Award-Winning Unique Gifts for Kids

Some kids’ letters to Santa include three or four pages of wish-list items. And yet, there’s a lot of pressure on a loving aunt, uncle, or grandparent to find unique gifts for the little ones that will be both memorable to the parents and loved by the children themselves.

We have suggestions for award-winning unique gifts recognized by publications or institutions for their creativity and contribution to child development. 86177a_1000x1000Each of these goes far beyond the average toy – just as you would expect from Hammacher Schlemmer.

Winner of a Creative Mind Magazine Preferred Choice Award for Creative Toys, this plush and cuddy lamb generates eight different tranquil sounds to lull an infant to sleep. It re-creates the sound of a mother’s heartbeat heard within the womb, a gentle rain shower, the calming sounds of ocean surf, the harmonic sounds of whale song, and four soothing melodies.88838a_1000x1000

These award-winning Symphony Blocks can be rearranged to play a million different melodies, teaching children about music, shapes, and colors. A recipient of the Oppenheim Toy Portfolio Blue Chip Classic Award, the five blocks can be placed into the sturdy base in any order. Each side of each block plays a different phrase of music when pressed. Hitting the big red button on the front runs through all five phrases in sequence, while a flip of a switch changes the music from classical to swinging jazz to drum-filled African rhythms.86450_1000x1000

With all the action worthy of its onomatopoeic name, the Schmeckenbecker Kinetic Contraptions Kit is a 6′-tall tower that puts a marble through a labyrinth of contraptions. Winner of an Oppenheim Toy of the Year Award, the kit provides young designers with hands-on lessons in physics with over 600 pieces that assemble into as many configurations a mind can envision. Young engineers are challenged to place obstacles at precise angles to ensure a non-stop journey with each run.

Our online selection is abundant with unique gifts for youngsters. Use our online gift guide to find the perfect presents for children of all ages, in all price ranges.

A Unique Wallet, a Great Gift for Him

A wallet is a holiday gift well-appreciated by many. For that completely unique gift, however, we have some suggestions that are quite different from the ordinary. 88124_1000x1000Check out these wallets sure to create a memorable impression on anyone on your holiday gift list.

This ultra-thin 28-card wallet is made from supple lambskin in the centuries-old tradition of fine Florentine leather goods…and it’s a Hammacher Schlemmer exclusive. This handsome wallet evokes the superior workmanship of Tuscan craftsmen. Even when fully loaded, the bi-fold wallet is less than 1″ thick so it slips comfortably into a pants pocket, making it90046_1000x1000 an ideal unique gift for anyone who hates bulky billfolds.

This handmade wallet sports an exterior of 100% genuine stingray skin, the same durable material used for centuries by Japanese swordsmiths as a wrap for weapon hilts to ensure a confident, lasting grip. Considered by many to be the toughest wallet material in the world, the resilient and moisture-resistant stingray skin withstands the daily stresses placed on a wallet, ensuring years of reliable use without the fading, cracking, 12641_1000x1000or unraveling common to typical wallets.

There’s nothing worse than the sinking feeling of not being able to find your wallet. This self-finding wallet includes an integrated tracker device that alerts a paired Bluetooth device up to 100 ft. away. Should this wallet go missing, rather than turning your home inside out, simply launch the accompanying app and the wallet will send a signal followed by an e-mail containing a Google map showing its location.

Should you find a wallet’s just not the thing, our online catalog and easy-to-use gift guides are full of ideas that will help you find a perfect unique gift for him.

You Auto Get Ready for Winter

The past week’s snows in the upper Midwest, New England, and upstate New York served as wake-up calls that it’s time to prepare for the worst Mother Nature can dish out. Before the next storm hits, get yourself and your car ready for winter driving.

Before every trip, ensure both your wiper fluid reservoir and your gas tank are adequately filled. Driving with a dirty or salty windshield is never safe, and if you’re stuck in traffic for hours,88029_1000x1000 you want to be able to run your car as long as possible.

Consider a better ice scraper. This telescoping, ergonomic scraper has ice-breaking teeth that gnaw through a glacial coating to quickly clear off a car. Grooves on the scraper’s edge increase grip and friction, chiseling away icy build-up without damaging paint or glass. The opposite end has long bristles that swivel and lock into place perpendicular or parallel to the handle to serve as a push broom or a89219_1000x1000 traditional snow brush.

