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.

Hope Springs Eternal on Opening Day

11876_1000x1000Few other annual events are filled with as much fresh hope and promise as the start of a new baseball season. On Opening Day, every team has a clean slate and its fans have heady aspirations that this will be the year their boys go all the way.

Opening Day is a state of mind, and indeed retired shortstop Ozzie Smith this year started an online petition on wethepeople.com to urge the U.S. Government to declare the day a national holiday. If Opening Day does become a holiday, it may create another opportunity to shower friends and family with unique gifts.

For the New York Yankees fan, the ultimate unique gift may be a genuine piece of the House that Ruth Built. The Authentic Yankee Stadium Seats were removed from the stadium before it was razed, the very stadium where fans watched Reggie Jackson, Thurman Munson, Derek Jeter and other iconic Bronx Bombers capture six World Series titles. The seats are available as pairs mounted to stand upright or as barstools, including a stool with 39 certified autographs.

The hardcore Yankee fan may also appreciate The Museum Quality 1/8 Scale 1961 Yankee Stadium. Meticulously researched, hand-built and hand-painted by artist Steve Wolf, whose stadium models are displayed in the Los Angeles Sports Museum, this amazing replica took nearly 3,000 hours to complete. This model faithfully replicates the stadium from more than 50 years ago, including period advertisements, six working light banks, and ticket windows.

Many a baseball fan has a bucket-list item to visit all the Major League ballparks. The Personalized Baseball Ballpark Map charts the stadiums you’ve visited and those you plan on seeing. The map lists all 59 ballparks that have hosted Major League Baseball teams since 1912. Color-coded pins and flags mark stadiums you’ve visited, your most recent conquest, your next destination, and your favorite stadium.

As the storied Joe DiMaggio said about the start of the season, “You always get a special kick on Opening Day, no matter how many you go through. You look forward to it like a birthday party when you’re a kid. You think something wonderful is going to happen.” And for those fans who know better, just wait till next year.

Vernal Equinox Brings Promise of Rainy Days Ahead

At last, Spring is here! Well, so says the calendar. The Vernal Equinox occurs today at 12:57 p.m. Eastern Time. With more chilly temperatures and even some snow in the forecast for several areas of the country, it seems Spring may not have gotten the memo.1955_Catalog

Despite Mother Nature’s stubbornness, it’s a certainty that soon we will get true Spring weather, including our share of April showers. We’ll obligingly help you prepare with a selection of umbrellas that make a unique gift for yourself or for anyone you want to see kept warm and dry.

A Hammacher Schlemmer exclusive is The World’s Smallest Automatic Umbrella. This little umbrella was designed in Portland, Oregon, where they know rain. Carried inconspicuously in a purse or trouser pocket, this is the smallest umbrella available with a canopy that opens and closes with the push of a button. Only 8″ long when closed, the umbrella instantly deploys its generous 40″ diameter canopy when a button on its handle is pressed.

Spring weather also brings the promise of gusty winds. The Wind Defying Packable Umbrella—another Hammacher Schlemmer exclusive—resists gusts up to 35 mph that turn traditional umbrellas inside-out. Its patented overlapping vent system disperses wind through eight reinforced slits in the canopy to eliminate inversion while shielding you from precipitation.

Looking for a unique gift for a pet owner? The Canine’s Raincoat protects dogs like an umbrella from head to tail. Made with a water-repellant nylon exterior and lined with soft fleece for snuggly, warm comfort, the raincoat has a removable transparent hood that keeps a dog’s head dry without obstructing its ears.

Yes, that rainy Spring weather will soon be upon us, but it won’t be long before we’re telling you about unique gifts for gardeners and unusual gifts for enjoying the great outdoors!

A Unique Gift for Future Generations

One of the most amazing scientific discoveries in the last century has been the link between many diseases and our genetic makeup. We now know that many future health conditions can be prepared for, managed, or perhaps even averted with the right knowledge.The Hermetically Sealed DNA Time Capsule.

