Category Archives: Sports

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.

Put Fitness in the Routine For a Healthier 2017

Did you vow to start exercising more in the new year? If so, you’re hardly alone; during the year now behind us, over a third of Americans reported making a fitness-related resolution.

Fortunately, today’s equipment and devices make developing good habits so much easier. You just need to bring a little bit of motivation and we’ll help you eliminate excuses to help get you started toward the unique gifts of fitness and better health in 2017.

Think you don’t have enough space for the convenience of in-home exercise equipment? This motorless walking treadmill folds to only 14″ high for unobtrusive storage. Available only from Hammacher Schlemmer, this treadmill’s walking platform folds flush with the handlebars for easy storage in a closet or against a wall. Plus, its resistance is created by magnetic force, eliminating the need for AC power, so you can set it up anywhere in your home.

Say your life is too busy for an exercise routine? Track how many steps you take daily, then try to increase it bit by bit as you go about your day, with an objective of 10,000 steps. This ultra-thin pedometer is no wider than a book of matches. It slips comfortably in any shirt- or pants-pocket and tracks your steps using a state-of-the-art German accelerometer for optimal accuracy no matter how the pedometer is worn. The pedometer counts up to one million steps in its 7-day memory. How’s that for a goal?!

Do aches and pains keep you from moving more? This low-impact exercise machine provides a complete cardio workout from the comfort of a favorite chair. A Hammacher Schlemmer exclusive, the pedaler combines a bike-like workout for the legs with an upper-body ergometer, letting you maintain overall cardiovascular fitness and muscle tone without putting strain on weight-bearing joints. This pedaler makes a great unique gift for anyone who likes to catch certain TV shows during their day – they can pedal as they binge-watch.

The first step is the hardest…but excuses carry no weight with us (pun intended). Take it one day at a time and persevere. Before you know it, exercise will become as ingrained in your day as brushing your teeth!

Snow Big Deal…Unique Gifts Make Winter Fun

For many throughout the U.S., this winter is shaping up to be the cold, snowy, soul-sucking season the Old Farmers’ Almanac warned us was coming.

But there’s one demographic loving this weather: kids. Remember your delight as a child to awaken to a fresh blanket of snow? Nudge your inner child – or surprise a youngster you know – with one of these unique gifts for awesomely fun snow play.

This toy snowball blaster makes and launches softball-sized snowballs up to 80′, allowing rapid, long-range assaults during neighborhood snowball confrontations. Simply place snow in the forming chamber and close the lid; it packs three perfectly spherical snowballs. To blast your mark, place one snowball in the muzzle, aim the launcher, and pull back the slingshot mechanism. Bullseye!

Provide a winter warrior or snow queen with the materials needed to build a snow fort or ice castle.  This snow fort building set includes molds for a castle tower, wall, windows, and doors, plus sculpting spatulas and a snow-shoveling spade. Kids become blizzard-borne architects, easily manufacturing a row of snow castle walls and towers in a matter of minutes. When winter is over, the set can be used for crafting monumental sand castles at the beach. 

This Bavarian-style performance sled with LED lights updates the Alpine schlitten for modern play and nighttime enjoyment. Engineered in Germany, this modern version uses two stainless steel runners and an innovative, shock absorbing steering system that delivers responsive maneuverability no matter the snow conditions. The seating bed fits two riders comfortably, with grips and foot rests. When daylight fades, an array of 16 LED lights lines each runner for greater visibility…and style.

The Old Farmers’ Almanac is predicting a cold and snowy period for the Northeast region starting in mid- to late January, and continuing polar conditions for the Midwest and Great Lakes states. Let Hammacher Schlemmer help you change the drudgery of winter to the unique gift of snow-filled fun for yourself and the kids in your life.

Unique Gifts Score Big with NFL Fans

Even when a team has no hope left for the season (lookin’ at you, Cleveland), a true football fan’s love for the game never ends.

Fortunately for all of us, unique gifts featuring the favored team make holiday shopping for the fervent fan easy.12849_1000x1000 Here are some suggestions for the NFL fanatic on your shopping list.

This outdoor LED projector casts the logo of their favorite NFL team on their 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.12430_1000x1000

Procured from the archives of The New York Times, the articles in this personalized book chronicle highlights spanning from the selected NFL team’s formative years to today. Fans can revisit their team’s celebrated games and star players from the “Gray Lady’s” unique perspective. The traditionally bound book displays the recipient’s name, “The New York Times”, and the team’s name stamped in gold on the blue leatherette cover.12977_1000x1000

This portable cooler seat can be emblazoned with your favorite NFL team logo. Ideal for beach visits, park outings, outdoor summer concerts, or tailgates, the cooler is made from six panels that unfold from their flat storage configuration into a sturdy hexagonal shape that supports up to 250 lbs. on the padded, comfortable lid/seat. This is a great unique gift for the NFL fan who doubles as a soccer mom or dad, too.

As a playoff picture begins to emerge in these final weeks of the regular season, the Browns, 49ers, and Jaguars battle for the No. 1 draft pick. To fans of those teams, we say “Just wait till next year!”

