Category Archives: Father’s Day

Unique Gifts for Unique Dads

Have you shopped for Father’s Day yet? Anyone can give Dad another tie, aftershave, or a sleeve of golf balls. You, my friend, need a unique gift for your unique dad. Luckily, we have several ideas…and all of these come in under $100.88338_1000x1000

This clever flashlight transforms into a multitude of configurations to suit a variety of uses. As a handheld flashlight, its powerful LEDs provide glare-free light. Angling the three pivoting LED heads to 90° and spreading the shaft forms a three-legged lantern with three cones of light. It also converts into three separate flashlights, each with a flat, slimline shape for seeing into tight spaces—and each has a magnetic base for working hands-free.12823_1000x1000

Bring to life thoughts of Dad’s favorite location. This 400-piece jigsaw puzzle is created from a U.S. Geological Survey topographic map of Dad’s hometown, his favorite vacation destination, or his beloved alma mater. Pieces in the shapes of letters that spell out “The World’s Greatest Dad” surround a star-shaped center piece. The puzzle is crafted from quality 1.5mm millboard, finished by hand, packed in a drawstring bag, and presented in a gift box that includes an area for a handwritten message.12783_1000x1000

Available only from Hammacher Schlemmer, this engravable pocket watch incorporates a Walking Liberty, Franklin, or Kennedy silver half-dollar coin dated from 1934 to the present. Choose Dad’s birth year, the year he married dear ol’ Mom, or other significant year of your choice. The selected coin’s face is displayed on the case front; the reverse is revealed when the brushed-metal case is opened. The pocket watch has a sweeping second hand and elegant roman numerals. The steel case back may be engraved with up to three characters.

Still not quite certain what you’re looking for? Our easy-to-use, online Father’s Day Gift Guide is available to help you choose just the right unique gifts for him.

See What Develops with Unique Gifts for Photographers

The month of May is National Photography Month, designated to recognize the importance of photos as tangible connections to our memories.

To celebrate the art of the photograph, we have suggestions for a few unique gifts that produce unique photos.87855_1000x1000

This diminutive point-and-shoot camera instantly prints wallet-sized photos. It uses high-speed, self-developing film to produce color 3.5×2″ snaps that print out of the top of the camera seconds after the picture is shot. Smaller than a smartphone, the camera stores unobtrusively in a pocket or purse. The instant prints themselves make for unique gifts for new friends made while traveling or to hand out as keepsakes at a family picnic or reunion.87840_1000x1000

This smartphone selfie stick transforms into a tripod for taking remote selfies. The tripod secures any phone with a 3.5″ to 6″ screen size using a bracket that swivels up to 60°, enabling use as a short or tall tripod. The included Bluetooth remote enables one to snap photos from up to 10′ away to allow for optimal shots of one’s self, friends and family.12231_1000x1000

Social media has revolutionized how we share photos with others…here’s an instant photo booth that can post pictures directly to Facebook, Twitter, or email, as well as provide classic prints. The booth connects via Wi-Fi, an Ethernet cable, or 4G/3G broadband. A touchscreen LCD inside the booth lets the subject choose color or black-and-white images as well as whimsical borders and backgrounds. The built-in thermal printer produces four-frame photo strips in seconds, just like photo booths found at carnivals and shopping malls.

Few ever tire of looking at pictures of their friends and loved ones. The art of photography connects us to others, triggers feelings of nostalgia, and serves as a record of our lives…so a photographic gift will never disappoint!

Plant the Seeds for a Great Garden

Do plants wither just from your glance? Do cactuses die from neglect under your care? You might be afflicted with a chronic brown thumb. We have some suggestions to help turn that brown thumb green…soon you, too, can enjoy the unique gifts of nature’s bounty and be the envy of the neighborhood.87084_1000x1000

Start with this easy-growing vertical garden. It displays five planters in only four sq. ft. of outdoor space and is set on casters for easy relocation. Ideal for balconies, patios and decks, the garden’s vertical post supports two large and three small pots for growing herbs, vegetables and flowers. The pots are at staggered heights to maximize sun exposure and each planter has drain holes to prevent overwatering…the common gardening mistake that sends many plants to an untimely end.88489_1000x1000

Like many brown-thumb gardeners, you may have no problem growing lush patches of dandelions, crabgrass and creeping thistle. This lawn and garden steamer helps control common weeds with ordinary tap water rather than harmful chemicals or backbreaking labor. A squeeze of the steamer’s trigger unleashes a weed-wilting blast of super-heated steam. With just a 5-10 second treatment, unwanted vegetation immediately discolors and shrivels, then dies in 24-48 hours. This steamer makes the ideal unique gift for any organic gardener, too.84647_1000x1000

Proper, deep watering in the heat of summer will keep both your garden and your lawn looking good. The Hammacher Schlemmer Institute tested leading lawn sprinklers and this model earned The Best rating because it watered the largest area and was the easiest to use. It was the easiest to connect, thanks to a specially designed adapter that attaches to a hose and simply plugs into the sprinkler without twisting. A built-in timer can automatically turn the sprinkler off after five minutes to two hours of watering.

You can also promote your green-thumb status by following the basic rules of gardening: pay attention to how much light specific plant varieties need. If the tag says “full sun”, don’t put that plant under a tree. Water deeply to promote root growth, but with less frequency. And use a good organic, time-release fertilizer to ensure your plants get the vitamins and minerals they need. Be good to them and they’ll reward you with the unique gifts of steady growth all summer long.

Gentlemen, Start Your Burners!

