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Oh, My Aching Knees!

As we age, knee pain may not be inevitable, but it’s a common complaint among many people. Even when the younger set is factored in, the American Osteopathic Association reports a third of all Americans are affected by knee pain.

A host of remedies abound, including joint-replacement surgery, injections, strong prescription drugs and over-the-counter pills and potions. There are also non-invasive solutions that can offer the unique gift of sweet relief without drugs, or as a complement to medication.83545_1000x100089916_1000x1000

Using technology developed by NASA to heal astronauts’ injuries, this infrared LED device, a Hammacher Schlemmer exclusive, covers a wide area to produce safe and gentle heat. It stimulates blood circulation to relieve swelling in joints and loosen tight muscles. A study at Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin showed the LED technology reduced painful inflammation by up to 37%. Unlike heating pads that only treat just below the skin’s surface, this unique gift’s LED light penetrates deep into tissue for long-lasting relief.

This hands-free device combines infrared LED technology and vibration massage to ease knee pain. Also available only from Hammacher Schlemmer, this massager includes a compression sleeve that keeps the device from slipping off the knee and insulates the skin. Four LEDs surround the patella and produce infrared energy for improved blood flow to relieve stiffness and fatigue. Six neon warming lights—adjustable from 113-149°F—heat the surrounding exterior tissue. Meanwhile, an 8,000 rpm vibration massage kneads out tension and soothes muscle aches.84344_1000x1000

Get relief even while you’re active with these gentleman’s walking shoes They feature a patented sole that helps to relieve knee pain. Developed with rheumatology experts, the shoes employ flexure zones built into the outsoles, proven in a study at Rush University Medical Center in Chicago to reduce knee load by 20%, essential for slowing the progression of osteoarthritis. EVA insoles provide comfort to forefoot, arch, and heel while the rubber outsoles ensure an even, reliable grip while walking. Breathable mesh uppers keep feet dry and comfortable. The shoes are available for ladies, too.

Building leg strength and, especially, losing weight can help ease knee pain, but both of those are easier said than done for many folks. In the meantime, these unique gifts can bring some comfort to anyone who has ever said, “Oh, my aching knees!”

Don’t Let Foot Pain Spoil Your Walk in the Woods

Grab the camera, a sweatshirt, and some walking shoes…it’s time for to go leaf-peeping!

There’s no better time than fall for a walk in the woods to enjoy the unique gifts of colors the trees give us. The autumn air is crisp, the breeze carries the scent of the season, and your perambulations can be followed with a glass of cider…hard or otherwise.

Even if you experience foot pain when walking, we can help you still enjoy a stroll in the woods. Here are just a few of the items available from Hammacher Schlemmer designed to help prevent and relieve discomfort in the feet.81650_1000x1000

The Plantar Fasciitis Relief Rocker is a professional-quality stretching device that relieves the pain from this affliction and helps prevent it from reoccurring. Simply standing on the unit with one foot and rocking gently backwards stretches the plantar fascia and helps prevent inflammation. The device also provides a great stretch to the Achilles tendons, ankles, calves and hamstrings, making it an ideal and unique gift for runners and other athletes.84992_1000x1000

Our Custom-fit Insole Kit enhances foot comfort and balance without a trip to the podiatrist. Proven to protect against sports- and job-related injuries when worn regularly, they can also help relieve foot fatigue and pain. Simply step into the moldable foam in the kit, mail it to the manufacturer in the prepaid package, and within a few weeks you’ll receive your own customized, cushioning insoles.88387a_1000x1000

After a long walk, you may want to seek comfort from this Shiatsu Heated Foot Compression Massager, available only from Hammacher Schlemmer. It provides a soothing, spa-like experience by combining heat, air compression, and Shiatsu to relax and reenergize sore feet. This device features kneading rollers that target key pressure points to relieve tension and knots, while lined footwells inflate and deflate with comfortable compression to revive aching muscles. Add a touch of heat to accelerate the blood flow that refreshes tired feet.

