Category Archives: Fall

Back-to-School Gifts Get an ‘A’

Did you hear that? No, not the school bells ringing…the collective cheers of parents overjoyed the new academic year is here.

Help ease a student’s transition from the carefree days of summer back to the structure of the classroom with unique gifts to make them as happy as mom and dad about the new school year. We have brilliant suggestions for kids of all ages.87996_1000x1000

For the elementary school student: The Lightshow Space Explorer’s Backpack features illuminated wings to whisk young imaginations into the farthest reaches of outer space. Suggestive of fantasy starships, the wings have built-in white LEDs that can be set to flash quickly when in hyperspace, flash slowly when orbiting a planet, or remain on while awaiting clearance for take-off.86792_1000x1000

For the high schooler: This Pocket Sized iPhone Backup Battery is about the size of a matchbook and provides supplemental power whenever it’s needed. Because it seems a teenager’s life is only as good as his or her phone, this is a unique gift that will be well-appreciated. The cordless device stores comfortably in a pocket, retrievable at a moment’s notice to increase an iPhone charge by 30%, enough for up to 3 hours of additional talk time or 70 hours of standby time.88544_1000x1000

For the college student: This Phone Charging Atomic Alarm Clock provides the student who burns the midnight oil—whether for study time or socializing—with a dependable, always-accurate alarm. The clock receiver synchronizes with NIST-F1, the United States’ atomic clock, which will never gain or lose a second in 60 million years. A smartphone connects with an existing USB cable to a port on the side for overnight charging.

These brilliant and unique gifts will score highly with the students in your life and get A’s for both effort and execution.

Bug Off! Unique Gifts Keep Insects at Bay

West Nile virus…Zika virus…yellow fever. Virtually every day, news reports relay more potential dangers from mosquito bites.

Even if these viruses are not yet prevalent in your area, there’s no denying a mosquito bite causes unnecessary discomfort. The same goes for bites from spiders and flies and stings from bees, wasps and yellow jackets. Yet, there are simple, chemical-free ways to protect your family. We have several unique gift ideas to keep insects at bay both inside and outside your home.81846_1000x1000

This chemical-free trap attracts and kills mosquitoes in yards up to one acre. The trap mimics the natural conditions of human habitation by emitting heat, odorless carbon dioxide and light to lure mosquitoes. Carbon dioxide is generated when ultraviolet rays from two fluorescent bulbs react with a titanium dioxide coating inside the trap. When mosquitoes are drawn inside the device, a built-in fan traps the insects and sends them to a removable net where they die of dehydration.84925_1000x1000

This completely portable enclosure slides over a patio table’s umbrella to provide a protective canopy. Eliminating the need for sprays or candles, its sturdy polyester netting is too small for pests to penetrate. It fits over umbrellas up to 9′ in diameter, extending all the way to the ground or deck floor. The bottom’s entire perimeter stays in place even in the breeze using an integrated PVC ring that can be filled with water. A zippered flap provides easy entry and exit.86575_1000x1000

Should a pesky bug find its way inside your home, here’s the handheld cordless bug vacuum that earned The Best rating from The Hammacher Schlemmer Institute because it captured the most bugs in the shortest time and was easiest to handle. Its powerful motor generates more airflow than lesser vacuums to draw flies, bees, spiders and other insects into its telescoping tinted nozzle that lets you capture stationary bugs from arm’s length.

We have many other unique gifts designed to keep mosquitos and other insects away from you and your family. Visit our online Mosquito Protection Center today for ideas.

Celebrate Fall in the Great Outdoors

Every summer, outdoors lovers pledge to spend long hours enjoying the warm weather. That is, until mosquitoes, humidity, sweltering temperatures, and late afternoon storms conspire to drive us back inside.

But today is the first day of fall and this beautiful season offers mild, sunny weather perfect for getting outside to enjoy nature’s unique gifts of crisp temperatures and still-pleasant air. It’s the perfect time to enjoy outdoor games with your friends and family.86122_300x300

Of course, the downside of autumn is that darkness falls so much earlier. Yet, darkness is no problem with this lawn dart set that glows in the dark to enable nighttime matches. The dart wings and targets are embedded with phosphor that absorbs sunlight, making the components glow at night. The darts have soft rubber, rounded tips that are weighted to enable authentic throws and trajectories.

Change up the habit of your standing summer tee time with The PDGA Approved Disc Golf Set. Designed to meet the exacting standards determined by the Professional Disc Golf Association, the set includes six discs, a target with a deflecting bar and chains and a scoring basket.84557_300x300

This freestanding badminton set instantly creates a court on a lawn, driveway, beach, or any flat surface. Now you can play nearly anywhere and nearly everyone can participate, making a friendly badminton the ideal competition for sunny autumn weekends.

And if the crisp fall breezes are not enough to get the adrenaline flowing, try The Seated Backyard Zipline Kit. This is the backyard zipline with an integrated84065_300x300 seat that allows kids to swoop through the air while remaining close to the ground. Similar to ziplines found at luxury ski resorts and adventure camps, it provides a safe, fast ride.

Beyond Bobbing for Apples: Fun And Games for Fall Parties

Late October marks the eve and day when all good souls roam the earth and search for one last day of warmth before departing for their next celestial assignment.

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We gather in all of the fruits and veggies of fall’s harvest to be preserved and have celebrations of the departed; good memories of family and friends. Whether it’s a harvest party, Halloween, or the increasingly popular Latin Dia de los Muertos, scare away ghosts, goblins, and long-legged creatures such as those depicted by The 12′ Inflatable Animated Spider and The Gargantuan Inflatable Gargoyle with a party your friends and family will remember.

Try games of fortune telling like tarot and Ouija, where players divine the

future like Zoltar, accompanied by candy corn, homemade fat-free snacks made with The Healthiest Potato Chip Maker, punch, and bubbling kettles of spiced cider. Make a creative Halloween-themed piñata filled with your favorite sweets. As the backyard bonfires burn, tell tales of fright and appleromance, myth and legend. Have the neighbors over for pumpkin bowling with butternut squash nine pins. The Caramel Apple Maker lets you make your own gourmet caramel apples, and don’t forget cider donuts on strings: a race without hands to see who can devour them first. For the adults, serve flagons of ale and hard cider just like Rip Van Winkle.

When harvest winds howl and drive you indoors, lower the lights, turn off the telly, silence the smartphones and for one evening, make a happy shrine to our loved ones and the fallen who can’t be with us on this festive fall occasion.