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Costco: The one stop-shop to last-minute gift shop


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Costco: the place where dreams come true? What is it about this sterile warehouse stocked to the brim with bulk items that gets people going? Costco is magical all year round, but it is extra special (and hectic) around the holidays. It is a true American Christmas miracle at Costco, where holiday spirit meets consumerism.

Costco is not just a store, it’s a lifestyle. Everything is bigger and better there, and it is the perfect stop for last-minute holiday gifts and treats. Costco has something for everyone, from snacks to tech to laser tag games; I am sure you can find anyone a last-minute gift there. If you are willing to push through the overwhelming chaos that is shopping at Costco, you will come out with a good gift. 

Now let’s talk good finds. The truth is that you never know what you will discover when you walk into a Costco. It’s all about the adventure. On my trip over Thanksgiving break, I was impressed by the toy selection which included a large selection of legos, journaling kits, slime sensory bins, and pickleball and laser tag sets. Costco always has a good selection of popular books at reasonable prices. There is truly something for anyone.

If you need to prepare for your first Minnesota winter and want to do it on a budget, Costco is your one-stop shop. They have a wide selection of winter necessities including gloves, hats, fleeces, car scrapers, and electric hand warmers.

If you’re looking for an opportunity to get in the holiday spirit, Costco has plenty of holiday-flavored treats. Ghirardelli peppermint bark is always a classic and Sander’s peppermint caramels are a new find at Costco this year.


Don’t sleep on the fresh fruit section! As college students, I think we could use a little more fruit in our diets and the fruit at Costco is not something to pass up. It is always a good deal and the variety is unbeatable. From strawberries and blueberries to kiwi and cotton candy grapes, they have it all.

If I needed to bring some food to a holiday party, Costco would be my go-to for a last-minute stop. It is always a safe and dependable option thanks to its bakery, premade deli foods, and snack selection. 

Maybe the best gift of all is a Costco membership. Shopping at Costco unfortunately requires a yearly membership. Recently, Costco cracked down on card sharing, meaning you will get stopped and turned away if you try to use someone else’s membership to shop. This has made Costco’s selection much more difficult to obtain. So keep your friends close and your Costco card holding friends closer this holiday season.

Maria Camilli is from Excelsior, Minn. 

Her major is undeclared.