Category Archives: Christmas

Make the Most of Black Friday

In case you’ve haven’t not noticed the onslaught of TV commercials, Black Friday is this week. Some people love the thrill of the hunt…getting up in the dark of night, circling the mall parking lot for a spot, fighting crowds for bargains only to find the coveted item is sold out.

This message is not for those people.

This message is for folks who like to linger in their warm beds on a day off. People who savor reminiscing about the previous day’s family feast over another cup of coffee. Folks who like their purchases to include iron-clad guarantees. Those who prefer to embrace the ease of online shopping for choosing unique gifts to give their family and friends.

That’s where the easy-to-use Hammacher Schlemmer’s online gift guides come in. Looking for just the right unique gifts for him? Honing in on the perfect present for her? Our gift guides feature customizable filters that allow you to target the recipient’s interests, hobbies and tastes. Want to target a specific price range? We do that, too. Just can’t make up your mind? No problem, a gift certificate puts the choice in their hands.

And the right size and color are never an issue. Like every unique gift we offer, your selection will be covered by Hammacher Schlemmer’s Unconditional and Unwavering Lifetime Guarantee. And that’s something you just can’t get at the local mall.

Spread Holiday Cheer Around Your Home

With the holiday season fast approaching, it’s time to plan the final touches that will bring the festive spirit to every room of your home. We have dozens of unique gifts to help you create a beautiful seasonal display throughout your house, including these customer favorites:12974_1000x1000

This personalized gift-bearing Santa Claus features the festive flourishes and vocal talents of renowned “Painter of Light” Thomas Kinkade. A touch of a switch plays a recording of Kinkade reciting the classic Christmas poem T’was the Night Before Christmas through an integrated speaker. Crafted with meticulous detail, the 3′ figure embodies the charm exemplified in Kinkade’s original artwork. Tags on the presents can even be personalized with the names of up to six family members to make this a truly unique gif88627_1000x1000t.

This ladder-climbing Santa attaches to any tree and serenades spectators with Christmas carols. He totes a string of lights up and down the 40″-tall ladder to assist you with hanging your holiday décor. Every 60 seconds, Santa tirelessly completes his up and down climbing circuit as his signature red sack rests on the floor and plays 30 second instrumental versions of 15 Christmas classics including We Wish You a Merry Christmas, Jingle Bells, and Jolly Old Saint Nicholas.88652_1000x1000

A unique gift exclusive to Hammacher Schlemmer, this 2′-tall Santa nutcracker wirelessly streams music to impart both the sights and sounds of holiday cheer. Santa’s furry red stocking cap, embroidered red cloak, candy cane, and Christmas tree scepter provide all the appropriate eye appeal. A wireless radio receiver built into his gift-laden base streams your choice of music via its built-in speaker from a smartphone, tablet, or other wireless-enabled MP3 player.

We proudly feature dozens of other unique gifts for the holidays that will brighten your home with Christmas spirit—see our full collection online and complete your holiday shopping with ease.

Pump Up Your Outdoor Holiday Display

With Thanksgiving little more than a week away, this is the perfect time to plan an outstanding and impressive holiday display for your yard or other outdoor spaces. These larger-than-life inflatable decorations—all available only from Hammacher Schlemmer—are guaranteed to grab attention from everyone who comes by your house87336_1000x1000 .86467_1000x1000 87116a_1000x1000

This inflatable Darth Vader provides an imposing, yet celebratory, addition to an outdoor holiday display. In keeping with the holiday spirit, this reformed Sith lord bears a candy saber decorated with a holly berry ribbon as a unique gift of yuletide mirth to brighten his Dark Side. Despite his 16-foot height, he deploys quicker than a lightsaber using the integrated pump.

Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer is a television classic for all time. This 15-foot-tall inflatable Abominable Snow Monster of the North, a.k.a. “Bumble” from the 1964 stop-motion show, will tower over your yard. This magnificent beast’s durable fur-covered polyester hide is accentuated by his frostbitten blue face, hands, and feet. His enormous size and internal lights draw attention to holiday decorations and elicit astonished stares from passersby.

This nearly 12-foot tall inflatable Clarice brings Rudolph’s “cuuuute” companion to life on a grand scale. Our rendition of Clarice stands taller than a Clydesdale and bears all of the kind-hearted character’s signature features, from her polka-dotted red bow to her renowned long lashes. Of course, we offer an inflatable 15-foot Rudolph himself, too.

From classic wreaths to dazzling light shows, we have a host of outdoor décor for the holidays, unique gifts for your own home or someone else’s. Shop now to ensure your yard is the most impressive on the block.

I Think that I Shall Never See A Lovelier Pre-lit Christmas Tree

November has arrived with its chilly air and early darkness. That can only mean it’s time to start thinking about unique gifts for the holidays…and the Christmas tree under which you’ll pile them.17161_1000x1000

The first factor to consider for your holiday tree 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:

Lower cost over time—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 ecologically smart—natural resources go into the growing of trees, along with pesticides, herbicides, and fertilizers. Fossil fuels are consumed shipping trees around the country and again after the holiday when they need to be hauled away and processed into mulch. Keep your artificial tree for many holiday seasons and you’ll save resources year after year, a unique gift to the environment.

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.78446_1000x1000

87494_1000x1000Time savings—choosing a tree pre-strung with LED or incandescent lights means no struggling with tangled wires. 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.

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

Hammacher Schlemmer offers a large selection of artificial trees, including meticulous reproductions of Fraser, Noble, Balsam, Concolor, and Douglas firs. Our trees are available in a range of heights and come in full or slim widths to suit urban lofts as well as country estates.

We feature trees that are fashion forward, trees that are pure novelty and even a tree that Charlie Brown would love. You can view our complete Christmas tree selection online and find your perfect tree easily by filtering the results by branch and bulb type, tree height and width, and price.

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.