Spend Black Friday in Your PJs

Getting up at 3 a.m. to go holiday shopping? Preposterous!

This Black Friday, we highly recommend sleeping in. To paraphrase Yogi Berra, nobody goes to the malls anymore, they’re too crowded. The most unique gifts are easily found online. At Hammacher.com, we have easy-to-use gift guides so you can conquer your holiday list in your pajamas.

With our exclusive online gift guides, you can tailor your shopping to find items that suit each individual on your list. Our gift guide filters let you narrow down criteria so you can zero in on that perfect unique gift. Are you looking for something for him or for her? For a child, a pet or something for the home?

You can add a filter for the type of gift: something personalized perhaps? Favor the flavor of gourmet gifts? Maybe you’re looking for just a little stocking stuffer. We offer those, too!

Layer on another filter for the recipient’s interests: choose categories for traits such as foodie, exceptional dresser, or a globetrotting traveler.

Finally, you can narrow your choices to suit your budget. Whether you want to spend less than $50, or the sky’s the limit, filtering by price will keep your selection wallet-friendly.

And for the easiest choice of all, we offer gift certificates in denominations from $25 to $200 that let the hard-to-shop-for find a unique gift of their own.

Bedtime Comfort Leads to a Better Night’s Sleep

Sleep. How can something so natural and necessary for basic health be so elusive to so many?

Surveys show roughly 60 million Americans are afflicted by sleep disorders. Disproportionately affected are women and people over 65.75405_1000x1000

Sleep changes as we age for a number of reasons. The body produces lower levels of melatonin, a growth hormone that governs our circadian rhythms and sleep/wake cycles. Insomnia is often a side effect of medication or of other health conditions. Sleeplessness could be the result of stress or worry. Or, it could simply be caused by the normal aches and pains of aging.87196_1000x1000

It stands to reason, then, that if you can make yourself more comfortable in bed, you increase the odds of enjoying the unique gift of a good night’s sleep. 87584_1000x1000

Providing an extraordinary level of comfort, The Total Body Support Pillow cradles your upper and lower extremities, while cushioning and maintaining proper spinal alignment no matter your sleep position. Originally invented to help relieve fibromyalgia, it is an effective aid to getting a good night’s sleep.

Without a doubt, luxurious and comfortable pajamas play a part in ushering you into a restful slumber. For ladies, these Genuine Turkish Linen Pajamas are woven from the finest Turkish flax, renowned for its cooling breathability and supple hand. Gentlemen will appreciate a good night’s rest in these Irish Flannel Pajamas. Made exclusively for Hammacher Schlemmer in County Donegal, Ireland, this sleepwear is uniquely napped on both sides for luxurious softness and unequalled warmth on a cold winter’s night. 86172_1000x1000

And if it’s a noisy environment keeping you from a meet-up with Mr. Sandman, The Authentic Sleep Sound Generator produces a soothing whooshing sound that helps block distracting noise. Developed by Hammacher Schlemmer, the sound generator ameliorates noise from ticking clocks, traffic or loud TVs, creating an environment conducive to sleep. It’s also ideal for use in a baby’s room and makes a perfect unique gift for new parents, who have their own reasons for sleeplessness.

It’s Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas!

87318_1000x1000We’ve noticed many homeowners have been taking advantage of these mild fall weekends to deck their yards for the holidays. We’ve even seen a few homes with their indoor Christmas trees already standing proudly by the front window, ready for a pile of brightly wrapped unique gifts to be placed underneath. 87317_1000x100087341_1000x100083866_1000x1000

Now is the time to call on your holiday spirit and put up a showpiece decoration in your own yard. Here are some ideas that can be shipped to you in just a few days. All of these inflatable decorations blow up in just minutes using the integrated air pump that keeps your inflatable plump and inviting with constant air flow. And if you’re looking for a completely unique gift idea for a friend, we guarantee one of these larger-than-life decorations will keep them thinking of you year after year.

Disney’s Frozen is perhaps the biggest blockbuster kids’ film for this generation. And now, you can have the biggest Inflatable Elsa and Inflatable Olaf standing right in your yard. Offered only by Hammacher Schlemmer, these two most-loved characters each stand 8′ tall and will warm your guests from the heart on even the coldest December day.

