When it comes to holiday shopping, sometimes it’s easier to buy the presents that go under the tree rather than the ones that go into the stockings hung by the chimney with care.
Finding items that are small, inexpensive and durable enough to spend the night crammed under other goodies can be tough. Fortunately, warehouse club Costco offers plenty of options for people of all ages. And remember, shipping is one of the things that, in some situations, members can get for free from Costco.
Many Costco items can be purchased online by nonmembers, but you’ll want to pony up for a membership to get the best prices.
However you shop, here are some stocking stuffer suggestions to consider.
Chewing gum or mints
Do you need a dozen boxes of gum for yourself? Probably not. But if you have a lot of stockings to fill, Costco’s bulk packs can be a cheap way to fill space. And if gum isn’t your family’s thing, you’ll find several brands of mints for sale at the warehouse club too.
Almost everyone can use lip balm, and it’s a virtual necessity in cold climates where dry weather can result in uncomfortable, chapped lips.
Costco offers a selection of lip balm value packs — all from EOS brand — that make for inexpensive stocking stuffers when you consider the per-unit cost.
Does Fido have his own stocking? Or maybe someone in your house is a dog lover. Either way, Costco has a multi-pack of durable chew toys.
Nontoxic dryer balls
For the domestic goddess in your life (or god, as the case may be), Nellie’s Lamby Dryerballs can be a fun addition to a stocking. They serve a practical purpose but also have a nice aesthetic. What’s more, they aren’t necessarily the type of thing that people often think to buy for themselves.
Candy or chocolate
It wouldn’t be Christmas without candy, and Costco has no shortage of options. Warehouse clubs are stocked with containers of salted caramels, boxes of assorted chocolates and bags of truffles. For a variety of candies you know your kids will love, look for the Kirkland Signature variety bags that contain M&Ms, Twix, 100 Grand and more.
Sticky notes — more commonly known by the brand name Post-it — are another welcome stocking stuffer for all ages. Kids love being able to doodle and post their creations wherever they want while adults find them useful for both personal and work purposes. Costco has them in assorted colors and sizes.
Golf or tennis balls
When you are stumped for stocking stuffers, you can’t go wrong with golf balls or tennis balls for those who play those sports. Sure, they are a bit impersonal, but they are oh-so practical. And that’s what makes them so perfect.
Candy seems to be the go-to holiday treat for stockings, but sometimes you want to balance out all that sweet with a little salty. For that, Costco stocks plenty of granola bars, energy bars and trail mixes to buy in bulk.
If you are looking for the most bang for your buck, a Kirkland Signature variety pack can be an economical choice. It includes a good mix of items at a cost that works out to only 71 cents apiece online.
Experts say we are in for a nasty flu season. Meanwhile, RSV is sending parents and children to emergency rooms while COVID-19 is still making the rounds as well. So tucking some vitamin C into stockings this Christmas might be a smart move.
Costco sells Emergen-C drink mixes in bulk, and while there is no guarantee it will keep you healthy, plenty of studies tout the benefits of vitamin C, including its ability to boost the immune system.
Here’s another option for the pet owners in your life. Costco sells pet wipes in packages with fun patterns. Designed to be both pet- and human-friendly, these lightly scented wipes are perfect for cleaning up a four-legged friend after he helps himself to some leftovers or before he tracks dirt inside.
If you haven’t already heard, Squishmallows are all the rage right now. These stuffed toys live up to their name and have a satisfying squishy-ness when squeezed. While you can buy a jumbo version of this toy for under the tree, Costco also sells multi-packs of 4-inch Squishmallows that are perfect for stockings.
Right now, you can choose from several varieties:
Now, we know what you might be thinking: Who wants toiletries for Christmas?
Second, frequent travelers might appreciate having items — such as shampoo bars — that can be easily tucked away into luggage or placed in carry-ons without drawing the scrutiny of TSA agents who are on the lookout for liquids.
With so many of us relying on digital technology to communicate and pay bills nowadays, stamps may seem like a quaint gift. However, they will certainly be appreciated by anyone who still sends Christmas cards or letters via snail mail.
If you buy stamps at Costco, you won’t get much of a discount compared with the current going price. But getting them from the warehouse club can save you time and a trip to the post office.
Hand and toe warmers
This is another great gift for those in cold climates. These handy little packets can be tucked away in gloves and mittens to keep your hands toasty for up to eight hours. Costco has both hand warmers and toe warmers.
These are great for those who work or play outside, but your gift recipient doesn’t have to be an ice fisherman to use them. Anyone who goes sledding with the kids, likes to take walks or goes shopping at an outdoor mall will appreciate this stocking stuffer.
For many people, a candle is the perfect, consumable gift. It’s something they can use, enjoy and then toss or recycle. Unlike candy, candles won’t help the recipient pack on pounds, and in the event they don’t like candles, it can be easily regifted.
Costco shoppers will find both traditional and flameless candles at the warehouse club. There are a variety of scents and styles available, and depending on your purchase, prices can be less than $3 per candle.