Holiday shopping season fraud stats revealed

There’s a 1% decrease in suspected online retail fraud worldwide during the start of the 2020 holiday shopping season compared to the same period in 2019, a 59% increase from the same period in 2018 and a 14% increase from all of 2020 so far, TransUnion research reveals.

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Holiday shopping season fraud stats

The findings are based on the same-store sales analysis of e-commerce customers during the traditional start of the global holiday shopping season, Thanksgiving to Cyber Monday.

These findings mirror the recent conclusions in the report that found 50% of U.S. consumers are concerned with being victimized by fraudsters this holiday season. The concern is relatively uniform across generations, though Gen X are the most worried about being victimized at 53%.

Heading into the holiday shopping season, the study conducted from Oct. 28 to Nov. 5, 2020 found 37% of 9,515 consumers surveyed globally said they had been targeted by digital fraud related to COVID-19, a 28% increase from the same survey the week of April 13, 2020.

“With the COVID-19 pandemic accelerating the move from offline to online transactions, detecting digital fraud attempts has become paramount for e-commerce providers,” said Shai Cohen, Sr. VP of Global Fraud Solutions at TransUnion.

“In order to avoid cart abandonment with all of these new sales opportunities, it is equally if not more important to ensure consumers are able to make friction-right digital transactions.”

Shopping fraud trends from Nov. 26 to Nov. 30

The percent of suspected fraudulent e-commerce transactions during the start of the holiday shopping season and entire year since 2018:

  • 15.54% from Nov. 26 to Nov. 30, 2020. 13.67% so far in 2020.
  • 15.70% from Nov. 28 to Dec. 2, 2019. 9.80% all of 2019.
  • 9.76% from Nov. 22 to Nov. 26, 2018. 11.12% all of 2018.

The days with the highest percent of suspected fraudulent e-commerce transactions during the start of the 2020 holiday shopping season:

  • Cyber Monday, Nov. 30: 26.03%
  • Saturday, Nov. 28: 12.39%
  • Thanksgiving, Nov. 26: 12.29%
  • Black Friday, Nov. 27: 12.02%
  • Sunday, Nov. 29: 11.68%

The global countries/regions and U.S. cities where the highest percentage of suspected fraudulent e-commerce transactions originated from during the start of the 2020 holiday shopping season:


  • Puerto Rico: 44.4%
  • Greece: 30.9%
  • Hong Kong: 28.3%

U.S. city

  • San Francisco: 9.8%
  • Pittsburgh: 9.7%
  • Los Angeles: 9.6%

Mobile transaction and fraud trends

Also, consumers used a mobile phone or tablet for 58% of their online retail transactions during the start of the 2020 holiday shopping season. That is slightly down from 62% for the same period in 2019 and up from 55% for the same period in 2018.

For the holiday shopping weekend, retail transactions from a mobile phone compared to all e-commerce transactions were:

  • 62.84% on Saturday, Nov. 28
  • 62.68% on Sunday, Nov. 29
  • 60.09% on Thanksgiving, Nov. 26
  • 57.90% on Black Friday, Nov. 27
  • 50.37% on Cyber Monday, Nov. 30

“Customizing a transaction to the type of device a consumer is using contributes immensely to providing a smooth customer

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Weekend Sip’s 12 bottles of Christmas has gift suggestions for everyone on your holiday list

Let’s put aside all the problems of 2020 and turn our attention to the holidays. That means it’s time to joyfully head off shopping for friends and family, for colleagues and neighbors and maybe even for ourselves.

And that means it’s time for a Weekend Sip tradition: the 12 Bottles of Christmas.

Once again, we’ve compiled a list of a dozen bottles, covering the categories of wine, beer and spirits. (And ice cream, too!) We’ve selected items at varying price points, so you can gift anything from a simple stocking stuffer to the sip of a lifetime. Needless to say, the list doesn’t strictly apply to Christmas — the picks will generally work for any holiday or occasion.

Need more suggestions? You can always refer back to our picks from 2019, 2018, 2017, 2016, 2015, 2014, 2013 and 2012.

Oh, and one more thing: Happy holidays!

