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.
True to their namesake, Heads Up Puzzles' puzzles are designed with a single purpose: to keep heads up. By transferring to a vertical surface a cherished pastime usually performed while craned over a coffee table, the products let customers of all conditions stay upright and reclaim the joy of puzzling. Magnetic jigsaw pieces emblazoned with vibrant images stick firmly to refrigerators or the company's lightweight metal stands, keeping pieces firmly at eye level to maintain straight backs, comfortable necks, and well-balanced fruit hats. Clients can upload their own pictures to be made into custom photo puzzles or peruse a gallery of stock puzzles awash with colorful images of animals, sports, gardens, and monuments.
Originally founded by the CollegeHumor.com team, the artists behind BustedTees.com collaborate with comedians and well-known brands—such as Conan O’Brien and Funny or Die—to develop humorous clothing designs. Screen-printed on T-shirts, hooded sweatshirts, or tank tops, these designs are part of a growing collection that expands each week. In addition to developing images for tops, BustedTees.com’s artists also apply their creativity to novelty products, from iPhone cases shaped like Nintendo controllers to moustache-shaped cookie cutters, which, like real moustaches, should only be cleaned in a dishwasher.
Finding sincere gifts at a store can be an elusive quest, requiring givers to balance recipients’ individual taste with their wants and needs. The staff at Personal Creations works to avoid days of endless searching with a range of personalized gifts, each customized with a name, photo, or design. The site features an intuitive online interface, allowing guests to easily upload photos or write out messages that will make friends smile every time they take a sip from their custom mug, slip on their engraved jewelry, or stamp steaks with a unique brand. Personal Creations then ships items within one to three days, ensuring that the gold-ribboned gift boxes arrive just in time for birthdays and visits from the county box-fortress inspector.
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.
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 the holidays with greetings such as "Merry Christmas," "Happy Holidays," "Season's Greetings," and "Happy Hanukkah," plus lids for sporting events and birthdays. POPtions also creates wedding gift bags to make special days even more memorable, and corporate gift tins with personalized company logos.