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Let’s Go Al Fresco

This Thursday, June 18, the world celebrates International Picnic Day.

In Medieval times, outdoor feasts were held to celebrate a successful hunt, but the picnic as we know it is believed to have begun in France in 1789 after the French Revolution opened the royal gardens to the public for the first time. The pastime grew in popularity during the Victorian Era in England.

What better way to celebrate this centuries-old tradition than by planning some summer picnics of your own? We have suggestions for accessories that would make great additions to your own picnic or as unique gifts for friends and family for al fresco dining.

84580_300x300This is the picnic caddy so thorough in its devotion to an elegant picnic that even the Royal family owns a pair. Whether preparing an outdoor feast during one’s annual foray to Balmoral Castle, or simply planning a gourmet meal to enjoy the unique gifts of a concert in the park, this caddy’s three cylindrical modules provide easy transport and secure housing for four included place settings, and the food for a perfect repast.

11679_300x300Don’t let too much sun spoil the day. This portable canopy clamps to any rectangular wooden table and provides up to 75′ sq. of shade. Made from a durable polyester fabric, the canopy filters the sun’s UV rays and provides reliable shelter from rain. The entire unit folds to fit into the included duffel bag.

12617_300x300Imagine what your friends will say when you pull up to the picnic on this rideable, three-wheeled cooler! A 1,000-watt electric motor propels the cooler up to 12 mph, allowing you to transport chilled food or beverages up to 10 miles. The handlebars have a throttle and a brake lever for confident stops, starts, and acceleration, while the pneumatic tires provide traction on gravel or pavement.

The summer season will be over before you know it, so start planning a unique gift for your family, a day of picnic-style dining in the great outdoors.

Dad’s Day Gift Ideas for the Frugal Offspring

Father’s Day is almost here…we honor the old man on June 21. If you find yourself short on money this year, we are here to help with ideas for unique gifts for him, all priced at $100 or less.

At only about $100, we guarantee there’s not another gift out there exactly like this one: this is the personalized reproduction of 12324_300x300The New York Times issue from the day dad was born. The newspaper is reprinted, complete with that day’s headlines, stories, photos and ads, in a traditionally bound book that displays the recipient’s name, “The New York Times”, and the date stamped in gold on the burgundy leatherette cover.

12597A_300x300Both the NBA and the NHL are wrapping up their seasons with exciting final championship series. Any sports fanatic father would love a personalized locker room print that shows his own stall, complete with a name plate, jersey and equipment bearing his name and favorite number. His jersey will hang forever next to the uniforms of two players from the current roster, providing visual evidence of his working relationship with Lebron James or Patrick Kane. Whether dad prefers hockey, basketball, baseball, or football, this unique gift is available for only about $90.

84767_300x300This year, Father’s Day coincides with the first day of summer…the season for both golf and BBQs. If you know a dad who loves both, The Golfer’s Grill Clubs feature grilling utensils with authentic golf club grips that ensure a confident hold while flipping lamb chops or turning a swordfish steak. The tools store in a woven nylon 14″-high golf bag, allowing his caddy to carry the clubs with ease.

Finally, if you’re as short on time as you are on cash, a Hammacher Schlemmer gift certificate allows Dad to choose his own gift. Available in denominations from $25 to $200, a gift certificate is always the right size and can be redeemed online, through our catalog, or in our New York City store.

Unique Gifts are Tops for Pops

Hammacher Schlemmer has long been trusted as a source for items that simply are not available anywhere else. With Father’s Day less than two weeks away, we have some suggestions for unique gifts for Dad, exclusive items only we can bring you.

86915_300x300Does the father in your life travel for work or pleasure? This weekender bag opens from the side to provide easy access to the clothes packed inside. The side panel will let Dad quickly remove or insert several days’ worth of clothes and travel items without rummaging or disheveling neatly folded garments. Available only from Hammacher Schlemmer, this bag is made of American bison leather, valued for its long-lasting durability.

87292_300x300For the father who likes to run, walk, or work out to music, this exercise armband recharges an iPhone. A Hammacher Schlemmer exclusive, the armband has a lightweight rechargeable battery that charges an iPhone up to 80%, ensuring his device will not run out of power while exercising. Its lightweight, thin design won’t impede exercise movements, and the polyester construction protects an iPhone from incidental contact.

