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8 Surprisingly Fancy, Healthy Food Gifts You Can Get at Costco

By Anne Montgomery
December 15, 2023
Image Credit: Lindsey Engelken for Clean Plates

We may primarily associate Costco with massive stacks of toilet paper and 40-pound bags of dog food, but this store is actually full of surprises: hidden among the monster packs of laundry detergent, you can find tasty, tasteful gifts for everyone in your life — at a surprisingly great price point. Each of these selections is a healthy choice for the nutrition buff in your life, readily available on the shelves of your local Costco. Prices and availability may vary among locations.

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1. TRE Olive Calabrian Gift Box

The packaging of this gift is beyond beautiful, and that’s nothing compared to the contents: two half-liter tins of high-quality extra virgin olive oil, plus four spreads: an olive tapenade, pesto Genovese, bruschetta Calabrese, and Calabrian chili pepper. This is a beautiful gift that will last long past the holidays — and a great introduction to a brand that does some cool stuff (like letting you adopt your own olive tree).

(TRE Olive Calabrian Gift Box; $69.99)

2. Sonoma Creamery Pepper Jack Crisps

These Keto-friendly, gluten-free crisps are little protein powerhouses — and they’re delicious, too. The pepper jack and 10-month-aged parmesan cheeses offer real cheese flavor with a spicy kick, and they’re made with rBST-free cheese, so you can feel good about them being artificial hormone-free. This is a great, small present that can be easily dressed up with a little tissue paper and a holiday gift bag.

(Sonoma Creamery Pepper Jack Crisps; 10 oz, $8.99)

3. Vacaville Fruit Company Dried Fruit and Nut Wooden Gift Tray

This is, honestly, a visually stunning gift, as well as a healthful one: a dried fruit flower is nestled on top of an array of fruits and nuts, including pistachios, almonds, dates, and peaches. Arranged on a reusable, handmade wooden tray, this is the gift that keeps giving — when the fruit and nuts run out, your recipients can use this for entertaining (or just around the house). This gift is certified Kosher, too.

(Vacaville Fruit Company Dried Fruit & Nut Wooden Gift Tray; 56 oz, $42.99)

4. Kirkland Signature Unsalted Fancy Mixed Nuts

OK, so you’ll definitely need to dress this bag up a bit (it’s another gift bag item) but there’s no denying that these nuts are a stunning value at just $18. A combination of cashews, almonds, pistachios, and pecans, they’re all prepared and packaged in the U.S. This is an excellent no-sodium selection, which is great for those struggling with high blood pressure.

(Kirkland Signature Unsalted Fancy Mixed Nuts; $18.69,  40 oz. bag)

5. Wine Advent Calendar 24 Imported Half Bottle Variety

OK, this one is pretty spendy, but it’s also a really fun present, and a great gift for anyone (or any couple) who loves wine. This collection offers an interesting, international collection of 24 wines, and we love that they’re half-bottles, which means they pour just 2.5 glasses. It’s a great way to taste a much wider selection while more easily limiting alcohol intake to a heart-healthy amount.

(Wine Adventure Wine Advent Calendar 24 Half Bottles; $119.99, available online in CA only)

6. Terra Delyssa USDA Organic Extra Virgin Olive Oils

Lemon, red pepper, garlic, and rosemary-flavored olive oils would be a welcome, heart-healthy addition to any gourmet’s pantry. They’re ideal to enhance a fresh salad, for drizzling over soups, or to liven up some steamed broccoli rabe. It’s a great value, too: you get two separate packs of four bottles of oil for the price, making each gift less than $22 each.

(Terra Delyssa USDA Organic Extra Virgin Olive Oils; $42.99, 2 packs of 4 8.5oz bottles)

7. La Marca Prosecco

What could be more festive than a bottle of bubbly? This exuberant Italian prosecco is wildly popular for a reason: delicately citrusy, with green apple, a bit of toast, and a hint of sweetness in the finish, it is the quintessential party beverage. Despite the elegant Tiffany blue label, this sparkler doesn’t take itself too seriously; it’s a great holiday gift at a very attractive price.

(La Marca Prosecco; 750 ml, $12, unavailable online)

8. New English Teas Vintage Breakfast Tea Tin

If you bought this gift just for the beautiful blue tin, we wouldn’t blame you. However, this pretty tin is absolutely packed with 240 teabags full of antioxidant-rich black tea — an absolutely amazing value, considering the price. In fact, we saw this exact same tea tin is listed for $18 more at a similar store.

(New English Teas Vintage Breakfast Tea Tin; $12) (unavailable online)

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