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Raise the Bar on At-Home Mixology

Impress guests when entertaining at home with a well-planned, well-stocked bar.

You don’t need everything in the liquor store, but you’ll need the basics on hand to create popular cocktails: vodka, rum, whiskey and/or bourbon, gin and tequila. You should have vermouth, an orange liqueur and grenadine. Don’t forget the mixers: soda, juice and tonic water, plus simple syrup, bitters, fresh fruit for garnish and plenty of ice.

And of course, beer. This personalized 64-oz. growler transports a beer connoisseur’s take-out draft safely from craft brewery to home refrigerator. This sleek, modern-age growler is crafted of stainless steel in a black or copper finish, with a swing-top silicone stopper and tight, air-proof seals. What sets this growler apart from others is your personalized monogram in 2-1/2″ tall letters. This growler is a great unique gift to yourself to distinguish your home bar.

Here’s another unique gift that’s beautifully monogrammed. Winner of the Queen’s Award for Innovation, this set of four personalized glasses is designed specifically for tasting whiskey. Made by Glencairn Crystal and developed with master whiskey distillers, the glasses have thick, sturdy bases that complement the depth of whiskey, thin sides that allow you to clearly see the whiskey’s color, and tapered mouths to accentuate aromas.

Those beautiful glasses deserve an equally distinctive tipple. This personalized aging kit allows you to craft your own whiskey at home. The kit comes with a genuine American white oak barrel (the same wood used for aging some of the world’s premier whiskey), flavored essences for making Kentucky bourbon, Tennessee whiskey, and Marks bourbon, and a spigot for pouring neat whiskey into a rocks glass. The 67-oz. kit comes with detailed instructions for curing the barrel, incorporating ingredients, and monitoring the whiskey for proper aging.

Finally, get yourself a good cocktail book. Choose one cocktail to hone as your specialty and practice mixing it several times. Become skilled at making it and it becomes your signature drink, putting you well on your way to mixology.

Cooking Up Something New for the Kitchen

We’ve become a foodie culture. Cooking shows enjoy expanding viewership, organic and locally grown produce is on trend, and those who love to cook can never have too many kitchen accessories. To that point, we have some new ideas for unique gifts the next time you want to surprise and delight your favorite culinary.

“Forno”-style pizzas are hotter than ever…and need not be limited to the corner trattoria. This stovetop pizza oven heats up to 600° F and produces crispy 12″ pies like a wood-fired oven. This efficient stovetop convection oven bakes a pizza in as little as six minutes by using concentrated heat conducted from a gas burner. The included pizza stones distribute heat evenly across the dough to eliminate hot spots and absorb excess moisture, resulting in fast cooking times and a delicious, thin crispy crust.

What’s not to love about butter…except when cold, hard butter tears up your fresh artisanal rolls. This spreading knife softens cold butter just by using your own body heat. Unlike an ordinary knife that struggles to slice cleanly through a cold stick, this handheld spreader is made with titanium copper alloy that conducts heat from your hand through the blade. It makes an ideal unique gift for those with limited hand strength, plus this knife also works well with jams, frosting, cream cheese, and other spreadables.

This set of three non-stick pans features a scratchproof ceramic-titanium coating that makes cooking and cleanup easy. In tests by the Hammacher Schlemmer Institute, fried eggs slid off the ungreased pan as if cooked on air, and the impervious surface suffered no damage when scrubbed with an abrasive pad and scratched with a metal fork. The pans also allow you to cook confidently without added fat, a unique gift for dieters. And this set includes clear glass lids—a Hammacher Schlemmer exclusive.

With locally produced and natural foods now widely available, it’s easier, more enjoyable, and more nutritious than ever to produce great meals in your own kitchen. By cooking at home more frequently, you’ll save money, cut calories, and gain the unique gift of satisfaction from producing tasty and good-for-you food for your family.

Fast, Efficient Ways to Warm Your Space

Some of the season’s coldest air is gripping much of the U.S. If you run a ski resort, you might see this as a unique gift from Mother Nature.

The rest of us, however, are a bit chilly at work and at home…and feet meeting a cold bathroom floor first thing in the morning makes for a rude wake-up.