The ugly sweater bottle (er, can)

We’ve never quite understood the ugly Christmas sweater thing. Such apparel may represent a gleeful way to subvert the season, but it’s still, well, ugly. But we can embrace the ugly sweater when it comes in liquid form. And that is the idea behind Almanac Beer Co.’s Ugly Sweater LOVE Hazy IPA ($16.99 for a four-pack). The Northern California craft brewer, which specializes in what it calls “farm-to-barrel” beer, describes this super-tasty IPA as a “jolly” sip with notes of mango and cantaloupe. But it’s the image on the can of an ugly sweater that may be the real selling point for some. Almanac also puts together other festive holiday items, including a 12-can Christmas sampler and an eight-can Hanukkah one.

The red bottle

You’ll need to have deep pockets for a bottle of Beringer’s Eighth Maker Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon — it’s a whopping $400, which is pricey even by California trophy-bottle standards. But this sip, from the producer that calls itself California’s longest continuously operating winery, may just be worth it for its hearty taste (think blackberries and black cherries, says the Beringer team) and yet surprisingly delicate texture (the tannins are “fine grained,” the producer notes). The packaging is as superlative as the bottle, with the glossy wooden case almost worthy of being used to store prized jewels. The bottle’s name refers to Mark Beringer’s role as Beringer’s eighth winemaker — the company was founded in part by his great-great-grandfather Jacob.

Mijenta ($50) is a clean-tasting tequila with a variety of flavor notes, from honey to pineapple.


The green bottle

In this case, we mean “green” not in the color-minded sense, but in the save-the-planet one. And Mijenta, a small-batch tequila producer, says it takes the environment seriously. The company’s sustainable practices include ensuring all of its packaging — the label and box — utilizes the waste from agave, the plant that goes into making tequila. It’s a laudable mission, but the tequila itself — in its “blanco” (meaning un-aged) iteration ($50) — deserves praise as well. The sip is clean-tasting with a variety

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Shop Drew Barrymore’s Holiday Gift Ideas From Small Businesses

Drew Barrymore is encouraging everyone to shop small this holiday season. The actress’ talk show, The Drew Barrymore Show, is sharing Drew’s Little Book of Small Businesses Gift Guide — filled with the star’s handpicked holiday gift recommendations from small businesses from across the country. 

The show has curated the list from suggestions sent to Barrymore’s Instagram, which resulted in over 70,000 submissions. The gift guide features a great range of small businesses from Wichita-based pottery company Del Norte Studio to Boston’s first Black-owned bookstore Frugal Bookstore. Check back on Barrymore’s gift list as more small businesses will be added throughout the holidays.

Be sure to also check out ET Style’s expansive gift guides, such as gifts under $50, home devices, stocking stuffers, fashion favorites, gifts for teens, gifts for men, candles, pajama sets and more. Holiday shipping deadlines are fast approaching, so ensure your gifts arrive on time by reviewing important cutoff dates and delivery options. 

Ahead, shop gifts from small businesses featured on Drew’s Little Book of Small Businesses Gift Guide. 

Del Norte Studio

a cup of coffee: Del Norte Studio Sprinkl Mug

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Del Norte Studio

>Del Norte Studio

Mexican artist Armando Minjarez’s Del Norte Studio is based in Wichita, Kansas. The studio creates handcrafted, one-of-a-kind ceramic designs such as bowls, mugs, vases, plates and tumblers, “exploring design concepts within the context of public and domestic space,” according to their website.

$45 at Del Norte Studio

Iyanla Vanzant

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Frugal Bookstore/Simon & Schuster

>Iyanla Vanzant

Frugal Bookstore, operated by couple Clarissa and Leonard Egerton, is the first Black-owned bookstore in Boston. The bookstore promotes literacy among children, teens and adults in their community. Ninety-eight percent of their books are authored by people of color, featuring a range of genres in fiction, non-fiction and children’s books. 


$15.29 at Frugal Bookstore

Estelle Colored Glass

Estelle Cake Stand in Blush Pink

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Estelle Cake Stand in Blush Pink

Estelle Colored Glass

>Estelle Colored Glass

Based in Charleston, South Carolina, Estelle Colored Glass creates stunning hand-blown colored glass cake stands and stemware. Named after founder Stephanie Summerson Hall’s grandmother who loved antiques, Estelle Colored Glass combines vintage style and modern sophistication in each piece. 

$225 at Estelle Colored Glass

Queen Bee Jelly

Queen Bee Jelly

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Queen Bee Jelly

>Queen Bee Jelly

Queen Bee Jelly is an online fabric boutique in Washington, D.C., offering beautiful Ankara fabric, also known as African wax fabric, in striking vibrant patterns and colors. The brand also has a collection of beautiful trims, pins, brooches, lace and mud cloth. 


