Ah, the season of gift giving is almost upon us. These days there are many ways to shop without having to enter a mall. This means no Christmas music blaring incessantly, no Christmas décor before Halloween has passed, no checkout lines, or parking spot wars – more time to enjoy family and friends and stretch the festive part of the holiday season.

We have profiled some very interesting companies that may fit into your online shopping. One of the most fascinating is Excitations – giving the gift of excitement, meaning real gifts or experiences that WOW. Honestly, the “hard to buy for” person has become extinct. You will be able satisfy someone with a Fighter Pilot or a Stock Car Driving experience, or the Kid Zone that offers rock climbing, paddle surfing, golf and all kinds of kid-related experiences.

We urge you to consider the environment as you purchase this year. There are too many eco-friendly, sustainable, “doing good for the world” companies to ignore the options. Apple Park, Hazelnut Kids, Happy Green Bee, Roy Toys and EcoToy Town are great places to start. You will find a profile of each in our Progeny – Cool Stuff section.