Category Archives: Sports

The Net Effect of Tennis is a Sport to Love

Yesterday, the Wimbledon Tennis Championship served up its first-round games of this year’s tournament. The oldest—and arguably the most prestigious—tennis tournament in the world, something about this championship gives us the urge to dig our long-neglected rackets out of the closet and volley some balls.86750_1000x1000

You, too, could be playing at a moment’s notice with this freestanding tennis set that instantly creates a court on a driveway, patio, or any hard, flat surface. Requiring no tools for setup, the nylon net simply slips over the snap-together metal supports to create a regulation-height, 12′ wide court. The smaller court, reduced-size rackets, and slower rebounding ball add up to a fun, active game, ideal for building or relearning long-dormant skills.87186_1000x1000

If you’ve not played in a while, you may need to work on your grip strength. This hand fitness trainer slips on like a glove and has latex-free elastic bands that strap to each fingertip, providing resistance as you open your hand to build strength. Flexing your hand lets the trainer strengthen the extensor muscles in your hands, wrists, and elbows. This strengthening trainer also makes an ideal unique gift for anyone who suffers from carpal tunnel syndrome or osteoarthritis.87671_1000x1000

It’s not uncommon for new players, or for those who have not played in years, to experience some discomfort in the knees or elbows. This pain-relieving wrap relieves your discomfort naturally using cool gel packs that stay cool up to one hour—200% longer than typical models. Developed exclusively by Hammacher Schlemmer, the wrap relieves muscle soreness and aching joints and ligaments. It also provides a soothing, consistent pressure that gently compresses to increase blood circulation and facilitate healing.

The enjoyment of tennis is a unique gift of genteel sport we owe to the French, with refinement by the British. If your love for the sport will be limited to seeing the event on TV, no worries…we’re rather inclined toward that approach ourselves.

Have a Sand-Sational Time

Summer has finally arrived! The sun is shining longer, your skin is turning a golden tan, and the beach is calling your name. The unique gifts of sand, sun, and surf won’t be around for long, which is why we offer a wide variety of ways to make the most of a trip to the beach.

Every beachgoer knows it’s hard to relax in flimsy, awkward chairs that offer no 84738_1000x1000protection from the sun’s unrelenting rays. Recommended by physical therapists, The Removable Shade Ergonomic Beach Lounger provides optimal support and shaded comfort whether you lie on your back or stomach. Available exclusively from Hammacher Schlemmer, it has three pillows engineered to relieve spinal pressure and provide support. A massage-table style face opening allows you to lie prone and read without neck strain and the built-in canopy tilts to provide customizable shade. It’s an ideal unique gift for any avid reader who loves the outdoors.87866_1000x1000

For those who prefer their fun on their feet, you can stay active with this 360º Slamball Set that is the horizontal version of beach volleyball for adults and kids alike. Challenging up to four players with 360° ball bouncing action, the game’s six-sided trampoline sets up in seconds. Four-person contests introduce a second ball into play, allowing for a two-at-a-time slams, feints, dives, and saves as well as double the scoring opportunities.86155_1000x1000

While you always enjoy a day at the beach, there are times when you don’t want all the sand that comes with it. Ideal for a picnic on the beach or simply just laying out in the sun, this Only Six-Person Sandless Beach Mat instantly filters sand to the beach as soon as it falls on its surface. The mat acts as a one-way filter to prevent sand from reemerging through its bottom and eliminates dirt, dust, and water from its surface.

So enjoy these long summer days while we have them and maximize your trip to the beach with these unique gifts of the season.

You Have Your Reasons to Splurge – and We’re Here to Enable!

It’s time to plan a big splurge, that “someday” purchase you’ve been planning. This Saturday is National Splurge Day and Hammacher Schlemmer’s unique gifts are perfect for the occasion.

It could be something for yourself. Or, perhaps you plan to reward your finest, most industrious associates who have always been there for you: partners and craftspeople who help you beyond measure and compensation. We are here to be the enabler, searching the world to find the most amazing unique gifts that make others green with envy.12820A_1000x1000

This one-of-a-kind digital grand piano derives its sleek design from the graceful yet powerful form of the Orcinus orca. Handmade in the U.K. to suit individual preference, each instrument is crafted using components from Kluge and Renner, providers of the world’s best piano mechanics. The 88 Ivoplast and ebony keys provide the same balanced hammer action as a concert grand, while beneath its dorsal fin-like lid, a 500-tone Roland audio processor suffuses each note with realistic acoustic character and nuance. This is a splurge worthy of the world’s greatest pianists.12796D_1000x1000

Maybe your splurging daydreams lean toward a vintage sports car replica. 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.11726_1000x1000

Here’s a splurge that makes a splash – literally. This two-person submarine can descend to a depth of 1,000 feet. Providing access to underwater features such as coral reefs, shipwrecks and the ocean floor, a completely transparent, climate-controlled acrylic pressure sphere keeps explorers safe while dipping even into the mesopelagic zone, offering a chance to see exotic, bioluminescent species. With a maximum speed of three knots, it provides up to six hours of continuous undersea adventure.

