Category Archives: Gifts

Make the Most of Black Friday

In case you’ve haven’t not noticed the onslaught of TV commercials, Black Friday is this week. Some people love the thrill of the hunt…getting up in the dark of night, circling the mall parking lot for a spot, fighting crowds for bargains only to find the coveted item is sold out.

This message is not for those people.

This message is for folks who like to linger in their warm beds on a day off. People who savor reminiscing about the previous day’s family feast over another cup of coffee. Folks who like their purchases to include iron-clad guarantees. Those who prefer to embrace the ease of online shopping for choosing unique gifts to give their family and friends.

That’s where the easy-to-use Hammacher Schlemmer’s online gift guides come in. Looking for just the right unique gifts for him? Honing in on the perfect present for her? Our gift guides feature customizable filters that allow you to target the recipient’s interests, hobbies and tastes. Want to target a specific price range? We do that, too. Just can’t make up your mind? No problem, a gift certificate puts the choice in their hands.

And the right size and color are never an issue. Like every unique gift we offer, your selection will be covered by Hammacher Schlemmer’s Unconditional and Unwavering Lifetime Guarantee. And that’s something you just can’t get at the local mall.

The Best Unique Gifts – and We Can Prove It!

Many companies find it all too easy to pay lip service to claims of the top this and the highest-quality that.

Hammacher Schlemmer stands apart from these unverified claims, thanks to the Hammacher Schlemmer Institute. This non-profit consumer advocacy program, founded in 1983, was created to research, test, and rate products objectively. All ratings are made with no influence from manufacturers, vendors, or merchants. Through rigorous testing, many of the unique gifts we offer are thoroughly vetted until we can confidently declare the one that has earned the designation “Best”.88776_1000x1000

For example, among the products that have earned The Best rating, this waterproof foil shaver was chosen because it produced the 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 below the skin. Panelists said it produced “an awesome shave, as close as a blade and lasts all day.” Unlike lesser shavers that left “patchy” areas requiring users to go over them a second time, The Best model’s pivoting head “reached every nook and cranny effortlessly.”88333_1000x1000

When you want to illuminate a walkway, you want the solar-powered light that produces the brightest, longest-lasting, and most expansive glow. Here is the light that ranked first in all tests conducted by the Hammacher Schlemmer Institute. The Best Solar Walkway Light, generated 60 lumens—a measure of light intensity—glowing 75% longer than other models. Even after eight hours, its bright beam had not diminished. The Best Solar Walkway Light automatically turns on at dusk, and the solar panel on top recharges in moderate to full sunshine.82643_1000x1000

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 a number of electric wine openers and lauded The Best model for requiring “no effort at all,” unlike lesser models that were “incredibly awkward” or “required a lot of pressure.” It opens up to 50 wine bottles after a full charge via its base that plugs into AC.

We proudly offer unique gifts in every category qualified to be The Best, and many are Hammacher Schlemmer exclusives. Shop our full selection online and enjoy The Best in your home, too…as always, your complete satisfaction is guaranteed.

The Mulligan: a Unique Gift of a Do-Over

Who has never wished for a do-over? It’s such a common feeling, the world of golf even came up with the term Mulligan to describe the unique gift of a second chance at success. Whether a golfer or not, we all get to celebrate the do-over next Monday, National Mulligan Day.12630_1000x1000

There’s no agreement among historians or the United States Golf Association about the origin of the term. One popular story dates it back to an Anglo-Irish aristocrat born in 1793, predating even the coverage found in The New York Times History of Golf, a comprehensive book featuring articles that focus on highlights from the golf world throughout the years.84014_1000x1000

Traditionally, one Mulligan is granted to each golfer in a round. If you’ve used yours up, another tactic is to spot your ball before the rest of the foursome. These special glasses, available exclusively from Hammacher Schlemmer, help golfers locate golf balls obscured by shadows and thick rough. The lenses have a blue light-filtering pigment, making white balls easier to locate against dark backgrounds. Though we never advise cheating, these glasses may give you a surreptitious opportunity to improve your lie while your golfing partners comb the weeds.12245_1000x1000

Distraction is another tactic. This Hovercraft Golf Cart turns heads as it glides over sand traps and water hazards on a cushion of air as easily as it does over fairways and the rough. Powered by a 65-hp engine, its axial-flow ducted fan propels the craft up to 45 mph and 9″ off the ground without harming grass, and allows crossing of a pond for cross-water shots or to retrieve a wayward ball that didn’t “really” go in the drink.

After all, Hammacher Schlemmer is all about the Mulligan. Our Unconditional and Unwavering Lifetime Guarantee assures if you ever need a “do-over” when purchasing any of our unique gifts, you may always return the items for exchange, credit, or refund, no questions asked. Think of it as your personal Mulligan, available every day of the year.

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.

