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Headquartered in Springfield, MA, Big Y is one of the largest independently owned supermarket chains in New England. Proud to be family owned and operated, we operate almost 80 stores throughout Connecticut and Massachusetts with over 11,000 employees. Big Y has been named a 2015 Employer of Choice by the Employers Association of the Northeast. Founded in 1936 by brothers Paul and Gerald D'Amour, the store was named after an intersection in Chicopee, Massachusetts where two roads converge to form a "Y".

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Last Minute Gift Ideas from the Supermarket

SPRINGFIELD, MA (December 14, 2017)

According to Consumer Reports (Tobie Stanger, December 2014), “Last-minute Christmas gifts from the supermarket are surprisingly easy to find if you're willing to be creative. Plusses: Your supermarket gift is likely to be consumed quickly. You don't have to worry about it being the right size for the recipient. And in most cases, you don't have to worry about matching the décor. If you have a large supermarket nearby, chances are that it has an aisle or two devoted to toys and last-minute, as-seen-on-TV items that you can grab and go. But even a local market is likely to have a few items that you can gather in a basket or box wrapped in colorful paper and deliver with pride.”

The buyers at Big Y World Class Markets have assembled some gift ideas to fit the suggestions from Consumer Reports. As noted, their aisles are filed with inexpensive gift ideas. Here are some of their options:

Pasta and Sauces
Jars of pasta sauce, a few different types of pasta (including gluten free if needed), a hunk of parmesan cheese, a jar of pesto and olives, olive oil, whole peppercorns and sausage. Add some items from the housewares aisle such as graters, colanders, large serving spoons or a hefty cooking pot

Beauty Items
Soaps, fragrances, bubble baths, hair accessories, nail polishes, lipsticks and cosmetics

Healthy Habits
Water bottles, nutrition bars, organic candy canes and chocolate bars, nuts and granola, sports drinks

Gourmet Beverages
Coffee K-cups or bags, flavored creamers, a variety of teas, hot chocolate, fancy sugars, mugs, a tea pot or colorful towels and a loose tea strainer.

Magazine Subscriptions
When purchasing a magazine for a recipient, wrap it up and add a gift subscription in your note.

While not the most glamorous of gifts, always needed for toys, flashlights or emergency kits.

Gift Cards
Big Y sells more and more gift cards to a variety of stores, on-line retailers and restaurants than ever.

Baker's Fun
Assorted baking ingredients including flours, sugars, decorating items, chocolate chips, spices, mixing bowls, kitchen utensils, pot holders, towels, cookie sheets

Movie Night
Popcorn, flavorings, large bowl, chips and salsa, beverages

Breakfast is Served
Pancake and waffle mix, local maple syrup, berries, chocolate chips, confectioner's sugar, microwaveable bacon, spatula, bowl, juice and coffee/tea.

Stonewall Kitchen
Stonewall Kitchen Doughnut Maker with mix, other Stonewall gift baskets or a variety of products that can be assembled as a gift.

Deli or Sandwich Platters or Large Grinders

Imported Entertainer Cheese Platter (Serves 15)

Shrimp Platters

Sushi Platters

Fruit Baskets, Veggie Platters, Case of Clementines

Cheesecake Platters in Plain or Varieties Such as Amaretto and Raspberry Swirl

Gourmet Brownie Platter with 4 varieties (24 total)

Breads, Pies and Other Specialty Cakes

Floral Arrangements and Poinsettia Plants

Holiday Candy

Pet Treats, Toys and Accessories

Local Products Baskets

Candles of Various Shapes and Sizes

Lottery Tickets