Splurging is all relative and unique to each individual. If your dreams of a splurge revolve around an extra hour of sleep or a decadent dessert, that’s a good thing, too. But if you’re ready for that one big unique gift to yourself, we’re always here to help.

America’s Pastime Gets in Full Swing

The boys of summer take the field Sunday as the 2016 Major League Baseball season gets underway. This weekend’s feature game will be a World Series rematch between the New York Mets and the world champion Kansas City Royals.12433_1000x1000

In these days of constant screen time and never-out-of-touch connectedness, baseball remains steeped in nostalgia, decades-old stats, and old-fashioned tradition. You may even know someone who can recite years of baseball trivia from pure memory. A fitting and unique gift for a dedicated fan like that might be this personalized archive from The New York Times. This book brings together articles chronicling the exploits of a fan’s favorite MLB team, including articles spanning from the team’s formative years to today. The bound book even displays the recipient’s name stamped in gold on the cover.12355_1000x1000

As baseball season gets underway, imagine enjoying each televised game seated in this larger-than-life baseball glove chair, upholstered entirely in the same “Heart of the Hide” leather used to make a pro player’s glove. Each chair is built to order and is assembled by master craftsmen in Rawlings’ St. Louis facility, the same place authentic baseball mitts are made.86222_1000x1000

Among the treasured traditions of baseball is bringing up the next generation of fans, giving them the unique gift of appreciation for all the game’s nuances. Perhaps for this reason, youth baseball remains one of the most popular sports for kids. You can help an aspiring slugger hone hitting skills with this Batter Controlled Pitching Machine. The batter operates the machine from the bat’s wireless transmitter to practice hitting a plastic ball. The transmitter signals the machine to throw a ball, giving the young batter control over timing of the pitches. The machine can also be set to automatic mode, pitching a ball every eight seconds.

As the 2016 season gets underway, hope springs eternal. Odds makers are putting the Chicago Cubs as this year’s team to beat—will the Cubbies end their championship drought dating back to 1908? In April, anything and everything is possible. And if not, just wait till next year.

Are you ready for some football?

This Sunday, the Pittsburgh Steelers and the Minnesota Vikings will face off in the Hall of Fame Game, a pre-season kick-off to the 2015 NFL schedule. The game is held in Canton, OH, as part of the Football Hall of Fame enshrinement festivities.83359_300x300

As we launch into a new season of Sunday afternoons spent enjoying great match-ups and long-standing rivalries on the gridiron, consider these unique gifts for any football-loving sports fan. 12565_300x300

Put your feet up and cheer on your team while wearing these NFL slippers. They proudly display an embroidered logo and the colors of your team. The easy-to-clean stain- and water-resistant treated polyester suede slippers have a breathable plush lining of fleece. 12602_300x300

The Official NFL Team Watch displays the logo of your team on its face. It’s the ideal unique gift for the football fanatic who pays homage to gridiron greats on Sundays or fans who insist on holding players accountable with honest armchair quarterbacking. A tachymeter inscribed on the bezel enables precise calculation of speed and distance during sprints to the refrigerator and back to the couch during commercial breaks.

Any NFL fanatic would love a personalized locker room print that shows his own stall, complete with a nameplate, jersey, and equipment bearing his name and favorite number. His jersey will hang forever next to the uniforms of two players from the current roster, providing visual evidence of his working relationship with Eli Manning, Aaron Rodgers, or Drew Brees.

So get the snacks and beverages ready, pull up an easy chair, and draft your fantasy football roster. Kick-off time is almost here!

New Designs Put Skateboarding on a Roll

No one knows who invented the first skateboard, but it’s certain the sport first became popular in the late 1940s. California surfers were looking for a way to “catch a wave” when ocean conditions weren’t good for getting out on the board.

