Unique Gifts Archive Your Treasured Memories

We spend a lifetime creating treasured memories…some of them held only in our minds, others captured in photos, on film, or in videos.

It’s not unusual for once-popular imaging formats to become dinosaurs, making it difficult to view and share your photos or home movies. That’s why we have ideas to help you archive films and photos on current formats to more easily share the unique gifts of memories gone by with friends and family.84473B_300x300

This device converts Super 8 film into digital video format, preserving the original color of cherished memories. Each frame is captured individually and converted to a high-definition AVI format video, viewable on a Mac or PC. Video editing software is included, too, so you can trim out the “bloopers”.

The VHS to DVD Converter preserves your memories by easily transferring VHS recordings to DVDs. It also functions as a player for both formats, ideal for those who have a library of both DVD and VHS home videos.

86729_300x300Decades of slides become modern JPEGs with The Only Rapid Feed Digital Slide Converter. Unlike devices that can only handle a single slide at a time, this converter’s removable tray holds up to 25 slides for smooth, fingertip feeding. The converter provides automatic exposure control and color balance, resulting in clear digital images without loss of quality.

Now you’ll be able to post pictures from the past and celebrate Throwback Thursday with style!

Top 5 Unique Gifts to Complete a Man Cave

It started with the garage…the garage became a male sanctuary, a place for a guy to hang out with his friends, indulge in hobbies, smoke a cigar or just be alone for some quiet time away from the rest of the family.

Today, Man Caves often are lavishly outfitted with huge flat screen TVs, leather recliners, beer keg coolers and video game systems. We are happy to present our top 5 items for completing your own man cave, or as unique gifts for a father, husband, brother, or friend.

Number 5: 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 various electric wine openers and she lauded The Best model for requiring “no effort at all.”

In the number 4 position: The Automatic Return Indoor Basketball Net automatically returns made baskets to the shooter via a motorized chute. At the top of the backboard an electronic scoreboard counts made baskets and displays time remaining in the shoot-out.

Number 3: The Handicapping Foosball Table. This is the only foosball table that lets players handicap their scoring chances by widening or narrowing the goal. Motion-detecting LEDs at both ends celebrate each score by lig84833_300x300hting up whenever a ball hits home. As befits a man cave accessory, this sturdy table has integral cup holders.

Our number 2 man cave item: The Beer Glass Froster. This device converts a typical, room temperature glass into an ice-cold mug in seconds. The froster mounts to a bar or countertop and a blue LED light casts a festive glow onto the glass as it is frosted.

Finally, our number 1 item to round out a man cave: The 86805_300x300Personalized Bobblehead. This truly one-of-a-kind item features the unique facial features of a family member, friend, or perhaps yourself. Artisans sculpt a poly-clay model from a photograph of the subject. Clothing, talents, hobbies, or any other details that reflect the unique character of the subject may be specified. This is a unique gift that will delight the denizen of any man cave and brands it fully as his personal space.

Taking Tailgating to the Next Level

Tailgating as we know it began when Harvard boys and their cheering gals would wait near the train station to greet the opposing the team with picnics and flasks.

The train-weary rivals were amazed at the parking lots filled with sleek Gatsby roadsters and rumble-seated jalopies, lavishly appointed with gourmet picnic spreads. These “parking lot picnics” were served on blankets on the ground, or on card tables. The term tailgating wasn’t used.

It took the 1947 introduction of the Ford Country Squire station wagon to change up the festivities. With its iconic mahogany and maple “woodie” side panels, it was the SUV of its day. And its crowning feature: the flat-fold rear drop gate we now know as the tailgate.

This football season it’s time to take charge of the tailgate party with some unique gift ideas for your pigskin picnic.84433_300x300

This amusing remote-controlled cooler can roll across a tailgate parking spot, patio, rug, or kitchen floor to deliver a well-timed beverage to parched party guests. With room for six cans or bottles and ice, the compact cooler rolls on four sturdy underside wheels up to 60′ from the host at the controls.

No tailgate party is complete without music. These long-range wireless speakers provide robust stereo quality sound without the need for alkaline batteries or a power outlet. Offered exclusively by Hammacher Schlemmer, the system’s transmitter sends interference-free audio from any music device to the speakers up to 250′ away.

Before heading into the stadium, relax a while with The Tailgaters’ 12452_300x300Hammocks. These dual hammock set up on any 2″ trailer hitch for optimal comfort and convenience when tailgating. Less than 10 minutes of set-up time, and you’re reclining in a hammock chair with a hanging footrest. The chairs store in included cases for easy portability.

