And the Winner Is…A Unique Gift for Better TV Viewing

The 2015 awards show season is in full swing! Now is a great time to update your home entertainment options with unique gifts that will help you make the most of all the red-carpet entrances and the timely jokes from the ceremonies’ hosts.84896B_300x300

Here are notable awards broadcasts you won’t want to miss over the next few months:
Screen Actors Guild Awards – Sunday, Jan. 25. Broadcast on TNT and TBS. This ceremony honors theatrical motion pictures, actors, television and stunt ensembles.
Grammy Awards – Sunday, Feb. 8. Watch on CBS as the recording industry recognizes performers and song writers from all genres of music.
Academy Awards – Sunday, Feb. 22. To many people this is the flagship of the awards season; this year’s Oscar winners will be announced in a broadcast on ABC.
Kid’s Choice Awards – Saturday, March 28. Nickelodeon will air its annual awards ceremony for the younger set.
Tony Awards – Sunday, June 7. Tune into CBS as the theater industry recognizes achievements on Broadway.

Hear precisely who wins each award with The Voice Clarifying TV Speaker. This wireless speaker features an advanced microchip that amplifies human speech frequencies above background noise so that spoken words are clearly audible. The speaker has its own volume control, and a headphone jack for private listening.

Can’t be home to watch the event? No problem, this Portable Smart TV is a tablet that features a built-in digital TV tuner and antenna to receive free, over-the-air high-definition broadcasts and display them on its 7″ screen. This tablet also accesses the Internet via Wi Fi.

Some of the most popular awards shows go on till the late hours of the evening. A unique gift for viewers who prefer to watch from the comfort of bed, The TV Listening Headband has integrated ultra-thin wireless speakers and is comfortable enough to be worn as you rest your head on a pillow. Developed exclusively by Hammacher Schlemmer, the soft fleece headband’s stereo speakers receive audio from a Bluetooth transmitter that connects to your TV.

So pop the popcorn, dim the lights and get ready for a night with your favorite stars from film, stage, and music!

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.

Make the Resolution for Fitness in ’15

Could 2015 be the year you finally keep your New Year’s resolutions for exercise and weight loss? With realistic goals and a solid plan, you can soon be on your way to a fitter, healthier you, a unique gift for a better life.

Sticking to your goals may be easier with a bit of assistance. We have a few suggestions that will help you track your progress and make working out more fun and more convenient.

83741A_300x300Monitoring your progress has never been easier than with the Fitbit Wellness Monitor Wristband. It automatically tracks daily movements and sleep cycles to help determine if you are getting enough exercise and sleep. It automatically uploads the information via Bluetooth when it’s within 15′ of a compatible paired device. Data can also be synched into popular fitness apps such as SparkPeople and Lose It!

86755_300x300Amp up your activity with these Full Body Workout Poles. Their patented built-in suspension provides an upper body workout as you walk. Each stride taken with these poles provides upper body resistance that burns up to 77% more calories than walking alone and works up to 90% of the body’s muscles while enhancing balance, posture, and coordination. The poles make an ideal and unique gift for anyone who loves walking or cross-country skiing.

83905_300x300Prefer working out at home but lack space for the equipment? This is the walker’s motorless treadmill that folds to only 14″ high for unobtrusive storage in a closet or against a wall. Resistance is created by magnetic force, eliminating the need for AC power and allowing set-up anywhere in a home. The treadmill surface adjusts to four different incline heights, heart rate sensors are built into the handlebars, and it has eight levels of resistance.

So procrastinate no longer! Make your plan and get your device and equipment today and the unique gifts of fitness and health can be yours this year.

Wearable Warmth for When Winter Winds Whirl

The winter solstice is behind us now, and that’s good news: evening light soon will return, a unique gift from Mother Nature we can all appreciate. The bad news: before it gets warmer, it’s going to get colder.

For most of the nation, the coldest time of the year occurs during the first three weeks of January. Let’s cozy up with some of these items that will keep us warm on even the coldest, bleakest days.

