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Unique Gifts for the Chief of Stuff

Today kicks off Presidents Day weekend, though officially and federally, Monday’s public holiday is still called Washington’s Birthday.

No matter what you name it, we have some unique gift ideas fitting for a president of any sort: leader of the free world, a company CEO, or the individual in your home who is Chief of Stuff.

Impress heads of state – or the in-laws – with this commercial-grade dual espresso maker from Italy, the same kind trusted in the finest restaurants worldwide. The internal brewing mechanism has an advanced microprocessor, while a built-in water softener ensures the best cup of espresso possible. The ornate copper dome is handmade in Morocco and topped with a very presidential brass eagle. 

Somehow, presidents of all sorts always seem to find time for golf. This attention-getting hovercraft golf cart glides over sand traps and water hazards on a cushion of air as easily as it does over fairways and the rough. Its ducted fan propels the craft up to 45 mph and 9″ off the ground without harming grass, allowing immediate crossing of a pond or stream to follow-up a cross-water shot. The fan’s streamlined design minimizes noise, speeds up an 18-hole outing, and conveys four passengers and two golf bags.

If there’s one lesson learned from the most recent Presidential election, it’s that we all need to exercise caution to avoid having our valuable computer passwords filched by sinister hackers. This password vault securely stores passwords, usernames, and ATM PIN numbers, with easy retrieval. Unlike password information stored on a computer, passwords are stored offline in the vault’s memory, ensuring sensitive information can never be compromised.

There’s a whole list of laws and regulations that prevent POTUS from keeping most presents given while in office. Instead, they become property of the National Archives and are frequently displayed in the president’s library museum collection. You, however, can keep all of the unique gifts you receive…consider it a perk of not having the job.

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.

Putting the “Super” in Sunday

For most Americans the Super Bowl represents a national celebration as much as a football game. It’s estimated that on Super Sunday we will host 43 million parties, munch a billion chicken wings, and guzzle 325 million gallons of beer. Whether you are a fervent football fan or just tune in for the commercials, we have some unique gifts to spice up your Super Bowl bash.

This outdoor LED projector casts the logo of your favorite NFL team on your 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.

Make sure there’s plenty of ice for thirsty guests with this portable tabletop ice maker that produces cubes more efficiently than lesser models. Yielding nearly 2 lbs. of conical-shaped cubes per hour, this unit also received praise from Hammacher Schlemmer Institute Analysts for its ability to quick-freeze a batch of clear, well-formed cubes in under 10 minutes.

During half-time, create your own plays with this NFL electric football game. This advanced model of the classic vibrating game invented in 1949 gives each side the option of equipping its 11 included players with different bases to grant speed to either receivers or linemen. A remote control provides quick starts and stops to the action to allow the re-positioning of players and determine scores.

So pull up a comfy chair and get the snacks and beverages ready, kick-off time is almost here! No matter the outcome of the game, these unique gifts will ensure that your “Super” Sunday lives up to the hype.

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.

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.

I Think that I Shall Never See A Lovelier Pre-lit Christmas Tree

November has arrived with its chilly air and early darkness. That can only mean it’s time to start thinking about unique gifts for the holidays…and the Christmas tree under which you’ll pile them.17161_1000x1000

The first factor to consider for your holiday tree is live or artificial. While some purists insist on a live tree, there are several reasons you’ll want to consider our World’s Best Christmas Trees, besides their lifelike realism:

Lower cost over time—the investment in a well-made artificial tree means you will have your decoration for many years to come, saving the costs of buying live trees year after year.

It’s ecologically smart—natural resources go into the growing of trees, along with pesticides, herbicides, and fertilizers. Fossil fuels are consumed shipping trees around the country and again after the holiday when they need to be hauled away and processed into mulch. Keep your artificial tree for many holiday seasons and you’ll save resources year after year, a unique gift to the environment.

Lower maintenance—an artificial tree doesn’t need to be watered and it doesn’t leave behind a mess of dry needles when it’s taken down.78446_1000x1000

87494_1000x1000Time savings—choosing a tree pre-strung with LED or incandescent lights means no struggling with tangled wires. The pre-lit trees we offer will always shine on, even if one bulb breaks or burns out, backed by our Lifetime Guarantee of Complete Satisfaction.

Fewer Allergens—an artificial tree is less likely to bother allergies, while a live tree can release pollen and mold into the home.

Hammacher Schlemmer offers a large selection of artificial trees, including meticulous reproductions of Fraser, Noble, Balsam, Concolor, and Douglas firs. Our trees are available in a range of heights and come in full or slim widths to suit urban lofts as well as country estates.

