Category Archives: Unique Gifts

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.

A Golden Day for a Golden Age

The contributions of “golden agers” get official recognition Monday when the U.S. celebrates National Senior Citizens Day. This day, first enacted by Ronald Reagan in 1988, is observed to give thanks and honor older folks in our communities.

There may be a senior or two in your life you would like to thank with a special and unique gift. Many folks with a few decades behind them, however, prefer not to receive gifts of household goods, clothing, or decorative items…they’ve downsized their homes and don’t wish to add more clutter. For people with this mindset—of any age—we recommend a gift of reminiscence to mark a special date or memorable event.11922_1000x1000

This framed reproduction of The New York Times front page is a truly unique gift that commemorates any date of your choosing from 1934 to 2014. The “Old Gray Lady” is considered the United States’ first true “newspaper of record,” and these replicas are produced from originals in her official archives. The personalized name and year are printed on the matte, which also contains a circulated penny, nickel, dime, and quarter from the chosen year.12787_1000x1000

From the other side of the country, this personalized “remember when” book contains exact reproductions of The Los Angeles Times articles chronicling news and major events for any one date. Inside is the front page from the selected date plus front pages from all birthdays or anniversaries every subsequent year. The front pages feature opposing pages that provide room to write and record special memories. The cover features gold embossing and can be personalized.12385_1000x1000

Intrepid travelers will appreciate this personalized framed wall map that allows the traveler to chart past or future voyages across the country or around the globe. Set in a mahogany frame, the map includes a metal plaque that can be personalized to commemorate anything from a family’s vacation history to one memorable, around-the-world trip.

Today’s seniors are not content to contemplate TV from a rocking chair. They run marathons, earn educational degrees, create works of art, work at and operate businesses, and approach life on their terms. Yet a common thread among many is a fond remembrance for “the good old days”. Any of these personalized and unique gifts are sure to trigger pleasant thoughts of years past.

Setting the Path for Jet-Setting Travel

Sixty-seven years ago tomorrow, the world’s first passenger jet airliner, the British De Havilland Comet, made its premiere test flight in the U.K. The jet engine was a game-changing unique gift for the airline industry, reducing by half the time it took to fly.12628_1000x1000

You can learn more about this and other great moments in the history of flight in this personalized book of New York Times articles focusing on aviation through the years. Procured from the archives of The Times, the book presents highlights spanning from the Wright Brothers’ first flight to Charles Lindbergh’s Transatlantic crossing and Amelia Earhart’s mysterious disappearance. The bound book displays the recipient’s name and “The New York Times History of Aviation” stamped in gold on the cover.11803_1000x1000

Ready to make your own aviation history but can’t quite get off the ground? This amazingly realistic flight simulator is installed into a cockpit that equips players with the same flight controls found in actual aircraft. Fore/aft and left/right movement of the yoke controls pitch and roll just like real airplanes; toggles and buttons provide authentic control of navigation and radio options. The software features realistic graphics and includes 80 flyable aircraft ranging from the ubiquitous Mooney Acclaim to the daunting Boeing 747-800.82741_1000x1000

Complete the experience with these aviators’ sunglasses, just like those worn by U.S. Army AH-64 Apache Helicopter pilots. Made by a supplier to the U.S. military for more than 30 years, the sunglasses feature the iconic aviator shape and a non-corroding nickel silver frame. The scratch- and impact-resistant lenses are made from the same distortion-free glass used on watch faces, with a grey tint providing the truest colors.

That prototype Comet jet was designed to carry 36 passengers at speeds up to 500 mph. Although the original design was plagued by catastrophic flaws, aviation historians agree that De Havilland’s Comet left the unique gifts of a legacy that changed the way we travel today.

Unique Gifts that Make a Splash

With summer in its prime, you may be whiling away many hours at the pool. We can’t think of many better ways to appreciate a lazy summer afternoon.88422_1000x1000

But for some, boredom may be setting in. If you’re looking for some new ideas for pooltime, here are a few unique gifts to get you in the swim of things.

In-pool socializing takes on a shady nature with this floating 7 ft. umbrella. Five built-in cupholders keep both bathers and beverages out of the sun, while encouraging shaded socialization. The umbrella is supported by a 6 lb. counterweight at its bottom so it stays in an upright position in both breezes and waves87339_1000x1000.