$1 per yard at Queen Bee Jelly

Keller Works

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Keller Works

>Keller Works

Founded by Krystn Keller in Mobile, Alabama, Keller Works makes skin and body products for sensitive skin that’s formulated with natural ingredients, free of irritants and allergens. This set includes Elliott’s Body Butter, Elliott’s Salve and Elliott’s Oatmeal Soap — named

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Holiday online shopping surge tests UPS network

In a year when consumers have turned to online shopping more than ever, holiday purchases for delivery are already starting to test the shipping capacity at UPS.

Drivers for UPS — the world’s largest package-delivery company, based in the Atlanta metro — wrote in online forums this week that they were instructed not to pick up packages at some major retailers as e-commerce orders hit an all-time high Monday.

The shipping restrictions affected retailers including Macy’s, Gap, Nike, New Egg, L.L. Bean and Hot Topic, the Wall Street Journal reported Wednesday.

Instead of visiting stores during the coronavirus pandemic, a growing number of customers are ordering goods online from stores, which then ship the goods to customers’ homes.

Consumers spent $34.4 billion from Thanksgiving through Black Friday and Cyber Monday this year, according to an analysis by software firm Adobe. Monday was the largest online shopping day in U.S. history, according to Adobe.

UPS is trying to spread out shipments over peak and nonpeak times through a longer holiday shopping period to avoid big spikes in volume. It said it set “specific capacity allocations” last weekend and through the holiday season, and worked to ensure large retail customers “are aware of how much capacity is available to them.”

The shipping giant also said it wants to maintain reliability for other customers including small- and medium-size businesses, “which have been hit hardest during the pandemic and are also seeing an increase in holiday volume.”

An overloaded shipping network could mean delays for online shoppers waiting for their items to arrive. Industry observers have warned that this year more than ever, consumers should order items early to ensure they are delivered in time for the holidays, or arrange to order online and pick up items at stores.

UPS spends much of the year preparing for the peak holiday season, including settings plans with some of the nation’s largest retailers on how much they will ship and when.

UPS also imposed higher holiday shipping surcharges on some of the biggest retailers this year to cope with rising costs and deter retailers from putting in a surge of orders at one time.

The shipper said it has added 20 facilities and 14 planes for the peak holiday season, and is hiring more than 100,000 temporary workers.

E-commerce behemoth Amazon also has been hiring more workers and is encouraging customers to consider consolidating their deliveries or having items delivered to Amazon Hub pickup locations.

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7 On Your Side’s 7 tips to bolster your holiday shopping budget

NEW YORK (WABC) — It’s been a year like no other and that extends to holiday shopping. A recent Gallup poll found the average shopper will spend $852 per person. During the pandemic with rampant unemployment, a bill that size could bust some January budgets. So, how do you avoid falling into a financial hole?

It all starts with staying out of debt. The first tip is to make a budget where you prioritize purchases and separate wants from needs. Then the hard part sticking to it.

The second tip is that the best way to stay out of debt is to leave the credit cards at home. Pay for purchases with cash.

The third is to start raising more cash. One way is to sell your unwanted jewelry. But, we recommend shopping around for the best prices.

Fourth, clean out your closet. You can sell unwanted or never used household items on places like Facebook Marketplace.

Fifth, check out cash back apps. Since we are planning on shopping anyway, if you’re not signed up for cash back options you’re saying no to free money.

Sixth, the same goes making sure you activate and use cards which reward you with points. Your reward points can turn into cash. allows you to turn rewards into gift cards or cash transferred to your PayPal account. The rule of thumb is to shoot for a cent per point.

The seventh and last tip is to raid your drawers for unused gift cards. You could turn use them to buy presents, or use a website like to exchange them for another store or cash them out altogether.

RELATED: 7 On Your Side warns of holiday ‘Shipageddon’ due to pandemic


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These Stores Are Open on Christmas Eve for Last-Minute Holiday Shopping

a group of people in front of a building: Wondering if Walmart, Target, and other stores near you are open on Christmas Eve? We rounded up a list of stores staying open on Christmas Eve for any last-minute holiday shopping.

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Wondering if Walmart, Target, and other stores near you are open on Christmas Eve? We rounded up a list of stores staying open on Christmas Eve for any last-minute holiday shopping.

