Monthly Archives: January 2017

Unique Gifts that will Win Her Heart

Thank you, Valentine’s Day. Thanks for giving us bright colors and thoughts of love and warmth to break up late winter’s dull days. Thank you for reasons to remember our loved ones and for motivation to seek the perfect unique gifts.

Particularly when the loved one is a lady, those unique gifts need to be expressions of the thought and care you put into the quest. We have some suggestions for gifts for her that will score you big points for thoughtfulness.

These lady’s pajamas, for example, combine the luxurious softness of natural silk with the carefree convenience of machine washing. The silk used in these pajamas, available only from Hammacher Schlemmer, deftly illustrates the Japanese word Habutai: downy soft. The silk undergoes a proprietary treatment allowing it to be machine washed repeatedly without discoloration or shrinkage, while maintaining an extravagantly smooth feel against the skin. These PJs can even be monogrammed, if you desire.

Create a unique gift duo by pairing the pajamas with these genuine Australian sheepskin slippers. Originally crafted at mills powered by the falls of the Androscoggin River in Maine, these slippers offer exceptional comfort and warmth. The natural fleece lining is left intact during tanning and sewing to provide unsurpassed strength and the supple suede slippers’ insoles are bolstered with extra padding for a more cushioned feel.

Trust us on this one: every woman needs more tranquility in her life. This unique tranquility pod uses pleasant sound, gentle vibration, and soothing light to transport her body, mind, and spirit to a deep state of relaxation. The pod’s ellipsoid exterior blocks 90% of outside noise while music plays from the integrated sound system via a smartphone or other device. Gentle vibrations throughout the bed impart restful harmony. A biofeedback system—a feature only available from Hammacher Schlemmer—uses a pulse sensor that synchronizes her heartrate with 50 controllable LEDs for a soothing light effect.

This is just the beginning. Our customizable online gift guides will help you choose the ideal unique gift to suit your special lady’s interests and personality. You’re guaranteed to win her heart for Valentine’s Day and every day.

Putting the “Super” in Sunday

For most Americans the Super Bowl represents a national celebration as much as a football game. It’s estimated that on Super Sunday we will host 43 million parties, munch a billion chicken wings, and guzzle 325 million gallons of beer. Whether you are a fervent football fan or just tune in for the commercials, we have some unique gifts to spice up your Super Bowl bash.

This outdoor LED projector casts the logo of your favorite NFL team on your 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.

Make sure there’s plenty of ice for thirsty guests with this portable tabletop ice maker that produces cubes more efficiently than lesser models. Yielding nearly 2 lbs. of conical-shaped cubes per hour, this unit also received praise from Hammacher Schlemmer Institute Analysts for its ability to quick-freeze a batch of clear, well-formed cubes in under 10 minutes.

During half-time, create your own plays with this NFL electric football game. This advanced model of the classic vibrating game invented in 1949 gives each side the option of equipping its 11 included players with different bases to grant speed to either receivers or linemen. A remote control provides quick starts and stops to the action to allow the re-positioning of players and determine scores.

So pull up a comfy chair and get the snacks and beverages ready, kick-off time is almost here! No matter the outcome of the game, these unique gifts will ensure that your “Super” Sunday lives up to the hype.

Creative Means to Tackle Workplace Problems

Many large, forward-thinking corporations keep their employees distracted with puzzles and games.  Sounds non-productive, right?

Just the opposite is true; research has shown that games and puzzles create the right distractions to stop the brain from dwelling on seemingly unsolvable problems. As little as a half hour of intense play and puzzlement gives the work-a-day mind the unique gift of a brief vacation to re-boot and find alternative solutions.  

To that point, this three-dimensional spherical labyrinth challenges the limits of manual dexterity and spatial understanding as the player maneuvers a wooden marble through its entire course. Available only from Hammacher Schlemmer, the orb is a complex network of chicanes, multi-planar hairpin turns, zig-zags, and channels—even a sliding gondola. The entire track laid out on a straight line measures up to 192′. Six intertwined pathways challenge players to complete each course without letting the marble fall off the track.

Set up friendly team building competitions with this vertical chess set that mounts to a wall, allowing games of indefinite length. Generating a sense of intrigue and anticipation–“did they move yet?”–it allows for weeks-long play without interruption. An included “last move” marker hung around a recently promoted pawn-turned-Queen signals to the opposing players that without an equally crafty counter, the game will end soon. The chessboard mounts on any wall like a framed picture with its included hardware.

Looking for an employee giveaway that displays corporate pride and is truly a unique gift? This custom jigsaw puzzle is created from a satellite map of your company HQ or any other address in the U.S. The full-color, 400-piece jigsaw puzzle is created from a view of the selected address as seen from roughly 7,500 feet. It includes surrounding details such as main roads, water features, and buildings.

Encourage coworkers and associates to regroup, relax, and play to allow their minds to think of lateral solutions. Your team will enjoy more job satisfaction and from them, you’ll receive the unique gifts of increased productivity and greater employee retention as a result.

Raise the Bar on At-Home Mixology

Impress guests when entertaining at home with a well-planned, well-stocked bar.

