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Unique Gifts for Her Show Your Appreciation

This Sunday is National Wife Appreciation Day. While some of you might be thinking wives ought to be more appreciated every day, this unofficial holiday was originally conceived as an alternative to Mother’s Day for women who don’t have children.

Whether or not the special woman in your life has little ones underfoot, we can assure you it’s never a bad idea to present her with a unique gift to show your appreciation for the many things she does every day. 86408_1000x1000We have some suggestions to help you say “thank you” and gain valuable brownie points, too.

This massaging heated wrap soothes aching joints, while its invigorating vibration massage simultaneously relaxes sore muscles in her neck and shoulders. Unlike typical rectangular heating pads that don’t provide ideal coverage or contact, this model’s slightly weighted edges and magnetic closure provide a custom fit to deliver deep-penetrating, therapeutic heat in areas prone to stress-induced tightness.82643_1000x1000

Many wives find their relaxation in the juice of a grape. This electric wine opener earned The Best rating from the Hammacher Schlemmer Institute because of its perfect worm insertion and rapid, effortless cork removal. The Best model was lauded by a wine industry expert for its flawless performance, unlike lesser models that were “incredibly awkward” or “required a lot of pressure.”77833_1000x1000

Here’s a wall-mountable, illuminated jewelry cabinet that keeps up to 160 pieces organized and easily accessible. Developed by Hammacher Schlemmer, the armoire has six LEDs that cast bright light inside the cabinet to help her quickly locate jewelry. You may even want to consider adding a shiny new bauble to the interior to make this unique gift even more special.

You might not even be aware of all the little things your wife does to make your life happier and easier. End the day by giving her a foot massage and telling her how much you appreciate having her in your life. We assure you, the dividends will pay off!

Santa…Coming Soon to a Chimney Near You

The colorful, twinkling lights are up, unique gifts are wrapped and under the tree, and now millions of children are counting down the days till a visit from the fat, jolly guy in a red suit.

No matter your age, Santa Claus is an image as closely associated with the holiday as a Christmas tree and the brilliant star. The earliest origins of Santa come from the Byzantine Empire, what is now Turkey. St. Nicholas, a 4th century bishop, was famous for his generous gifts to the poor. Over the centuries, St. Nick evolved through European folklore in variations such as Sinterklaas and Father Christmas.75754_1000x1000

In 1823, the poem we now know as ‘Twas the Night before Christmas was published in Troy, NY. New Yorkers embraced the child-centric story. Now, you can own an authentic hand-painted figurine designed by renowned artist Thomas Kinkade that recites this beloved poem in the artist’s own voice. The figurine stands a foot tall and depicts amazing detail, with toys under the tree and a miniature version of Kinkade’s Cobblestone Christmas painting behind Santa. 84639_1000x1000

Kinkade also designed this snowglobe, inspired by a classic Norman Rockwell Saturday Evening Post cover. Like Rockwell’s original, Kinkade’s Santa surveys a magical globe with a magnifying glass, putting the finishing touches on his “naughty or nice” list. The village within the globe lights up with four golden LEDs as a blower mechanism swirls snow through the sphere. At the touch of a switch, the globe plays a medley of eight holiday favorite tunes. This keepsake is the perfect unique gift idea for anyone who collects snowglobes or is an aficionado of Kinkade or Rockwell. 12165_1000x1000

For the younger set, this personalized heirloom story book traces the journey of a child’s letter as it travels to the North Pole and recounts Santa’s dutiful delivery of presents on Christmas morning. Told from Santa’s point of view, a child’s first name appears on all 10 spreads, both in the book’s rhyming verse and across 10 illustrations.

At Hammacher Schlemmer, we love ol’ St. Nick. He lives in our hearts through the spirit of generosity, the power of love, and the joy that comes from giving to others. No matter how big or small the present, whether simple and homemade or a unique gift that becomes a conversation piece, share the magic, the hope and the happiness that comes from Christmas.

Home, Sweet Home

The concept of the gingerbread house began in Germany in the early 1800s, evolving out of the fairy tale Hansel and Gretel. German immigrants brought the tradition to America, and now we even celebrate Gingerbread House Day every December 12. 12753_1000x1000

We can help you create your own gingerbread neighborhood. If you’re not inclined to work construction, Hammacher Schlemmer features pre-assembled gingerbread homes that make unique gifts with personalized names or messages. 12754_1000x1000

Available only from Hammacher Schlemmer and reviving the craft of the lebkuchler from medieval Europe, this classic gingerbread house is crafted with the highest quality ingredients using a renowned German recipe. Seven sheets of gingerbread form the roof, walls, and floor. An assortment of sweets is used to construct other details, including white icing shingles, peppermint stick corners, green icing conifers and a gumdrop door arch. 12723_1000x1000

Perhaps your gingerbread dreams desire a home with a bit more square footage. The Gingerbread Estate is a more stately version, with larger walls to devour. Each window is decorated with frosting flower boxes while the roof’s ridgeline features hard candy finials. Like the smaller house, personalization can be added. 12722_1000x1000

Round out the scene with this one-of-a-kind gingerbread train. Found nowhere but Hammacher Schlemmer, this locomotive version uses gingerbread cookies stacked with green frosting to make its engine’s boiler. A Christmas tree-toting coal car follows, and a frosted roof caboose comes last. An assortment of sweets decorates each piece, including peppermint wheels and gumdrop landscaping.

