See What Develops with Unique Gifts for Photographers

The month of May is National Photography Month, designated to recognize the importance of photos as tangible connections to our memories.

To celebrate the art of the photograph, we have suggestions for a few unique gifts that produce unique photos.87855_1000x1000

This diminutive point-and-shoot camera instantly prints wallet-sized photos. It uses high-speed, self-developing film to produce color 3.5×2″ snaps that print out of the top of the camera seconds after the picture is shot. Smaller than a smartphone, the camera stores unobtrusively in a pocket or purse. The instant prints themselves make for unique gifts for new friends made while traveling or to hand out as keepsakes at a family picnic or reunion.87840_1000x1000

This smartphone selfie stick transforms into a tripod for taking remote selfies. The tripod secures any phone with a 3.5″ to 6″ screen size using a bracket that swivels up to 60°, enabling use as a short or tall tripod. The included Bluetooth remote enables one to snap photos from up to 10′ away to allow for optimal shots of one’s self, friends and family.12231_1000x1000

Social media has revolutionized how we share photos with others…here’s an instant photo booth that can post pictures directly to Facebook, Twitter, or email, as well as provide classic prints. The booth connects via Wi-Fi, an Ethernet cable, or 4G/3G broadband. A touchscreen LCD inside the booth lets the subject choose color or black-and-white images as well as whimsical borders and backgrounds. The built-in thermal printer produces four-frame photo strips in seconds, just like photo booths found at carnivals and shopping malls.

Few ever tire of looking at pictures of their friends and loved ones. The art of photography connects us to others, triggers feelings of nostalgia, and serves as a record of our lives…so a photographic gift will never disappoint!

Plant the Seeds for a Great Garden

Do plants wither just from your glance? Do cactuses die from neglect under your care? You might be afflicted with a chronic brown thumb. We have some suggestions to help turn that brown thumb green…soon you, too, can enjoy the unique gifts of nature’s bounty and be the envy of the neighborhood.87084_1000x1000

Start with this easy-growing vertical garden. It displays five planters in only four sq. ft. of outdoor space and is set on casters for easy relocation. Ideal for balconies, patios and decks, the garden’s vertical post supports two large and three small pots for growing herbs, vegetables and flowers. The pots are at staggered heights to maximize sun exposure and each planter has drain holes to prevent overwatering…the common gardening mistake that sends many plants to an untimely end.88489_1000x1000

Like many brown-thumb gardeners, you may have no problem growing lush patches of dandelions, crabgrass and creeping thistle. This lawn and garden steamer helps control common weeds with ordinary tap water rather than harmful chemicals or backbreaking labor. A squeeze of the steamer’s trigger unleashes a weed-wilting blast of super-heated steam. With just a 5-10 second treatment, unwanted vegetation immediately discolors and shrivels, then dies in 24-48 hours. This steamer makes the ideal unique gift for any organic gardener, too.84647_1000x1000

Proper, deep watering in the heat of summer will keep both your garden and your lawn looking good. The Hammacher Schlemmer Institute tested leading lawn sprinklers and this model earned The Best rating because it watered the largest area and was the easiest to use. It was the easiest to connect, thanks to a specially designed adapter that attaches to a hose and simply plugs into the sprinkler without twisting. A built-in timer can automatically turn the sprinkler off after five minutes to two hours of watering.

You can also promote your green-thumb status by following the basic rules of gardening: pay attention to how much light specific plant varieties need. If the tag says “full sun”, don’t put that plant under a tree. Water deeply to promote root growth, but with less frequency. And use a good organic, time-release fertilizer to ensure your plants get the vitamins and minerals they need. Be good to them and they’ll reward you with the unique gifts of steady growth all summer long.

Unique Toys for Imaginative Play

Kids are born copy-cats. When children play at imitating adults, it’s more than just cute…it’s an important step in cognitive development, helping a child learn traditions, customs, and socialization.