You don’t need everything in the liquor store, but you’ll need the basics on hand to create popular cocktails: vodka, rum, whiskey and/or bourbon, gin and tequila. You should have vermouth, an orange liqueur and grenadine. Don’t forget the mixers: soda, juice and tonic water, plus simple syrup, bitters, fresh fruit for garnish and plenty of ice.

And of course, beer. This personalized 64-oz. growler transports a beer connoisseur’s take-out draft safely from craft brewery to home refrigerator. This sleek, modern-age growler is crafted of stainless steel in a black or copper finish, with a swing-top silicone stopper and tight, air-proof seals. What sets this growler apart from others is your personalized monogram in 2-1/2″ tall letters. This growler is a great unique gift to yourself to distinguish your home bar.

Here’s another unique gift that’s beautifully monogrammed. Winner of the Queen’s Award for Innovation, this set of four personalized glasses is designed specifically for tasting whiskey. Made by Glencairn Crystal and developed with master whiskey distillers, the glasses have thick, sturdy bases that complement the depth of whiskey, thin sides that allow you to clearly see the whiskey’s color, and tapered mouths to accentuate aromas.

Those beautiful glasses deserve an equally distinctive tipple. This personalized aging kit allows you to craft your own whiskey at home. The kit comes with a genuine American white oak barrel (the same wood used for aging some of the world’s premier whiskey), flavored essences for making Kentucky bourbon, Tennessee whiskey, and Marks bourbon, and a spigot for pouring neat whiskey into a rocks glass. The 67-oz. kit comes with detailed instructions for curing the barrel, incorporating ingredients, and monitoring the whiskey for proper aging.

Finally, get yourself a good cocktail book. Choose one cocktail to hone as your specialty and practice mixing it several times. Become skilled at making it and it becomes your signature drink, putting you well on your way to mixology.

Cooking Up Something New for the Kitchen

We’ve become a foodie culture. Cooking shows enjoy expanding viewership, organic and locally grown produce is on trend, and those who love to cook can never have too many kitchen accessories. To that point, we have some new ideas for unique gifts the next time you want to surprise and delight your favorite culinary.

“Forno”-style pizzas are hotter than ever…and need not be limited to the corner trattoria. This stovetop pizza oven heats up to 600° F and produces crispy 12″ pies like a wood-fired oven. This efficient stovetop convection oven bakes a pizza in as little as six minutes by using concentrated heat conducted from a gas burner. The included pizza stones distribute heat evenly across the dough to eliminate hot spots and absorb excess moisture, resulting in fast cooking times and a delicious, thin crispy crust.

What’s not to love about butter…except when cold, hard butter tears up your fresh artisanal rolls. This spreading knife softens cold butter just by using your own body heat. Unlike an ordinary knife that struggles to slice cleanly through a cold stick, this handheld spreader is made with titanium copper alloy that conducts heat from your hand through the blade. It makes an ideal unique gift for those with limited hand strength, plus this knife also works well with jams, frosting, cream cheese, and other spreadables.

This set of three non-stick pans features a scratchproof ceramic-titanium coating that makes cooking and cleanup easy. In tests by the Hammacher Schlemmer Institute, fried eggs slid off the ungreased pan as if cooked on air, and the impervious surface suffered no damage when scrubbed with an abrasive pad and scratched with a metal fork. The pans also allow you to cook confidently without added fat, a unique gift for dieters. And this set includes clear glass lids—a Hammacher Schlemmer exclusive.

With locally produced and natural foods now widely available, it’s easier, more enjoyable, and more nutritious than ever to produce great meals in your own kitchen. By cooking at home more frequently, you’ll save money, cut calories, and gain the unique gift of satisfaction from producing tasty and good-for-you food for your family.

A Tip of the Cap to National Hat Day

Winter’s a great time to embrace headwear. Whether a beret, a bowler, a stocking cap, a fedora, a derby, or a jaunty driver’s cap, with about 10 percent of the body’s heat lost through the head, it makes sense to pop a top on your noggin. What’s more, this Sunday is National Hat Day, making for an especially worthwhile celebration of hats as unique gifts.

This winter driving cap protects against wind, rain, and snow. Made by Tilley Endurables, Canada’s premier purveyor of travel clothing, this hand-sewn hat features a windproof membrane laminated to the interior to keep you warm in cool weather and comfortable when the temperature rises. Knit earflaps extend easily and tuck away when not needed.

Here’s a hat that doesn’t just retain warmth, it creates warmth. This heated microfleece cap generates up to five hours of toasty, rechargeable battery-powered heat in wide zones directly over the ears. Available exclusively from Hammacher Schlemmer, this beanie-style cap is equally at home on the sled hill or the 50-yard line. A simple temperature control under the brim can be operated even with bulky gloves, and color-coded LEDs indicate which temperature setting you selected.

It really won’t be long before we look to hats to block the sun rather than winter winds. This ventilated wide-brimmed hat provides sun protection while reducing heat build-up. The hat‘s nylon mesh sides facilitate cooling ventilation and the solid, cotton twill top and brim protect the head, face, and neck from sun exposure to reduce the risks of injury from UV rays. There’s a style for ladies, too, making these hats perfect considerations as unique gifts for Valentine’s Day.