To maximize enjoyment of the game itself, these are the binoculars with the world’s widest field of view, for the best view of sideline passes. The patented optics in these binoculars capture a panoramic 900-foot field of view at 1,000 yards. The compact, lightweight design makes these lenses ideal for sporting events, as well as theater and long hikes.

Unique Gifts to Get Them Up and At ‘Em

There’s hardly a faster way to get on a teacher’s bad side than showing up late for class. Combine that with burning the midnight oil and an 8 a.m. section of biology, and there’s a student who needs a trusty – and stylish – alarm clock. We’d like to suggest a few that would make an ideal and unique gift for any student.

84917_300x300Even eager scholars have been known to hit the snooze button a time or two, and those using an iPhone as an alarm may find themselves fumbling to tap the phone’s small snooze icon. The iPhone Snoozer sports a huge button that quickly silences the alarm. The dock holds an iPhone in the landscape orientation and a free app converts the phone into an alarm clock with the time visible on the screen at all times.

The iPad and iPhone Charging Clock Radio plays audio from the phone or tablet while simultaneously charging up to three devices. Lightning connectors accommodate Apple devices and a third port connects any USB-compatible device. Dual wakeup settings let two users set their own alarm times.

84837_300x300The student with a number of devices—or perhaps a number of roommates—will appreciate The Four Device Charging Clock Radio. This clock radio features four USB ports to charge any smartphone, tablet or other USB-powered device. The dock plays music from any one of the connected devices or from the built-in FM radio.

Any of these clocks will help your favorite student start the day off right, and get them thinking about you and the unique gift you gave them.

Unique Gifts for Dorm Room Comfort

Summer is over and for millions of young people a new life has begun: life in a college dorm room.

For freshmen, dorm living can be an extreme adjustment. Learning to live in a small space with another person, often a total stranger, can be difficult, as can living without the familiar comforts of home. Fortunately, we have some unique gifts for dorm dwellers to help ease the transition.84977_300x300

A challenge of rooms in many older residence halls is too few and inconveniently placed electrical outlets. The Wall Mounted Outlet Extender can be mounted up to 6′ away from an existing outlet, providing more convenient access to AC and USB power without hardwiring and letting you power lamps or appliances and recharge smartphones or tablets from the same source.

For late-night studying, The Eyestrain Reducing Task Lamp provides LED light that mimics natural daylight to reduce glare and eyestrain. The high-powered LEDs generate lumens of full-spectrum white light that illuminates textbooks or computer screens with a distortion-free glow.

Decades ago, many a college student headed back to school with crates of LP records and huge stereo speakers…the bigger the better. Today’s students carry their entire music collections on their iPhones and connect wirelessly to comparatively tiny speakers. This portable Bluetooth speaker earned The Best designation from the Hammacher Schlemmer Institute because it produced the richest, purest sound and had the longest transmission range. Delivering high-quality sound in every genre of music, the user-friendly device connects with any Bluetooth-enabled player.83227B_300x300

Finally, many a freshman has experienced the dreaded “freshman fifteen”—pounds packed on through high-carb dorm food and late-night snacks. The Multi Level Blade Blender makes it easy to substitute a high-fat meal with a healthful and delicious smoothie. This blender features six blades positioned at the bottom, middle, and top of the pitcher to create silky smooth concoctions. It also converts whole fruit into flavorful, vitamin-rich juice and grinds nuts into smooth, nutrition-packed butter.

Finding the Keys to Musical Enjoyment

It’s time to tickle the ivories…September is National Piano Month! Hammacher Schlemmer has a long association with this ever-popular parlor instrument, harking back to our days as a hardware emporium.

In the early years of the 20th century, we were one of the country’s largest suppliers of piano parts, stocking almost everything that went into a piano except for the case. At one point, 20 boxcar loads a year went to one customer, Kimball Brothers—enough for 12,000 pianos.

In 1991, the National Piano Foundation appointed Schroeder from the comic strip Peanuts as the official spokesperson for National Piano Month. Schroeder’s mission is to encourage people of all ages to study and appreciate piano music. His unique gifts for playing a toy piano can be inspiration for all of us.

It’s never too late to learn, and if mastering piano is on your bucket list, The LearnThe Learn To Play Piano DVDs to Play Piano DVDs are a great way to get started. This 12-DVD collection of piano-playing tips and techniques is led by Scott Houston, the Emmy Award-winning host of the public television series The Piano Guy. Geared toward beginners (but with a wealth of insight for more experienced players), the series offers 22 hours of the “tips, cheap tricks, and professional secrets” Houston is famous for.

Another instructional tool is The Learn To Play Keyboard. This keyboard includes comprehensive instructional software lauded by The Wall Street Journal as “well-planned and effective.” Exclusive to Hammacher Schlemmer, the software contains over 400 lessons and more than 70 video demonstrations. The keyboard plugs into a computer, allowing the software to “listen” as you play, providing instant feedback. There’s a version for children, too.

