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Gifting season is finally upon us, and it’s tempting to click “Buy” no matter the cost. But with much of our mindset focused on budgeting this year, we knew there had to be a way to treat our loved ones (and ourselves!) without breaking the bank. A great way to do that? Focus on little luxuries — those small-ticket items that feel special but don’t cost a ton.
Big-box stores, like Costco, are known for their big-ticket items, but if you look a little closer you can fill your cart with decadent gifts for everyone on your list for less than $10 each. Here are seven little luxuries you can find at Costco this holiday season.
1. Vermont Creamery Double-Cream Cremont, $8.79 for 5 ounces
This double-cream cheese with edible rind is a decadent addition to any cheese board. The cheese is made in Vermont from cow’s milk and goat’s milk. Spread this luxuriously smooth and creamy cheese on crusty bread or crackers.
2. Sanders Dark Chocolate Sea Salt Caramels, $9.99 for 36 ounces
Buttery caramel is covered in smooth dark chocolate and topped with just the right amount of sea salt in these two-bite candies. Sanders chocolate-covered caramels are available year-round, but I always pick them up at the holidays. Wrap a red ribbon around the jar and you have the perfect gift for teachers, neighbors, and friends.
3. Karens Bakery Danish Puff Pastries, $7.89 for 16.9 ounces
Every year I’m on the lookout for specialty sweets to serve alongside homemade holiday cookies and these pretty puff pastry sandwich cookies are perfect for that. This fanciful version of Vienna Fingers swap the cookie for crispy, sugar-coated puff pastry and a not-too sweet vanilla filling.
4. Schwartz Brothers Bakery Everything Bagel Chips, $7.89 for 15 ounces
Senior Contributing Food Editor Kelli Foster introduced me to these bagel chips via her Instagram feed this fall and they’ve completely replaced my standard snacking cracker. The bite-sized chips are seasoned with everything bagel seasoning. Crumble them over soups and salads instead of croutons, serve them with mild creamy cheeses, or nibble on them straight from the package.
5. Butter Croissants, $5.99 for 12 croissants
6. Fuyu Persimmons, $4.49 for 2 pounds
Citrus may be your go-to fruit for the season, but if you’ve already eaten your fill of oranges, give persimmons a try. Fuyu persimmons ripen on the counter, as avocados do, getting brighter in color and sweeter in flavor. Eat out of hand like an apple (even the skin is edible!), toss in a farro salad, or use them to make an elegant persimmon strudel.
7. Sugar Bowl Bakery Palmiers $8.89 for 32 ounces
These crisp, buttery French cookies are an easy way to instantly elevate your holiday get-togethers. They’re just the thing to serve with an afternoon cup of tea — or a glass of Champagne.
What little luxuries have you splurged on from Costco? Share your picks in the comments below.