Hang on to your hat – we have many more headwear choices, unique gifts for National Hat Day and all seasons of the year.

Fast, Efficient Ways to Warm Your Space

Some of the season’s coldest air is gripping much of the U.S. If you run a ski resort, you might see this as a unique gift from Mother Nature.

The rest of us, however, are a bit chilly at work and at home…and feet meeting a cold bathroom floor first thing in the morning makes for a rude wake-up.

We have some suggestions that will gently warm your spaces without sending your heating bills sky-high. And you’ll enjoy a unique gift of your own: pleasant, toasty warmth that makes this wicked winter more bearable.

This unique bathroom heater features a digital thermostat that enables precise temperature adjustments anywhere from 65º F to 85º F using an easy-to-read LCD panel. It can be set with its integrated timer the night before to turn on automatically, ensuring your bathroom is warm when you wake up.

Is there a cold spot under your desk, around your workbench or in your favorite reading nook? This ultra-compact space heater is ideal for warming the immediate area of small, intimate spaces. This device plugs in flush with a wall outlet and is designed to provide supplemental warmth to your personal space. A digital thermostat lets you easily select a precise temperature, not merely “high” or “low”. It’s perfect for use in the office, making it a great unique gift for anyone with a desk job. 

If you’re looking to warm an entire room, The Hammacher Schlemmer Institute deemed this tower heater The Best because it warmed a cold room faster and distributed heat better than any other competitor. The Best Tower Heater’s dual quartz radiant heating elements and quiet fan evenly distribute warmth throughout a medium-sized room, unlike lesser models that created cold and hot spots.

Any one of these small-but-mighty heaters will help you cope with the cold till the first day of spring…hang in there, it’s only 69 days away!

Organizing Made Easy for the Clothes-Minded

After losing weight and banishing a few bad habits, getting organized is among the most common New Year’s resolutions.

When setting out to organize your home, it makes sense to start with the bedroom closet. It’s a spot you visit at least once a day, and starting out the morning feeling organized will give you the unique gift of feeling like you’re conquering the day.

A messy jumble of shoes on the floor is a sure recipe for closet chaos. This elegant wooden tower neatly stores up to 25 pairs and rotates 360° for easy access to all footwear. Available exclusively from Hammacher Schlemmer, its five levels are each subdivided into five cubbyholes large enough for storing men’s or women’s dress and casual shoes of all sizes and types.

Extending only 16½” from a closet wall or door, this trouser rack keeps 20 pairs of slacks neatly hung and readily accessible. Also a Hammacher Schlemmer exclusive, it easily mounts to a closet wall or door with a 10-gauge steel support bracket that holds 20 hardwood dowels so you can hang trousers flush against the wall, then swing them out individually.

For organizing the dressing area, this wooden vanity table adds sensible, yet tasteful, storage space. Another exclusive from Hammacher Schlemmer, it conceals cosmetics, jewelry, and personal accessories neatly tucked away with three hinged tabletop compartments and a pull-out drawer. Its center compartment opens to display 11 divided sections and a mounted makeup mirror. It’s a beautiful and unique gift to reward yourself for getting organized.

Once your closet is organized, you just might find your mornings are more efficient. And if perchance another of your 2017 resolutions is to be on time…you’re on your way to success!

Put Fitness in the Routine For a Healthier 2017

Did you vow to start exercising more in the new year? If so, you’re hardly alone; during the year now behind us, over a third of Americans reported making a fitness-related resolution.

Fortunately, today’s equipment and devices make developing good habits so much easier. You just need to bring a little bit of motivation and we’ll help you eliminate excuses to help get you started toward the unique gifts of fitness and better health in 2017.

Think you don’t have enough space for the convenience of in-home exercise equipment? This motorless walking treadmill folds to only 14″ high for unobtrusive storage. Available only from Hammacher Schlemmer, this treadmill’s walking platform folds flush with the handlebars for easy storage in a closet or against a wall. Plus, its resistance is created by magnetic force, eliminating the need for AC power, so you can set it up anywhere in your home.

Say your life is too busy for an exercise routine? Track how many steps you take daily, then try to increase it bit by bit as you go about your day, with an objective of 10,000 steps. This ultra-thin pedometer is no wider than a book of matches. It slips comfortably in any shirt- or pants-pocket and tracks your steps using a state-of-the-art German accelerometer for optimal accuracy no matter how the pedometer is worn. The pedometer counts up to one million steps in its 7-day memory. How’s that for a goal?!

Do aches and pains keep you from moving more? This low-impact exercise machine provides a complete cardio workout from the comfort of a favorite chair. A Hammacher Schlemmer exclusive, the pedaler combines a bike-like workout for the legs with an upper-body ergometer, letting you maintain overall cardiovascular fitness and muscle tone without putting strain on weight-bearing joints. This pedaler makes a great unique gift for anyone who likes to catch certain TV shows during their day – they can pedal as they binge-watch.

The first step is the hardest…but excuses carry no weight with us (pun intended). Take it one day at a time and persevere. Before you know it, exercise will become as ingrained in your day as brushing your teeth!