Oh, My Aching Knees!

As we age, knee pain may not be inevitable, but it’s a common complaint among many people. Even when the younger set is factored in, the American Osteopathic Association reports a third of all Americans are affected by knee pain.

A host of remedies abound, including joint-replacement surgery, injections, strong prescription drugs and over-the-counter pills and potions. There are also non-invasive solutions that can offer the unique gift of sweet relief without drugs, or as a complement to medication.83545_1000x100089916_1000x1000

Using technology developed by NASA to heal astronauts’ injuries, this infrared LED device, a Hammacher Schlemmer exclusive, covers a wide area to produce safe and gentle heat. It stimulates blood circulation to relieve swelling in joints and loosen tight muscles. A study at Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin showed the LED technology reduced painful inflammation by up to 37%. Unlike heating pads that only treat just below the skin’s surface, this unique gift’s LED light penetrates deep into tissue for long-lasting relief.

This hands-free device combines infrared LED technology and vibration massage to ease knee pain. Also available only from Hammacher Schlemmer, this massager includes a compression sleeve that keeps the device from slipping off the knee and insulates the skin. Four LEDs surround the patella and produce infrared energy for improved blood flow to relieve stiffness and fatigue. Six neon warming lights—adjustable from 113-149°F—heat the surrounding exterior tissue. Meanwhile, an 8,000 rpm vibration massage kneads out tension and soothes muscle aches.84344_1000x1000

Get relief even while you’re active with these gentleman’s walking shoes They feature a patented sole that helps to relieve knee pain. Developed with rheumatology experts, the shoes employ flexure zones built into the outsoles, proven in a study at Rush University Medical Center in Chicago to reduce knee load by 20%, essential for slowing the progression of osteoarthritis. EVA insoles provide comfort to forefoot, arch, and heel while the rubber outsoles ensure an even, reliable grip while walking. Breathable mesh uppers keep feet dry and comfortable. The shoes are available for ladies, too.

Building leg strength and, especially, losing weight can help ease knee pain, but both of those are easier said than done for many folks. In the meantime, these unique gifts can bring some comfort to anyone who has ever said, “Oh, my aching knees!”

The Best Unique Gifts – and We Can Prove It!

Many companies find it all too easy to pay lip service to claims of the top this and the highest-quality that.

Hammacher Schlemmer stands apart from these unverified claims, thanks to the Hammacher Schlemmer Institute. This non-profit consumer advocacy program, founded in 1983, was created to research, test, and rate products objectively. All ratings are made with no influence from manufacturers, vendors, or merchants. Through rigorous testing, many of the unique gifts we offer are thoroughly vetted until we can confidently declare the one that has earned the designation “Best”.88776_1000x1000

For example, among the products that have earned The Best rating, this waterproof foil shaver was chosen because it produced the most comfortable shave. The Best model’s foils generate subtle vibrations that lift hair follicles and enable the five blades (the most in the industry) to cut below the skin. Panelists said it produced “an awesome shave, as close as a blade and lasts all day.” Unlike lesser shavers that left “patchy” areas requiring users to go over them a second time, The Best model’s pivoting head “reached every nook and cranny effortlessly.”88333_1000x1000

When you want to illuminate a walkway, you want the solar-powered light that produces the brightest, longest-lasting, and most expansive glow. Here is the light that ranked first in all tests conducted by the Hammacher Schlemmer Institute. The Best Solar Walkway Light, generated 60 lumens—a measure of light intensity—glowing 75% longer than other models. Even after eight hours, its bright beam had not diminished. The Best Solar Walkway Light automatically turns on at dusk, and the solar panel on top recharges in moderate to full sunshine.82643_1000x1000

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 a number of electric wine openers and lauded The Best model for requiring “no effort at all,” unlike lesser models that were “incredibly awkward” or “required a lot of pressure.” It opens up to 50 wine bottles after a full charge via its base that plugs into AC.

