Category Archives: Holidays

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!

Santa…Coming Soon to a Chimney Near You

The colorful, twinkling lights are up, unique gifts are wrapped and under the tree, and now millions of children are counting down the days till a visit from the fat, jolly guy in a red suit.

No matter your age, Santa Claus is an image as closely associated with the holiday as a Christmas tree and the brilliant star. The earliest origins of Santa come from the Byzantine Empire, what is now Turkey. St. Nicholas, a 4th century bishop, was famous for his generous gifts to the poor. Over the centuries, St. Nick evolved through European folklore in variations such as Sinterklaas and Father Christmas.75754_1000x1000

In 1823, the poem we now know as ‘Twas the Night before Christmas was published in Troy, NY. New Yorkers embraced the child-centric story. Now, you can own an authentic hand-painted figurine designed by renowned artist Thomas Kinkade that recites this beloved poem in the artist’s own voice. The figurine stands a foot tall and depicts amazing detail, with toys under the tree and a miniature version of Kinkade’s Cobblestone Christmas painting behind Santa. 84639_1000x1000

Kinkade also designed this snowglobe, inspired by a classic Norman Rockwell Saturday Evening Post cover. Like Rockwell’s original, Kinkade’s Santa surveys a magical globe with a magnifying glass, putting the finishing touches on his “naughty or nice” list. The village within the globe lights up with four golden LEDs as a blower mechanism swirls snow through the sphere. At the touch of a switch, the globe plays a medley of eight holiday favorite tunes. This keepsake is the perfect unique gift idea for anyone who collects snowglobes or is an aficionado of Kinkade or Rockwell. 12165_1000x1000

For the younger set, this personalized heirloom story book traces the journey of a child’s letter as it travels to the North Pole and recounts Santa’s dutiful delivery of presents on Christmas morning. Told from Santa’s point of view, a child’s first name appears on all 10 spreads, both in the book’s rhyming verse and across 10 illustrations.

At Hammacher Schlemmer, we love ol’ St. Nick. He lives in our hearts through the spirit of generosity, the power of love, and the joy that comes from giving to others. No matter how big or small the present, whether simple and homemade or a unique gift that becomes a conversation piece, share the magic, the hope and the happiness that comes from Christmas.

Home, Sweet Home

The concept of the gingerbread house began in Germany in the early 1800s, evolving out of the fairy tale Hansel and Gretel. German immigrants brought the tradition to America, and now we even celebrate Gingerbread House Day every December 12. 12753_1000x1000

We can help you create your own gingerbread neighborhood. If you’re not inclined to work construction, Hammacher Schlemmer features pre-assembled gingerbread homes that make unique gifts with personalized names or messages. 12754_1000x1000

Available only from Hammacher Schlemmer and reviving the craft of the lebkuchler from medieval Europe, this classic gingerbread house is crafted with the highest quality ingredients using a renowned German recipe. Seven sheets of gingerbread form the roof, walls, and floor. An assortment of sweets is used to construct other details, including white icing shingles, peppermint stick corners, green icing conifers and a gumdrop door arch. 12723_1000x1000

Perhaps your gingerbread dreams desire a home with a bit more square footage. The Gingerbread Estate is a more stately version, with larger walls to devour. Each window is decorated with frosting flower boxes while the roof’s ridgeline features hard candy finials. Like the smaller house, personalization can be added. 12722_1000x1000

Round out the scene with this one-of-a-kind gingerbread train. Found nowhere but Hammacher Schlemmer, this locomotive version uses gingerbread cookies stacked with green frosting to make its engine’s boiler. A Christmas tree-toting coal car follows, and a frosted roof caboose comes last. An assortment of sweets decorates each piece, including peppermint wheels and gumdrop landscaping.

And for some hands-on, DIY action, this Christmas Cookie Coloring Kit gives you 10 frosted sugar cookies in five classic holiday shapes and a set of edible ink markers. Arriving fully baked and ready to color, each crunchy cookie’s white frosting provides a blank canvas for creating a unique Christmas card, a colorful stocking stuffer, or a personalized holiday treat.

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.

Here’s a Better Way to Decorate for the Holidays

Who wouldn’t enjoy the holidays more if setting up a Christmas tree was fast and hassle-free? Forget heading out in the cold and traffic to hunt for a good-looking tree, drag it home, untangle lights, and fuss with water and messy, dropped needles. You’d have so much more time to enjoy the unique gifts the holiday season brings. 86591_1000x1000

Sounds like heaven, right? The World’s Best Prelit Christmas Trees deliver on the promise. Molded from a live fir and available only from Hammacher Schlemmer, these trees feature three-dimensional branch tips that replicate the exact growth patterns, needles, and branch silhouettes of a freshly cut live tree. Prelit with more lights than typical trees, their beautiful glow remains throughout the season, even if a bulb burns out. These trees are available in a variety of heights and widths to accommodate any space. 87516_1000x1000

The Thousand Points of Light Tree is suitable for indoor or outdoor use and generates 23 dancing displays of multi-colored or bright white lights. A Hammacher Schlemmer exclusive, this tree features 1,165 fiber optic tips powered by a controller that allows you to select any of the 23 display patterns, as well as the speed at which they change. It has an automatic timer, too, so you can set it and forget it. 87492_1000x1000

If you really want to save time festooning your home, The Instant Fully Decorated Christmas Tree sets up in just seconds. Available nowhere else, the tree consists of two sections of realistic branches that simply attach to the center pole. The tree is prelit and decorated with a beautiful mix of ornaments, holly berries and leaves, pinecones, red bows, and a tree topper. This is a unique gift idea for a person who may not have the physical ability to decorate a tree, too.

All of these trees come with the Hammacher Schlemmer Lifetime Guarantee and will be delivered right to your front door. A beautiful and Merry Christmas truly was never easier!