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I've worked at Costco for 18 years. Here are 10 things I'm buying there for the holidays.

Producers eggnog; Gingerbread house kit at Costco
I recommend picking up the Producers Dairy eggnog and Create a Treat gingerbread kit.Veronica Thatcher
  • I've worked at Costco for 18 years so I have a few favorite items to get during the holidays.

  • The Modern Gourmet cocoa caddy and Hostess winter snacks are super festive.

  • The box of eight Squishmallows ornaments would make a great stocking stuffer, especially for kids.

As a Costco employee, I have a few recommendations for which products to get this holiday season.

Here's what I'm picking up at Costco.

The Mohawk holiday mats are just too cute to pass up.

Mohawk gnome rug at Costco
The Mohawk holiday mats come with gnome or truck designs.Veronica Thatcher

I was so happy to see the Mohawk holiday decorative outdoor mats when they came in.

My location has two designs: a graphic with three gnomes and a holiday-truck print.

The 24-by-36-inch mat is perfect for an entryway and has a recycled rubber backing.

Spruce up your lawn with the LED deer family.

Lighted deer family decorations
The lights on the deer family can twinkle or stay illuminated.Veronica Thatcher

The set of three deer with LED lights is holiday decor that my location sells out of each November.

The set of deer features 656 cool-to-the-touch LED lights and can be used indoors or outdoors.

The deer have two-function lights that can twinkle or stay illuminated. Notably, the LED deer require some assembly.

The Kong play pack is a perfect gift for pets.

Kong play pack chew toys for pets
I can't wait to give my dogs the Kong play pack.Veronica Thatcher

My pets are like my children, so I added the Kong set of four dog toys to my cart. Each box comes with four plush pets with squeakers for added entertainment.

It comes with the weave knots monkey, a tugger knots lion with a knotted rope inside, a Huggz Koala bear, and a soft plush overstuffed bear made with fleece for snuggling.

The Modern Gourmet cocoa caddy is perfect for those with a sweet tooth.

The Modern Gourmet cocoa caddy
The Modern Gourmet cocoa caddy comes with four different drink mixes.Veronica Thatcher

The Modern Gourmet coca caddy can be the cutest addition to your holiday bar or be a gift for those with a sweet tooth.

Each caddy features six glass bottles filled with mini marshmallows, crushed peppermint candy, and four flavors of hot-cocoa mix: milk chocolate, snickerdoodle, salted caramel, and s'mores.

The Producers Dairy eggnog is festive and delicious.

Producers eggnog at Costco
The Producers Dairy eggnog is really tasty.Veronica Thatcher

Bring in the holidays with traditional Producers Dairy eggnog, an item most Costco locations will have in stock throughout December.

It's rich and creamy so I always want another glass. I usually enjoy eggnog by itself or use it in a holiday recipe.

I like to snack on the Hostess winter treats each holiday season.

Hostess winter Snowballs and holiday cupcakes
The Hostess treats are a fun way to bring holiday cheer to your kids' lunches.Veronica Thatcher

Bring the holiday spirit to your kids' lunches, parties, or at-home snacks with the Hostess Winter Snoballs and holiday cupcakes.

Each box contains 28 individually wrapped cupcakes, including 12 Snoballs made with chocolate cake and 16 holiday cupcakes made with yellow cake.

Each year, I gift the Starbucks tumbler set.

Starbucks tumbler set
The Starbucks tumblers come with cookies, hot cocoa, and coffee.Veronica Thatcher

You can stuff the tumblers with even more gifts or just give them as is. They come with a hot-cocoa mix, cookies, or Starbucks Verona coffee.

The Create a Treat gingerbread cookie kit makes for a fun holiday activity.

Gingerbread cookie kit at Costco
The Create a Treat cookie kit is a fun gift, too.Veronica Thatcher

Bring the family together by decorating the Create a Treat pre-built gingerbread chateau cookie kit.

Each kit includes cookies, assorted candy, a piping bag, icing, a pre-built house, and two trees.

I think the quality and sturdiness of the gingerbread are outstanding, and of course, love that it's an edible decoration.

I'm planning to gift the Berkshire faux-fur throw.

Berkshire faux fur throw at Costco
The Berkshire faux-fur throws are soft and cuddly.Veronica Thatcher

The Berkshire textured faux-fur throw would be a perfect gift for all ages, and I already plan on giving a few to family and friends this season.

The 60-by-70-inch throw blanket comes in three colors, including white, gray, and brown. It's made from 100% polyester.

If you need a gift for kids, try the Squishmallows ornaments.

Squishmallow ornaments at Costco
Each box of Squishmallows comes with eight ornaments.Veronica Thatcher

The Squishmallows 4-inch ornaments can be a fun and kid-friendly way to bring some brightness to your holiday decor.

Each box contains an assortment of eight ornaments, making them a great stocking stuffer.

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