Category Archives: 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.

A Day in History that Deserves a Toast

Eighty-three years ago tomorrow, thirsty Americans lined up around the block. At the stroke of midnight, they’d be able to have a legal drink of alcohol for the first time since 1920; thus, April 6, 1933, became known as “New Beers Eve”. It was a unique gift to parched citizens everywhere.

In the decades since, we’ve progressed from the 3.2% beer mandated by Prohibition’s repeal to full-bodied craft beers that are culinary creations in their own right. Most recently, craft distilleries have emerged on the scene, with small-batch gins and locally produced artisanal whiskeys delighting imbibers nationwide.87326_1000x1000

We’d like to raise a toast to New Beers Eve with these glasses, designed specifically for tasting whiskey. The glasses have a thick, sturdy base to complement the liquor’s depth, thin sides to allow you to appreciate the liquid’s color and a tapered mouth to accentuate aromas. Recognized as the best glasses for tasting, they are used by every whiskey company in Ireland and Scotland for sampling their product.12157_1000x1000

Craft breweries have sprung up like weeds in recent years and many came from home brewers whose hobby, shall we say, got a little out of hand. If you’re a homebrewer no longer able to satisfy the ale cravings of friends and family merely with unique gifts of a few occasional bottles of unlabeled brew, it may be time to invest in this professional-quality microbrewing system, scaled for the home brewmaster. Available only from Hammacher Schlemmer, its 14-gallon fermenter could have you producing a batch in time for your own Maibock Fest.12225_1000x1000

If nothing else, the repeal of Prohibition brought responsible enjoyment of alcohol from behind closed doors and reintroduced it as a social activity. And we can’t think of a more fun and social way to responsibly enjoy a drink than The Pedal Pub. This human-powered vehicle accommodates 17 people who pedal, serve, drive and imbibe as it travels. With 10 pedaling passengers, the vehicle can hit 5 mph on flat terrain, but the real fun is in the party as you pedal.

Upon signing the legislation ending Prohibition, President Franklin D. Roosevelt stated, “I think this would be a good time for a beer.” And if you’ll excuse us now, we couldn’t agree more.

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.

Tell Foot Pain to Take a Hike

Walking is heralded by physicians and physiologists alike as one of the best forms of exercise anyone can do. Tomorrow is Take a Walk in the Park Day, so it’s a perfect time to get outdoors for a long stroll and enjoy the unique gifts of a spring day.

Walking is great exercise for your heart. It tones your muscles, elevates your mood, and is at the same time both relaxing and reenergizing. Unfortunately, some people find walking for pleasure to be too painful for enjoyment because of plantar fasciitis, tendonitis, arthritis, or other afflictions of the foot. These folks may find massage and other drug-free methods ease the discomfort enough to engage in a pleasurable walk. We have some suggestions that could offer sweet relief.86728_1000x1000

The Hydrotherapy Roller Masseuse is an at-home spa tub that pampers sore feet, as well as calves, with a relaxing reflexology massage. Warm water jets soothe each foot, while textured rollers apply gentle pressure to the soles and heels. Even for those unaffected by foot conditions, the soothing action of this device makes it an ideal unique gift for just about anyone.87728_1000x1000

With gentle, integrated massagers, these pampering slippers help ease aching feet and will keep them warm, too. Available only from Hammacher Schlemmer, the slippers have a slim massaging device tucked within each contoured footbed. At the end of a long day, the massaging action helps melt pain away, while also promoting good circulation.

Here’s a breakthrough technology initially developed by NASA to treat astronauts’ injuries. The method uses LEDs to deliver infrared heat deep into tissue, reducing inflammation by up to 37%. This foot pain 84089_1000x1000reliever, a Hammacher Schlemmer exclusive, features 172 LEDs that penetrate tissue to ease plantar fasciitis, tendonitis, and neuroma. The LEDs stimulate circulation, relieve swelling and loosen the muscles in the foot using gentle, yet penetrating heat.

A walk in the park could well be the most enjoyable part of your day. Don’t let foot pain stand in your way when there are these drug-free, feel-good methods that will reduce your discomfort and allow you to join family and friends enjoying the unique gifts of the great outdoors.