Between preparing a festive feast, holiday shopping, and coming up with a bunch of scenarios for your Elf on the Shelf, you’re bound to forget something on your Christmas to-do list. Well, if you need to do some last-minute shopping, you’re in luck. Whether you need an extra ingredient for your meal or a quick Secret Santa gift, many big box retailers, grocery stores, and retail stores stay open for Christmas Eve. Ahead, we rounded up a list of stores that you stop by on December 24. If you plan on stopping by one of these stores, it’s always best to call your local store before heading out since hours may vary by location.

Stores open on Christmas Eve

Walmart: Stores will be open from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m.

IKEA: Stores will be open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Home Depot: These stores will be open from 6 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Lowe’s: Lowe’s stores will be open for normal hours, which are 6 a.m. to 9 p.m. at most locations.

Costco: Typically, Costco operates normal hours on Christmas Eve.

Target: In the past, Target stores opened at 7 a.m. and closed at 10 p.m. or 11 p.m., depending on the location.

Bed Bath & Beyond: Typically, these stores open their doors from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m on December 24.

Macy’s: During pervious years, Macy’s stores typically closed their doors at 6 p.m. on Christmas Eve.

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Cyber Week holiday shopping deals keep on rolling in

Cyber Week holiday shopping deals keep on rolling in

Save on smart TVs, laptops, headphones, books, and even a Nintendo Switch or two.

As Cyber Monday disappears in the rearview mirror of time and Christmas looms on the horizon like a great black storm, it’s natural to start asking yourself the big questions: Who are we? Why are we here? What’s on sale?Deals are below, but highlights include Hunter’s Tail UV Umbrella Hat for $9.17 at Amazon, Up to 20% off select Samsung QLED TVs with Alexa Built-In at Amazon, Letters From Father Christmas eBook, Tolkien, J.R.R. for $1.99 at Amazon, Beats Solo3 Wireless On-Ear Headphones for $119.00 at Amazon, Lenovo Yoga Smart Tab, 10.1″ FHD IPS Touch, 4GB, 64GB eMMC for $139.49 at eBay, Nintendo Switch with Neon Blue and Neon Red Joy‑Con for $299.99 at Amazon.Sporting Goods / OutdoorsHunter’s Tail UV Umbrella Hat for $9.17 at AmazonTelevisions / Streaming DevicesSAMSUNG 43-inch Class Crystal UHD TU-8000 Series – 4K UHD HDR Smart TV with Alexa Built-in for $297.99 at AmazonUp to 20% off select Samsung QLED TVs with Alexa Built-In at AmazonLogitech Harmony Ultimate One for $54.99 at WootHome AudioUp to 40% off select Samsung Soundbars and Sound Towers at AmazonBest Choice Products 61-Key Beginners Electronic Keyboard Piano Set w/ LED, Lighted Keys, 3 Teaching Modes, Headphones for $119.99 at WalmartMediaLetters From Father Christmas eBook, Tolkien, J.R.R. for $1.99 at AmazonTechBOYA Super Cardioid Directional On Camera Shotgun Microphone for $49.99 at Best BuyNexiGo 1080P Webcam with Microphone for $24.99 at AmazonWearable Tech / Personal AudioSteelSeries Arctis Pro Wireless Gaming Headset – Lossless High Fidelity Wireless + Bluetooth for PS5/PS4 and PC – Black for $239.99 at AmazonBeats Solo3 Wireless On-Ear Headphones for $119.00 at AmazonComputers / PC PartsMicrosoft 365 Family 12-month subscription with Auto-Renewal + $50 Amazon Gift Card for $99.99 at AmazonAcer Nitro 5 15.6″ Full HD 144Hz IPS Display, Intel Core i5, NVIDIA RTX 2060, 16GB DDR4, 256GB SSD + 1TB HDD for $799.00 at WalmartHP Cyber Monday Last Chance SaleLG 34GP83A-B 34 Inch 21 9 Ultragear Curved QHD (3440 x 1440) 1ms Nano IPS Gaming Monitor with 144Hz and G-SYNC Compatibility for $799.99 at AmazonTablets / SmartphonesLenovo Yoga Smart Tab, 10.1″ FHD IPS Touch, 4GB, 64GB eMMC for $139.49 at eBayPower / ChargingTACKLIFE P16 150W Portable Power Station 167Wh 45000mAh Battery Generator with Dual 110V AC Outlet 3 DC Ports 2 USB Outputs for $99.95 at Amazon Ontel Battery Daddy, 180 Battery Organizer and Storage Case with Tester for $19.99 at AmazonApparelFestive Dumpster Fire T Shirt for $15 at WootBlack Diamond LightWeight ScreenTap Gloves for $11.73 at REIKitchenInstant Pot Duo Plus 9-in-1 Electric Pressure Cooker, 6 Quart, 15 One-Touch Programs for $89.99 at AmazonUp to 30% off Le Creuset Cast Iron, Stoneware and Kettles at AmazonOtterbox Elevation 64oz Growler for $28.99 at WootContigo Coffee Couture AUTOSEAL Vacuum-Insulated Travel Mug, 14oz, Blue Slate for $8.23 at AmazonBella Egg Cooker for $7.99 at Best BuyImusa USA 14″ Light Cast Iron Wok

