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‘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.

Dressing for Success in Jammuary

Mens Flannel PajamasThis time of year, many find themselves fighting a bit of post-holiday letdown. And while the winter solstice has passed, sunrise is still much too late to inspire ambitions of a productive day. Trading your flannel pajamas for street clothes can be a chore in itself.

To that end, we declare this month Jammuary. Through 1/31, we all have guiltless freedom to stay in our jammies all day long. In true Hugh Hefner style, Jammuary is best celebrated in the luxurious warmth of wear such as these wonderful men’s flannel pajamas. These pajamas are made in County Donegal, Ireland, from the softest flannel available in the world. For unsurpassed comfort, complement your PJs with a flannel robe and sheepskin slippers.

There’s just something satisfying, indulgent and even restorative about a lazy day of peaceful relaxation in your most comfortable items of clothing.

Nothing’s better than watching the NFL championship round in flannel pajamas or a flannel robe. You may even want to consider throwing a jammie party or family sleepover, complete with cozy man-cave sports entertainment, games for the kids, fine wine or cocktails for the adults, with other snacks and a chocolate fondue for dessert. Start the next morning with skiing or skating and laugh in the face of the polar vortex!

Add Warmth to Your Home During Winter’s Bitter Bite

Heated Mattress PadDangerously cold wind chills…whiteout conditions…canceled flights…sky-high heating bills. For much of the nation, 2014 has opened with wintry weather like we haven’t seen in decades.

In our last article, we told you about some products to keep yourself warm. Now we’d like to tell you about some of the best items that make the surroundings of your home warmer, while allowing you to dial down the thermostat.

This heated mattress pad earned The Best rating from the Hammacher Schlemmer Institute because it generated the most consistent warmth and was the most comfortable. Panelists who slept on this mattress pad lauded its soft cushioning and virtually undetectable heating elements. Perhaps our favorite feature, the king and queen sizes allow two sleepers to set their own temperature preferences.

Sooner or later, however, you’ll have to leave that warm bed to get in the shower. Imagine stepping out of your shower to a fluffy, warm towel or toasty heated robe. The Best Heated Towel Warmer earned its rating from the Hammacher Schlemmer Institute because it left towels the warmest and produced the most consistent heat from the outer to the inner edges of two rolled towels, effectively heating the entire towel surface. The Heated Cotton Robe has rechargeable heating elements strategically placed in the front and back to deliver full-body warmth.

One of the best ways to get warm is to cozy up on the couch with someone special. And your couch becomes extra-cozy with The Heated Furniture Cover. Made from soft microsuede, this quilted cover drapes over the back, seat and arms of furniture and has a textured backing to secure it in place. It adjusts to four temperature settings and is available sized for chairs, love seats and sofas.

And don’t forget to throw another log on the fire. The Foldaway Firewood Rack holds up to a quarter cord of wood in season and folds to merely 6-1/2″ wide for convenient storage in warmer months. A waterproof 600-denier reinforced nylon cover protects the wood from rain and snow.

Finally, how about a reclining chair that will warm you, massage you, and rejuvenate you, even on the most brutally cold days? The Heated Full Body Massage Chair combines the invigorating touch of a massage therapist’s hands with the restorative sensation of hot stone therapy. When not in use as a massager, this chair converts easily into an elegant recliner with leather-like upholstery that conceals its massage functions.

No Matter How You Define It, Winter is Time to Seek Warmth

Heated JacketWhether you define winter weather from an astronomical point of view, which says it began December 21, or from its meteorological designation—starting December 1—bottom line: winter’s here and we must keep warm! At Hammacher Schlemmer, we help provide solutions that let you cozy up, hibernate, or get out and about in warmth and style.

Imagine jumping out of bed in the morning to The Heated Cotton Robe. This is the cotton bathrobe with heating elements strategically placed in the front and back to deliver full-body warmth. And for your feet, we suggest The Genuine Australian Sheepskin Scuffs, derived from the fleece of Merino sheep and renowned for providing toasty warmth and unrivaled comfort.

When it’s time to leave the house, you’ll never suffer the cold with The Three Zone Heated Jacket. Heating elements are strategically placed in the chest and back to protect against the worst winter chills without the bulk of a heavy coat.

On the road or close to home, ladies will appreciate The Traveler’s Hands Free Wrap. This is the cozy wrap that has concealed pockets for hands-free and secure storage of valuables while traveling. The versatile wrap can be draped over the shoulders or torso or looped around the neck like a scarf, with a drawstring to provide a snug fit and seal out drafts on chilly flights or boat rides.

We have some unique items to guard against a frosty day as well. The Bearded Beanie is a knit cap with a foldaway detachable beard that evokes the hirsute virility of mountain men while engaging in winter tasks. Ideal for chopping wood, building a cabin, or shoveling snow, it is made from soft 100% acrylic yarn.

The Wireless Headphone Ear Warmers contain integrated speakers that connect via Bluetooth to any iPhone, Android or Windows smartphone, allowing you to listen to music or answer calls without exposing ears to the cold. The ear warmers have a thermal fleece shell, soft polyester lining and insulation to shield against cold winds.

Finally, don’t forget about man’s best friend. The Heated Dog Sofa allows pets to rest in warm, luxurious comfort. It provides radiant warmth to help pets relax and can help soothe sore joints in older, arthritic canines.

In a future article, we’ll tell you about some interesting products that help bring warmth to you home.