Category Archives: Winter

A Tip of the Cap to National Hat Day

Winter’s a great time to embrace headwear. Whether a beret, a bowler, a stocking cap, a fedora, a derby, or a jaunty driver’s cap, with about 10 percent of the body’s heat lost through the head, it makes sense to pop a top on your noggin. What’s more, this Sunday is National Hat Day, making for an especially worthwhile celebration of hats as unique gifts.

This winter driving cap protects against wind, rain, and snow. Made by Tilley Endurables, Canada’s premier purveyor of travel clothing, this hand-sewn hat features a windproof membrane laminated to the interior to keep you warm in cool weather and comfortable when the temperature rises. Knit earflaps extend easily and tuck away when not needed.

Here’s a hat that doesn’t just retain warmth, it creates warmth. This heated microfleece cap generates up to five hours of toasty, rechargeable battery-powered heat in wide zones directly over the ears. Available exclusively from Hammacher Schlemmer, this beanie-style cap is equally at home on the sled hill or the 50-yard line. A simple temperature control under the brim can be operated even with bulky gloves, and color-coded LEDs indicate which temperature setting you selected.

It really won’t be long before we look to hats to block the sun rather than winter winds. This ventilated wide-brimmed hat provides sun protection while reducing heat build-up. The hat‘s nylon mesh sides facilitate cooling ventilation and the solid, cotton twill top and brim protect the head, face, and neck from sun exposure to reduce the risks of injury from UV rays. There’s a style for ladies, too, making these hats perfect considerations as unique gifts for Valentine’s Day.

Hang on to your hat – we have many more headwear choices, unique gifts for National Hat Day and all seasons of the year.

Fast, Efficient Ways to Warm Your Space

Some of the season’s coldest air is gripping much of the U.S. If you run a ski resort, you might see this as a unique gift from Mother Nature.

The rest of us, however, are a bit chilly at work and at home…and feet meeting a cold bathroom floor first thing in the morning makes for a rude wake-up.

We have some suggestions that will gently warm your spaces without sending your heating bills sky-high. And you’ll enjoy a unique gift of your own: pleasant, toasty warmth that makes this wicked winter more bearable.

This unique bathroom heater features a digital thermostat that enables precise temperature adjustments anywhere from 65º F to 85º F using an easy-to-read LCD panel. It can be set with its integrated timer the night before to turn on automatically, ensuring your bathroom is warm when you wake up.

Is there a cold spot under your desk, around your workbench or in your favorite reading nook? This ultra-compact space heater is ideal for warming the immediate area of small, intimate spaces. This device plugs in flush with a wall outlet and is designed to provide supplemental warmth to your personal space. A digital thermostat lets you easily select a precise temperature, not merely “high” or “low”. It’s perfect for use in the office, making it a great unique gift for anyone with a desk job. 

If you’re looking to warm an entire room, The Hammacher Schlemmer Institute deemed this tower heater The Best because it warmed a cold room faster and distributed heat better than any other competitor. The Best Tower Heater’s dual quartz radiant heating elements and quiet fan evenly distribute warmth throughout a medium-sized room, unlike lesser models that created cold and hot spots.

Any one of these small-but-mighty heaters will help you cope with the cold till the first day of spring…hang in there, it’s only 69 days away!

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.

‘Sno Better Time to Get Ready for More White Stuff

After an early winter of unprecedented mild temperatures, nature dropped winter’s full fury all along the northeastern portion of the U.S. The path of this colossal storm affected 85 million people, with records for snowfall totals smashed in New York, Baltimore, and Washington D.C.87095_1000x1000

If you’re a snow plow operator, you may be appreciating this as a unique gift from the skies. Most of us, however, are suffering the aftermath, dealing with the mess a blizzard leaves behind. Fortunately, we have some suggestions to make coping with this and future storms sure to come. 84283_1000x1000

