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This internet-only store stocks a lot of the same brands as its more prestigious brick-and-mortar counterparts, but its prices are often much lower. The cheese selection is particularly impressive, and many of their gift baskets and assortments ship for free.

Formaggio Kitchen
Boston's finest gourmet shop is also one of the internet's best places for mail-order shopping.

Dean & Deluca
Headquartered in New York, Dean & Deluca has 14 stores in the US and a handful in Japan. This is a great place to go for gifts; they offer excellent assortments and samplers of cheese, coffee, tea, olive oil, olives, caviar and other gourmet foods sourced from the world's finest artisanal producers. Offerings include Lady M. cheesecakes, H&H Bagels, Baked NYC brownie & cookie assortments (pictured at left), Good Shepherd heritage turkeys, Rogue Creamery cheese and Sarabeth's preserves.
Shipping: USA (no APO/FPO or PO Boxes)

This Ann Arbor, Michigan store has grown into a nationally recognized gourmet mecca. A foodie favorite, but their website often fails to mention brand names and lacks photos.

Di Bruno Bros. - Philadelphia's home-grown gourmet food emporium has an excellent online store. Standouts include Cowgirl Creamery's outstanding cheeses from Northern California, Bee Raw artisanal honey and Harvest Song preserves.

Market Hall Foods - European style market place in Oakland, CA. Carries everything from artisanal soy sauce to candied violet petals.

Eli Zabar - Top NYC Upper East Side gourmet food shop. Small online selection. Good gift options. Best known for fresh salmon and breads.

Williams Sonoma - This small but impeccably sourced selection is great for gift-giving.

Chef Shop - Highly regarded Seattle-based online and retail store.

L'Epicerie - Specializes in hard-to-find cooking ingredients and fine foods, including acclaimed Mad Mac macaroons from NYC.

Citarella - One of New York City's top gourmet food shops. Known for meat and seafood. They charge a lot for shipping.

Mackenzie Limited - Stocks many individual food items, but primarily known for its selection of restaurant quality prepared frozen meals designed by celebrity chefs.