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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.

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.