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from the publisher’s desk
WE ARE PLEASED to present our annual holiday issue,
filled with great articles, ideas and gift suggestions to help
you prepare for and enjoy the upcoming season.
Our cover story this month on page 30 features
Costco.com. The website carries a number of products
found at Costco, including apparel, gift cards, appliances,
mattresses and big-screen TVs, as well as many items that
are not available in the warehouses year-round, such as
indoor and outdoor furniture, one-of-a-kind jewelry (see
Buying Smart, page 112), safes, and sports and exercise
equipment, all for delivery to your door, and you’ll find the
same great quality, value and no-hassle return policy as in
our warehouses. We also offer a wide selection of office
supplies for next-day delivery at a great savings over other office-supply stores.
In addition, you can upload your photos, refill prescriptions for warehouse pickup or
home delivery, and even book your next vacation with Costco Travel, all from our website.
Be sure to download our mobile app, available at i Tunes and Google Play for your
smartphone, or shop on your tablet whenever or wherever you choose.
Gift baskets are a very popular choice, especially for clients and employees. You will
find a wide variety of baskets containing fruit, candy, cookies, cheeses, meats and more on
Costco.com and in our warehouses. Read about our selection on page 26.
This issue also has an expanded arts and entertainment section, starting on page 36,
filled with plenty of gift suggestions of books, movies and video games for every age.
Annette Alvarez-Peters explores great wine and cheese pairings for your holiday parties on
page 77. And finally, we have included an expanded holiday gift guide of warehouse and
online items starting after page 124.
Be sure to pick up our 12th annual free Costco Way cookbook, in the warehouses the
day after Thanksgiving, and check out our Black Friday and Cyber Monday hot buys on
Costco.com. Happy Hanukkah and happy Thanksgiving from all of us at Costco! C
Ginnie Roeglin is Senior Vice
President, E-Commerce and
Publishing, and Publisher of
The Costco Connection.
from the editor’s desk
David W. Fuller
LAST MONTH I announced my retirement from Costco.
This month I bid you, the readers, farewell.
I want to leave you with a concept I learned recently.
It is the Japanese concept of ikigai (ee-key-guy). Although
I have been a student of Japanese history and culture since
I majored in it in college, this was a new one for me.
Ikigai means “a reason for being.” To quote from
Wikipedia: “Everyone, according to the Japanese, has an
ikigai. Finding it requires a deep and often lengthy search
of self.” Or, to put it more simply, it is a person’s reason
for getting out of bed each morning. Those who find their
ikigai become passionately involved in a focused activity.
For some, their ikigai is a passion for making wine, for some it is martial arts, for
some it can even be weeding.
I am certain that, other than my family and close friends, my ikigai has been The
National Geographic photographer David McLain explained the concept to me.
According to McLain, who traveled the world to talk to and photograph those people
who live longest—often well past 100—although they share very few traits, all of them
tend to have found their ikigai.
Good news or bad news for someone retiring?
I think good. Because, really, what I have had the good fortune of being able to do
in this column and in this magazine is share with appreciative readers stories about the
wide and wonderful world. I thank you for being an important part of my ikigai.
Dear readers, I hope you, too, will search for, find and follow your ikigai and in doing
so will make the most of your good fortune.
If you care to follow my future exploits, or would like to tell me about yours, you can
do so at
Until then, my friends. C
David W. Fuller is Assistant
Vice President, Publishing, and
Editor of The Costco Connection.