Monthly Archives: December 2016

Here’s the Cure for Going B-R-R-R-Foot

If there’s someone in your house complaining about cold feet all winter long, odds are good that person is female.

That’s no coincidence. Scientific studies have shown that women’s hands and feet average 3 degrees colder than men’s. Women’s blood vessels constrict more drastically, resulting in reduced blood flow and cold extremities.

We’re here to help cure popsicle toes. This cozy foot muff provides heat therapy to warm and soothe chilly feet. Available only from Hammacher Schlemmer, the quilted muff has imperceptible electric heating elements that surround the feet with the unique gift of gentle warmth to shake off the chill and baby tired tootsies.

Of course, men are not completely immune to the problem of cold feet. These comfortably soft gentlemen’s slippers have adjustable uppers made from Mongolian sheepskin that provide a custom fit. The sheepskin interiors’ dense, hollow fibers allow air to circulate, keeping feet toasty warm. Another Hammacher Schlemmer exclusive, these slippers have double-walled uppers made from durable chestnut-napped suede, and a grippy indoor/outdoor rubber outsole.

This electric bed warmer is designed for the foot of the bed, delivering the perfect amount of heat to keep toes toasty without overheating the rest of the body. Rather than heating the entire bed with a conventional electric blanket when only your feet are cold, this machine-washable warmer confines its heat to the lower part of the mattress, resting on top or under the covers. This makes an ideal and unique gift as a wedding present, too.

Other factors, such as hormones and fat-to-muscle ratios, also enter in to how cold your hands and feet get. Taking measures to add warmth as well as adding circulation-boosting light exercise to your routine can help. And if all else fails, just remember: cold hands, warm heart.

Did You Get One of These? It’s Up in the Air

If there was one unique gift you didn’t receive for the holidays you’re tempted to buy now for yourself, odds are good it’s a drone. And you’d be in good company: a report released earlier this year by the Federal Aviation Administration showed drone sales increased by 445 percent this year over 2015.

We’re proud to feature a selection of high-flying fun for every level of use, from the beginner to the professional…and even one designed for children.

For camera and video buffs: This ultra-high definition drone is equipped with the same Micro Four Thirds camera used by professional aerial cinematographers for capturing 4K RAW images and video. Two radio remotes—one for flight and one for camera—enable two operators to partner for optimal content capture from up to three miles away. A three-axis gimbal system stabilizes the camera while multiple flight modes manage the drone’s four propellers simultaneously, for hovering, circling, or flying over a point of interest.

For kids and beginners: Part game and part educational toy, this children’s drone dances to music, lets pilots program the flight path, and teaches a variety of other skills. Controlled by a free app, the quadcopter’s self-stabilizing mechanism keeps it aloft above the included wireless beacon, so users can focus less on steering and more on fun. This truly unique gift is safe for indoor use, with built-in sensors that help detect and avoid obstacles.

For spontaneous use and travel: this compact video drone folds up to the size of smartphone, small enough to slip into a shirt pocket. Its four micro-electric propellers deploy from each corner, forming a craft that quickly ascends, descends, and nimbly turns in any direction, remotely controlled from up to 100′ away. Pictures and video are captured on its built-in HD camera that includes a 4GB microSD card. Three speed settings enable beginners, advanced fliers, and expert aerial acrobats alike to perform maneuvers.

We have more UFOs (Unique Flying Objects) online for your high-flying enjoyment…ideal unique gifts for yourself or a friend!

Holiday Wishes from Us to You

At this time of the year that is special to so many people, we’d like to express thanks for that which is special to us: You.

Thanks to you, Hammacher Schlemmer is the premier source for unique gifts that are The Best, The Only and The Unexpected. We started in 1848 as a hardware store providing hard-to-find and high-quality tools. While the types of goods in our catalogs and online have changed, we continue the tradition of offering quality products that can’t be found anywhere else, all backed by a lifetime guarantee. Your continued patronage and loyalty make it all possible.

From everyone at Hammacher Schlemmer, here’s hoping your holidays are merry and bright and may 2017 brings the most precious unique gift of all: health and happiness for you, your family, and all those you hold dear.

Snow Big Deal…Unique Gifts Make Winter Fun

For many throughout the U.S., this winter is shaping up to be the cold, snowy, soul-sucking season the Old Farmers’ Almanac warned us was coming.

But there’s one demographic loving this weather: kids. Remember your delight as a child to awaken to a fresh blanket of snow? Nudge your inner child – or surprise a youngster you know – with one of these unique gifts for awesomely fun snow play.

This toy snowball blaster makes and launches softball-sized snowballs up to 80′, allowing rapid, long-range assaults during neighborhood snowball confrontations. Simply place snow in the forming chamber and close the lid; it packs three perfectly spherical snowballs. To blast your mark, place one snowball in the muzzle, aim the launcher, and pull back the slingshot mechanism. Bullseye!

Provide a winter warrior or snow queen with the materials needed to build a snow fort or ice castle.  This snow fort building set includes molds for a castle tower, wall, windows, and doors, plus sculpting spatulas and a snow-shoveling spade. Kids become blizzard-borne architects, easily manufacturing a row of snow castle walls and towers in a matter of minutes. When winter is over, the set can be used for crafting monumental sand castles at the beach. 

This Bavarian-style performance sled with LED lights updates the Alpine schlitten for modern play and nighttime enjoyment. Engineered in Germany, this modern version uses two stainless steel runners and an innovative, shock absorbing steering system that delivers responsive maneuverability no matter the snow conditions. The seating bed fits two riders comfortably, with grips and foot rests. When daylight fades, an array of 16 LED lights lines each runner for greater visibility…and style.

