Cataloguing Unique Gifts for 136 Years

Some may consider purchasing from a printed catalog to be a quaint tradition. But we are very proud to be the oldest catalog still in print today, with our first issue published in 1881. We’re also proud to celebrate National Mail Order Catalog Day this Friday, keeping the tradition strong.

There’s something to be said about holding a printed catalog, building your wish list as you thumb through it. In a catalog, you’re likely to spot unique gifts you didn’t know you wanted until seeing them on the pages in your hands. We even sell items that help you browse through your favorite catalog. 

Take this natural-light lamp, for instance. It features a beam that widens or narrows to provide daylight-simulating illumination on a catalog, a book, or a craft project. Simply pulling the shade adjusts the light beam to a range of different diameters. At the maximum macro position of 31”, the LED beam provides reading light that will seem like natural daylight, reducing the occurrence of tired eyes.

A great advantage of shopping by catalog is no internet connection is needed…simply pick up the phone. You may want to use this cordless telephone set that earned The Best rating from the Hammacher Schlemmer Institute because it produces the clearest conversations and has the greatest range. The Best model provides crystal clear conversations by reducing background noise and amplifying voices. It also has a battery back-up feature that maintains calling functions during a power outage.

When your order arrives, the carrier may ring your doorbell. Check who’s at the door with this video doorbell. It earned The Best rating from the Hammacher Schlemmer Institute because of its easy installation and superior video quality. The Best model connects to your wireless network. When the doorbell is pressed, its motion-sensing camera captures video and sends an alert to your smartphone. You can then answer the door with a chat session…even if you’re not home!

With 136 years of unique gift catalogs under our belts, you could say we wrote the book on mail order shopping. Whether you prefer to use the catalog, the Internet or perhaps visit our landmark New York store in Midtown Manhattan, Hammacher Schlemmer is committed to always bringing you unique gifts that are The Best, The Only and The Unexpected.

Measure a Great Summer by the Yard

In spring, we’re full of enthusiasm about our yards and gardens: laying sod, planting bushes and saplings, putting in tomato sets. You know it’s been a great summer, as evidenced by your beautiful yard. And finally, we’re now enjoying the unique gifts nature’s bounty gives us in fresh-from-the-garden veggies.

But even when the last pepper is harvested, there is still much work to be done. We have some suggestions to make your late-season yard work a bit easier and to help you enjoy a harvest well into fall.

By now, you might be tiring of pushing your old mower to and fro, over and over. Here’s a cordless electric lawn mower that is powerful enough to propel itself, making lawn care nearly effortless. And as a unique gift to the Earth, it’s environmentally friendly, too: the cutting performance is comparable to a gas mower, but without the accompanying noise, air-fouling emissions, and expense of frequent gas refills.

It won’t be long before trees shed their leaves. Be ready for nature’s debris with this easy-to-use cordless electric blower – it moves fallen leaves with a wind speed equivalent to a Category 4 hurricane. Operating at up to 145 mph, its brushless motor is powered by a rechargeable battery. The blower efficiently clears lawns, driveways, and patios without

the bulk, noise, and fumes of its clunky gas-powered cousins.

It may be mid-August, but the growing season is far from over. Kale, pea shoots and of course, decorative mums are all plants that will thrive in the cooler temperatures of early fall. Keep your fall foliage more self-sufficient with these self-watering planters that can be configured to fit any patio, yard, or indoor space. The set of five stacks vertically or horizontally to suit any space, so they’re a great unique gift for the gardener who like to grow inside the house all winter long.

And if you really feel like you’ve had enough yard work for the year, just remember this: you could be shoveling snow.

Curl Up With a Great Book

Whether you love books, read them occasionally, or browse other mediums, don’t pass up the unique gift of curling up with a great read tomorrow on National Book Lover’s Day. Hammacher Schlemmer offers many products that make reading more enjoyable.

Many people enjoy a good read before bed, but typical lights can disturb a sleeping partner. This Reader’s Bed Lamp is dual-headed and mounts above the headboard to throw light at a specific spot, without disturbing a partner’s slumber. The two lights have an adjustable lamp shade that zooms the size of the beam in and out. This light is also one that people from all ages can enjoy to reduce the strain of reading in a dark room.