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Shippers scramble as holiday shopping goes online

COLONIE — Merchants told us to shop early. Health officials told us to stay home.

The result? An avalanche of online purchases that is burying parcel delivery trucks and postal carriers.

UPS, which normally operates one daily round-trip from Albany International Airport, upped that to two round-trips by early November, then doubled it again.

This week, UPS began operating four round-trips from Albany most weekdays. Each of the Boeing 757s can carry up to 88,000 pounds, or 44 tons, of cargo.

“It’s an indication of the online shopping that’s going on nationally and in the Capital Region,” observed airport spokesman Doug Myers.

UPS has also altered some of its package pickups to match demand with its capacity, UPS spokesman Jim Mayer told the Times Union, after The Wall Street Journal reported that drivers had been instructed not to pick up some packages from its largest customers following Cyber Monday promotions.

“Agreed upon strategies for our largest customers include shifting package volume away from the heaviest demand shipping days, fully utilizing weekend capacity, and aligning promotional strategies with capacity,” UPS said in a statement.

The early shopping advice did help reduce Black Friday crowds as the coronavirus accelerated its spread. And consumers  benefited from sales that began as early as late October.

“More than half of holiday shoppers took advantage” of the early promotions, said Melissa O’Connor, president and CEO of the Retail Council of New York State.

The number of consumers shopping online only during Black Friday weekend surged 44 percent, according to the National Retail Federation, to 95.7 million.

The state Retail Council this year established an online shopping portal for smaller merchants who otherwise might not have an online presence. So far, the website has more than 550 participating retailers, said O’Connor.

They, too, needed to ship, said UPS.

“UPS is committed to maintaining the reliability of its network for other customers, including small- and medium-sized businesses, which have been hit hardest during the pandemic and are also seeing an increase in holiday volume,” UPS said. “The network capacity for our SMB customers must also remain strong to help the recovery of this vital part of the economy.”

The online surge didn’t come as a surprise, and shippers tried to prepare. UPS added flights, while FedEx hired 70,000 extra employees for the holidays. The U.S. Postal Service also ramped up hiring for the period.

“America is moving its shopping online in massive ways and while USPS is ready to do its part, we are greatly encouraging our customers to do their part as well,” U.S. Postal Service spokeswoman Maureen Marion told the Times Union. “That means order and mail as early as possible.”

At Albany-based CommerceHub, which provides order fulfillment technology for major retailers including Best Buy and Walmart, Senior Vice President, Strategy & Promotion Erik Morton wrote that the pandemic brought online shopping “to a new level, and it’s here to stay for the holidays.

“What’s more, in-store Black Friday is gone as we know it,”

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Simplr Consumer Survey Reveals Outsized Role of Customer Service in Online Holiday Shopping Plans

SAN FRANCISCO, Dec. 3, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — The global pandemic is continuing to reshape the retail sector, fueling $189B* in anticipated online holiday sales and forcing brands to wage a virtual battle for customer loyalty. Retailers that enter 2021 with a tailwind will be those that elevate their customer service, according to a survey of 750 consumers conducted in October 2020 by Simplr, in which 90 percent of consumers who shop online said exceptional customer service is important when choosing where to shop. That loyalty translates into revenue, as six in 10 consumers said they will give a retailer more business if it provides exceptional customer service.

Retailers cannot risk an online letdown, given that consumers surveyed estimate a 60 percent increase in their online holiday shopping from last year.

“If CX leaders think they’re ready for the digital stampede, they should know that more than half of consumers we surveyed don’t share that optimism,” said Daniel Rodriguez, CMO of Simplr, a human-first, machine-enabled customer experience platform.