Don’t miss out on the pleasures of a walk in the woods during this beautiful time of the year…employ some preventative measures and soothing after-care and you’ll practically be skipping down nature’s path.

Got Pain? PT Can Work It Out

Throughout October, we salute physical therapists and the unique gifts their work provides by recognizing National Physical Therapy Month.

When you choose PT as a means to reduce pain, recover from an injury or regain mobility, you’ll get a program designed for your specific needs. The goals will include improvement in range of motion, reduced dependence on medication, avoidance of surgery and, most importantly, the unique gift of less pain in your daily life.

To maximize the benefits of your PT program, it’s important you actively participate. Perform the exercises recommended by your therapist and apply heat or cold as prescribed. The items below can also help further your healing – you may even want to discuss these items with your therapist to ensure maximum benefit.72229_1000x1000

Recommended by physical therapists, these body wraps retain both heat and cold and transfer it to joints or muscles for superior therapeutic treatment of injuries or pain. The leak-proof, latex-free wraps contain a flexible gel that can be microwaved for heat therapy or chilled in the freezer for cold applications. The wraps stay hot or cold for up to 40 minutes, move easily with you, and can be worn under clothing.89962a_1000x1000

Using Continuous Motion Therapy – a technique used by physical therapists for over 30 years – this device for relieving back pain employs gentle oscillation to loosen tight muscles and improve range of motion. The device’s treatment pad subtly rocks back and forth, slowly shifting the sacrum and lower back muscles in the same motion used while walking. This process, proven effective in the journal Physiotherapy, helps promote flexibility and injury repair to reduce pain and stiffness.89193_1000x1000

After a vigorous PT session, this flexible vibration massage pad gives you a relaxing, full-body massage virtually anywhere, even on soft or irregular surfaces such as beds, couches, or chairs. Available only from Hammacher Schlemmer, it flexes at four points, so you can easily place it over furniture. With its 20 individual foam-cushioned sections and a heating element in the lumbar area, the pad’s built-in massaging motors target the shoulders/upper back, mid-back, lower back, thighs, and calves.

So Choose PT and you’ll move forward with a safe, drug-free approach to the unique gifts of pain-free living.

Unique Gifts for Her Show Your Appreciation

This Sunday is National Wife Appreciation Day. While some of you might be thinking wives ought to be more appreciated every day, this unofficial holiday was originally conceived as an alternative to Mother’s Day for women who don’t have children.

Whether or not the special woman in your life has little ones underfoot, we can assure you it’s never a bad idea to present her with a unique gift to show your appreciation for the many things she does every day. 86408_1000x1000We have some suggestions to help you say “thank you” and gain valuable brownie points, too.

This massaging heated wrap soothes aching joints, while its invigorating vibration massage simultaneously relaxes sore muscles in her neck and shoulders. Unlike typical rectangular heating pads that don’t provide ideal coverage or contact, this model’s slightly weighted edges and magnetic closure provide a custom fit to deliver deep-penetrating, therapeutic heat in areas prone to stress-induced tightness.82643_1000x1000

Many wives find their relaxation in the juice of a grape. This electric wine opener earned The Best rating from the Hammacher Schlemmer Institute because of its perfect worm insertion and rapid, effortless cork removal. The Best model was lauded by a wine industry expert for its flawless performance, unlike lesser models that were “incredibly awkward” or “required a lot of pressure.”77833_1000x1000

Here’s a wall-mountable, illuminated jewelry cabinet that keeps up to 160 pieces organized and easily accessible. Developed by Hammacher Schlemmer, the armoire has six LEDs that cast bright light inside the cabinet to help her quickly locate jewelry. You may even want to consider adding a shiny new bauble to the interior to make this unique gift even more special.

You might not even be aware of all the little things your wife does to make your life happier and easier. End the day by giving her a foot massage and telling her how much you appreciate having her in your life. We assure you, the dividends will pay off!