We proudly offer unique gifts in every category qualified to be The Best, and many are Hammacher Schlemmer exclusives. Shop our full selection online and enjoy The Best in your home, too…as always, your complete satisfaction is guaranteed.

Happy Birthday to Technology that Changed our Lives

It’s hard to believe Apple’s iPod – the best-selling MP3 player and precursor to the iPhone – turns 15 on Monday.

Other digital storage devices were already in the market, but Apple’s touchscreen, user-friendly interfaces, and smaller form factor transformed our lives. Today, the vast majority of us carry smartphones that have drawn inspiration from that first iPod.

With this technology comes a need to keep your iPod, iPad, iPhone, or Android charged and ready to assist. We feature several unique gifts to keep your devices running strong and enhance their da87964_1000x1000ily usefulness.86892_1000x1000

In your car, this rapid-charge adapter powers up to three devices at once. The 2.4 amp-rating provides superior charging efficiency for iPods, iPhones and other smartphones, charging in half the time it takes typical chargers. An LED indicator lets you know devices are still charging. It plugs into a standard 12V socket and includes cables for both Android and iPhone connectors.

This car speakerphone earned The Best rating from the Hammacher Schlemmer Institute because it provided the clearest audio. The Best model’s dual microphone eliminated background noise, muffled sounds and echoes with noise reducing technology, leading one analyst to say “I couldn’t even tell they were talking on a speakerphone.” It mounts to a visor and automatically connects to your phone via Bluetooth. The Best unit’s three-speaker virtual surround sound provides audio “as clear as listening to the radio.”87348_1000x1000

There’s little more frustrating than a low battery and no place to plug in. Here’s a portable battery that attaches to a sunny window, using solar power to charge your device. A suction cup allows you to mount the unit to a window in a car, train, or plane while the built-in solar panel charges the internal 1,000 maH lithium-ion battery. It’s only slightly larger than a hockey puck, so it tucks easily into a carry-on or purse.

As proof of how the technology that began with the iPod changed society, we feature dozens of unique gifts that make your smartphone more useful, or that operate efficiently with the help of your phone and an app. And like every unique gift we offer, they’re all covered by our Unconditional, Unwavering Lifetime Guarantee.

Staying Safe Starts at Home

As a person ages, it’s common to develop a stronger inclination to stay safe, while worrying more about potential dangers. We drive a bit more slowly, avoid the risk of falling as much as possible, and we start to imagine “what if” scenarios where things could go wrong.

The instinct for safety extends to our home surroundings, too. Recognizing that, today we have unique gift ideas for loved ones or for yourself that help promote personal safety and security 89019_1000x1000at home.

This German-engineered steel stepladder provides users with maximum safety and balance support. Sturdy handles help secure your balance when climbing up and down. An ergonomic knee rest at the top of the ladder provides additional balance support, so you can comfortably lean forward when hanging pictures, changing a lightbulb, or checking smoke detectors. Large risers provide generous footing, support up to 330 lbs., and prevent slips with rubber treads.88801_1000x1000

Avoid many trips up a ladder entirely with this telescoping magnetic grabber. It allows you to reach objects up to 44″ away. Ideal for accessing the highest, deepest cabinet or closet shelves, it locks into place at the desired length, grasping objects with 5 1/2″-wide jaws. Controlled from a trigger grip, the jaws come with a foam rubber insert that enables them to secure objects as small as a paperclip or as heavy as 5 lbs. It’s the ideal unique gift for an aging parent or anyone who just hates bending over to retrieve a dropped object.12825_1000x1000

For the kitchen, workshop and auto, this set of three handheld fire extinguishers safely store in compact spaces for easy emergency use. Each extinguisher is the size of a spray paint can and tucks perfectly into a glovebox, tool bench, or drawer. These ABC-class fire extinguishers put out small fires caused by ordinary combustibles (paper, wood, cloth), flammable liquids (gasoline, oil, grease), and electrical equipment (wires, fuses, circuit breakers).

