70 percent of Americans expect to receive packages this holiday season -- here's how many of them will be stolen

Some (okay, many!) would argue that one of the best things about the holiday season is giving and receiving presents.

Though it's nice to hand pick out an item in a store for a loved one, the bottom line is that most of us just don't simply have the time to do so for every person on our lists.

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Thankfully, ordering presents is just as easy as browsing online and clicking a few buttons.

Not so thankfully, many Christmas 'Grinches' know that means it's prime season to steal packages and presents that are delivered home all around the U.S – and the stats prove it.

According to data by August Home, nearly 70 percent of U.S. homeowners expect to receive packages during the holiday season, with 61 percent receiving more packages during this period of time than any other time during the year.

In total, nearly 11 million U.S. homeowners have had a package stolen in the last year.

So what's the proposed solution?

As the study found, nearly 69 percent of homeowners said they would want to have an app that could remotely grant access to delivery services (such as UPS and FedEx) to drop their packages off inside their homes, instead of simply living the boxes outside when the resident isn't home.

August proposes that this could be done via a smart lock that's accessed through an app, with cameras set on and around the front door so that app users could access video footage of their front door at any time.

Of course, this would present the problem of allowing strangers into your home — which could come with a different set of issues. But for the 11 million that have dealt with the anger and inevitable screaming that comes with trying to track a stolen package, we're guessing it could be the lesser of two evils.

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Although it may be more convenient to purchase flowers online, if you have time, it's best to locate a local florist near the person you want to send flowers to. According to a study by Cheapism.com, you're more likely to pay less and receive a better bouquet for your money when you use a local florist. 

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You may not realize it, but when you purchase furniture online, you also have to pay for delivery and surcharge fees. In order to avoid paying these unwanted costs, it's easier to get it in person. For example, when buying furniture in-store, you're able to negotiate a better price and maybe even convince the salesperson to throw in free delivery. 

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Much like shopping for flowers, it is best to purchase your groceries at an actual grocery store. When you purchase them in person, you have the opportunity ensure you are choosing the best meats, produce, etc. -- something you can't do when ordering online.

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As beach season rapidly approaches, you probably want to invest in a few new swimsuits. However, before you make that online purchase you'll want to heed this warning. Trae Bodge, senior editor at RetailMeNot, says, " Fit can fluctuate even among suits from the same brand...  and many online retailers don’t allow swimsuit returns if the packaging has been opened or there’s evidence the suit has been worn." 

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Social Media Followers 
We get it, social media is addicting.  While it may be cool to have over 10,000 followers, buying them can be risky. Depending on the social media site you are using, the followers you purchase can be deleted if they are considered spam accounts. 

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Unless advised by your doctor, you should avoid buying medicine online at all costs. It can be tempting to get off-brand products, but you may be unknowingly purchasing illegal or counterfeit drugs. 

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The internet has made it possible to cut out the middleman when dealing with major purchases, but sometimes, that salesperson is needed. If you're buying a car for the first time, it may be best to get it at a dealership. When you get a car online, you're taking away the opportunity to test it out first and negotiate a better deal. 

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Knockoff Accessories 
While getting counterfeit bags and jewelry is cheaper than buying the real thing, you should do so with much caution. Oftentimes, these items are sold on unsecured sites which can lead to either your computer getting a virus or your identity being stolen. 

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While you can find an array of pets being sold online, it is always safest to purchase one in person. Much like furniture, you may have to deal with excessive delivery fees, and what's more, your pet can get sick or even worse. 

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Fragile Items
If you're truly invested in a fragile or irreplaceable item, it's highly recommended to buy and pick it up in the store. This cuts out any chances of a delivery person dropping and breaking your prized possession. 

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