Gourmet Gifts That Click With The Coffee Klatch

A cold wind is sweeping across the country and our bodies crave a warm refreshing break to stave off winter’s frosty fury. While we can’t change the weather, these unique gifts of gourmet delights make the cold easier to bear as you dish the latest gossip with the coffee klatch or hunker down by yourself with a hot cup of tea and a good read.12264_300x300

A chocolatier’s mouth waters with envy at the sight of Marini’s Hand Dipped Chocolate Bacon. The latest craze for an edible unique gift, Dutch cocoa milk chocolate and luxuriously rich, French dark chocolate enrobe thick-cut, hickory smoked bacon. Bacon makes winter life much better!

Arndt’s Homemade Fudge Gift Basket features four slabs of luscious love. This 12417_300x300unique gift basket is the pride of Illinois’s small-town antique fudgery. In its third generation of family ownership, Arndt’s still uses the freshest butter and cream to make its decadent flavors. The tin includes maple nut, old-fashioned peanut butter and chunky rocky road, along with a super-rich chocolate.

The Genuine Smith Island Cake is Maryland’s official state dessert. For 200 years, bakers on Smith Island, a remote fishing village at the southern tip of the Chesapeake Bay, have sent the cake out with the local watermen 12379_300x300during the autumn oyster harvest. The fishermen found that the thick fudge frosting helped preserve the cake for the duration of their voyage, while their wives took pride in how delicately thin and moist they could make the interior layers. Gourmet Coffee has met its match!

The ultimate coffee klatch can only be achieved with the ultimate espresso maker. The Genuine Italian Astoria Dual Espresso Machine presents the classic style from 1901, with modern microprocessor controls. This commercial-grade dual espresso maker from 10911_300x300Italy is the same kind trusted in fine restaurants. The ornate copper dome is handmade in Morocco and topped with a brass eagle, and is accented with highly polished copper and stainless steel steam wands and panels.

Finishing Touches Make Your Holiday Display the Best on the Block

In some neighborhoods, friendly competitions wage during the holiday season. Which house is the most brightly lit? Who has the best choreographed display of lights and music? What family’s decorations are the most unique?

As you put the finishing touches on your prize-worthy holiday display, we have some ideas for unique gifts that will allow your house to stand out from the crowd.86290_300x300

This Candy Cane Archway, illuminated with 350 built-in incandescent mini-lights, will transform your home’s entrance into a candy cane-themed spectacle. With sparkling tinsel that covers sturdy metal frames, two 7′-high candy canes flank a walkway while their connecting arch invites guests to pass beneath an illuminated red tinsel bow.86209_300x300

Add Yuletide mirth to an indoor or protected outdoor display with this pre-lit Darth Vadar Santa. Decked out with a crimson stocking cap that transforms the Sith Lord into an impressive—most impressive—likeness of Saint Nick, he is lit with a small galaxy of 50 incandescent mini-bulbs. An activated lightsaber reminds visitors his seasonal holiday bearing should not be mistaken for permanent affability.

For a more traditional look, The Lighted Holiday Horse Drawn Sleigh84050_300x300 evokes the “one-horse open sleigh” dashing famously through the snow. The 6-ft. long trotting horse and its trailing sleigh are strung with 270 long-lasting bulbs and sculpted with lifelike details, including the horse’s silky tinsel mane, perked ears, and raised hoof.

Plan your display now and maximize your enjoyment of the holiday season’s unique gifts of fun, fellowship and friendly competition.

Enjoy a Cold One with These Unique Gifts for Beer Lovers

With new microbreweries popping up around the country and a selection of craft beers blanketing beverage store shelves, this is a great time to consider some unique gifts for lager lovers and ale aficionados.84035_300x30086570_300x300

These chill-maintaining pilsner glasses keep beer chilled just above freezing for 30 minutes. The double-walled glasses have a viscous cooling liquid between both layers that freezes after one hour in a freezer. Forgot to chill down your six-pack? No problem, these the glasses can chill a room-temperature libation to 36° F in just 21/2 minutes.

A unique gift that’s ideal for the gentleman who believes form should always follow function, these cufflinks open bottles as easily as they secure French button cuffs. Made from polished stainless steel, they have rigid teeth for quickly lifting the cap from a bottle-conditioned Imperial Pale Ale.

