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The Best Bulk Gifts Are Crowd-Pleasing Surprises You Can Grab in a Pinch

Embossed playing cards, tiny bottles of Brut, and taper candles.
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Whether it’s groceries, toiletries, or gifts, I take a certain kind of satisfaction in “stocking up.” We buy flour in bulk for baking bread; have a recurring order for toilet paper; and dog supplies arrive by the boatload. Equally, I always like to have a little something on hand to bring for hosts. The tactic of packing a section of your closet with small treasures is prime for the holidays, too. Small chocolates, great pens, fancy soaps, tiny bottles of bitters, and any manner of mini items make for a crowd-pleasing grab bag you can keep full all season. Whether you’re in need of a last-minute stocking stuffer or something to bring along to an upcoming cocktail party, our top picks for the best bulk gifts should have you covered.

We’ve broken out our favorite value bundles and multipacks across a variety of categories, from food to stationery to beauty. You can stock up on one or an assortment of all, transforming yourself into a bespoke-gift-basket-building aficionado—if you please. And whatever stores you don’t end up giving away can surely be put to good use inside your own home.

Best Bulk Food Gifts

Who doesn’t want a tiny jar of spicy honey, a tin of delicious fish, or a box of dates wrapped up with a flouncy bow? Stashing a heap of shelf-stable items makes grabbing one before you head out the door that much easier—keep a little box of ribbons and bits nearby to dress each one up even more.

Granola Variety Pack, Sweet Deliverance

$60
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Cold Brew Singles Collection, Chamberlain Coffee

$100 $90
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Olive Oil Case, 12 Bottles, Wonder Valley

$368
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Ultimate 24 Chocolate Bar Gift Collection, Compartes

$250
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Greatest Hits Gift Box, 8-Pack, Nuts.com

$29.99
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Mike's Hot Honey, 12 Mini Jars, Amazon

$52.52
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Fangst Danish Freshwater Trout, 3-Pack, Amazon

$32.99
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Sardines with Hot Pepper, 3-Pack, Fishwife

$32
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Bundle of Flavors, 6-Pack, Vân Vân

$56 $53
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Medjool Dates, Mini 3 Box Bundle, Rancho Meladuco Date Farm

$41
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The Whole Shebang, 5-Pack, Red Clay

$45
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Pistachio Halva, 3-Pack, Seed + Mill

$44.95
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Burlap and Barrel x Molly Yeh Spiced Sprinkles, 3-Pack, Burlap and Barrel

$33.99
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Taiwanese Sea Salt Collection, 4-Pack, Yun Hai

$36.50 $33
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Best Bulk Stationery Gifts

A notebook is a classic end-of-year gift for a reason. When it’s time to turn the page on 2023, gift all the girlies with one, plus a fancy writing utensil that you didn’t swipe from a restaurant, and encourage a little journaling after NYE.

Yorki Cute Fish Pens, 10-Pack, Amazon

$11.99
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John Derian Object Lessons Notebooks, 3-Pack, Amazon

$14.95
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Scallop Spine List Notepads, 3-Pack, Papier

$18
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Paperage Lined Pocket Journal Notebook, 2 Pack, Amazon

$11.95
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Cavallini New York Carte Postale, 18 Postcards, Amazon

$17.92 $16.42
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Colorblock Pens, Set of 4, Poketo

$38
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Best Bulk Tableware Gifts

One of my favorite host gifts to bring along to a dinner is a good set of taper candles. Pick them up in bulk, plus cool matchboxes, and you’ll never arrive empty-handed. Or peel off a quartet of linen napkins from a big stack. Maybe stuff a cute Splatterware mug with all the makings for their favorite drink, including a colored-glass teaspoon to stir it up. The more tailored, the better.

