Wacky Ideas for Wonderful Gifts

Some gifts are meant to romance. Some are intended to help the recipient meet a goal. And some gifts are meant to provide a hearty laugh, a knowing smile, or the assurance that the giver will not be forgotten. We have suggestions for unique gifts that are so out of the ordinary, they will be conversation starters for years to come.

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This pair of motorized forks makes an ideal and unique gift for the pasta-loving foodie. The Spinning Spaghetti Forks’ tines rotate to twirl strands of spaghetti, linguini, fettuccine, or vermicelli into perfect, neat bites. A thumb-activated button on the handle sets the fork to winding a mess-free mouthful, without the need to use a helper spoon.84447_300x300

An inspired gift for those with a reputation for consuming copious quantities of coffee, The Caffeine Craver’s Colossal Coffee Cup holds 20 servings of the energizing elixer. Besides providing reforming caffeine-dependents with the means to adhere to a one-cup-a-day pledge in practice if not in spirit, the ginormous cup is large enough to serve as a snack bowl, or even a planter.

 

86451_300x300For a truly unusual and unique gift that will amaze and delight the lucky recipient, look no further than The Brain Wave Animated Cat Ears. The ears move in response to your thoughts and moods like an actual feline’s. A research-grade forehead EEG sensor translates the electrical impulses given off by your brain into a corresponding motion in the motorized ears. When you are paying attention, the ears quickly perk up. In a relaxed state, the ears slowly droop down.

If these unique gifts aren’t completely the cat’s meow, explore our full selection of unexpected gifts that will help you finish off your holiday shopping.

Surprise! We Stuff Stockings too

A two-story inflatable Rudolph. A 40-foot T-Rex skeleton. A giant coffee cup that holds 20 servings of jitter juice. It’s larger-than-life gifts like these that have earned Hammacher Schlemmer a reputation for offering unexpected items. However, you may be surprised to learn that we also offer many unique gifts that stuff tidily into stockings a fraction of the size of The Brobdingnagian Velvet Christmas Stocking, while staying comfortably within your budget.84566_300x300

This polycarbonate case for the iPhone 5/5S includes integrated storage for money, credit cards, and IDs. The hinged back of the case opens and firmly snaps shut for secure, hidden storage for everything normally carried in a wallet. Made from hard shell polycarbonate that provides impact resistance, with a rubberized coating that enables a confident grip. It’s an ideal and unique gift for iPhone lovers of any age.82432_300x300

Extend the life of razors with this patented razor cleaner. It removes shaving grime that can dull blades, extending their life up to six times. The cleaner’s flexible silicone surface removes organic buildup from the blade’s edge, similar to a traditional leather barber’s strop, so blades remain sharp for dozens of shaves.

Here’s a unique gift that puts a little fun on the holiday table…these 84913_300x300classic wind-up robots spice up the passing of salt and pepper. Eliminating the inefficient and impolite practice of reaching across a fellow diner’s plate, a few turns of the robot spice shaker’s oversized key sets him marching methodically in the direction he has been aimed, dutifully delivering the requested spice.

Need more ideas for unique gifts that make great stocking stuffers? Check out our gift guide for items suitable for any budget.

Unique Gifts to Help Wrap Up Holiday Shopping

If you find yourself tasked with the challenge of finding a unique gift for someone who seems to have everything, you’ve come to the right place.

Ever since its beginnings as a hardware store in 1848, Hammacher Schlemmer has been known as The Place to come for the hard-to-find, for the best quality, and for those unique items that simply cannot be found anywhere else.

As you’re perusing the web for unique gift ideas, we have several suggestions to help you wrap up your holiday shopping in one stop.84589_300x300

The Laser Illuminating Binoculars allow you to see subjects in the dark over 150 yards away with a diffused, wide-angle laser. The 532nm green laser generates an ever-widening cone of light that spots subjects in complete darkness. Equally useful during the daytime, the binoculars’ 32mm objective lenses provide 8X magnification.

