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Spend Black Friday in Your PJs

Getting up at 3 a.m. to go holiday shopping? Preposterous!

This Black Friday, we highly recommend sleeping in. To paraphrase Yogi Berra, nobody goes to the malls anymore, they’re too crowded. The most unique gifts are easily found online. At, we have easy-to-use gift guides so you can conquer your holiday list in your pajamas.

With our exclusive online gift guides, you can tailor your shopping to find items that suit each individual on your list. Our gift guide filters let you narrow down criteria so you can zero in on that perfect unique gift. Are you looking for something for him or for her? For a child, a pet or something for the home?

You can add a filter for the type of gift: something personalized perhaps? Favor the flavor of gourmet gifts? Maybe you’re looking for just a little stocking stuffer. We offer those, too!

Layer on another filter for the recipient’s interests: choose categories for traits such as foodie, exceptional dresser, or a globetrotting traveler.

Finally, you can narrow your choices to suit your budget. Whether you want to spend less than $50, or the sky’s the limit, filtering by price will keep your selection wallet-friendly.

And for the easiest choice of all, we offer gift certificates in denominations from $25 to $200 that let the hard-to-shop-for find a unique gift of their own.

Shop Early and Conquer Your Gift List Easily

We all know someone who has all of their holiday gifts bought and wrapped by Halloween, while the rest of us are still running out to the malls throughout much of December.

This year, YOU can be that early shopper. Just shop online at and you’ll have your gift list conquered in no time.

We make it easy to shop by category or keyword to help you find unique gifts that suit the personalities of the people on your list. 86860A_1000x100087141_1000x100087637_1000x1000

For example, you may need to shop for someone who loves to decorate their home, but has no need for dust-catching knick-knacks. Within our Home Decorating category, you’ll find The Tabletop Fireplace. This mini liquid fuel fireplace rests on any stable surface and provides the color, crackle, and comfort of a wood-burning fire without the smoke, smell or sparks. It’s clean-burning and gives off only water vapor and carbon dioxide, so it can be used indoors, generating up to 8,500 BTUs per hour. It’s the ideal gift for anyone who loves to fill their home with the warmth of good friends.

At Hammacher Schlemmer, we pride ourselves on offering exclusive, unique gifts that can’t be found anywhere else. Even in our Kitchen and Entertaining section, you’ll find items guaranteed to be one-of-a-kind. The Selfie Toaster takes an otherwise-ordinary kitchen appliance and gives it a new twist that indelibly brands its owner’s image onto a slice of bread.

With George Lucas’ latest film due to be released just days before Christmas, you may know someone who just can’t get enough of the Star Wars series. Enter the search term Star Wars at to find unique gift ideas sure to please anyone who finds themselves under the influence of The Force. For example, The R2-D2 Humidifier combines the love of Star Wars with a practical gift that remedies room dryness. Available only from Hammacher Schlemmer, the humidifier is built right into R2-D2’s domed head.

Finally, don’t forget most gifts from Hammacher Schlemmer can be wrapped prior to shipment directly to the recipient, leaving you free to relax and enjoy the unique gifts of the beautiful holiday season.

Shopping for Someone Who Has Everything…Except for These Unique Gifts

He might be the impulsive type: as soon as he sees it, consider it purchased. She might be a hard-driving businessperson, used to getting what she wants, when she wants it. Finding the perfect gift for those who seem to have everything presents a daunting challenge, especially for those of us who may lack the time or patience for shopping.

That’s where Hammacher Schlemmer can help. With 166 holidays under our belt, we’ve learned a thing or two about how to delight the difficult-to-shop-for. You might say it’s our unique gift. Here are a few others from our assortment of the Best, the Only and the Unexpected.81696_300x300

We defy anyone to resist smiling when they see this flying inflatable clownfish and his companion, the air shark. These remote-controlled fish “swim” effortlessly through the air with the same graceful movements as underwater. Reciprocating tail fins provide forward motion, just as a real shark’s or clownfish’s tail pushes against water.86652A_300x300

A handsome addition to any home bar is The Authentic Jacob Bromwell Copper Flask. This handsome, hand-forged flask continues a tradition begun in 1819 with a design true to the 19th century original. The flask’s craftsmanship and attention to detail make it the ideal vessel for Bourbon, another distinctively American product. This flask along with a bottle of Kentucky’s finest would be much appreciated.86805_300x300

The truly one-of-a-kind Personalized Bobblehead features the unique facial features of a family member, friend, or perhaps yourself. Artisans sculpt a poly-clay model from a photograph of the subject. Clothing, talents, hobbies, or any other details that reflect the unique character of the subject may be specified. This is a unique gift that will delight any tough-to-buy-for recipient.