It’s time to fire up the grill! Properly done, grilling is a healthy way of cooking. Fats drip off meat, plus the high heat of this method helps grilled meats and veggies alike retain more vitamins. That’s a unique gift we’ll accept any time!

No wonder 80 percent of American homes own a grill or smoker. And while summer is the most popular time for a barbeque, about 60 percent of backyard chefs report using their grills year ‘round. So if you’re looking for unique gifts for a homeowner, a grill accessory is practically a sure bet.83709_1000x1000

To maintain grilling as a healthy method of cooking, the grates should be kept clean of carbon deposits. This grill-cleaning robot automatically cleans your grates, removing burned-on bits of food and grease in just a few passes. The device can be set to operate for 10, 20 or 30 minutes, so you can get an extra-deep cleaning for the first barbeque of the season, or following a steak-heavy Father’s Day meat fest.88516_1000x1000

Freeing the grillmaster to relax or fraternize, this innovative thermometer wirelessly sends alerts to a smartphone or a tablet. Unlike typical thermometers that require personal inspection, this model’s wireless transmitter sends real-time data to an iPhone/iPad or Android app from 160′ away, alerting you when a pre-selected temperature is reached. Its water-resistant transmitter receives data from the probes and transmits directly to the smart device. It works brilliantly in an indoor oven, too.87471_1000x1000

Those who grill all year long likely do their share of cooking after sunset…and here’s the ideal unique gift for those folks. This cordless grill light earned The Best rating from the Hammacher Schlemmer Institute because it generated the brightest, most expansive light and was the only model with a timer. The Best model has 18 LEDs that produce crisp light six times brighter than lesser models. Its beam illuminates the cooking surface and a grill’s side table simultaneously. This light can be mounted to any vertical, horizontal or angled surface.

Memorial Day—one of the most popular days for grilling—will be here in less than three weeks. If you’ve not yet dusted off your favorite kettle cooker, flat top grill or smoker, now’s the time. Fill the propane tank or stock up on charcoal and get ready for the wonderful aromas and delicious flavors of outdoor cooking.

Gear Up for Road Trips with an Auto Safety Check

Summer—and we promise it will get here eventually—means more driving, for longer distances.

Before the season comes into full swing, we recommend investing in some unique gifts for your car to help ensure your and your family’s safety on the road.87213A_1000x1000

Before embarking on a long drive, be sure to check the air pressure in your car’s tires. This digital tire gauge earned The Best rating from the Hammacher Schlemmer Institute because it produced the most accurate readings when compared to a professional mechanic’s tool. It was also the only model tested with an integrated flashlight and backlit display screen…and was the only unit to survive a drop to a concrete floor.74978_1000x1000

On the highway, blind spots can be a real hazard. This patented rear view mirror provides a 180-degree view for a distortion-free reflection of rear traffic across an entire five-lane highway so you can more easily monitor adjacent vehicles when changing lanes or merging. The mirror simply clamps over most standard rear view mirrors without requiring tools or adhesives. It’s the ideal unique gift for anyone with a stiff or arthritic neck, too.87083_1000x1000

You may have heard traffic reporters refer to “sunshine delays” during morning and evening hours. The low-on-the-horizon sun is more than just an annoyance…it can be a real danger when it impedes your ability to see the road and traffic in front of you. This tinted see-through visor effectively blocks blinding glare without obstructing your view and simply clips in seconds to your vehicle’s visor. Just flip it down instantly when needed. It can even be used in conjunction with sun glasses for the unique gift of a glare-free, more comfortable drive.

Spend a few moments walking around your car for a visual inspection to ensure windows are clean and clear, tires are in good shape, and front and rear lights are free of cracks and burned-out bulbs. You’ll up the odds of arriving at your destination safely and on time.

May the Fourth Be with You

Tomorrow, avid Star Wars fans around the world will celebrate Star Wars Day and their rallying cry with a hearty “May the Force be with you” to one and all.

This date-driven play on words began May 4, 1979, when Margaret Thatcher took office as Prime Minister of the U.K. The London Evening News placed a congratulatory ad saying, “May the Fourth Be with You, Maggie.” It took off from there and in 2015, even the International Space Station celebrated far, far away with a showing of Star Wars for the astronauts.87707F_1000x1000

Why not celebrate Star Wars Day 2016 here on Earth with one of these unique gifts for yourself or for your favorite fan of the franchise.88225_1000x1000

These Star Wars Steins impart intergalactic intrepidity to your imbibing. Made from high-quality ceramic with pewter lids, each 32-oz. stein is crafted in the likeness of R2-D2, Darth Vader, Chewbacca or Boba Fett. Each stein is available individually, so a collector can choose a favorite as a unique gift or get the whole set.

You’ll have the best breakfast contraption in the whole galaxy with this Darth Vader Pancake Maker. Ensuring every iteration of the Sith Lord’s iconic visage is forged with the efficiency of an Imperial clone processing factory, its 10-setting thermostat and weighted lid yield tender golden “chewies” or crispy brown morsels, depending on your desired level of doneness.87114_1000x1000

A sure hit with kids and adults alike, this R2-D2 Bubble Generator automatically spews hundreds of bubble clusters in different directions. Faithful in detail to the original ‘droid, it speaks in the synthesized lexicon of boops and beeps and projects extraterrestrial blue light from its radar eye. It can be set to spray bubbles continuously or at random intervals, much in the spirit of the feisty original character.

We have over two dozen unique gifts that will delight any Star Wars fan on May the Fourth or any day. Check out our entire collection today!

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.