This remote-controlled cooler can roll across a 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 84433_300x300compact cooler rolls on four sturdy underside wheels up to 60′ from the host at the controls. This is an amusing and unique gift for the beer lover who thought he had everything.

This is truly a golden age for fans of fermented malt beverages. There’s a style of beer for every taste, and if ale’s what cures you, to that we deliver a hearty “Cheers!”

Unique Gifts to Inspire the Inner Mixologist

Among the many holiday traditions, enjoying a celebratory libation with family and friends ranks high on most people’s list. We especially appreciate (and secretly envy) the mixologist whose spirits are always precisely measured, artfully displayed in the proper glass, and served with diamond-clear ice. In this “spirit” of the holidays, Hammacher Schlemmer offers unique gifts to toast a favorite barkeep or to perhaps inspire your own inner mixologist.

Recalling the covert cocktail shakers developed during prohibition, this Art-Dec86799A_300x300o airplane shaker surreptitiously serves up chilled libations. The fuselage-shaped shaker rests horizontally on the winged stand with two propellers, evoking an executive’s desk ornament. At the launch of happy hour, the fuselage removes from the stand, and its rounded Art Deco lid opens for adding your favored cocktail’s ingredients.

For imbibers who prefer to enjoy their spirits neat, The Spirits Aerator instantly enhances the aroma and flavor of scotch, cognac, brandy, and other fine libations. Along these same lines, The Non-Diluting Whisky Cold Stones keep distilled spirits chilled without watering down the flavor as melting ice does. Two stones can lower the temperature of a 3-oz. pour by as much as 25 degrees, and keep the liquid cool for a half hour.

12540_300x300On occasion, the home bartender may want to relax and just enjoy his own cocktail party. Enter The Robotic Bartender. This is the computerized mixologist like those found at country clubs, stadium luxury suites, and fine hotels that automatically makes perfect cocktails at the touch of a button. The touchscreen interface allows users to select drink categories or start by choosing a spirit, and it searches its 600-drink database for matching cocktails. The unit holds spirits and mixers, ice, and even a built-in garnish tray that keeps blue cheese olives and lemon twists close at hand.

Drug-free Relief from Pain

Pain is one of the most complex physical feelings experienced by humans. Equally complex is how to treat it. Drug therapy has its downsides, ranging from expense to side effects to dependency.

Much attention has turned to alternative therapies that provide the unique gift of easing discomfort with no unpleasant side effects. Better yet, a visit to the doctor for a prescription isn’t even necessary.

If you or a loved one is in search of drug-free methods to relieve arthritis pain, aches from physical activity, or discomfort from a less-than-ergonomic work environment, we have some suggestions that make ideal and unique gifts for pain relief.79568_300x30084508_300x300

This cordless home electrotherapy system delivers hours of drug-free pain relief from arthritis and muscle aches. The device employs Transcutaneous Electrical Nerve Stimulation (TENS) therapy, a method of pain relief widely adopted by medical professionals. When the self-adhesive electrode pads of this device are placed on sore spots, they send harmless low-frequency electrical pulses into the tissue that help relieve pain.

Stimulate blood flow in the fingers and get relief from pain and stiffness with these Circulation Enhancing Vibrating Gloves. With slim nodes strategically placed over each finger and thumb joint, the gloves provide a gentle vibration that helps massage away pain and improve flexibility. This comfortable movement creates soothing warmth that helps enhance circulation and ease soreness.

This Warming Backrest secures to 84438_300x300any chair back to relax and soothe muscles from the shoulders to the hips. With almost six times the surface area of traditional heating pads, this oversize pad can warm and ease pain over the entire back at once. It drapes over the back of any chair, or it can be rolled into a log to support and target the lumbar region.

With any or all of these unique gifts, you’ll feel soothed and more comfortable instantly, with no pill popping, doctors visits, or nasty side effects.

At-Home Pampering Aids Help Ease Tension

Can a massage make you healthier? The medical community has long known that stress levels have an impact on overall well-being. Minimizing tension and stress can contribute to a reduction of problems from muscle aches to common colds to heart disease.

We’re in favor of anything that results in the unique gift of better health, whether it’s a standing weekly appointment for a rub-down or just taking care of ourselves with a bit of pampering right at home. Here are some ideas for unique gifts that will pamper you with a massage from head to toe, and you’ll never even have to leave the house.

