Category Archives: Father’s Day

Dad’s Day Gift Ideas for the Frugal Offspring

Father’s Day is almost here…we honor the old man on June 21. If you find yourself short on money this year, we are here to help with ideas for unique gifts for him, all priced at $100 or less.

At only about $100, we guarantee there’s not another gift out there exactly like this one: this is the personalized reproduction of 12324_300x300The New York Times issue from the day dad was born. The newspaper is reprinted, complete with that day’s headlines, stories, photos and ads, in a traditionally bound book that displays the recipient’s name, “The New York Times”, and the date stamped in gold on the burgundy leatherette cover.

12597A_300x300Both the NBA and the NHL are wrapping up their seasons with exciting final championship series. Any sports fanatic father would love a personalized locker room print that shows his own stall, complete with a name plate, jersey and equipment bearing his name and favorite number. His jersey will hang forever next to the uniforms of two players from the current roster, providing visual evidence of his working relationship with Lebron James or Patrick Kane. Whether dad prefers hockey, basketball, baseball, or football, this unique gift is available for only about $90.

84767_300x300This year, Father’s Day coincides with the first day of summer…the season for both golf and BBQs. If you know a dad who loves both, The Golfer’s Grill Clubs feature grilling utensils with authentic golf club grips that ensure a confident hold while flipping lamb chops or turning a swordfish steak. The tools store in a woven nylon 14″-high golf bag, allowing his caddy to carry the clubs with ease.

Finally, if you’re as short on time as you are on cash, a Hammacher Schlemmer gift certificate allows Dad to choose his own gift. Available in denominations from $25 to $200, a gift certificate is always the right size and can be redeemed online, through our catalog, or in our New York City store.

Unique Gifts are Tops for Pops

Hammacher Schlemmer has long been trusted as a source for items that simply are not available anywhere else. With Father’s Day less than two weeks away, we have some suggestions for unique gifts for Dad, exclusive items only we can bring you.

86915_300x300Does the father in your life travel for work or pleasure? This weekender bag opens from the side to provide easy access to the clothes packed inside. The side panel will let Dad quickly remove or insert several days’ worth of clothes and travel items without rummaging or disheveling neatly folded garments. Available only from Hammacher Schlemmer, this bag is made of American bison leather, valued for its long-lasting durability.

87292_300x300For the father who likes to run, walk, or work out to music, this exercise armband recharges an iPhone. A Hammacher Schlemmer exclusive, the armband has a lightweight rechargeable battery that charges an iPhone up to 80%, ensuring his device will not run out of power while exercising. Its lightweight, thin design won’t impede exercise movements, and the polyester construction protects an iPhone from incidental contact.

79466_300x300Developed by Hammacher Schlemmer, this wallet is made from genuine Australian kangaroo leather. Kangaroo hide’s tight, dense fiber structure provides four times the tensile strength and three times more abrasion resistance than cowhide or deerskin, allowing it to be rendered to 1/4″ thin for comfortable storage without compromising the leather’s strength. The wallet is naturally water-resistant and it will never fade, crack, or unravel like typical leather wallets.

Your father is one-of-a-kind and deserves a unique gift that will stand apart from the rest. For more ideas like these, our online Gift Guide will make your shopping easy.

Father’s Day Gift Shopping Made Easy

Your father surely does not need another tie, more golf balls, or this year’s equivalent to the pet rock. We take the challenge out of finding unique gifts for him for Father’s Day with our exclusive online Gift Guide.

This fully customizable Gift Guide helps you find the perfect gift by filtering the selection to match his hobbies, his style, or even your budget.86468_300x300

Perhaps your dad likes to tinker in his workshop. Visit our Gift Guide and click Shop by Interest to find items for a hobby enthusiast. A tinkerer might enjoy receiving a unique gift like The Eight in One Portable Workshop that includes a cordless table saw, circular saw, jigsaw, scroll saw, power drill, hammer drill and an LED light, all powered by a rechargeable 18-volt battery.

84483D_300x300Is your dad more of a party guy? Choose Party Host in our gift guide to find several unique gifts for the man with entertaining in his soul. Because Father’s Day is also the first day of summer and he’s liable to entertain guests outdoors, we suggest The Rechargeable Indoor/Outdoor Wireless Speakers. A Hammacher Schlemmer exclusive, these cordless speakers provide robust sound and are compatible with virtually any audio source from smartphones and tablets to stereos and TVs.