And for some hands-on, DIY action, this Christmas Cookie Coloring Kit gives you 10 frosted sugar cookies in five classic holiday shapes and a set of edible ink markers. Arriving fully baked and ready to color, each crunchy cookie’s white frosting provides a blank canvas for creating a unique Christmas card, a colorful stocking stuffer, or a personalized holiday treat.

It’s Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas!

87318_1000x1000We’ve noticed many homeowners have been taking advantage of these mild fall weekends to deck their yards for the holidays. We’ve even seen a few homes with their indoor Christmas trees already standing proudly by the front window, ready for a pile of brightly wrapped unique gifts to be placed underneath. 87317_1000x100087341_1000x100083866_1000x1000

Now is the time to call on your holiday spirit and put up a showpiece decoration in your own yard. Here are some ideas that can be shipped to you in just a few days. All of these inflatable decorations blow up in just minutes using the integrated air pump that keeps your inflatable plump and inviting with constant air flow. And if you’re looking for a completely unique gift idea for a friend, we guarantee one of these larger-than-life decorations will keep them thinking of you year after year.

Disney’s Frozen is perhaps the biggest blockbuster kids’ film for this generation. And now, you can have the biggest Inflatable Elsa and Inflatable Olaf standing right in your yard. Offered only by Hammacher Schlemmer, these two most-loved characters each stand 8′ tall and will warm your guests from the heart on even the coldest December day.

This 15-ft. tall inflatable gingerbread house will delight kids and adults alike with its assortment of gumdrops, candy canes, peppermints and gingerbread figures. A Hammacher Schlemmer exclusive, the giant house is illuminated by 83 LEDs. Its arched doorway is high enough for all ages to pass under on the way into your house.

Standing nearly two stories tall, this inflatable Rudolph will welcome holiday revelers. His underbelly is more than nine feet above the ground at its highest point, inviting carolers and visitors to walk beneath. Another Hammacher Schlemmer exclusive, his sweet and eager expression is sure to delight all who come to call.

Holiday time is upon—don’t delay another minute to ensure your yard is host to one of these unique and eye-catching inflatable decorations.

Here’s a Better Way to Decorate for the Holidays

Who wouldn’t enjoy the holidays more if setting up a Christmas tree was fast and hassle-free? Forget heading out in the cold and traffic to hunt for a good-looking tree, drag it home, untangle lights, and fuss with water and messy, dropped needles. You’d have so much more time to enjoy the unique gifts the holiday season brings. 86591_1000x1000

Sounds like heaven, right? The World’s Best Prelit Christmas Trees deliver on the promise. Molded from a live fir and available only from Hammacher Schlemmer, these trees feature three-dimensional branch tips that replicate the exact growth patterns, needles, and branch silhouettes of a freshly cut live tree. Prelit with more lights than typical trees, their beautiful glow remains throughout the season, even if a bulb burns out. These trees are available in a variety of heights and widths to accommodate any space. 87516_1000x1000

The Thousand Points of Light Tree is suitable for indoor or outdoor use and generates 23 dancing displays of multi-colored or bright white lights. A Hammacher Schlemmer exclusive, this tree features 1,165 fiber optic tips powered by a controller that allows you to select any of the 23 display patterns, as well as the speed at which they change. It has an automatic timer, too, so you can set it and forget it. 87492_1000x1000

If you really want to save time festooning your home, The Instant Fully Decorated Christmas Tree sets up in just seconds. Available nowhere else, the tree consists of two sections of realistic branches that simply attach to the center pole. The tree is prelit and decorated with a beautiful mix of ornaments, holly berries and leaves, pinecones, red bows, and a tree topper. This is a unique gift idea for a person who may not have the physical ability to decorate a tree, too.

All of these trees come with the Hammacher Schlemmer Lifetime Guarantee and will be delivered right to your front door. A beautiful and Merry Christmas truly was never easier!

Show Your Holiday Spirit in a Big Way

Halloween’s arrival can mean only one thing…it’s time to plan your outdoor Christmas decorations!87341_1000x1000

We recommend planning your display around one large centerpiece item. It allows you to have a focal point that draws attention and can be complemented with simple strings of lights and outdoor tree ornaments. Here are some suggestions that are sure to make your house is the holiday focal point of the neighborhood. 87477_1000x1000

This 15-ft. tall inflatable gingerbread house suggests medieval lebkuckler bakers helped build the display in your yard. A Hammacher Schlemmer exclusive, this giant gingerbread house is decorated with an assortment of sweets, all illuminated by 83 LEDs. An integrated air pump keeps it all inflated. 83866_1000x1000

The Illuminated Candy Cane Archway transforms your front entrance into a holiday spectacle. Only from Hammacher Schlemmer, the sparkling tinsel-covered metal frame stands seven feet high to flank a walkway for your guests. The striped red and white pattern reflects light from 350 built-in bulbs. This larger-than-life decoration also makes a unique gift idea for the person on your holiday list who really does have everything. 86467_1000x1000

Standing nearly two stories tall, this inflatable Rudolph will welcome holiday revelers. His underbelly is more than nine feet above the ground at its highest point, inviting carolers and visitors to walk beneath. Another Hammacher Schlemmer exclusive, his sweet and eager expression is sure to delight all who come to call.

Rudolph’s buddy, Bumble the Abominable Snow Monster, is also ready to grace your lawn. His enormous 15 foot stature and five internal lights draw both attention and astonished stares from passersby.

In cold-weather climates, it’s best to set up your display while weekends still offer mild weather and before any snow coats the ground. Having your yard decorated early gets you in the holiday spirit and frees up time for shopping for all those unique gifts for family and friends.

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.


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.