All cancer hasn’t been cured—yet—but what if the discovery of a genetic predisposition could be made years or even decades earlier? Future generations may be able to enjoy the benefit of treatments for conditions that are life-threatening, or perhaps even merely annoying, such as allergies, based on DNA analysis.

Among the most valuable and unique gifts you could give your children, grandchildren, and other descendants is access to your DNA, safely preserved in The Hermetically Sealed DNA Time Capsule. This patented, triple-sealed vessel securely stores DNA within a blood sample at room temperature, preserving your genetic fingerprint for over 100 years.

Once a sample is secured, it can be stored within a home or bank lock box for decades until one’s progeny submits it for genetic analysis. Preserving one’s DNA in the present enables future scientific advances to reveal any predispositions to disease—currently undetectable by today’s methods—a family’s genetic makeup may bear.

None of us can help our genetics, but knowledge is power and you can give your family the unique gift of knowledge that could help change their lives.

The Web at 25: an Invention with World-wide Impact

On this day 25 years ago, Sir Tim Berners-Lee, a British computer scientist, wrote a paper proposing a system of information management that eventually became the concept and architecture of the World Wide Web. Lee’s system was originally designed to help run a particle accelerator at the CERN facility in Switzerland.

Less than two years later, Lee made a unique gift to the world on Christmas Day 1990 by releasing the code to his system for free.

Although Lee’s system was not technically the same as the Internet – which is a series of rules and protocols—the Web as envisioned by Lee today allows ordinary users to access files hosted on other computers around the globe so that all of us can enjoy a virtually infinite amount of data. It is arguably the most important invention of the 20th Century.

A project by Pew Research shows that 87 percent of adults are regular users of the Internet. It has transformed the way we work, how we get our news, how and how frequently we communicate with other people, the way we care for our health, and of course, the way we shop for and purchase goods.

In keeping with our track record for innovation, in 1986 Hammacher Schlemmer became one of the first retailers to sell its products on the Internet, teaming up with CompuServe. The Internet certainly has transformed Hammacher Schlemmer, taking us from our one store in New York City to being at the fingertips of users everywhere. It makes available our selection of unique gifts—the Best, the Only and the Unexpected83791_1000x1000—to computer users at any time and any place.

The recent evolution of the Internet is mobile use, with Pew’s research reporting that 68 percent of American adults say they access the Internet at least occasionally on a cell phone or tablet. As the Internet continues to evolve, many experts think the next step is the “Internet of Things” connecting our appliances, vehicles, data and more, allowing devices to connect to and “talk” to each other.

Unique Gifts of Light and Time

iPhone WatchSome folks love it, others curse it…but there’s no denying that the move to Daylight Savings Time this weekend capitalizes on one of Nature’s unique gifts: the lengthening of the days that comes with spring.

In the U.S., DST has been around since 1918 when it was established as a fuel-conservation measure during the First World War. It was largely unpopular and as a result, after the war Congress abolished DST on a federal level, although states had the option to observe the time change.

Year-round DST, called “War Time,” was implemented in 1942, again to save fuel during WWII. After the war, from 1945 and until 1966, there was no federal DST and localities could choose when and if to turn the clocks ahead or back. Confusion in the transportation industry led to federal regulation and the Uniform Time Act of 1966. Through the following years, the dates to begin and end DST changed based on issues such as the 1973 oil embargo and amendments to the Uniform Time Act. In 2007, most of the country moved to the dates we have today: Daylight Savings Time begins the second Sunday every March and ends the first Sunday in November.

With all this changing does anybody really know what time it is? To help those confused by this weekend’s time change, we have several watches that make unique gifts for special someone, or perhaps yourself.

One of our favorites is The Voice Command Smartphone Watch. This is the only watch that relays voice commands to a smart phone, even when buried in a purse or tucked in a pocket. The watch appears to be a classic analog design, but a discreet speaker and microphone transform it into a one-touch communication hub on the wrist. Using Bluetooth 4.0, the watch acts as liaison with an Android or iPhone for calls and texts. The watch also features a “leash” function to alert users if the phone has been left behind.