Whether you're decorating, preparing for a holiday meal, or buying gifts, we found sites with a great selection.
Many holiday traditions are born in the kitchen. The heavenly scent of ham (or goose) wafting through the house tells you it's Christmas. Did your great-aunt invent the Miraculous Edible Fruitcake recipe? Or was pannetone your grandmama's specialty? Whatever brings back the memories for you, we found someone making it and selling it online. It's nice to know that your tradition is shared and a whole lot easier than deciphering that recipe from Great Aunt Flo.
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Infinitely more than a fruit-of-the-month club, this site takes gifting seriously. If the entire clan is coming, spring for the Family Feast Basket ($99.95) of pears, apples, smoked salmon, cheese, baklava, and other tasty treats.
Traditional and comforting, like most of this company's products, the two-pound golden fruitcake ($19.99), in a decorative tin, makes a great hostess gift and has none of those "funny green bits" that the kids won't touch.
The best of everything for your kitchen from bakeware to cook's tools (great stocking stuffers) to gourmet delights. Fresh from Sonoma, the free-range turkey ($66-$93, 14-22lbs.) is fed only natural grains and vegetable protein for an authentic turkey flavor. Ensure a tasty bird-add the Turkey Roasting Essentials kit ($25) to your order, complete with thermometer, metal lacers, twine, cheesecloth, frills, recipes and instructions.
From salmon to sweets, the delectable treats here are as lovely as the clothing, gifts and home products from this Oregon retailer. Guests need to nibble so give them something they can sink their teeth into like the crispy, cheesy Prestige Savoury Biscuits ($14.50) from a family-owned bakery in Holland or the pleasantly spiked Tipsy Olives ($10), onions ($10) or cherries ($8).
Famous for their smoked meats since 1873, Harrington's offers a luscious selection of gourmet foods and Vermont specialties. On Christmas morning treat your guests to Grandpa's Favorite Breakfast ($29.95) -- sure to please early risers and sleepyheads alike with its bacon, Canadian bacon, maple syrup, honey and buttermilk pancake mix.
Try some Arkansas smoked meats from a company that has been delivering their smokehouse specialties since 1946. Don't count on leftovers when you serve the whole hickory-smoked turkey ($59 for 9 to 11 lbs.)
These folks have 80 years of experience making hard candies, such as handmade small candy canes ($1.25 each, minimum of 12) and the decadent chocolate-dipped variety ($3 each, minimum of three). These are the most beautiful candy canes we've seen.
Known for their meats and seafood, they also carry caviar, salmon, cheese straws and other delectables. Expecting a crowd? Order the filet/lobster combo ($261.95)) and get half-pound filet mignons and eight-ounce lobster tails for 10.
Here's a real country store, from the penny candy to the flannel nighties. Where else can you find handmade sugar plums ($14.95 for 8), scrumptious plum compote enrobed in rich, dark chocolate? Sweet dreams!
Since 1944, the folks at Figi's have brought us baked goods, chocolates, nuts and more. Why stuff all the treats in the stockings when you can decorate your tree with the Christmas Classics ($19.99), a collection of 12 Victorian-inspired box ornaments containing candy or chocolate and even a tiny Teddy bear.
Browsing here is like wandering around your favorite gourmet food store full of select cheeses, meats, seafood, coffees, teas, desserts and other quality goodies. Expecting a crowd? Save your energy for entertaining and order the party assortment-cocktail party for 25 ($139.95), a mouthwatering array of fine cheeses, sausages, smoked salmon, capers, Rubschlager cocktail bread and much more, that works equally well as an appetizer course.
Wherever you are from in the good ole USA, you are sure to find a familiar flavor here. There's a pie for every palate in the Dessert Party from Mississippi (Fudge, Plantation, Lemon, Chess, Macaroon and Praline, $40 for 6 pie mixes)-just add eggs and butter and bake!
Be a hit at any holiday party this season when you present the host with a pound of rich, ready-to-brew coffee. A pound of Dunkin' Donuts' Original Blend ($6.99) or one of many flavored varieties ($7.99) makes a perfect gift for any java fan. The site also includes gift ideas, such as coffee brewing accessories and gift packs, for other coffee lovers in your life.
