When considering the magic of the holiday season, you might not immediately think of a huge wholesale warehouse where you can buy a 50 pack of toilet paper alongside grass-fed beef and pinot noir, but perhaps you should. Costco has a lot more to offer than you'd think this time of year, beyond the cookie platters and aluminum foil and giant bottles of ibuprofen. If you're in a bind, there are so many last minute gifts to pick up from Costco that are just as good (if not better) than what you'd get elsewhere.
I've been there myself. You've put off those last few gifts until the last minute and suddenly, you have four hours to shop and you still need to buy groceries, pick up wine, and get dinner squared away for the evening. What should you do? It's simple: Go the heck to Costco, the land of all things right and good, and get everything done all at once. Also, if you're really lucky, you will get there on a good sample day at the Costco wine store, and you'll stop caring whether or not the appetizers are perfect, because all of those free spirits are making you a little more of a free spirit, yourself.