Look around your house and you’ll find many opportunities for improving safety. Remove throw rugs that present tripping hazards. Add automatic timers to lamps so you don’t need to fumble for a switch when dusk falls. Put nightlights in hallways, stairwells, and bathrooms. Make sure your smoke detectors function – test them quarterly – and install carbon monoxide detectors, too. These small steps will add up to the unique gift of feeling safer at home.

The Mulligan: a Unique Gift of a Do-Over

Who has never wished for a do-over? It’s such a common feeling, the world of golf even came up with the term Mulligan to describe the unique gift of a second chance at success. Whether a golfer or not, we all get to celebrate the do-over next Monday, National Mulligan Day.12630_1000x1000

There’s no agreement among historians or the United States Golf Association about the origin of the term. One popular story dates it back to an Anglo-Irish aristocrat born in 1793, predating even the coverage found in The New York Times History of Golf, a comprehensive book featuring articles that focus on highlights from the golf world throughout the years.84014_1000x1000

Traditionally, one Mulligan is granted to each golfer in a round. If you’ve used yours up, another tactic is to spot your ball before the rest of the foursome. These special glasses, available exclusively from Hammacher Schlemmer, help golfers locate golf balls obscured by shadows and thick rough. The lenses have a blue light-filtering pigment, making white balls easier to locate against dark backgrounds. Though we never advise cheating, these glasses may give you a surreptitious opportunity to improve your lie while your golfing partners comb the weeds.12245_1000x1000

Distraction is another tactic. This Hovercraft Golf Cart turns heads as it glides over sand traps and water hazards on a cushion of air as easily as it does over fairways and the rough. Powered by a 65-hp engine, its axial-flow ducted fan propels the craft up to 45 mph and 9″ off the ground without harming grass, and allows crossing of a pond for cross-water shots or to retrieve a wayward ball that didn’t “really” go in the drink.

After all, Hammacher Schlemmer is all about the Mulligan. Our Unconditional and Unwavering Lifetime Guarantee assures if you ever need a “do-over” when purchasing any of our unique gifts, you may always return the items for exchange, credit, or refund, no questions asked. Think of it as your personal Mulligan, available every day of the year.

Don’t Let Foot Pain Spoil Your Walk in the Woods

Grab the camera, a sweatshirt, and some walking shoes…it’s time for to go leaf-peeping!

There’s no better time than fall for a walk in the woods to enjoy the unique gifts of colors the trees give us. The autumn air is crisp, the breeze carries the scent of the season, and your perambulations can be followed with a glass of cider…hard or otherwise.

Even if you experience foot pain when walking, we can help you still enjoy a stroll in the woods. Here are just a few of the items available from Hammacher Schlemmer designed to help prevent and relieve discomfort in the feet.81650_1000x1000

The Plantar Fasciitis Relief Rocker is a professional-quality stretching device that relieves the pain from this affliction and helps prevent it from reoccurring. Simply standing on the unit with one foot and rocking gently backwards stretches the plantar fascia and helps prevent inflammation. The device also provides a great stretch to the Achilles tendons, ankles, calves and hamstrings, making it an ideal and unique gift for runners and other athletes.84992_1000x1000

Our Custom-fit Insole Kit enhances foot comfort and balance without a trip to the podiatrist. Proven to protect against sports- and job-related injuries when worn regularly, they can also help relieve foot fatigue and pain. Simply step into the moldable foam in the kit, mail it to the manufacturer in the prepaid package, and within a few weeks you’ll receive your own customized, cushioning insoles.88387a_1000x1000

After a long walk, you may want to seek comfort from this Shiatsu Heated Foot Compression Massager, available only from Hammacher Schlemmer. It provides a soothing, spa-like experience by combining heat, air compression, and Shiatsu to relax and reenergize sore feet. This device features kneading rollers that target key pressure points to relieve tension and knots, while lined footwells inflate and deflate with comfortable compression to revive aching muscles. Add a touch of heat to accelerate the blood flow that refreshes tired feet.