For some quiet “me time”, this unique floating hammock supports your head and feet, while your core remains pleasantly in the cool water. Available exclusively from Hammacher Schlemmer, this hammock’s unique design offers a blend of support and buoyancy that mimics the feeling of swaying in a favorite hammock, while giving you the unique gift of floating in soothing water.12425_1000x1000

When you want to simply sit poolside, this motorized entertainment lounger has built-in misters, speakers, and a USB charging port, all powered by the sun. A control pad on the left armrest provides push-button operation of the backrest’s reclining position. The integrated Bose speakers sync wirelessly to any Bluetooth-enabled device to provide the music. While this lounger can’t make you another frozen margarita, it can keep you just as cool by emitting a refreshing mist.

So get ready to make a splash…much of the U.S. is predicted to hit the 90s in the coming weeks, but you’ll have your fun in the sun when you keep cool at the pool.

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.

See What Develops with Unique Gifts for Photographers

The month of May is National Photography Month, designated to recognize the importance of photos as tangible connections to our memories.

To celebrate the art of the photograph, we have suggestions for a few unique gifts that produce unique photos.87855_1000x1000

This diminutive point-and-shoot camera instantly prints wallet-sized photos. It uses high-speed, self-developing film to produce color 3.5×2″ snaps that print out of the top of the camera seconds after the picture is shot. Smaller than a smartphone, the camera stores unobtrusively in a pocket or purse. The instant prints themselves make for unique gifts for new friends made while traveling or to hand out as keepsakes at a family picnic or reunion.87840_1000x1000

This smartphone selfie stick transforms into a tripod for taking remote selfies. The tripod secures any phone with a 3.5″ to 6″ screen size using a bracket that swivels up to 60°, enabling use as a short or tall tripod. The included Bluetooth remote enables one to snap photos from up to 10′ away to allow for optimal shots of one’s self, friends and family.12231_1000x1000

Social media has revolutionized how we share photos with others…here’s an instant photo booth that can post pictures directly to Facebook, Twitter, or email, as well as provide classic prints. The booth connects via Wi-Fi, an Ethernet cable, or 4G/3G broadband. A touchscreen LCD inside the booth lets the subject choose color or black-and-white images as well as whimsical borders and backgrounds. The built-in thermal printer produces four-frame photo strips in seconds, just like photo booths found at carnivals and shopping malls.

Few ever tire of looking at pictures of their friends and loved ones. The art of photography connects us to others, triggers feelings of nostalgia, and serves as a record of our lives…so a photographic gift will never disappoint!

Unique Toys for Imaginative Play

Kids are born copy-cats. When children play at imitating adults, it’s more than just cute…it’s an important step in cognitive development, helping a child learn traditions, customs, and socialization.

That’s why unique gifts for children are so often designed around adult professions or hobbies. Hammacher Schlemmer has a selection of toys to entertain kids for hours, while exposing them to creative, imaginative play.86458_1000x1000

The littlest grease monkeys will be thrilled by this little car engine. It lets aspiring mechanics pop the hood, change the oil, and tinker with the engine. With a removable cowling, spark plugs, wing nuts and other lifelike car components, children can practice testing the brakes, changing the air filter, and using the dipstick to check the oil levels. The car has a working horn and headlights, and the set comes with a screwdriver, wrench, and other tools sized to fit little hands. 86931_1000x1000

What better unique gift for a child during BBQ season than this kid-sized replica of the classic Weber kettle grill. Young grill masters fire up creativity when they add plastic briquettes and light them with the included “lighter” that makes authentic clicking sounds. The charcoals emit a red glow of burning embers and make sounds that simulate crackling charcoal. Children can grill the included porterhouse steak, jumbo prawn, salmon steak, and vegetables, just like mom and dad.12500_1000x1000

This toy farmers’ market stand comes stocked with fruits and vegetables to teach young growers and shoppers about local sourcing and healthy eating. Appropriately sized for little customers and vendors, the shaded market stall is made from colorfully painted wood and includes nine removable plastic bins and a selection of “fresh” produce. The cheerful striped awning reverses to convert to a lemonade stand.

Of all unique gifts for a child, the best thing you can give them is the gift of your time. Be there for the children in your life, side-by-side, letting them learn from the most mundane “adult” activities you do every day.

Picture These Unique Gifts for Mother’s Day

What do mothers love almost as much as their family? Pictures of their family! That’s why 74348_1000x1000personalized photo gifts are the ideal unique gifts to celebrate your loving mom this Mother’s Day.

