Are you starting to think about stocking up your food pantry for the holidays? About what you need to have on hand as your pantry essentials?

The holidays are fast approaching and like every year before they are going to be upon us before we know it!

This year especially I think is the time to begin stocking up your holiday food pantry well ahead of time. As food shortages have become more prevalent and things are going out of stock faster.

Besides it can’t hurt to be prepared and walk on the side of caution while preparing for the holiday season this year, right?

Your food pantry can never hurt from being properly stocked with staple food and your favorite treats.

So, if you are looking to stock your pantry full of all of the good stuff for the holidays then keep reading. 

Because here is a list of the basic holiday food items that you should start to buy ahead of time for a fully stocked pantry.

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Holiday Food Pantry Staples

The beauty of a food pantry is that you can always have good food on hand without the fear of wasting it.

This means that you could literally shop the holiday deals after Christmas so that you would be prepared for the holidays a year in advance!

There are the most basic kinds of pantry staples and I have touched on that in another article. In this article we will, be talking about the holiday pantry food that you will thank yourself for having on hand.

You never know when you might need more than you thought or when something might be out of stock so don’t hesitate to grab your pantry essential ahead of time!

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Baking Supply’s

Baking supplies might just be one of the most important pantry staples to have on hand. So many delicious holiday treats depend on this section!

Baking essentials will look a bit different for all of us but the most basic things to have on hand are:

  • Flour
  • Yeast
  • Baking soda and powder
  • Sugar
  • Spices

These ingredients are vital to your holiday recipes and it never hurts to have plenty on hand throughout the year anyway.

If stored properly these ingredients can last for months and months while remaining perfectly fresh and usable.

Pie Fillings

Canned pie filling is another pantry food item that might very well begin to go out of stock before you know it!

If you are able to make your pie filling completely from scratch good for you! But many of us don’t do that and you never know you might just be too busy this year for that extra step.

So, don’t forget to grab a good assortment of pie fillings to keep on hand.

  • Pumpkin puree
  • Strawberry pie filling
  • Cherry pie filling
  • Minced pie mix
  • Sweet potatoes puree
  • Apple pie filling

And don’t forget that you can use pie fillings for so much more than just pies!

You can use these to make little tarts, cheesecakes, and so much more.

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Canned Goods

Canned goods are another one of those pantry staples that tend to go out of stock pretty quickly at the store.

And despite the desire that we may have to use fresh ingredients no one can deny the convenience of canned goods.

Especially when you are wanting to buy food items in advance to avoid the hectic holiday rush of last-minute shoppers.

Here are a few common canned goods that you might want to consider buying ahead of time:

  • Green beans
  • Sweet potatoes
  • Cranberry sauce
  • Corn
  • Cream soups
  • Pumpkin

These are all very common ingredients that many of our cherished holiday recipes call for. So, don’t forget to stock up on these essentials to avoid a stressful holiday season!

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Now I know that we have already mentioned getting sugar in the baking section of your food pantry, but sugar isn’t the only sweetener you need.

Think of all of those other treats that you make during the holidays and how many of them call for a variety of sweeteners and syrups.

So, don’t hesitate to grab some extra sweeteners to be fully prepared for the holidays!

These are sweeteners that can last a very long time in your pantry so don’t worry if you aren’t sure if you will need them soon or not.

For healthier options in your holiday baking try to replace normal sweeteners with healthier ones like stevia sweeteners and organic agave syrup.

Premade Items

Raise your hand if you have ever used a premade puff pastry or pie crust. Come on raise them high with pride because there’s no shame here!

We’ve all done it and you might just be planning to do it again this year!

Though homemade pastries are obviously the tastier option they aren’t always doable during the holiday madness of cooking. So, don’t forget to grab those premade items that you rely on during the holidays.

Believe me these items tend to sell out fast!

These items that are usually frozen have a pretty decent shelf life and will be nice and ready to use when you need them.

Christmas Treats

Of course, you have to be economical about your food pantry and stocking up but don’t forget about the holiday treats!

You know all of the candies and specialty items that only come once a year. Believe it or not these items are already going to be arriving in grocery stores.

So why not go ahead and grab them while their fully stocked and plentiful.

Here are just a few examples of what these holiday treats might be:

  • Christmas chocolates
  • Halloween candy
  • Candy canes
  • Limited edition holiday foods
  • Holiday flavored ice cream
  • Cookies 

You know what holiday treats you long for the most so don’t forget to grab a few of these as well for good measure.

Main Protein Sources

One of the biggest ingredients that your thanksgiving and Christmas table is going to need is the main protein source.

The big event of the whole meal. Whether you eat meat, are vegetarian, or eat a plant-based diet. We all have that one protein source that is going to be the center of our table.

  • Meat
  • Tofu
  • Tempeh
  • Meat substitute

These are all items that are bound to go out of stock quickly as people start to prepare for the holidays ahead of time.

So, don’t forget to grab what you can when you can to avoid missing out.


I don’t care what anyone says drinks are of the biggest treats of the season. Whether you drink alcohol or not holiday drinks are one of those things that we all look forward to.

And it definitely can’t hurt to think ahead and include a few of these drink options in your food pantry just to be on the safe side.

Don’t let your holiday punch bowl go unnoticed this year! Many of these drink options are either safely sealed in a carton or bottle or dry in a packet so don’t hesitate to stock up.

A delicious plant-based drink option that you should treat yourself to is this dairy free hot chocolate mix!

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Nuts are another one of those food pantry essentials that are really easy to overlook. Believe me I know this from frequent past experiences!

Nuts can play a big part in your holiday recipes however so don’t forget about these important ingredients while stocking up your pantry.

  • Pecans
  • Almonds
  • Walnuts
  • Peanuts

Nuts can last a long time as long as they are left unopened so just make sure to leave them alone until you need them!

Why Stock Up for the Holidays?

There are many reasons why you might want to stock up from the holidays this year or any year for that matter.

This year has been a strange one and from previous experience I think we are more aware of how much we should think ahead.

It never hurts to get ready ahead of time by filling out your thanksgiving and Christmas list and grabbing the occasional items for later.

Stocking up your food pantry for the holidays not only relieves the grocery stores a bit by creating one less hectic shopper. But it makes it easier for others who might be shopping last minute.

If more people stocked up ahead of time, there wouldn’t be such a grocery shopping rush and people wouldn’t be left without certain holiday ingredients.

Overall it makes the holidays just a little bit less stressful for everyone!

What are you treating yourself to this holiday season? Some holiday baked goods, candy canes, or maybe some tasty dairy free hot chocolate?