Finally, the person who has everything may frequently find himself presented with a bevy of seemingly useless gifts. 12623_300x300So why not go with the flow? With its hardware-bound exterior, this box suggests the functionality of an appliance. However, when its toggle switch is turned on, a mechanical “finger” appears from inside the box and flips the switch back off. This box elicits a smile simply by defying one’s intent into perpetuity.

Still stumped? Our Gift Guide makes it easy to select the perfect gift according to your criteria, such as a person’s interests, gift type, and your budget.

Unique Gifts to Delight the Persnickety

Every Christmas list has them: people for whom it’s difficult to find just the right gift.

They’re people with discerning tastes. They’re the ones who have already purchased the trendy cologne, the current styles, and the latest gadgets. They may be of a different generation, leaving you uncertain as to what would be most appreciated. We have unique gift suggestions for all of these very particular and hard-to-buy-for people.86006_300x300

For the creative type: The World’s First 3D Printing Pen creates three-dimensional plastic drawings. Instead of releasing ink, this pen extrudes warm thermoplastic that hardens within seconds, allowing the user to create three-dimensional figures. The creations themselves can even be unique gifts, making this a present that lets the recipient pay it forward.

84837_300x300For the college student: The Four Device Charging Clock Radio features four USB ports to charge any smartphone, tablet, or other USB-powered device. The dock plays music from any one of the connected devices or from the built-in FM radio. The unit requires less space than a toaster and it has power surge protection, an LCD clock, and dual alarms, making it ideal for roommates in a dorm room or college apartment.

81925_300x300For the soccer mom: Parents on the go will appreciate this Automatic Cordless Tire Inflator. This is the only cordless inflator that automatically shuts off when it reaches a desired tire pressure. In just 90 seconds, it tops off a standard vehicle tire or inflates a bicycle tire from flat to full. It’s a thoughtful and unique gift for anyone who shuttles kids to sports practice, music lessons, or just to school.

84915_300x300For the book worm: This space-saving Reader’s Utility Table keeps reading materials organized and close at hand. The unique C-shape design lets this table be pulled close to nestle by a sofa, chair, or bedside for simultaneously indulging in a favorite author’s works and a satisfying treat. A built-in rack holds magazines and newspapers while the table’s surface accommodates books, snacks, and remote controls.

These Desserts Get Mouths to Watering

In just two weeks, Thanksgiving will kick off the holiday season for entertaining and for giving unique gifts to friends and family.

Whether you’re looking to grace your own holiday table with something different and unexpected for dessert, or if you’re looking for a unique hostess gift that ensures you get invited back next year, we have some ideas that guarantee the pumpkin pie stays in the fridge.84577_300x300

Melted chocolate cascades down the two tiers of this chocolate fondue fountain, turning dessert into entertainment. A crowd-pleaser at banquets and buffets, our home version animates traditional chocolate fondue by inviting guests to dip fruit, cheese, pretzels, and other snacks into the rippling streams. Guests will delight in getting hands-on, putting the finishing touch on their own dessert.12323_300x300

This authentic Key Lime Pie earned four National Championships at the annual Great American Pie Festival. The light and creamy dessert is the official pie flavor of the Sunshine State, with a delicious filling that combines the tartness of key lime juice with sweet condensed milk. This pie captures the authentic taste of South Florida honestly, without relying on artificial ingredients, fillers, or preservatives.

12575A_300x300Lauded by The New York Times as “The only Danish pastry in America any self-respecting Dane would eat”, this Danish kringle is made fresh according to a fourth-generation family recipe. As Wisconsin’s official state pastry, this award-winning version takes three days to prepare using Old-World techniques. It’s a unique gift that can be enjoyed for breakfast, with coffee, or as dessert.