We have some suggestions that will gently warm your spaces without sending your heating bills sky-high. And you’ll enjoy a unique gift of your own: pleasant, toasty warmth that makes this wicked winter more bearable.

This unique bathroom heater features a digital thermostat that enables precise temperature adjustments anywhere from 65º F to 85º F using an easy-to-read LCD panel. It can be set with its integrated timer the night before to turn on automatically, ensuring your bathroom is warm when you wake up.

Is there a cold spot under your desk, around your workbench or in your favorite reading nook? This ultra-compact space heater is ideal for warming the immediate area of small, intimate spaces. This device plugs in flush with a wall outlet and is designed to provide supplemental warmth to your personal space. A digital thermostat lets you easily select a precise temperature, not merely “high” or “low”. It’s perfect for use in the office, making it a great unique gift for anyone with a desk job. 

If you’re looking to warm an entire room, The Hammacher Schlemmer Institute deemed this tower heater The Best because it warmed a cold room faster and distributed heat better than any other competitor. The Best Tower Heater’s dual quartz radiant heating elements and quiet fan evenly distribute warmth throughout a medium-sized room, unlike lesser models that created cold and hot spots.

Any one of these small-but-mighty heaters will help you cope with the cold till the first day of spring…hang in there, it’s only 69 days away!

Organizing Made Easy for the Clothes-Minded

After losing weight and banishing a few bad habits, getting organized is among the most common New Year’s resolutions.

When setting out to organize your home, it makes sense to start with the bedroom closet. It’s a spot you visit at least once a day, and starting out the morning feeling organized will give you the unique gift of feeling like you’re conquering the day.

A messy jumble of shoes on the floor is a sure recipe for closet chaos. This elegant wooden tower neatly stores up to 25 pairs and rotates 360° for easy access to all footwear. Available exclusively from Hammacher Schlemmer, its five levels are each subdivided into five cubbyholes large enough for storing men’s or women’s dress and casual shoes of all sizes and types.

Extending only 16½” from a closet wall or door, this trouser rack keeps 20 pairs of slacks neatly hung and readily accessible. Also a Hammacher Schlemmer exclusive, it easily mounts to a closet wall or door with a 10-gauge steel support bracket that holds 20 hardwood dowels so you can hang trousers flush against the wall, then swing them out individually.

For organizing the dressing area, this wooden vanity table adds sensible, yet tasteful, storage space. Another exclusive from Hammacher Schlemmer, it conceals cosmetics, jewelry, and personal accessories neatly tucked away with three hinged tabletop compartments and a pull-out drawer. Its center compartment opens to display 11 divided sections and a mounted makeup mirror. It’s a beautiful and unique gift to reward yourself for getting organized.

Once your closet is organized, you just might find your mornings are more efficient. And if perchance another of your 2017 resolutions is to be on time…you’re on your way to success!

Oenophiles Know It’s Wine O’Clock Somewhere

If you have wine lovers on your holiday shopping list, you are lucky.

You’re lucky because there are so many clever and unique gifts to choose from for the oenophile. Lucky because a bottle of wine is an easy accompaniment to round out the gift. And especially lucky because the appreciative wine lover just might share some of their favorite grape juice with you.84117_1000x1000

Here’s a suggestion for a unique gift for a real wine lover that’s a favorite among our customers: a seamless mouth-blown glass that can hold an entire bottle of wine. Its classic Bordeaux shape fits an entire hand, enabling effortless quaffing without abandoning social mores. It also serves teetotalers as an impressive display for olives, candies, or floating candles. This fun glass allows users to assure that they, in all honesty, had only one glass of wine…although we cannot bear responsibility for any next-morning hangovers.86245_1000x1000

These wine glasses lend a different touch of whimsy with a playful tilt. Their bent stems set a relaxed, lighthearted mood at the beginning of a gathering or add fun as a surreptitious stemware switch after guests are about to start on their second Syrah. Each glass is hand-blown into a unique vessel with stems that bend a bit more or bowls that tilt a bit more than others, supporting the adage that wine affects everyone – and every glass – differently.87690_1000x1000

To drink the wine, you must get the bottle open. This wooden puzzle keeps a bottle’s virtue intact by confounding quaffers from cracking its corded code. A wooden cage secures a bottle’s bottom while a mortise and tenon joint that caps a bottle’s top “locks” into place with a corkscrew “pin”. A cord connecting the bottom and top wraps around the corkscrew to deceive the desperate and the thirsty into thinking that a simple unraveling can easily release the bottle for indulgent imbibing.