This el82271B_300x300ectric warmer is designed for the foot of the bed, delivering the perfect amount of heat to keep toes toasty without overheating the rest of the body. This sensibly sized warmer confines its heat to the lower part of the mattress, resting on top of or under the covers. It also can be used in front of a favorite easy chair, or even under your desk while working, making it an ideal unique gift for anyone suffering from popsicle toes.

84231_300x300The Best Heated Throw earned its rating from the Hammacher Schlemmer Institute because it generated the most consistent heat on the highest heat setting and was the most comfortable in comparative tests. And unlike other throws made from thin, itchy fabric, The Best Heated Throw is knitted from plush polyester fleece, with an impeccably soft sherpa lining.

86725_300x300Also rated The Best by the Hammacher Schlemmer Institute, these heated gloves were praised by panelists for dispersing heat across the top and bottom of the hand and all fingers. The rechargeable battery in The Best Heated Gloves warmed hands for more than 12 hours on low power. The Best Gloves are made with a soft Thinsulate lining for comfort and waterproof material.

We’re not saying another polar vortex is on the way, but if it gets here, you’ll be ready with unique gifts that will keep you or your loved ones toasty warm.

An Extraordinary History of Extraordinary Gifts

As 2014 comes to a close, we’d like to thank you for making Hammacher Schlemmer the premier source for The Best, The Only and The Unexpected. Since our beginnings in 1848 as a hardware store providing hard-to-find and high-quality tools, we’ve built our reputation as the best place for unique gifts. Here are a few examples of our historic novelties for your reading pleasure.1926_Extraordinary

By 1926, our evolution from a hardware store to “The House of Fine Housewares” was well under way. Fine examples of unique gifts from that era included giant, 12-inch matches and a lighter imported from France. These extra-long matches, designed for lighting a hearth, came mounted on an enameled tray and housed in a leather case, while the lighter was adorned with gold-plated 1931_Extraordinarytrim.

Even during the heart of the Great Depression, we recognized children still needed to have fun. Among the sporting goods we offered in 1931 is The Kangru Springshu, “an invigorating sport for small boys and girls!” Like wearable pogo sticks, the shoes strapped on a child’s shoe, literally putting a spring in their step.

In 1945, World War II came to an end, and we introduced the amazing Ink Maker1945_Extraordinary Pen.  This pen used a dehydrated ink “battery” that produced a fresh supply of ink when the pen was placed in water. This fine writing instrument was “streamlined for feather-lightness and beauty.”

By 1962, four young musicians were growing in popularity across the big pond and Beatlemania took hold. We began selling The Something Box, which did nothing but flash lights in a random sequence. The novelty captured the fancy of the Beatles, who purchased hundreds of them as unique gifts.

Fast-forward to the post-Y2K era, when electronics have become part of everyday life and we want our homes to be the center of our entertainment desires. In 2008, we introduced The Personalized Whac-A-Mo1962_Extraordinaryle Game. Operating exactly like those found in amusement parks and carnivals, this one comes in a walnut veneer cabinet that opens and closes at the touch of a button, and holds other home entertainment must-haves such as glassware and bottles.

Today, we pride ourselves on continuing the tradition of offering hard-to-find goods and items that can’t be found anywhere else. It’s easy to find unique gifts for everyone with our customizable 11258_300x300gift guide that lets you focus on the interests and needs of the intended recipient.

Add Fun and Flair to the Festive Feast

Ah, the holiday gathering…everyone around the dining table, eyes wide with anticipation of the familial patriarch carving into the Christmas feast.

For most of us, this Norman Rockwell moment is not what happens. In reality, the kids are unruly, there’s that one obnoxious brother-in-law who always tells corny jokes, and it’s nearly impossible to drag the sports fans away from the TV for dinner.

Here are some fun, attention-getting 82312_300x300unique gifts that will help put the focus where it belongs: being together with loved ones, having some holiday fun, and enjoying the company all the while.

Kids of all ages will love The Indoor Flameless Marshmallow Roaster. Campfire-worthy marshmallows are toasted over a stainless steel electric heater, making it safe and easy to use with children. Ideal for creating s’mores year ’round, the roaster 86245_300x300evokes a touch of summer on winter’s coldest, darkest days.

