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Energize January with the Best Home Entertainment

The excitement of the holidays is behind us now. Kind of a relief, isn’t it?

On the other hand, you may experience post-holiday let-down once visitors have left, the colorful lights are packed away, and the college bowl matchups have been decided. Combat the ennui January brings by cocooning in the comfort and warmth of your own home. In other words, it’s the perfect time to upgrade to the latest in home entertainment technology. 12724_1000x1000

The best TVs on the market today are 4K OLED. An Organic Light Emitting Diode display has several advantages over conventional LED technology. It’s possible to create a thinner, lighter-weight screen. OLED is more energy efficient and eco-friendly. For the viewer, OLED pixels provide a contrast ratio of 1,000,000:1—the highest available. This 4K OLED television won the King of TV award at the New York Consumer Electronics Show because it produced the most stunning, lifelike picture, deeper black levels, superior contrast, and the best color accuracy. This TV automatically upscales traditional high-definition content to true ultra-high-def resolution. 83991A_1000x1000

Leave winter behind and put yourself into another reality with the help of internet-connected goggles. These wireless goggles create the full-immersive experience of a personal 100″ high-def computer screen. The goggles come pre-loaded with Android apps that support streaming video and audio anywhere a Wi-Fi connection is available. Escape your surroundings to watch movies, play video games, surf social media, and check email from within a virtual environment that simulates a front-row seat in your own private theater. 82997_1000x1000

You may want to use your cocooning time to dive into your collection of movies and music. But is your collection organized the way you want it to be? This Mission-style media library stores up to 1,044 CDs, 468 DVDs, or 240 VHS tapes. Available exclusively from Hammacher Schlemmer, the unit has eighteen shelves that can be raised or lowered to any height, allowing you to create custom storage configurations.

So put on your comfiest PJs, make some popcorn, and take advantage of January’s chilly darkness to enjoy the best entertainment, right from your own couch.

Will 2016 Be a Great Year? Time Will Tell

No one ever has enough time. But every one of us enjoys the unique gift of all the time there is.

Today is National Tick Tock Day, a reminder that only two days remain in the year…two days to accomplish unfinished business, make one last stab at those resolutions, and reflect back on the accomplishments of the past 12 months.

As we mark the final hours of 2015, you may find yourself preparing resolutions for the new year. Along with getting fit and being more organized, you might be resolving to use your time more efficiently in 2016. Why not start with a new clock to motivate you? We have some suggestions to help you mark time with style. 83875_1000x1000

The Hands Free Gear Clock features small moving gears that rotate a large outer sprocket to tell the time. Instead of hands, this industrial-design clock has a simple arrow that points to the current time on the wall clock’s large outer dial. The clock is nearly 2′ in diameter, with large numbers easy to see from a distance. 86274_1000x1000

This oversized Outdoor Lighted Atomic Clock maintains unerring accuracy from the radio clock transmitter in Ft. Collins, Colorado, so this clock will never gain or lose a second. Along with glowing hands, four LEDs illuminate the face when its light sensors indicate dark conditions—features available only from Hammacher Schlemmer. This clock also displays the temperature and relative humidity. 78047_1000x1000

When your days are busy and your mind is occupied, sometimes you need to be reminded of the day of the week, in addition to the time. The Day of the Week Clock’s face includes seven pie-shaped sections, each labeled with the day, Sunday through Saturday. The clock makes a thoughtful and unique gift for a retired person, too, to help them keep track of the week in their newly freed-up schedule.

So, as the clock ticks to close out the year, we would like to thank each and every one of our readers. We look forward to serving you throughout 2016 with ideas for unique gifts, including The Best, The Only and the Unexpected, for all occasions.

Laugh in the Face of Winter with Warmth

Last night, just a few moments before midnight in the Eastern time zone, the sun reached it most southerly declination for the year marking the winter solstice.

In the U.K., well over a thousand people celebrated nature’s unique gifts at the moment the sun aligned with Stonehenge’s ancient monuments. (Incidentally, the sun lines up with buildings in New York City in a similar way in late May and mid-July…a phenomenon popularly called Manhattanhenge.)