For the iPad user, this wireless stylus 86074_300x300makes taking notes on an iPad seem as natural as writing freehand with pen and paper. Comparable in size and feel to its ink-filled cousins, the pen transforms an iPad into a blank sheet of writing paper and allows you to write fluidly, making it ideal for taking notes, jotting a quick memo, or sketching a playful doodle.

Fans of science fiction and amateur 86796_300x300starship musicians alike will love The Moog Theremin. A re-imagination of one of history’s oldest electronic musical instruments, this is the newest theremin made by renowned synthesizer pioneers Moog Music. Invented in 1920, the instrument became famous in later decades for providing the ghostly sound effects heard in Hollywood’s classic horror and science fiction movies.

Still stumped on a unique gift for that hard-to-buy-for recipient? Give the gift that lets them choose for themselves: Hammacher Schlemmer gift certificates are available in denominations from $25 to $200. Your gift certificate will arrive blank to allow you to customize it with the name of your friend or loved one.

Unique Gifts to Delight the Persnickety

Every Christmas list has them: people for whom it’s difficult to find just the right gift.

They’re people with discerning tastes. They’re the ones who have already purchased the trendy cologne, the current styles, and the latest gadgets. They may be of a different generation, leaving you uncertain as to what would be most appreciated. We have unique gift suggestions for all of these very particular and hard-to-buy-for people.86006_300x300

For the creative type: The World’s First 3D Printing Pen creates three-dimensional plastic drawings. Instead of releasing ink, this pen extrudes warm thermoplastic that hardens within seconds, allowing the user to create three-dimensional figures. The creations themselves can even be unique gifts, making this a present that lets the recipient pay it forward.

84837_300x300For the college student: The Four Device Charging Clock Radio features four USB ports to charge any smartphone, tablet, or other USB-powered device. The dock plays music from any one of the connected devices or from the built-in FM radio. The unit requires less space than a toaster and it has power surge protection, an LCD clock, and dual alarms, making it ideal for roommates in a dorm room or college apartment.

81925_300x300For the soccer mom: Parents on the go will appreciate this Automatic Cordless Tire Inflator. This is the only cordless inflator that automatically shuts off when it reaches a desired tire pressure. In just 90 seconds, it tops off a standard vehicle tire or inflates a bicycle tire from flat to full. It’s a thoughtful and unique gift for anyone who shuttles kids to sports practice, music lessons, or just to school.

84915_300x300For the book worm: This space-saving Reader’s Utility Table keeps reading materials organized and close at hand. The unique C-shape design lets this table be pulled close to nestle by a sofa, chair, or bedside for simultaneously indulging in a favorite author’s works and a satisfying treat. A built-in rack holds magazines and newspapers while the table’s surface accommodates books, snacks, and remote controls.

Finishing Touches Make Your Holiday Display the Best on the Block

In some neighborhoods, friendly competitions wage during the holiday season. Which house is the most brightly lit? Who has the best choreographed display of lights and music? What family’s decorations are the most unique?

As you put the finishing touches on your prize-worthy holiday display, we have some ideas for unique gifts that will allow your house to stand out from the crowd.86290_300x300

This Candy Cane Archway, illuminated with 350 built-in incandescent mini-lights, will transform your home’s entrance into a candy cane-themed spectacle. With sparkling tinsel that covers sturdy metal frames, two 7′-high candy canes flank a walkway while their connecting arch invites guests to pass beneath an illuminated red tinsel bow.86209_300x300

Add Yuletide mirth to an indoor or protected outdoor display with this pre-lit Darth Vadar Santa. Decked out with a crimson stocking cap that transforms the Sith Lord into an impressive—most impressive—likeness of Saint Nick, he is lit with a small galaxy of 50 incandescent mini-bulbs. An activated lightsaber reminds visitors his seasonal holiday bearing should not be mistaken for permanent affability.

For a more traditional look, The Lighted Holiday Horse Drawn Sleigh84050_300x300 evokes the “one-horse open sleigh” dashing famously through the snow. The 6-ft. long trotting horse and its trailing sleigh are strung with 270 long-lasting bulbs and sculpted with lifelike details, including the horse’s silky tinsel mane, perked ears, and raised hoof.