This 15-ft. tall inflatable gingerbread house will delight kids and adults alike with its assortment of gumdrops, candy canes, peppermints and gingerbread figures. A Hammacher Schlemmer exclusive, the giant house is illuminated by 83 LEDs. Its arched doorway is high enough for all ages to pass under on the way into your house.

Standing nearly two stories tall, this inflatable Rudolph will welcome holiday revelers. His underbelly is more than nine feet above the ground at its highest point, inviting carolers and visitors to walk beneath. Another Hammacher Schlemmer exclusive, his sweet and eager expression is sure to delight all who come to call.

Holiday time is upon—don’t delay another minute to ensure your yard is host to one of these unique and eye-catching inflatable decorations.

Ten Tips for Easy Thanksgiving Entertaining

The turkey gets trussed and you get stressed. Holiday entertaining isn’t always easy, but with careful planning, you can be more relaxed and truly enjoy hosting Thanksgiving dinner. Here are some tips to make the event—and the prep leading up to it—easier.

  1. Plan your full menu several days in advance. Estimate how much time it will take to make each dish and write out a schedule timing the preparation of each one. This will make it easier to multi-task and ensure you finish side dishes in time to serve them with dinner.
  2. Keep the turkey on ice, but if you buy a frozen turkey, make sure to allow enough time for it to thaw safely in the refrigerator. Allow at least one day for every four lbs. of the turkey’s weight. And never, ever thaw your turkey at room temperature.84157_1000x1000
  3. Try frying your turkey with an easy Indoor Rotisserie Turkey Fryer. It will cook a crispy, succulent whole turkey faster and without the nuisance of outdoor frying, and with 1/3 less oil than typical vats. 84960_1000x1000
  4. Set the table the day before. This will be one less thing to worry about the day of, and you’ll have time to make sure the silver is polished and glassware is free of water spots.
  5. Delegate. Have each invited guest or family bring a dish. This will take the burden off of you and give everyone a chance to show off their unique gifts and talents for making a favorite dish.
  6. Have enough ice for beverages. The Best Portable Ice Maker produces a batch of clear, well-formed cubes in just under 10 minutes and can put out 1.8 lbs. per hour. It even lets you vary the size of the cubes from small to large. 87431_1000x1000
  7. Move the ice, beverages and glassware out of the kitchen and assign another family member or a guest to handle serving drinks. You’ll free up space in the kitchen and have more time to focus on food preparation.
  8. Eliminate worries about broken stemware with these Advanced Imperious Wine Glasses. Unbreakable and less likely to tip, these glasses are made from tritan, an advanced copolyester with a design that replicates fine crystal.
  9. If serving wine with dinner, try Beaujolais Nouveau. By French tradition, this light, quaffable red wine is released the third Thursday of November. Its fruity character and lack of tannin make it an ideal accompaniment to turkey. Unlike most red wines, Beaujolais Nouveau is best served chilled.
  10. Finally, make sure to take time to enjoy the party. Don’t forget to indulge in the unique gift of social time with your guests. You’ll feel more relaxed and more likely to host a great Thanksgiving that will be recalled fondly by all. And if all else fails, let someone else host Christmas.

Celebrate the Unique Gift of Reading with a Child

Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis once said, “There are many little ways to enlarge your child’s world. Love of books is the best of all.” 12165_1000x1000

We couldn’t agree more. Helping a youngster learn to read gives the child a unique gift that will bring pleasure and rewards for a lifetime. Today is Young Readers Day, a special day to recognize the joys and benefits of reading. It’s a day to think about the children in your life and how you can share with them your love of books. A great way to introduce a child to reading is with a personalized book that includes his or her name.12707_1000x1000

With the holidays coming, no child could
resist Santa’s Personalized Christmas Book. This personalized heirloom story book traces the journey of a child’s letter as it travels to the North Pole and recounts Santa’s delivery of presents on Christmas morning. Told from Santa’s point-of-view, your child’s first name appears on all 10 spreads both in the book’s four-lined rhyming verse and across 10 hand-painted illustrations.

