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Unique Gifts “Fore” Dad

About 29 million Americans think of themselves as golfers. Considering nearly 78 percent of those are men, it’s probably no coincidence Father’s Day coincides with the heart of golf season.

We have some suggestions for unique gifts for golfing dads, including one that makes a great summertime gift for the non-golfer, too.

This golfer’s backpack actually holds a set of clubs so Dad can sneak away for a round at almost any time. The set includes one shaft and 10 clubheads that simply slide into the shaft and lock into place in seconds. The entire set is one-third lighter than a traditional set and all components have dedicated storage, allowing him to tote it around the course without a caddie or cart.

These swing-aligning glasses have patented lenses to help improve a golfer’s short game by visually aligning the club, the ball, and its trajectory. The glasses provide a tinted line on the lenses that illustrate a straight path for long putts, chipping, and pitching, helping golfers maintain correct posture and a steady head position.

Here’s something any dad, golfer or not, will appreciate on a hot summer day. Created exclusively for Hammacher Schlemmer, this golf cap uses evaporation to keep the head up to 20 degrees cooler than outside air temperature. It’s the only cap available that provides cooling in both the crown and brim. The hat is charged by submerging it in cold water for at least two minutes, then wringing out the excess. It will help Dad keep his cool for up to five hours.

If none of these suggestions fill the bill, our easy-to-use, online Father’s Day Gift Guide is available to help you choose just the right unique gifts for him.

Fuel Up – It’s Time for the Big Race

The Indianapolis 500, perhaps the most iconic race in motorsports, revs up for the 101st time this Sunday.

With 200 counterclockwise laps of its 2.5 mile oval circuit, the race has often been described as “go like hell and turn left.” The 33 starting racers will exhibit their unique gifts of driving skills, quick reactions, and competitiveness.

Race fans will watch with mixed feelings, hoping all drivers finish safely, while being drawn to the adrenaline excitement of spin-outs and crashes.

For the true Indy car racing fan, this is the ultimate unique gift: an iPhone speaker dock made from the exhaust manifold of a genuine retired Formula One race car. Crafted in Modena, Italy, the cradle of Italian racecar innovation, the dock is constructed from the manifold of a retired eight-cylinder F1 engine. The speakers and tweeters deliver clear highs and mids, while the subwoofer pumps out deep, booming bass.

Now you can hold Formula GT races right in your own home. Available exclusively from Hammacher Schlemmer, this slot-car set is made by Carrera, the world’s most prestigious slot-car maker since 1963. The set’s 28-foot track challenges racers’ skills with high-banked curves, a chicane, and a four-way crossing. Two richly detailed 1:43 Ferrari GT2 cars use a specially designed double-contact brush, which provides a secure connection to the track for consistent control during a race. This is a great unique gift for kids of all ages.

Always wanted to drive an expensive race car? This remote-controlled replica of the exclusive Lamborghini Veneno Roadster is one way to get close. Another Hammacher Schlemmer exclusive, it features a unique steering wheel remote control that simulates the experience of driving the car. This 1:12 scale model faithfully reproduces the original from its aerodynamic hood to its bucket seats and gear shift in a “cockpit” interior.

Most of us will never drive a real, full-sized race car, but we can finish our Indy 500 experience the same way as the winner: with a cold bottle of milk. The tradition started in 1937 when a local dairy company seized a marketing opportunity. A little-known bit of trivia: today, Indy champions are presented with their choice of whole, two percent, or skim. We’d go for the chocolate.

Father’s Day Shopping Complete, Clickety-Split!

Father’s Day is only a few weeks away, and yet it isn’t always easy to find the right present for the “old man”. But our collection of The Best, The Only and The Unexpected unique gifts can help you choose the perfect item to suit his personality. Which of these suggestions sounds like your father?

Dear ol’ Dad tries, and generally succeeds, to be the best father he can be. For Father’s Day, he deserves a unique gift that’s also The Best. The Bose Soundlink portable Bluetooth speaker earned The Best rating by the Hammacher Schlemmer Institute because it produced the clearest sound and was the easiest to use. During evaluations, a panel of listeners raved about this speaker’s “perfect” amount of bass, “crisp” transmission of speech, and full tones in all musical genres.

Your dad is one of a kind. There’s not another like him anywhere. For him, these indoor/outdoor slippers are like no others, and they’re available only from Hammacher Schlemmer. They have over 1,000 air bubbles injected into the outsoles and insoles, allowing Dad’s feet to rest on a cushion of air. Following the recommendations of leading German podiatrists, the slippers have lightweight polyurethane soles and anatomically molded footbeds that cradle the feet, ensuring optimal support while lessening foot fatigue. The non-skid soles ensure stable footing inside or outside.

