Monthly Archives: April 2016

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.

Outdoor Clean-up Made Easy

Recently, we offered some ideas to make spring cleaning tasks inside your house a bit easier so you can enjoy the unique gifts of a sparkling house with less effort. Today, we have some suggestions to tackle spring clean-up around your deck, patio and yard.88328_1000x100087109_1000x1000

Get winter’s grime off hard surfaces. Cleaning dirt and debris from the deck, patio, walkway and driveway is extra-easy with The Best Electric Power Washer. In side-by-side tests conducted by The Hammacher Schlemmer Institute, this power washer cleaned the most effectively and was the easiest to use. We also recommend it for cleaning dirt and mold from aluminum siding.

Squeegee your windows to let the sun shine in. You want your windows clean and free of streaks to maximize the unique gift of nature’s light. We recommended The Vacuuming Squeegee for cleaning the windows inside your home…of course, it works equally as well on the outsides of your windows, too.87417_1000x1000

Spring is a great time to prune and shape bushes. This Cordless Long Reach Hedge Trimmer prunes hedges up to 10′ tall while you stand firmly on the ground, not on an shaky ladder. The telescoping shaft locks in place and tilts up to 135 degrees to handle hedges of nearly any size or shape. Its cordless design eliminates the need for extension cords – and the fear of accidently cutting your own cord.87166_1000x1000

Seed any bare spots in your lawn. Spring is the time to spruce up your lawn with grass seed and an application of fertilizer. You’ll need to water the seeds frequently as they germinate and develop a root system. Watering’s a lot easier with this Auto Expanding/Contracting Hose. It uses only water pressure to automatically expand for use and contracts to 65% of the size of a typical hose for storage. Its patented design ensures against, twists, tangles and kinks. It’s the ideal unique gift for anyone who loves to garden, too.

The best thing about yard work is you get to be outside enjoying the mild spring days. Let these tools from Hammacher Schlemmer give you a hand, and you won’t mind the chores one bit.

Ready Your Home for Spring

When sun streams through your windows at angles it hasn’t since last summer, you’re likely to spot dust and grime you didn’t see during the dreary days of winter. That can only mean it’s time for a good spring cleaning.

Getting a checklist together is half the battle of getting motivated. Here are a few tips to help jump-start the project and you’ll soon be enjoying the unique gifts of a sparkling-clean home.

Clean out the fridge. Toss anything expired, as well as sauces and dressing you’ll never use again. Wash each shelf with a mixture of two tablespoons baking soda to one quart of warm water. Don’t forget to clean out the vegetable crisper…you don’t want it to become a vegetable rotter! Vacuum dust off the coil behind the fridge to keep it operating efficiently.84816_1000x1000

Rent a steam cleaner (or hire a service) to deep-clean your carpeting. Then, throughout the year, plan frequent vacuumings to minimize the amount of accumulating dirt and dust. Hate to vacuum? We recommend this Superior Suction Roomba 880 to let it do the work for you. It forgoes typical brushes and instead uses two rubber rollers rotating in opposite directions to pick up more debris while it moves methodically from room to room. It can even be programmed to automatically clean seven days a week.84538_1000x1000

Tackle “hidden” dust. Don’t forget corners, dusty baseboards and those bits of cereal that find their way under kitchen cabinets. The Best Cordless Hand Vac was rated the most effective by The Hammacher Schlemmer Institute because of its cleaning power, convenient features and ergonomic design. Its hygienic one-button system empties waste directly into the garbage.87109_1000x1000

Get windows sparkling clean to maximize the unique gift of nature’s light. This Vacuuming Squeegee efficiently cleans windows and flat surfaces without drips. The included spray bottle accepts your preferred cleaning solution for wetting the glass. A press of a button starts its powerful motor to vacuum the dirty solution into the reservoir at a quiet operating volume.

Finally, have you changed your furnace filter recently? The filter should be replaced at least every 90 days, and it’s important to maintain a clean filter if you have central air conditioning. This helps your AC cool more efficiently and will cut down on dust in your home, too.

