AAAAAAHHHHHH! How did this happen?! Time is flying!
All the more reason to make living greener a priority now.
My whole blog started a year and a month ago, because I watched “Bag It,” the documentary. And I started learning about all the harmful chemicals we have around us, not only in toys and products and all things plastic, but everywhere. It takes a real commitment and continued vigilence to start living a cleaner, greener life. But it doesn’t have to be hard. That’s the part where I think a lot of people get overwhelmed. I think blogs like mine and stores you should have near you (and yes, online stores, if you are more rurally-located) are making it much easier to live healthier, less polluted lives.
So…with 7 days left until Christmas, I am going to point you in some directions for last minute shopping, if you haven’t already found them yourselves.
1. Sprouts/Whole Foods/Central Market – These grocery stores have a wide range of all kinds of products that are suitable for stocking stuffers and gift baskets. Each of these stores have quite the treasure trove of natural/healthy personal care products in all sizes and for all purposes. Even a gift card for one of these stores could be a most excellent gift!
2. Target/Walmart – I KNOW most of you are close to one of these stores. If you are looking for personal care products that might be nice for gifts, I have had luck finding Burt’s Bees products in most Walmarts. They also usually have “Yes to” products. These are normally in the cosmetics aisle, not where shampoo or lotion are. Depending on your store, they may have much, much more to choose from–this seems to be especially true for Target. Not only do they have Burt’s Bees and “Yes to” goodies, they may also have Shea Moisture (a luxurious line of bath and hair products), Dr. Bronner’s liquid soaps (Peppermint is a nice wintery zing!), natural candles by Mrs. Meyer (in Iowa Pine!) and Beeluxe (Mandarin Clove is a awesome seasonal scent), and I even found some Caldrea products (on sale, no less!). Take a tool around the aisles and see what you find!
3. Your Local Department Store – Okay, so call me crazy, but TRY IT. You might be surprised. There are a few premium brands that are healthy and you never know what your store might carry during the holidays. It seems like Origins might be your best bet for a higher end product line that “are formulated with natural and certified organic ingredients and 100% natural essential oils. And formulated without parabens, phthalates, propylene glycol, mineral oil, PABA, petrolatum, paraffin, DEA and animal ingredients. We manufacture using a combination of renewable resources, wind energy, and earth-friendly practices.” They have lots of great gift sets that are probably perfect for someone on your list. Maybe yourself? (I totally bought myself a gift box of this stuff on Black Friday…shhhh…don’t tell).
4. Sephora/Drugstore.com/iHerb.com – All of these places have a bevy of products with a lot of information about ingredients (usually in separate tabs on the product pages). You can get reviews at these places, too, to see if you really want to get something. If you are going to buy something here, though, you better do it asap because they do have to ship it to get it there before C-Day. Sephora is probably the best bet for sussing out perfumes and specific products within a brand line (like Philosophy) that are better than others. Drugstore.com has really huge variety of things, especially things that are hard to find in a store. iHerb.com has more “regular” products, but you can find some items at super awesome prices. Give ’em a whirl…but do it today!
5. Amazon – Same thing goes with Amazon for the shipping, but this is (as most of us know), the new general store of the world. Because individual vendors can post their own products, you really can find almost anything. I was looking for more BeeLuxe products, and that’s where you can find them. Of course you can also get books and media and other things…where Amazon started it all. Look up some books about natural products and/or how to make your own products for the craftier folks on your list…everyone likes new know-how and recipes (at least I do).
6. Pinterest – Okay, so maybe you have some time to do some last minute creations…go perusing for ideas here! I think I just might go find some of the more excellent recipes, print them out on some nice paper, create a little box or book of them, and use this for a stocking stuffer for some of the cooks/bakers in my life. It doesn’t have to be super elaborate…maybe even write a few recipes out by hand and tie them with a ribbon. Or, heck, make some of those marvelous creations and take them with you to the office party or give out samplers to your friends in lieu of “stuff.” Your only limitation at this point is time!
7. Etsy.com – Again, time/shipping is of the essence, but this website is the website of crafters the whole world wide. You can buy anything from art to jewelry to homemade soaps or purses or shirts or even vintage items…just anything really at this site. Individual crafters/collectors have their own pages, so you will be paying them and they will be shipping the items. HOWEVER, there is a “search by” feature that can limit your options to a zip code or town. I can’t guarantee that a seller would be willing to have you come over to their home, but you can communicate directly with people via a messaging system (if you create an account)…you could probably work out some sort of “pick-up” method. This way you can get something super-special and unique from a local crafts person AND avoid the shipping (thereby reducing your carbon footprint). You might even make a new friend or become a loyal customer if you find the right craftsperson. You never know until you look.
I hope this gives you some ideas at the very least…GOOD LUCK, Last Minute Shoppers! Go get ’em!