Your father is unpredictable and full of surprises. The size of his personality is surpassed only by the size of his heart.  The unexpected and unique gift this dad is certainly not anticipating is a bobblehead in his own likeness. Capturing the undeniable facial features of the subject, artisans sculpt a poly-resin model head from photographs you submit, recreating the subtle facial contours, eye, hair, skin, smile, and hair nuances that reflect his character. Choose one of hundreds of body types that show Dad the way you know him best.

If none of these items suit your father, check out our easy online Gift Guides. There, you can tailor the unique gift choices to match his interests, hobbies and personality. A few quick clicks and your shopping is done!

Don’t Skimp on Grilling…the Steaks Are Too High

Memorial Day is less than two weeks away and anticipation is building for grilling season.

You have only the few short, sweet months of summer to hone your reputation as the one with the most skill on the grill. So tune up your tongs, sharpen the steak knives, and consider these suggestions for the best cookouts ever.

Cooking for a crowd? This outdoor flat top gas grill brings the temperature consistency, flexibility, and cooking capacity of restaurant flat tops to your backyard. Four gas burners can be set to distribute heat evenly across the cooking surface or set to different temperatures for cooking those prime steaks exactly as requested. The flat top is preseasoned to create a naturally non-stick cooking surface that’s large enough to cook up to 15 hamburgers, buns, and toppings at once.

Here’s a unique gift to help any grill chef do it up right: this clever grilling tool incorporates five functions into one. Operating like blades in a pocketknife, a stainless-steel spatula, fork, silicone basting brush, cork screw, and bottle opener flip out from the sanded hardwood handle and lock in place for dutiful grilling service. The handle separates easily for cleaning—ideal for post-barbeque bash tidying up.

Are you ready for the ultimate backyard barbeque, 365 days a year? Made from Finnish pine, this authentic grill house replicates the all-season cooking huts found throughout Scandinavia. This traditional six-sided “grillikota” contains a central charcoal grill surrounded by dining space for up to ten adults, ensuring cookouts are not restricted to summertime. The grilling area is surrounded by folding tables for convenient serving and eating, while a hood and double flue expel smoke safely through the chimney.

Finally, we have one side tip to ensure cookout success: make sure you have plenty of ice. This little gadget turns out 1.8 lbs. of clear, well-formed cubes an hour. That should keep drinks cold and guests happy.

Discover Your Inner Artist…It’s Never Too Late

Some of this world’s most famous artists took up the craft later in life. Grandma Moses didn’t start painting till her late 70s, after retiring from a life of farming. Claude Monet dabbled in painting in his 30s, but it was only after his wife passed away more than a decade later that he got serious about it. Today, George W. Bush is spending his post-presidential life creating portraits honoring military veterans, exhibiting a talent hidden during his White House years.

Perhaps you are at a point in life where you’re ready to discover your own unique gifts of artistry. We have some suggestions to get you started, in a variety of media.

This 104-piece easel box contains everything a budding artist needs to explore a wide variety of painting and drawing techniques. The set’s premium-quality media include oil paints, acrylic paints, watercolor paints and pencils, charcoal pastels, and oil pastels. A selection of nylon brushes includes popular tips. All pieces fit into a beech storage box that organizes media and accessories in slide-out trays and doubles as a convenient easel. This set is a great unique gift for artists of any age and skill level.

Want to focus on an electronic medium? This digital canvas lets the artist in you achieve the same results as when working with paint and brush. The tablet provides a generous, precise expanse for drawing or doodling suitable for beginner or master alike. Providing far more precision than ordinary tablets, the wireless stylus simulates the broad strokes of an acrylic brush or the precise lines of a mechanical pencil. Included photo editing software makes it easy to touch up or add dazzling effects to your digital masterpieces.

Adult coloring books are on-trend, thanks to coloring’s ability to soothe and provide therapeutic relaxation. This coloring book contains 100 pages of intricate, hand-drawn black-and-white designs, ranging from a twisted trunk tree to a full-spread rhino. What really sets this book apart is personalization: the recipient’s name is integrated into the patterns on each pair of facing pages, making the book a truly unique gift.

Life brings changes…as we become empty-nesters, face retirement, or find ourselves less able to pursue athletic hobbies, tapping the inner artist is a fulfilling means of expression. Why not give it a try and meet the artist hiding inside of you.

Whittle Your Middle

As the years go by, most of us are getting a little softer around the mid-section.

Research by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention showed that over the decade that ended in 2012, the average American waistline increased by more than an inch. Unfortunately, fat around the abdomen is a greater danger to good health than fat in other areas, and it’s worth trying to lose.

