Every Dog Has Its Day

Whatever it is, there’s a national day to recognize it. Dog breeds, yes, such as National Dachshund Day on July 18 (likely no coincidence this falls on National Hot Dog Day), but there’s also a designated day for virtually every food, organization, physical affliction, line of work, and hobby. It’s almost absurd! Come to think of it, next Monday is National Absurdity Day.

Here’s a look at some of the unique gifts available from Hammacher Schlemmer to help you celebrate other national days coming up later this month.

National Play Monopoly Day, November 19This beautifully crafted edition of the classic board game befits the drawing room of a 19th Century industrialist or a 21st Century Silicon Valley Wunderkind. The board sits atop a wood cabinet with burled wood veneer, and the game path is adorned with gold foil-stamped accents. In a display of opulence Mr. Monopoly himself would envy, the die-cast metal houses and hotels are finished in glimmering golden plating, as are the eight iconic tokens. This is a special and unique gift ideal for the aficionado of board games.

National Jukebox Day, November 25This classic jukebox commemorates the 60th anniversary of Elvis Presley’s first #1 hit. A virtual audio/visual shrine for devoted Elvis fans, the centerpiece of this jukebox is an interior illuminated mural of The King performing on stage. Handcrafted by Rock-Ola, synonymous with jukebox innovation for 80 years, this model is a meticulous reproduction of the kind that first played “Heartbreak Hotel,” updated for modern use with a 100-CD changer, 2,000-watt amplifier and five speakers.

National Stay Home Because You’re Well Day, November 30 – It’s a shame to waste a sick day being sick. We recommend instead a day focused on feeling well as a unique gift to yourself. Stay in bed with a good book or binge-watch your favorite series. This soft, yet structured bed lounger actively supports your body in soft microsuede fabric. Its patented flexible plastic frame adjusts to your movements, ensuring optimal support while reading, watching television, or simply relaxing.

If you love national days, just wait till December…pies, socks, brownies, and crossword puzzles will all get their time to shine.

Kinkade Artistry Captures Christmas

The art of Thomas Kinkade is ideal for the holiday season. His unique gift for capturing the nostalgic memories of Christmas have inspired these beautiful pieces to brighten your home this time of year.

Bring magic to your holiday table with this lighted centerpiece that features a Kinkade illuminated village. The centerpiece plays a medley of Christmas carols, while an electric train circles the town, spreading holiday cheer to its jubilant inhabitants. Heartwarming details include adorned evergreens, children building a snowman, and townsfolk trimming their homes for St. Nicholas.

This molded crystal snowman displays a twinkling winter scene encircled by a miniature moving train. A three-dimensional, hand-painted winter tableau inside the snowman depicts snowcapped Victorian homes with illuminated windows, an icy pond, and holiday revelers in rich detail. The snowman is trimmed with a top hat, silvery scarf and mittens, and a 19th century-styled lantern.

This revolving Kinkade tree-topper has Santa spinning ’round the crown of a Christmas tree. Suspended by a golden spring, eight reindeer draw Santa’s well-laden sleigh in circles around an illuminated eight-point star that rests atop the tree. The richly detailed sleigh is brimming with gaily wrapped unique gifts, and all eight reindeer blankets bear a rendition of a classic Kinkade holiday painting, visible on both sides.

Thomas Kinkade is known as the “painter of light”. Let these unique gifts add holiday glow to your home and your Christmas may be just a bit brighter.

Light Up the Holidays

Now is the perfect time to ready your home’s brilliant outdoor holiday decorations…you won’t want to be stringing lights and hanging wreaths as colder air and snow make their presence known.

To help you launch your display, we have some unique gift ideas that will shine brightly and make your house look great.

This scrolling indoor/outdoor banner hangs in your window and lights up with holiday messages and icons. The display comes preprogrammed with seasonal greetings and holiday icons, including “Merry Christmas,” “Happy New Year,” candy canes, and snowflakes, all beamed out to passersby in LEDs. Additional built-in icons celebrate special occasions at other times of year, including birthdays and Halloween, making this a unique gift you can use throughout the year.

Available only from Hammacher Schlemmer, this 18′ inflatable Frosty The Snowman entertains kids and adults alike with a dazzling light show. Based on the beloved character from the classic 1969 cartoon, an internal projector illuminates Frosty’s bulbous body with a kaleidoscopic display of multi-colored lights. This giant snowman springs to life from a built-in electric air pump that inflates him in just minutes. 