For someone just looking to get some extra zoom on the tiny words they have to read all day, the Widescreen HD Digital Magnifier is a unique gift that provides up to 32X magnification on a 4½” W x 2½” LCD screen. It can be customized to one of 15 color combinations, with five brightness levels for enhanced viewing of printed pages or something as small as a stamp. With a dual lens that lets you read type up close or from across a room, this handy tool will help your tired eyes get the most out of every word.

With the increase in electronic mediums like e-readers, tablets, and smartphones, most of us read more on screen than we do the printed word. This eye strain can lead to bigger problems, so “look” no further than the Screen Reader’s Eye Strain Preventing Glasses. This unique gift filters out blue light emitted by computer, tablet, and smartphone screens to assist in protecting the eyes from discomfort and fatigue. Blue light rays can lead to macular degeneration and cataracts, so do everything you can to fight the risk.

So no matter how, where, or what you read, make sure you set aside some time tomorrow and every day to enjoy the unique gifts a book provides, keeping us informed, entertained, and engaged. And if you’re lacking in reading material, we can help.

Nothing Says Summer Like a Picnic!

Need to find a reason to enjoy time with family and friends outdoors? Plan a picnic that showcases the delicious bounty of late summer.

Make use of this season’s unique gifts of abundant locally grown produce when putting together your picnic menu. Marry juicy beefsteak tomatoes with aromatic basil for a bruschetta appetizer. For the main course, an Asian chicken salad with farmers market broccoli, pea pods, carrots, and Nappa cabbage makes a delightful dish on a hot day. Dessert deserves fresh and healthy…a fruit salad of fresh sliced peaches, cherries, and plums.

With the menu in place, next make plans to keep everyone comfortable. This portable canopy clamps to any rectangular wooden table to provide up to 75′ sq. of shade. The three-piece frame sets up in seconds, and the canopy simply slides over the frame. The entire unit folds to fit into the included duffel bag.

This easy-to-clean waterproof blanket provides a soft layer of protection against the damp ground at any picnic, as well as at concerts and other outdoor events. Unlike common vinyl-backed outdoor blankets that must be washed by hand and take hours to line dry, this blanket is made with layers of bonded fabric and is easily cleaned in a standard washer and dryer.

Set a carefree mood with light classical music or easy jazz in the background. This tiny wireless speaker is only slightly larger than a casino die. The speaker is small enough to attach to a keychain and store unobtrusively in a pocket, yet produces crisp, clear sound. It connects to a smartphone or other device via Bluetooth for portable music anywhere, completing your perfect picnic. Consider this as a unique gift for a college-bound student, too.

Finally, don’t let insects don’t spoil the fun. Visit our online Pest Prevention Center for a big selection of environmentally friendly methods to ensure you and your guests enjoy the unique gifts of outdoor dining, but mosquitoes and other bugs don’t.

Camping: Nature’s Cure For Mind And Body

A camping trip is a great way to reap the many unique gifts this warm weather season provides, such as better sleep, peace of mind, and staying in shape. We recommend these items to make your next outdoor outing even more beneficial to your mind and body.

Take a trip back to the Psychedelic 60’s, and capture the feeling of flower power in a VW tent. The Volkswagen bus tent is based on the Type 2 model, also known as the “Camper Van” or just “The Bus”, and it is near scale with an easy to set up steel frame and fiberglass poles. This waterproof tent comfortably sleeps four people. It is a cozy 72 inches high, providing a spacious interior with a clip-in divider to create two private sleeping areas.

Here’s an easy way to keep sitting pretty off the damp, dirty ground while camping or attending outdoor events. The Messenger Bag Director’s Chair is a portable chair that folds to about the size of a laptop, with a messenger bag to store it in. You can carry it over your shoulder to the campsite to avoid sitting amongst all the nasty bugs. If the portability wasn’t enough, it also includes a cup holder and two pockets, to store all those s’mores making supplies.

It’s impossible to relax and enjoy the great outdoors when you’re swatting pesky mosquitos. For protection, try this hooded, lightweight jacket, created only for Hammacher Schlemmer, made of netting that zips-up to shield your skin from mosquitos. Simply wear it on top of normal clothes, and your risk for Zika, West Nile Virus, or even just itchy bug bites decreases significantly. The polyester is stretchy so you won’t feel constrained, and it is breathable to prevent overheating, even in tropical climates.

