Environmentally Friendly Companies Partner to Offer 'Experiential' Gift Giving for Sharing Rides

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In time for the holidays, commuters who share rides may now receive discounts on some of the most spectacular experience gifts available.

What better way to make your green values known -- and to share them with others -- than by presenting earth-friendly gifts to friends and family? What better way to promote the environmental goals of your company than to give environmentally-friendly rewards and incentives?

A new partnership, just announced, between NuRide and Excitations should give lots of commuters good reason to smile. NuRide, the nation's first incentive-based ridesharing network, is now rewarding its members with a special discount on Excitations' innovative and unique experience gifts. Whether it's fly-fishing in a trout stream, learning kite boarding, enjoying a sunset trail ride or experiencing a llama lunch trek for two, NuRide members will now have far more exhilarating possibilities than the usual standby gifts.

NuRide's online network allows its members, for free, to find one another to share rides to work, the mall, the grocery store, the game, anywhere. Once the trip is confirmed, the amount of carbon emissions saved is calculated and points are allotted to each participant. The points earned can now be used to receive savings on gifts at Excitations -- including experiences from the exciting "Green Gift" category: try a flat water kayak tour, a hot air balloon ride, falconry field flights, zookeeper for a day, or a leisurely sail on the bay. NuRide members can now give gifts that promote an appreciation for our environment while leaving a minimal footprint. John Muir, founder of the Sierra Club, observed that getting people to experience the environment was the best way to get them to care about the environment; an observation that Excitations has embraced.

Noting the shared values of the two companies, Rick Steele, CEO of NuRide said, "Green experience gifts make perfect rewards for our ridesharing community. It's really an exciting addition to our program and provides a unique incentive to all of our members."

"Giving a gift -- one way of connecting to people -- is also an opportunity to connect to our planet," said Kim AuBuchon, COO of Excitations. "What better way to make your green values known -- and to share them with others -- than by presenting earth-friendly gifts to friends and family? What better way to promote the environmental goals of your company than to give environmentally-friendly rewards and incentives?"

Heather Young recently won an Excitations $500 Red Circle Choice package as a NuRide member. She and her husband have chosen the Guided Fly & Spin Fishing Trip, booked in the spring. Heather has been a NuRider for a couple of years and said Excitations appealed to her because "it was something different and exciting -- and green!"

About Excitations
Excitations is a premier gifting company offering a wide variety of unique life experiences as memory-making gifts. From photo safaris to hang gliding, from llama treks to glass blowing, Excitations is the exciting, reliable and easy answer to every gifting occasion - each 'Excitation' set to thrill, rejuvenate and enjoy. For kids or adults, for friends and family or corporate clients, something can be found to suit all budgets and personalities -- starting as low as $50. As featured on NBC's "Today" and CBS's "The Early Show," more information can be found at http://www.Excitations.com

About NuRide, Inc.
NuRide was founded on the belief that individuals who share rides provide a valuable service to their community and should be rewarded for their efforts. Through the NuRide Network®, individuals can easily arrange ridesharing trips and earn rewards for every confirmed trip they take. Members accumulate points that can be used toward a variety of rewards that are made possible through the generosity of NuRide's sponsors. For more information, please visit http://www.nuride.com

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