Trader Joe’s Sells Grinch-Inspired “Grump Trees” and We’re Obsessed

Summon a bit of the Grinch this holiday season with the Trader Joe's grump trees.

We’re all about having the spirit of the season, but sometimes, some of us are in a completely different sort of spirit as the holidays roll around. Putting up and decorating a Christmas tree is a big part of getting into the holiday spirit. But for those who are a little less enthusiastic about the holiday season, Trader Joe’s has released its signature Grump Trees for another season of grinch-inspired festivities.

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What’s a Grump Tree?

Anyone who is familiar with How the Grinch Stole Christmas probably already knows what a grump tree is. Now, Trader Joe’s has one you can purchase for your own home. Their grump trees are skinny evergreen Cyprus trees wrapped in a red ribbon and topped with a single red ornament. They smell divine and are native to California.

As the tree grows, the top tends to bend slightly due to the weight of the ornament, giving the plant a perfectly Dr. Suess-inspired holiday look.

These adorable trees make a quirky centerpiece for your holiday table decorations and are the perfect white elephant gift for a co-worker who’s more bah-humbug than fa-la-la-la-la.

You can hang on to your Grump Tree indefinitely—after the season is over, you can plant it outside, or simply re-pot it inside.

When Can I Get a Grump Tree?

These trees are available now until supplies last at Trader Joe’s stores, for under $10. If you spot one you should snag it as these Grinch-inspired trees tend to sell out quickly. They’re sure to be one of our favorite gifts for under $25.

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Aly Walansky
Aly Walansky is a lifestyles writer with over a decade of experience covering beauty, health, and travel for various esteemed publications. Her blog, A Little Alytude ( was launched in 2006 and continues to be a strong voice in the lifestyles arena. Based in the ever-trendy Park Slope area of Brooklyn, she divides her time between her shih tsu Lily, her soap opera addiction, and scouting out fun new martini bars.