Vehicles You Auto Know About

The 2016 auto show season is coming to a close. If you were fortunate enough to attend one of these events in cities around the U.S., you likely saw some of the latest concept cars.

We all know gas prices won’t stay low forever, and many of this year’s concepts focused on fuel economy with lighter-weight and aerodynamic construction or all-electric power sources.12273_1000x1000

Though you won’t see Hammacher Schlemmer exhibiting at the auto show, we do offer some pretty fantastic vehicles ourselves. In our line-up is the Authentic Morgan Three-Wheeler, manufactured by Morgan Motor Company in England, birthplace of the 1909 original. This vehicle seats driver and passenger within an aerodynamic aluminum “bullet” hull and a padded leather aircraft-style cockpit. The Morgan is powered by a 2.0 liter, 80-hp S&S V-twin engine that does 0-60 in 4.5 seconds, to a top speed of 115 mph. Should you be feeling a little “middle-aged crazy,” this makes for the ideal unique gift to yourself. 11020_1000x1000

Interested in all-electric transportation? This highway-legal, three-wheeled, single passenger vehicle combines the functionality of an electric car with the maneuverability and scale of a motorcycle. With a range of 30 miles per charge, it operates with zero emissions and uses less than half the energy of today’s most efficient hybrids. The vehicle is powered by a 156-volt DC electric motor that generates 33 horsepower, with a top speed of 70 mph. The lightweight chassis is constructed of a three-layered, advanced fiberglass/rigid foam composite shell augmented by steel supports for a strong frame.12197_1000x1000

Here’s the ultimate unique gift for a comic book aficionado. This is the 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 vehicle’s exterior bears the hallmarks of its namesake, from bubble-canopy windshields to chrome “rocket” tubes behind the rear windshield.

According to the National Automotive Dealers Association, 2015 was a record year for light vehicle sales. While your hometown dealer looks to move volume, Hammacher Schlemmer, as always, prides itself on an offering that is unique and simply unexpected.

Zap, Trap, and Repel to Avoid Mosquito-Borne Viruses

What used to be a merely annoying mosquito bite now brings the threat of disease: West Nile virus, yellow fever…and the latest threat to hit America, Zika virus.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, mosquito-borne diseases strike almost 100 million worldwide each year. How can you protect your family? Simple, says the CDC—avoid getting bitten in the first place.

At Hammacher Schlemmer, we’ve been helping our customers do just that for generations. Our mosquito abatement solutions follow a simple strategy to zap, trap, and repel pesky bugs—without smelly, greasy chemicals. And all of these items are ideal unique gift ideas for loved ones you wish to protect from mosquito-borne illness.79883_1000x1000

ZAPThis solar bug zapper eliminates insects without requiring a power outlet. Six UV bulbs, powered by solar panels on top of the unit, turn on automatically at dusk (and turn off at dawn) and lure mosquitoes and other flying insects to zap them with a 300-volt electric charge. This bug zapper can attract and kill insects within a 1/2-acre radius, providing chemical-free protection for an entire backyard.81846_1000x1000

TRAPThis chemical-free trap attracts and kills mosquitoes in yards up to one acre. The trap mimics the natural conditions of human habitation by emitting heat, odorless carbon dioxide and light to lure mosquitoes. Carbon dioxide is generated when ultraviolet rays from two fluorescent bulbs react with a titanium dioxide coating inside the trap. When mosquitoes are drawn inside the device, a built-in fan traps the insects and sends them to a removable net where they die of dehydration.78830_1000x1000

REPELThis repelling device clips unobtrusively to a belt and repels mosquitoes within a 7-1/2 ft. radius for up to 120 hours. The device emits the subtle floral scent of geraniol, a natural plant-derived essential oil that repels mosquitoes, ticks, and no see-ums without harmful chemicals. Lab tests performed by a University of Florida entomologist proved geraniol to be more effective than DEET—the chemical in most bug repellents—at warding off biting insects.

Warm weather is approaching, which means hordes of blood-thirsty mosquitoes can’t be far behind. Take action against these disease-carrying pests now and you’ll enjoy the unique gift of carefree outdoor living all summer long.