That’s why unique gifts for children are so often designed around adult professions or hobbies. Hammacher Schlemmer has a selection of toys to entertain kids for hours, while exposing them to creative, imaginative play.86458_1000x1000

The littlest grease monkeys will be thrilled by this little car engine. It lets aspiring mechanics pop the hood, change the oil, and tinker with the engine. With a removable cowling, spark plugs, wing nuts and other lifelike car components, children can practice testing the brakes, changing the air filter, and using the dipstick to check the oil levels. The car has a working horn and headlights, and the set comes with a screwdriver, wrench, and other tools sized to fit little hands. 86931_1000x1000

What better unique gift for a child during BBQ season than this kid-sized replica of the classic Weber kettle grill. Young grill masters fire up creativity when they add plastic briquettes and light them with the included “lighter” that makes authentic clicking sounds. The charcoals emit a red glow of burning embers and make sounds that simulate crackling charcoal. Children can grill the included porterhouse steak, jumbo prawn, salmon steak, and vegetables, just like mom and dad.12500_1000x1000

This toy farmers’ market stand comes stocked with fruits and vegetables to teach young growers and shoppers about local sourcing and healthy eating. Appropriately sized for little customers and vendors, the shaded market stall is made from colorfully painted wood and includes nine removable plastic bins and a selection of “fresh” produce. The cheerful striped awning reverses to convert to a lemonade stand.

Of all unique gifts for a child, the best thing you can give them is the gift of your time. Be there for the children in your life, side-by-side, letting them learn from the most mundane “adult” activities you do every day.

Gentlemen, Start Your Burners!

It’s time to fire up the grill! Properly done, grilling is a healthy way of cooking. Fats drip off meat, plus the high heat of this method helps grilled meats and veggies alike retain more vitamins. That’s a unique gift we’ll accept any time!

No wonder 80 percent of American homes own a grill or smoker. And while summer is the most popular time for a barbeque, about 60 percent of backyard chefs report using their grills year ‘round. So if you’re looking for unique gifts for a homeowner, a grill accessory is practically a sure bet.83709_1000x1000

To maintain grilling as a healthy method of cooking, the grates should be kept clean of carbon deposits. This grill-cleaning robot automatically cleans your grates, removing burned-on bits of food and grease in just a few passes. The device can be set to operate for 10, 20 or 30 minutes, so you can get an extra-deep cleaning for the first barbeque of the season, or following a steak-heavy Father’s Day meat fest.88516_1000x1000

Freeing the grillmaster to relax or fraternize, this innovative thermometer wirelessly sends alerts to a smartphone or a tablet. Unlike typical thermometers that require personal inspection, this model’s wireless transmitter sends real-time data to an iPhone/iPad or Android app from 160′ away, alerting you when a pre-selected temperature is reached. Its water-resistant transmitter receives data from the probes and transmits directly to the smart device. It works brilliantly in an indoor oven, too.87471_1000x1000

Those who grill all year long likely do their share of cooking after sunset…and here’s the ideal unique gift for those folks. This cordless grill light earned The Best rating from the Hammacher Schlemmer Institute because it generated the brightest, most expansive light and was the only model with a timer. The Best model has 18 LEDs that produce crisp light six times brighter than lesser models. Its beam illuminates the cooking surface and a grill’s side table simultaneously. This light can be mounted to any vertical, horizontal or angled surface.

Memorial Day—one of the most popular days for grilling—will be here in less than three weeks. If you’ve not yet dusted off your favorite kettle cooker, flat top grill or smoker, now’s the time. Fill the propane tank or stock up on charcoal and get ready for the wonderful aromas and delicious flavors of outdoor cooking.

Gear Up for Road Trips with an Auto Safety Check

Summer—and we promise it will get here eventually—means more driving, for longer distances.

Before the season comes into full swing, we recommend investing in some unique gifts for your car to help ensure your and your family’s safety on the road.87213A_1000x1000

Before embarking on a long drive, be sure to check the air pressure in your car’s tires. This digital tire gauge earned The Best rating from the Hammacher Schlemmer Institute because it produced the most accurate readings when compared to a professional mechanic’s tool. It was also the only model tested with an integrated flashlight and backlit display screen…and was the only unit to survive a drop to a concrete floor.74978_1000x1000

On the highway, blind spots can be a real hazard. This patented rear view mirror provides a 180-degree view for a distortion-free reflection of rear traffic across an entire five-lane highway so you can more easily monitor adjacent vehicles when changing lanes or merging. The mirror simply clamps over most standard rear view mirrors without requiring tools or adhesives. It’s the ideal unique gift for anyone with a stiff or arthritic neck, too.87083_1000x1000

You may have heard traffic reporters refer to “sunshine delays” during morning and evening hours. The low-on-the-horizon sun is more than just an annoyance…it can be a real danger when it impedes your ability to see the road and traffic in front of you. This tinted see-through visor effectively blocks blinding glare without obstructing your view and simply clips in seconds to your vehicle’s visor. Just flip it down instantly when needed. It can even be used in conjunction with sun glasses for the unique gift of a glare-free, more comfortable drive.

