Don’t be that guy…you know the one. It’s the morning of February 14 and he still hasn’t found a Valentine’s Day present for the special woman in his life.
We have several suggestions for unique gifts for her that will wrap up your shopping as quickly as you can say, “Hello, Hammacher Schlemmer”.
This wall-mounted, illuminated cabinet keeps up to 104 pieces of jewelry organized and easily accessible. Available exclusively from Hammacher Schlemmer, the armoire has six LEDs that cast bright light inside the cabinet, and the exterior of the door has a mirror so she can admire her look while wearing the unique gifts of jewelry you’ve given her in the past.
Tap into her artistic side with The iPad Pen. It’s a stylus that makes drawing and taking notes on an iPad seem as natural as writing freehand with pen and paper. The pen works with a free app and an included wireless infrared receiver, transforming an iPad into a blank sheet of writing paper. Her work is saved as editable jpg images on the tablet.
If your lady likes a touch of luxury, this beautiful, soft robe is made from 100% washable cashmere, offering the warmth of wool without roughness or scratching for the softest hand available. The patented knitted technique and proprietary treatment used ensure the fibers will withstand machine washing. Exclusive to Hammacher Schlemmer, it’s a unique gift that will be appreciated every morning.
Need more ideas? Our online Gift Guide will give you suggestions sure to please that special woman.
The year’s most romantic holiday is in the offing. For Valentine’s Day, we have a few suggestions for unique gifts for him that will be sure to please and will ensure you’re thought of fondly each time they are put to use.
This Pajamas Warming Pouch warms PJs—or towels, gloves and hats—for cozy comfort. The pouch has integrated heating elements that reach 118 F degrees and a thermal satin interior that retains heat, resulting in toasty warm pajamas in just 10 minutes.
And to put in that pajama warmer, we recommend The Gentleman’s Genuine Irish Flannel Lounge Pants, perhaps paired with The Genuine Irish Flannel Robe. These are the men’s lounge wear made in County Donegal, Ireland, from the world’s softest flannel. Available exclusively from Hammacher Schlemmer, these cozy garments are made from flannel that is napped on both sides, resulting in unparalleled warmth and softness.
With all this pajama-clad comfort, your Valentine may need a really great alarm clock to entice him out of bed in the morning. The Best Projection Clock earned The Best rating from the Hammacher Schlemmer Institute because it provided the most accurate display of time and temperature. The Best model’s accuracy is provided via a radio signal from the Atomic Clock in Boulder, Colorado. Available only from Hammacher Schlemmer, the clock projects time, alarm, temperature at the two sensors’ locations, along with weather forecast icons.
Our customizable Gift Guide can help you find and select even more unique gifts to please a husband, son, brother, or friend this Valentine’s Day.
During these cold, dark days of winter, who doesn’t like to spend extra time in a warm, cozy bed? That goes for your faithful canine companion, too.
These are products that give us paws. The pampered pooch in your life will certainly appreciate these unique gifts for extra canine comfort.
The heated dog sofa allows pets to relax in warm, luxurious comfort. A removable heating pad inside the cushion has dual thermostats that generate 102° F radiant warmth, providing a cozy, dedicated location for pets that also helps soothe sore joints in older, arthritic canines.
The Nightstand Doghouse provides integrated sleeping quarters for a furry friend. The dog house nightstand blends into bedroom decor and has a door that provides a dog access to its own sleeping space, giving it the unique gift of a secure feeling from being crated. The slatted door panel makes sure the dog remains in its sleeping quarters or it removes so the pet can come and go as it pleases.
For older, arthritic or smaller dogs that have a hard time getting up on the bed, The Pet Ramp and Staircase offers a ramp that converts into a two-step staircase in seconds, providing a means to reach sofas or beds without exerting undue stress on joints and muscles. The steps fold down to form a 30° ramp that allows pets to ascend and descend safely.
Man’s best friend offers you unique gifts of unconditional love, companionship and joy. Pay back your four-legged friend with comfort today.
You can curse the slippery driving and icy walking a snowfall causes. Or, you can enjoy the unique gifts of a four-season climate and find a way to have fun in the snow. Here are some ideas – for outdoors and indoors – to make your winter more enjoyable.
Extreme sports enthusiasts often love both snowboarding and mountain biking. This unique gift for snow-loving shredders attaches to a bicycle’s front tire to combine both sports for joy rides down the slopes and smooth pedaling on snow-covered trails. Riders who crave an even bigger adrenaline rush can clip a second board on the rear wheel for double the glide down the slopes.
If it’s too cold to be outdoors where you are (or too warm to snow), these puffy, plush snowballs satisfy the urge to hurl frozen handfuls without actual wet, messy snow. They are soft to the touch (and to Mom’s collection of display plates), but also have a satisfying “crunch” texture when squeezed, much like the real thing.
