IRVING, Texas -- The 7-Eleven elves are ready to help the uninspired, on-the-go or last-minute holiday gift-giver. The convenience retailer has a surprisingly long list of gift ideas, including toys, games, gift cards, white-elephant items and more. Customers can even earn points when they purchase the holiday items via the chain's enhanced 7Rewards loyalty program. Points can be redeemed in-store at participating locations on select food and beverage products.
"7-Eleven can help out on a lot of different fronts during the hectic holidays," said Jack Stout, 7-Eleven senior vice president of merchandising. "Ironically, days are shortest when people need more than 24 hours. Everyone is busy with shopping, decorating, traveling and entertaining, but we all need extra help during the holiday season. 7-Eleven stores have no mall crowds, you can park close and we're open all day and night. We also offer customers items that they wouldn't expect to find on 7-Eleven shelves."
Click through to see these surprising holiday items ...
1. Hatchimals Surprise
Participating stores are carrying Hatchimals Surprise, the follow-up to the Toy Industry Association's 2017 winner for the Toy of the Year award for innovation. Stores will also carry stocking-stuffer Hatchimals CollEGGtibles mini-sized surprise figures in addition to Hatchimals jewelry and accessories.
2. Remote-control toys
Remote-control vehicles and drones, including a T. Rex dinosaur that walks and roars on command from a rock-shaped infrared transmitter, are available at participating 7-Eleven locations. A selection of the most popular Mattel toys available at select stores includes: Barbie Glitz doll, Minions MEGA Construx building sets, Hot Wheels multipacks, Monster Jam trucks and the Hot Wheels Mega Hauler.
Bluetooth headphones, earbuds and speakers, virtual-reality headsets, wireless chargers, mini drones and bejeweled micro-cables are all available at select stores, with prices ranging from $14.99 to $29.99. And to go with all those gadgets: 7-Eleven stores carry a variety of batteries.
7. Sweet treats
In addition to festive donuts, 7-Eleven is offering 7-Select Holiday Frosted Sugar Cookies and marshmallow treats in the bakery case, as well as fresh-baked cookies at the counter near the cash register. Other exclusive 7-Select holiday treats include 7-Select Go!Yum deluxe chocolate bars in Dark Chocolate Cranberry Almond & Orange.
7-Eleven has expanded its wine list with ultra-premium and luxury varietals, as well as quality wines for shoppers on a budget. Trojan Horse is the retailer's newest proprietary wine and is available in two varieties: chardonnay and pinot grigio. A 750-mL bottle retails for $6.99.
11. Seasonal novelty
Holiday-party-inspired products include mistletoe selfie sticks, photo-booth prop sets, Santa Claus reading glasses, and a variety of ugly sweater items such as necklaces, socks, beer koozies and wine cozies.