This outdoor projector casts thousands of bulb-like dots of colorful light onto your house and surrounding landscaping to create festive holiday illumination. The projector displays in red, green, and blue, making your home look as if it’s decorated with thousands of Christmas lights. The included remote provides handheld control, or use the automatic timer to turn the light off after two, four, six, or eight hours.

This is just the beginning…we have a host of outdoor décor for the holidays, unique gifts for your own home or someone else’s. Shop now to ensure your yard is the best and brightest on the block.

Create Your Own Star Wars Droid

Christmas is coming, and so is a period of droid-inspired mania, with the soon-to-be released Star Wars: The Last Jedi, in theaters December 15.

The robotic characters in the Star Wars franchise are among the most beloved film characters ever. So why not welcome one into your home…one you build yourself. 

This robotics kit uses STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Mathematics) curriculum to help even a child as young as 8 create a custom R2 unit. This unique gift comes with over 30 components that bring your very own droid creation to life. A free iOS/Android app lets you control the droid’s direction, program its movements, and engage in 16 interactive missions. You can even get creative with household objects to construct a customized droid of your own. 

Looking for another unique gift to bring Star Wars into your home? This kitchen timer, modeled after BB-8, imparts intergalactic whimsy onto your countertops. It keeps up to 60-minutes of time in one-minute intervals  with a simple twist of the astromech droid’s head.

In Star Wars, “The Force” is a source of energy in the universe. We appreciate caffeine as another universal source of energy. Get “The Force” on your side every morning with this coffee press modeled after R2-D2. It brews 32 oz. of flavorful coffee inside a durable borosilicate glass body. Unlike his film counterpart, this R2 unit doesn’t conceal stolen Death Star plans, but instead houses a stainless steel plunger and filter to create a Jedi-worthy cup of joe.

Still can’t get enough Star Wars? Check out these other unique gifts, ready to ship from a galaxy far, far away right to your home.

A Ship-Shape Day for a Celebration

Every branch of the military has a day of celebration, and today belongs to the U.S. Navy.

Technically, today is not the Navy’s anniversary—that’s October 13. Navy Day occurs on Teddy Roosevelt’s birthday because of his avid support for the branch and his renown as an influential naval strategist.

Navy veterans—like all veterans—have good reasons to be proud of their service. If you or a loved one spent time as a sailor, a unique gift evoking memories of time at sea is a fitting way to mark Navy Day.

The SEALs are a highly trained special operations force within the Navy. This special watch has been requested by the Navy SEALs for its unique illumination technology. Borosilicate glass capsules with phosphor-lined interiors make up the watch’s hour positions and its hands. Tritium gas sealed within each capsule reacts with the phosphor lining, causing it to fluoresce for more than 25 years without the need for a recharge from a light source. And of course, it resists water down to 660 ft., making it a great unique gift for any diver or swimmer.

This brass-framed navigator’s magnifier was inspired by the domed compasses that enabled mariners to read tiny map typefaces while navigating. Made by a supplier of maritime instruments to Her Majesty’s Naval Service, the magnifier provides 2.5X magnification of charts—financial or nautical—or other small-print documents simply by sliding the dome over reading matter while on a flat surface.

This Morse code signal lamp recalls the optical signaling lights invented by the British Royal Navy in 1897 for discreet intra-fleet communication. Sailors opened and closed shutters on the lamp to project pulses of light in Morse code, enabling instant, silent transmission of maritime intelligence. Faithful to the original, this updated version requires one light bulb up to 100-watts.

On this Navy Day, we salute all those who represented the fighting spirit of the Navy, defending the unique gifts of freedom and democracy around the world. We thank you for your service.

Be Prepared When Disaster Strikes

Hurricanes. Floods. Earthquakes. Tornadoes. Wildfires.

Throughout 2017, the daily news has been filled with stories proving the crueler side of nature. Your best defense is to be prepared. The American Red Cross is a great resource for planning, everything from the supplies you need to how to practice evacuation. Along with your plan, we have several unique gifts that can help you in different types of disasters.

The Red Cross recommends every home have a NOAA weather radio. This portable weather radio doubles as a flashlight and charges smartphones in an emergency. It receives broadcasts from all NOAA weather stations and picks up emergency alerts for your area to warn you of hurricanes, tornados, or severe storms. Powered via an internal rechargeable battery, the radio also has a built-in solar panel, integrated ergonomic hand crank, and includes a mini-USB cable for recharging or providing DC power.

