Category Archives: Fall

Fishermen Get Another Chance as Dog Days Breeze into Fall

Fishermen agree springtime is the most productive season for catching the big ones. But there’s a time before the first hard freeze when ponds, lakes and rivers cool down and our fine finned friends surface for the last time before winter takes hold.88659_1000x1000

The kids are in school and the boat is out of the water, but you know your pond holds Nessie-sized secrets so you need – no, you are compelled – to wet a line just one more time. To outfit you for last minute spontaneous angling, we recommend this compact portable fishing pole that fits into your car’s glove box. A quality rod and reel constructed from aluminum, zinc alloy, and fiberglass, it’s ready to land a fighter on a moment’s notice. It even includes plastic worms, hooks, and a sinker.86966_1000x1000

To reach hot spots and honey holes where you just can’t cast far enough, try this unique gift: the replica fish-catching radio controlled bass boat. At just 17-1/2″, it’s able to slip into small areas otherwise out of reach behind weeds and tree roots. Just bait the hook and cruise the boat out to where the fish thought they were untouchable and lure them to the frying pan with a systematic sweeping motion just like commercial fisherman do.11302_1000x1000

Perhaps you or your family view fish as cute cartoon characters rather than dinner, and you dream of snorkeling through a Caribbean reef. In that case, you’ll love the unique gift of this aquarium coffee table. Gazing through the glass is a dream of summer’s fleeting sun and sand. The acrylic sides provide clear viewing of the interior, while the removable glass tabletop is large and sturdy enough to accommodate coffee cups and cocktails, a sculpture, and hardcover books.

With fall upon us, just mullet over: you need to go fishing. For one day, leave work and chores to salmon else. Any fin is possible, and once winter’s snow flies, you will thank cod you didn’t let this oppor-tuna-ty pass you by. We’re not squidding.

These Unique Gifts Go the Extra Yard

This week, fall officially begins, which can only mean one thing…it’s time to devote a weekend to cleaning up the yard, patio, and deck to prepare for the seasons ahead.

That’s not all bad–you’ll get some exercise, you’ll be able to enjoy the unique gifts of a pleasant autumn afternoon, and your job will be made easier by items we have available to help.88328_1000x1000

Take this electric power washer for starters. It cleaned more effectively and was the easiest to use in side-by-side tests conducted by The Hammacher Schlemmer Institute. Analysts used each power washer on a variety of surfaces and compared the results. The Best model removed the most paint from a cement brick, quickly scoured mud from a car rim, and cleaned dirt and mold from aluminum siding faster than all other units.84791_1000x1000

The Hammacher Schlemmer Institute also performed testing on leaf blowers. This cordless rechargeable leaf blower was deemed The Best because it cleared garden waste the fastest and had the longest-lasting battery. It cleared a 50-gallon pile of leaves from grass and paved areas 18 percent faster than the next-quickest model. The Best model also provided up to three hours of battery run time. It has 10 speeds and the most features of all the models, including a vacuum setting for suctioning waste into an attached bag.88781_1000x1000

Here’s another easy method for cleaning up. This push sweeper quickly collects fallen leaves from your yard and driveway without backbreaking raking and stooping. The sweeper’s flexible plastic combs spin rapidly as you push it, grabbing leaves, grass clippings, pine needles, and other small detritus, depositing them into the collection hopper. This sweeper makes an ideal unique gift for the environmentally conscious gardener with a compost pile.

Before you know it, your yard work will done and you’ll be relaxing in front of a football game, cold beverage in hand. Your neighbors might even line up to borrow these lawn and garden clean-up tools. No worries if they do…all these items are ready to go the extra yard.

This Season, Pigskin is In

By this time of the year, baseball thrills only those fans whose teams are poised for the playoffs. For everyone else, football season is more than welcome!

Among the best reasons to attend a football game is the tailgate party beforehand. 12452_1000x1000It’s a chance to socialize with friends, trash talk the opposing team, and enjoy the unique gifts of a beautiful fall day outdoors. Some folks we know don’t even enter the stadium and just tailgate all the way from kickoff to the final whistle.

And why not, when you have this dual hammock that sets up on a trailer hitch in just 10 minutes. Two hammock chairs have hanging footrests, allowing tailgaters to relax in a reclined position while keeping feet and legs elevated. Any frequent tailgater would appreciate this unique gift.12410_1000x1000

No tailgate party is complete without a friendly “bags” competition and this tournament bean bag set comes decorated in the logo of your favorite NFL team. Equally suited for at-home halftime festivities or playoff-season pre-game hype, this set is constructed to ensure compliance with the exacting standards set forth by the American Cornhole Organization.12849_1000x1000

Back at the house, celebrate your team’s victory with this outdoor LED projector that casts the emblem of your NFL favorite on your home’s exterior. Displaying six images of a team’s officially licensed logo up to 40′-tall, the projector makes no mistake where your loyalties lie on Sundays. A built-in light sensor automatically turns the light display on and off as the sun sets and rises. We can’t think of a better unique gift for the ultimate football fanatic in your life.

So here’s to the still-fresh football season and best wishes that the sun does not set prematurely on your favorite team’s aspirations for victory.

Extend Summer with Warmth of Hospitality

So soon, summer comes to its unofficial close on Labor Day. Already, we see the marked difference in darker, cooler mornings and noticeably earlier sunsets.12298_1000x1000

But for many folks, the best weather of the year is yet to come, and even when earlier darkness brings a chill in the air, many weeks still lie ahead to entertain outdoors.

Help your guests enjoy the unique gifts of a crisp fall evening with accessories that will add light and warmth to your yard or patio. This hearth table, for instance, features a granite top cut from the mountains in China’s Shanxi province, so each handcrafted table is one-of-a-kind. A cutout section in the center contains a stainless steel fire pit, powered by a propane tank or a connection to a natural gas line86860_1000x1000.

In smaller spaces, this tabletop fireplace88478_1000x1000 provides the color, charm, and comfort of a wood-burning fire without the smoke, smells, or sparks. It’s fueled by recycled liquid ethanol, so the 7″-high flame gives off only carbon dioxide and water vapor, making it suitable for use indoors or out. Consider this mini fireplace as an appropriate and unique gift for a housewarming, too—pun intended.

Provide illumination along with an architectural element with these all-weather obelisk torches. The elegant torches continue a long sculptural tradition begun in ancient Egypt, where similar obelisks were first fashioned to flank temple entrances. They have extra-long cotton wicks to fill the evening with soft, romantic light.

Pair these unique gift ideas for warmth and light with rustic fall decorations and hearty, seasonal dishes such as chili or pumpkin soup. Your outdoor parties will be a success even through the end of October and will keep guests feeling cozy, comfortable, and relaxed.

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.