These tipsy wine glasses are ideal for setting a relaxed, lighthearted mood at the beginning of a gathering or for a surreptitious stemware switch after guests are about to start on their second (or more) Syrah. The sight of the tipsy glass might even convince those who have over indulged that it’s time for a cup of coffee.86799A_300x300

Recalling the covert cocktail shakers developed during prohibition, this Art-Deco airplane shaker surreptitiously serves up chilled libations. The fuselage-shaped shaker rests horizontally on the winged stand with two propellers, until the launch of cocktail hour. It just might get those folks glued to the basketball game to join the party and have a civilized cocktail, along with some stimulating conversation with the family.

We have many more ideas for unique gifts that add pop to your gathering or make for the perfect hostess gift for New Year’s and other holiday gatherings all year long.

Unique Gift Ideas for the Frequent Flyer

It has been a high-flying year for profitability in the airlines industry. The drop in fuel prices has contributed, but one way the carriers have squeezed more out of passengers’ wallets is through the practice of un-bundling airfares…otherwise known to travelers as fees for checked bags and sometimes for carry-ons, too.

If your holiday gift list includes a frequent business traveler, a college student who flies home during breaks, or a vacation-loving sightseer, we have several ideas for unique gifts 83512_300x300to help any of these folks pack lightly and travel comfortably.

The World’s Smallest Automatic Umbrella can be carried inconspicuously in a purse or trouser pocket. Only 8″ long when closed, the umbrella instantly deploys its generous 40″ diameter canopy when a button on its handle is pressed. When the skies clear, a second press of the button collapses the canopy.84239A_300x300

This Micro Packable Rain Anorak folds down to 8.5 x 7″ and zips into its own integrated pocket. Fitting unobtrusively in a briefcase, suitcase, or purse, its lightweight, durable nylon construction provides reliable water resistance without the bulk of dedicated rain jackets. A generous hood protects your hairstyle.

Airlines aren’t the only entities 83784_300x300squeezing our wallets these days. With most credit card issuers now switching us over to cards embedded with microchips, identity thieves have developed hacking techniques to pull personal information emitted by the chips’ radio frequencies. This Identity Theft Thwarting Wallet is made from featherweight carbon fiber that blocks most radio signals, keeping cards and IDs safe from unauthorized access.

For a broader selection of unique gift ideas for travelers, visit our travel page. Most can be gift wrapped and delivered in time for Christmas.

Wacky Ideas for Wonderful Gifts

Some gifts are meant to romance. Some are intended to help the recipient meet a goal. And some gifts are meant to provide a hearty laugh, a knowing smile, or the assurance that the giver will not be forgotten. We have suggestions for unique gifts that are so out of the ordinary, they will be conversation starters for years to come.

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This pair of motorized forks makes an ideal and unique gift for the pasta-loving foodie. The Spinning Spaghetti Forks’ tines rotate to twirl strands of spaghetti, linguini, fettuccine, or vermicelli into perfect, neat bites. A thumb-activated button on the handle sets the fork to winding a mess-free mouthful, without the need to use a helper spoon.84447_300x300

An inspired gift for those with a reputation for consuming copious quantities of coffee, The Caffeine Craver’s Colossal Coffee Cup holds 20 servings of the energizing elixer. Besides providing reforming caffeine-dependents with the means to adhere to a one-cup-a-day pledge in practice if not in spirit, the ginormous cup is large enough to serve as a snack bowl, or even a planter.

 

86451_300x300For a truly unusual and unique gift that will amaze and delight the lucky recipient, look no further than The Brain Wave Animated Cat Ears. The ears move in response to your thoughts and moods like an actual feline’s. A research-grade forehead EEG sensor translates the electrical impulses given off by your brain into a corresponding motion in the motorized ears. When you are paying attention, the ears quickly perk up. In a relaxed state, the ears slowly droop down.

If these unique gifts aren’t completely the cat’s meow, explore our full selection of unexpected gifts that will help you finish off your holiday shopping.