Call Your Mother

Mother’s Day is the busiest day for phone calls all year. While Mom waits to hear from you, make sure she’s got the right gear with our telephones and related accessories. They all make perfect gifts for her.iPhone Finder

Among our unique gifts, Hammacher Schlemmer offers a wide array of devices for landline-lovers and smartphone sophisticates. The Caller Announcing Large View Telephones make dialing and answering easy, while The Closed Captioned Telephone transcribes conversations on a built-in screen. Because Mom deserves nothing less, we also recommend The Best Multi Handset Cordless Telephone, which enabled clearer conversations than all other models tested by The Hammacher Schlemmer Institute.

You can help Mom track down her missing phone with The iPhone Finder, or power up during an outage with The Hand Crank Emergency Cell Phone Charger.

Or, for a most unique gift, may we suggest The Call Me Gloves? They keep Mom’s hands warm while enabling a phone conversation via her finger and thumb.

Browse our full selection of phones and other related gifts for her here, and order today to ensure delivery by Mother’s Day on May 11.

World’s Fair Inspired Today’s Technology

On this date 50 years ago, the 1964/1965 New York World’s Fair opened in Flushing Meadows Corona Park in Queens.

The burgeoning Space Age was thworlds-fair-new-york-1964e focus of many of the fair’s exhibits. Attendees were greeted by the Unisphere, a 12-story stainless steel representation of Earth that still stands in Flushing Meadows to this day. In addition to celebrating the beginning of the Space Age, the Unisphere also represented the fair’s theme of global interdependence.

The fair was a showcase of mid-20th Century American culture and technology. There was strong participation by most major American corporations, with the first wide-scale public display of new-fangled inventions like mainframe computers, CRT displays, the Teletype machine, punch cards, and telephone modems. In many ways, the fair became a grand consumer goods show at a time when the middle class was expanding and looking for products to add convenience and entertainment to their lives, enjoying the new and unique gift of increased amounts of leisure time.

World’s Fairs are known for introducing new goods to the public, and so many of the Space Age products from New York’s expo have evolved to become commonplace in our lives today. Those mainframe computers have been replaced by now-ubiquitous smartphones and tablets, with a host of new products designed to enhance your enjoyment of your iPhone or iPad.

With Mother’s Day and Father’s Day approaching, accessories for phones and tablets give us great ideas for unique gifts for her or him.

Our iPhone accessories include items that will help mom or dad get the most from their mobile device, including printers, innovative cases, charging stations, and our exclusive Steering Wheel Bluetooth Speakerphone, a fantastic and unique gift idea, especially now that so many states have enacted legislation requiring only hands-free phone use while driving.

For the iPad user, our collection of gifts for him or her features items such as speakers, portable keyboards, and another Hammacher Schlemmer exclusive, The iPad Charging Floor Stand that will hold your tablet at a comfortable angle for viewing while relaxing, exercising, or cooking.

If the mother or father in your life remains nostalgic for the lively atmosphere of a fair, the unique gift that’s sure to please is The Musical Illuminated Ferris Wheel. The wheel’s girders are lined with 175 LED lights that cast a golden hue while the wheel rotates at five revolutions per minute. Integrated speakers play 15 instrumental versions of classic tunes like Give My Regards to BroadwayLet Me Call You Sweetheart, and The Band Played On.

Gifts for Mom for Under $100

Your love for Mom knows no limits. Your budget? Not so much. That’s why Hammacher Schlemmer offers a wide range of Mother’s Day gifts for her, all for less than $100.Best Wine Opener

Give her a tour of Paris’s best museum with The Complete Paintings Of The Louvre. It features 3,022 world-renowned works for only $74.95.

At $59.95, Mom can melt away stress with The Superior Pulse Massager. It delivers about 50% more pulses per minute than other devices, and its long handle makes it easy to reach stubborn spots on the back and neck.

(The same price of $59.95 also buys The Best Electric Wine Opener, for a different approach to stress relief.)

Did Mom pass on her love of bargain-hunting? Check out our Hammacher Outlet for special values on great gifts for her. Sale quantities are limited, though, and Mother’s Day is coming up! Order today to ensure delivery by May 11.

Wishing the “Old Gentleman” a Happy Birthday

William Schlemmer, who, more than any individual, is responsible for the longevity and success of our company, was born on this day in 1841. Described as “sober, thrifty, and hard-working” in a 1939 New Yorker profile, for 64 years Mr. Schlemmer dedicated his life to building the largest, most complete hardware store in the country.William Schlemmer 1841

According to published accounts, in 1853 William Schlemmer arrived in New York from Germany aboard a crowded, dingy packet ship. The 11-year-old had few possessions and wore a tag tied around his neck bearing the address of his uncle, Charles Tollner, who owned a successful hardware store in the lower Bowery. The young lad went to work for his uncle hawking tools and hardware from tables in front of the store at a salary of $2 a week—half of which he sent back to his family in the old country.

