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Unique Gifts for Him, Your #1 Valentine

Valentine’s Day presents an opportunity to give the top guy in your life a unique gift he didn’t even know he wanted. Forget the old stand-bys of aftershave, shirts, and gift cards. This year, encourage him to appreciate softness and luxury with one of these ideas that put the emphasis on relaxation.

Incredibly soft, yet practical for everyday wear, these ultra-comfortable lounge pants are made entirely from washable cashmere. Hand-combed from the fine, downy undercoat of Cashmere goats, the fibers used in these fancy pants have been treated to withstand repeated washing without shrinking, eliminating the chore and expense of dry cleaning. The pants offer a relaxed fit for comfort, with unparalleled elegance and warmth. 

Create your own unique gift bundle when you pair the lounge pants with this genuine Irish robe from County Donegal, available only from Hammacher Schlemmer. Unlike typical flannel that’s napped only on one side and combed on the other, this robe’s cotton flannel is napped on both sides, resulting in a luxuriously soft hand and unequaled warmth for late-winter mornings.

To give your Valentine the unique gift of pure relaxation, this programmable massage chair tops the list. Storing up to three personalized massage patterns, the chair targets 61 different pressure points and provides a pulsing shiatsu massage that kneads arms, shoulders, the lower back, buttocks, legs, and feet. Infrared heat eases muscle fatigue in the middle back, lumbar region, and surrounding tissue. Finally, the chair connects via Bluetooth to an Android device to play music through a pair of integrated speakers in the headrest.

Still undecided? Whether he’s a sportsman, an A/V enthusiast, an at-home chef, or the consummate entertainer, our customizable online gift guides will help you choose the ideal unique gifts for him this Valentine’s Day. And of course, they’re all backed by our unconditional and unwavering Lifetime Guarantee, so you can relax, too.

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.

Snow Big Deal…Unique Gifts Make Winter Fun

For many throughout the U.S., this winter is shaping up to be the cold, snowy, soul-sucking season the Old Farmers’ Almanac warned us was coming.

But there’s one demographic loving this weather: kids. Remember your delight as a child to awaken to a fresh blanket of snow? Nudge your inner child – or surprise a youngster you know – with one of these unique gifts for awesomely fun snow play.

This toy snowball blaster makes and launches softball-sized snowballs up to 80′, allowing rapid, long-range assaults during neighborhood snowball confrontations. Simply place snow in the forming chamber and close the lid; it packs three perfectly spherical snowballs. To blast your mark, place one snowball in the muzzle, aim the launcher, and pull back the slingshot mechanism. Bullseye!

Provide a winter warrior or snow queen with the materials needed to build a snow fort or ice castle.  This snow fort building set includes molds for a castle tower, wall, windows, and doors, plus sculpting spatulas and a snow-shoveling spade. Kids become blizzard-borne architects, easily manufacturing a row of snow castle walls and towers in a matter of minutes. When winter is over, the set can be used for crafting monumental sand castles at the beach. 

This Bavarian-style performance sled with LED lights updates the Alpine schlitten for modern play and nighttime enjoyment. Engineered in Germany, this modern version uses two stainless steel runners and an innovative, shock absorbing steering system that delivers responsive maneuverability no matter the snow conditions. The seating bed fits two riders comfortably, with grips and foot rests. When daylight fades, an array of 16 LED lights lines each runner for greater visibility…and style.

The Old Farmers’ Almanac is predicting a cold and snowy period for the Northeast region starting in mid- to late January, and continuing polar conditions for the Midwest and Great Lakes states. Let Hammacher Schlemmer help you change the drudgery of winter to the unique gift of snow-filled fun for yourself and the kids in your life.

Unique Gifts Score Big with NFL Fans

Even when a team has no hope left for the season (lookin’ at you, Cleveland), a true football fan’s love for the game never ends.

Fortunately for all of us, unique gifts featuring the favored team make holiday shopping for the fervent fan easy.12849_1000x1000 Here are some suggestions for the NFL fanatic on your shopping list.

This outdoor LED projector casts the logo of their favorite NFL team on their home’s exterior. Displaying six images of an NFL team’s officially licensed logo up to 40′-tall, the projector notifies neighbors where the football enthusiast’s loyalties lie on Sundays. A built-in light automatically turns the light display on and off as the sun sets and rises.12430_1000x1000

Procured from the archives of The New York Times, the articles in this personalized book chronicle highlights spanning from the selected NFL team’s formative years to today. Fans can revisit their team’s celebrated games and star players from the “Gray Lady’s” unique perspective. The traditionally bound book displays the recipient’s name, “The New York Times”, and the team’s name stamped in gold on the blue leatherette cover.12977_1000x1000

This portable cooler seat can be emblazoned with your favorite NFL team logo. Ideal for beach visits, park outings, outdoor summer concerts, or tailgates, the cooler is made from six panels that unfold from their flat storage configuration into a sturdy hexagonal shape that supports up to 250 lbs. on the padded, comfortable lid/seat. This is a great unique gift for the NFL fan who doubles as a soccer mom or dad, too.