Plan your display now and maximize your enjoyment of the holiday season’s unique gifts of fun, fellowship and friendly competition.

Cordless Christmas Decorations Let Christmas Glow All Around Your Home

Have you ever wanted to decorate your front door with a lighted Christmas wreath, but had no practical place to plug it in? Or imagined the centerpiece on your table casting a warm glow, but without the flames and waxy mess of candles?

Our cordless Christmas decorationsCordless Christmas Decorations require no electric outlet, allowing you to place them anywhere indoors or out. This prelit trim is available in a variety of styles from wreaths and sconces to swags, garlands and hanging baskets. Each cordless decoration is festooned with energy-efficient, white LED lights that have a life of up to 20,000 hours (that’s more than 20 holiday seasons). Many of the pieces have a timer that can be set to stay on for six hours and automatically turn off for 18 hours. Batteries will power the lights for an entire holiday season.

Choose trim with lifelike Noble fir and pine boughs, poinsettias, holly berries, ornament balls and even petunias or geraniums. Boughs and blooms are made from weather-proof materials to provide festive color for years to come.

Glittering Silver Christmas Trees Make a Brilliant Comeback!

Seldom has Christmas shined as brightly as on The Classic Silver Tinsel Tree! This is the unique Christmas tree that recreates holiday nostalgia from the era of Nerhu jackets and beat poetry.Unique Christmas Tree

This unique Christmas tree style has its roots in the late 1950s and early 60s when home decor was trending toward a modern, space-age style. The look for the thoroughly unique tree of that era included a rotating, spotlighted wheel to reflect colorful light because the aluminum trees popular then would have created shock and fire hazards had lights been strung on the metallic branches.

In contrast, our Silver Tinsel Tree comes safely pre-lit with 200 bright lights that shine off every one of this tree’s 555 shiny tips. Our tree even includes 36 classic glass ornaments and a tree topper in a vintage design that completes this unique Christmas tree style.

Like many things from the Mad Men days, appreciation for the glimmering, shimmering tree has returned, with its popularity surging again.

Choosing The Perfect Christmas Tree

When leaves fall, temperatures drop, and daylight hours diminish, you know the holiday season won’t be far behind. That means it’s time to start thinking about your Christmas tree.

The first factor to consider is live or artificial. While some purists insist on a live tree, there are several reasons you’ll want to consider our World’s Best Christmas Trees, besides their lifelike realism:

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It’s economical—the investment in a well-made artificial tree means you will have your decoration for many years to come, saving the costs of buying live trees year after year.

It’s green—natural resources go into the growing of trees, not to mention pesticides, herbicides, and fertilizers. Fossil fuels are burned shipping trees around the country and again after the holiday when they need to be hauled away and processed into mulch. And many people simply prefer not to cut down a living tree every year for the short holiday season.

Lower maintenance—an artificial tree doesn’t need to be watered and it doesn’t leave behind a mess of dry needles when it’s taken down.

Allergies—an artificial tree is less likely to bother allergies, while a live tree can release pollen and mold into the home.

Once you’ve decided which type of tree you want, there are several other factors to consider:

Size—Decide where you’re going to place your tree. The space you have will dictate the tree height and width you need to choose. When measuring the height you need, be sure to factor in the height of your tree stand and the decoration that will be placed atop the tree. Allow approximately a foot between the top of the decoration and the ceiling for a height that is most pleasing to the eye. Different widths are also available in many styles to suit your living space or your preference.

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Type—Even artificial trees come in many different varieties. Hammacher offers meticulous reproductions of Fraser, Noble, Balsam, and Douglas firs, as well as Spruces and Scots Pines. Trees with shorter needles, such as Fraser and Douglas firs, can be easier to decorate, especially if you want to hang a lot of ornaments.

