The 19 Best Gifts to Pick Up While You’re Already at Costco
Ah, Costco. Is there anything you can’t get at the buy-in-bulk giant? Cars, kitchen cabinets, home mortgages: Costco sells them all. And believe it or not, the store is just as good for small stuff. Nestled among the aisles of 36-packs of toilet paper and $5 rotisserie chickens are perfect holiday gifts, stocking stuffers, and bigger-ticket items (like electronics and jewelry) your loved ones will never guess came from Costco’s warehouse.
While you might not head to the megastore just to buy holiday presents, you should absolutely check out these great finds on your next shopping trip.
1. Wine & Spirits
The wine department at Costco has a cult following for good reason (just look at costcowineblog.com for proof): Most bottles go for less than $20, and they tend to be high quality; in fact, the store often carries award-winning wineries and vintages, like bottles from Wine Spectator’s “Top 100.” Don’t ignore in-house brand Kirkland Signature either — it’s often just as good as the big-name stuff (and even made by the same wineries), but costs half the price.
2. Decorative Home Accessories
Starting at just $9.99, Costco’s bouquets range from clusters of roses, lilies, and mums to more elaborate, trend-driven arrangements that come with a vase and look awfully similar to what you’d get at your local florist. You can find blooms in nearly any color, but if you’re into a more seasonal vibe, the store always has an offering of special seasonal bouquets — sometimes with holiday flair like a Santa-shaped vase or hypericum berries.
4. Gift cards
Gift cards never go on sale — except at Costco, where they’re permanently discounted. A $100 gift card to the store will often run you closer to $80, and the multi-packs mean you get several gifts in one go. You’ll also see gift cards for restaurants, cafes, retailers and services like Xbox, Fanatics, and SpaFinder.
Costco’s assortment of men’s and women’s watches is wide-ranging: Citizen, Seiko, and Skagen are all well represented, as are fashion brands like Ted Baker and Salvatore Ferragamo.
6. Designer Bags
Marc Jacobs, Givenchy, Jimmy Choo, Prada, Coach, Bottega, and Dolce & Gabbana: If this sounds like the handbag selection at a department store, it’s by design. Costco often sells famous designers alongside lower-priced Kirkland products and will feature these luxe items in kiosks throughout the store around the holidays at members-only prices.
7. Kitchen Appliances
For those who still love paper books, Costco is a treasure trove. While the selection can be hit-or-miss, the store often has a good inventory of popular hardcovers, paperbacks, and boxed sets for kids.
9. Perfumes & Lotions
Costco does big business in designer fragrances, including scents by one of my favorites, Chloe. In years past, the store has also stocked sweet gift sets of scented lotions, shower gels, loofahs, and other bathroom goodies.
10. Electric Razors
The perfect gift for your stubbly, scruffy loved ones, electric razors can run upwards of $200. Online, Costco is currently selling a deluxe Philips Norelco for $40 off its regular price.
This reliable stocking stuffer comes in many forms at Costco and starts at just $20 for a shearling-lined pair of Kirkland Signature slip-ons. You can also find cozy options from Dearfoams.
Oh, to be a kid in the Costco toy department: With the store’s seemingly endless inventory of playhouses, dolls, building blocks, board games, and mega-sized stuffed animals, you’d be entertained for weeks. Grown-ups will appreciate the discounted prices on products like a Power Wheels Jeep and Star Wars LEGO sets.
13. Gift Baskets
Everyone’s favorite go-to present when you don’t really know a person, gift baskets are especially appealing at Costco. Around the holidays, the megastore sells all kinds of fruit, cheese, and chocolate baskets, including a tower of treats from Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory and a dried fruit and nut basket from Vacaville Fruit Company.
15. Bath & Body Products Sets
Everyone loves an indulgent set of hand soap, lotion, or both. Costco sells these types of products from trusted brand names (Crabtree & Evelyn and ZAAINA to name a few). Everyone loves an opportunity to pamper themselves, and these products do just that, so you can’t go wrong with giving them as a gift.
16. Luxury Hair Styling Tools
There’s a reason why you’ll find thousands of YouTube tutorials from beauty experts singing the praises of T3’s straighteners — they’re the best of the best. And yes, they’re sold at Costco. They also rarely go on sale, so buying them and taking advantage of Costco’s discounts is a great way to save some money and score a product with excellent reviews.
Yes, diamonds at Costco. It’s a thing, and it’s a great way to save some serious money and give a truly unforgettable gift. They offer classic diamond studs, diamond hoops, diamond bracelets, and well, you get the idea. What’s more, Costco truly does have options at every price range. Want to spend $300? Great. Want to spend $30,000? There are options for that, too.
18. Plants and Gardening Supplies
19. BBQ Grills
Know someone who loves to DIY? Great! Costco’s hardware department is stocked with power tools you can buy to upgrade their kit or even a tool chest to store it all in. Do you know someone who wants to be a DIYer? Even better! Get them started with this 6-piece power tool kit and an extension cord to make sure there’s no limit to their handy potential.