Gourmet Gifts That Click With The Coffee Klatch

A cold wind is sweeping across the country and our bodies crave a warm refreshing break to stave off winter’s frosty fury. While we can’t change the weather, these unique gifts of gourmet delights make the cold easier to bear as you dish the latest gossip with the coffee klatch or hunker down by yourself with a hot cup of tea and a good read.12264_300x300

A chocolatier’s mouth waters with envy at the sight of Marini’s Hand Dipped Chocolate Bacon. The latest craze for an edible unique gift, Dutch cocoa milk chocolate and luxuriously rich, French dark chocolate enrobe thick-cut, hickory smoked bacon. Bacon makes winter life much better!

Arndt’s Homemade Fudge Gift Basket features four slabs of luscious love. This 12417_300x300unique gift basket is the pride of Illinois’s small-town antique fudgery. In its third generation of family ownership, Arndt’s still uses the freshest butter and cream to make its decadent flavors. The tin includes maple nut, old-fashioned peanut butter and chunky rocky road, along with a super-rich chocolate.

The Genuine Smith Island Cake is Maryland’s official state dessert. For 200 years, bakers on Smith Island, a remote fishing village at the southern tip of the Chesapeake Bay, have sent the cake out with the local watermen 12379_300x300during the autumn oyster harvest. The fishermen found that the thick fudge frosting helped preserve the cake for the duration of their voyage, while their wives took pride in how delicately thin and moist they could make the interior layers. Gourmet Coffee has met its match!

The ultimate coffee klatch can only be achieved with the ultimate espresso maker. The Genuine Italian Astoria Dual Espresso Machine presents the classic style from 1901, with modern microprocessor controls. This commercial-grade dual espresso maker from 10911_300x300Italy is the same kind trusted in fine restaurants. The ornate copper dome is handmade in Morocco and topped with a brass eagle, and is accented with highly polished copper and stainless steel steam wands and panels.

Enjoy a Cold One with These Unique Gifts for Beer Lovers

With new microbreweries popping up around the country and a selection of craft beers blanketing beverage store shelves, this is a great time to consider some unique gifts for lager lovers and ale aficionados.84035_300x30086570_300x300

These chill-maintaining pilsner glasses keep beer chilled just above freezing for 30 minutes. The double-walled glasses have a viscous cooling liquid between both layers that freezes after one hour in a freezer. Forgot to chill down your six-pack? No problem, these the glasses can chill a room-temperature libation to 36° F in just 21/2 minutes.

A unique gift that’s ideal for the gentleman who believes form should always follow function, these cufflinks open bottles as easily as they secure French button cuffs. Made from polished stainless steel, they have rigid teeth for quickly lifting the cap from a bottle-conditioned Imperial Pale Ale.

This remote-controlled cooler can roll across a patio, rug, or kitchen floor to deliver a well-timed beverage to parched party guests. With room for six cans or bottles and ice, the 84433_300x300compact cooler rolls on four sturdy underside wheels up to 60′ from the host at the controls. This is an amusing and unique gift for the beer lover who thought he had everything.

This is truly a golden age for fans of fermented malt beverages. There’s a style of beer for every taste, and if ale’s what cures you, to that we deliver a hearty “Cheers!”

Top 5 Unique Gifts to Complete a Man Cave

It started with the garage…the garage became a male sanctuary, a place for a guy to hang out with his friends, indulge in hobbies, smoke a cigar or just be alone for some quiet time away from the rest of the family.

Today, Man Caves often are lavishly outfitted with huge flat screen TVs, leather recliners, beer keg coolers and video game systems. We are happy to present our top 5 items for completing your own man cave, or as unique gifts for a father, husband, brother, or friend.

Number 5: This electric wine opener earned The Best rating from the Hammacher Schlemmer Institute because of its perfect worm insertion and rapid, effortless cork removal. A wine industry expert opened 56 bottles with various electric wine openers and she lauded The Best model for requiring “no effort at all.”

In the number 4 position: The Automatic Return Indoor Basketball Net automatically returns made baskets to the shooter via a motorized chute. At the top of the backboard an electronic scoreboard counts made baskets and displays time remaining in the shoot-out.

