15 Great Last-Minute Costco Gifts for Grads

Celebrate the new graduate with these amazing Costco buys.

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Updated June 6, 2024
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Costco is known for its bulk buys that can help you save money on groceries. But the warehouse club is also the perfect place to find all the affordable gifts a new grad could want.

From bedding and bath items for their first dorm to electronics that can make academics easier, Costco’s bargains make shopping for a soon-to-be college student a breeze.

So, if you’re in a pinch, check out the last-minute grad gifts you can find at Costco right now.

Editor’s note: prices are subject to change and may vary by location.

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South Point 4-Piece Sheet Set

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Price: $13.99 on sale from $17.99

Is the new grad going off to college? They’ll need a twin XL sheet set to fit their new dorm bed.

This four-piece pack includes one printed flat sheet, one printed fitted sheet, and two matching printed pillowcases for one low price. And bonus, this set is wrinkle-resistant, fade-resistant, and machine washable.

Novaform Roll Out Lounger

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Price: $39.99

Dorm beds are notoriously hard. This roll-out lounger adds two inches of cushiony memory foam.

The new grad can use this under-$40 gift on top of an uncomfortable bed or take it outdoors for a quick (and comfortable) picnic. The machine-washable cover makes this bonus bed easy to care for.

Caro Bath Towels

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Price: $7.99

These soft bath towels are absorbent and cozy. The 30x58-inch sheets come in four different color/pattern options.

You can mix and match the towels or create your own standard set. At under $8 per towel, you can afford to gift the grad with a few of the bargain buys.

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M&M’s Candy

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Price: $18.99

This sweet last-minute gift will get you plenty of thanks. The share-sized plastic canister holds 62 ounces of the chocolate-coated confection and has a resealable lid. New grads can start snacking ASAP or save the classic candy for a dorm room treat.

Crumbl Cookies Gift Cards

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Price: $79.99

Help the new grad stretch their food budget with this gift card treat. Crumbl Cookies are a favorite among the college crowd for a reason.

But the ooey, gooey desserts come at a cost. This four-pack of gift cards eliminates the need for the student to pay for their sweets. You’ll get four $25 gift cards for $79.99.

FritoLay Classic Mix

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Price: $23.99

Super-size the snacking experience with this Costco bulk buy bargain.

The FritoLay box of 54 classic chips includes 12 packs of Cheetos, four packs of Ruffles Cheddar and Sour Cream Flavored Potato Chips, four packs of Lay’s Barbecue Flavored Potato Chips, seven packs of Fritos, eight packs of Lay’s Classic Potato Chips, seven packs of Cool Ranch Doritos, and 12 packs of Nacho Cheese Doritos.

Conair Extreme Steam and Iron

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Price: $57.99

Quickly press and steam pants, shirts, dresses, and more with this two-in-one bargain. With 1875 watts of power, this turbo steamer gets the job done in less time.

The Conair iron features four settings, a 10-second heat-up, a bristle brush, and a delicates bonnet for added protection. Use the extra blast option to steam away stubborn wrinkles.

Delsey 2-Piece Hardside Luggage Set

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Price: $99.99

Whether the new grad is going on a post-high school trip, needs to pack for college, or is taking a gap year to travel, they need luggage.

This two-piece set features a TSA-accepted combination lock, removable/washable lining, a 70/30 split opening, and dual-density spinner wheels.

The carry-on size piece is 22x14x9 inches and fits approximately three to six outfits, while the larger trunk is 28.7x16.3x14.1 inches and can store 10 to 12 outfits.

Get a protection plan on all your appliances

Did you know if your air conditioner stops working, your homeowner’s insurance won’t cover it? Same with plumbing, electrical issues, appliances, and more.

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AirPods 3rd Generation

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Price: $169.99

These AirPods are a popular present if you want to splurge on the new grad. With spatial audio and dynamic head tracking, the earbuds create a full-surround sound.

Other features that make these a top gift include sweat and water resistance, up to six hours of listening time per charge, easy setup, a comfortable contoured design, and compatibility with other Apple products.

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Whether or not you’re a new homeowner, a home warranty from Choice Home Warranty could pick up the slack where insurance falls short and protect you against surprise expenses. If a covered system in your home breaks, you can call their hotline 24/7 to get it repaired.

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JBL Charge 5 WiFi Pro Wireless Speaker

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Price: $139.99 on sale from $179.99

This big-ticket techy gift may cost more than some other presents, but the special grad in your life will appreciate the high quality of this portable speaker. And, compared to specialty retailers, the Costco price is a bargain.

The dual-band WiFi-enabled Bluetooth speaker has a 20-hour battery life and a waterproof, dustproof design.

Anker Fast Charge 2-Pack

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Price: $29.99

You can never have enough wall chargers. This Anker two-pack includes a three-port 67W wall charger with two USB-C ports, one USB-A port, and a 30W one-port USB-C charger.

The new grad can use this gift to charge their tablet, laptop, and other compatible electronic devices.

Vornado Air Circulator

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Price: $49.99

Keep cool with this Vornado air-circulating fan. If the new grad’s apartment or dorm room seems stuffy, they’ll appreciate this gift.

The Vornado has three speeds, digital touch controls, an adjustable eight-hour timer, and a 90-degree tilt head. This fan also features a contemporary flat panel design with a modern look.

Brita Champlain Water Filter Pitcher

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Price: $42.99

Dorm room water may not have the best taste. Give the gift of fresh water — minus mountains of plastic bottles.

This Brita pitcher has a 10-cup capacity and comes with two filters. The BPA-free device reduces chlorine, mercury, cadmium, and copper in tap water and has a filter life indicator. As the name implies, the pitcher's easy-fill lid makes it easy to fill.

Greenmade 40 Gallon Storage Tote

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Price: $18.99

Make moves easy with this 40-gallon tote. The heavy-duty material will keep everything from clothes and shoes to textbooks and sports equipment safe.

This is a bargain at under $20, and it even has a snap-on lid.

Costco Membership

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Price: $60 for Gold Star

Your Costco membership has served you well. Share this cost-saving gift with the new grad. Now that they are a young adult, they’re ready to start shopping independently. But this doesn’t mean they know how to stay on budget or can find the best bargain buys.

The $60 Gold Star membership gives the graduate access to the warehouse club, the ability to shop on Costco’s website, and a second card for someone else in their household.

Bottom line

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The warehouse club has everything a new grad could want and more. If you don’t have time to scour the stores for the perfect present, a smart Costco hack is to check the many options at affordable prices the warehouse offers.

Along with graduation gifts, you’ll also find plenty of everyday essentials, prepared food, frozen meals, and more at low Costco prices. This makes it easy to stay on budget and keep your spending in check.

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Erica Loop

With more than a decade of experience writing about everything from e-commerce to pets and parenting, Erica Loop has written for sites such as BuzzFeed, Brit+Co, Tinybeans, Family Education, and Care.com. Erica has a bachelor’s degree in Liberal Arts and an MS in Applied Developmental Psychology from the University of Pittsburgh.