Deck the halls, the tree, the table, and any place you want to make merry by browsing at your leisure through our selection of decorative sites. Are Radko ornaments your passion? We found a site with a dazzling assortment. If cooking is your reason for living, set your holiday table in grand seasonal style. We found interior designs for every decor.
Elegant gifts for the discerning shopper abound at this luxurious site. Serve fruitcake or angel food cake on the porcelain Partridge Cake Set ($34 for plate and server) gaily decorated with lovingly rendered pears, ribbons, greenery and a pleasingly plump partridge.
Filled with things both practical and pretty for your home, the selection here gracefully combines form with function. Cheers for the Lyric goblets ($6.95 each) in lustrous cranberry or evergreen and the jewel-like Czech glass bead Poinsettia napkin rings ($19.95 set of 4).
Offering reproductions and original designs by artists, the gifts from the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston are always inspiring. Celebrate the true meaning of Christmas with the Mexican ceramic nativity ($68), a traditional creche of 12 hand-painted terracotta figurines.
Everything you love about JCPenney (particularly the great merchandise and the great prices!) is just a click away. On a shelf or a mantel, Santa is sure to find your stocking when it¿s hanging from one of these Hand Painted Stocking Holders ($11.99 each) made of heavyweight resin featuring traditional Christmas scenes.
Always warm and friendly, children and adults love the animated exuberance of Disney decor. Is this a job for a man or a mouse? A mouse, of course! Mount the Santa Mickey wood wreath holder ($18) on any door and let the legendary Mickey hold up your wreath with his white-gloved hands.
They say that everything is bigger in Texas, and everything is better at Neiman's. Put those really big cookies in a Christopher Radko "Holly Jolly Santa" cookie jar for a really jolly holiday ($94.95).
Once a Delaware country estate of Henry Francis du Pont, Winterthur now hosts a collection of early American fine and decorative arts and offers tasteful gifts for you and your home. Share the season's greetings; the Santa Claus card holder ($26), with the crackle-painted finish, will ho-ho-hold onto more than a dozen of your favorite holiday cards.
At this charming country store you can light up your life with a traditional Swedish candle chimes ($12; box of 20 extra candles, $5.95). The rising heat from the candles makes the angels dance.
A toast to the dizzying assortment of wines on the Internet. Our favorite sites describe each wine, since it's not always obvious what's "oaky" or "just okay." For the connoisseur, there is an incomparable selection from the most obscure to the most exclusive. Order by the bottle for those intimate family gatherings or by the case for the big holiday bash. (To order from these sites, you must be over 21 and provide proof of age.) Sip your toddy while you mull over our spirited selection.
Wines galore and plenty of information make this site a pleasure to navigate and shop. Not sure what wine would complement your holiday feast? These experts can recommend a wine for any occasion, like the Vacheron 1999 Sancerre Blanc ($18.49) or the Ficklin 1988 Vintage Port ($26.59) both great choices for winter entertaining.
One of the only sites to feature beer, Sam knows his wine, spirits, beer, and more. The Two Brothers Prairie Path Ale ($5.99/6 pack, $22.79/case) adds an authentic American flavor to the holiday meal, as does the Knob Creek Bourbon ($23.29/bottle, $123.99/case).
Great attitude, great style, and great selection make this site a blast to navigate. We particularly like their wine and food matchmaker and the Cellar-in-a-Box, an assortment of 6 to 12 wines that changes monthly. To accompany your holiday feast, try this crispy Chardonnay, Mâcon-Villages, Roux Pére & Fils '99 ($8.99/bottle, $97.10/case), from the "Top Ten Under $10" section.
Wine inventory listings are updated daily here. After you've delved into their incredible cellar, come up for air with the Oxford Landing Shiraz ($8.40/bottle, $94.50, case), a delightful South Australian wine.
Featuring 5,000 wines, including organic, Wally's has been L.A.'s premier wine store for 31 years. For a good conversation starter, consider the organic 1991 Mont St. John Cabernet Sauvignon ($4.99).
Add a touch of elegance to the dinner table with a Classic Crystal European Duck Decanter ($64.95). Whether you are serving Bordeaux, Chardonnay or champagne, you'll always have the proper glass with Riedel Vinium 8-piece Gourmet Sampler Set ($104.50).