Vision Health is Key – Do You See What We’re Saying?

This month is National Eye Exam Month, time to give thought to what we can do to improve our vision health, including a professional examination. Your eyes are among your most important assets, and even minor steps that reduce eye strain, relieve dryness and eliminate squinting 83223_1000x1000will give you the unique gifts that come from seeing more clearly.

Unlike incandescent bulbs that produce glaring, yellow light, this eye strain reducing floor lamp’s fluorescent bulb generates clear light that enables clearer vision. Simulating the color fidelity of natural sunlight, the bulb illuminates books, crafts, or computer screens with a distortion-free glow. The energy-efficient bulb lasts up to ten times longer than a typical bulb, too.81967_1000x1000

Recommended by ophthalmologists, these soothing goggles relieve dry, puffy eyes. Simply warm the included gel packs in a microwave and place them inside the goggles to stimulate tear production and the release of beneficial oils from the eyes’ meibomian glands to ease the discomfort of dry eyes. The goggles’ eye cups are lined with soft foam and the adjustable strap ensures a comfortable, proper fit. These goggles would also make an ideal unique gift for anyone who suffers from sinus headaches.88737_1000x1000

These lightweight screen-reading glasses filter the blue light emitted by computer, tablet and smartphone screens to help prevent eye fatigue and discomfort. Available only from Hammacher Schlemmer, the glasses have magnified lenses infused with melanin to enhance contrast while shielding against high-energy visible blue light that causes eyes to tire while reading on screen. These damaging blue rays can also lead to macular degeneration and cataracts, as well as insomnia. The protective glasses can be worn over prescription lenses or contacts.

The unique gift of sight is one that can never be replaced, so if you have not had a thorough eye exam recently, contact your optometrist or ophthalmologist today to ensure you enjoy good vision for years to come.

Dreaming of a Good Night’s Sleep

They say the best things in life are free. But some of those things can be difficult to achieve…like a good night’s sleep.

Especially as we age, quality sleep becomes elusive. Aches and pains may interfere with rest and many folks middle-aged and beyond awaken in the wee hours with night sweats. We have some ideas that can help bring you the unique gifts of better rest.88412_1000x1000

These Sleep Enhancing Sheets are made from a patented fabric clinically proven to promote better sleep. The sheets’ silky fibers are interwoven with strands of Celliant, yarn enhanced with titanium dioxide, a mineral that absorbs body heat and then converts it into infrared light that is reabsorbed back into the skin. This safe, invisible energy reduces pain, boosts blood oxygen levels, and helps to counteract aches, inflammation, and night sweats.78165_1000x1000

NASA has developed another fabric originally designed to keep astronauts comfortable in space. It’s used in this unique pillow, available only from Hammacher Schlemmer, to provide a comfortably cool sleeping surface. Inside the pillow, millions of invisible microcapsules absorb excess heat and move the warmth away from your head and neck until the pillow reaches the ambient temperature. As you shift positions during sleep, the vacated area of the pillow recovers its cooling properties.84920_1000x1000

Another unique gift for better sleep is this Instant Cooling Bed Pad. It uses a special gel that absorbs body heat. During eight hours of testing in an independent lab, this pad’s surface temperature rose only 1 degree. Requiring no refrigeration or electricity, the pad’s thin-yet-firm gel provides a comfortable sleeping surface, and unlike lesser pads, won’t emit sleep-disrupting popping noises when you roll over.

Multiple studies have shown that inadequate sleep may lead to chronic health problems such as high blood pressure, heart disease, short-term memory loss, and weight gain. Vow to get better sleep starting tonight and give yourself the unique gifts of better health.

Our Picks for Perfect Picnics

Back in the day, when you wanted to go on a picnic, the only thing you had to worry about was ants.