Incidentally, after the outdoor fun is done, you might want to have one of these just inside the door. This is the low-profile doormat that holds 12 pints of water per square yard, keeping entryways free of melting snow, providing you with the unique gift of clean, dry floors in the foulest weather.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the incidence of influenza in the U.S. is showing elevated activity. Those 65 and over are particularly vulnerable, although certainly no one of any age enjoys being hit with a virus.
We have some suggestions for unique gifts that may help combat cold and flu germs and make your winter healthier and more comfortable.
This wall-mounted germ-eliminating air purifier eliminates up to 99.9% of airborne bacteria, mold, viruses, pet dander, dust mite allergens, and pollen without cluttering floor space. The air purifier uses convection to draw in airborne impurities and an internal ceramic heating element instantly eliminates airborne nasties without relying on chemicals.
Another solution is this air and surface sanitizer that eliminates mold, viruses, and bacteria from larger spaces, up to 1,000 sq. ft. The device uses a NASA-developed technology for purification aboard space shuttles: ultraviolet light combined with a nickel catalyst to emit safe catalytic molecules that destroy up to 99% of mold and bacteria on surfaces. This technology makes this purifier a great unique gift for any time of the year.
Keeping your mucous membranes moist can help fight off a cold and provide more comfort if you’ve been stricken. This ultrasonic warm mist humidifier provides more than 12 hours of humidification and increases air moisture in areas up to 900′ sq. In tests performed by the Hammacher Schlemmer Institute, the unit increased humidity 133% faster than lesser models and operated for 12.36 hours on a full tank.
It’s also not too late to get a flu shot, and this ounce of prevention aided by a purifier in your home and office can help you have a healthier winter.
All these negative numbers…it’s either a golfer’s dream game or the nightmare of January weather. Until we can hop that plane headed for West Palm Beach, our reality is bound by the throes of this year’s first real arctic blast.
Your furnace can be forgiven if it can’t quite keep up with the frigid temperatures. Supplementing with a space heater in your most-used rooms will give your family the unique gift of cozy warmth on the coldest days, while relieving some of the strain on the furnace.
This small-yet-powerful heater warms a room in just seven minutes, thanks to a vortex circulation system that continually distributes warmth more efficiently across a wider area to eliminate cold spots left by regular heaters. The Vortex heater is not intended for use in bathrooms, so if that’s the room you want to warm, we highly recommend this bathroom heater. It earned The Best rating in tests by the Hammacher Schlemmer Institute because it heated the bathroom the fastest and produced the most consistent heat from floor to ceiling.
The Best Tower Heater earned The Best rating from the Hammacher Schlemmer Institute because it warms room up to 300 sq. ft. fastest and was easiest to operate. This heater has an adjustable thermostat that can be set with a remote control and the simple oscillation and tilt functions provide precise heat distribution.
Winter weather should not put a stop to hobbies best engaged in while working in the garage. The Air Circulating Garage Heater uses a two-speed fan to circulate air while warming the entire space—even while providing spot heating right where you want it. The durable housing makes this heater ideal for the bumps and knocks expected in a workspace, and a tip-over sensor turns off power automatically if the unit takes an unexpected tumble.
The first day of Spring – and nature’s unique gifts of warmth, sunshine and longer days – is still 70 days away. In the meantime, make sure your space is warm and comfortable with an efficient space heater.
Could 2015 be the year you finally keep your New Year’s resolutions for exercise and weight loss? With realistic goals and a solid plan, you can soon be on your way to a fitter, healthier you, a unique gift for a better life.
Sticking to your goals may be easier with a bit of assistance. We have a few suggestions that will help you track your progress and make working out more fun and more convenient.
Monitoring your progress has never been easier than with the Fitbit Wellness Monitor Wristband. It automatically tracks daily movements and sleep cycles to help determine if you are getting enough exercise and sleep. It automatically uploads the information via Bluetooth when it’s within 15′ of a compatible paired device. Data can also be synched into popular fitness apps such as SparkPeople and Lose It!
Amp up your activity with these Full Body Workout Poles. Their patented built-in suspension provides an upper body workout as you walk. Each stride taken with these poles provides upper body resistance that burns up to 77% more calories than walking alone and works up to 90% of the body’s muscles while enhancing balance, posture, and coordination. The poles make an ideal and unique gift for anyone who loves walking or cross-country skiing.
Prefer working out at home but lack space for the equipment? This is the walker’s motorless treadmill that folds to only 14″ high for unobtrusive storage in a closet or against a wall. Resistance is created by magnetic force, eliminating the need for AC power and allowing set-up anywhere in a home. The treadmill surface adjusts to four different incline heights, heart rate sensors are built into the handlebars, and it has eight levels of resistance.