Squeezing Every Inch of Storage from a Tiny Home

Small-space living is more than a trend perpetuated by home-and-garden TV shows. For many residents of New York City, San Francisco, and other expensive urban areas, it’s a necessary way of life.

But, there’s a fine line between cozy and crazy. Fortunately, we have a few ideas to help you enjoy the unique gifts of downtown living, gain storage space, and still indulge in some of life’s little luxuries.86398_1000x1000

This slim-profile side table boasts hidden storage that keeps clutter at bay, while keeping indispensable items close at hand. A Hammacher Schlemmer exclusive, the table has a hinged lift-up compartment at one end and a sliding lid on the other end to conveniently provide space to hide remote controls, eyeglasses, pens, coasters, and other small items. Below, a shelf holds books, magazines, or knick-knacks. The table’s slim design easily nestles between two chairs or in a tight entryway.88290_1000x1000

In a space-challenged bathroom, this cabinet’s narrow footprint and large capacity adds welcome organization and storage. Another Hammacher Schlemmer exclusive, it’s only 9” wide, so it can slide beside a toilet or tub or next to a pedestal sink. Five separate compartments hold everything from a plunger to bath tissue, medications, cosmetics, 86670_1000x1000 and toiletries.

Living space in the city is expensive, but so are coffee-shop lattes and cappuccinos. Break up with your barista with this Italian espresso machine that takes up only 6″ of precious kitchen counter space. This slim machine sheds the bulk of similar models, yet brews professional-quality drinks using a 15-bar manual pump system to extract maximum flavor from the beans. It dispenses a single or double shot in only 40 seconds, while the built-in steam wand froths milk to a rich, creamy consistency. Not only a space-saver, this machine is the ideal unique gift for a coffee lover.

Small-space living helps one live contently with fewer possessions. You won’t waste time playing custodian to your stuff and you’ll appreciate experiences over things. Just stay organized and you won’t be made claustrophobic by clutter.

A Day in History that Deserves a Toast

Eighty-three years ago tomorrow, thirsty Americans lined up around the block. At the stroke of midnight, they’d be able to have a legal drink of alcohol for the first time since 1920; thus, April 6, 1933, became known as “New Beers Eve”. It was a unique gift to parched citizens everywhere.

In the decades since, we’ve progressed from the 3.2% beer mandated by Prohibition’s repeal to full-bodied craft beers that are culinary creations in their own right. Most recently, craft distilleries have emerged on the scene, with small-batch gins and locally produced artisanal whiskeys delighting imbibers nationwide.87326_1000x1000

We’d like to raise a toast to New Beers Eve with these glasses, designed specifically for tasting whiskey. The glasses have a thick, sturdy base to complement the liquor’s depth, thin sides to allow you to appreciate the liquid’s color and a tapered mouth to accentuate aromas. Recognized as the best glasses for tasting, they are used by every whiskey company in Ireland and Scotland for sampling their product.12157_1000x1000

Craft breweries have sprung up like weeds in recent years and many came from home brewers whose hobby, shall we say, got a little out of hand. If you’re a homebrewer no longer able to satisfy the ale cravings of friends and family merely with unique gifts of a few occasional bottles of unlabeled brew, it may be time to invest in this professional-quality microbrewing system, scaled for the home brewmaster. Available only from Hammacher Schlemmer, its 14-gallon fermenter could have you producing a batch in time for your own Maibock Fest.12225_1000x1000

If nothing else, the repeal of Prohibition brought responsible enjoyment of alcohol from behind closed doors and reintroduced it as a social activity. And we can’t think of a more fun and social way to responsibly enjoy a drink than The Pedal Pub. This human-powered vehicle accommodates 17 people who pedal, serve, drive and imbibe as it travels. With 10 pedaling passengers, the vehicle can hit 5 mph on flat terrain, but the real fun is in the party as you pedal.

Upon signing the legislation ending Prohibition, President Franklin D. Roosevelt stated, “I think this would be a good time for a beer.” And if you’ll excuse us now, we couldn’t agree more.