Today, it isn’t as easy as “grab a wicker basket, a blanket and go”. You have to think about avoiding exposure to the sun, evading virus-carrying insects, and eliminating food-borne illnesses by keeping dishes at proper temperatures. We make the perfect picnic easy with these unique gifts that will help you enjoy your al fresco dining experience.11679_1000x1000

Stay in the shade. This portable clamp-on canopy mounts to any rectangular wooden table and provides up to 75′ sq. of shade. An adjustable bracket clamps onto the table, the three-piece frame sets up in seconds, and the canopy simply slides over the frame. The canopy tilts in either direction and locks into place at the desired position. For portability, the entire unit folds to fit in the included duffel bag.78830_1000x1000

Keep bugs away. This personal mosquito-repelling device clips to your belt like a smartphone and repels insects within a 7.5 ft. radius for up to 120 hours. Eliminating the need to apply chemical-based sprays to your skin and clothes, the device emits the subtle floral scent of geraniol, a plant-derived essential oil that naturally repels mosquitoes, ticks, and no see-ums. Laboratory tests proved geraniol to be more effective than DEET—the chemical in most bug repellents—at warding off biting insects. This is the perfect unique gift for gardeners, hikers, and fishermen, too.12617_1000x1000

Make sure food keeps its cool—in style. This is no ordinary cooler…this is the rideable, three-wheeled cooler. It has a 1,000-watt electric motor that propels the unit up to 12 mph, for transporting chilled food or beverages up to 10 miles. The unit has a chain drive, disc brake, and variable-throttle control, ensuring an adventurous ride. Thirsty? A conveniently located cup holder opens to allow access to beverages stored in the cooler while seated.

Don’t save all these picnic picks for yourself—if you’re looking for a unique gift to take to the hosts of a summer party, any of these items or another product from our Outdoor Living selection will make a great choice!

Spend a Day Car-Free and Care-Free

On June 16, the U.S. will celebrate the 11th annual National Dump the Pump Day. The day is designed to encourage car-lovers to use public transportation or other means to get around for the day.

Even in these days of relatively low gas prices, choosing not to drive is an economical choice and results in the unique gifts of cleaner air through reduced emissions of carbon and greenhouse gasses.86716_1000x1000

If you’re getting around on public transportation, you’ll want a good bag to carry your things. This Argentinian leather carryall stows all the essentials for a day at the office, shopping, or playing tourist in your own town. Available only from Hammacher Schlemmer, the surprisingly spacious nylon-lined interior is split into two zippered compartments. One can hold a tablet, plus it has snap- and zip-closure pockets, two mesh pockets, a pocket for a phone, loops for pens, and a key ring. The other is a divided compartment that keeps larger items handy.83485_1000x1000

While dumping the pump, you may choose to tool around on bicycle. Come evening, you’ll be a safer and more confident cyclist with this virtual safety lane. The device mounts to a bike’s seat post and projects two 5-milliwatt red lasers onto the ground. Providing motorists with a visual indicator of a rider’s width, it’s ideal for increasing the safety margin around a cyclist during pre-dawn or dusk rides. If you know someone who commutes by bike, it’s the perfect unique gift for them, too.83736_1000x1000

Walking is a great alternative for going short distances car-free. These lady’s lightweight slip-on shoes provide all-day comfort, thanks to four layers of cushioning and support in the soles. Recipient of the American Podiatric Medical Association Seal of Acceptance for foot health, the shoes have a contoured footbed and deep heel cup for arch support and plantar fasciitis relief. For gentlemen, we recommend these knee-pain relieving walking shoes. They employ flexure zones built into the outsoles to reduce knee loads by 20 percent.84344_1000x1000

Along with the environmental benefits of going car-free, these alternative modes of transportation have another benefit, too: you’ll get more exercise. And that is a unique gift for your health that just can’t be beat.

Allergy Relief Coming Right Atchoo

For each blooming flower and every freshly mowed lawn, there’s someone sniffling and sneezing from seasonal allergies.

