Category Archives: Gifts

Take a Spring Break without Going Broke

That tropical getaway is enticing you like the ukulele-strumming, hula-dancing bobblehead atop your file cabinet. And that mini plastic palm tree glued to the top of the water cooler oasis is a reminder you need a spring break vacation, complete with beach bars run on island time.

But this week, some of the major airlines have launched new rules for their lowest fares restricting use of overhead bin storage. That means you have to pack smarter than ever or prepare to pay up. We have unique gifts to help you save money and travel like a pro so you can be on the beach in your stylish maillot de bain and not in sweat pants, awaiting way-laid luggage.  

This rolling leather carry-on is designed to fit under an airline seat, while maximizing packable space. Available exclusively from Hammacher Schlemmer, the bag is made from full-grain cowhide that provides rugged yet soft durability. Side pockets keep reading material handy, while a front pocket keeps your laptop or tablet ready for easy onboard deployment. The bag unzips to reveal a spacious 13″-wide main compartment with a solid fabric wall built across its lower third to keep folded garments tidy. 

If you’re checking luggage, be mindful of the 50-lb. weight limit most domestic airlines impose to avoid yet another fee. We have a couple of suggestions to help you meet the limit. First is this 26″ hard shell suitcase with an integrated digital scale. A Hammacher Schlemmer exclusive, it displays its own weight in seconds when lifted by the scale-integrated handle. Constructed of durable thermoplastic polymer (ABS) with an exterior layer of polycarbonate, the suitcase withstands the bumps of baggage claim and the bruises of cargo storage.

Easily weigh any suitcase with this portable digital scale. The device’s strap clips securely around luggage handles and its large LCD panel accurately displays the weight while a hold function locks in the reading. The scale’s ergonomic shape makes it easy to grasp with one or both hands and it’s compact enough to take along so you can test the weight of your luggage on the return trip – bearing all the souvenirs and unique gifts you bought for friends and family back home.

Experts claim the sweet spot for finding the lowest airfares is about seven weeks out on a Tuesday afternoon. With planning and patience – and the right luggage – you’ll save on airfare and have more to spend on fun at that beach bar.

Unique Gifts for the Chief of Stuff

Today kicks off Presidents Day weekend, though officially and federally, Monday’s public holiday is still called Washington’s Birthday.

No matter what you name it, we have some unique gift ideas fitting for a president of any sort: leader of the free world, a company CEO, or the individual in your home who is Chief of Stuff.

Impress heads of state – or the in-laws – with this commercial-grade dual espresso maker from Italy, the same kind trusted in the finest restaurants worldwide. The internal brewing mechanism has an advanced microprocessor, while a built-in water softener ensures the best cup of espresso possible. The ornate copper dome is handmade in Morocco and topped with a very presidential brass eagle. 

Somehow, presidents of all sorts always seem to find time for golf. This attention-getting hovercraft golf cart glides over sand traps and water hazards on a cushion of air as easily as it does over fairways and the rough. Its ducted fan propels the craft up to 45 mph and 9″ off the ground without harming grass, allowing immediate crossing of a pond or stream to follow-up a cross-water shot. The fan’s streamlined design minimizes noise, speeds up an 18-hole outing, and conveys four passengers and two golf bags.

If there’s one lesson learned from the most recent Presidential election, it’s that we all need to exercise caution to avoid having our valuable computer passwords filched by sinister hackers. This password vault securely stores passwords, usernames, and ATM PIN numbers, with easy retrieval. Unlike password information stored on a computer, passwords are stored offline in the vault’s memory, ensuring sensitive information can never be compromised.

There’s a whole list of laws and regulations that prevent POTUS from keeping most presents given while in office. Instead, they become property of the National Archives and are frequently displayed in the president’s library museum collection. You, however, can keep all of the unique gifts you receive…consider it a perk of not having the job.

Get to the Heart of Better Health

Heart disease is the number one killer of both men and women. That’s why it’s worth recognizing February as American Heart Month.

Throughout this month, the American Heart Association encourages all of us to become more aware of the factors that lead to heart disease: high blood pressure, high cholesterol, elevated blood sugar, a sedentary lifestyle, excess weight, a poor diet, and smoking.

By closely monitoring your risk factors, you can reduce your likelihood of heart disease and gain the unique gift of improved wellness. Here are some ideas to help you on the journey to better heart health.