These represent just a few of the unique gifts we have available for pleasing wine connoisseurs and others getting into the spirits of the holidays. Check out our full selection for wine lovers today.

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.

See the Light with Unique Gifts for Darker Days

Early Sunday morning, most of us will turn our clocks back one hour as Daylight Savings Time ends. Some folks will revel in the unique gift of an extra hour of sleep, while others will curse the early darkness.

No matter which side of the issue you take, this is a great time to evaluate your lighting and consider a new lamp for your home or additional lighting on walkways leading up to your house.88180_1000x100012778_1000x1000

This traditional brass apothecary floor lamp features a full-spectrum bulb to enhance contrast and reduce eyestrain and glare. Instead of the yellow glare produced by incandescent bulbs, the lamp’s full-spectrum white glow mimics sunlight, improving visual acuity. Its classic design has been preferred for task lighting since the late 19th century, when the advent of electricity enabled pharmacists to direct the beam downward over a work area, though its boom arm and shade can be positioned at any angle.

An ideal unique gift for readers, crafters or puzzle aficionados, this extra-bright lamp was created specifically for the U.S. Library of Congress. Providing scholars and researchers with clean, bright focused light that won’t disturb tired eyes, the lamp uses a patented halide-LED module to generate six times the light of a 75-watt incandescent bulb. When a lesser amount of light is desired, twin rocker switches turn on/off one or two LED arrays, which can be used with or without the halide bulb.88333_1000x1000

Outdoors, a well-lit walkway will be safer for you, your family, and guests. Producing the brightest, longest-lasting and most expansive glow, this solar walkway light ranked first in all tests conducted by the Hammacher Schlemmer Institute. The Best Solar Walkway Light generated 60 lumens and glowed 75% longer than other models. Even after eight hours, its bright LED beam had not diminished. The light automatically turns on at dusk and recharges in moderate to full sunshine.

Daylight Savings Time was initially introduced as an energy-saving measure during both World Wars. But what all these lights have in common is energy efficiency over traditional lights…so even with standard time in place, you will enjoy bright light while conserving resources. We think that’s a brilliant idea!

Staying Safe Starts at Home

As a person ages, it’s common to develop a stronger inclination to stay safe, while worrying more about potential dangers. We drive a bit more slowly, avoid the risk of falling as much as possible, and we start to imagine “what if” scenarios where things could go wrong.

The instinct for safety extends to our home surroundings, too. Recognizing that, today we have unique gift ideas for loved ones or for yourself that help promote personal safety and security 89019_1000x1000at home.

This German-engineered steel stepladder provides users with maximum safety and balance support. Sturdy handles help secure your balance when climbing up and down. An ergonomic knee rest at the top of the ladder provides additional balance support, so you can comfortably lean forward when hanging pictures, changing a lightbulb, or checking smoke detectors. Large risers provide generous footing, support up to 330 lbs., and prevent slips with rubber treads.88801_1000x1000

Avoid many trips up a ladder entirely with this telescoping magnetic grabber. It allows you to reach objects up to 44″ away. Ideal for accessing the highest, deepest cabinet or closet shelves, it locks into place at the desired length, grasping objects with 5 1/2″-wide jaws. Controlled from a trigger grip, the jaws come with a foam rubber insert that enables them to secure objects as small as a paperclip or as heavy as 5 lbs. It’s the ideal unique gift for an aging parent or anyone who just hates bending over to retrieve a dropped object.12825_1000x1000

For the kitchen, workshop and auto, this set of three handheld fire extinguishers safely store in compact spaces for easy emergency use. Each extinguisher is the size of a spray paint can and tucks perfectly into a glovebox, tool bench, or drawer. These ABC-class fire extinguishers put out small fires caused by ordinary combustibles (paper, wood, cloth), flammable liquids (gasoline, oil, grease), and electrical equipment (wires, fuses, circuit breakers).