Fifty-five percent of consumers do not believe, or are unsure, that their favorite online retailers can handle the volume of customer service inquiries this holiday season. Perhaps to combat that concern, 82 percent expect to shop online at stores they know and trust.

The NOW Customer wants fast, around the clock, responses to their inquiries

Six in 10 consumers said their customer service expectations are set by the standards of the best retailers. When asked what elements are key to exceptional customer service, consumers said:

  • Fast response time: 60 percent
  • 24/7 customer service: 41 percent
  • Connecting via live chat or email: 37 percent
  • Online chat with a person 24/7: 33 percent
  • Complex questions handled professionally, with empathy and respect: 30 percent

“The expectation from consumers of immediate responses delivered anytime, across multiple channels, in an efficient yet empathic manner defines what Simpr calls the NOW Customer,” said Rodriguez.

The unseen role of reviews when the NOW Customer is neglected

One-third of consumers surveyed said they have experienced being ignored or “left hanging” by a retailer when they have had a request or inquiry. That neglect does not go unnoticed by consumers, as half said they are “extremely or very likely” to tell a friend and/or post on social media channels about the negative experience; that rises to 55 percent among frequent shoppers and 63 percent among those aged 21-34.

Many retailers are kept in the dark about consumers’ negative experiences with their brand, as 45 percent of consumers said they do not want to leave negative reviews. While brands might see a lack of negative reviews as an indicator of customer service success, consumers’ reasons for not leaving a negative review may ultimately damage a brand. When asked why they do not leave negative reviews, surveyed consumers said:

  • I just want to move on from that retailer: 54 percent
  • I can’t be bothered to take the time to leave a bad review: 31 percent
  • I feel badly about leaving a bad review:
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The Best Gift Baskets For Everyone On Your Holiday List

It’s fair to say that gift baskets have a bad rap. Typically, they contain too many snacks and nicknacks that no one wants because they’re mediocre at best, all wrapped up in an absurd amount of cellphone. But while that may be the case for most, there are some actually good gift baskets out there that deliver joy.

Several worthwhile options exist, from large companies that sell gourmet products—Stonewall Kitchen and Williams Sonoma come to mind—ands boutique brands that make curation and presentation a priority, to local purveyors who hand-package their artisanal products.

There are also sites such as Mouth that allow gift-givers to create personalized boxes for recipients. And the platform Goldbelly, which brings food from local restaurants all over the country right to peoples’ doorsteps—something that’s particularly useful to those small businesses right now.

Here’s a rundown of some of best gift baskets you can give this holiday. With treats and goodies anyone would enjoy, there’s bound to be something here for everyone on your list.

Best Gift Baskets For a Taste of Everything

Balducci’s Hostess With the Mostest Basket

This gift basket is filled with superb savory items—and a few sweets thrown into the mix. Perfect for the person who loves to sample products with different flavor profiles, it has everything from Kalamata fig spread with almonds to Sable and Rosenfeld olive bruschetta, plus caramelized walnuts and Balducci’s delicious sea salt caramels.

Harry & David Season’s Best Gift Basket

Harry & David is famous for their bountiful holiday gift baskets, and they’re popular for a reason. All the sweet and savory treats are solid quality and the fruit is especially flavorful—and great to have around midwinter when the selection at the supermarket is less than stellar. This basket includes pears, gouda and hickory-smoked summer sausage, plus everyone’s movie night favorite: Moose Munch.

Best Gift Baskets For Brunching

Zabar’s Quintessential Zabar’s Basket

If you know someone nostalgic for New York comfort food, this gift basket is the perfect gift. Zabar’s is an institution that’s been around since 1934, and this package includes nearly everything it’s famous for. There’s classic LBC (that’s lox, bagels and cream cheese), plus ingredients for a hearty pastrami on rye with deli mustard. There’s also a ceramic Zabar’s coffee mug thrown in as a keepsake to remember the extravagant feast.

Stonewall Kitchen Taste of New England Gift Basket

It’s tough to go wrong with anything from Stonewall Kitchen, as their dry mixes, jams, condiments and other products are all excellent and reasonably priced. The lucky person who receives this gift basket will get cozy New England winter vibes delivered straight to their home. Inside is pancake and waffle mix and Maine maple syrup, along with orange cranberry scone mix and assorted jams for spreading.

Fortnum & Mason Deluxe Tea Bag Assortment

Send someone the gift of proper English tea with this lovely set from the London’s Fortnum & Mason, filled with 120 sachets of their fine teas. All the familiar standards are included,

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