Plotting Playtime with Plush Pals

Set round a table with gingham and lace,
It’s a tea party for soft friends; come take your place.

A six-foot Teddy, Chewie, Darth and more.
Don’t forget Sharkey, he swims on the floor.

There’s room at the table for all our plush friends,
Even a dragon and pony to play pretend.

Sharkey said enough small talk, let’s plan adventures at sea.
We sipped and plotted and planned our trip
To take all the plushies on a playhouse pirate ship!

 

sharkToday is National Plush Animal Lovers’ Day and we have several tea-party-ready soft friends for a special child in your life…or even yourself!

See our selection of huggable plush animals. Unique and especially appealing is our Plush Star Wars Collection, featuring The Talking Plush Yoda, The Talking Plush Darth Vader and the Mini Talking Chewie.

All of our plush friends are ready to be loved and they’re all ready for adventure, to sail away in The Pirate Ship Playhouse!

Choosing The Perfect Christmas Tree

When leaves fall, temperatures drop, and daylight hours diminish, you know the holiday season won’t be far behind. That means it’s time to start thinking about your Christmas tree.

The first factor to consider is live or artificial. While some purists insist on a live tree, there are several reasons you’ll want to consider our World’s Best Christmas Trees, besides their lifelike realism:

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It’s economical—the investment in a well-made artificial tree means you will have your decoration for many years to come, saving the costs of buying live trees year after year.

It’s green—natural resources go into the growing of trees, not to mention pesticides, herbicides, and fertilizers. Fossil fuels are burned shipping trees around the country and again after the holiday when they need to be hauled away and processed into mulch. And many people simply prefer not to cut down a living tree every year for the short holiday season.

Lower maintenance—an artificial tree doesn’t need to be watered and it doesn’t leave behind a mess of dry needles when it’s taken down.

Allergies—an artificial tree is less likely to bother allergies, while a live tree can release pollen and mold into the home.

Once you’ve decided which type of tree you want, there are several other factors to consider:

Size—Decide where you’re going to place your tree. The space you have will dictate the tree height and width you need to choose. When measuring the height you need, be sure to factor in the height of your tree stand and the decoration that will be placed atop the tree. Allow approximately a foot between the top of the decoration and the ceiling for a height that is most pleasing to the eye. Different widths are also available in many styles to suit your living space or your preference.

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Type—Even artificial trees come in many different varieties. Hammacher offers meticulous reproductions of Fraser, Noble, Balsam, and Douglas firs, as well as Spruces and Scots Pines. Trees with shorter needles, such as Fraser and Douglas firs, can be easier to decorate, especially if you want to hang a lot of ornaments.

Pre-lit—Choosing a tree pre-strung with LED or incandescent lights means no struggling with tangled wires. LEDs are the most energy-efficient, while incandescent bulbs provide a more traditional glow. Either way, the pre-lit trees we offer will always shine on, even if one bulb breaks or burns out, backed by our Lifetime Guarantee of Complete Satisfaction.

You can view our complete Christmas tree selection online and find your perfect tree easily by sorting the results by branch and bulb type, tree height and width, and price.

Still Following the Yellow Brick Road, 74 Years Later

Few movies conjure so many memories in so many people as The Wizard of Oz. This film has truly stood the test of time, remaining a favorite since its national release on this date in 1939.Wizard of OZ Books

Beginning less than two decades later, The Wizard of Oz has been shown annually on television, making it one of the most-viewed motion pictures in history. But fewer people know much about The Wizard of OZ books on which the film was based.

The Wonderful Wizard of Oz was first written by L. Frank Baum in 1900. Like most screenplay adaptations, the novel and the book have several differences. Perhaps the most significant departure is the prominence of the Wicked Witch of the West in the movie. The role was increased in the film to add dramatic tension and unify the plot.

Baum’s book was just one in a complete series of novels he authored about the Land of Oz. And now, Hammacher Schlemmer has made available to you The Exact Reproduction of the Wizard of Oz Library. Reuniting readers with Dorothy, the Tin Man, the Cowardly Lion and the Scarecrow, this is the exact replica edition of Baum’s complete Wizard of Oz series. Originally published between 1900 and 1920, the 14-volume library assembles all the Baum titles in one collection, reissued for the first time in their inaugural form. The books meticulously recreate every detail of the first editions, including the typeface, endpapers, and even typographical errors that were later corrected. The original artwork by William Wallace Denslow and John R. Neill is intricately reproduced, complete with the brilliant full color and metallic inks that were hallmarks of the initial printings.