The darkest days are behind us now and we can celebrate the gradual return of light! But because the coldest days of winter lag three to four weeks behind the solstice, there is bound to be plenty of frigid weather in our future. We have some suggestions that will keep you or your loved ones warm and cozy on winter’s coldest days.87915_1000x1000

This cordless heated throw, available only from Hammacher Schlemmer, provides a layer of warmth away from an electrical outlet. Ideal for outdoor sporting events, untethered use on the couch, or chilly airplane cabins, this plush fleece throw provides up to nine hours of heat from a four-hour charge. It makes a thoughtful and unique gift for that person who always feels cold. 86725_1000x1000

The Hammacher Schlemmer Institute rated these heated gloves The Best because they generated the most heat and were the most comfortable. On their highest temperature setting, The Best model generated almost twice as much warmth as lesser gloves and dispersed heat across the top of the hand. The Best Heated Gloves warmed hands for more than 12 hours on low power and are soft and flexible, making it easy to grab things. 87921_1000x1000

For drivers who prefer not to wear gloves, this battery-operated heated steering wheel cover completely encircles the wheel to keep hands warm during winter drives. Available only from Hammacher Schlemmer, its three heat settings keep the surface between 95° F and 110° F to keep the wheel warm and comfortable as you maneuver wintery conditions.

These unique gift ideas are sure to delight anyone who lives in a northern clime. You’ll be able to laugh in the face of winter and smile at the return of longer days as we head toward spring.

You Won’t Skate Bored with One of These

There’s no need to reinvent the wheel…but there’s always a need to reinvent how the wheel gets used.87687_1000x1000

If someone on your holiday gift list embraces skateboarding, odds are they’re looking for new and different ways to enjoy this particular form of transportation. We have some unique gift ideas that will make them the envy of all the other shredders at the skate park. 87162_1000x1000

This freestyle slalom skateboard is propelled by a skiing-like movement that provides an exhilarating ride. Simply push off the ground with feet on either side of the back wheel, and lean side-to-side to propel the scooter forward. To stop, the rider holds on to the integrated handle and places a foot on the ground, similar to stopping a more ordinary skateboard. 88116_1000x1000

Smartphones now control so many aspects of our lives…why not skateboards! Here’s the electric skateboard controlled by a phone. A free app lets the rider accelerate, slow down and stop simply by sliding a finger across the screen. An electric motor propels the board up to 12-1/2 mph. The skateboard even has a regenerative braking system—similar to the systems used in hybrid cars—that recycles power to recharge the battery incrementally when braking.

This electric self-balancing personal transporter is a completely unique gift that will guarantee plenty of attention. Leaning forward or backward on the foot platforms propels the transporter in that direction up to 11 mph. Simply leaning to one side enables easy turning, and standing up straight provides confident stops. The transporter even has a headlight and taillight for riding at dusk.

Any one of these unique gifts will give mega-fun on wheels…and no forced smiles on Christmas morning.

The Force is About to Awaken

88259_1000x1000If you’re a Star Wars aficionado—or simply attuned to pop culture—you know the seventh installment of the Lucasfilm saga, The Force Awakens, opens later this month. That means this Christmas, anything Star Wars-related tops the list of unique gift ideas. 88126_1000x1000

Now anyone can train to be a Jedi master. The Train You I Can Yoda is one of the most amazing Star Wars toys we’ve ever seen. With all the realism of the iconic character, this interactive 17.5″ tall Yoda assumes the roles of warrior and teacher. He also speaks 115 phrases to train young Padawans to fully embrace The Force. 86403_1000x1000

This Star Wars Lightsaber Legacy Lamp illuminates a room with the glow of three lightsabers from the original trilogy. Built with exacting details from all three original movies, Luke Skywalker’s blue lightsaber and Darth Vader’s nefarious red lightsaber flank Luke Skywalker’s later green lightsaber. Each lightsaber projects its light at the flip of a switch while a separate switch illuminates a montage portrait of the trilogy’s characters to keep the Dark Side at bay. 87888_1000x1000

Speaking of the Dark Side, the Darth Vader Toaster, made in the likeness of the iconic villain, transforms innocent slices of bread into sinister breakfast tokens of evil. With eyes that imply nefarious intent like the fires of Mustafar, this toaster imprints the Star Wars logo onto one side of a slice of bread and browns the crust as a frame.

