IF YOU’RE LOOKING for a few gift
ideas, Liz Elsner, vice president of
merchandising for costco.com,
recommends the following items.
1. .85 ct Diamond Heart Penda nt
Holiday Suspended from a 17-inch box chain, this
white-gold heart showcases three large
center diamonds surrounded by a row of
DIGI TAL VISION
2. Remarkable Gift Basket (Item #924327)
helper This gift basket is overflowing with delicious
treats, including Italian-style sesame bread-sticks, chocolate-covered graham crackers,
butter cookies, mozzarella cheese swirls
3. Canon 20D Camera (Item 856606)
This digital camera is ideal for advanced
Costco.com delivers variety, value amateurs and professional photographers.
It features an 0.2-second start-up time, top
shutter speed of 1/8000 of a second, built-in
By Stephanie E. Ponder multi-controller for fast focus-point selection
and a refined magnesium body for go-any-
WITH GAS PRICES still making headlines, photos. And members can share their holiday where photography.
experts predict many people will forgo tradi- memories with family and friends by upload-
4. Panasonic 50-inch Plasma TV
tional holiday shopping in favor of buying ing photos at costco.com. (Item #960600)
online. What better way to conserve gas than Members who enter their e-mail address This TV can display
8. 58 billion colors in up to
to visit the newly redesigned costco.com to on costco.com receive e-mailed notices of hot
2,048 different shades of gradation. With a wide range of audio and video connection
cross off items on your holiday list? buys. The Web site also offers a warehouse options, this
50'' plasma TV can be the heart
With members in mind, costco.com locator and a list of Costco gas stations. And of your home entertainment system.
underwent its first big change in more than members are able to renew memberships,
5. Garmin Street Pilot (Item #941238)
five years. “We’ve updated our look and submit and track rebates and see what’s new in This GPS unit has a color screen and voice-
improved navigation with horizontal roll- the warehouses on costco.com. prompted directions to help you get where
over categories and drop-down menus,” Costco.com also gives members a place to you’re going. Package includes an instructional
says Ginnie Roeglin, senior vice president of find out about employment opportunities, DVD, cables, vehicle suction-cup mount and a
e-commerce. Costco’s financial statements, corporate news dashboard adhesive disc.
That means that within two clicks releases and links to the Online Edition of
6. Fezzari Mountain and Road Bikes (Item #11042400)
an item can be located and put in your shop- The Costco Connection. High-grade Fezzari bikes are made of the finest
ping cart. Ginnie encourages members to explore components and are performance oriented and
Other features of the redesign include costco.com’s treasure-hunt quality—like that race ready.
enlarged product images with a zoom feature of the warehouses. She says in addition to cat-
7. Saeco Espresso Machine (Item #917405)
that allows a closer look. Members can also egories such as electronics, furniture, sporting Discerning coffee lovers will appreciate this
search by brand, price, size and color—depend- goods and jewelry, new categories and items machine, which converts coffee beans to a cup
ing on the item. Improved search capabilities keep popping up on the Web site. Categories of espresso at the press of a button. Every cup is freshly ground, tamped, brewed and
will help members find items faster and easier. such as gourmet foods, baby products, pet dispensed with consistent high quality.
What hasn’t changed about costco.com is supplies, home décor and corporate gifts are
8. Game Boy Micro Bundle (Item #954033)
its wide selection of items not available in the finding an ever-growing online presence. This smaller, sleeker and brighter model has
warehouse. In fact, more than 90 percent of “We hope members will come to the site all of the power to play your favorite Game
the Web site’s offerings—more than 3,500 and find unique items,”Ginnie says. Boy Advance games. It comes with two addi-
items—are online only. When shopping for Christmas, allow ade- tional faceplates, earphones, impact-resistant
All items sold online can be returned to quate time for delivery. Most orders placed by game cases and a carrying bag.
any Costco warehouse for a full refund, in- mid-December will be delivered by Christmas
9. Rogar Champion Wine Opener
cluding shipping fees. If an item is too large to morning. Large items, such as furniture, (Item #719419)
Functional and attractive, this opener
be easily returned to a warehouse, members require extra delivery time. can uncork or recork wine with one effort-
can contact costco.com by e-mail—through Costco.com uses the most up-to-date less move.
the “Help” link on the home page—or phone security measures, Ginnie notes, including
10. John Deere 12-Volt Ride-on Vehicle
1-800-955-2292 to request a prepaid UPS credit card encryption. “The site is secure so (Item #490616)
shipping label. no one can access your information and our This sturdy two-speed John Deere Gator has
Another way costco.com helps make the policy is not to share or sell e-mail addresses a gigantic dumping bed with an opening tail-
holiday season easier is through the “Photo without permission from our members.” gate, super-size wheels, adjustable seats and
a see-through windshield. Complete with a
Center” link. Members can order holiday So for a fun and efficient holiday shopping working gearshift, this vehicle travels on dirt,
cards or order gift items, such as mouse pads, experience, without battling crowds, check out grass and hard surfaces at 2. 25 and 4. 5 mph.
mugs and calendars, that feature their favorite costco.com. C