23 Holiday Gift Bargains at Costco
Costco isn't just the place for giant packs of paper towels and toilet paper: It's one of the best places to stock up on holiday gifts. Shoppers who don't want to battle Black Friday crowds or stalk websites for Cyber Monday deals will find solid deals here all season. We've scoped out some of the best money-saving gift-buying opportunities for 2017.
Costco price: Two speakers for $220 (members only)
Ask your Google Home anything: What's the weather? What's playing at the local theater? What are the news headlines? Google's popular smart speaker and home assistant, compatible with many smart-home gadgets, is $129 a pop at most major retailers, including Walmart. Getting two from Costco means you'll pay about $110 each.
Costco price: $100 e-gift card for $94.49 (members only)
Save a few bucks on iTunes gift cards, a gift that can please just about everyone, by nabbing them at Costco. They're good for purchases on iTunes, Apple Music, and the App Store, too. Members can also get one $25 e-code for $24 or a $200 e-code for $185. (Gotta have a physical card for a stocking stuffer? They're available in store.)
Costco price: $250 (members only)
Costco members will find that "wow" gift for the kids at Costco: the Fisher-Price Power Wheels Deluxe Jeep Rubicon Wrangler Ride-On. It comes with a working radio with an MP3 jack, a light bar, space for two kids, and power-lock brakes. Similar Jeep ride-ons start at $269 on Amazon and $300 at Toys R Us.
Costco price: $125 (members only)
If the coffee lover in your life needs a more convenient way to get their fix, the Costco-exclusive Keurig K525C is a good bet. It has an easy-to-use 2.8-inch color display and includes a reusable filter and 15 K-cups. The very similar Keurig K525 sells for $150 at Walmart, but doesn't include the reusable filter or K-cups.
Costco price: $50
Know someone who loves to pamper their feet? Check out Costco for the Amope Pedi Perfect Wet and Dry Rechargeable Foot File. The file, charging station, five refills, and a storage bag are bundled together for $50. You can find the file and charging station for $38.59 at Amazon, but buying four more refills would set you back almost $30 more.
Costco price: Four boxes for $75
It's hard to go wrong with chocolate. A four-pack of assorted Godiva chocolates carried at Costco is exclusive to the store, but it's way cheaper than similar packages sold by the chocolatier. Costco sells four 27-piece boxes for $75, or $18.75 a box, while a similar box of just 19 chocolates sells for $29 at Godiva. If Godiva is too rich for your blood, Costco also offers a four-pack of Kirkland Signature Belgian Chocolates for just $60, or $15 for each 46-piece box.
Costco price: Two $50 cards for $70
Restaurant gift cards, a go-to gift for the person who has everything, may be cheapest at Costco. Among the best deals we saw: Two $50 Buca di Beppo gift cards for $70. There are also several $80-for-$100 deals. Be sure to check your Costco in person, as many carry gift-card deals for local restaurants and chains that aren't available online.
Costco price: $190 (members only)
You'll save about $10 over other major retailers including Amazon by picking up the latest model of Ring Video Doorbell at Costco, but you'll also get two bonuses not included elsewhere: A full year of video cloud recording, and a plug-and-play wall chime that means you don't need to be near your phone to know you have a visitor.
Costco price: Starting at $35
Need a thoughtful gift for the travelers in your life? They can skip the long lines and save money on their next trip with Explorer ePasses, good for admission to several top attractions in tourist destinations including Orlando, Fla.; Washington, D.C.; New York City; and Chicago. Prices vary depending on destination and age of the travelers.
Costco price: $129 (members only)
This tactical-ops robot would be a show-stopper for any gadget-loving kid -- or grown-up. It can transmit high-definition video to smartphones and tablets from up to 100 feet, turn 360 degrees, and reach 39 inches with an articulating arm and claw. At Toys R Us, an identical robot with different branding is $180; at Target, it's $200.
Costco price: $78
A go-to gift for coworkers, teachers, or any other group that needs your appreciation, gift baskets, and towers can be notoriously pricey -- except at Costco. For example, a seven-box gift tower of organic fruit from The Fruit Company is $78 on Costco's website, or $99 at The Fruit Company's website. It includes apples, pears, chocolate, mixed nuts and more.
Costco price: Two for $330 (members only)
Audiophiles can score a great deal on Bose SoundTouch 10 Wireless Speakers at Costco. Use the SoundTouch to easily access streaming services, internet radio, and the songs stored on your phone and computer. Use convenient on-speaker presets for favorite stations, songs, and more. Best Buy and most other major retailers want $200 for just one speaker.
Costco price: Two for $30
Who can't use another cozy blanket to snuggle under during colder months? Nab a two-pack of thick, soft 60-by-70-inch Life Comfort Ultimate Sherpa Throws at Costco. They're machine-washable and reversible, too. One similar Eddie Bauer throw is $32.80 on Amazon, and it's smaller, too.
Costco price: Four tickets for $34
Need an easy gift for a movie lover? Pick up a four-pack of Cinemark tickets on the cheap at Costco and pay an average of $8.50 a ticket -- a nice deal considering adult general admission tickets are typically $12 or more. They're good nationwide and never expire. Similar deals are also available for Regal and AMC cinemas.
Costco price: $150
Help your favorite chef slice and dice more easily with the Cuisinart Elemental 13-Cup Food Processor. It comes with spiralizer, slicing, and shredding discs; a dough blade; and an accessory storage case to keep things organized. The same processor is $199 at Amazon without the spiralizer.
Costco price: $315 for 38 mm display and $345 for 42 mm display (members only)
Costco members can save on the Apple Watch Series 3, which features a faster processor, GPS, waterproof casing, and all-day activity monitoring. (Note that this is not the more expensive model that can use cellular data.) The watches are $329 and $359 at other major retailers including Best Buy.
Costco price: $12.79 in store, $14 online
These adorable potted lip balms are the perfect stocking stuffer, but don't shell out more than $3 a pop at Target or another big-box store. Costco sells a six-pack of Eos in store for $12.79 -- that's only $2.13 for each lip balm – or online for $14. The set includes three organic balms and three "visibly soft" balms infused with cocoa and shea butters.
Costco price: $37
Need a gift to get the kids off their iPads? The Laser X Two-Player Set might do the trick. It includes two blasters, receiver vests and batteries -- everything players need to get started. Blasters have a range of up to 200 feet, and the set allows for both individual or team play. For the same set, you'll pay close to $40 at Walmart and $40 at Toys R Us.
Costco price: $250 (reflects limited-time $80 discount)
An everyday item that's worth splurging on, KitchenAid's stand mixers are a favorite of bakers everywhere. This 10-speed model, available in silver, red, and black, has a powerful 590-watt motor and a stainless-steel bowl big enough to handle the dough for 13 dozen cookies. A similar model sells for $380 on Amazon.
Costco price: $60
If you're really stuck for a gift idea, consider giving a Costco membership to someone who doesn't have one. At just $60, the basic Gold Star membership is cheaper than many of the items on this list and will let your recipient access members-only savings on groceries, household staples, and other goods all year long.