In the early years, it was not uncommon for Mr. Schlemmer to arrive at work by five in the morning, seldom leaving before midnight. In 1857, he convinced a wealthy acquaintance, Albert Hammacher, to invest $5,000 in the enterprise. As the years went by, Mr. Schlemmer gradually gained ownership of the company, first buying out his uncle’s shares, then in 1885, most of Mr. Hammacher’s. However, perhaps in a nod to his humble roots, he never held a position higher than treasurer.

Even in his later years, Mr. Schlemmer always arrived at the store by 8 a.m, wearing his trademark silver spectacles and neat bow tie. Affectionately known as “The Old Gentleman” among veteran employees, Mr. Schlemmer was famous for wandering through the store, asking questions and making sure every aspect of the business was operating smoothly. In 1914, Mr. Schlemmer passed the torch to his son, William F. Schlemmer, and in 1916 he passed away at the age of 74.

And while the “Old Gentleman” may no longer patrol our offices, his spirit lives on through the lofty, uncompromising standards of quality and service he set. These are the same principles on which we conduct business today.

Pampering Mother’s Day Gifts for Her

She always put you first, but on Mother’s Day, May 11, she can finally put her feet up and unwind. With Hammacher Schlemmer’s massagers, spa luxuries and other pampering gifts for her, you can make sure Mom enjoys some much-deserved relaxation.

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Our personal massagers make great gifts for her and help relieve tension from the temples to the toes. Portable devices like the The Heat and Cold Therapy Massager are tiny enough to tote in a purse, while more enveloping models like The Heated Full Body Massage Chair provide a thorough treatment using Swedish and Shiatsu techniques. The Authentic Sound Oasis Machine sets the mood so stress melts away.

Hammacher Schlemmer’s unique gifts and spa selections let Mom indulge with skin and beauty treatments in the privacy and convenience of her home. Estheticians’ favorites include The Powered Pumice Stone and The Precision Pedicure System. The Superior Softness Spa Wear and The Genuine Turkish Bathrobe (monogramming available) keep her comfortable and prolong the refreshed, relaxed feeling.

Make sure to browse our full selection of unique gifts, and order today to ensure delivery by Mother’s Day on May 11.

Mum’s the Word

Whether you call her Mama, Mummy or Mom, May 11 is the day to show her you care. Hammacher Schlemmer has the perfect Mother’s Day gifts for her.Womens Plantar Fasciitis Flip Flop

Our wide selection of unique gifts for her features something for every Mom. Visit hammacher.com to find everything from tech gadgets to athletic gear, pampering massagers to fashionable footwear.

Need some suggestions? If she has a green thumb, check out The Standing Patio Garden or The Thermometer and Bird Feeder.

If her thumbs are more inclined toward texting, consider The iPhone Photo Printer or The iPad Paintbrush.

Our clever kitchen tools, handy travel essentials and home spa must-haves also make great gifts for her.

Don’t know her size? Don’t worry. All our products are backed by the Hammacher Schlemmer Lifetime Guarantee, so she can easily exchange or return any item. (Remember to include giftwrapping and a note, so she knows it’s from you.)

Order today to ensure delivery by Mother’s Day — Sunday, May 11, 2014.

Peace of Mind, Anywhere in the World.

Traveling for business or pleasure has its rewards but it is often accompanied by a sense of concern for family or belongings at home. Many options exist for home surveillance but they often come with cumbersome contracts, complicated set up, and monthly fees.Wi-Fi-Security-Camera

The Hammacher Schlemmer Institute recently tested leading wireless security cameras and The Best Wi-Fi Security Camera won for its superior video, excellent features, and ease of use. The camera sets up in 15 minutes and wirelessly transmits real-time, high-definition video to a smartphone, tablet, or desktop computer, allowing you to monitor your home from anywhere in the world without complicated hard-wiring or additional cost.

While typical security cameras capture video that’s only accessible from a hard drive located in your home, The Best Wi-Fi Security Camera lets you check-in from the beach or boardroom and even allows you to pan the lens 270° and tilt it 180° using your smartphone.

The Best Wi-Fi Security Camera has a built-in motion sensor and it automatically sends notifications in seconds to a free app on your device whenever the camera detects movement.

Unlike the grainy video footage common to typical security cameras, The Best Wi-Fi Security Camera captures crisp 720 HD video at a rapid 30 frames-per-second and records crystal-clear sound up to 30′ away. After sunset, its night vision captures video from up to 30′ away, ensuring reliable 24-hour surveillance.

By providing instant, real-time video of your home, The Best Wi-Fi Security Camera allows you to confirm all is well and helps you to enjoy a relaxing vacation or focus on business pursuits.

If You Want Something Done Right, Do It Yourself.

When French writer Charles-Guillaume Étienne wrote this phrase in 1824, two decades before Hammacher Schlemmer began as a business, he probably had no idea how widely its influence would impact innovation.

The last 166 years has provided us with plenty of practice in finding unexpected, unique gifts, items that are the best in their category, and items that are the only ones that do what they do, but sometimes innovation allows us to take matters into our own hands.