The NASA Life Tracker, made by the developer of health monitoring technology for NASA astronauts, is an easy-to-wear fitness band that tracks ECG, heart rate, steps, natural light exposure, calories, and sleep. Data appear on the device screen or a paired mobile device running a free app. The tracker doubles as a watch and shows incoming smartphone messages and alerts via Bluetooth, and can even be worn while swimming or showering.

This fingertip pulse oximeter detects and records arterial pulsations. It uses the same technology found in hospitals to measure beats per minute as well as aortic pulse wave velocity. The unit provides insight into cardiovascular fitness, giving you information on your aortic stiffness and corresponding internal age. Results are tracked by a free iPhone-compatible app that stores the data for up to five users.

Work your body from top to bottom with a low-impact exercise machine that provides a complete cardio workout from the comfort of a favorite chair. A Hammacher Schlemmer exclusive, this whole body pedaler combines bike-simulating exercise for the legs with an upper-body ergometer for cardiovascular fitness and muscle tone without strain on weight-bearing joints. The compact design allows the pedaler to sit between you and the TV, making it an ideal unique gift for anyone who claims to have no time for exercise.

The American Heart Association recommends wearing red this month to show support for the cause. Better yet, get out and move for the good of your own heart and health.

 

Unique Gifts that will Win Her Heart

Thank you, Valentine’s Day. Thanks for giving us bright colors and thoughts of love and warmth to break up late winter’s dull days. Thank you for reasons to remember our loved ones and for motivation to seek the perfect unique gifts.

Particularly when the loved one is a lady, those unique gifts need to be expressions of the thought and care you put into the quest. We have some suggestions for gifts for her that will score you big points for thoughtfulness.

These lady’s pajamas, for example, combine the luxurious softness of natural silk with the carefree convenience of machine washing. The silk used in these pajamas, available only from Hammacher Schlemmer, deftly illustrates the Japanese word Habutai: downy soft. The silk undergoes a proprietary treatment allowing it to be machine washed repeatedly without discoloration or shrinkage, while maintaining an extravagantly smooth feel against the skin. These PJs can even be monogrammed, if you desire.

Create a unique gift duo by pairing the pajamas with these genuine Australian sheepskin slippers. Originally crafted at mills powered by the falls of the Androscoggin River in Maine, these slippers offer exceptional comfort and warmth. The natural fleece lining is left intact during tanning and sewing to provide unsurpassed strength and the supple suede slippers’ insoles are bolstered with extra padding for a more cushioned feel.

Trust us on this one: every woman needs more tranquility in her life. This unique tranquility pod uses pleasant sound, gentle vibration, and soothing light to transport her body, mind, and spirit to a deep state of relaxation. The pod’s ellipsoid exterior blocks 90% of outside noise while music plays from the integrated sound system via a smartphone or other device. Gentle vibrations throughout the bed impart restful harmony. A biofeedback system—a feature only available from Hammacher Schlemmer—uses a pulse sensor that synchronizes her heartrate with 50 controllable LEDs for a soothing light effect.

This is just the beginning. Our customizable online gift guides will help you choose the ideal unique gift to suit your special lady’s interests and personality. You’re guaranteed to win her heart for Valentine’s Day and every day.

Creative Means to Tackle Workplace Problems

Many large, forward-thinking corporations keep their employees distracted with puzzles and games.  Sounds non-productive, right?

Just the opposite is true; research has shown that games and puzzles create the right distractions to stop the brain from dwelling on seemingly unsolvable problems. As little as a half hour of intense play and puzzlement gives the work-a-day mind the unique gift of a brief vacation to re-boot and find alternative solutions.  

To that point, this three-dimensional spherical labyrinth challenges the limits of manual dexterity and spatial understanding as the player maneuvers a wooden marble through its entire course. Available only from Hammacher Schlemmer, the orb is a complex network of chicanes, multi-planar hairpin turns, zig-zags, and channels—even a sliding gondola. The entire track laid out on a straight line measures up to 192′. Six intertwined pathways challenge players to complete each course without letting the marble fall off the track.

Set up friendly team building competitions with this vertical chess set that mounts to a wall, allowing games of indefinite length. Generating a sense of intrigue and anticipation–“did they move yet?”–it allows for weeks-long play without interruption. An included “last move” marker hung around a recently promoted pawn-turned-Queen signals to the opposing players that without an equally crafty counter, the game will end soon. The chessboard mounts on any wall like a framed picture with its included hardware.