It’s no fun when your car gets stuck in a pile of the wet, white stuff. This is the roll-up snow escape tread that provides extra traction for your car when it’s immobilized on ice or snow (it works on mud or sand as well). Unlike common plastic models that crack in cold weather, this tread is made of a heavy-duty rubber to deliver superior traction in even the harshest conditions. Consider these easy-storage treads to use as unique gifts for anyone who drives in cold-weather climates. 11976_1000x1000

Clearing snow from a driveway is never fun. A conventional snow blower either has to be maintained with gas and oil, or has a power cord that gets tangled and in your way. This is the snow blower that runs on a rechargeable battery, completely eliminating those hassles. This emission-free, environmentally friendly blower can throw snow for up to 40 minutes before needing a recharge. Spare batteries are available if you want to handle a bigger job without taking a break. 12719_1000x1000

Inside your cozy house, you may be cursing the snow that gets tracked in, messing up your clean floors. This low-profile doormat holds 12 pints of water per square yard, keeping entryways free of slush and melting snow, even after storms like this one. A grid of channels ushers water away from shoes and holds it in the mat’s commercial-grade base.

Finally, you want to make sure walkways around your home stay clear of ice so your family and visitors stay safe. This is the same professional-quality preemptive treatment used by municipalities and state departments of transportation to thwart the accumulation of snow and ice. The included battery-operated sprayer holds a gallon of solution, the equivalent to a 50-lb. bag of ordinary snow melt. Used as a pre-treatment before a storm, the patented solution helps to keep snow and ice from sticking, making for easier removal and reduced total accumulation on treated surfaces.

The Sure Cure for Cabin Fever: Get Outdoors!

Remember winter when you were a kid? You prayed for snow days. Frigid temperatures were not something to be cursed.

These days, you may avoid the outdoors during cold weather. But the common affliction of cabin fever can lead to feelings of lethargy, sadness, sleeplessness, and even claustrophobia. Instead of suffering through another year of seasonal malaise, why not embrace the weather. Get out with your kids or grandchildren and actually enjoy the unique gifts winter brings.

Have you been cooped up indoors so long you’re not sure how to get started? We have some suggestions for outdoor winter play, so put on your snow pants and let’s go! 
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This toy blaster makes softball-sized snowballs and launches them up to 80 feet, assuring victory in neighborhood snowball fights. Simply place snow in the forming chamber and close the lid; it instantly packs three perfectly spherical snowballs. To blast your target, place one ball in the muzzle, aim the launcher and pull back the slingshot. 86783_1000x1000

Even several weeks past the winter solstice, nightfall comes much too early. Don’t let darkness put an end to sledding fun. This Bavarian-style performance sled features LEDs that update the classic Alpine schlitten for evening enjoyment. Two stainless steel runners and an innovative, shock-absorbing steering system deliver responsive maneuverability in all snow conditions. Any sledder of any age will appreciate this unique gift. 12498_1000x1000

Perhaps you already enjoy snowmobiling or exploring snowy trails on an ATV. Use either vehicle to tow this two-person Snow Craft for an exciting winter trail ride. The craft will glide over snow, ice and slush on its two flexible steel skis. A gas-operated shock suspension system ensures a comfortable ride.

While much of the country has been basking in the unique gifts of a mild winter so far this year, we can be assured of more snow in our futures. Get out your mittens and get ready for enough fun to cure even the worst case of cabin fever!

Be Wheel Careful Out There

Winter driving season is here. It may only be Thanksgiving weekend, yet metro areas like Chicago, Denver and Detroit already have logged double-digit snowfall totals. Months of icy roads and frigid temps are still to come. 81925_1000x1000

Stay safe on the roads this winter with a few precautions that increase your chances of smooth travels on wintry roadways. 86983_1000x1000

Keep your tires properly inflated. Tire pressure drops by 1-2 lbs. for every 10 degree drop in temperature. If you haven’t checked your tire pressure since the heat of summer, check them as soon as possible to ensure you’re not taking on icy roads with underinflated tires. The Only Automatic Cordless Tire Inflator makes it easy to keep your tires at the optimal air pressure. It inflates tires anywhere with just a squeeze of its trigger and automatically stops when the desired air pressure is reached. 86736_1000x1000