Spend a few moments walking around your car for a visual inspection to ensure windows are clean and clear, tires are in good shape, and front and rear lights are free of cracks and burned-out bulbs. You’ll up the odds of arriving at your destination safely and on time.

May the Fourth Be with You

Tomorrow, avid Star Wars fans around the world will celebrate Star Wars Day and their rallying cry with a hearty “May the Force be with you” to one and all.

This date-driven play on words began May 4, 1979, when Margaret Thatcher took office as Prime Minister of the U.K. The London Evening News placed a congratulatory ad saying, “May the Fourth Be with You, Maggie.” It took off from there and in 2015, even the International Space Station celebrated far, far away with a showing of Star Wars for the astronauts.87707F_1000x1000

Why not celebrate Star Wars Day 2016 here on Earth with one of these unique gifts for yourself or for your favorite fan of the franchise.88225_1000x1000

These Star Wars Steins impart intergalactic intrepidity to your imbibing. Made from high-quality ceramic with pewter lids, each 32-oz. stein is crafted in the likeness of R2-D2, Darth Vader, Chewbacca or Boba Fett. Each stein is available individually, so a collector can choose a favorite as a unique gift or get the whole set.

You’ll have the best breakfast contraption in the whole galaxy with this Darth Vader Pancake Maker. Ensuring every iteration of the Sith Lord’s iconic visage is forged with the efficiency of an Imperial clone processing factory, its 10-setting thermostat and weighted lid yield tender golden “chewies” or crispy brown morsels, depending on your desired level of doneness.87114_1000x1000

A sure hit with kids and adults alike, this R2-D2 Bubble Generator automatically spews hundreds of bubble clusters in different directions. Faithful in detail to the original ‘droid, it speaks in the synthesized lexicon of boops and beeps and projects extraterrestrial blue light from its radar eye. It can be set to spray bubbles continuously or at random intervals, much in the spirit of the feisty original character.

We have over two dozen unique gifts that will delight any Star Wars fan on May the Fourth or any day. Check out our entire collection today!

How to Appreciate a Haircut? Let’s Mullet Over

Whether you favor the beehive, a crewcut, or even a Mohawk, tomorrow is guaranteed to be a good hair day…it’s Hairstyle Appreciation Day. This day is meant to celebrate not only the talents of a good stylist, but also the uniqueness each of us expresses with our hair.

Nothing beats a great cut from a professional, but Hammacher Schlemmer features several unique gifts to help you look good between visits to your favorite stylist or barber.88008A_1000x1000

This cordless revitalizing comb uses sonic vibrations and frizz-fighting ions to cleanse and detangle. A Hammacher Schlemmer exclusive, the quiet power of its 15,000 sonic vibrations per minute separates stubborn knots and removes oil and remnants of styling product. The result is smooth, shiny hair, free of residue that shampooing alone may not remove.87187C_1000x1000

Though the big hair of the 80s is a thing of the past, curling irons remain very popular for adding natural-looking waves and volume to hair. This is the only curling iron that doubles as a hot air blow dryer to save time by drying and styling simultaneously. Vents in the barrel emit warm air to dry, while the tourmaline-coated curling barrel also releases negatively charged natural ions to smooth hair cuticles.83676A_1000x1000

Here’s a great unique gift for gentlemen who love a clean-cut look. This electric hair trimmer cuts evenly in any direction, letting anyone maintain their own close-cropped hairstyle. As simple to use as a comb, the circular trimmer’s rotary cutting system and razor-sharp stainless steel blades cut as the unit moves through your hair.

For men and women alike, a good hair style helps boost your self-esteem and ties your look together. Whether you’re trying to look good on the job, impress at an interview, or working to gain the attentions of a romantic interest, give yourself the unique gift of a professional haircut. You have nothing to lose but your own split ends.

Picture These Unique Gifts for Mother’s Day

What do mothers love almost as much as their family? Pictures of their family! That’s why 74348_1000x1000personalized photo gifts are the ideal unique gifts to celebrate your loving mom this Mother’s Day.