We feature trees that are fashion forward, trees that are pure novelty and even a tree that Charlie Brown would love. You can view our complete Christmas tree selection online and find your perfect tree easily by filtering the results by branch and bulb type, tree height and width, and price.

The Best Unique Gifts – and We Can Prove It!

Many companies find it all too easy to pay lip service to claims of the top this and the highest-quality that.

Hammacher Schlemmer stands apart from these unverified claims, thanks to the Hammacher Schlemmer Institute. This non-profit consumer advocacy program, founded in 1983, was created to research, test, and rate products objectively. All ratings are made with no influence from manufacturers, vendors, or merchants. Through rigorous testing, many of the unique gifts we offer are thoroughly vetted until we can confidently declare the one that has earned the designation “Best”.88776_1000x1000

For example, among the products that have earned The Best rating, this waterproof foil shaver was chosen because it produced the most comfortable shave. The Best model’s foils generate subtle vibrations that lift hair follicles and enable the five blades (the most in the industry) to cut below the skin. Panelists said it produced “an awesome shave, as close as a blade and lasts all day.” Unlike lesser shavers that left “patchy” areas requiring users to go over them a second time, The Best model’s pivoting head “reached every nook and cranny effortlessly.”88333_1000x1000

When you want to illuminate a walkway, you want the solar-powered light that produces the brightest, longest-lasting, and most expansive glow. Here is the light that ranked first in all tests conducted by the Hammacher Schlemmer Institute. The Best Solar Walkway Light, generated 60 lumens—a measure of light intensity—glowing 75% longer than other models. Even after eight hours, its bright beam had not diminished. The Best Solar Walkway Light automatically turns on at dusk, and the solar panel on top recharges in moderate to full sunshine.82643_1000x1000

This electric wine opener earned The Best rating from the Hammacher Schlemmer Institute because of its perfect worm insertion and rapid, effortless cork removal. A wine industry expert opened 56 bottles with a number of electric wine openers and lauded The Best model for requiring “no effort at all,” unlike lesser models that were “incredibly awkward” or “required a lot of pressure.” It opens up to 50 wine bottles after a full charge via its base that plugs into AC.

We proudly offer unique gifts in every category qualified to be The Best, and many are Hammacher Schlemmer exclusives. Shop our full selection online and enjoy The Best in your home, too…as always, your complete satisfaction is guaranteed.

Revving Up Interest in Collectible Cars

Driving around today, you may have noticed an unusual number of restored vintage or reproduction vehicles on the road. That’s because today is National Collector Car Appreciation Day.

This annual event was launched six years ago to celebrate the classics of both the past and the future. The automobile has been a unique gift to American history, and no other country appreciates the car as thoroughly as does the U.S.

Whether you are a serious car collector or you merely dream about the day you’re able to give yourself the unique gift of an extraordinary automobile, here are some truly unusual models to inspire you.12197_1000x1000

No car will attract more attention than this officially licensed, roadworthy replica of the Batmobile. Built on a custom Lincoln chassis, the crime-fighting cruiser comes standard with a 430-horsepower, 383 Blueprint Crate engine and a Monster TH350 automatic transmission. The vehicle’s cockpit honors the gadgetry of the TV series with a blinking Batphone, switch-operated electric actuators that open the hood and trunk, and a rotating red beacon. A rear-facing propane tank creates the same afterburner effect as the original. The exterior bears the hallmarks of its namesake, from bubble-canopy windshields to chrome “rocket” tubes behind the rear windshield.12796A_1000x1000

This 1:2 scale gas-powered version of the iconic Jaguar XK120 unleashes adults to careen and cruise as if driving the real thing. Faithful to the details of the 1948 original—sweeping rounded fenders, long hood and tapered grille—this version seats its driver within a padded leather aircraft-style cockpit. The interior includes a wood-rimmed aluminum steering wheel and dashboard, while the exterior can be finished in any color, including the classic glossy British Racing Green of yesteryear.12350_1000x1000

If you have a bigger crew to haul around, this authentic London Hackney cab holds six passengers plus the driver. This version is a fully restored and overhauled Fairway taxi from the 1980s. Designed with a high degree of English sensibility, it provides the roominess and appointments of a limo in a smaller size. Of course, it’s updated with modern convenience, luxury, and U.S. safety standards. With its 2.7-liter Nissan diesel engine, it delivers dutiful performance while turning heads.

Many communities show appreciation for collectible cars throughout the warm weather months with rallies, cruise nights, and car shows. Even if you don’t have fancy wheels of your own to show off, you might enjoy attending a local car show to scope out that unique gift for yourself, for when the time is right.