Don’t engage in peephole driving. Your windshield should be cleared entirely of snow, ice or frost. If you really hate scraping, our Quick Removal Windshield Snow Tarp is a great unique gift to yourself. It eliminates the need to scrape after a winter storm. It also protects your wiper blades and keeps washer fluid nozzles free of clogs. 87020_1000x1000

Do make sure your wipers are in good shape and ready to handle poor-visibility conditions of rain, sleet and snow. Check the level of your washer fluid frequently and always have a spare gallon in the trunk. Don’t drive when tired, especially in bad weather. Stay comfortable and alert. The Superior Heated Car Seat will make you more comfortable, with less driving fatigue on longer trips. This seat’s two heat settings provide soothing warmth, while the padding gives extra support to your lumbar region. A second heated seat would make a unique gift idea for your favorite passenger, too.

Don’t use cruise control when driving on wet or icy roads. If your tires hydroplane over the pavement, you can quickly lose control of the vehicle.

Allow extra time to clear your car windows after a snowfall. If you feel rushed, you’re more likely to drive too fast in slippery conditions. The Telescoping Snow Broom makes it easy to clear your entire windshield with just a few swipes. This patented broom has a wide foam head that pushes snow aside without scratching or damaging the glass or your paintjob.

Don’t put off routine servicing. Nothing’s worse than a breakdown in cold weather that could have been prevented with scheduled maintenance.

Finally, always use your seatbelt. We recommend this every time you get in the car, but especially in less-than-ideal driving conditions. We love our customers, so please buckle up!

Finding Fun in the Frosty Flakes

You can curse the slippery driving and icy walking a snowfall causes. Or, you can enjoy the unique gifts of a four-season climate and find a way to have fun in the snow. Here are some ideas – for outdoors and indoors – to make your winter more enjoyable.86473C_300x300

Extreme sports enthusiasts often love both snowboarding and mountain biking. This unique gift for snow-loving shredders attaches to a bicycle’s front tire to combine both sports for joy rides down the slopes and smooth pedaling on snow-covered trails. Riders who crave an even bigger adrenaline rush can clip a second board on the rear wheel for double the glide down the slopes.86520_300x300

If it’s too cold to be outdoors where you are (or too warm to snow), these puffy, plush snowballs satisfy the urge to hurl frozen handfuls without actual wet, messy snow. They are soft to the touch (and to Mom’s collection of display plates), but also have a satisfying “crunch” texture when squeezed, much like the real thing.

11976_300x300Incidentally, after the outdoor fun is done, you might want to have one of these just inside the door. This is the low-profile doormat that holds 12 pints of water per square yard, keeping entryways free of melting snow, providing you with the unique gift of clean, dry floors in the foulest weather.

Germ Fighters Help Preserve Wellness During Flu Season

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the incidence of influenza in the U.S. is showing elevated activity. Those 65 and over are particularly vulnerable, although certainly no one of any age enjoys being hit with a virus.

We have some suggestions for unique gifts that may help combat cold and flu germs and make your winter healthier and more comfortable.86978_300x300

This wall-mounted germ-eliminating air purifier eliminates up to 99.9% of airborne bacteria, mold, viruses, pet dander, dust mite allergens, and pollen without cluttering floor space. The air purifier uses convection to draw in airborne impurities and an internal ceramic heating element instantly eliminates airborne nasties without relying on chemicals.83896_300x300

Another solution is this air and surface sanitizer that eliminates mold, viruses, and bacteria from larger spaces, up to 1,000 sq. ft. The device uses a NASA-developed technology for purification aboard space shuttles: ultraviolet light combined with a nickel catalyst to emit safe catalytic molecules that destroy up to 99% of mold and bacteria on surfaces. This technology makes this purifier a great unique gift for any time of the year.