Classic films like The Wizard of Oz usually don’t become classics based on the screenplay alone; the soundtrack also serves to make a movie memorable. “Somewhere Over the Rainbow” earned an Academy Award for Best Song for Yip Harburg, who wrote the musical numbers in the movie. In his lifetime, Harburg also wrote the lyrics for such notable songs as “Stormy Weather”, “April in Paris” and “It’s Only a Paper Moon”.

Lesser known than these tunes, but no less indelible, is a humorous poem Harburg wrote during the Cold War era about a fictitious Hammacher Schlemmer shelter “worthy of Kubla Khan’s Xanadu dome”.

Today, we sell real shelters that help you enjoy much more benign activities in the great outdoors, such as The Scandinavian Backyard Gazebo that will turn your yard into an all-weather retreat.

Cecil DeMille : Celebrating a Hollywood Pioneer

Arguably, one of the most influential directors of Hollywood films was Cecil DeMille, born on this day in 1881. DeMille began his career in 1900 as a stage actor on Broadway. By 1914, DeMille had moved on to direct silent films, including Paramount Films’ first production, The Squaw Man. He actually directed this film twice, doing so again as a sound film in 1931.

Known for movies that included spectacular set pieces, perhaps DeMille’s mostCecil Demille memorable work is The Ten Commandments, featuring the parting of the Red Sea and thousands of extras. Unfortunately, this movie was also his last effort. During filming in Egypt in 1956, Cecil DeMille suffered a near-fatal heart attack. Against doctor’s orders, he returned to the set within a week. He finished the film, but never fully recovered and died of a heart ailment in January 1959.

Cecil DeMille’s works are likely found in the collection of any serious movie buff. A collection of this magnitude deserves to be displayed in style: The Sliding Door DVD Library is the Mission-style media library that stores up to 700 CDs, 336 DVDs, or 132 VHS tapes. Eighteen adjustable solid-wood shelves can be raised or lowered to any height, for custom storage configurations. The Library is also available in a model that holds up to 1,050 CDs or 504 DVDs for the serious fan of film.

Clarity Enhancing Bifocal Sunglasses

Does space-age technology matter when it comes to sunglasses? These are The Clarity Enhancing Bifocal Sunglasses, based on glasses created by NASA, that protect your eyes while simultaneously aiding their vision.

Clarity Enhancing Bifocal SunglassesUsing the technology NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory developed, these bifocal sunglasses filter the blue and violet light rays that can impair vision, yet they allow the green, yellow, orange, and red light rays that enhance sight to reach your retinas, allowing objects to appear more distinct, and diminishing distortion. While traditional sunglasses are darkening your vision, these enhance vividness whilst blocking 100% of harmful UV rays. When not protecting your eyes, they come with both a soft pouch and hard case for storing, so you can keep them safe as well.

You choose the bifocal diopters you prefer — 1.5, 2.0, or 2.5 — and with stainless nickel-silver gunmetal frames and adjustable non-slip nose pads, they’ll look and feel as great as they perform. So don’t darken your vision with regular sunglasses, sharpen it. With The Clarity Enhancing Bifocal Sunglasses from Hammacher Schlemmer.

The Clarity Enhancing Bifocal Sunglasses

Ultrasonic Jewelry Cleaner

This is The Best Ultrasonic Jewelry Cleaner, rated such by The Hammacher Schlemmer Institute because it restored the original luster of jewelry better than any other model tested.

Ultrasonic Jewelry CleanerTo test all models, jewelry was coated with a mixture of hair gel, hand lotion, and dirt, then placed in a microwave oven to solidify. Using a scale accurate to .0001 grams, and independent laboratory weighed each item before and after one cycle in each cleaner. The Best Ultrasonic Jewelry Cleaner was found to have removed 99.8% of the baked-on mess, superior to all other models.

The Best Model uses 42,000 Hz of sound waves and water from it’s 18-ounce reservoir to reach deep into crevices of earrings, necklaces, bracelets, and watchbands to effectively remove debris from even the most hard-to-reach parts of the jewelry. And that’s without adding soap, which can be used if desired. The crystal clear LED screen has a digital timer for ease of use, with a simple-to-follow instruction manual.