84233_300x300Some of the dads we know have put in a lifetime of hard work on the job and raising families. They’re ready for some soothing comfort to ease the aches that come with life and aging. Use our Gift Guide to find a selection for the pampered pop. For example, The Authentic Barbershop Vibration Massager generates vibrating and kneading action to penetrate deep into muscles, soothing soreness, stiffness and tension.

Whether Dad’s a traveler, a dapper dresser, a gamer, or a fitness geek, we are ready to help you find the perfect unique gift for him today.

An Example to Fathers Everywhere

On Father’s Day, it’s fitting that we honor our founding father, William Schlemmer, Sr.

Born in 1841, an age when many people were no strangers to hard work, Mr. Schlemmer was described as “an indefatigable worker, and a man of the highest possible character, whose habits were exemplary in the extreme, and whose business principles were beyond reproach.”

Schlemmer came alone to the U.S. from Germany as a young boy. Although he was not yet a teenager, his uncle brought him to work at his hardware store in the Bowery. Even at the tender age of 11, he proved to be hard-working and thrifty, sending half of his $2-a-week salary home to relatives.

As the business continued to enjoy success in the 1850s, it was not unusual for young Schlemmer to arrive at work by 5 a.m. and not leave till midnight. In 1857, he convinced a wealthy acquaintance, Albert Hammacher, to invest $5,000 in the company, strengthening its opportunities for growth.

Eventually, Mr. Schlemmer came to control the company, first buying out his uncle’s shares and by the early 1890’s, most of Hammacher’s. Reflecting his humble roots, the highest position Schlemmer held at the company was treasurer.

Mr. Schlemmer remained at the helm until 1914 when, at the age of 73, he passed the torch to his son, William F. Schlemmer. It was under the younger Schlemmer’s guidance that the company moved toward selling more luxury goods and unique gifts, as well as The Best, The Only and The Unexpected.

This June 15, we honor our founding father, “The Old Gentleman,” for his lofty, uncompromising standards of service and quality. He was a great example for fathers, and for us all.

Indulge Dad with a Unique Father’s Day Splurge

Of course, you can never repay your father for the years of support, sacrifice, advice, and love. But if Dad knew you were going to splurge on something he might never buy for himself, what unique gifts for Father’s Day would he choose? We have several ideas for gifts for him that will reflect his irreplaceable spot in your heart, and will leave him talking about his unique Father’s Day gift for weeks to come.

Any dad who likes to entertain would Tiki Barlove to have The Genuine Bamboo Tiki Bar by his pool, on the patio, or even in the rec room for a year-round tropical atmosphere. Recalling the Polynesian beach bars renowned for serving fruity, rum-based cocktails, the bar is made from 100% Vietnamese bamboo, kiln-dried to a natural wood that’s impervious to rain, sun, and insects. Two matching stools are included.

Father’s Day coincides nicely with the heart of the baseball season. Fans of MLB and Little League alike will be delighted by this handsome and unusual gift. The Authentic Baseball Glove Leather Chair, made by Rawlings, is crafted in the form of a gargantuan baseball glove, upholstered entirely with the same exceptional leather as the mitts used by professional ballplayers. Each chair is built to order by master craftsmen in the company’s St. Louis facility, who assemble the all-wood frame by hand.

The man who is just a big kid at heart secretly wants to tool around the neighborhood on The Drifting Adult Trike. This low-riding, big-wheeled tricycle evokes childlike abandon from a grown-up rider and is truly a unique gift for him. The trike executes the same power slides and drifting maneuvers from youth that impressed one’s peers long ago. Detailed with handlebar tassels, a bell, and painted in a high-gloss metal flake, it is also generously padded with 4″ of foam—an amenity that proves wisdom is indeed a byproduct of age.

You can see all of our unique Father’s Day gift ideas in any price range you choose on our easy Father’s Day Gift Finder.

Gift Shopping Made Easy, and Easy on Your Budget

Smartphone Charging LanternFathers give us many unique gifts in life, not the least of which are the valuable lessons they teach us: work hard, but put family first; believe in yourself; stand up for yourself.

As much as you can never fully repay Dad for everything he did for you, he wouldn’t even want you to try. Because one of the best pieces of advice he may have given you is to be careful with your money and spend it wisely.