So procrastinate no longer! Make your plan and get your device and equipment today and the unique gifts of fitness and health can be yours this year.
The winter solstice is behind us now, and that’s good news: evening light soon will return, a unique gift from Mother Nature we can all appreciate. The bad news: before it gets warmer, it’s going to get colder.
For most of the nation, the coldest time of the year occurs during the first three weeks of January. Let’s cozy up with some of these items that will keep us warm on even the coldest, bleakest days.
This electric warmer is designed for the foot of the bed, delivering the perfect amount of heat to keep toes toasty without overheating the rest of the body. This sensibly sized warmer confines its heat to the lower part of the mattress, resting on top of or under the covers. It also can be used in front of a favorite easy chair, or even under your desk while working, making it an ideal unique gift for anyone suffering from popsicle toes.
The Best Heated Throw earned its rating from the Hammacher Schlemmer Institute because it generated the most consistent heat on the highest heat setting and was the most comfortable in comparative tests. And unlike other throws made from thin, itchy fabric, The Best Heated Throw is knitted from plush polyester fleece, with an impeccably soft sherpa lining.
Also rated The Best by the Hammacher Schlemmer Institute, these heated gloves were praised by panelists for dispersing heat across the top and bottom of the hand and all fingers. The rechargeable battery in The Best Heated Gloves warmed hands for more than 12 hours on low power. The Best Gloves are made with a soft Thinsulate lining for comfort and waterproof material.
We’re not saying another polar vortex is on the way, but if it gets here, you’ll be ready with unique gifts that will keep you or your loved ones toasty warm.
Ah, the holiday gathering…everyone around the dining table, eyes wide with anticipation of the familial patriarch carving into the Christmas feast.
For most of us, this Norman Rockwell moment is not what happens. In reality, the kids are unruly, there’s that one obnoxious brother-in-law who always tells corny jokes, and it’s nearly impossible to drag the sports fans away from the TV for dinner.
Here are some fun, attention-getting unique gifts that will help put the focus where it belongs: being together with loved ones, having some holiday fun, and enjoying the company all the while.
Kids of all ages will love The Indoor Flameless Marshmallow Roaster. Campfire-worthy marshmallows are toasted over a stainless steel electric heater, making it safe and easy to use with children. Ideal for creating s’mores year ’round, the roaster evokes a touch of summer on winter’s coldest, darkest days.
These tipsy wine glasses are ideal for setting a relaxed, lighthearted mood at the beginning of a gathering or for a surreptitious stemware switch after guests are about to start on their second (or more) Syrah. The sight of the tipsy glass might even convince those who have over indulged that it’s time for a cup of coffee.
Recalling the covert cocktail shakers developed during prohibition, this Art-Deco airplane shaker surreptitiously serves up chilled libations. The fuselage-shaped shaker rests horizontally on the winged stand with two propellers, until the launch of cocktail hour. It just might get those folks glued to the basketball game to join the party and have a civilized cocktail, along with some stimulating conversation with the family.
We have many more ideas for unique gifts that add pop to your gathering or make for the perfect hostess gift for New Year’s and other holiday gatherings all year long.
It has been a high-flying year for profitability in the airlines industry. The drop in fuel prices has contributed, but one way the carriers have squeezed more out of passengers’ wallets is through the practice of un-bundling airfares…otherwise known to travelers as fees for checked bags and sometimes for carry-ons, too.
If your holiday gift list includes a frequent business traveler, a college student who flies home during breaks, or a vacation-loving sightseer, we have several ideas for unique gifts to help any of these folks pack lightly and travel comfortably.
The World’s Smallest Automatic Umbrella can be carried inconspicuously in a purse or trouser pocket. Only 8″ long when closed, the umbrella instantly deploys its generous 40″ diameter canopy when a button on its handle is pressed. When the skies clear, a second press of the button collapses the canopy.
This Micro Packable Rain Anorak folds down to 8.5 x 7″ and zips into its own integrated pocket. Fitting unobtrusively in a briefcase, suitcase, or purse, its lightweight, durable nylon construction provides reliable water resistance without the bulk of dedicated rain jackets. A generous hood protects your hairstyle.
Airlines aren’t the only entities squeezing our wallets these days. With most credit card issuers now switching us over to cards embedded with microchips, identity thieves have developed hacking techniques to pull personal information emitted by the chips’ radio frequencies. This Identity Theft Thwarting Wallet is made from featherweight carbon fiber that blocks most radio signals, keeping cards and IDs safe from unauthorized access.
For a broader selection of unique gift ideas for travelers, visit our travel page. Most can be gift wrapped and delivered in time for Christmas.