Unique Gifts for Her Show Your Appreciation

This Sunday is National Wife Appreciation Day. While some of you might be thinking wives ought to be more appreciated every day, this unofficial holiday was originally conceived as an alternative to Mother’s Day for women who don’t have children.

Whether or not the special woman in your life has little ones underfoot, we can assure you it’s never a bad idea to present her with a unique gift to show your appreciation for the many things she does every day. 86408_1000x1000We have some suggestions to help you say “thank you” and gain valuable brownie points, too.

This massaging heated wrap soothes aching joints, while its invigorating vibration massage simultaneously relaxes sore muscles in her neck and shoulders. Unlike typical rectangular heating pads that don’t provide ideal coverage or contact, this model’s slightly weighted edges and magnetic closure provide a custom fit to deliver deep-penetrating, therapeutic heat in areas prone to stress-induced tightness.82643_1000x1000

Many wives find their relaxation in the juice of a grape. This electric wine opener earned The Best rating from the Hammacher Schlemmer Institute because of its perfect worm insertion and rapid, effortless cork removal. The Best model was lauded by a wine industry expert for its flawless performance, unlike lesser models that were “incredibly awkward” or “required a lot of pressure.”77833_1000x1000

Here’s a wall-mountable, illuminated jewelry cabinet that keeps up to 160 pieces organized and easily accessible. Developed by Hammacher Schlemmer, the armoire has six LEDs that cast bright light inside the cabinet to help her quickly locate jewelry. You may even want to consider adding a shiny new bauble to the interior to make this unique gift even more special.

You might not even be aware of all the little things your wife does to make your life happier and easier. End the day by giving her a foot massage and telling her how much you appreciate having her in your life. We assure you, the dividends will pay off!

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.

Stress-Free on the Greens

For those of us that play golf as a way to combat stress, we have a few unique gifts that can help make your golf outing a more leisured experience. 84961_1000x1000

Why wait until the 19th hole? The Golfer’s Clandestine Cooler enables sly swingers to enjoy chilled libations on the links from an insulated cooler disguised as a golfer’s shag bag. Providing a welcome alternative to lukewarm refreshments smuggled in via shorts pockets or an hours-long wait for a chilled clubhouse beverage, this bag maintains propriety on the course while avoiding harassment by caddies, pros, or other spoilsports.12245_1000x1000

Professional golfers are forbidden to use golf carts at PGA tournaments and must walk the course. Thankfully, those of us in the amateur ranks have no such restrictions. But why limit yourself to common carts that roll on wheels? The Golf Cart Hovercraft lets you one-up the pros while assuring your popularity with your foursome. This cart glides over hazards on a cushion of air as easily as it does over fairways and the rough.12620_1000x1000

Stow all the accessories you need to hit the links with this Leather Golf Organizer. The bag’s vented main compartment holds your shoes, allowing proper breathability after 18 holes. Two additional interior compartments and two exterior pockets hold balls, tees, gloves, and any other essential accouterments for a sunny day on the course.

So leave the stress on the greens for the professionals and enhance your golfing pleasure with any of these unique gifts.

Unique Gifts Bring the Farm to Your Table

You wandered the farmers’ market to find the freshest, tastiest heirloom tomatoes. You battled to grab the last bunches of brilliant green broccoli rabe. You waited in long lines at the heritage beef butcher’s kiosk to get the finest grass-fed, free-range beef brisket—the one your friend told you was “to die for” after five hours of smoking and slow roasting.

Except now it’s noon and your guests are coming at 3:00.84974_1000x1000

Solve this culinary conundrum with the One Hour Indoor Pressure Smoker. It will cook that brisket in only one hour—five times faster than traditional methods. Combining a pressure cooker and smoker in one appliance, this 6½-quart device increases internal pressure by 15 psi, cooking food faster while still allowing wood chips to release their unique gift of fragrant, flavor-enhancing smoke. The cooker can also be employed as a cold smoker, steamer, or even just a traditional low- or-high-pressure cooker.84871_1000x1000

As for those heirloom tomatoes, a salubriously delicious sauce can be made with the Genuine Italian Tomato Press. Imported from Italy, it peels, seeds, and strains fresh tomatoes to create a smooth puree. Capturing the flavor of seasonal produce without the laborious process of manually blanching, skinning, and coring the fruit, this efficient Old World tool processes up to three quarts of raw tomatoes at a time by simply turning a crank.88905_1000x1000

The fresh broccoli rabe can be cooked without butter or oil—reducing calories and fat—in a nonstick pan. This set of Scratchproof Nonstick Pans feature a ceramic-titanium coating that makes for easy cooking and cleanup. In tests by the Hammacher Schlemmer Institute, fried eggs slid off the ungreased pan as if cooked on air, and the impervious non-stick surface suffered no damage when scrubbed with an abrasive pad and scratched with a metal fork. By the way, this pan set also make an ideal unique gift for a new graduate heading off to their first apartment.

The season for farmers’ markets is in full swing…make eating locally and eating well a fresh summer afternoon delight!

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!