The Mulligan: a Unique Gift of a Do-Over

Who has never wished for a do-over? It’s such a common feeling, the world of golf even came up with the term Mulligan to describe the unique gift of a second chance at success. Whether a golfer or not, we all get to celebrate the do-over next Monday, National Mulligan Day.12630_1000x1000

There’s no agreement among historians or the United States Golf Association about the origin of the term. One popular story dates it back to an Anglo-Irish aristocrat born in 1793, predating even the coverage found in The New York Times History of Golf, a comprehensive book featuring articles that focus on highlights from the golf world throughout the years.84014_1000x1000

Traditionally, one Mulligan is granted to each golfer in a round. If you’ve used yours up, another tactic is to spot your ball before the rest of the foursome. These special glasses, available exclusively from Hammacher Schlemmer, help golfers locate golf balls obscured by shadows and thick rough. The lenses have a blue light-filtering pigment, making white balls easier to locate against dark backgrounds. Though we never advise cheating, these glasses may give you a surreptitious opportunity to improve your lie while your golfing partners comb the weeds.12245_1000x1000

Distraction is another tactic. This Hovercraft Golf Cart turns heads as it glides over sand traps and water hazards on a cushion of air as easily as it does over fairways and the rough. Powered by a 65-hp engine, its axial-flow ducted fan propels the craft up to 45 mph and 9″ off the ground without harming grass, and allows crossing of a pond for cross-water shots or to retrieve a wayward ball that didn’t “really” go in the drink.

After all, Hammacher Schlemmer is all about the Mulligan. Our Unconditional and Unwavering Lifetime Guarantee assures if you ever need a “do-over” when purchasing any of our unique gifts, you may always return the items for exchange, credit, or refund, no questions asked. Think of it as your personal Mulligan, available every day of the year.

Fishermen Get Another Chance as Dog Days Breeze into Fall

Fishermen agree springtime is the most productive season for catching the big ones. But there’s a time before the first hard freeze when ponds, lakes and rivers cool down and our fine finned friends surface for the last time before winter takes hold.88659_1000x1000

The kids are in school and the boat is out of the water, but you know your pond holds Nessie-sized secrets so you need – no, you are compelled – to wet a line just one more time. To outfit you for last minute spontaneous angling, we recommend this compact portable fishing pole that fits into your car’s glove box. A quality rod and reel constructed from aluminum, zinc alloy, and fiberglass, it’s ready to land a fighter on a moment’s notice. It even includes plastic worms, hooks, and a sinker.86966_1000x1000

To reach hot spots and honey holes where you just can’t cast far enough, try this unique gift: the replica fish-catching radio controlled bass boat. At just 17-1/2″, it’s able to slip into small areas otherwise out of reach behind weeds and tree roots. Just bait the hook and cruise the boat out to where the fish thought they were untouchable and lure them to the frying pan with a systematic sweeping motion just like commercial fisherman do.11302_1000x1000

Perhaps you or your family view fish as cute cartoon characters rather than dinner, and you dream of snorkeling through a Caribbean reef. In that case, you’ll love the unique gift of this aquarium coffee table. Gazing through the glass is a dream of summer’s fleeting sun and sand. The acrylic sides provide clear viewing of the interior, while the removable glass tabletop is large and sturdy enough to accommodate coffee cups and cocktails, a sculpture, and hardcover books.

With fall upon us, just mullet over: you need to go fishing. For one day, leave work and chores to salmon else. Any fin is possible, and once winter’s snow flies, you will thank cod you didn’t let this oppor-tuna-ty pass you by. We’re not squidding.

This Season, Pigskin is In

By this time of the year, baseball thrills only those fans whose teams are poised for the playoffs. For everyone else, football season is more than welcome!

Among the best reasons to attend a football game is the tailgate party beforehand. 12452_1000x1000It’s a chance to socialize with friends, trash talk the opposing team, and enjoy the unique gifts of a beautiful fall day outdoors. Some folks we know don’t even enter the stadium and just tailgate all the way from kickoff to the final whistle.

And why not, when you have this dual hammock that sets up on a 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. Any frequent tailgater would appreciate this unique gift.12410_1000x1000

No tailgate party is complete without a friendly “bags” competition and this tournament bean bag set comes decorated in the logo of your favorite NFL team. Equally suited for at-home halftime festivities or playoff-season pre-game hype, this set is constructed to ensure compliance with the exacting standards set forth by the American Cornhole Organization.12849_1000x1000

Back at the house, celebrate your team’s victory with this outdoor LED projector that casts the emblem of your NFL favorite on your home’s exterior. Displaying six images of a team’s officially licensed logo up to 40′-tall, the projector makes no mistake where your loyalties lie on Sundays. A built-in light sensor automatically turns the light display on and off as the sun sets and rises. We can’t think of a better unique gift for the ultimate football fanatic in your life.

So here’s to the still-fresh football season and best wishes that the sun does not set prematurely on your favorite team’s aspirations for victory.

Stress-Free on the Greens

For those of us that play golf as a way to combat stress, we have a few unique gifts that can help make your golf outing a more leisured experience. 84961_1000x1000

Why wait until the 19th hole? The Golfer’s Clandestine Cooler enables sly swingers to enjoy chilled libations on the links from an insulated cooler disguised as a golfer’s shag bag. Providing a welcome alternative to lukewarm refreshments smuggled in via shorts pockets or an hours-long wait for a chilled clubhouse beverage, this bag maintains propriety on the course while avoiding harassment by caddies, pros, or other spoilsports.12245_1000x1000

Professional golfers are forbidden to use golf carts at PGA tournaments and must walk the course. Thankfully, those of us in the amateur ranks have no such restrictions. But why limit yourself to common carts that roll on wheels? The Golf Cart Hovercraft lets you one-up the pros while assuring your popularity with your foursome. This cart glides over hazards on a cushion of air as easily as it does over fairways and the rough.12620_1000x1000

Stow all the accessories you need to hit the links with this Leather Golf Organizer. The bag’s vented main compartment holds your shoes, allowing proper breathability after 18 holes. Two additional interior compartments and two exterior pockets hold balls, tees, gloves, and any other essential accouterments for a sunny day on the course.

So leave the stress on the greens for the professionals and enhance your golfing pleasure with any of these unique gifts.

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.