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.

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  1. It depends on my mood. In the morning, I like it hot and strong with lots of cream. Later in the day, I like it iced with a mixture of sweetened condensed milk & evaporated milk. After dinner, my favorite is a mocha with whipped cream!
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  2. I Like my coffee with some Almond Milk.

  3. I enjoy my coffee sweetened and while I’m driving to work each morning.
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  4. Maryann D. says:

    I love soy milk in my coffee with different sweeteners.

  5. Heather Hayes Panjon says:

    I Like My Coffee On Ice With A Caramel Drizzle And Whipped Topping

  6. I love any kind of flavored creamer and sugar.

  7. 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!

  8. I like espresso

  9. Sherry S. says:

    I love my coffee strong and black.

  10. love my cofee with sweetener and cream

  11. Christine says:

    I like black.
    Thanks for the chance!

  12. Lisa Brown says:

    I like my coffee with stevia and soy milk

  13. Carolyn Barnett says:

    I enjoy my coffee with coffee creamer and i also like the awesome flavors in my coffee too.

  14. Austin Baroudi says:

    Hot :P

  15. 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!

  16. Julie Harris says:

    I enjoy it with Hazelnut creamer!

  17. with sugar and a lot of creamer

  18. steve weber says:

    I don’t drink coffee.. but someone else in the house does!

  19. I love adding milk/cream and sugar :)

  20. Gina Brickell says:

    I love it with French vanilla creamer and some sweetner!! Oh, and I love it in large quantities :)

  21. Strong and black. Maybe a little sugar depending upon my mood.

  22. With sweetened condensed milk!!

  23. I love coffee with so-delicious coconut milk creamer.
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  24. I like my coffee with soy milk, no sugar

  25. Jessica R. says:

    With lots of flavored creamer!

  26. 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. :)

  27. black hot and strong debbie jackson
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  28. Keely Hostetter says:

    I love my coffee with hazelnut creamer in it. I can’t imagine mornings without it.

  29. D SCHMIDT says:

    I likeit with milk and two sugars

  30. Emily Adams says:

    With sugar!

  31. with cream and sugar please

  32. I put a little creamer in my coffee. That’s it!

  33. Opal Baker says:

    I love my coffee fresh,hot and black.

  34. Hot with cream and 1 organic sugar.
    Thanks for the chance.

  35. Wanda McHenry says:

    I enjoy my coffee with half and half

  36. I love my coffee with either French Vanilla or Hazelnut creamer

  37. Sacha Schroeder says:

    I am so boring. I drink coffee black!

  38. Gigi Coan says:

    Black with Sweet N’ Low.

  39. Ha I love the look on his face! You are such an awesome sister and I love that you included a coffee grinder and chocolate, how fun!
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  40. milk and sugar

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  41. Seyma Shabbir says:

    Milk and sugar!

  42. Tracy Robertson says:

    I enjoy my coffee most with just 1 tsp of sugar and a splash of nonfat milk.

  43. Lisa Burk says:

    I like it with milk and Torani French Vanilla Syrup!

  44. 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!

  45. Debbie G. says:

    I like it with mocha while sitting on the deck.

  46. dorothy d says:

    french vanilla creamer

  47. Barbara Montag says:

    I drink my coffee black to enjoy the full flavor – thank you!

  48. I’m a friend to all coffee! ;) I usually start the day with espresso, but anything is good!

  49. I like my coffee with splenda and creamer.
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  50. Melissa S says:

    I like my coffee with just cream.

  51. Chavonne H says:

    With a mix of vanilla and caramel creamer.

  52. I take my coffee black, but I love flavored coffee beans!

  53. erin dear says:

    i like my coffee with cream and sugar

  54. My morning cup of coffee is two splendas and french vanilla creamer! :)
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  55. With raw sugar and some creamer
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  56. At home, I enjoy my coffee with hazelnut creamer and one packet of splenda.
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  57. 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!

  58. I like with cream & sugar. Tried to do w/o the sugar but no go!

  59. I just love coffee. Start my day with at least two cups of freshly ground French Roast coffee.

  60. 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

  61. strong with cream and sugar

  62. It has to have a lot of flavored creamer in it.
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  63. I love flavored coffee, with just a splash of creamer and one sweetener packet. It’s how I drink it every morning!!
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  64. I like my coffee with pumpkin spice creamer.

  65. I keepa pot going all day, I sometimes get a new cup. coffee with cream with sugar with cinnamon nutmeg well it’s coffee keep it coming I don’t care how
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  66. Tami Vollenweider says:

    I like my coffee with a few packs of splenda in it!

  67. amy williams says:

    with a little cream

  68. Michelle Tucker says:

    I like it with lots of cream and sugar:)


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