79466_300x300Developed by Hammacher Schlemmer, this wallet is made from genuine Australian kangaroo leather. Kangaroo hide’s tight, dense fiber structure provides four times the tensile strength and three times more abrasion resistance than cowhide or deerskin, allowing it to be rendered to 1/4″ thin for comfortable storage without compromising the leather’s strength. The wallet is naturally water-resistant and it will never fade, crack, or unravel like typical leather wallets.

Your father is one-of-a-kind and deserves a unique gift that will stand apart from the rest. For more ideas like these, our online Gift Guide will make your shopping easy.

Gardening Improves Mind, Body, and Soul

Gardening is good for you, physically and mentally. It gives you the unique gifts of burning calories along with the therapeutic benefit that comes from raising your own flowers and vegetables. Tomorrow marks National Gardening Exercise Day, so it’s a great time to indulge in this popular pastime.

Whether you’re a long-time avid gardener or a novice hoping to develop a green thumb, we have some ideas that will enhance a day with your plants. These items make ideal unique gifts for your favorite gardener, too.

12583_300x300Worn by French winemakers and gardeners for hundreds of years, these handmade, natural rubber boots are supple yet sturdy, waterproof, and comfortable when worn whether harvesting from a backyard garden or tending to the vineyards in Bordeaux. The boots have deep rubber treads, a foam-lined insole, and an adjustable buckle at the ankle, ensuring ideal traction and comfort.

87330_300x300Aiming for exercise does not preclude the gardener from sitting while he or she works. This wheeled utility cart features a cushioned swiveling seat that provides 360° of movement. A feature exclusive to Hammacher Schlemmer, the seat is padded with 1/2″ of foam that conforms to its tractor-style shape. A basket in the rear and a tray underneath provide easy access to tools, gloves, and planting supplies.

87084_300x300If you lack space for a garden or have difficulty bending down to ground level, this vertical garden displays five planters that will let you enjoy gardening. The pots detach for easy planting and hook into place at staggered heights to maximize sun exposure. The garden can easily be rolled to chase the sun over the course of the day or moved indoors during cooler months for year-round enjoyment.

Even just walking around a garden can help you exercise and it will give you a feeling of well-being, too. So get outdoors, feel the breeze, hear the birds, and let gardening bring you the unique gifts of better health and peace of mind.

For Tots Who Dream of Astronauts

A is for Astronaut. And to children, the sense of wonder and awe regarding interplanetary adventures lives on, even as the golden age of space travel as we knew it in the 1960s and ‘70s has—at least for the time being—faded like a shooting star.

Certainly, rocket scientists continue to tap into the unique gifts of the universe. NASA’s high-profile space shuttle program may have ended, but the Orion Multipurpose Crew Vehicle had a successful unmanned test launch in December, and a crewed mission could happen as early as 2021. The private sector has stepped in to contract with NASA to provide orbital transportation to the International Space Station, as have space programs of other countries.

The next generation of astronauts, those who will likely be the travelers to Mars, are children today. They continue to nurture our dreams of celestial exploration. For them, we have some fun, unique gifts to help keep that dream alive.

86424_300x300This pop-up tent serves as the interplanetary command post for young space explorers. The tent’s four tunnels evoke the sprawling modules of a space station. Painted viewports and control interfaces, and screened tunnel ceilings and a screened section of the dome encourage imaginative play during celestial observations.

86802_300x300This remote-controlled astronaut is seemingly out for a spacewalk around the International Space Station, but instead is propelled by twin rotors for safe indoor flight. A pair of diode lights in the rocket backpack give the illusion this spaceman is controlling his weightless wandering himself, ideal for a moment of astral wanderlust.

75869_300x300At the end of a day of interplanetary play, create a tranquil sleeping environment for children with this plush turtle that projects eight constellations onto a ceiling. Its illuminated plastic shell has apertures which allow light to pass through when the blue, green, or amber backlight is turned on, creating a starry display that encourages sleep…and dreams of astronauts.

Enjoy the Unique Gifts of Fitness at Any Age

Tomorrow is National Senior Health & Fitness Day. Each year, the last Wednesday in May marks this event to promote the importance of regular physical activity for everyone, and especially for older adults.

Exercise is an important life-long activity, even more so as we age. It’s about more than just keeping the spare tires of our later years in check…strong muscles can help prevent falls, while flexibility helps your body stay limber, heading off some of the aches and pains that come with aging. Daily physical activity can help give you the unique gifts of fitness and good health at virtually any age.