With summer days winding down this is as good a time as ever to take a camping trip. Don’t forget these unique gifts from Hammacher Schlemmer—ensuring your journey to peace of mind and a healthy body—that will create a more enjoyable camping experience.

Unique Gifts from “Hammock”-er Schlemmer

July 22 is National Hammock day, but why limit it to a single day? We believe any warm, sunny afternoon is worth enjoying a hammock’s unique gifts of swinging, swaying, and simple relaxation.

For a classic hammock, look no further than The Pawleys Island Oversized Hammock. Its original home is Pawleys Island, South Carolina, designed by Captain Joshua Ward in the late 1880s. This hammock is handwoven and made of high grade cotton twill rope. It supports two people, so you can bring someone along for a little rest and relaxation, with no fear of falling because of the seasoned oak staves that provide maximum stability.

For comfort, easy transport, and simple set-up, The Tailgaters’ Hammocks is a dual hammock with all of these qualities that sets up on a trailer hitch. It consists of two 600-denier polyester hammock chairs with hanging footrests, allowing for reclining and elevation of the feet and legs.

Looking to get into the full relaxation zone? Consider The Pendulum Zome. Similar to a dome, zomes have a more geometric pattern that mimics the shape of a pineapple, pinecone, or artichoke. It is filled with plump pillows, and swings back and forth to create a soothing, swaying motion for the ultimate pseudo-hammock experience.

No matter how you choose to spend a day with gorgeous warm weather, you can still make every day a hammock day. They will provide the unique gifts of rest, relaxation, and limitless comfort all summer long.

We’re in the midst of Everybody Deserves a Massage Week. Have you booked yours yet? It’s a great time to experience the unique gifts and healing powers that come from the helping hands of a professional massage therapist.

But because many of us don’t always have the time or resources to get frequent professional massages, we also have some ideas that will bring the benefits of massage into your own home.

This full-body massage chair combines the invigorating touch of a massage therapist’s hands with the restorative sensation of hot stone therapy. Available exclusively from Hammacher Schlemmer, the chair uses a sophisticated body-scanning system to adjust the pressure of its thermal massage rollers. It delivers targeted concentrated warmth to help soothe and relax sore lumbar muscles. When not in use as a massager, this chair serves as an elegant recliner with leather-like upholstery that conceals its massage functions.

Another unique gift you won’t find anywhere else, this flexible vibration massage pad provides relaxing, full-body massage on soft or irregular surfaces such as beds, couches, or chairs. Unlike typical massage pads that require a solid, level surface for operation, this one flexes at four points, so you can drape it over any piece of sitting/reclining furniture. With a heating element in the lumbar section, the pad’s built-in massaging motors target areas you control with the tethered remote.

If you’ve ever visited a physical therapist, you may have received ultrasound treatments to relieve pain and muscle tension. This handheld massager uses safe sound waves to deeply penetrate tissue and relax sore muscles in a similar way. The massager’s imperceptible sonic vibrations penetrate below the skin’s surface to help reach—and relieve—pain and tension at their source. The gentle massage treatment activates the body’s natural healing mechanisms, stimulating circulation and repair.

The unique gifts that come from massage include relief from tension and stress, reduction of pain, an increase in flexibility and even a decrease in blood pressure. Plus, there’s one more great reason to enjoy a massage…you deserve it!

Get Your Dose of Vitamin Sea

The freshness of breezes cooled by a lake or ocean…the sound of gentle waves lapping at the shore…a beautiful sunrise or sunset over the water.

These are the unique gifts that make us crave Vitamin Sea: a getaway to the beach or a cozy lakeside cabin. It’s time to plot your personal getaway, and we have the accessories to make the trip easier and more memorable.

This beach-friendly wagon, exclusive to Hammacher Schlemmer, is impossible to fill with sand. It’s made from material based on military technology that was developed to suppress helicopter brownouts in sandy or dusty conditions. The wagon filters sand back to the beach as soon as it falls on its surface. It folds for easy transport and storage, making it the ideal unique gift for campers, too, as well as parents who haul small kids to the park.