Look around your house and you’ll find many opportunities for improving safety. Remove throw rugs that present tripping hazards. Add automatic timers to lamps so you don’t need to fumble for a switch when dusk falls. Put nightlights in hallways, stairwells, and bathrooms. Make sure your smoke detectors function – test them quarterly – and install carbon monoxide detectors, too. These small steps will add up to the unique gift of feeling safer at home.

Have the Most Boo-tiful Yard on the Block

With September now behind us, it’s time to get into the spirit of spirits…and pumpkins, skeletons, witches, and ghosts.

We’re here to help you create the most impressive Halloween display in the neighborhood. These unique gifts for decorating your yard will delight party guests, catch neighbors’ eyes, and draw trick-or-treaters to your door.

88550_1000x1000This 22″-tall possessed pumpkin greets Halloween guests and ghouls with spooky lights and sounds. Available only from Hammacher Schlemmer, the grinning jack-o’-lantern invokes seasonal supernatural fun as fiber optic lights outline his mouth, eyes, and nose, while an integrated speaker plays eerie sounds. Ideal for graveyard gardens, haunted houses, and hair-raising Halloween parties, the paranormal pumpkin’s sounds scare the soul while its eyes illuminate with blinking lights.89049_1000x1000

Transform any window into a display of afterlife-like Halloween scenes with this scene-animating projector. Another Hammacher Schlemmer exclusive, this animator projects skeletons, jack-o-lanterns, and ghosts on your window so convincingly that even jaded trick-or-treaters may believe your home has been overrun by the paranormal. The Halloween video clips include giggling, bouncing jack-o-lanterns, dancing skeletons, and a spooky apparitions on the haunt.88560_1000x1000

With this 9′ inflatable entryway, you’ll invite treat seekers to enter Halloween Town from Tim Burton’s The Nightmare Before Christmas. Exclusively from Hammacher Schlemmer, it inflates in three minutes using an integrated air pump, breathing life into Jack Skellington, Sally, and a pair of ghostly pals. The Pumpkin King’s petrifying portal is illuminated from within.

We have many more unique gifts designed to help you turn your home into a haunted house of Halloween horror. See our full collection online and let the boo-tiful decorating begin.

These Unique Gifts Go the Extra Yard

This week, fall officially begins, which can only mean one thing…it’s time to devote a weekend to cleaning up the yard, patio, and deck to prepare for the seasons ahead.

That’s not all bad–you’ll get some exercise, you’ll be able to enjoy the unique gifts of a pleasant autumn afternoon, and your job will be made easier by items we have available to help.88328_1000x1000

Take this electric power washer for starters. It cleaned more effectively and was the easiest to use in side-by-side tests conducted by The Hammacher Schlemmer Institute. Analysts used each power washer on a variety of surfaces and compared the results. The Best model removed the most paint from a cement brick, quickly scoured mud from a car rim, and cleaned dirt and mold from aluminum siding faster than all other units.84791_1000x1000

The Hammacher Schlemmer Institute also performed testing on leaf blowers. This cordless rechargeable leaf blower was deemed The Best because it cleared garden waste the fastest and had the longest-lasting battery. It cleared a 50-gallon pile of leaves from grass and paved areas 18 percent faster than the next-quickest model. The Best model also provided up to three hours of battery run time. It has 10 speeds and the most features of all the models, including a vacuum setting for suctioning waste into an attached bag.88781_1000x1000

Here’s another easy method for cleaning up. This push sweeper quickly collects fallen leaves from your yard and driveway without backbreaking raking and stooping. The sweeper’s flexible plastic combs spin rapidly as you push it, grabbing leaves, grass clippings, pine needles, and other small detritus, depositing them into the collection hopper. This sweeper makes an ideal unique gift for the environmentally conscious gardener with a compost pile.

Before you know it, your yard work will done and you’ll be relaxing in front of a football game, cold beverage in hand. Your neighbors might even line up to borrow these lawn and garden clean-up tools. No worries if they do…all these items are ready to go the extra yard.