With five experts online to help you select the ideal wine, a large and varied assortment and plenty of information, this site is a sipper's paradise. White wine lovers can try the award winning Gewurztraminer Hofstatter 1999 ($23.99/bottle, $275/case) while red wine aficionados might prefer the Rockland "York Creek" Petite Sirah ($23.99/bottle, $275/case).
When the spirit moves you, check out this site for wines and the Premium Bar Sampler ($100 for 6) with six premium bar basics to entertain every taste.
Take care of your wine with the racks, glassware, corkscrews and other accessories here, like the Vacu-Vin wine saver system, one pump and two stoppers ($13.99) that removes the air from opened bottles. Cope with the inevitable spills with the Wine Away set ($19.95) that removes wine stains from fabric and carpet.
A quality selection makes choosing a wine a pleasurable adventure. The choosy will enjoy the La Famiglia Mondavi 1997 Colmera, a blend of six Tuscan grapes -- limited to one bottle per order ($48).
Beer fanciers will cheer at the selection of 500 beers from around the globe. Browse by brewery, country or style to find favorites like Brooklyn East India Pale Ale ($7.60 a six pack) and the Belgian classic Chimay gift pack ($14.19) featuring one each of Rouge, Cinq Cents and Grand Reserve, plus a Chimay goblet.
Prefer to do-it-yourself? Here are winemaking and beer making kits (starting at $64.95), books, tips, and ingredients to make different styles of wine or beer. Tote your latest vintage in the Connoisseur Wine Bag ($39.95), an insulated carrier that holds three bottles.
Behind every great job is a great boss! Show your appreciation with a heartfelt holiday gift your boss will treasure. We put in some overtime to find just the right sites to please the most demanding bosses (and shoppers).
Get gadgets and gifts for playful yet discerning grown-ups at this online version of a mall favorite. Bosses go bonkers for the Fisher Space Pen Futura ($34.95)-unlike you, it works upside down, under water and in zero gravity!
Famous for their fruit, the online store is filled to overflowing with bountiful baskets ripe for the giving. Luscious pears, apples, chocolate truffles and chocolate mints fill the "Happy Holidays" basket ($32.95) and will fill your boss with good cheer.
When you want the best, come to the place that has been "Offering the Best, the Only and the Unexpected since 1848" -- Hammacher Schlemmer. Functional yet graceful, the Unbreakable 53 oz Serving Pitcher ($34.95) is made of polycarbonate, the same material used in bullet proof glass, and is perfect for any beverage your boss prefers.
Bring a touch of class to any office with luxurious furniture and accessories from Levenger. Light up your boss's life with a Leather Flashlight ($19.95). Wrapped in smooth leather for an easy grip, it comes in three snazzy executive colors-blue, tan and red.
Make a first class impression with these impeccable gifts in exquisite wrappings, complete with hand-written gift cards. If golf is your boss's game, try the St. Andrews Golf Balls ($19.50 for 6), from the world's oldest golf course and embossed with the St. Andrews crest.
Exciting and elegant, the office decor and accessories here have a contemporary flair. Help your boss contain those ubiquitous Post-It notes with the Leather 3"x5" Post-It (registered trademark) Holder, in black, forest green or burgundy.
Isn't it romantic? We just fell in love with these fabulous sites full of gorgeous gifts for you and your beloved. Your heart will skip a beat when you find the perfect something for your perfect someone.
A gift giver's paradise, this online gift shop is devoted to eminently presentable presents. Soothing and sensual, the aromatherapy gift set ($45) has 5 essential oils in fragrances like lavender and sandalwood to put your honey in the mood for love.
Imported directly from Belgium, these heavenly chocolates are sinfully good. Your darling will melt into your arms when tempted with the 1lb. Pralines General Assortment ($24).
Fragrant flowers and charming gifts for all occasions can be found here. Woo your Wonder Woman or Superman with roses- give the December's Rose-Romantic Red ($49.99) dozen long stemmed roses to your personal hero or heroine.
Anything that comes in one of Tiffany's signature pale blue boxes, wrapped with flowing white ribbon, has to be a treasure. Perfect for earrings or cufflinks, the heart box ($250), made of sterling silver and lined with velvet, will lovingly embrace your sweetie's precious trinkets.