Number 3: The Handicapping Foosball Table. This is the only foosball table that lets players handicap their scoring chances by widening or narrowing the goal. Motion-detecting LEDs at both ends celebrate each score by lig84833_300x300hting up whenever a ball hits home. As befits a man cave accessory, this sturdy table has integral cup holders.

Our number 2 man cave item: The Beer Glass Froster. This device converts a typical, room temperature glass into an ice-cold mug in seconds. The froster mounts to a bar or countertop and a blue LED light casts a festive glow onto the glass as it is frosted.

Finally, our number 1 item to round out a man cave: The 86805_300x300Personalized Bobblehead. This truly one-of-a-kind item features the unique facial features of a family member, friend, or perhaps yourself. Artisans sculpt a poly-clay model from a photograph of the subject. Clothing, talents, hobbies, or any other details that reflect the unique character of the subject may be specified. This is a unique gift that will delight the denizen of any man cave and brands it fully as his personal space.

Gift Giving Gets Personal

Choosing a gift for someone special can be a daunting task. You want a gift that reflects their personality and lifestyle. You want it to touch on memories and personal relationships. And there’s no gift more personal than one that incorporates the recipient’s name, birthdate, or photos.

We can’t think of a more memorable way to mark a milestone birthNY Timesday than with a framed reproduction of The New York Times front page from the day the celebrant was born. These replicas are reproduced from originals in “the Old Gray Lady’s” official archives. The personalized name and year are printed on the matte, which also contains a circulated penny, nickel, dime and quarter from the birth year. Also available is a hard-bound reproduction of the full edition of The New York Times.

Turn a photograph of family, a beloved pet, or a beautiful scene from your travels into a Personalized Photo Puzzle. Just send a photograph or JPEG image with your order and a 408-piece jigsaw puzzle kit is shipped to you in a gift box, ready to present as a memorable keepsake and truly unique gift.

Even children are tickled by personalized gifts. The Personalized Book of Nursery Rhymes incorporates a child’s name throughout the pages. The book’s 26 traditional rhymes include all the old favorites, with a new twist…Humpty Dumpty, for example, features the child’s name on the iconic egg-man’s wall. It’s an ideal choice for a newborn child or grandchild, as a christening gift, or for a youngster’s birthday.

Shop all of our personalized gifts easily on our online Gift Finder and make finding just the right memorable, unique gift easy. You can be sure that every time the recipient sees it, he or she will think of you.

Gifts for Grandpa That Reflect – and Enhance – His True Style

Today’s grandfathers want to be on the move with sharp looks, smart style and sophistication. When shopping for gifts for Grandpa, you may want to put aside ideas that suggest a quiet, sedentary lifestyle.

The Best Gentleman’s FoilBest Foil Shaver Shaver transforms Grandpa into the smoothest operator in the stag line at the cocktail ball. This foil shaver earned The Best rating from the Hammacher Schlemmer Institute because it produced the closest, most comfortable shave. The Best model’s foils generate subtle vibrations that lift hair follicles and enable the five blades (the most in the industry) to cut as close as a barber’s straight razor.

Send the butler home; Grandpa has his favorite dinner jacket steamed tight with crisp points and lapels easily done with The Best Garment Steamer. This garment steamer was rated The Best by the Hammacher Schlemmer Institute because it removed wrinkles the fastest and was easiest to operate, smoothing a woolen suit jacket almost 2X faster than lesser steamers and taking 30% less time to remove the wrinkles from a cotton button-down shirt.

How to complete the polished look of a gentleman? With gifts for Grandpa that show off his flair for stylish dressing, such as The Packable Panama Hat. This hat will top his outfit in the heat of a tropical sun. It can be easily packed into a suitcase, yet the fibers’ unique woven pattern allows the hat to spring back to its original shape. It’s a grandad gift of pure, cool class.

Move over Mr. Bond. Today’s grandfather wants to be the most interesting man at the soirée. Get-togethers at his house take on their own life with The Light Show Music Player. This portable music player puts on a dazzling light show as Grandpa listens to his favorite songs. While music plays through the 3″ stereo speakers, the mirrored front emits brilliant colored starbursts that flare and sparkle in an ever-changing random pattern. The compact unit connects to virtually any audio source, from a smartphone, MP3 player, computer, USB flash drive or SD memory card. It will be a night to remember with hearts taken in style, thanks to the natural charm of granpa’s gifts.