Details: Let's face it, we're so 2000 and late if we don't have some sort of Fitbit yet. Being able to text and call from a watch may help make your life a whole lot easier. This smartwatch from Fitbit has Amazon Alexa built-in plus different fitness features, sleep tools, different applications and more than six days of battery life.
Details: A waterproof speaker is a must during any season in Canada. This JBL portable speaker is set to last for up to 20 hours of playtime and can wirelessly connect with up to two smartphones or tablets.
Details: This humidifier has a built-in timer setting for up to 12 hours, a programmable humidity target, mist intensity and mist temperature. It also has an essential oil tray for all your favourite scents.
Details: This toaster oven with air fry lets you reduce your overall cooking time drastically. It has interior lighting built-in, three rack positions, and 10 preset cooking functions, including Air Fry, Slow Cook, and Dehydrate.
But since it's Costco, this isn't just regular Christmas stuff. Much of it is ridiculously gigantic or over-the-top in some way, shape or form. If you want to go all out this holiday season, here are some Costco finds that may inspire you.
Full-On Nativity Scenes
Details: You don't need to go to church to be regaled with the story of Jesus' birth. This handpainted, 13-piece nativity scene can be displayed in your very own home. It's available at all Costco locations throughout November.
Giant Lindor Truffles
Details: Lindt LINDOR chocolate truffles make delicious treats and gifts any time of year but especially at Christmas time. Instead of getting a bag of regular-sized Lindor truffles, you can get one humongous 550-gram truffle at Costco — perfect if it's being gifted to a giant or if you keep telling yourself you're only allowed one chocolate per day this holiday season. This is available at the Anjou location as well as other locations.
Details: This ornament is so big that it'd cause your tree to topple over, so you'll have to place it somewhere else instead. Luckily, there are LED lights so it's snazzy enough to be standalone decor. This is available at the Anjou location and will be available at other locations sporadically.
Dolce & Gabbana Chocolates
Details: Sometimes regular chocolate just won't do. That's when you need designer chocolate. The fashionista in your life might appreciate this Dolce & Gabbana collaboration with Baci and hopefully, the chocolate tastes as good as the packaging looks. In Montreal, you can only get this at the Anjou location.
Advent Calendars... For Dogs
Details: Dogs shouldn't miss out on the fun of advent calendars just because they're, well, dogs.
Ham As Big As Your Head
Details: Serrano ham adds a little Spanish flair to your Christmas tradition. What's more, you probably won't run out because you can get a whole leg of it at Costco.
Details: If you love Christmas window displays, you can basically turn a corner of your home into one with a mechanical Christmas village that plays music and has moving parts, such as trains that run on tracks spinning Christmas trees. These are available at the Anjou location and will be available at other locations sporadically.
Details: Cuckoo clocks are already "extra" to begin with. Combine them with Christmas music and you've got yourself something doubly extra for this holiday season. These are available at the Anjou location and will be available at other locations sporadically.
Stamps By The 100
Details: If you still use snail mail and have a LOT of friends, these stamps will get you through the Christmas card season. Santa himself might go for these stamps if he sent gifts via Canada Post instead of the old sleigh and chimney method.
Montreal Costco fans rejoice — a brand new 155,733-square-foot location just opened up in Anjou.
If you're a true Costco addict, you may be wondering, "Isn't there already a Costco in Anjou?" The answer is yes. But that location (on rue Bombardier) closed and will be converted into a Business Centre. Meanwhile, the area's regular Costco Wholesale has moved a short, five-minute drive away to Boulevard des Sciences.
Costco Wholesale called the new Anjou location "bigger and better." We checked it out on opening day, October 27, and it totally lives up to the hype!
The new Anjou Costco Wholesale is 20% bigger than the previous location with 20% more shopping carts (literally 1,000 of them), 900 parking spots, 18 gas pumps, thousands of products for sale and a whole new self-checkout section.
The new Anjou Costco has many beloved items that will be familiar to Costco regulars, ranging from big tubs of Nutella to Kirkland brand clothing to frozen food from local restaurants like Schwartz's smoked meat.
Ken Saumure, regional marketing manager, pointed out the Italian market section. He said it has goods you won't find at other Costcos because it's representative of the area's prominent Italian population.
Costco-goers will be happy to know that samples were in full swing — all individually portioned and wrapped in a COVID-19-friendly manner. This included a whole roll of Werther's Originals and a full-sized Orangina.
A new, bigger and improved Anjou Costco is opening soon with an expanded offering.
The new Costo Anjou is moving a short, five-minute drive away from the current location on rue Bombardier to a brand new building on Boulevard des Sciences.*
According to information shared with MTL Blog, the new Anjou location will create 50 additional jobs. Current jobs listed on the Anjou Costco careers page include positions in sales, loss prevention and even in the bakery, though it's unclear whether these actually represent unfilled positions at the new location.
There will also be a new gas station and more parking spaces.
The new Costco Anjou will be located at 9401 Boulevard des Sciences. It will officially open on Wednesday, October 27.
This article’s cover image was used for illustrative purposes only.
*Editor's note: A previous version of this article misstated that the new Costco location would be a Business Centre. We've updated the article with correct information.