Cross-country travel for the holidays will be down this year, but that doesn't mean you can't have the goods delivered.

Ordering booze online has been around in some form for years, but it's come into its own during the pandemic, with alcohol ecommerce platforms posting record numbers several months in a row. The Macallan, one of scotch's old guard, even launched an area on its own website for the buying of bottles.

Here's everything you need to know about getting someone special something special.

Online whiskey shopping vs. In-store whiskey shopping

Shopping for whiskey online isn't significantly different than the in-store experience, save one key difference: inventory. The most popular sites to shop booze online — Drizly, ReserveBar, and so on — don't hold their own inventory. These sites work with liquor stores as a delivery service and marketplace, so though they strive to provide the most accurate picture of what's available for timely delivery, it can be outdated information. TL;DR: don't be surprised if you order something harder to come by and get a bad news call a few minutes later from the liquor store filling the order. The key to avoiding this is aiming at luxe, giftable whiskeys that are more readily available (Attention Reader: this means most Buffalo Trace whiskey is off the table).