The remedies in your local pharmacy can make you either sleepy or sleepless, dull your sense of smell, or lose effectiveness over time. Fortunately, we are featuring a few medication-free approaches that will give you the unique gift of easy breathing in no time, so you can get on with enjoying summer.77024_1000x1000

This Sinus Relief System painlessly decongests sinus cavities to improve your breathing and mitigate sinus discomfort. Developed by an ear, nose, and throat specialist, the unit delivers a gentle, low-pressure pulsating stream of saline that irrigates nasal passages. Clinical tests proved the pulsating stream facilitates the movement of sinus cilia, microscopic “hairs” that move like oars to rid sinuses of mucus and allergy-inducing impurities.83897A_1000x1000

This handheld Personal Steam Inhaler ranked the highest in every test conducted by The Hammacher Schlemmer Institute, from steaming effectiveness, to comfort, to ease of use. Its patented capillary force vapor technology produces a micromist that panelists described as “comfortably warm without being overwhelming,” unlike lesser units that sprayed droplets of hot water. The Best model requires no warm-up and produces the unique gift of sinus-soothing, germ-free vapor for up to 25 minutes.82296_1000x1000

Remove allergens from your home with this Filterless Air Purifier. It emits billions of harmless electrons that attach to air impurities and convert them to negatively charged ions, causing the allergens to bond to the positively charged collection tube. An independent testing laboratory showed it removed airborne dust, pollen, pet dander, and smoke particles 100 times smaller than the average bacteria. The collection tube is removable and rinses clean once or twice a month for a lifetime of reliable air filtration without the cost of filters.

Anyone who “nose” what it’s like to have seasonal allergies suffers this time of year. If you or a loved one experiences symptoms during summer or even all year long, try any or all of these unique gifts so you can embrace the summer weather we all awaited.

Let’s Hear It for the Ears

Today is National Save Your Hearing Day, a yearly reminder to turn down the volume and be good to our eardrums.

For many of us, it’s too late. All those rock concerts years ago have done us in. Symptoms of mild hearing loss include a ringing or hissing noise in the ears called tinnitus and difficultly hearing conversations in a noisy environment. We have several items that are ideal unique gifts to help anyone with minor hearing difficulties.79741_1000x100084896_1000x1000

This voice-clarifying digital earpiece makes conversations easier to hear. Available only from Hammacher Schlemmer, the device features an advanced microchip that amplifies human speech frequencies above background noise so that spoken words are clearly audible and easier to discern. The rechargeable earpiece has eight adjustable volume levels and four different sized silicone caps to accommodate most ears. 87935_1000x1000

This wireless speaker uses similar technology to enhance television viewing by boosting the sound of dialog. The infrared transmitter attaches to the TV’s audio ports and sends its signal to the speaker. The speaker has its own volume control, plus a headphone jack for private listening.

As hearing loss progresses, it’s common for background “white noise” to interfere with discerning conversations. This window air conditioner is the world’s quietest. It uses reengineered internal mechanisms to deliver powerful cool air while producing a gentle hum equivalent to a rain shower, more than 1/3 quieter than its clanging competitors88273_1000x1000.

Those affected by tinnitus understand how annoying the condition is. This vibrating wand quiets the ringing, rushing, or buzzing sounds for up to 18 hours. Applied to four points on the outer ear and surrounding bones, the wand’s gentle vibration stimulates the auditory nerve, muffles the clatter of tinnitus, and trains the brain to ignore it. Consider this unique gift for anyone you know afflicted by the condition—they will certainly be grateful.

Audiology experts recommend the 60:60 rule…listen with earphones at no more than 60 percent of maximum volume, for no more than 60 minutes a day. At loud concerts and when using lawn mowers and other noisy tools, wear earplugs or noise-canceling headphones. If your hearing has been exposed to a high-decibel environment, give them the unique gift of a 16-hour “noise detox” of silence to give your ears an opportunity to recover.