The holiday shopping crunch is officially on. The reassuring “guaranteed to arrive by December 25th" promise given by many online retailers is becoming more and more of a not-so-sure-thing. Rush shipping is always an alternative but why bother paying extra when the brick and mortar locations of many big box stores and national chain stores sell a steady supply of eco-friendly homewares? Instead of counting down the minutes until Mr. UPS man arrives, check out these earth-smart gift ideas at a store near you. And remember, call ahead to make sure they're in stock and that the "price is right" as online vs. in-store availability and price may vary.
For the dining room
: Recycled Glassware Collection $19.99-24.99 @ Target
. Choose from wines glasses, serving bowl, tumbler, margarita glasses, a pitcher and more made from green recycled glass.
For the bath
: Organics Turkish Bath Towel $4.95 – 39.95 @ Crate & Barrel
. These plush Turkish bath towels are made from super-absorbent SKAL-certified organic cotton.
For the living room
: Eco-Friendly Organic Cotton Pillow $10.00 @ Walmart
. This decorative pillow with an organic cotton cover isn’t exactly mind-blowing but has an inoffensive, environmentally themed design that’s perfect for a window seat.
For the bedroom
: Ralph Lauren “Spa” Organic Sheets $29.00 – 89.00 @ Macy’s
. These soft organic cotton sheets are available in a range of soothing colors.
For the den
: Dynex 26” 720p Widescreen Flat-Panel LCD HDTV - $299.99 @ Best Buy
. This serious-business LCD TV is ENERGY STAR qualified. Energy-obsessed coach potatoes rejoice.
For the kitchen
: Tramontina 8-Piece Eco- friendly Cookware Set - $99.96 @ Walmart. Great for starter apartments, this 8-piece cookware set features PTFE-free nonstick coating.
For the laundry room: Metallic Red GE Appliances King-Size Capacity Frontload Washer $943.49 @ Sears. Nothing says Happy Holidays like a new ENERGY STAR-approved GE washer.
For the garden
: Hampton Bay 3-Tier Metal Solar Lights (6-pack) – 49.97 @ Home Depot
. These tasteful lawn and garden-ready LED lights are powered by a long-lasting Siemens solar cell. In black finish.
As a stocking stuffer: Mulled Wine Soy Candle @ Target. Keep the holidays burning clean with this soy-based scented candle in a jar.