82399_300x300The Deep or Light Pressure Neck Massager provides penetrating, deep tissue massage or a soothing, light touch. Unlike typical neck massagers that only provide vibration, this model uses two rollers that rotate in two directions to simulate the kneading of the human hand. The massager is made from comfortable foam, sculpted to fit comfortably around the neck and can be compressed against specific areas of your neck and shoulders.

Get a gentle, soothing massage to 81569_300x300both the top and bottom of the hand with The Hand Reflexology Massager. It compresses trigger points using a mechanical air pressure system that kneads the hand for a comfortable, spa-like massage. A team of physical therapists found the massager to have potential to help relieve pain and discomfort with its soothing rhythm that helps relieve the tension, stress, and fatigue associated with extended keyboard and mouse usage.

The Invigorating Heel To Toe Masseuse combines deep tissue 84872_300x300shiatsu, compression, and heat for an invigorating foot massage that rivals those given by a professional masseuse. Simply tuck each foot into the soft cloth-lined pockets for a vigorous 15-minute session. An infrared heat setting can be used to pleasantly warm the soles to boost relaxation.

So take care of yourself, indulge in some at-home massage and you may enjoy the unique gifts of better health.

Institute Testing Brings Out The Best in Gifts

For over a century-and-a-half, Hammacher Schlemmer has been a unique retailer offering unique gifts.

One aspect that sets us apart from others is the Hammacher Schlemmer Institute, founded in 1983. This non-profit consumer advocacy organization was created to research, test, and rate consumer products objectively, determining the items that are truly superior in each category.

Through rigorous testing, many of our unique gifts are thoroughly vetted until we can confidently declare that one has earned the designation “Best.” The Institute performs this testing without influence from manufacturers, vendors, or merchants.

Some of The Institute’s toughest testing goes to otherwise-ordinary kitchen appliances. 77058_300x300For example, The Best Toaster Oven earned the highest rating from the Hammacher Schlemmer Institute because it quickly cooked pizza and cookies and maintained a constant cooking temperature. This oven’s internal temperature varied only 2.89° F when measured at different locations within the oven when set to 400° F, far superior to lesser units that varied as much as 65° F and burned different areas of food.

Similarly, The Best Two Slice Toaster earned its rating from the Hammacher Schlemmer Institute because it produced perfectly browned toast more consistently than 84279_300x300any model. The Best model toasted bread until it had a crisp exterior and warm chewy interior, perfectly matching all seven browning settings on both sides of the toast. This toaster also has slots longer than any other model tested, accommodating slices of artisanal bread.

What could more ordinary than a can opener? Not The Best Electric Can Opener. This one scored the highest in every testing category. The Best model opened cans faster than any other model, requiring only an average of 10.5 seconds to unseal cans of different sizes and weights and maintained its 78380_300x300tight grip until the lever was disengaged. Two guiding posts consistently aligned the can, blade, and magnet, leading to a perfect score for ease of attachment.

With the holiday season approaching, look to Hammacher Schlemmer for The Best gifts to delight your friends and family.

The Best Unique Gifts for the Holidays

The holiday season is not far away…it’s time to consider ideas for The Best products for unique gifts that will make family and friends remember you with a smile all year long.

The Hammacher Schlemmer Institute is a non-profit consumer advocacy organization created in 1983 to research, test, and rate consumer products objectively, determining the items that are truly superior in each category. Each of the products below was vetted through rigorous testing, giving us confidence to designate them The Best of their type.83615_300x300

This emergency radio earned The Best rating from the Hammacher Schlemmer Institute because it had the longest playback time and clearest reception. In addition to being the only tested model that allowed users to set multiple weather alert types across multiple counties and states, the Best Emergency Radio ran for five hours after a full charge, far superior to other radios. The Best model also charges an iPhone from zero to 88% of its full capacity. This radio’s superior features include an integrated LED flashlight, water-resistant construction, USB port and a built-in solar panel for supplemental power.84417_300x300

These wireless TV headphones earned The Best rating from the Hammacher Schlemmer Institute because they had unmatched sound quality and superior range. The Best model received clear, crisp stereo sound up to 165′ away from its radio-frequency transmitter. These headphones also automatically adjust the volume of dialogue to ensure words are heard over a film’s score or sound effects.