Don’t miss out on the pleasures of a walk in the woods during this beautiful time of the year…employ some preventative measures and soothing after-care and you’ll practically be skipping down nature’s path.

Investing in CDs for 34 Years

You could say the digital revolution began on this date in 1982 when the compact disc player was introduced.

Although streaming audio continues to grow, replacing owning music in any format, the compact disc remains very much alive. In 2014, nearly 141 million CDs were sold, and we are proud to feature several unique gifts to help you enjoy your CD collection.12228_1000x1000

This portable stereo system optimizes the concept of the portable audio player – a.k.a. boom box – by blasting your music at backyard or tailgate parties. Built on a sturdy steel chassis that rolls easily on four pneumatic wheels, it provides over 2,000 watts of sonorous symphony with eight PA-quality Piezo horn tweeters, two mid-range speakers, and a dual-voice coil subwoofer with dedicated crossover. It plays music from CDs, the radio, a USB drive, a smartphone, or any Bluetooth-enabled MP3 player. This system is ready to party…it even includes three recessed drink holders and a bottle opener.89803b_1000x1000

Equally ready to entertain is this full-size, multi-media jukebox that plays music from CDs, as well as records, smartphones, iPods, SD Cards, and the radio. Available only from Hammacher Schlemmer, it is inspired by the legendary Deutsche-Wurlitzer jukebox with seven color-changing LEDs in hues of red, green and blue. Its single CD drive plays classic tracks with next, previous, stop, and pause functions, plus a USB port in the front provides easy connectivity to an MP3 player or flash drive.81557_1000x1000

As a music lover, you may have a collection of classic vinyl records or cassette tapes. This combination recorder and stereo system preserves your collection for the future by converting LPs and tapes to CDs or MP3s. A Hammacher Schlemmer exclusive, it faithfully transfers an LP or cassette to digital audio. At any time during recording, you can pause to select only certain songs, turn the album or cassette over, and change albums or cassettes. It’s also a great way to make compilation recordings as unique gifts for family and friends.

There’s a lot to be said for owning music you love versus streaming it from an online service. Moreover, genres such as jazz and classical remain underrepresented online. Pulling a CD off the shelf to read liner notes while listening to some of your favorite tunes provides an intangible and unique gift of satisfaction that streaming a song will never deliver.

Got Pain? PT Can Work It Out

Throughout October, we salute physical therapists and the unique gifts their work provides by recognizing National Physical Therapy Month.

When you choose PT as a means to reduce pain, recover from an injury or regain mobility, you’ll get a program designed for your specific needs. The goals will include improvement in range of motion, reduced dependence on medication, avoidance of surgery and, most importantly, the unique gift of less pain in your daily life.

To maximize the benefits of your PT program, it’s important you actively participate. Perform the exercises recommended by your therapist and apply heat or cold as prescribed. The items below can also help further your healing – you may even want to discuss these items with your therapist to ensure maximum benefit.72229_1000x1000

Recommended by physical therapists, these body wraps retain both heat and cold and transfer it to joints or muscles for superior therapeutic treatment of injuries or pain. The leak-proof, latex-free wraps contain a flexible gel that can be microwaved for heat therapy or chilled in the freezer for cold applications. The wraps stay hot or cold for up to 40 minutes, move easily with you, and can be worn under clothing.89962a_1000x1000

Using Continuous Motion Therapy – a technique used by physical therapists for over 30 years – this device for relieving back pain employs gentle oscillation to loosen tight muscles and improve range of motion. The device’s treatment pad subtly rocks back and forth, slowly shifting the sacrum and lower back muscles in the same motion used while walking. This process, proven effective in the journal Physiotherapy, helps promote flexibility and injury repair to reduce pain and stiffness.89193_1000x1000

After a vigorous PT session, this flexible vibration massage pad gives you a relaxing, full-body massage virtually anywhere, even on soft or irregular surfaces such as beds, couches, or chairs. Available only from Hammacher Schlemmer, it flexes at four points, so you can easily place it over furniture. With its 20 individual foam-cushioned sections and a heating element in the lumbar area, the pad’s built-in massaging motors target the shoulders/upper back, mid-back, lower back, thighs, and calves.