This collection of classic fairy tales is personalized with a child’s name throughout its pages. The book’s 12 fables are illustrated in a variety of whimsical styles, with the child’s first name incorporated into more than 60 images, and at least once on each pair of facing pages. The book’s timeless classics include Little Red Riding Hood, Jack and the Beanstalk and the Three Little Pigs. 12420_1000x1000

For the smallest future readers, this book of traditional English nursery rhymes includes 26 favorites such as Little Miss Muffet, Sing A Song of Sixpence, and Humpty Dumpty. The child’s name appears throughout the pages, on the iconic egg-man’s wall on one page while it marks the king’s pie pan in another. This truly is the perfect unique gift for a child’s birth, baptism, or first birthday.

While technology may be changing how we read, one thing will never change: reading every day makes life a little better. Celebrate that with a child today.

Here’s a Better Way to Decorate for the Holidays

Who wouldn’t enjoy the holidays more if setting up a Christmas tree was fast and hassle-free? Forget heading out in the cold and traffic to hunt for a good-looking tree, drag it home, untangle lights, and fuss with water and messy, dropped needles. You’d have so much more time to enjoy the unique gifts the holiday season brings. 86591_1000x1000

Sounds like heaven, right? The World’s Best Prelit Christmas Trees deliver on the promise. Molded from a live fir and available only from Hammacher Schlemmer, these trees feature three-dimensional branch tips that replicate the exact growth patterns, needles, and branch silhouettes of a freshly cut live tree. Prelit with more lights than typical trees, their beautiful glow remains throughout the season, even if a bulb burns out. These trees are available in a variety of heights and widths to accommodate any space. 87516_1000x1000

The Thousand Points of Light Tree is suitable for indoor or outdoor use and generates 23 dancing displays of multi-colored or bright white lights. A Hammacher Schlemmer exclusive, this tree features 1,165 fiber optic tips powered by a controller that allows you to select any of the 23 display patterns, as well as the speed at which they change. It has an automatic timer, too, so you can set it and forget it. 87492_1000x1000

If you really want to save time festooning your home, The Instant Fully Decorated Christmas Tree sets up in just seconds. Available nowhere else, the tree consists of two sections of realistic branches that simply attach to the center pole. The tree is prelit and decorated with a beautiful mix of ornaments, holly berries and leaves, pinecones, red bows, and a tree topper. This is a unique gift idea for a person who may not have the physical ability to decorate a tree, too.

All of these trees come with the Hammacher Schlemmer Lifetime Guarantee and will be delivered right to your front door. A beautiful and Merry Christmas truly was never easier!

Great Ideas Taking Flight

It’s hard to imagine not being able to fly somewhere. We take it for granted that a flight from New York to LA can be accomplished in just over six hours.

Yet human-powered flight was millennia in the making. Throughout November, we celebrate Aviation History Month and the evolution of the unique gift of flight, from kites and gliders to space flight and routine planeloads of passengers jetting around the globe.84948_1000x1000

The earliest known recorded human-influenced flight dates to 200 B.C. in China when a general flew a kite over enemy territory. Kites continued to be important to the development of aviation. The Wright Brothers employed kites to test their theories of wing warping and used what they learned to create gliders and eventually the plane flown at Kitty Hawk. Today, Hammacher Schlemmer offers you The Kitty Hawk Kite, a replica of the Wrights’ 1903 canard biplane design. It’s a great unique gift idea for any aviation buff. 12628_1000x100084340_1000x1000

Much of aviation’s development has been chronicled in The New York Times History of Aviation. This book, which can be personalized for the recipient, features New York Time articles that focus on aviation throughout the years. Each book presents memorable highlights that span from the momentous first flight of the Wright Brothers to Charles Lindbergh, Amelia Earhart, and Howard Hughes. History-changing aircraft are covered as well, such as the Hindenberg, rockets, and spacecraft.

For those harboring a secret (or not so secret) desire to be in the cockpit themselves, we recommend The Army Air Corps Leather Jacket, first issued to the U.S. Army aviators in 1931, worn by flight crews throughout World War II, and reissued by the U.S. Air Force in 1987. Made exclusively for Hammacher Schlemmer by the current supplier of leather jackets to the Air Force, this updated classic version has a rugged outer shell of French lambskin. The lining is printed with a pilot’s escape map of England and occupied Europe.