You may prefer a car windshield cover that lets you remove built-up snow and ice with just a quick shake. This windshield tarp, available only from Hammacher Schlemmer, eliminates the need to scrape the windshield, and also saves time and gas wasted running the engine while the defroster warms up. Twin window flaps and sewn-in magnets keep the tarp secure. For any driver in the family, this is a perfect unique gift that will make them the envy of their fellow commuters.87095_1000x1000

Sand or kitty litter can help gain traction if you’re stuck in snow, but far superior is this roll-up snow escape tread. It provides dependable extra traction for your car on ice, or in snow or mud. This tread is made of heavy-duty polyvinyl chloride rubber that delivers the unique gift of traction in the harshest weather. Simply wedge the tread under any powered tire, and it will provide enough bite to get your car back on track.

Keep an extra set of gloves and a hat in your car throughout the season so you’re ready for anything…even for leaving your car behind and walking if necessary. No one can predict for certain how harsh this winter will be, so let’s hope for the best and prepare for the worst.

Make the Most of Black Friday

In case you’ve haven’t not noticed the onslaught of TV commercials, Black Friday is this week. Some people love the thrill of the hunt…getting up in the dark of night, circling the mall parking lot for a spot, fighting crowds for bargains only to find the coveted item is sold out.

This message is not for those people.

This message is for folks who like to linger in their warm beds on a day off. People who savor reminiscing about the previous day’s family feast over another cup of coffee. Folks who like their purchases to include iron-clad guarantees. Those who prefer to embrace the ease of online shopping for choosing unique gifts to give their family and friends.

That’s where the easy-to-use Hammacher Schlemmer’s online gift guides come in. Looking for just the right unique gifts for him? Honing in on the perfect present for her? Our gift guides feature customizable filters that allow you to target the recipient’s interests, hobbies and tastes. Want to target a specific price range? We do that, too. Just can’t make up your mind? No problem, a gift certificate puts the choice in their hands.

And the right size and color are never an issue. Like every unique gift we offer, your selection will be covered by Hammacher Schlemmer’s Unconditional and Unwavering Lifetime Guarantee. And that’s something you just can’t get at the local mall.

Spread Holiday Cheer Around Your Home

With the holiday season fast approaching, it’s time to plan the final touches that will bring the festive spirit to every room of your home. We have dozens of unique gifts to help you create a beautiful seasonal display throughout your house, including these customer favorites:12974_1000x1000

This personalized gift-bearing Santa Claus features the festive flourishes and vocal talents of renowned “Painter of Light” Thomas Kinkade. A touch of a switch plays a recording of Kinkade reciting the classic Christmas poem T’was the Night Before Christmas through an integrated speaker. Crafted with meticulous detail, the 3′ figure embodies the charm exemplified in Kinkade’s original artwork. Tags on the presents can even be personalized with the names of up to six family members to make this a truly unique gif88627_1000x1000t.

This ladder-climbing Santa attaches to any tree and serenades spectators with Christmas carols. He totes a string of lights up and down the 40″-tall ladder to assist you with hanging your holiday décor. Every 60 seconds, Santa tirelessly completes his up and down climbing circuit as his signature red sack rests on the floor and plays 30 second instrumental versions of 15 Christmas classics including We Wish You a Merry Christmas, Jingle Bells, and Jolly Old Saint Nicholas.88652_1000x1000

A unique gift exclusive to Hammacher Schlemmer, this 2′-tall Santa nutcracker wirelessly streams music to impart both the sights and sounds of holiday cheer. Santa’s furry red stocking cap, embroidered red cloak, candy cane, and Christmas tree scepter provide all the appropriate eye appeal. A wireless radio receiver built into his gift-laden base streams your choice of music via its built-in speaker from a smartphone, tablet, or other wireless-enabled MP3 player.

We proudly feature dozens of other unique gifts for the holidays that will brighten your home with Christmas spirit—see our full collection online and complete your holiday shopping with ease.

Pump Up Your Outdoor Holiday Display

With Thanksgiving little more than a week away, this is the perfect time to plan an outstanding and impressive holiday display for your yard or other outdoor spaces. These larger-than-life inflatable decorations—all available only from Hammacher Schlemmer—are guaranteed to grab attention from everyone who comes by your house87336_1000x1000 .86467_1000x1000 87116a_1000x1000

This inflatable Darth Vader provides an imposing, yet celebratory, addition to an outdoor holiday display. In keeping with the holiday spirit, this reformed Sith lord bears a candy saber decorated with a holly berry ribbon as a unique gift of yuletide mirth to brighten his Dark Side. Despite his 16-foot height, he deploys quicker than a lightsaber using the integrated pump.

Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer is a television classic for all time. This 15-foot-tall inflatable Abominable Snow Monster of the North, a.k.a. “Bumble” from the 1964 stop-motion show, will tower over your yard. This magnificent beast’s durable fur-covered polyester hide is accentuated by his frostbitten blue face, hands, and feet. His enormous size and internal lights draw attention to holiday decorations and elicit astonished stares from passersby.

This nearly 12-foot tall inflatable Clarice brings Rudolph’s “cuuuute” companion to life on a grand scale. Our rendition of Clarice stands taller than a Clydesdale and bears all of the kind-hearted character’s signature features, from her polka-dotted red bow to her renowned long lashes. Of course, we offer an inflatable 15-foot Rudolph himself, too.

From classic wreaths to dazzling light shows, 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 most impressive on the block.

Check Out Our ‘Stache of Unique Gifts for Shaving

Gentlemen, it’s time to rally ‘round for men’s health and “grow your mo”. That’s the idea behind Movember: champion your mustache and raise funds for awareness and prevention of diseases such as prostate cancer.

No matter how bushy your upper lip may get, we have some unique gifts that will help keep the rest of your countenance clean-shaven and slick as a whistle.84865_1000x1000

This cordless beard and mustache trimmer earned The Best rating from the Hammacher Schlemmer Institute because it provided the most precise shave. Panelists preferred The Best model because it provided a clean, comfortable shave with “zero pulling or nicking.” Lesser models were made from cheap plastic, unlike The Best model which has a superior stainless-steel body and blades.88776_1000x1000

Here’s another item that earned The Best rating: this foil shaver is rated The Best by the Hammacher Schlemmer Institute because panelists noted it produced “an awesome shave, as close as a blade and lasts all day.” The Best model’s foils generate subtle vibrations that lift hair follicles and enable the five blades (the most in the industry) to cut below the skin. Unlike lesser shavers that left some areas “patchy” The Best model’s pivoting head “reached every nook and cranny effortlessly.”83312_1000x1000

Come December 1, should you decide to “mow your mo” you deserve this heated lather machine. It dispenses warm shaving cream or gel to enable a closer, more comfortable shave. The device heats the cream or gel for 90 seconds, producing a barbershop-worthy, soothing lather that opens pores and softens and raises whiskers so they are easier to cut. And with the holidays coming soon, it makes the perfect unique gift for any frequent shaver to enjoy on the cold days of winter.

All men hope for good health 365 days a year, but during the month of “Movember” consider scheduling that long-delayed doctor’s appointment, becoming more physically active and supporting the Movember Movement’s fund-raising efforts to improve men’s health worldwide.

A Cornucopia of Thanksgiving Ideas

You might say hosting Thanksgiving is the pinnacle of entertaining. Little else distracts from the focus on gathering ‘round for the big meal…there are no unique gifts to shop for, no one is excluded because of their beliefs, and after the meal guests can simply relax over a football game or two.

However, if you’re hosting, it’s worth looking at a few unique gift items for yourself to ensure a memorable feast. We have a few suggestions to help the day go smoothly and wow your family and friends.84960_1000x1000

Make sure there’s plenty of ice for thirsty guests with this portable tabletop ice maker that produces ample cubes more efficiently than lesser models. Yielding conical-shaped cubes in batches of 12, the ice maker creates nearly 2 lbs. of ice per hour. Analysts from the Hammacher Schlemmer Institute praise this unit for its ability to produce, “a batch of clear, well-formed cubes in just under 10 minutes.”12857_1000x1000

Whether you’re laying out hors d’oeuvres, displaying desserts or setting a more intimate-feeling dining table, this wooden lazy Susan will complement your beautiful décor while making it easier for guests to grab the goodies. It features a wooden top supported by a repurposed wine barrel metal hoop. The 23″-diameter tray rests flat on a table and smoothly spins 360° on steel ball bearings. And as you’re writing up your holiday shopping list, keep this lazy Susan in mind as a unique gift for any oenophiles you know. 12482_1000x1000

After the feast, coffee is in order to combat the effects of turkey and loads of carbs. Bring your favorite barista to your kitchen in the guise of this fully automatic, exactingly designed Swiss coffee maker. Built to standards coffee connoisseurs expect, this barista makes drinks from Espresso to Cappuccino and beyond. A simple turn of the dial selects one of 29 different drinks, all in perfect proportions. Two hoppers hold different flavors or brands of beans for customized blends.