We have a rich collection of unique gifts themed for Star Wars fans, including a hologram-projecting, smartphone-controlled rolling BB-8, the hottest new character from The Force Awakens and one of this holiday season’s most popular unique gift items. Check out our entire Star Wars selection online, and may the Force be with you.

The Easy Way to Find Unique Gifts for Him

We all know a man who is simply difficult to shop for. When he wants something, he just buys it. Perhaps he has a hard time expressing what he wants. Or maybe he says he doesn’t want you spending your hard-earned money on him.

We’re here to help you wrap up your holiday shopping with our customizable online gift guides. Our gift guide filters let you select criteria to help you find unique gift ideas for the man who has everything or professes to want nothing.

Is the guy on your shopping list a Foodie? Use our guide to find delicious gourmet gifts such as The Gourmand’s Mac and Cheese or this set of eight Red Hills Small Batch Syrups.

Whether he travels for business or pleasure, if you need a unique gift for a frequent flyer, just click on the category for Globetrotters. You’ll find items like The Rechargeable Personal Air Purifier, ideal for plane passengers and train or bus commuters alike.

Need to locate something at a target price? Using our gift finder, you can select your price range. Even for under $50, you’ll find great items such as The Award Winning Glencairn Whisky Glasses, The iPad Paintbrush or The Handyman’s Tool Pen.

You can also let him choose his own gift. A Hammacher Schlemmer Gift Certificate is always the right size and never goes out of style!

Be Wheel Careful Out There

Winter driving season is here. It may only be Thanksgiving weekend, yet metro areas like Chicago, Denver and Detroit already have logged double-digit snowfall totals. Months of icy roads and frigid temps are still to come. 81925_1000x1000

Stay safe on the roads this winter with a few precautions that increase your chances of smooth travels on wintry roadways. 86983_1000x1000

Keep your tires properly inflated. Tire pressure drops by 1-2 lbs. for every 10 degree drop in temperature. If you haven’t checked your tire pressure since the heat of summer, check them as soon as possible to ensure you’re not taking on icy roads with underinflated tires. The Only Automatic Cordless Tire Inflator makes it easy to keep your tires at the optimal air pressure. It inflates tires anywhere with just a squeeze of its trigger and automatically stops when the desired air pressure is reached. 86736_1000x1000

Don’t engage in peephole driving. Your windshield should be cleared entirely of snow, ice or frost. If you really hate scraping, our Quick Removal Windshield Snow Tarp is a great unique gift to yourself. It eliminates the need to scrape after a winter storm. It also protects your wiper blades and keeps washer fluid nozzles free of clogs. 87020_1000x1000

Do make sure your wipers are in good shape and ready to handle poor-visibility conditions of rain, sleet and snow. Check the level of your washer fluid frequently and always have a spare gallon in the trunk. Don’t drive when tired, especially in bad weather. Stay comfortable and alert. The Superior Heated Car Seat will make you more comfortable, with less driving fatigue on longer trips. This seat’s two heat settings provide soothing warmth, while the padding gives extra support to your lumbar region. A second heated seat would make a unique gift idea for your favorite passenger, too.

Don’t use cruise control when driving on wet or icy roads. If your tires hydroplane over the pavement, you can quickly lose control of the vehicle.

Allow extra time to clear your car windows after a snowfall. If you feel rushed, you’re more likely to drive too fast in slippery conditions. The Telescoping Snow Broom makes it easy to clear your entire windshield with just a few swipes. This patented broom has a wide foam head that pushes snow aside without scratching or damaging the glass or your paintjob.