As a playoff picture begins to emerge in these final weeks of the regular season, the Browns, 49ers, and Jaguars battle for the No. 1 draft pick. To fans of those teams, we say “Just wait till next year!”

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.

Spread Holiday Cheer Around Your Home

With the holiday season fast approaching, it’s time to plan the final touches that will bring the festive spirit to every room of your home. We have dozens of unique gifts to help you create a beautiful seasonal display throughout your house, including these customer favorites:12974_1000x1000

This personalized gift-bearing Santa Claus features the festive flourishes and vocal talents of renowned “Painter of Light” Thomas Kinkade. A touch of a switch plays a recording of Kinkade reciting the classic Christmas poem T’was the Night Before Christmas through an integrated speaker. Crafted with meticulous detail, the 3′ figure embodies the charm exemplified in Kinkade’s original artwork. Tags on the presents can even be personalized with the names of up to six family members to make this a truly unique gif88627_1000x1000t.

This ladder-climbing Santa attaches to any tree and serenades spectators with Christmas carols. He totes a string of lights up and down the 40″-tall ladder to assist you with hanging your holiday décor. Every 60 seconds, Santa tirelessly completes his up and down climbing circuit as his signature red sack rests on the floor and plays 30 second instrumental versions of 15 Christmas classics including We Wish You a Merry Christmas, Jingle Bells, and Jolly Old Saint Nicholas.88652_1000x1000

A unique gift exclusive to Hammacher Schlemmer, this 2′-tall Santa nutcracker wirelessly streams music to impart both the sights and sounds of holiday cheer. Santa’s furry red stocking cap, embroidered red cloak, candy cane, and Christmas tree scepter provide all the appropriate eye appeal. A wireless radio receiver built into his gift-laden base streams your choice of music via its built-in speaker from a smartphone, tablet, or other wireless-enabled MP3 player.

We proudly feature dozens of other unique gifts for the holidays that will brighten your home with Christmas spirit—see our full collection online and complete your holiday shopping with ease.

Pump Up Your Outdoor Holiday Display

With Thanksgiving little more than a week away, this is the perfect time to plan an outstanding and impressive holiday display for your yard or other outdoor spaces. These larger-than-life inflatable decorations—all available only from Hammacher Schlemmer—are guaranteed to grab attention from everyone who comes by your house87336_1000x1000 .86467_1000x1000 87116a_1000x1000

This inflatable Darth Vader provides an imposing, yet celebratory, addition to an outdoor holiday display. In keeping with the holiday spirit, this reformed Sith lord bears a candy saber decorated with a holly berry ribbon as a unique gift of yuletide mirth to brighten his Dark Side. Despite his 16-foot height, he deploys quicker than a lightsaber using the integrated pump.

Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer is a television classic for all time. This 15-foot-tall inflatable Abominable Snow Monster of the North, a.k.a. “Bumble” from the 1964 stop-motion show, will tower over your yard. This magnificent beast’s durable fur-covered polyester hide is accentuated by his frostbitten blue face, hands, and feet. His enormous size and internal lights draw attention to holiday decorations and elicit astonished stares from passersby.

This nearly 12-foot tall inflatable Clarice brings Rudolph’s “cuuuute” companion to life on a grand scale. Our rendition of Clarice stands taller than a Clydesdale and bears all of the kind-hearted character’s signature features, from her polka-dotted red bow to her renowned long lashes. Of course, we offer an inflatable 15-foot Rudolph himself, too.

From classic wreaths to dazzling light shows, we have a host of outdoor décor for the holidays, unique gifts for your own home or someone else’s. Shop now to ensure your yard is the most impressive on the block.

A Cornucopia of Thanksgiving Ideas

You might say hosting Thanksgiving is the pinnacle of entertaining. Little else distracts from the focus on gathering ‘round for the big meal…there are no unique gifts to shop for, no one is excluded because of their beliefs, and after the meal guests can simply relax over a football game or two.