Skateboarding’s not a sport for everyone. To be a skater, you need the unique gift of great balance along with a measure of fearlessness. Knee and elbow pads, plus a helmet, don’t hurt, either.

Thanks to pro skaters like Tony Hawk and the extreme-sports X Games, skateboarding is now more popular than ever. Many communities even build elaborate skate parks and plazas with a variety of obstacles to keep young skaters from pursuing their pastime on streets and sidewalks.87162C_300x300

It may seem that skateboarding is inherently low tech—nothing but a platform, wheels and a rider. But this is an electric skateboard controlled by a smartphone. A free app allows riders to accelerate, slow down, and stop simply by sliding a finger across the screen. An electric motor propels the skateboard up to 12.5 mph and provides ample power for scaling 10% inclines.

87067_300x300This revolutionary new invention challenges the whole notion of what a skateboard looks like. Like a cross between roller skates and a skateboard, these sidewinding skates are propelled by leaning side to side, allowing you to skateboard without having to push off the ground. Riders simply place their feet on the two platforms and lean side-to-side to rotate the rubber wheels around the feet, propelling riders forward in a serpentine motion similar to longboard skateboarding.

12657_300x300Another new design for foot-borne transport can be found in The Electric Gyroboard, controlled entirely by subtle movements in a rider’s feet. A rider’s balance is easily maintained even while stopped by the internal gyro stabilization. The gyroboard makes for an eye-catching recreational device, or could be a memorable and unique gift for anyone who works in a warehouse or has to get to and fro frequently.

Is This the Year You’ll Win it All?

There are two ways to enjoy the NCAA Men’s Division I Basketball Tournament, which begins today.

The first is to simply appreciate the young players’ unique gifts of athleticism, the coaches’ leadership and the pure excitement of viewing one game after another over the next three weeks. But our favorite way is to craft a bracket and be captivated by the suspense of how far you’ll go in the office pool and by the dream that this could be the year you win it all.

Here are some bracketology tips to help you build your bracket with winning picks:

  • Don’t pick a team seeded lower than four to win – sure, a school with a low seed could always be a Cinderella spoiler, but this comes down to simple odds. In the tournament’s history, there have only been three years in which a number 1 seed didn’t advance to the Final Four.
  • Look for experienced teams and coaches – statistically, nearly all winning teams played in the previous year’s tournament and nearly all of the winning coaches have been to the Big Dance at least five times.
  • Power conferences do better – generally, the winner comes from the ACC, the Big Ten, the Big East, the Big 12, the Pac-12 or the SEC.
  • High-scoring teams – winning teams have typically scored an average of 77 points or better in games and won their games by at least 10 points.
  • Momentum matters – Look at how a team has done late in season rather than their overall record. And put more weight on teams’ away games records. After all, the Big Dance is actually a series of away games.

If you’re not the gambling type, we have some other unique gift ideas to help you and your friends enjoy basketball at this time of the year when talk of the game is everywhere.

Become a better player yourself with this shot-improving basketball 86797_300x300 featuring built-in motion sensors that provide instant, accurate feedback about one’s shooting and ball-handling skills. This basketball immediately sends data for every shot and dribble to an app running on a smartphone. The app then offers more than 50 goal-based drills for individual practice and competitions for up to five players.

83898_300x300For play that’s more about pleasant diversion, this indoor basketball net automatically passes made baskets back to the shooter who can reload and take another shot. The chute swivels 180°, allowing players to set the direction of the ball return. The unit hangs over a door and includes a foam basketball.

87227_300x300Finally, for the obsessed basketball fan, this is a unique gift they’ll surely love. This fanciful hoopster’s mug has an integrated miniature basketball hoop that lets kids of all ages play with their food. Players can face off in games of hot chocolate H.O.R.S.E. using marshmallows, slam dunk cereal into milk, or launch three pointers of oyster crackers into soup.

Celebrate Fall in the Great Outdoors

Every summer, outdoors lovers pledge to spend long hours enjoying the warm weather. That is, until mosquitoes, humidity, sweltering temperatures, and late afternoon storms conspire to drive us back inside.

But today is the first day of fall and this beautiful season offers mild, sunny weather perfect for getting outside to enjoy nature’s unique gifts of crisp temperatures and still-pleasant air. It’s the perfect time to enjoy outdoor games with your friends and family.86122_300x300

Of course, the downside of autumn is that darkness falls so much earlier. Yet, darkness is no problem with this lawn dart set that glows in the dark to enable nighttime matches. The dart wings and targets are embedded with phosphor that absorbs sunlight, making the components glow at night. The darts have soft rubber, rounded tips that are weighted to enable authentic throws and trajectories.