So Choose PT and you’ll move forward with a safe, drug-free approach to the unique gifts of pain-free living.

Have the Most Boo-tiful Yard on the Block

With September now behind us, it’s time to get into the spirit of spirits…and pumpkins, skeletons, witches, and ghosts.

We’re here to help you create the most impressive Halloween display in the neighborhood. These unique gifts for decorating your yard will delight party guests, catch neighbors’ eyes, and draw trick-or-treaters to your door.

88550_1000x1000This 22″-tall possessed pumpkin greets Halloween guests and ghouls with spooky lights and sounds. Available only from Hammacher Schlemmer, the grinning jack-o’-lantern invokes seasonal supernatural fun as fiber optic lights outline his mouth, eyes, and nose, while an integrated speaker plays eerie sounds. Ideal for graveyard gardens, haunted houses, and hair-raising Halloween parties, the paranormal pumpkin’s sounds scare the soul while its eyes illuminate with blinking lights.89049_1000x1000

Transform any window into a display of afterlife-like Halloween scenes with this scene-animating projector. Another Hammacher Schlemmer exclusive, this animator projects skeletons, jack-o-lanterns, and ghosts on your window so convincingly that even jaded trick-or-treaters may believe your home has been overrun by the paranormal. The Halloween video clips include giggling, bouncing jack-o-lanterns, dancing skeletons, and a spooky apparitions on the haunt.88560_1000x1000

With this 9′ inflatable entryway, you’ll invite treat seekers to enter Halloween Town from Tim Burton’s The Nightmare Before Christmas. Exclusively from Hammacher Schlemmer, it inflates in three minutes using an integrated air pump, breathing life into Jack Skellington, Sally, and a pair of ghostly pals. The Pumpkin King’s petrifying portal is illuminated from within.

We have many more unique gifts designed to help you turn your home into a haunted house of Halloween horror. See our full collection online and let the boo-tiful decorating begin.

Fishermen Get Another Chance as Dog Days Breeze into Fall

Fishermen agree springtime is the most productive season for catching the big ones. But there’s a time before the first hard freeze when ponds, lakes and rivers cool down and our fine finned friends surface for the last time before winter takes hold.88659_1000x1000

The kids are in school and the boat is out of the water, but you know your pond holds Nessie-sized secrets so you need – no, you are compelled – to wet a line just one more time. To outfit you for last minute spontaneous angling, we recommend this compact portable fishing pole that fits into your car’s glove box. A quality rod and reel constructed from aluminum, zinc alloy, and fiberglass, it’s ready to land a fighter on a moment’s notice. It even includes plastic worms, hooks, and a sinker.86966_1000x1000

To reach hot spots and honey holes where you just can’t cast far enough, try this unique gift: the replica fish-catching radio controlled bass boat. At just 17-1/2″, it’s able to slip into small areas otherwise out of reach behind weeds and tree roots. Just bait the hook and cruise the boat out to where the fish thought they were untouchable and lure them to the frying pan with a systematic sweeping motion just like commercial fisherman do.11302_1000x1000

Perhaps you or your family view fish as cute cartoon characters rather than dinner, and you dream of snorkeling through a Caribbean reef. In that case, you’ll love the unique gift of this aquarium coffee table. Gazing through the glass is a dream of summer’s fleeting sun and sand. The acrylic sides provide clear viewing of the interior, while the removable glass tabletop is large and sturdy enough to accommodate coffee cups and cocktails, a sculpture, and hardcover books.

With fall upon us, just mullet over: you need to go fishing. For one day, leave work and chores to salmon else. Any fin is possible, and once winter’s snow flies, you will thank cod you didn’t let this oppor-tuna-ty pass you by. We’re not squidding.