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’sThese 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 @ SearsNothing 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. 

Matt Hickman ( @mattyhick ) writes about design, architecture and the intersection between the natural world and the built environment.

The big green box
In a pinch? Check out your local big boxer for these last minute eco-friendy gift ideas.