How to Do All Your Holiday Shopping at Target

When all other stores seem 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, you 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:

An air fryer

CRUXGG 9qt Air Fryer

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Air fryers: they’re not just for paleo meal preppers. Get this one from the Ghetto Gastro collab and give it to the person in your life most likely to experiment with frozen dumplings or frying chicken.

Talented Kitchen Spice Organizing Set

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For your partner who unwinds by watching TikTok and IG Reels about organizing, this kit offers everything needed to tackle an unruly spice rack. If the person in mind has a particularly large collection (or kitchen), go for that larger kit.

A green table runner with tassels

Jungalow/Opalhouse Cotton Soleil Table Runner

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More unexpected and lower commitment than a tablecloth, this table runner from boho queen Justina Blakeney’s ongoing Jungalow collab is perfect for the friend who has filled their apartment with plants spirit enjoys a good tablescape.

A wooden cutting board

Threshold/Studio McGee 18” x 14” Wood Cutting Board

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A beautiful wood serving board like this one would make a wonderful host gift or Secret Santa option for anyone who loves a good cheese, charcuterie, or, in 2022 fashion, butter board.

A bright red vintage-inspired mini fridge

Frigidaire 6-can Mini Retro Beverage Fridge

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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.

A set of four blue plates

Threshold Stoneware Tilley Dinner Plates & Hearth & Hand Faux Mini Variegated Hoya Stem Arrangement

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These dinner plates are surprisingly sophisticated, with the artisanal ceramic look that so many restaurants go for, while the simple bud vases with convincing hoya stems is just the kind of thing a trendy cafe might have on every two-top. This would be a great gift for recent (or soon-to-be) grads, so they’ll be ready for those exciting first dinner parties and “let’s have dinner at my place” dates.

A panini press, open and cook a couple of burgers and vegetables

Cuisinart Contact Griddler

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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.

The back of crossback linen apron on a dress form

Saro Lifestyle Two Pocket Crossback Linen Apron

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Have you ever noticed that a suspicious majority of the cool-kid cooking stars on YouTube and Instagram wear cross-back linen aprons? I bet your Claire-Saffitz-obsessed BFF noticed.

A baby teether toothbrush shaped like a banana

Baby Banana Infant Teething Toothbrush

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I always love a non-edible item that’s shaped like fruit, and this is a baby toothbrush shaped like a banana! I can also vouch for this as a teether: my baby loved chewing on it.

A breakfast-in-bed tray

Home Basics Rustic Pine Bed Tray

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I am fully committed to bed life, and bed life demands a breakfast-in-bed tray. Useful for eating in bed, yes, but also for making your bed a functional work space, which is great in a small apartment like mine.

A glass cake stand with dome

Threshold Classic Glass Cake Stand with Dome

Prices taken at time of publishing.

For your friend who is hosting a potluck, or really for anyone you want to bake for, bring your creation ready to serve on this lovely cake stand — and then let them keep it. Its simple, clear glass design should match any kitchen’s style.

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