Rainbow Table Candles, Set of 12, Meri Meri

$45
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Glass Teaspoons, Set of 4, Fazeek

$45
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Cotton Craft Flax Linen Napkins, 12-Pack, Amazon

$18.99
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British Colour Standard Mixed Pack Candles, Set of 6, Afternoon Light

$48
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Red Co. Enamelware Mugs, Set of 6, Amazon

$27.95
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Houseplant Matchboxes, Set of 10, Coming Soon

$30
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Kush, Ash, and Cedar Stack Votive Set, 3-Pack, Boy Smells

$58 $41
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INFEI Dinner Napkins, Set of 12, Amazon

$19.89
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Rogue Paq Send Nudes Match Books, Set of 3, Urban Outfitters

$12
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The Floral Society Lovely Taper Candles, Set of 6 Pairs, Food52

$99
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Best Bulk Drink Gifts

For the cocktail enthusiasts out there, receiving a unique bottle of bitters or a jar of the ideal garnish will go a long way. Pack it up in a reusable bag with glassware or their favorite spirit, and you’re in business.

Via Carota Negroni Cocktail Case, 12 Bottles, Via Carota Cocktails

$421 $300
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Olive Brine, 6 Pouches, Filthy

$22
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BAGGU Baby Bags, Set of 3, Amazon

$36
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Luxardo Italian Maraschino Cherries, Set of 3, Amazon

$59.99
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Hella Bitters Cocktail Bitters, 5 Bottles, Boisson

$40
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Brut, 12 6.3-Ounce Bottles, Usual Wines

$108
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Best Bulk Unique Gifts

What’s unique is quite personal, but we’re willing to bet the following set of presents will surprise and delight most. Matchbooks of incense, woven cotton keychains, colorful chopsticks, and puzzles packed in Warhol-like soup cans are just the tip of the iceberg.

Lurex Sponges, Set of 3, Hawkins NY

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Cotton & Metal Keychains, Set of 6, Creative Co-Op

$31
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The Incense Match Incense Books, Set of 16, Amazon

$25.10 $22.10
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Colour Chopsticks, Set of 6 Pairs, Hay

$40 $20
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Nordhus Design Swedish Dishcloths, 5 Cloths, Amazon

$17.99
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Josef Albers Magnet Set, Amazon

$8.99
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Complete Pack Playing Cards, Set of 5 Decks, Misc Goods Co.

$55
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Andy Warhol Soup Cans Shaped Jigsaw Puzzles, Set of 3, Amazon

$24.73
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Best Bulk Beauty Gifts

Bathroom vanities, makeup bags, and purses can never have enough lip balm, soap, and hand sanitizer. Give the gift of a restock with these stalwarts, some classic and others more contemporary.

Smith's Rosebud Salve Tins, Pack of 4, Amazon

$29.68 $17.89
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Cleansing Body Bar Trio, Good Time

$30
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Compagnie de Provence Travel Hand Cream, Set of 3, Amazon

$24
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Japanese Hot Spring Minerals Hinoki Bath Salts, 3-Pack, Jinen

$15
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Claus Porto Deco Gift Box Mini Soaps, 9-Pack, Smallflower

$78
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Laneige Holiday Hydration Minis, 5-Pack, Amazon

$20
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Best Bulk Gift Wrap

And last but not least, you’re going to need some pretty packaging to tie together your tiny surprises. Whether you’re gifting them solo or bundling up an assortment of goodies, we sourced a few thoughtful gift-wrapping staples to keep on hand: striped cotton ribbons, Weck jars, and pint-size wood baskets.

Cotton Stripes Ribbon, 10mm, 10 Yards, Amazon

$10
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Wooden One-Pint Baskets, 25 Pack, 4u0022x4u0022 x 2.5u0022, Top Home

$41
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745 Tulip Jar, 1 Liter, Set of 6, Weck

$50
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Cotton Red Stripe Ribbon, 1u0022, 10 Yards, Amazon

$12
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Samantha Weiss-Hills

Managing Editor, Home & Shopping

Samantha Weiss-Hills is the managing editor of home and shopping for Domino. She edits and writes home tours, shopping guides, and features, and she’s the friend who everyone texts for glassware, sofa, and sheet recommendations. She lives in Brooklyn with her husband, Alex, and their beagle-corgi, Elsa.

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