Don’t put off routine servicing. Nothing’s worse than a breakdown in cold weather that could have been prevented with scheduled maintenance.

Finally, always use your seatbelt. We recommend this every time you get in the car, but especially in less-than-ideal driving conditions. We love our customers, so please buckle up!

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 Hammacher.com, 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.

Bedtime Comfort Leads to a Better Night’s Sleep

Sleep. How can something so natural and necessary for basic health be so elusive to so many?

Surveys show roughly 60 million Americans are afflicted by sleep disorders. Disproportionately affected are women and people over 65.75405_1000x1000

Sleep changes as we age for a number of reasons. The body produces lower levels of melatonin, a growth hormone that governs our circadian rhythms and sleep/wake cycles. Insomnia is often a side effect of medication or of other health conditions. Sleeplessness could be the result of stress or worry. Or, it could simply be caused by the normal aches and pains of aging.87196_1000x1000

It stands to reason, then, that if you can make yourself more comfortable in bed, you increase the odds of enjoying the unique gift of a good night’s sleep. 87584_1000x1000

Providing an extraordinary level of comfort, The Total Body Support Pillow cradles your upper and lower extremities, while cushioning and maintaining proper spinal alignment no matter your sleep position. Originally invented to help relieve fibromyalgia, it is an effective aid to getting a good night’s sleep.

Without a doubt, luxurious and comfortable pajamas play a part in ushering you into a restful slumber. For ladies, these Genuine Turkish Linen Pajamas are woven from the finest Turkish flax, renowned for its cooling breathability and supple hand. Gentlemen will appreciate a good night’s rest in these Irish Flannel Pajamas. Made exclusively for Hammacher Schlemmer in County Donegal, Ireland, this sleepwear is uniquely napped on both sides for luxurious softness and unequalled warmth on a cold winter’s night. 86172_1000x1000

And if it’s a noisy environment keeping you from a meet-up with Mr. Sandman, The Authentic Sleep Sound Generator produces a soothing whooshing sound that helps block distracting noise. Developed by Hammacher Schlemmer, the sound generator ameliorates noise from ticking clocks, traffic or loud TVs, creating an environment conducive to sleep. It’s also ideal for use in a baby’s room and makes a perfect unique gift for new parents, who have their own reasons for sleeplessness.

It’s Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas!

87318_1000x1000We’ve noticed many homeowners have been taking advantage of these mild fall weekends to deck their yards for the holidays. We’ve even seen a few homes with their indoor Christmas trees already standing proudly by the front window, ready for a pile of brightly wrapped unique gifts to be placed underneath. 87317_1000x100087341_1000x100083866_1000x1000

Now is the time to call on your holiday spirit and put up a showpiece decoration in your own yard. Here are some ideas that can be shipped to you in just a few days. All of these inflatable decorations blow up in just minutes using the integrated air pump that keeps your inflatable plump and inviting with constant air flow. And if you’re looking for a completely unique gift idea for a friend, we guarantee one of these larger-than-life decorations will keep them thinking of you year after year.

Disney’s Frozen is perhaps the biggest blockbuster kids’ film for this generation. And now, you can have the biggest Inflatable Elsa and Inflatable Olaf standing right in your yard. Offered only by Hammacher Schlemmer, these two most-loved characters each stand 8′ tall and will warm your guests from the heart on even the coldest December day.

This 15-ft. tall inflatable gingerbread house will delight kids and adults alike with its assortment of gumdrops, candy canes, peppermints and gingerbread figures. A Hammacher Schlemmer exclusive, the giant house is illuminated by 83 LEDs. Its arched doorway is high enough for all ages to pass under on the way into your house.

Standing nearly two stories tall, this inflatable Rudolph will welcome holiday revelers. His underbelly is more than nine feet above the ground at its highest point, inviting carolers and visitors to walk beneath. Another Hammacher Schlemmer exclusive, his sweet and eager expression is sure to delight all who come to call.

Holiday time is upon—don’t delay another minute to ensure your yard is host to one of these unique and eye-catching inflatable decorations.