So, Christmas is almost here, and hopefully you’ve already got your gifts in order. However, if you haven’t, then as of today (Sunday, December 19, 2010) you’d better get cracking. Your options are whittling down and trust me most stores are madhouses.
Hitting a smaller store is a good bet, or at least, a less busy than the mall bet, especially if you have a nice inexpensive and green day-before gift basket in mind
That said, you’re seriously running out of time, and/or looking at insanely expensive shipping, if you’re shopping for green gifts online at this point. With that in mind, here are some places that DO offer last minute Christmas shipping, along with my opinion of how easy or hard it is to find green stuff there…
Gift cards almost anywhere: You can get gift cards almost anywhere and have them sent via email for free. Personally, I don’t consider gift certificates all that great, because they don’t say, “I care” they tend to scream “Last minute” or “I don’t know you well enough to know what you’d like, or take the time to figure it out” which begs the question, why get that person a gift? Still, I’ve been known to send a gift certificate IF it’s for something that runs personal, eco-friendly and I know the person would love it, say an email gift certificate at LUSH or an iTunes gift certificate (their term for emailed gift cards).
Amazon.com: Today is the last day to get FREE shipping in time for Christmas, but you can also still ship standard on the 20th or free 2 day with Amazon Prime on the 21st. Amazon has a better than fair selection of green goodies and they make it somewhat easy to find that green via Amazon Green Pages. However, they’re not perfect. Often they categorize green goods in totally weird/wrong places or put non-eco stuff on their green pages, so be careful.
ReuseIt.com: This shop, formally Reusable Bags, is offering a $12.95 flat-rate 2-day shipping deal until the 21st at midnight. You can score well-priced reusable bags (obviously) but also BPA-free water bottles and many other eco-friendly reusable items.
Oompa: You can get free Ground Shipping for most orders that come to $65 or more at Oompa, but to get goodies in time for Christmas, you’ll need to order by 3pm on the 20th. Oompa offers a fair selection of green toys, but tends to run out of hot items, like the best Plan Toys, quickly.
Giggle: Has a smaller, but unique collection of decently priced organic toys for babies or toddlers. Not much for older kids. They’re offering Christmas shipping with standard delivery until midnight tomorrow (the 20th), but any orders after that will cost you more in shipping to get a Christmas delivery.