The beautiful, long lasting candles and accessories here, will add a romantic glow to a rendezvous for two. You'll fall in love all over again under the spell of the Love Rituals Candle ($14.95), scented with rose, ylang ylang and moss, perched upon the small Hand Formed Brass Pillar Plate ($4.95).
Filled with cosmetics and fragrances for women and men (and children!), Sephora keeps you looking and smelling great. May the Magical Moments Bubble Bath ($15 for 9 oz.) live up to its promise and bring you and your beloved a truly enchanted evening.
As they develop their own tastes, styles and opinions, shopping for teens can be a challenge. We've made it easy for you with our terrific gift suggestions. There's something here for every adorable adolescent but, when in doubt, get gift certificates, available at all the sites listed here.
A favorite mall stop for teens, this clever gadget and gift store is sure to have some cool thingamajig your teen is longing for. Wake up and boogie with the Dancing Robot Musical Alarm Clock ($19.95) -- it's cute, blue and you can give it a gentle bop on the head for an extra five minutes of snoozing.
Listen to sound samples before you buy a CD, at the online Tower Records store-you may not share their taste but at least you'll know what they are listening to. There is every style of music here from the pop vocals of Destiny's Child (Survivor, $13.99 CD) to the funky musings of Macy Gray (The Id, $13.99 CD).
Teens love their music, electronics and computers, all of which you will find here at reasonable prices. Headphones are a teen necessity (or so they say) so spring for the Sony MDRG56V Street Style (registered trademark) Digital Reference Headphone ($24.99) with a behind-the-neck band and supportive ear cups.
A virtual emporium of "prep" style for young men and women, Abercrombie's cachet is legendary among teens in the know. He'll look cool in the Baldwin Vintage Ski Sweater ($39.90, on sale) and she'll adore the 100% lambswool Taylor Marled V-neck Sweater ($39.50), in six soft colors.
When you're in need of a good giggle, browse this silly site for a sublime selection of stuff whose sole purpose is amusement. Alleviate teen insecurity with the Affirmation Ball ($7.95) a yellow, smiley "magic 8-ball" style toy that answers all questions with validating responses like "Your breath is so minty" and "You look marvelous".
Clever design and creative products make this artsy site ideal for teen gifts you can live with. If it seems like they spend every waking hour on the phone, invest in the Egg Phone ($17.95), a 2" x 3" egg-shaped phone that comes in 5 vibrant colors, lights up when it rings and has a hands-free headset.
One of our favorite holiday rituals is watching the kids open their gifts-their delight is a joy to behold. Wow your little wonders with wonderful gifts from these fun-filled sites. Babies and big kids alike will cherish the marvelous toys, games and books we've found for you to share.
When the elves need a break, Santa shops here at the KB Toys online store. Whatever the weather, Rain or Shine Barbie ($15.99, ages and up) is prepared with a working umbrella and a backpack that becomes a beach chair. The LEGO Classic building toy ($17.99, ages and up) has 355 pieces with instructions for 4 models and gives little hands something constructive to do.
Toys for all, from tots to teens, are here for the browsing. Who can resist the tail slapping, marble catching hilarity of Hungry Hungry Hippos ($15.99, ages 3 and up)? It requires no reading skills and delivers non-stop fun. A new take on an old favorite, Play-Doh Wacky Scents pak ($7.99, ages 3 and up) is a creative tactile and olfactory experience kids will love, featuring scents like purple splurple and yellow funshine sunshine.
There are plenty of unique and imaginative toys here for any age. Great for budding architects or homemakers, the durable plastic Complete Design House ($249 for all 9 rooms or $29.99 per room, ages 4 and up) has working lights and sound effects and comes with plenty of realistic furniture and accessories. The rooms are interchangeable-start with one or two rooms and a White or Black Doll Family ($16.95 each, family of five, ages 4 and up), and add on when you wish.
Classic, timeless toys, beautifully crafted and ready for the next generation of fun are here in abundance. Kitchy Koo Babies ($8.95, ages 1 and up) were designed for babies and toddlers to cuddle but everyone will want to give their soft little bodies an affectionate squeeze. For crafty kids, this is the ultimate stop for craft kits; make suede moccasins from the Moccasins kit ($14.95, ages 7 and up) or decorate for the season with the Window Stars kit ($9.95, ages 6 and up), a great family activity.