When it’s time for a swim, you’ll find these swim goggles truly worthy of The Best rating from the Hammacher Schlemmer Institute. A panel of competitive swimmers lauded these goggles for providing an ideal level of suction, unlike lesser models that provided “no suction at all” or too much to the point of discomfort. The Best Goggles create a comfortable-yet-watertight seal and the smoke tinted lenses provide 100% UVA and UVB protection for sunny days.

This two-person “killer whale” watercraft breaches and submerges just like the Orcinus Orca after which it is designed. The pilot pushes and pulls twin control levers to articulate the whale’s pectoral fins for rolls and stealthy dives. Steering is provided by dual foot pedals that control the craft’s vectored thrust, enabling realistic behaviors such as porpoising or skyhopping. The craft can hydroplane up to 50 mph over the water’s surface and cruises up to 25 mph while submerged. This unique gift is guaranteed to make you the talk of the seaside town.

And at the end of your day on the water, if you feel relaxed and at ease, happy and at peace with the world, it will be becaus e you got a healthy dose of Vitamin Sea.

Let’s All Scream for Ice Cream

Nutritionists generally don’t consider ice cream a super food, but perhaps they ought to reconsider. It provides the body with the unique gifts of calcium, bone-strengthening phosphorus, potassium, B vitamins and protein. And it’s so tasty.

Fitting, then, that this Sunday is National Ice Cream Day, time to celebrate this delicious and, yes, nutritious treat. In many parts of the country, Sunday promises to be one of the hottest days of the year, so grab a scoop and enjoy a refreshing dish or cone of this cooling treat.

Perhaps you know someone whose ice cream cone turns into a drippy mess before the licking is done. Here’s a unique gift for them: this motorized spinning cone features a 25-30 rpm rotating dish, providing lazy lickers the luxury of frozen flavor without the tedious task of moving their mouth. A built-in drip basin provides permanent relief from sticky struggles.

This unique gift can help dieters or the lactose intolerant enjoy Sunday’s festivities. This frozen dessert maker provides a superior smoothness that rivals soft serve. It makes banana-Oreo and strawberry-raspberry frozen treats with superior texture and even consistency. It purees frozen bananas, chocolate chips, and marshmallows into a healthy, dairy-free alternative to Rocky Road in less than a minute and a half. Substitute your own fruit-based recipes for rich ice cream and you could banish the chubby hubby forever.

Perhaps you want to share the delights of National Ice Cream Day with a crowd. Imagine riding up to your family reunion, company picnic or block party on this genuine ice cream cart made by Worksman Cycles. It even has the brass bells as featured on the original carts first produced for the Good Humor company over 75 years ago.

BREAKING NEWS: We’ve just learned all of July has been declared National Ice Cream Month. You have over two more weeks to enjoy the unique gifts of this frozen dessert’s cooling and soothing deliciousness in copious quantities. We say, go for it!

Celebrate Summer in a BIG Way

Go big or stay home! Really, we don’t want you to stayhome during the prime time of summer, so here are unique gift ideas that will keep you at the top of your big game, whether it’s a pool party, a day at the beach, or languid summer days at your lake house.

Is “wakey, wakey, eggs and bakey” music to your ears? These giant floating breakfast favorites are for you.  The set of two pool floats—a huge slice of bacon and a big pair of sunny-side up eggs—each provide a surface to relax on while soaking up the sun. The inflatables are constructed of durable vinyl that ensures both non-runny surfaces as well as crispy resilience.


This gigantic beach mat is sized for six persons. Available only from Hammacher Schlemmer, the surface stays sand-free, thanks to military technology originally developed to suppress helicopter brownouts. The mat’s two layers of patented woven polyurethane instantly filter sand back to the beach when it hits the surface. The mat eliminates dirt, dust, and water so you’ll always have a clean expanse to stretch out in the sun, making the most of the unique gift of doing absolutely nothing.

Expecting a crowd at the lake? This big floating raceway course challenges up to 60 participants at a time to navigate its obstacles. Raised, webbed rebounding platforms at each corner require nimble negotiation to avoid ejection into the water. One length of the course tests balance while walking over a “beam”—an ideal spot for water-noodle jousting matches—while another encourages players to jump over a two-section water “pit” or descend and climb out.

We have many more unique gifts for spending a day on the water in a big way, so you can make the most of these prime days of summer.