The Old Farmers’ Almanac is predicting a cold and snowy period for the Northeast region starting in mid- to late January, and continuing polar conditions for the Midwest and Great Lakes states. Let Hammacher Schlemmer help you change the drudgery of winter to the unique gift of snow-filled fun for yourself and the kids in your life.

Oenophiles Know It’s Wine O’Clock Somewhere

If you have wine lovers on your holiday shopping list, you are lucky.

You’re lucky because there are so many clever and unique gifts to choose from for the oenophile. Lucky because a bottle of wine is an easy accompaniment to round out the gift. And especially lucky because the appreciative wine lover just might share some of their favorite grape juice with you.84117_1000x1000

Here’s a suggestion for a unique gift for a real wine lover that’s a favorite among our customers: a seamless mouth-blown glass that can hold an entire bottle of wine. Its classic Bordeaux shape fits an entire hand, enabling effortless quaffing without abandoning social mores. It also serves teetotalers as an impressive display for olives, candies, or floating candles. This fun glass allows users to assure that they, in all honesty, had only one glass of wine…although we cannot bear responsibility for any next-morning hangovers.86245_1000x1000

These wine glasses lend a different touch of whimsy with a playful tilt. Their bent stems set a relaxed, lighthearted mood at the beginning of a gathering or add fun as a surreptitious stemware switch after guests are about to start on their second Syrah. Each glass is hand-blown into a unique vessel with stems that bend a bit more or bowls that tilt a bit more than others, supporting the adage that wine affects everyone – and every glass – differently.87690_1000x1000

To drink the wine, you must get the bottle open. This wooden puzzle keeps a bottle’s virtue intact by confounding quaffers from cracking its corded code. A wooden cage secures a bottle’s bottom while a mortise and tenon joint that caps a bottle’s top “locks” into place with a corkscrew “pin”. A cord connecting the bottom and top wraps around the corkscrew to deceive the desperate and the thirsty into thinking that a simple unraveling can easily release the bottle for indulgent imbibing.

These represent just a few of the unique gifts we have available for pleasing wine connoisseurs and others getting into the spirits of the holidays. Check out our full selection for wine lovers today.

Unique Gifts Score Big with NFL Fans

Even when a team has no hope left for the season (lookin’ at you, Cleveland), a true football fan’s love for the game never ends.

Fortunately for all of us, unique gifts featuring the favored team make holiday shopping for the fervent fan easy.12849_1000x1000 Here are some suggestions for the NFL fanatic on your shopping list.

This outdoor LED projector casts the logo of their favorite NFL team on their home’s exterior. Displaying six images of an NFL team’s officially licensed logo up to 40′-tall, the projector notifies neighbors where the football enthusiast’s loyalties lie on Sundays. A built-in light automatically turns the light display on and off as the sun sets and rises.12430_1000x1000

Procured from the archives of The New York Times, the articles in this personalized book chronicle highlights spanning from the selected NFL team’s formative years to today. Fans can revisit their team’s celebrated games and star players from the “Gray Lady’s” unique perspective. The traditionally bound book displays the recipient’s name, “The New York Times”, and the team’s name stamped in gold on the blue leatherette cover.12977_1000x1000

This portable cooler seat can be emblazoned with your favorite NFL team logo. Ideal for beach visits, park outings, outdoor summer concerts, or tailgates, the cooler is made from six panels that unfold from their flat storage configuration into a sturdy hexagonal shape that supports up to 250 lbs. on the padded, comfortable lid/seat. This is a great unique gift for the NFL fan who doubles as a soccer mom or dad, too.

As a playoff picture begins to emerge in these final weeks of the regular season, the Browns, 49ers, and Jaguars battle for the No. 1 draft pick. To fans of those teams, we say “Just wait till next year!”

Unique Gifts for the Star Wars Aficionado

Next week, the latest Star Wars film, Rogue One, opens in theaters nationwide. Set as a prequel to the original film, Rogue One follows a group of Rebel spies out to steal design plans for the Empire’s superweapon, the Death Star.

With Christmas right around the corner, 88159_1000x1000it’s easier than ever to find the perfect unique gifts for any fans of the franchise on your shopping list. Here are just a few of the Star Wars items we’re now featuring in our online catalog. These hooded fleece robes transport common Earthlings to a galaxy far, far away to assume the persona of an iconic Star Wars character. Each robe bears its namesake’s signature hallmarks from the beloved movies, whether you favor cuddly-but-fierce Chewbacca, Sith Lord Darth Vader, favorite droid R2-D2, wise Yoda, or a rebel Jedi Knight. Thirsty polyester fleece keeps the wearer as dry as Tatooine87814a_1000x1000.

This remote-controlled quadcopter drone comes in the guise of the infamous smuggler’s craft, the Millennium Falcon. This iteration of the Falcon mimics its namesake’s nimble control by hovering in place, rising and lowering in a strictly vertical column before attempting to outrace incoming TIE fighters. With a subspace hyperdrive and bow C-beam lamps that glow during flight, its built-in gyro stabilization keeps the drone level and easy to fly.

Innocent slices of bread become sinister breakfast tokens of evil in this toaster made in the likeness of Darth Vader or in this toaster in the form of a Stormtrooper helmet. The Sith Lord’s toaster imprints “Star Wars” onto one side of a piece of bread and browns the crust as a frame. As a literal example and metaphorical icon of Imperial imprinting, the Stormtrooper toaster indelibly browns bread products with the Imperial Crest.

This is just the beginning – we have many more unique gifts and collectible merchandise that will delight any Star Wars fan. See our full collection online today.

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.