price: $120
Not everyone needs a bespoke apron. For the mere mortals in your life who love to bake and also love to send linens through the washing machine without worrying about it, this gray striped number is simple and elegant. Price: $11
Chances are there’s at least one Chip-and-Jo fan on your list. But even skeptics would have to admit that black measuring cups are impossibly chic. Price: $9
The Target kids section is so good, and I firmly believe that when styled right, kids products add a sense of whimsy to an adult room. These would be a fun gift for the friend who will be the first person hosting you post-pandemic — thanks for having me, here’s some sheets with ice cream cones on them! Price: $30
Always love a non-edible item that’s shaped like fruit, and this is a baby toothbrush shaped like a banana!!!! I can also can vouch for this as a teether: my baby loves chewing on it. Price: $7
Holiday pot lucks might be off this year, but you can still bake something for a friend, drop it off, and let them keep this lovely rose-colored dish. Price: $10