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.
The founders of ecomom believe there's a connection between the health of children and the environment. To this end, every product they sell goes through a 70-point inspection, which checks for everything from eco-friendly ingredients to fair-trade practices. After an item passes, the staff lists it on the website, and helpful icons indicate which goods are organic, nontoxic, and gluten free.
This process can make it easy for parents to find chemical-free baby foods such as Plum Organics Mish Mash, recyclable diapers from brands such as gDiapers, and all sorts of toxin-free bath toys. The store's merchandise isn't limited to young humans; a selection of organic makeup and beauty tools, shaving supplies, and newspaper clippings about the dangers of jumping on the bed cater to the interests of adults.
ecomom’s adviser board includes Jonathan Greenblatt–the director of the White House Office of Social Innovation and Civic Participation and co-founder of Ethos Water–and Dr. Alan Green–founding president of Board of Society for Participatory Medicine and author of eco-minded childcare literature. The board constantly looks for new criteria in selecting products. The company also donates meals to food banks and emergency organizations for every online order placed.
For 40 years the brewing connoisseurs at Beer & Wine Hobby have aimed to impart culinary know-how to pupils via home beverage-crafting tools and introductory courses at their warehouse store. Aspiring brewers learn via a bevy of beer-making gear, including brewing kettles, fermentation supplies, and funnels, and winemaking equipment assists do-it-yourselfers with corks, bottles, and tubing. Beer & Wine Hobby's classes bolster brewing knowledge, providing students with thorough instruction on intricate brewing processes as well as the lyrical chants necessary to concoct complex libations. The store also carries berry presses for making small batches of fruit wine and a smattering of food kits, including cheese-making supplies.