Looking for an employee giveaway that displays corporate pride and is truly a unique gift? This custom jigsaw puzzle is created from a satellite map of your company HQ or any other address in the U.S. The full-color, 400-piece jigsaw puzzle is created from a view of the selected address as seen from roughly 7,500 feet. It includes surrounding details such as main roads, water features, and buildings.

Encourage coworkers and associates to regroup, relax, and play to allow their minds to think of lateral solutions. Your team will enjoy more job satisfaction and from them, you’ll receive the unique gifts of increased productivity and greater employee retention as a result.

Raise the Bar on At-Home Mixology

Impress guests when entertaining at home with a well-planned, well-stocked bar.

You don’t need everything in the liquor store, but you’ll need the basics on hand to create popular cocktails: vodka, rum, whiskey and/or bourbon, gin and tequila. You should have vermouth, an orange liqueur and grenadine. Don’t forget the mixers: soda, juice and tonic water, plus simple syrup, bitters, fresh fruit for garnish and plenty of ice.

And of course, beer. This personalized 64-oz. growler transports a beer connoisseur’s take-out draft safely from craft brewery to home refrigerator. This sleek, modern-age growler is crafted of stainless steel in a black or copper finish, with a swing-top silicone stopper and tight, air-proof seals. What sets this growler apart from others is your personalized monogram in 2-1/2″ tall letters. This growler is a great unique gift to yourself to distinguish your home bar.

Here’s another unique gift that’s beautifully monogrammed. Winner of the Queen’s Award for Innovation, this set of four personalized glasses is designed specifically for tasting whiskey. Made by Glencairn Crystal and developed with master whiskey distillers, the glasses have thick, sturdy bases that complement the depth of whiskey, thin sides that allow you to clearly see the whiskey’s color, and tapered mouths to accentuate aromas.

Those beautiful glasses deserve an equally distinctive tipple. This personalized aging kit allows you to craft your own whiskey at home. The kit comes with a genuine American white oak barrel (the same wood used for aging some of the world’s premier whiskey), flavored essences for making Kentucky bourbon, Tennessee whiskey, and Marks bourbon, and a spigot for pouring neat whiskey into a rocks glass. The 67-oz. kit comes with detailed instructions for curing the barrel, incorporating ingredients, and monitoring the whiskey for proper aging.

Finally, get yourself a good cocktail book. Choose one cocktail to hone as your specialty and practice mixing it several times. Become skilled at making it and it becomes your signature drink, putting you well on your way to mixology.

Put Fitness in the Routine For a Healthier 2017

Did you vow to start exercising more in the new year? If so, you’re hardly alone; during the year now behind us, over a third of Americans reported making a fitness-related resolution.

Fortunately, today’s equipment and devices make developing good habits so much easier. You just need to bring a little bit of motivation and we’ll help you eliminate excuses to help get you started toward the unique gifts of fitness and better health in 2017.

Think you don’t have enough space for the convenience of in-home exercise equipment? This motorless walking treadmill folds to only 14″ high for unobtrusive storage. Available only from Hammacher Schlemmer, this treadmill’s walking platform folds flush with the handlebars for easy storage in a closet or against a wall. Plus, its resistance is created by magnetic force, eliminating the need for AC power, so you can set it up anywhere in your home.

Say your life is too busy for an exercise routine? Track how many steps you take daily, then try to increase it bit by bit as you go about your day, with an objective of 10,000 steps. This ultra-thin pedometer is no wider than a book of matches. It slips comfortably in any shirt- or pants-pocket and tracks your steps using a state-of-the-art German accelerometer for optimal accuracy no matter how the pedometer is worn. The pedometer counts up to one million steps in its 7-day memory. How’s that for a goal?!

Do aches and pains keep you from moving more? This low-impact exercise machine provides a complete cardio workout from the comfort of a favorite chair. A Hammacher Schlemmer exclusive, the pedaler combines a bike-like workout for the legs with an upper-body ergometer, letting you maintain overall cardiovascular fitness and muscle tone without putting strain on weight-bearing joints. This pedaler makes a great unique gift for anyone who likes to catch certain TV shows during their day – they can pedal as they binge-watch.

The first step is the hardest…but excuses carry no weight with us (pun intended). Take it one day at a time and persevere. Before you know it, exercise will become as ingrained in your day as brushing your teeth!

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.