For simply a toe-tapping good time, the world’s largest dance-on piano features a 28 sq. The World's Largest Toe Tap Pianoft. piano mat. A unique gift for would-be musicians, it allows budding virtuosos to compose their own music as they dance, jump, or run on the keys. Fourteen white and 10 black keys, almost two full octaves, produce individual tones or melodic harmonies. Musicians can record and instantly listen to their compositions through an integrated speaker.

In Peanuts, Schroeder had a unique gift that made him a virtuoso on a toy piano. But with a bit of practice, any of us can turn 88 keys into the key to musical enjoyment.

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.

Touch-screens Transforming Learning

A recent survey showed that during the 2013-2014 academic year, 25 percent of the nation’s schools had deployed or were preparing to deploy iPads for their students. With a new school year about to begin, that number is certain to grow.

The tablets can replace textbooks, offer students and teachers an easy means to correspond, give kids a way to prepare and turn in homework, and perhaps make learning fun, too.

With the growth of tablet use in and out of the classroom, a host of iPad accessories are appearing on the market to help users of iPads, iPhones, and iPods at home, school, work and when travelling. These accessories make appreciated and unique gifts for students or just about anyone. The iPad and iPhone Charging Clock Radio

Ensure your favorite student starts the school day on time with this charging The Only iPad Back Up Battery Lap Deskclock radio. An iPad, iPhone 5, or a USB-compatible device can be connected to play music for an easy wake-up. Up to three devices can be charged simultaneously, too.

College students are known for burning the midnight oil. This unique gift will make dorm-room studying easier and more comfortable. It’s the only cordless lap desk that recharges an iPad and iPhone simultaneously and adjusts to three different heights and nine different angles. Two USB ports on the lap desk surface make it easy to charge devices or power the included gooseneck LED lamp. We might also suggest The Variable Position Tablet Stand, a versatile tray with triple-jointed legs that adjust in 15-degree increments to put your iPad at the optimal angle whether sitting or reclining.

The Cord Storing Three Device Charger simultaneously charges three mobile devices and neatly holds cables in its base between uses. The top of the charger contains three USB ports for quickly refueling smartphones, tablets, and other USB-compatible devices.The Tangle Free iPhone 5 Charger

Finally, for the student on the go, The Tangle Free iPhone 5 Charger features a retractable cable on a spring-tension spool to eliminate the inconvenient tangle of typical cords. When the phone is charged, a tug smoothly retracts the cable back into its durable PVC shell, and it’s ready to be tucked into a pocket, purse, or backpack.

Unique Gifts Help Dad Clean Up for Summer

When Dad surveys the aftermath of this year’s other-worldly winter, he’ll find there’s work to be done on the back deck and yard. We have a great selection of unique gifts for Dad to help him to clean up for spring and the coming 93 days of summer fun and frolic.Expanding Garden Hose

Patio chairs need a deep cleaning and the barbeque tools left outdoors after a late-fall cookout might be found in strange places, like under the dog house or in the trunk of the old elm. The grill cover may need to be replaced entirely, and our Better Grill Cover will never crack, peel, or deteriorate over time.

Dad can blast that deck debris with The Best Electric Power Washer. This is the electric power washer that cleaned more effectively than other models and was easiest to use in side-by-side evaluations conducted by The Hammacher Schlemmer Institute.

Make Dad’s cleanup and watering tasks easier with The Auto Expanding/Contracting Hose. This is the hose that uses only water pressure to automatically expand for use and contract to 65% the size of a typical hose for convenient storage. Its construction includes a durable, multi-layered 3/4″ tubular latex inner-diameter hose that generates robust water flow and its patented design ensures against twists, tangles, or kinks, providing easy maneuverability.

The stage set, The Superior Potted Plant Hand Truck, helps Dad easily transport those heavy planters back where they can be planted with flowers and bright spring greenery.

The patio cleaned, spiffed and potted, space is ready for Dad’s unique gift surprise that will delight the entire family: The Rapid Heating Wood Burning Pizza Oven. Handcrafted in Marche, Italy, this is the outdoor wood-burning oven that’s ready to cook in 15 minutes. The oven heats up to 800° F and the domed cooking chamber creates natural convection that circulates heat evenly, allowing you to cook Neapolitan-style pizza in three minutes. Now Dad can make the finest wood-fired pizza, focaccia, amazing breads, prime rib roasts…al forno anything.

To paraphrase Ferris Buehler: Summer moves pretty fast, if you don’t prepare for it, you could miss it!