81995_300x300Keeping your mucous membranes moist can help fight off a cold and provide more comfort if you’ve been stricken. This ultrasonic warm mist humidifier provides more than 12 hours of humidification and increases air moisture in areas up to 900′ sq. In tests performed by the Hammacher Schlemmer Institute, the unit increased humidity 133% faster than lesser models and operated for 12.36 hours on a full tank.

It’s also not too late to get a flu shot, and this ounce of prevention aided by a purifier in your home and office can help you have a healthier winter.

Space Heaters Help Your Furnace Battle Arctic Blasts

All these negative numbers…it’s either a golfer’s dream game or the nightmare of January weather. Until we can hop that plane headed for West Palm Beach, our reality is bound by the throes of this year’s first real arctic blast.

Your furnace can be forgiven if it can’t quite keep up with the frigid temperatures. Supplementing with a space heater in your most-used rooms will give your family the unique gift of cozy warmth on the coldest days, while relieving some of the strain on the furnace.76892B_300x300

This small-yet-powerful heater warms a room in just seven minutes, thanks to a vortex circulation system that continually distributes warmth more efficiently across a wider area to eliminate cold spots left by regular heaters. The Vortex heater is not intended for use in bathrooms, so if that’s the room you want to warm, we highly recommend this bathroom heater. It earned The Best rating in81374_300x300 tests by the Hammacher Schlemmer Institute because it heated the bathroom the fastest and produced the most consistent heat from floor to ceiling.

The Best Tower Heater earned The Best rating from the Hammacher Schlemmer Institute because it warms room up to 300 sq. ft. fastest and was easiest to operate. This heater has an adjustable thermostat that can be set with a remote control and the simple oscillation and tilt functions provide precise heat 86519_300x300distribution.

Winter weather should not put a stop to hobbies best engaged in while working in the garage. The Air Circulating Garage Heater uses a two-speed fan to circulate air while warming the entire space—even while providing spot heating right where you want it. The durable housing makes this heater ideal for the bumps and knocks expected in a workspace, and a tip-over sensor turns off power automatically if the unit takes an 87070_300x300unexpected tumble.

The first day of Spring – and nature’s unique gifts of warmth, sunshine and longer days – is still 70 days away. In the meantime, make sure your space is warm and comfortable with an efficient space heater.

The Road to Winter Driving Is Paved with Good Inventions

Many a driver has suffered a flat tire caused by a deep pothole. If you find yourself with such a roadside emergency—and perhaps an under-inflated spare to boot—help is available from The Only Automatic Cordless Tire Inflator. This is the only cordless tire inflator that automatically shuts off when it reaches the desired tire pressure. With its Cordless Tire Inflatorintegrated LED that illuminates tire valves, it’s ideal for perfect tire inflation day or night. And keeping tire pressure at the manufacturer’s recommendation ensures optimal contact between your tires and the road, improving traction.

Winter road trips of any distance call for readiness for the unexpected. The emergency preparedness kit keeps 69 essentials including sustenance, first-aid items, and tools organized and readily accessible. About the size of a toiletry case, the kit stores unobtrusively in a car or closet.

Speaking from experience, it seems a cell phone’s battery runs out of juice precisely when it’s needed most. The Hand Crank Emergency Cell Phone Charger converts one minute of hand cranking into four minutes of emergency power for a connected cell phone. It’s ideal for placing an essential call or sending a text when power is not available.

For a car that’s winter-road worthy, make sure your auto has enough anti-freeze. Keep your gas tank at least half full to prevent condensation and frozen gas lines. Make sure your brakes are in good working order. Keep the windshield wiper fluid reservoir full and carry a spare bottle of fluid in your trunk. Finally, maintain a good interval from the car in front of you and remember that even four-wheel and all-wheel drive vehicles don’t stop any better or faster on ice. In fact, these heavier vehicles can lose traction more easily in icy conditions.