To that end, with Father’s Day swiftly approaching, we have several ideas for gifts for him that will set you back less than $100, but will leave a priceless impression in his heart and mind. These unique gifts will suit your budget as well as his personality.

For the father with a strong sense of personal style:  our exclusive Packable Panama Hat can be packed into suitcases or squeezed flat for between-seat storage, yet the fibers’ unique woven pattern allow the hat to unfold back to its original shape. Its brim provides 360º of sun protection; woven fibers allow air to circulate.

For the father who lives by the motto always be prepared: The Smartphone Charging Emergency Lantern features two 3-watt LEDs that generate up to 250 lumens of bright light for up to 48 hours on low or six hours on high. When the battery is full, the unit can recharge a smartphone twice, an e-book once, and 40% of an iPad’s battery via the lantern’s USB port. The lantern recharges via USB in seven hours or its integrated hand crank provides up to ten minutes of light after one minute of cranking.

For the father with an artistic streak: The iPad Paintbrush allows him to create works of art on a tablet computer or smartphone. The paintbrush uses synthetic hairs infused with conductive properties, designed with the same taper, flexibility, and strength as traditional bristles, resulting in the same feel and authentic strokes. The other end of the brush has a rubber stylus that enables sketching or handwriting. Compatible with all devices with capacitive touchscreens including iPhone, Kindle Fire, Nexus, Samsung Tablet and more.

And for the father who loves to be the life of the party, The Full Bottle Wine Glass. One of our most popular unique gifts, this seamless mouth-blown glass can hold an entire bottle of wine. Its classic Bordeaux shape fits an entire hand, enabling effortless quaffing without abandoning social mores. Although it holds up to 750ml, the glass allows users to assure that they, in all honesty, had only one glass of wine.

Try our easy-to-use Gift Finder to select the perfect gift for him in any price range, to fit his unique interests and style.

Great Gifts for the Grill Master

Grill Cleaning RobotWith Father’s Day just around the corner, backyards everywhere soon will be awash in the sweet scent of barbeques. Apropos to the event, we have some great ideas for unique gifts for Dad.

This early in grilling season, you may find the gunk from the last cookout never did get cleaned off the grate. The Grill Cleaning Robot has three electric motors and a built-in CPU that rotate three cylindrical brushes to propel the robot across the grill grates and remove burnt bits of food and grease in just a few passes. We think Dad would be “grate-ful” indeed to receive this on June 15.

For the father who appreciates delicious steaks and roasts, The Marinade Infusing Meat Tenderizer helps make the main event even tastier. A built-in plunger releases marinade into meat via three needle-like applicators, quickly saturating the interior of food with flavor enhancing ingredients. The tenderizing blades have two depth settings for optimal penetration of thick cuts, and unlike tenderizing mallets, it will not alter the meat’s thickness.

Smoked meats are more popular than ever, and our Flameless Grill Smoker is the only wood chip smoker box that generates flavor-enhancing smoke without producing flames, resulting in more concentrated, robust flavor. Eight vents on the lid allow just enough oxygen to produce smoke but not enough to generate flames, allowing more smoky flavor to infuse with food.

For many guys, it just wouldn’t be Father’s Day without a little golf. The experienced linksman and the duffer alike will enjoy this unique gift: The Golfer’s Grill Clubs. These are the grilling utensils with authentic golf club grips that ensure a confident hold while flipping flank steaks or turning tournedos. The stainless-steel tongs and fork have 18″-long shafts and the sand wedge-shaped slotted spatula lets marinades drain away before placing food on the grill. The tools store in a miniature golf bag, allowing your caddy to carry the clubs with ease.

Father’s Day or Any Day…Give the Unique Gift of Comfort

At last…we can venture outdoors in open-toed shoes with no fear of stepping in a slushy, melting snowdrift! That can only mean Father’s Day is near and it’s time to find the perfect gift for him.Plantar Fasciitis Flip Flops

It’s also time to embrace the summer pleasures of sandals, flip flops, and other casual footwear. Suffering from the pain of plantar fasciitis or in need of extra arch support? No problem…anyone can enjoy summer in style with our selection of shoes fashionable enough to make a great and unique gift for Father’s Day, graduation…or just to say you care.