Pre-lit—Choosing a tree pre-strung with LED or incandescent lights means no struggling with tangled wires. LEDs are the most energy-efficient, while incandescent bulbs provide a more traditional glow. Either way, the pre-lit trees we offer will always shine on, even if one bulb breaks or burns out, backed by our Lifetime Guarantee of Complete Satisfaction.

You can view our complete Christmas tree selection online and find your perfect tree easily by sorting the results by branch and bulb type, tree height and width, and price.

A Christmas our Earth can celebrate too

Ever since Bing Crosby crooned the phrase into our hearts back in 1954, people having been dreaming of enjoying a White Christmas each year. And while fantasy is rarely able to trump reality for many climatic regions of our planet, geography can’t impact the decision process towards another holiday hue: ntalist to care about how consumer decisions affect the earth. Nor does it take excruciating inconvenience to change the impact we have on her this Christmas season. Simply by doing one or two things differently, we all have the ability to decrease the potential damage to the world around us, for our future, and for our childrens’ futures.

Real or Artificial? The Christmas tree itself might be the most controversial symbol in the fight for eco-friendly celebration. But regardless of which side of the tree aisle you stand, there are positive ecological benefits to both choices. If you choose to decorate an artificial tree, select one of quality, one that will last for years and years to come. Store it safely during the off-season. A damaged tree will lose its appeal,  leading to replacement purchases, sending the old trees to the dreaded landfill.

For those who’d never dream of anything but a live Christmas tree for their home, opt for a source you know is planting a new seedling for every tree it harvests. Or, consider renting your tree. That’s right, some Christmas tree farms are now offering tree rental, where they’ll remove a tree from the ground roots and all, pot it, and deliver it to your door. You simply decorate it, keep it watered, and at the end of the season, it is picked up and returned to the farm. Some even allow the option of adopting your tree, so you’ll enjoy watching the same tree grow year after year while giving it a warm, inviting home (or yard, for those decorating outside) throughout the holidays.

Light the way to a Greener Christmas. It is widely agreed that those who’ve yet to make the switch from traditional bulbs to LED light strings are well behind the curve. Not only are LEDs up to 90% more efficient than those old incandescent bulbs you have to test every December, but they also last from 15 to 25 times longer! That’s a significant savings on your electric bill, while spending far less over time on replacements lights.

Saving Paper. Some presents are made by the wrapping. But do we need to cover every gift we give in wrapping paper? When gift wrap is necessary, consider simplifying the process by using paper goods you may already have, rather than buying roll after roll of fancy paper. The Sunday comics from the newspaper are long-time favorites; even the news sections themselves can be a nice touch for the right gift or gift recipient. Save the cardboard boxes you’ve received with other items; presents can be just as dramatic when opening a box as they are when tearing off gift wrap. Many gifts have no need for being wrapped. Concert tickets, gift cards, anything small can be stashed in Christmas stockings, which we’ll bet have hung on your chimney for decades, making them perhaps the most efficiently recycled wrapping material ever!

When giving Christmas cards, choose those made from recycled paper. Better yet, nothing compares to the touch of a card you make yourself. Use images cut from those catalogs and magazines before they’re recycled. All these options can save the planet from tons of extra paper waste each season.

Our Earth continues to provide us with everything needed for sustaining our quality of life. Let’s have a joyous Christmas season, while doing more for her in return.

 

Live Christmas Trees. You choose, We ship.

A live Christmas tree is the best way to bring the freshness of the outdoors into your home. Hammacher Schlemmer makes that much simpler for you by shipping a fresh cut Fraser fir direct from a farm in North Carolina to your door.

Freshly Cut Christmas TreeIt’s quite simple. First, you select the appropriately sized Christmas tree for your home. Choose the height, ranging from five to nine feet, and specify if you’d prefer a Christmas tree that is full, or slim. Then, tell us what week you would have us deliver your tree, from the week beginning November 11, to the week of December 16. Then all you need to do is bring the Christmas tree decorations out of the storage room  in time for your beautiful live Christmas tree to arrive!

Save yourself a trip to the nursery this year, and let Hammacher Schlemmer ship a fresh cut live Christmas tree to your home for the holiday season.

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