Change up the habit of your standing summer tee time with The PDGA Approved Disc Golf Set. Designed to meet the exacting standards determined by the Professional Disc Golf Association, the set includes six discs, a target with a deflecting bar and chains and a scoring basket.84557_300x300

This freestanding badminton set instantly creates a court on a lawn, driveway, beach, or any flat surface. Now you can play nearly anywhere and nearly everyone can participate, making a friendly badminton the ideal competition for sunny autumn weekends.

And if the crisp fall breezes are not enough to get the adrenaline flowing, try The Seated Backyard Zipline Kit. This is the backyard zipline with an integrated84065_300x300 seat that allows kids to swoop through the air while remaining close to the ground. Similar to ziplines found at luxury ski resorts and adventure camps, it provides a safe, fast ride.

Celebrate the Unique Gifts of Late Summer Breezes

Today is a great day to catch a breeze…it’s National Ride the Wind Day!

On this day in 1977, the Gossamer Condor 2 flew the first human-powered flight, travelling a distance of 2,172 meters around a figure-eight course to win the Kremer prize. Ride the Wind Day celebrates Paul MacCready’s aircraft, which can be seen today on display at the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum.The Kitty Hawk Kite

Celebrate another first flight with The Kitty Hawk Kite. This kite replicates the unique canard biplane design of the original Wright Flyer from 1903, faithfully depicting the famous airplane’s airframe. The 1/12-scale wings produce a 46″ wingspan that generates lift in ideal winds of 8 – 18 mph.

An entirely different kite flying experience comes with The Motorized Stunt Kite. Using a remote-controlled gimbaled propeller, this kite can execute a variety of aerial maneuvers. With no tether, it is wirelessly controlled from up to 500′ away by a radio transmitter to execute nimble, multi-directional climbs and loops. It’s an ideal unique gift for any flight enthusiast!

If you’re itching to take to the wind and fly yourself, you may be able to achieve your The Flying Hovercraftdream with our Flying Hovercraft. This is the hovercraft that glides over land and water, yet also soars in the air up to 70 mph with the aid of integrated wings. Its low center of gravity and composite fiberglass/PVC hull enable it to operate in winds up to 25 mph and waves up to 6′ when in flight.

Finally, for excitement at the lake, this inflatable watercraft converts from a windsurfer to a sailboat. The integrated boom provides deft steering of the sail by hand when used as a windsurfer, catching the wind easily while you keep a sturdy foothold on the hull. Convert it to a sailboat to transporting a captain and first mate over the water up to 10 mph. Perhaps best of all, it stows in less than 10 minutes and fits into a rolling storage bag that easily fits into a car trunk or boat.

Enhancing the Art of Tailgating

Several weeks of summer remain before we’ll feel fall’s frosty air, but football starts this Sunday when the New York Giants face the Buffalo Bills in the Hall of Fame Game in Canton, OH. The game itself is just one part of this year’s Hall of Fame enshrinement event. The multi-day schedule includes parades, autograph signings, a rib cook-off, and a fan-appreciation tailgate party.

Tailgating before a game is not exclusive to football, but we think pigskin fans have the best tailgate traditions. We have several ideas to enhance your tailgating experience, whether at an NFL game, a college homecoming, or simply under the Friday night lights nearest your home.

The Tailgaters’ Hammock sets up on any 2″ trailer hitch in just 10 minutes. Two hammock chairs have hanging footrests, allowing tailgaters to relax in a reclined position while keeping feet and legs elevated.

For the ultimate in portability, nothing beats The Backpack Cooler Chair. This chair has a cooler bag large enough for up to 24 12-oz. cans. The chair weighs only 13 lbs. and has two shoulder straps for comfortably carrying the unit to a tailgate or the beach. There’s even an integrated side table that folds out from the right armrest to rest your snacks.

Bad weather can be the tailgater’s enemy, but you won’t be caught unprepared with The Rugged All Weather Radio. This all-weather AM/FM radio is built to resist water, dust, and shock. It operates on power, batteries, or can plug into your car’s DC outlet.

Finally, for the football fan who prefers to cheer his or her team from the comfort of home, these slippers proudly display the logo and colors of your favorite NFL team. The uppers have the embroidered logo of the gridiron gladiators you cheer on every Sunday. They make a unique gift for any armchair athlete.