84418_300x300Even those with limited mobility can enjoy an aerobic workout. The Seated Whole Body Pedaler, a Hammacher Schlemmer exclusive, is a low-impact exercise machines that provides a complete workout from the comfort of a chair. Or you may prefer The Only Seated Strider, a compact, mini-strider that gives you a low-impact cardiovascular workout.

87158_300x300Losing grip strength starts to eat away at one’s independence. Without a sufficiently strong grip, it becomes difficult to open jars, door knobs, and even the refrigerator. The Superior Hand Strengthener consists of a set of three rubber rings that strengthen and build endurance in the fingers, hands and forearms. They make a thoughtful and unique gift for a parent, grandparent, or even yourself.

86928_300x300It’s been said you only feel as good as your feet feel. With seven built-in treatments, The Foot Pain Relieving Exerciser stretches, strengthens and massages the entire foot to help improve balance and alleviate pain. This device works the calf, heel, sole, and toes and has a massaging ball that can be warmed for frozen for hot or cold therapy.

Finally, you can measure and track your fitness at any age with The Wellness Monitor Wristband. The Fitbit automatically tracks your daily movements and sleep to help determine if you are getting enough exercise and sleep. After all, if 70 is the new 50, being fit will help you go like 60 till you’re 80!

Essentials of a Great Cook

Cooking as a hobby is more popular than ever. There are entire TV networks devoted to the avocation, not to mention a plethora of cooking competition shows, professional and amateur alike.

But what makes a great cook? We interviewed a corporate chef for some essential points. Based on his tips, we also have a few recommendations for unique gifts that will help you wow the crowd at your next dinner party.

  1. Be hungry. Have the desire to please your own palate.
  2. Have a good sense of taste. If your friends come back for more, you’re on your way. If your friends would be willing to pay for your cooking, you may have a career.
  3. Practice, practice, practice your knife handling skills. And remember that a dull knife is more dangerous to use than a sharp one. Keep all your smooth and serrated knives in top condition.86822_300x300
  4. Cook by technique, not by recipes. Recipes teach the mistakes of others, technique teaches you to make your own recipes. Respect the experience of those who teach you.
  5. 84850_300x300Be organized and clean. As much as 60% of cooking is prepping, chopping, and cleaning. Many professionals use a prep station to be efficient and organized.
  6. Have a good sense of timing. Try to guess time without looking at the clock or timer. An innate sense of timing is a unique gift, but with practice you can develop the skill. Know the proper time and temperature for the safe cooking of different foods.
  7. 12527_300x300Be bold and creative. Go to school and take a variety of classes and instruction. Don’t be afraid to try something different that will really get friends and family talking, even something like traditional Cuban Lechon Asado.
  8. Above all, have joy and fun! If you enjoy what you’re doing, it will show in the results. And make sure to relax and enjoy your guests with a tasty beverage served in a fun atmosphere.

Spring into Summer with a Beautiful Yard

Memorial Day is less than a week away. Is your yard ready for outdoor enjoyment in the unique gifts of summer warmth and sunshine? If not, we have some items that can help you make your yard beautiful and comfortable for your family and friends all season long.

84353_300x300Get your deck ready for a repainting or quickly clean winter’s debris from your patio and driveway. This electric power washer is a fast, effective way to remove built-up grime. In side-by-side evaluations conducted by The Hammacher Schlemmer Institute, this model was rated The Best because it cleaned more effectively and was easiest to use. Five quick-connect spray tips make it easy to adjust the power of the spray to the job, and its dual removable tanks let you clean with two different detergents.

87417_300x300Trim hedges easily, or perhaps indulge that urge to transform ordinary shrubs into beautiful topiary. This cordless hedge trimmer has a telescoping shaft to prune hedges up to 10′ tall while you stand safely on the ground. It also eliminates the hassle of running extension cords…the trimmer is powered by a rechargeable 18-volt lithium-ion battery for optimal freedom of movement.

87117_300x300Sufficient water is key to a bountiful and beautiful garden. Provide your plants good irrigation and they’ll reward you with the unique gifts of tasty and healthful homegrown veggies. Those daily waterings are easier with this sturdy steel hose reel cart that earned The Best rating from the Hammacher Schlemmer Institute because it quickly and smoothly retracts. And unlike lesser carts with flimsy plastic wheels that inhibited mobility, this model has four pneumatic tires for easy rolling all summer long.

