Giving the Gift Of Coffee {&Giveaway!}

Justin & I both love our coffee. Justin has a hot mug of coffee on the way to work every day, and I love to enjoy with a {lukewarm} cup when I need an extra pick-me-up. While we usually love using K-cups for their convenience, we prefer using our own coffee in our Keurig machine. Using an adapter, we can easily add our own ground coffee. It saves us money over using K-cups every time, and it makes it easy to get our favorite flavors or varieties of coffee, even if we can’t find them in a K-cup.

I’ve shared for you my love of Smart&Final’s Ambiance coffee before, back when I shared my Chocolate Dipped Biscotti recipe. We still love their coffee, especially because it helps us save even more money on our coffee. &It tastes great, too! So when I had the chance to gift someone in my life with an Ambiance-inspired gift basket, I took it!

My 16 year old brother rides the bus to school. He rides the same bus that I rode to high school 7 years ago- and walks to the same bus stop. He does all of this at 7am, when it’s still below freezing most days, and I remember how insanely cold it always was. I also know that he loves coffee & drinks it all the time, so I knew I wanted to surprise him with the coffee gift basket!


I went to Smart and Final, where I found a huge selection of coffee! They had everything from whole beans to instant to convenience packs like K-cups. I opted for two varieties of whole beans, because nothing smells better than freshly ground coffee beans! I bought him a coffee grinder to go with it, because those beans are of no use without one. Then, since it goes so perfectly with coffee, I picked up some yummy chocolate goodies: a giant Hershey’s bar, a box of Valentine’s chocolates, and some cocoa sprinkles for the top of his coffee! &Since I want him to be able to bring the coffee with him to the bus stop, but I don’t want him to have to carry around a travel mug all day at school, I also got him some t0-go hot cups so that he can bring it & toss the cup when he gets to school.


I brought the gift basket {really a bag since I put it in a reusable Smart and Final bag} to my parents’ house to give to my brother & he definitely liked it! He really is such a huge coffee fan that those giant bags might be gone by the end of the week. {Okay, maybe not quite… but close.} &I may or may not have taken a piece of his Valentine’s candy.

Smart and Final Coffee Selection

Smart and Final has a huge variety of coffee, creamers, and coffee accessories like cups, filters, grinders and more. If you’re as much of a coffee lover as my family, be sure to check out their selection! Their store brand, Ambiance, tastes great & is a huge value.

smart and final coffee and chocolate gift basket giveaway

Win It: One lucky reader will win the same gift bag I gave my brother! The prize pack includes two huge bags of whole beans, a coffee grinder, a Hershey’s bar, Valentine’s chocolates {&I swear I didn’t eat any}, cocoa sprinkles, and a reusable Smart and Final gift bag. Just enter using the form below- good luck!

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Winner will be chosen via and will be notified via email. The winner will need to respond within 48 hours or another winner will be chosen. Please allow 4-6 weeks for prize fulfillment.

Note: I am a member of the Collective Bias™ Social Fabric® Community. This shop has been compensated as part of a social shopper insights study for Collective Bias™ and Smart & Final #CBias #ChooseSmart #SocialFabric

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  1. heather wone says

    I enjoy my coffee first thing in the moring, when everyone else is still asleep. Blueberry coffee with vanilla almond milk and equal is my new favorite right now!

  2. Donna Cheatle says

    I’m not a coffee fan, but my husband is! He starts his morning with an espresso concoction and proceeds from there. Not really sure just how much coffee he drinks in a day, but the boy never needs a nap, that’s for sure!

  3. Judy-Ree says

    I like my coffee differently depending on my mood. When I am in a serious work mode, coffee is black, little sugar. If I am relaxing, a flavored coffee with complementary cream and sugar. Or at night, after dinner, add a little ‘Irish’ and relax. I don’t know what I would do without my daily coffee. :)

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  5. says

    My coffee maker runs out of filers so what do I do-grab our camp fire percolator and put it on the stove. No time to run to the store, need coffee NAO!

  6. Jessica O says

    I use my own ground coffee in my Keurig too! I like to put Hersheys chocolate and a flavored creamer in my coffee!

  7. says

    love my coffee with half & half & a sprinkle of cocoa powder or cinnamon or vanilla, never mixed… I’m 55 and started drinking coffee at age 5 with my baby-sitter & BFF BERNICE AND NEVER STOPPED LUV IT<3<3<3


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