I used to have a really hard time figuring out the perfect gift to give to friends and family for birthdays, weddings, or baby showers. Then I decided to give a friend a Costco membership for their baby shower. They loved it and are still members several years later to save on lots of things year round. So, really, what kind of gift can you give that is better than that? I had initially thought it would be a good idea because I know you can get good deals on diapers and baby wipes, formula and other new baby necessities. However, it really does translate to just about any big new moment in life. And I’m not the only one that thinks so.
I read a funny story the other day about Ryan Seacrest giving Justin Bieber (yes, I know, and that is probably the first and last time I will mention them on my blog) a Costco membership for his 18th birthday. How funny is that? And here’s a little quote from Ryan Seacrest about the gift:
I’ve known you for a few years and I’ve been waiting for this moment because there’s something I’ve wanted to give you on your 18th birthday. It’s something that I love. My buddies and I used to use this quite a bit when we were roommates. It’s a lot of fun.
Should I be frightened that Ryan Seacrest and I think alike when it comes to gift giving?
Dave and I have also given a membership to some friends that bought their first house for a house warming gift. Think of all the stuff you have to buy when you get a new place and you can easily see the benefit of a Costco membership. The same is true when you’re getting married or moving out on your own for the first time. I’m not yet at the point where I know a lot of new college graduates, but if I did, I would totally buy them a Costco membership too.
If you’re in the US or Canada it is easy to buy the gift of membership at Costco.com or Costco.ca. In the US, for $55.00 you can buy a certificate that can be used to get a Gold Star membership for a year. In Canada, you can buy a Gold Star membership for $55.00 or a Executive membership for $110.00. In either case, you get a certificate that you can give to the lucky recipient and they take that to their local Costco and sign up for their shiny new membership. So easy! And if the recipient happens to have a membership already, that is okay because they can still use your gift certificate to renew their existing membership or to upgrade to an Executive membership. You can also buy one of these membership certificates in your actual Costco warehouse too, not just online, at least that is the case in the US. I’ve not tried buying a gift membership in any other countries, so I don’t know how it would work in other places.
There are so many things that you can get at Costco and you can save so much, it really is the gift that can keep on giving with all the savings that you can rack up simply by buying things that you need or want anyway. As I’ve said numerous times before on this blog, Costco isn’t just about buying food or office supplies in bulk. There are a number of non-bulk purchases that you can buy at Costco, that you could get someplace else, but you’ll likely pay more at the other store, such as:
- Televisions, DVD players, game systems, computers, printers, cameras, portable hard drives, stereos or iPod players, and other assorted electronics.
- Vacuum cleaners, mixers, blenders, fans, coffee makers, food processors, pots, pans, dishes, glasses, silverware, irons, toasters, kettles, refrigerators, freezers, washers and dryers.
- Sheets, pillows, duvets, blankets, towels, bath mats, kitchen towels, mirrors, lamps, furniture, plants, rugs, storage racks and plastic bins, light fixtures, light bulbs, framed artwork, your own photos on canvas, and a few other things to decorate and organize your home.
- Bathroom fixtures, paint, tile, laminate flooring, tools, ladders, work lights, cleaning supplies and some other items to complete your DIY projects.
- Books, software, clothes, socks, shoes, coats, gloves, glasses and contacts, diapers, baby wipes, makeup, hair dryers, vitamins.
So, if you think about that list of items, you can easily see how Costco makes a great gift for people at various points in their life. Honestly, I think a Costco membership rocks as a gift, though I could be a bit biased. Do you give Costco as a gift? Have you ever received a Costco membership as gift?