84925_300x300Once your yard is in prime condition, keep your outdoor dinner party free of insects without the need for pesticides. This enclosure fits over a patio table’s umbrella to provide a protective canopy. Made from sturdy polyester netting too small for pests to penetrate, it fits over umbrellas up to 9′ in diameter while its 96″ length extends to stay flush with the ground.

The next three months will fly by, but with a little work and planning now, you’ll be able to make the most of your outdoor space so you can relax and enjoy the unique gifts of nature’s best season.

Pack Rats: Unleash Your Inner Neatnik!

Over a lifetime, it’s too easy to accumulate “stuff”. Favorite books, knick-knacks, old letters, financial statements…it all needs to go somewhere.

There’s even a day to recognize the human tendency to hang on to our things, whether they be sentimental souvenirs or important documents. This Sunday is National Pack Rat Day. For one day, you can embrace your inner hoarder. Come Monday, it’s time to get organized and clean out the excess. And we have some suggestions that can help.

86833_300x300Shelving is a convenient way to store books, objets d’art and all those unique gifts you’ve received through the years. Many bookshelves occupy substantial floor and wall space. But this space-saving vertical bookshelf stacks books flat on their covers, rather than upright on their pages, so it needs only 1.5 square feet of floor space to hold a four foot tower of texts.

12487_300x300Bills, forms, and other paperwork are less daunting when you have a dedicated space to work on and then dispatch all of it. This fold-away desk gives you a 30×20″ work surface, as well as shelves, file-holding compartments and a cork board to keep statements, notes and paperwork organized. When you’re done working, the desk folds to only 6″ and stores in an unobtrusive wall-hung cabinet. Thanks to its low profile, it makes an ideal and unique gift for a student or a city dweller in a small apartment.

84700_300x300Speaking of paperwork, financial records really have a way of piling up. The government has issued guidelines on how long various types of records should be kept and when they can be disposed. Of course, outdated documents should be shredded prior to disposal. This commercial-quality shredder was selected as The Best by the Hammacher Schlemmer Institute for its superior security and quiet operation. This shredder chews through 14 sheets of paper at one time, grinding it all into 1/4″ x 1/4″ unrecognizable confetti.

By focusing on the present and identifying the unique gifts of what is really important in your life, you can start to pare down your piles and embrace the joys of simplicity. You won’t be losing things, you’ll be gaining a cleaner, simpler life.

We’re Thrillin’ to Do Some Grillin’

It’s the season for seasoning…the spicy deliciousness of barbequing season, that is!,

There’s something about manning the grill that speaks to a primal instinct. It’s the aroma of an open fire, the crackling sound of juices meeting hot coals and the sight of a thick steak with perfect grill marks. And this year’s BBQ season promises to be one of the best ever, thanks to some new products that enhance the unique gift of being able to cook outdoors.

86107_300x300Why limit grilling time to the hours before sunset? The Grillmaster’s Cordless Task Light clamps to a barbeque lid or prep table, leaving your hands free for flipping burgers or checking a roast’s temperature. The weather-resistant lamp’s heavy-duty spring clamp also attaches to lawn furniture, tabletops, and headboards up to 3″ thick, making it ideal for bringing light to a campsite, workshop, or bedside.

87228C_300x300Taking a grill to a picnic is a great idea…except for transporting the messy grill. This is a portable charcoal grill concealed within a stainless steel briefcase. Instead of the traditional round design, this sleek briefcase model is easily carried by its handle and stacked among other tailgating gear thanks to its flat, rectangular design. The case stands up and opens to support a metal cooking grate. A removable ash basket catches debris for easy cleanup (without leaving behind evidence of a cookout). It’s the perfect unique gift for anyone who loves to tailgate.

84149_300x300A well-seasoned grill grate is good. A grate covered with burned-on chunks of last week’s cookout is not. This is the grill brush that uses steam to quickly and thoroughly clean grill grates. A chamber inside the handle holds water, and a spout set within the bristles releases water onto hot grates, creating steam that removes burned-on food and grease with little effort. The bristle heads remove and can be cleaned easily in a dishwasher.

So grab your tongs and get grilling. The season is fleeting and the time to enjoy the unique gifts of BBQ season is now!