Trader Joe's Shoppers Share Their Favorite 'Non-Food' Items

Buckets of flowers with Trader Joe's signs viewed from outside of store


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Buckets of flowers with Trader Joe's signs viewed from outside of store

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After braving the nerve-wracking Trader Joe’s parking lot, the first thing most shoppers see is a lush collection of houseplants and orchids. It’s an immediate reminder that the grocery chain sells a lot more than just frozen pizzas and 19-cent bananas. Trader Joe’s devotees know this, and hundreds of the supermarket’s superfans recently weighed in on their favorite non-food items on Reddit. We’ve collected some of the most popular answers — there are over 360 comments — so that you can discover Trader Joe’s best “non-food” items. Do you have a favorite? Please share in the comments.

Prices and availability are subject to change.

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Trader Joe's Daily Facial Sunscreen
Trader Joe's

Daily Facial Sunscreen

$9 from Trader Joe’s

Trader Joe’s fans, avid TikTokers, and skincare addicts need no introduction to Trader Joe’s daily facial sunscreen, which is nearly an ingredient-for-ingredient dupe of Supergoop’s pricey Unseen formula. If you have no idea what we’re talking about, just know that this oil- and fragrance-free sunscreen is so good that it sold out at Trader Joe’s stores around the country. 

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Trader Joe's Greeting Cards
Trader Joe's

Greeting Cards

$1 from Trader Joe’s

Hallmark and Papyrus are more well known, but they can’t compete with Trader Joe’s bargain $1 greeting cards. And despite that unbeatable price, the supermarket chain doesn’t skimp on quantity or quality. Whether you want something blank or a thank you card filled with puns and platitudes, Trader Joe’s offers a wide selection of high-quality cards.

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Trader Joe's Grapefruit Candle
Trader Joe's


$4 from Trader Joe’s

Cedar balsam, mango tangerine, honeycrisp apple … the list of Trader Joe’s candles goes on — and shoppers love ’em. The supermarket also has a rotating lineup of seasonal candles, which consistently impresses customers.

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Trader Joe's Eucalyptus
Trader Joe's
Trader Joe's Tea Tree Tingle Body Wash

Tea Tree Tingle Body Wash

$4 from Trader Joe’s

Speaking of showers, Trader Joe’s shoppers rave about the Tea Tree Tingle body wash. The antibacterial tea tree oil may help prevent acne, while the blend of peppermint, eucalyptus, and other oils give it a soothing natural fragrance.

Trader Joe's Dry Shampoo
Trader Joe's
Trader Joe's Ultra Moisturizing Hand Cream
Trader Joe's

Ultra Moisturizing Hand Cream

$5 from Trader Joe’s

Soothe cracked and dry hands with Trader Joe’s hand cream, a concoction of ultra-moisturizing shea butter, coconut oil, hemp seed oil, and other coveted cosmetic ingredients. It may even help with eczema, a Redditor says.

Trader Joe's Olive Wood Spoon and Cutting Board

Olive Wood Spoon and Cutting Board


During the holidays, Trader Joe’s sells its olive wood spoon and cutting board, which make great last-minute stocking stuffers. Beyond their utility, they also look beautiful (and expensive) thanks to the wood’s marbled pattern.

Trader Joe's Grapefruit & Lemon Hand Sanitizer Spray

Hand Sanitizer

$1.29 from Trader Joe’s

After the past few years of epidemiological disaster(s), it seems like everyone has got a tiny squeeze bottle of hand sanitizer in their car or purse. But rather than going with Purell, consider Trader Joe’s line of sanitizers. With scents like lavender and grapefruit-lemon, Trader Joe’s sanitizer smells good without being overpowering.

Trader Joe's Pop-Up Sponges
Trader Joe's

Pop-Up Sponges

$8 from Trader Joe’s

While they’re expensive for a Trader Joe’s product, shoppers say these European sponges are worth it because they’re compostable. One budget tip? Cut them in half.