Jewelry is an expensive and precious commodity. Keep it looking brand new with The Best Ultrasonic Jewelry Cleaner from Hammacher Schlemmer.

The Best Ultrasonic Jewelry Cleaner

 

Best Commuter Cup

This is The Best Commuter Cup, so deemed by The Hammacher Schlemmer Institute because it is easy to drink from, and does not leak, even if turned upside down.

Best Commuter CupThe lid on The Best Commuter Cup stays tightly closed until you’re ready for your beverage; then with the touch of a button, it springs open and flips out of your way as you drink. Whether you transport The Cup in a bag or briefcase, or even if you lose track of it and it rolls around the floor of your car, the safety lock prevents spilling. Ideal for use by children when taking long trips.

Best Commuter Cup ClosedDual walls of stainless steel and vacuum insulation provide The Best Commuter Cup with superior temperature retention. In testing, ice cubes remained frozen for 36 hours, while other models allowed ice to melt in six hours. And hot liquids lost only 18 degrees after two hours in The Cup, while hot beverages in other cups tested lost up to 71 degrees.

Spill-proof when out of your hand, and easy to use when you’re thirsty. That’s The Best Commuter Cup from Hammacher Schlemmer.

The Best Commuter Cup

 

 

No Blind Spot Rear View Mirror

The No Blind Spot Rear View Mirror is used by police departments and professional race car drivers to increase their ability to see other vehicles around them.

No Blind Spot Rear View MirrorStandard automobile rear view mirrors provide a 52-degree view of what’s behind your vehicle. The No Blind Spot Rear View Mirror gives you a 180-degree field of visibility so you have a clear picture of every driver traveling around your car. Even when driving on a highway as wide as five lanes, you’re able to see all traffic behind you. You can remain aware of other drivers moving around your car, and passing your vehicle until they move beside you and enter your peripheral vision. The patented, seamless mirror is distortion-free, and at night it automatically reduces glare from trailing headlights by 50%. Simply clamp to your existing rear view mirror — no tools or adhesives are required — and it is ready to use.

Knowing who and what are around you at all times will help new and seasoned drivers alike be more prepared for whatever situation you encounter. Make your driving experience safer, with The No Blind Spot Rear View Mirror from Hammacher Schlemmer.

The No Blind Spot Rear View Mirror

 

 

Hand Reflexology Massager

This is The Hand Reflexology Massager, which has been found by a team of physical therapists to have the potential to relieve pain and discomfort in the hands.

Hand Reflexology MassagerWith one touch of a button, The Hand Reflexology Massager begins its soothing rhythm to take away the tension, stress, and fatigue associated with keyboarding and mouse use. Once inserted into the soft polyester interior, the device compresses trigger points on both the palm and the back of the hand. Sessions can be 5, 10, or 15 minutes long, at 4 different pressure levels. The Reflexology Massager can also include far infrared heat for your session, to promote better circulation.

Find direct relief for those metacarpals that have been hard at work all day. Try The Hand Reflexology Massager from Hammacher Schlemmer.

The Hand Reflexology Massager

12 Hour iPad Power Case

The 12 Hour iPad Power Case protects your iPad while allowing you to recharge it, without carrying extra cables or equipment.

12 Hour iPad Power CaseNo need for bulky carrying cases; this iPad power case adds just a half-inch of thickness to your device, fitting 2nd and 3rd generation iPads perfectly. The soft suede-lined interior protects against scratches and dings, while the leather-like cover folds under itself, providing a landscape mode for stationary use.

Don’t need battery power right now? Not a problem; the battery feature can be turned off when not necessary. But when you do need a charge, say, on those long train or airplane trips where there are no power outlets, this iPad power case supplies up to 12 hours of backup power. The 13,500 mAh lithium polymer battery can sustain prolonged use, keeping you entertained without worrying about draining your device. LEDs indicate the charge remaining, and the included USB cable makes it easy to recharge the case once you’ve made it back to your computer.12 Hour iPad Power Case

Keep your iPad looking like new and running anytime you’re on the go. The 12 Hour iPad Power Case from Hammacher Schlemmer. It’s extra power when you need it; extra protection when you don’t.

The 12 Hour iPad Power Case