The Only Rechargeable Long Range Wireless Stereo SpeakersWireless-Speakers—available exclusively from Hammacher Schlemmer—are the result of four years of effort. They are the only pair of splash-proof speakers that can sit poolside up to 250’ away from their music source and provide stereo quality sound, without the need for alkaline batteries or a power outlet.

“We developed these speakers ourselves because no other manufacturer provided every benefit we required in one model,” explained Hammacher Schlemmer’s General Manager Fred Berns. “No one had yet managed to build rechargeability, long range wireless operation, and stereo sound quality into a pair of outdoor speakers—ours are the only ones that do.”

We purchased specific tooling and molds and established our own production line, “minding the store” until we had arrived at a final design worthy of our sound quality, ease of use, wireless range, and runtime tests—the latter two test results actually exceeded our expectations, but we prefer to under-promise and over-deliver.

The 2.4GHz radio built into the transmitter sends interference-free audio from any music device to the speakers up to 250’ away—at 8X the range of Bluetooth—reaching your swimming pool, the farthest corner of your backyard, or a volleyball game 80 yards away.

Each speaker has a rechargeable lithium battery that provides up to 10 hours of use at medium volume, unlike the vast majority of other speakers that require up to eight D batteries or a dedicated power outlet.

And unlike one-speaker systems that produce mono sound, each of our 5-watt speakers has a 3.5” bass/midrange driver, 2.5” tweeter, bass reflex port, individual volume control, and left/right channel selection—all of which work in concert to provide clear highs, mids, and solid bass with true stereo quality.

“We considered details that other speaker manufacturers overlook,” Berns said. “We made sure the transmitter’s dock was large enough to hold an iPhone, tablet, or other music device even while still in its case. Plus, they’re so versatile, you can even use them as remote speakers for your television when it’s time to come inside for the evening.”

Sometimes we find innovation; sometimes we make it ourselves.

Kick the Pain of Plantar Fasciitis

Plantar-Fasciitis-Flip-FlopAnyone who has heard the song “Dem Bones” knows the ankle bone’s connected to the shin bone and the shin bone’s connected to the knee bone.

And anyone who suffers from plantar fasciitis is painfully aware that the heel bone’s connected to the toe bones. The plantar fascia is the ligament that connects the heel and toes and when it becomes strained, irritated, swollen or inflamed, stiffness and pain usually result. Plantar fasciitis is common in people past middle age, and in anyone who is on their feet for long periods of time, is overweight, or wears ill-fitting or worn-out shoes.

There are a variety of ways to treat the condition, including surgery, steroid injections and orthopedic boots. Many plantar fasciitis sufferers, however, can get relief by switching to shoes designed to help alleviate symptoms.

We feature a large selection of podiatrist-designed footwear for both men and women to help combat the effects of plantar fasciitis. These are not your grandmother’s orthopedic shoes, either. In a range of styles from athletic shoes to sandals to dress shoes, our lady’s styles are fashionable enough to make a unique gift for someone who needs optimal comfort in footwear.

For gentlemen, our special shoe selection also includes athletic shoes, as well as slides, slip-ons, slippers and sandals. Or, find relief with any shoe with The Pain Relieving Plantar Fasciitis Socks. These socks will make a welcome and unusual gift for the guy who spends a lot of time on his feet, with their reinforced bands that provide arch support and pain-relieving steady compression.

Many afflicted with plantar fasciitis find the best treatment is a combination of cold therapy combined with a positioning of the foot called dorsiflexion. The Cold Therapy Plantar Fasciitis Night Splint helps to reduce the inflammation by providing cold with a removable ice pack, while holding the foot in a neutral position. An included wedge slips under the forefoot to provide toe lift for increased stretch.

Foot comfort plays a huge role in how well you feel overall. Don’t spend your days with foot pain when the unique gift of day-long comfort is yours at Hammacher.com.

Scooba Raises the Bar.

Scooba is the lesser-known little brother of Roomba, the iconic robotic vacuum that has autonomously navigated through millions of homes since 2002. Scooba 450 is the latest version of the robot that sweeps, pre-soaks, scrubs, and squeegees hard-surface floors, yet performs these chores more effectively than previous generations.Scooba 450

Made by iRobot, developers of tactical reconnaissance robots for the U.S. military, Scooba 450 automatically moves methodically through a home, sweeping up loose dirt and then emitting a cleaning solution while a rotary brush gently scrubs at over 600 rpm. This advanced cleaning process eliminates up to 99.3% of common household bacteria like E. Coli and Staphylococcus from tile, stone, linoleum and sealed hardwood floors.

Scooba 450 has a more powerful rechargeable battery than previous generations, allowing it to clean up to 300′ sq. on a full tank of clean water and cleaning solution. Its compact design allows Scooba 450 to reach under cabinets, integrated sensors enable it to circumvent furniture, carpet, and stairs, and the included virtual wall projects infrared beams that confine the floor washer to one room.

For nearly a decade, Scooba has proven to be the most advanced floor-scrubbing robot on the market. But iRobot is not a company that rests on its laurels. Instead, they drive innovation in and promise to lead their field for many years to come.