Combine a dry environment with a windy day and a fire can spread like, well, wildfire, leaving you little time to get out of harm’s way. This fire escape ladder deploys readily and easily from its storage box to a length of 14 ft., with large, non-slip rectangular rungs to provide sure footing. Made from strong steel, it supports 375 lbs., yet it’s still lightweight enough for children or the elderly to use. Consider this unique gift for every household within your extended family.

A natural disaster can leave your home without electricity for days. This solar-powered generator provides emergency electricity for any home appliance, without using gas or propane. This advanced model is silent and provides zero-emission back up power without noise or noxious fumes. When fully charged, the 1250-watt battery powers a full-sized refrigerator for over 24 hours, a television for 35 hours, or recharges a typical laptop 30 times.

The Red Cross also recommends each household practice its emergency plan – including grabbing an emergency kit, evacuating the home and evacuating the area—twice a year. It’s impossible to avoid every natural disaster, but being prepared will give you the unique gift of peace of mind now, and may save your life later.

Your Fantasy Sports Season Starts Now

Chips and salsa—check. Fridge full of beer—check. Hot, fresh pizza— check. Get your favorite snacks and beverages ready because the fantasy of any real sports fan has begun: the brief period when NFL football, Major League baseball, NHL hockey, and NBA basketball all are in action.

But maybe your fan cave is missing the finishing touch to distinguish you from all the armchair quarterbacks out there. Check out these unique gifts designed to help you or your favorite sports enthusiast declare loyalty to the team of choice.

For football fansThis outdoor LED projector casts the logo of your favorite NFL team on your home’s exterior. Displaying six images of a team’s officially licensed logo, the projector notifies neighbors where your loyalties lie on Sundays. A built-in light sensor automatically turns the light display on and off as the sun sets and rises.

For baseball fans—Here’s a unique gift that’s truly as unique as you are. This personalized bobblehead portrays you (or a friend) wearing a favorite sports team’s uniform. We’re featuring the baseball player here, but bobbleheads can be customized with officially licensed, authentic MLB, NBA, and NHL uniforms, or can depict the subject playing golf, football, tennis, and other sports. Artisans sculpt a poly-resin model head from photographs you submit to capture your unique character.

For basketball fansThis personalized book of New York Times articles chronicles the hardwood exploits of a fan’s favorite NBA team. Procured from the archives of The Times, each book presents memorable highlights that span from your selected team’s formative years to today. Fans can revisit their team’s celebrated games and star players from the “Gray Lady’s” unique perspective, from the Boston Celtics of Red Auerbach and Bill Russell to the Chicago Bulls of “Air Jordan” fame. Times chronicles are also available for teams playing the other major pro sports.

For hockey fansThis customized framed poster displays your name on a jersey in your favorite NHL team’s locker room, hung next to your current players’ uniforms. The locker room scene shows your own stall, complete with a personalized name plate, equipment, and a jersey bearing your name and favorite number. Your jersey hangs forever next to the uniforms of three current players, providing evidence of your working relationship with Sidney Crosby, Alexander Ovechkin, or Patrick Kane. Locker room scenes are available for other pro sports, too.

Statistically, a dedicated fan spends up to 9.15 hours per week watching their favorite games on TV. If that’s you, treasure the unique gifts the competitions bring over the next few weeks…and don’t forget to make it up to your family in November.

Making the Workday More Bear-able

Tomorrow just might be the most cuddly day of the year: it’s National Bring Your Teddy Bear to Work Day.

When you take your plush pal to the office, you can bond with coworkers over stories about your treasured bear— how long you’ve had him, who gave him to you, perhaps even a story about the time you were six and accidentally left your stuffed animal at a service plaza on the Pennsylvania turnpike.

Don’t have a teddy bear of your own? Our selection of unique gifts includes several bears that will stand out from the crowd and bring a new soft friend into your life…or into the life of a child dear to your heart.

In the mid-1980s, the hot-selling toy was Teddy Ruxpin, an animatronic bear that told stories using special cassette tapes. Now, Ruxpin is back and better than ever, thanks to current technology. This contemporary version of the iconic toy connects to a smartphone or tablet via Bluetooth and spins tales with life-like animation. His colorful eye expressions and animatronic mouth move in synch with the audio.