Finally, as Thanksgiving approaches, we would like to take this opportunity to thank you sincerely for your readership and your loyalty to our commitment to always bring you The Best, The Only and The Unexpected.

See the Light with Unique Gifts for Darker Days

Early Sunday morning, most of us will turn our clocks back one hour as Daylight Savings Time ends. Some folks will revel in the unique gift of an extra hour of sleep, while others will curse the early darkness.

No matter which side of the issue you take, this is a great time to evaluate your lighting and consider a new lamp for your home or additional lighting on walkways leading up to your house.88180_1000x100012778_1000x1000

This traditional brass apothecary floor lamp features a full-spectrum bulb to enhance contrast and reduce eyestrain and glare. Instead of the yellow glare produced by incandescent bulbs, the lamp’s full-spectrum white glow mimics sunlight, improving visual acuity. Its classic design has been preferred for task lighting since the late 19th century, when the advent of electricity enabled pharmacists to direct the beam downward over a work area, though its boom arm and shade can be positioned at any angle.

An ideal unique gift for readers, crafters or puzzle aficionados, this extra-bright lamp was created specifically for the U.S. Library of Congress. Providing scholars and researchers with clean, bright focused light that won’t disturb tired eyes, the lamp uses a patented halide-LED module to generate six times the light of a 75-watt incandescent bulb. When a lesser amount of light is desired, twin rocker switches turn on/off one or two LED arrays, which can be used with or without the halide bulb.88333_1000x1000

Outdoors, a well-lit walkway will be safer for you, your family, and guests. Producing the brightest, longest-lasting and most expansive glow, this solar walkway light ranked first in all tests conducted by the Hammacher Schlemmer Institute. The Best Solar Walkway Light generated 60 lumens and glowed 75% longer than other models. Even after eight hours, its bright LED beam had not diminished. The light automatically turns on at dusk and recharges in moderate to full sunshine.

Daylight Savings Time was initially introduced as an energy-saving measure during both World Wars. But what all these lights have in common is energy efficiency over traditional lights…so even with standard time in place, you will enjoy bright light while conserving resources. We think that’s a brilliant idea!

I Think that I Shall Never See A Lovelier Pre-lit Christmas Tree

November has arrived with its chilly air and early darkness. That can only mean it’s time to start thinking about unique gifts for the holidays…and the Christmas tree under which you’ll pile them.17161_1000x1000

The first factor to consider for your holiday tree is live or artificial. While some purists insist on a live tree, there are several reasons you’ll want to consider our World’s Best Christmas Trees, besides their lifelike realism:

Lower cost over time—the investment in a well-made artificial tree means you will have your decoration for many years to come, saving the costs of buying live trees year after year.

It’s ecologically smart—natural resources go into the growing of trees, along with pesticides, herbicides, and fertilizers. Fossil fuels are consumed shipping trees around the country and again after the holiday when they need to be hauled away and processed into mulch. Keep your artificial tree for many holiday seasons and you’ll save resources year after year, a unique gift to the environment.

Lower maintenance—an artificial tree doesn’t need to be watered and it doesn’t leave behind a mess of dry needles when it’s taken down.78446_1000x1000

87494_1000x1000Time savings—choosing a tree pre-strung with LED or incandescent lights means no struggling with tangled wires. The pre-lit trees we offer will always shine on, even if one bulb breaks or burns out, backed by our Lifetime Guarantee of Complete Satisfaction.

Fewer Allergens—an artificial tree is less likely to bother allergies, while a live tree can release pollen and mold into the home.

Hammacher Schlemmer offers a large selection of artificial trees, including meticulous reproductions of Fraser, Noble, Balsam, Concolor, and Douglas firs. Our trees are available in a range of heights and come in full or slim widths to suit urban lofts as well as country estates.

We feature trees that are fashion forward, trees that are pure novelty and even a tree that Charlie Brown would love. You can view our complete Christmas tree selection online and find your perfect tree easily by filtering the results by branch and bulb type, tree height and width, and price.