These Gentleman’s Sport Flip Flops have a built-in, podiatrist-designed stabilizing orthotic footbed. The deep heel cups are molded in, providing cushioning for the heel and forefoot while aligning the feet into a natural position. Resilient Vibram outsoles grip most surfaces.

Providing the same benefits, our Gentleman’s Plantar Fasciitis Sport Sandals feature durable, flexible leather uppers with fully adjustable hook-and-loop fasteners over the toes and top of foot for a custom fit; a heel strap keeps the sandals bound to the feet during outdoor activities.

The Gentleman’s Plantar Fasciitis Slip Ons pair casual good looks with podiatrist-designed stabilizing orthotic foodbeds. The slip-ons have a roomy toebox, a shock-absorbing EVA midsole, a padded collar that provides a soft cushion against the ankle, and a herringbone upper that allows feet to breathe.

And at the end of the day when the summer evening calls for cool comfort, The Gentleman’s Plantar Fasciitis Slide gives you all the podiatrist-designed features that help alleviate foot strain, with leather-like straps. A soft, padded jersey lining adds to the comfort. This unique gift will make dad say, “Ahhh…”

Helping Dad Find His Stroke this Father’s Day

In many families, Father’s Day is celebrated by granting Dad peace and quiet to watch the final round of the U.S. Open.
US Open
When the 113th Open tees off today at Merion Golf Club’s East Course in Haverford, PA, the venerated tournament marks its return to a location that has not hosted the U.S. Open for more than 30 years. At its original 6,500 yards and course area of 111 acres, many felt the course was too small to host a modern major. Lack of grounds limited gallery size and there was no space for corporate tents. A land acquisition allowed lengthening of the course to 7,000 yards and added spectator areas, addressing many of these concerns. Today, the course’s strong architectural features make it the ideal setting for what many consider the toughest test in golf.

A most unusual feature of the East Course is the pins. Instead of the typical flag, each pin is topped with a wicker basket. Although no one is sure of the exact reason why, legend holds that Hugh Wilson, the course designer, modeled them after the baskets that topped shepherds’ staffs he saw while touring Scotland. With no flags to help determine wind direction, the baskets add an extra challenge for golfers.

Many fathers enjoy the challenge of a tough course, but at the same time, don’t mind a little help, and we are happy to oblige. The Break Revealing Golf Glasses enable a golfer to quickly assess a green before making a putt. The Hook And Slice Reducing Golf Balls have truncated, shallow dimples around their equators and deeper, more concentrated dimples near their poles that arrest the side spin and lower drag, resulting in 50% straighter drives. You can find more items to help Dad improve his golf game here.

And if hitting the links just isn’t Dad’s thing, he still might enjoy a Miniature Golf Arcade Game with you, right in his own home. Because, of course, what matters most is spending time together.

The Great Stork Derby

Charles Vance Millar fathered no children of his own. But thanks to an unusual clause in his will, this wealthy Toronto lawyer brought 36 lives into the world and was known as the Stork Derby.The Stork Derby

Millar, a bachelor, died in 1926 after running up a flight of stairs. The 73-year-old had been known as a successful attorney and shrewd financier, but the reading of his will underscored his true passion in life: the practical joke.

His entire will was rife with pranks. He left a (previously sold) vacation home to a group of warring lawyers, and (nonexistent) brewery stock to temperance advocates.

And then there was the ninth clause of the document, which stipulated that Millar’s remaining estate — valued at around $500,000 — be left to the Toronto woman who gave birth to the highest number of children in the 10 years following his death.

The jackpot provoked a minor baby boom.

This was the ’30s, and families throughout the country were struggling to make ends meet. For many Toronto women, Millar’s estate seemed a legitimate solution to their Depression-era troubles. They bore child after child.

Meanwhile, the country’s top attorneys — Millar’s former colleagues, whose legs he may have been pulling one last time from six feet under — debated the legality of the will. The matter was even brought before the Supreme Court of Canada. But the document prevailed and the Stork Derby continued on.

In the end, four women split the purse. Alice Timleck, Kathleen Nagle, Annie Smith and Isobel MacLean had each given birth to nine children since 1926, and each received $125,000.

Millar’s intentions with the contest remain a puzzle. As he wrote in his will, “What I do leave is proof of my folly in gathering and retaining more than I required in my lifetime.”

Although he left behind no biological heirs, his legacy lives on through those 36 Stork Derby babies and his amusing story.