World renowned for its toys and collectibles, FAO offers exceptional quality and selection. Browse the FAO exclusives section for treasures like Shaggy the Tabby Cat ($13.99, ages 3 and up) and Tripper the West Highland Terrier ($13.99, ages 3 and up), cute and cuddly plush critters looking for a good home. Strike up the band with the Soldier Bear "Music in a Drum" Set ($35, ages 3 and up)-7 plastic instruments that fit inside a sturdy, clear drum.
You'll find lovely dolls, clothes, books and much more for girls of all ages, here. The American Girls Collection features premium quality dolls and books, each from a different period in American History, like the Victorian beauty Samantha ($84 for doll and book set, ages 8 and over). Choose a doll that looks just like your little darling from the 21 different American Girl Today dolls ($84 with a blank book for your child to fill in with her own story, ages 8 and over).
Science toys for girls and boys from Edmund Scientifics, the catalogue for science and engineering enthusiasts. Make your own yummy gummies with the Gummy Candy Making Kit ($10.95, ages 8 and up)-did you know that the secret ingredient is seaweed? Cut up and assemble the 160 pieces of the Paper Clock Book with Pendulum ($15.95, ages 10 and older) and you will end up with a working wall clock in no time.
Your kids will have so much fun playing they won't notice they're learning with the stimulating toys, games and kits from this educational catalogue site. Ballerinas, theater buffs and designers will love the Nutcracker Ballet Theater ($29.95, ages 5 and up) featuring 10 punch out paper dolls to color and accessorize complete with a backdrop for a command performance. Put a bounce in their step with the Real Soccer Ball kit ($19.95, ages 6 and up) containing a regulation soccer ball and non-toxic paints just waiting for that personalized touch.
Folks with babies will find everything they need and desire here, from diapers to strollers to toys. Two toys in one, the Turnaround Teether and Rattle ($6.95, ages 3 mos. and up) is a soft-bodied, smiling bug with a split personality-ladybug on one side, bumblebee on the other! Hold onto the little treasures your little treasure is so attached to with Fun Links ($7.95, set of 24, birth and up) colorful links with textured surfaces for teething.
Look no further for the children's books, computer games and video games your kids are clamoring for--go to Amazon.com. Turn a reluctant reader into a book lover with the magical "Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone" ($6.29, Book 1, paperback). Quizzical kids love playing the "Who Wants To Be A Millionaire Kids Edition" ($19.99, Mac and Windows) and everyone wants the new Game Boy Advance ($99.99) full of bigger, better hand-held fun.
Finned or furry, pets are part of the family; we live with them, play with them and celebrate the holidays with them. Return their unconditional love with a grrrr-eat gift from these popular pet supply sites we found online. Don't expect a thank-you note -- a grateful nuzzle or a satisfied purr says it all.
Browse by breed, "squeak" or "dog size" to find the ideal toy for your best furry friend. Pups, big and small, love Animal Talkers ($7.97 on sale), plush pals that "talk" when squeezed. You can listen to all the Animal Talkers "speak" (including the perky Goldfish!) to help you choose the right one for Rover.
For the purebred and the pure of heart, you can search by breed or personality to select the purr-fect present for your favorite feline. Kitty will enjoy batting practice with the Heard that Bird Rocker ($11.95), a plush birdie on a spring that chirps as it bobs.
Every pet deserves a present and there is certainly a present for every pet here. Ferrets fancy the Super Pet Ferret Treat Tumbler ($3.79) -- fill the colorful ball with treats and watch your ferret frolic.
You and all our pets can shop 'til you drop at this online pet emporium. Treat your fish to a change of scenery with the easy to install Aquadecor Double-Sided Plants/Driftwood Background ($3.59).
Dogs and dog lovers will love the apparel and accessories, here, for humans and canines. Keep their tootsies toasty with the Muttluks Booties Cold Weather ($39 for 4) with protective leather bottoms, snug rib knit cuffs and nifty Velcro closures.
The doctors are in and have assembled a practical yet attractive assortment of gifts and supplies for cats and dogs. Naughty or nice, spoil your cat with the Stocking O' Mice ($9.99) a "hangable" Christmas stocking stuffed to the brim with a collection of tantalizing toy mice.