To the staff of Giantnerd, nerdiness isn’t defined by pocket protectors or taped-together glasses. Rather, it’s the thrill an outdoor enthusiast has for the newest, best outdoor sporting equipment—be it a GT road bike, a Patagonia fleece jacket made with recycled material from 25 2-liter soda bottles, or a Suunto Ambit “watch” that tracks barometric altitude and includes GPS and a heart-rate monitor for mountain exploration. Giantnerd’s staff wanted to take the thrill of finding quality outdoor equipment and athletic apparel to the next level by creating a more transparent shopping experience. To this end, they allow users to rank and review the products they’ve bought, pushing the best finds to the top.
Giantnerd’s sizeable online shop puts customers in touch with whatever gear they need, whether they seek climbing harnesses, snowboarding goggles, or an extra-warm Marmot jacket for holiday visits to snowman relatives. Their bike selection is particularly extensive, with road bikes, mountain bikes, cyclocross bikes, and other varieties from brands such as Tommaso and BAMF. A 365-day return policy gives buyers a year to return items, so long as they’re in the same condition and have the original packaging.
SillyBrandz keeps digital shoppers well accessorized with their vast collection of colorful, whimsical silicone wares ranging from Silly Slapz watches to Rad Ringz and LED-laden OMG iPhone cases. Silly Bandz can be scooped up in packs molded into shapes that represent themes such as Marvel comic-book heroes or Justin Bieber, and iJackets envelop iPods in soft yet protective skins of PVC that prevent scratches, ease the impact of drops, and bounce insults off the device and back at the insulter. A host of wrist ribbons and key chains show support for causes including America’s troops, and Hanger Buddiez keep clothes suspended from their animal-shaped shoulders.
Jessica Alba, actress, mother, and philanthropist, and Christopher Gavigan, a father and former CEO of a national nonprofit that taught parents how to protect their children from toxic risks, created The Honest Company in order to provide parents with eco-friendly, sustainable products safe for babies and families. Now, their socially responsible company supplies families with an ever-growing line of baby, bath, skincare, and cleaning products.
Every item the company ships out, it designs and manufactures on its own—and it backs its inventory with the Honestly Free Guarantee, an emphatic defiance against health-compromising chemicals and compounds. Customers can order completely personalized bundles, which contain everything from laundry detergent and bug spray to stylish patterned diapers designed to help kids feel more confident during their preschool interviews.
Zagat. ABC's Shark Tank, The Chew, and Good Morning America. These are just a few of the outlets that have been talking up Cousins Maine Lobster. Devised years ago during a video-game hockey match between cousins Jim Tselikis and Sabin Lomac, the company has now fulfilled their dream of pairing diners hungry for good food with sustainably-harvested lobster.
Both founders share roots in Maine, where their love for the succulent crustaceans sprouted. Today, LA locals flock to the Cousins food truck, which roams the streets serving lobster rolls, lobster mac 'n' cheese, and steaming bowls of lobster bisque. In Pasadena, Cousins Maine Lobster brings those dishes into a welcoming dining room, as customers curb their hunger with lobster pot pies. The Cousins team also sends Maine lobster to homes around the country through online orders, a far more efficient method than teaching their delivery pelican not to eat the merchandise.
Using high-quality kernels of corn harvested from farms in the Midwest, POPtions! Popcorn dazzles snack cravings with a dizzying selection of gourmet maize. Customers can invent their own custom popcorn flavors, first choosing a popcorn flavor, then adding on sweet and savory ingredients before deciding between a Bissinger's white, milk, or dark chocolate finish. POPtions creations make a tasty impression on any special event and have the amazing ability to top themselves with occasion-specific lids that celebrate special days with greetings such as "Father's Day," "Happy Birthday," "Congratulations," and "Happy Graduation," plus lids for sporting events. POPtions also creates wedding gift bags to make special days even more memorable, and corporate gift tins with personalized company logos.
Finding sincere gifts at a store can be an elusive quest, requiring givers to find a unique item that reflects the recipient's taste. The staff at Personal Creations helps avoid days of endless searching with a range of interesting personalized gifts, each customized with a name, photo, or design. The site's intuitive online interface allows guests to easily upload photos or write out messages that will make friends smile every time they take a sip from a custom mug, slip on engraved jewelry, or stamp steaks with a unique brand.