Make their Christmas bright (and your wallet happy) with these delicious treats from Costco.

By Stacey Ballis
December 10, 2020
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Tired of stressing your holiday gift hunt? Welcome to the perfect solution: luxurious or unusual food gifts! Everyone can use some deliciousness in their lives, and even now, with entertaining at a minimum, having some celebratory food gifts on deck can make for some excellent indulgences.

Costco is one of my go-to spots for affordable luxury gift items. Whether I am bundling a few into a nice basket or just letting them be a solo offering, they are a great way to offer some holiday love to the people in your life! And while Costco features some specials around the holidays, here are my top 7 year-round items that they almost always have in stock, which are just as wonderful for host gifts or birthday presents or even little pick-me-up offerings. Even better? If the person at the top of your list this year is YOU, these all land solidly in that area of self-care that needs no excuse.

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Sweet gifts to pick up or order online!

Sweets for the sweet is a good adage, and Costco always has a strong game in this arena. Whether it is premium chocolates or international specialties, you’ll be sure to find something to wrap.

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Godiva Assorted Chocolates

Godiva is one of those luxury brands everyone recognizes, so I love to give their assortment boxes to the chocolate lovers in my life.

Buy it: Godiva Assorted Chocolates ($18.79),

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Tipiak French Macarons

Delicate French macarons are the perfect gift for the host or hostess in your life, your favorite tea drinker, or anyone who is a Francophile. This assortment box of 36 in 6 flavors will be a welcome addition to anyone’s larder.

Buy it: Tipiak French Macarons ($18.65),

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Le Chef Caramel Stroopwafel

Sometimes I love to give something a bit unexpected, and these Dutch style stroopwafels are a favorite. Delicate waffle cookie sandwiches filled with caramel, they are designed to be placed over your cup of coffee or tea where the steam warms the caramel and softens the cookie, for a lovely and indulgent eating experience.

Buy it: Le Chef Caramel Stroopwafel ($11.18),

Savory gifts to pick up or order online!

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Kirkland Parmigiano Reggiano

Not everyone has a sweet tooth, and around the holidays, there is often an overabundance of the sugary stuff. So, if you want to gift something savory, it can really stand out! Good aged Parmesan is the gift that keeps on giving. This generous pound and a half wedge is the perfect present for the foodie in your life; wrap it with a microplane grater for an even more special gift.

Buy it: Kirkland Parmigiano Reggiano ($21.85),

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Foppen Norweigian Smoked Salmon Slices

Every fancy gift basket from the expensive gourmet stores includes a package of smoked salmon—usually at prices that make you wince. But this generous 12-ounce package of Norwegian smoked salmon in three flavors is as affordable as it is delicious.

Buy it: Foppen Norwegian Smoked Salmon Slices ($13.42),

Spirits gifts to pick up or order online!

For those who indulge, the holidays mean celebratory tipples. Costco is always a smart place to buy wine, beer and spirits: The prices can’t be beat. Never has there been a better time to drink the good stuff, so here are some great options to seek out.

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Veuve Clicquot Champagne Brut

Champagne is the gift that is always welcome; one can never have too much. And the trademark orange label of original Veuve Clicquot is always the one your friends or family will be hoping for.

Buy it: Veuve Clicquot Champagne Brut ($54.69),

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Four Roses Bourbon Small Batch Select

Looking for something a little stronger? The brown-goods drinkers in your life will be so grateful for a special bottle. Four Roses is one of the best brands out there, and their Small Batch select bourbon is truly holiday worthy.

Buy it: Four Roses Bourbon Small Batch Select ($67.19),