However, if you’re hosting, it’s worth looking at a few unique gift items for yourself to ensure a memorable feast. We have a few suggestions to help the day go smoothly and wow your family and friends.84960_1000x1000

Make sure there’s plenty of ice for thirsty guests with this portable tabletop ice maker that produces ample cubes more efficiently than lesser models. Yielding conical-shaped cubes in batches of 12, the ice maker creates nearly 2 lbs. of ice per hour. Analysts from the Hammacher Schlemmer Institute praise this unit for its ability to produce, “a batch of clear, well-formed cubes in just under 10 minutes.”12857_1000x1000

Whether you’re laying out hors d’oeuvres, displaying desserts or setting a more intimate-feeling dining table, this wooden lazy Susan will complement your beautiful décor while making it easier for guests to grab the goodies. It features a wooden top supported by a repurposed wine barrel metal hoop. The 23″-diameter tray rests flat on a table and smoothly spins 360° on steel ball bearings. And as you’re writing up your holiday shopping list, keep this lazy Susan in mind as a unique gift for any oenophiles you know. 12482_1000x1000

After the feast, coffee is in order to combat the effects of turkey and loads of carbs. Bring your favorite barista to your kitchen in the guise of this fully automatic, exactingly designed Swiss coffee maker. Built to standards coffee connoisseurs expect, this barista makes drinks from Espresso to Cappuccino and beyond. A simple turn of the dial selects one of 29 different drinks, all in perfect proportions. Two hoppers hold different flavors or brands of beans for customized blends.

Finally, as Thanksgiving approaches, we would like to take this opportunity to thank you sincerely for your readership and your loyalty to our commitment to always bring you The Best, The Only and The Unexpected.

Distinguished Award Salutes Aviation’s Heroes

What better time than Independence Day to think about some of our greatest national heroes, our military veterans.

Ninety years ago tomorrow, the Distinguished Flying Cross was authorized by Congress as a military decoration awarded to any officer or enlisted member of the U.S. Armed Forces who distinguished himself or herself in support of operations by heroism or extraordinary achievement while participating in an aerial flight. Thus, it is America’s oldest military aviation award and is the only medal conferred by all five military services, in all wars and campaigns from World War I to the present.

The design of the cross includes a four-blade propeller, superimposed on a 1½” bronze cross pattée. In each angle of the cross are five sun rays, typifying the glory of the deed for which this unique gift was awarded. The back side of the medal is blank so that the recipient’s name and rank can be engraved.

The government kept no detailed records of DFC recipients, so it is not known in total how many medals have been awarded through the years. Among those who have received the honor are Charles Lindbergh, Commander Richard Byrd, John Glenn, Chuck Yeager, Jimmy Stewart, Clark Gable, George H.W. Bush, Amelia Earhart, and Orville and Wilbur Wright. Earhart and the Wright Brothers are among the few non-military persons to ever receive the medal, as an executive order in 1927 decreed the Cross should not be conferred on civilians.

The Distinguished Flying Cross Society was founded in 1994 to bring together those who have received this honor. Currently, there are more than 6,000 members, with 21 chapters nationwide.84340_1000x1000

As you plan your July 4th festivities, please take a few moments to reflect on those who have served our country. May we suggest The Army Air Corps Leather Flight Jacket as the ideal unique gift to honor a special veteran in your life? First issued to the U.S. Army aviators in 1931 and worn by flight crews throughout World War II, the A-2 flight jacket was reissued by the U.S. Air Force in 1987. This jacket, a Hammacher Schlemmer exclusive, is made by Cockpit USA, the current supplier of leather jackets to the Air Force. Presented in our signature gift box, it’s a perfect way to say “thank you”.

May the Fourth Be with You

Tomorrow, avid Star Wars fans around the world will celebrate Star Wars Day and their rallying cry with a hearty “May the Force be with you” to one and all.

This date-driven play on words began May 4, 1979, when Margaret Thatcher took office as Prime Minister of the U.K. The London Evening News placed a congratulatory ad saying, “May the Fourth Be with You, Maggie.” It took off from there and in 2015, even the International Space Station celebrated far, far away with a showing of Star Wars for the astronauts.87707F_1000x1000

Why not celebrate Star Wars Day 2016 here on Earth with one of these unique gifts for yourself or for your favorite fan of the franchise.88225_1000x1000

These Star Wars Steins impart intergalactic intrepidity to your imbibing. Made from high-quality ceramic with pewter lids, each 32-oz. stein is crafted in the likeness of R2-D2, Darth Vader, Chewbacca or Boba Fett. Each stein is available individually, so a collector can choose a favorite as a unique gift or get the whole set.

You’ll have the best breakfast contraption in the whole galaxy with this Darth Vader Pancake Maker. Ensuring every iteration of the Sith Lord’s iconic visage is forged with the efficiency of an Imperial clone processing factory, its 10-setting thermostat and weighted lid yield tender golden “chewies” or crispy brown morsels, depending on your desired level of doneness.87114_1000x1000

A sure hit with kids and adults alike, this R2-D2 Bubble Generator automatically spews hundreds of bubble clusters in different directions. Faithful in detail to the original ‘droid, it speaks in the synthesized lexicon of boops and beeps and projects extraterrestrial blue light from its radar eye. It can be set to spray bubbles continuously or at random intervals, much in the spirit of the feisty original character.

We have over two dozen unique gifts that will delight any Star Wars fan on May the Fourth or any day. Check out our entire collection today!