82643_300x300This 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 lauded The Best model for requiring “no effort at all.” The expert praised The Best model’s screw insertion as “flawless” on traditional and synthetic corks and its cork removal performance was “exemplary,” while other openers stuck to the lip of the bottle.

In coming days, we’ll tell you about more unique gift ideas identified as The Best by the Hammacher Schlemmer Institute.

Camping: a Great Way to Enjoy the Season

When it comes to camping, there are those who prefer to rough it, backpacking all their gear in and out of remote locations, and those who want to take creature comforts along, perhaps with an RV equipped with satellite TV, wi-fi, and a full bathroom.

Both types of campers have one thing in common—a desire to get away from the urban environment to enjoy nature’s unique gifts of fresh air and starry skies.79883_300x300

Autumn’s arrival signals the perfect time for a camping excursion. The cooler days and nights make for a more pleasant experience. But you may find that when it comes to mosquitos, they didn’t get the memo that summer’s over. To that end, we have a couple of suggestions to keep mozzies from spoiling an otherwise-memorable campout.

The Solar Powered Bug Zapper eliminates insects without requiring proximity to a power outlet. Six UV bulbs turn on automatically at dusk (and turn off at dawn) and lure mosquitoes, flies, and other insects to eliminate them instantly within a 1/2-acre radius. This chemical-free bug protection provides up to eight hours of operation from an eight-hour solar charge.78830_300x300

Doing some hiking? Take insect-repelling technology right along with you with The 120 Hour Personal Mosquito Repeller. About the size of a smartphone, this device clips unobtrusively to a belt and repels mosquitoes within a 7 1/2′ radius. It uses geraniol, a plant-derived essential oil that eliminates the need to apply chemical-based sprays.

Now that your campsite is free of annoying insects, don’t forget a unique gift for roasting marshmallows and wienies over an open fire. The Campfire Roasting Rod is a patented device that 84544_300x300enables campers to roast hot dogs and toast marshmallows from a safe distance as if fishing. Gently jigging the pole upwards—just like setting the hook while fishing—flips the roasting spits over for even cooking.

So whether you’re a novice camper or an experienced bivouacker, plan some time before winter’s winds howl to enjoy the unique gifts of the great outdoors.

Appease Zombie Souls with Unique Gifts for Halloween Decorating

October’s chill winds bring benevolent ghosts back to life for one last haunt before they pass on to the ethereal enchanted realm. We say heartfelt remembrances for their safe passage.

But it’s the malevolent spirits we need to scare away. Witches, sprites, and evil creatures envy us and want to stay alive with us, but they must depart. We have scary and unique gift ideas to keep the undead at bay and brighten your home for trick-or-treat visitors or All Hallows’ Eve festivities.83832_300x300

Our exclusive 12′ Inflatable Animated Spider will scare the possessed to other parts of the neighborhood with its frightful fun. Standing with an upright pose suggesting fiendish arthropodan intelligence, the spider’s head swivels side-to-side as if selecting its next victim. Both eyes are illuminated by integrated LEDs that change colors from a devilish red to a supernatural green, complementing its outthrust fangs.

The Inflatable Howling Haunted House is great for announcing a ghoulish party. This house howls, screams, and flashes its lights when unsuspecting visitors pass beneath its ominous arched doorway. When triggered, the house’s 60 LEDs flash from red to green while its plays a 15-second loop of scary sounds.84882_300x300

The 15′ Inflatable Apparition manifests its malevolent intent by changing colors throughout the night. Implying recent dissolution from a corporeal state, thin wisps of textured nylon drape ghoulishly from its ethereal outstretched limbs. LEDs inside the ghost’s body change colors every few seconds, reminding passersby that just because it is secured to the ground, its spirit remains untethered to this world.

Meanwhile, inside your home, The Halloween Fireplace Screen adds holiday whimsy to your hearth. Five skeletons with green acrylic eyes adorn the screen. “Happy Halloween” greets onlookers at the screen’s top while three bats and a ghost complete the display with a final skull and outstretched bony arms.

Startle friends and family with The Remote Controlled Tarantula. This oversized arachnid’s 74325B_300x300eight legs move independently and its eyes light up, allowing you to frighten unsuspecting arachnophobes day or night. But beware: if your friend tries to eat it, he might be a zombie!