This custom photo jigsaw puzzle can be personalized with a reproduction of a color or black and white snapshot. The 408-piece puzzle is created from 80-point pasted chipboard…twice the thickness of typical puzzles, for an impressive quality that will last for years.87141_1000x1000

Mom won’t be able to help thinking of you at her breakfast table, thanks to The Selfie Toaster. This appliance uses a custom heating insert to indelibly brand a headshot image onto a slice of bread. The subject’s full facial details are converted into twin removable stainless steel inserts – the toaster then browns a likeness of the subject onto one side of the toast.84007_1000x1000

If your mother’s video memories are saved on hours of obsolete VHS tapes, this device will convert the contents of a video cassette to a DVD before they’re lost forever to outdated technology. The finished DVDs play on any disc player or computer so Mom can post on social media or create DVD copies to use as unique gifts for other family members.

We have dozens of gifts perfect for any mother or the other selfless, loving women in your life. If you’re still unsure what to get, check out our online Mother’s Day Gift Guide for that perfect unique Mother’s Day present.

Ready Your Home for Spring

When sun streams through your windows at angles it hasn’t since last summer, you’re likely to spot dust and grime you didn’t see during the dreary days of winter. That can only mean it’s time for a good spring cleaning.

Getting a checklist together is half the battle of getting motivated. Here are a few tips to help jump-start the project and you’ll soon be enjoying the unique gifts of a sparkling-clean home.

Clean out the fridge. Toss anything expired, as well as sauces and dressing you’ll never use again. Wash each shelf with a mixture of two tablespoons baking soda to one quart of warm water. Don’t forget to clean out the vegetable crisper…you don’t want it to become a vegetable rotter! Vacuum dust off the coil behind the fridge to keep it operating efficiently.84816_1000x1000

Rent a steam cleaner (or hire a service) to deep-clean your carpeting. Then, throughout the year, plan frequent vacuumings to minimize the amount of accumulating dirt and dust. Hate to vacuum? We recommend this Superior Suction Roomba 880 to let it do the work for you. It forgoes typical brushes and instead uses two rubber rollers rotating in opposite directions to pick up more debris while it moves methodically from room to room. It can even be programmed to automatically clean seven days a week.84538_1000x1000

Tackle “hidden” dust. Don’t forget corners, dusty baseboards and those bits of cereal that find their way under kitchen cabinets. The Best Cordless Hand Vac was rated the most effective by The Hammacher Schlemmer Institute because of its cleaning power, convenient features and ergonomic design. Its hygienic one-button system empties waste directly into the garbage.87109_1000x1000

Get windows sparkling clean to maximize the unique gift of nature’s light. This Vacuuming Squeegee efficiently cleans windows and flat surfaces without drips. The included spray bottle accepts your preferred cleaning solution for wetting the glass. A press of a button starts its powerful motor to vacuum the dirty solution into the reservoir at a quiet operating volume.

Finally, have you changed your furnace filter recently? The filter should be replaced at least every 90 days, and it’s important to maintain a clean filter if you have central air conditioning. This helps your AC cool more efficiently and will cut down on dust in your home, too.

Squeezing Every Inch of Storage from a Tiny Home

Small-space living is more than a trend perpetuated by home-and-garden TV shows. For many residents of New York City, San Francisco, and other expensive urban areas, it’s a necessary way of life.

But, there’s a fine line between cozy and crazy. Fortunately, we have a few ideas to help you enjoy the unique gifts of downtown living, gain storage space, and still indulge in some of life’s little luxuries.86398_1000x1000

This slim-profile side table boasts hidden storage that keeps clutter at bay, while keeping indispensable items close at hand. A Hammacher Schlemmer exclusive, the table has a hinged lift-up compartment at one end and a sliding lid on the other end to conveniently provide space to hide remote controls, eyeglasses, pens, coasters, and other small items. Below, a shelf holds books, magazines, or knick-knacks. The table’s slim design easily nestles between two chairs or in a tight entryway.88290_1000x1000

In a space-challenged bathroom, this cabinet’s narrow footprint and large capacity adds welcome organization and storage. Another Hammacher Schlemmer exclusive, it’s only 9” wide, so it can slide beside a toilet or tub or next to a pedestal sink. Five separate compartments hold everything from a plunger to bath tissue, medications, cosmetics, 86670_1000x1000 and toiletries.

Living space in the city is expensive, but so are coffee-shop lattes and cappuccinos. Break up with your barista with this Italian espresso machine that takes up only 6″ of precious kitchen counter space. This slim machine sheds the bulk of similar models, yet brews professional-quality drinks using a 15-bar manual pump system to extract maximum flavor from the beans. It dispenses a single or double shot in only 40 seconds, while the built-in steam wand froths milk to a rich, creamy consistency. Not only a space-saver, this machine is the ideal unique gift for a coffee lover.

Small-space living helps one live contently with fewer possessions. You won’t waste time playing custodian to your stuff and you’ll appreciate experiences over things. Just stay organized and you won’t be made claustrophobic by clutter.