Throughout our 167 years history we’ve earned a reputation for providing unexpected, unique gift items that are the best in their category and items that are the only ones that do what they do. But sometimes as we scour the globe in search of the latest innovations, we discover that an entire range of products within a certain category are lacking in quality, are inexplicably missing features, or just are not available in the marketplace. When this happens, we seize the opportunity to bring such products into existence ourselves.
One example is The Rechargeable Indoor/Outdoor Wireless Speakers—the result of four years of effort that involved the design of specific tooling, molds, our own production line, and several prototypes until we got it just right. They are the only pair of splash-proof speakers that can sit poolside up to 200′ from their music source and provide stereo quality sound, without the need for alkaline batteries or a power outlet.
Another is The Best Bug Vacuum—the result of one-and-a-half years of rigorous testing. Previous models had run times of less than one minute and could not vacuum even the ubiquitous fly, much less zap it to inertness. After a dozen attempts, we finally perfected a prototype that could pick up multiple medium-to-large sized crickets at once—several hundred unfortunate crickets later, The Best Bug Vacuum was born.
The Invigorating Heel To Toe Masseuse was the result of our buyers and product developer conducting on-site factory visits to research existing foot massage products. What they discovered was there was no existing model that massaged the heel in addition to the foot. We knew we were on the right track when we had difficulty getting product testers to return the prototype because they so enjoyed the unique gift of a vigorous kneading foot massage.
It’s innovation like this that truly pays homage to French writer Charles-Guillaume Étienne’s phrase from 1824: “If you want something done right, do it yourself.”