Here’s another animatronic ursine figure, one that’s nearly large as life. This handcrafted Siberian brown bear sings and tells stories using a sophisticated microprocessor to create synchronized movement of his mouth, head, and arms. The bear “sings”, delivers jokes, and reads audio books downloaded on an included MicroSD card. Christmas-ready, the card is pre-loaded with “Santa Claus is Coming to Town”, “It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year”, and “Jingle Bell Rock”. The holidays will be here soon…imagine this unique gift greeting visitors right inside your front door.

This is a great time to introduce a small child to his or her first teddy bear. This personalized talking, animated plush bear plays peek-a-boo and can be monogrammed with a child’s name. When the bear’s foot is squeezed, he raises the blanket he’s holding over his eyes, and asks “Where did you go?” The bear sits upright for engaging play and his mouth opens and closes as he says phrases like “Hello, baby!”, “Peek-a-boo is the most fun with you!” or “Peek-a-boo! I see you!”

Teddy bears represent the unique gifts of comfort, companionship and unconditional love. For one day, bring your bear to work and you just might smile all day lo ng.

World Solar Challenge to Shine Next Week

Proving the potential of solar energy, this Sunday 42 teams from around the world will begin a race from Darwin to Adelaide, Australia, in vehicles powered only by the sun.

The World Solar Challenge is a biennial competition covering nearly 1,900 miles through the Australian outback over eight days. Teams from universities, corporations, and even a few high schools participate, ultimately with the objective of promoting research on solar-powered cars. This year marks the 30th anniversary of the challenge to race using only unique gifts from the sun as fuel.

Hammacher Schlemmer embraces the potential of renewable energy, with a solar-powered vehicle in our own selection of unique gifts. This velomobile sports a solar-powered motor, enabling jaunts to be powered by the sun or through your pedaling power. A solar panel built into the roof powers the motor for up to 45 miles on a single charge or 100 miles when combined with pedaling, at up to 30 mph. Because it’s legally classified as a bicycle, the solar velomobile doesn’t require a license to drive. 

Our unique gifts bring solar power to your home, too. Offered only by Hammacher Schlemmer, this solar walkway light ranked first in all tests conducted by the Hammacher Schlemmer Institute. It generated 60 lumens—a measure of light intensity—and glowed for 75% longer than other models. Even after eight hours, its bright beam had not diminished. This solar-powered light automatically turns on at dusk, and the solar panel on top recharges in moderate to full sunshine.

Let solar power give you a charge when electricity is not available. This portable power station can use an optional solar panel, enabling you to charge devices anywhere. About the size of a toaster, the rechargeable power station transports easily in an RV, car, or boat or can serve as a backup power supply for a home or cabin to charges a smartphone, tablet or digital camera. It also provides power for CPAP machines and portable TV sets.

This year, the theme of the World Solar Challenge is “Dream Bigger. Go Farther.” It’s this passion among the racers and designers that will lead to improved solar technology in years to come. We eagerly await the inventions of tomorrow that bring renewable sources of energy into all our lives, every day.

No More Looking Down in the Mouth

Welcome to National Dental Hygiene Month! Throughout October, the American Dental Association works to raise the awareness of the importance of good oral health.

The 2017 effort focuses on the brushing, flossing, rinsing, and chewing routines that can maintain the unique gifts good dental hygiene brings. Beyond the basics, there’s much more you can do to keep a beautiful smile and a healthy mouth.

Many dentists recommend supplementing conventional flossing with water flossing. This portable, cordless water flosser emits 1,250 pulses of water per minute to clean deep between teeth and below the gumline. The device’s powerful water pulsations remove plaque, fight gingivitis, and clean teeth, plus it’s compact and light enough to pack for travel, so you can maintain the routine every day.

While teeth are the workhorses of the mouth, your gums are the foundation of oral health. This gum health simulator, exclusive to Hammacher Schlemmer, uses LEDs to stimulate circulation inside your mouth to help maintain healthy gums. Using technology developed by NASA, the mouthpiece employs infrared and red LEDs to produce safe, gentle heat that penetrates deep into gingiva tissue, boosting circulation to help promote oral health. This device is highly recommended as a unique gift for yourself!

This sonic toothbrush is used by dental professionals because it is 98.75% more effective at removing plaque and 92.66% more effective at improving gum health than a traditional toothbrush. The unit removes plaque from tooth enamel with quiet vibrations that whir back and forth 31,000 times per minute to help prevent tooth decay and gently massage the gums.

Studies have shown that oral hygiene is linked to your overall well-being—gum disease can lead to diabetes, heart disease, and other major problems. Take care of your mouth, see a dentist regularly, and you’ll enjoy the unique gifts a healthy mouth brings.