Celebrate Fall in the Great Outdoors

Every summer, outdoors lovers pledge to spend long hours enjoying the warm weather. That is, until mosquitoes, humidity, sweltering temperatures, and late afternoon storms conspire to drive us back inside.

But today is the first day of fall and this beautiful season offers mild, sunny weather perfect for getting outside to enjoy nature’s unique gifts of crisp temperatures and still-pleasant air. It’s the perfect time to enjoy outdoor games with your friends and family.86122_300x300

Of course, the downside of autumn is that darkness falls so much earlier. Yet, darkness is no problem with this lawn dart set that glows in the dark to enable nighttime matches. The dart wings and targets are embedded with phosphor that absorbs sunlight, making the components glow at night. The darts have soft rubber, rounded tips that are weighted to enable authentic throws and trajectories.

Change up the habit of your standing summer tee time with The PDGA Approved Disc Golf Set. Designed to meet the exacting standards determined by the Professional Disc Golf Association, the set includes six discs, a target with a deflecting bar and chains and a scoring basket.84557_300x300

This freestanding badminton set instantly creates a court on a lawn, driveway, beach, or any flat surface. Now you can play nearly anywhere and nearly everyone can participate, making a friendly badminton the ideal competition for sunny autumn weekends.

And if the crisp fall breezes are not enough to get the adrenaline flowing, try The Seated Backyard Zipline Kit. This is the backyard zipline with an integrated84065_300x300 seat that allows kids to swoop through the air while remaining close to the ground. Similar to ziplines found at luxury ski resorts and adventure camps, it provides a safe, fast ride.

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.

All in favor of vision health, say “Eye”

August is National Eye Exam Month, dedicated to the importance of eye health and safety.

The Strain Relieving Eye MassagerVision health is one of the most unique gifts of physical well-being. If you are between the ages of 40-65, your eyes should be checked at least every two years. For those over 65, vision should be checked annually.

Even for healthy eyes, everyday eye strain is not uncommon. The Strain Relieving Eye Massager uses mist, gentle vibration, and warmth to relax and soothe the eyes. The mask’s silicon seal gently contours to the unique shape of your face. This eye massager is a thoughtful and unique gift for anyone who spends hours in front of a computer, does a lot of close-up work, or simply needs some relief and relaxation.The Eye Fatigue Preventing Reading Glasses

You may be able to mitigate strained eyes with The Eye Fatigue Preventing Reading Glasses. Infused with melanin, the pigment that gives eyes their color, protects from UV damage, and reduces glare naturally, these magnifying reading glasses prevent eyes from tiring as you read or view a computer monitor.

For those who need a little help with tiny print or close work now and then, The Only Adjustable Focus Reading Glasses adjust the focus of each lens with the simple turn of a dial, using fluid-injection technology developed by a physicist at The Only Adjustable Focus Reading GlassesOxford. As the dial on either side of the frame is turned, the elastic membrane bows inwards or outwards, subtly changing the prescription in each lens independently.

The gift of sight is one of the best gifts you’ll ever enjoy, so make your appointment to see your optometrist or ophthalmologist now, during National Eye Exam Month.

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.

Adding a New Dimension to Doodling

Do you like to doodle? How would you like to doodle in 3D?

The World’s First 3D Printing PenThe World's First 3D Printing Pen lets you create three-dimensional freehand plastic drawings. Instead of releasing ink, this pen extrudes warm thermoplastic that hardens within seconds.

You can download blueprints of a 6″-tall Eiffel Tower, a napkin holder, or even Istanbul’s Sultan Ahmed Mosque. Just trace the designs and mend them together with the 3D pen. With some practice and a steady hand, you can even draw in the air to create a bird’s outstretched wing or connect two faces of a cube. Imagine the unique gifts you could create for friends and family!

The 3D Printing Pen has been used by artists to craft display pieces for the Museum of Modern Art’s Design Store window in New York City. An aspiring fashion designer used the pen to create a collection of wearable art. The pen has even been used to create parts for use in robotics.

As amazing as any 3D printer is, this pen is even more versatile, thanks to the freehand ability it offers. A Kickstarter campaign made the pen a reality, and now this amazing pen can put the magic of 3D printing right in your hands, too.