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. Case in point; my boyfriend Dave had to hit the mall to get a pair of glasses fixed today and was out of the actual shop in minutes, but spent 45 minutes sitting in the parking lot, waiting to get out. Insane!
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.
Other than that, you can shop online. Use the following gift guides for help:
- Green Stocking Stuffers Under $10
- Affordable Green Gifts for Babies
- Affordable Green Gifts for Toddlers
- Affordable Green Gifts for Kids
- Affordable Green Gifts for Teens
- Affordable Green Gifts for Adults
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.
Organic Bouquet: This shop is a little expensive in my opinion, but you can get last minute green gifts here. They also are still offering free overnight flower delivery and free 2-day wreath and gift basket delivery. However, not sure for how many more days – they sort of failed to mention this in the fine print (blah). I picked three decently priced gifts to share, such as…
- VeriFlora Certified Crimson Petite Bouquet
- Frosty’s Favorites – Certified Organic
- VeriFlora Certified Christmas Rose
Barnes & Noble: Offering free 2 day shipping if you order $25 worth of qualified free shipping goods by 11:59 PM ET on December 20, 2010. They don’t have as many green goods as Amazon, but I know some people like them better, so I figured I’d mention them. You can score green books here a’ plenty or even some green toys from companies like Sprig or Idbids.
Beautiful Sweets: Offers super green (and organic) cookies. They have a two day bake + ship deal, so to get a nice gift to someone from this shop, you’ll need to order by the 21st I’d imagine. Right now they’re offering a great deal though, where you can get free shipping on their holiday gift baskets by entering the code ‘sleighride’ during step two of the checkout process. I took a peek, and these gift sets, like the 8 organic cookies, mug & organic cocoa basket, are so adorable and not even as expensive as I thought they’d be.
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.
ChildTrek: Has some various holiday shipping options to sort though. However, the basics are that you can get stuff by Christmas if you order this week (sooner = less expensive shipping) and you’ll be able to find really nice eco-friendly toys at ChildTrek and many are well-priced.