Fact is, you can’t reduce your waistline without some targeted efforts. These unique gifts will work your core, helping your middle measurements while also strengthening your back, improving posture and balance, increasing your energy level, and enhancing your appearance.

This core-toning twister board provides a low-impact workout on any surface. Its unique design lets you stand on each end to tone abs, along with quads and calves, by simply twisting. Unlike monotonous balance boards or other stationary equipment, this unit encourages active, dance-like movement without putting strain on the knees.

Available only from Hammacher Schlemmer, this compact trainer simulates cantering on a horse to strengthen and tone core muscles. Simply sit on the padded saddle, rest your feet on its rubberized bar, grasp the padded adjustable handlebar, and shift your weight backward to put the device’s drivewheel in motion. A 10-minute session can burn as many calories as 200 sit-ups or a one-hour walk.

As you whittle your middle, you’ll want to start sculpting your entire body to gain the unique gifts of being toned and fit overall. This foldable home resistance gym provides a 50-exercise workout, yet can be stored under a bed or in a closet. The gym uses six elastic cords that provide three levels of bi-directional resistance by simply adjusting integrated carabiner clips.

Once you’ve trimmed and strengthened your core, you will likely find everyday tasks—housecleaning, yard work, even just walking to and from a parking lot—become easier and more pleasurable. You may lose weight but what you’ll gain are the unique gifts that come from improving your health and feeling better overall.

What If Your Garden Could Tend Itself?

Among the best things about spring is planning and planting a beautiful, bountiful garden. Among the worst things about a garden is the burden of extra chores it adds to the day.

We say, why not let the gardening equipment do part of the work for you? Each of the unique gift ideas mentioned here handles some of the workload, giving you more time to relax and enjoy.

These self-watering stackable planters incorporate a concealed reservoir that conveys water to each bin like a Roman aqueduct. Simply click the modular planters into position, then pour water through one of the watering holes. The liquid flows to all five containers via a system of concealed pipes, ensuring flowers, vegetables, and herbs have access to water whenever needed, while sealing out debris and mosquitoes. Consider this set for a unique gift for Mother’s Day, too.

The Hammacher Schlemmer Institute tested leading sprinklers. This lawn and garden sprinkler earned The Best rating because it watered the largest area, which means less time for you spent moving it around. It’s the easiest to connect, thanks to a specially designed adapter that attaches to a hose and simply plugs into the sprinkler, eliminating tedious twisting. This sprinkler also features a mechanical timer that automatically turns it off after five minutes to two hours of watering.

This battery-powered wheelbarrow provides effortless transport of up to 220 lbs. of soil, mulch, or firewood. It uses a Lithium battery-powered motor operated by a convenient handlebar throttle, with controls to select a speed and choose a direction. A two-hour charge of its battery provides up to 45 minutes of hauling power.

Spending time among the sights, sounds, and scents of a garden can reduce stress and promote relaxation. Add these unique gifts to your tool shed and get the most out of your green oasis…and your summer.

Hot or Iced, Let’s Have Some Tea!

Tea first became popular as a beverage more than 1300 years ago during the Tang Dynasty in China. Today, it’s the most-consumed manufactured drink in the world: annual consumption amounts to more than coffee, soft drinks, and alcoholic beverages combined!

Tea is popular for good reasons. It’s versatile and can be served hot or cold, sweetened or plain. A strong breakfast tea can pick you up, while a caffeine-free herbal tisane can relax you. Tea delivers unique gifts in the form of health-giving antioxidants and may help with weight loss, boost the immune system, and aid heart health.

For the best-tasting tea, water should be brought to 175-212 degrees, depending on the type of tea being used. For brewing tea, tests by The Hammacher Schlemmer Institute rated this electric tea kettle best because of its precise temperature controls, rapid heating ability, and overall ease of use. It retains heat efficiently, leaving you time for a second cup.

If you’re from the South, you may prefer your tea sweet and iced. This iced tea brewing machine makes up to two quarts of authentic Southern sweet tea that’s ready to drink in 10 minutes. As simple to use as a coffee maker, this automatic brewer lets you adjust the strength of the brewed tea with the turn of a dial and accommodates any kind of loose or bagged tea.

Want to take your tea to go? After comparison tests by the Hammacher Schlemmer Institute, we proved this to be The Best Commuter Cup for the fifth consecutive year because it’s easy to drink from and doesn’t leak, even when inverted. In tests, it allowed hot water to decrease in temperature by only 18 degrees after two hours, unlike lesser models that lost up to 71 degrees. It’s an ideal unique gift for tea and coffee lovers alike.

No matter what the season, it’s a great time to enjoy the unique gifts of tea. From black tea to green tea, jasmine to hibiscus to chamomile, there’s a tasty tea type that will delight just about anyone.