This custom photo jigsaw puzzle can be personalized with a reproduction of a color or black and white snapshot. The 408-piece puzzle is created from 80-point pasted chipboard…twice the thickness of typical puzzles, for an impressive quality that will last for years.87141_1000x1000

Mom won’t be able to help thinking of you at her breakfast table, thanks to The Selfie Toaster. This appliance uses a custom heating insert to indelibly brand a headshot image onto a slice of bread. The subject’s full facial details are converted into twin removable stainless steel inserts – the toaster then browns a likeness of the subject onto one side of the toast.84007_1000x1000

If your mother’s video memories are saved on hours of obsolete VHS tapes, this device will convert the contents of a video cassette to a DVD before they’re lost forever to outdated technology. The finished DVDs play on any disc player or computer so Mom can post on social media or create DVD copies to use as unique gifts for other family members.

We have dozens of gifts perfect for any mother or the other selfless, loving women in your life. If you’re still unsure what to get, check out our online Mother’s Day Gift Guide for that perfect unique Mother’s Day present.

Unique Gifts for Unique Moms

Mother’s Day is fast approaching, falling on May 8 this year. Although every mother has a unique personality, one thing nearly every mom has is a love of comfort and easing into relaxation after a long day of dealing with work and family.86619D_1000x1000

We have some ideas for unique gifts for Mother’s Day that are sure to add comfort to her “me time” hours.

These luxurious lady’s pajamas combine the softness of natural silk with the carefree convenience of machine washing—and they’re available only from Hammacher Schlemmer. The silk used in these pajamas undergoes a proprietary treatment, allowing it to be machine washed repeatedly without discoloring or shrinking. The lightweight, shimmering material will feel extravagant against her skin. 78165_1000x1000

Using patented fabric developed for NASA to help keep astronauts cool in space, this cool-on-contact pillow provides a continuously comfortably sleeping surface. Another Hammacher Schlemmer exclusive, its millions of invisible microcapsules inside the pillow shell absorb excess heat and move warmth away from the head and neck. As Mom repositions naturally while she sleeps, the vacated area of the pillow recovers its cooling properties.

For an in-home spa experience, this ingenious 87675_1000x1000device converts any bathtub into a soothing spa tub in seconds. Available solely from Hammacher Schlemmer, it simply attaches to the side of a bathtub with its suction cups and circulates bath water through dual nozzles, creating relaxing water streams that soothe the body and mind. The nozzles swivel 180°, allowing Mom to direct the streams of water to target tension-holding muscles.

If none of these make the ideal unique gift for your mother, visit our online Mother’s Day Gift Guide for dozens more ideas for her and other special women in your life.

Time to Address Stress in Excess

This month is National Stress Awareness Month, a time for healthcare professionals and the public alike to learn more about the causes and cures for the epidemic of too much stress.

Whether it comes from our jobs, our families, or self-imposed expectations, excessive stress is a condition that can lead to a myriad of health problems, including high blood pressure, insomnia, obesity, and digestive issues.

One way to deal with stress is to allow yourself to indulge in the unique gift of calm relaxation. Easier said than done, right? We have some ideas to help you relax and find stress relief in your day.12195A_1000x1000

For the ultimate state of relaxation, this Tranquility Pod uses pleasant sound, gentle vibration, and soothing light to transport the body, mind and spirit. The pod’s biofeedback system—an exclusive feature available only from Hammacher Schlemmer—uses a pulse sensor that synchronizes your heartrate with 50 LEDs to create mind-calming mood lighting. The pod’s four-speaker sound system plays music from your smartphone or iPod to impart restful harmony.84188_1000x1000

Massage is a great way to reduce stress levels. This superior handheld massager delivers up to 3,000 pulses a minute—about 50% more than similar devices—to deeply penetrate muscles and loosen tension-induced knots. An infrared heating element penetrates deep into skin to boost circulation, while the massager’s head uses the Swedish techniques of vibration and tapotement to knead out tension, ease stiffness and invigorate the body.84345_1000x1000

Sometimes, stress is best relieved by just getting it out of your system, so to speak. Put this petite punching bag on your desk for impromptu and immediate relief. The bag attaches securely with a rubber suction cup to any wood or metal flat surface. Withstanding hooks and jabs with aplomb, the leather ball rebounds reliably with a heavy-duty spring. And because humor is an effective stress release, this makes the ideal unique gift for that certain family member who loves to pick fights.

Along with any of these unique gifts for stress relief, experts also recommend 15 minutes of mind-clearing meditation, regular aerobic exercise, and indulging in stress-relieving foods such as dark chocolate and green tea. If all else fails, try to sleep on it—like Grandmother always use to say, it will all be clear in the morning.