Some time this month, step outside on a crisp, clear fall day and take a good look at the contrails marking the path of a plane. Think about the science and physics it takes to get several hundred tons of plane, people, and cargo up in the air and appreciate the people who make aviation happen.

Show Your Holiday Spirit in a Big Way

Halloween’s arrival can mean only one thing…it’s time to plan your outdoor Christmas decorations!87341_1000x1000

We recommend planning your display around one large centerpiece item. It allows you to have a focal point that draws attention and can be complemented with simple strings of lights and outdoor tree ornaments. Here are some suggestions that are sure to make your house is the holiday focal point of the neighborhood. 87477_1000x1000

This 15-ft. tall inflatable gingerbread house suggests medieval lebkuckler bakers helped build the display in your yard. A Hammacher Schlemmer exclusive, this giant gingerbread house is decorated with an assortment of sweets, all illuminated by 83 LEDs. An integrated air pump keeps it all inflated. 83866_1000x1000

The Illuminated Candy Cane Archway transforms your front entrance into a holiday spectacle. Only from Hammacher Schlemmer, the sparkling tinsel-covered metal frame stands seven feet high to flank a walkway for your guests. The striped red and white pattern reflects light from 350 built-in bulbs. This larger-than-life decoration also makes a unique gift idea for the person on your holiday list who really does have everything. 86467_1000x1000

Standing nearly two stories tall, this inflatable Rudolph will welcome holiday revelers. His underbelly is more than nine feet above the ground at its highest point, inviting carolers and visitors to walk beneath. Another Hammacher Schlemmer exclusive, his sweet and eager expression is sure to delight all who come to call.

Rudolph’s buddy, Bumble the Abominable Snow Monster, is also ready to grace your lawn. His enormous 15 foot stature and five internal lights draw both attention and astonished stares from passersby.

In cold-weather climates, it’s best to set up your display while weekends still offer mild weather and before any snow coats the ground. Having your yard decorated early gets you in the holiday spirit and frees up time for shopping for all those unique gifts for family and friends.

Unique Gifts with Cat-itude

This Thursday marks National Cat Day. Humane Society statistics show about a third of U.S. homes have one or more feline residents, and the majority of cat owners consider them to be members of the family. If you know someone of the cat-loving purr-suasion, we have some claw-some unique gift ideas for Cat Day or the upcoming holiday season. 83713_1000x1000

This cat-teasing toy entertains and exercises felines by encouraging them to stalk an elusive “mouse” scurrying beneath a fabric skirt. Exclusive to Hammacher Schlemmer, the unseen mouse changes its direction unpredictably to imitate the movements of a real rodent. The tail peeks out tantalizingly, making it irresistible to even skeptical toms or tabbies. 82989_1000x1000

Even an outdoor cat needs shelter in the cold of winter. This is the only outdoor cat shelter with an integrated heater that keeps felines warm and comfy. A removable 20-watt heater beneath the floor of the shelter generates radiant a gentle heat. The floor is waterproof and lined with soft foam that provides the cat with a comfortable place to lounge. 84626_1000x1000

Here’s a unique gift any cat lover will appreciate. This automatic self-cleaning litter box was rated The Best because it cleaned more quickly and thoroughly than all other models evaluated by the Hammacher Schlemmer Institute. After its sensor detected a cat had used the box and exited, The Best model waited only seven minutes to begin self-cleaning. The Best model removed debris without the clumps and clogs that plagued other units, and its design is not prone to jamming.

Once you find the purr-fect unique gifts at Hammacher.com, don’t forget that we can gift-wrap your purchase and send it to the recipient, quick as a whisker.

Unique Gift Ideas to Ease the Troubled Sole

Have your feet been aching? Perhaps you feel a stabbing pain near the heel. You may be thinking your shoes are worn out and no longer providing adequate support. 87669_1000x1000

If any of these scenarios sound familiar, you might be experiencing the symptoms of plantar fasciitis. The plantar fascia is a ligament that connects your heel bone to your toes. When it gets strained, it can get swollen and inflamed, and your heel or the sole of your foot hurts when you walk or stand. It’s a common affliction in middle-aged people, people who are overweight, or people of any age who are on their feet a lot because of their profession or their pastimes. 87670_1000x1000

It’s a good idea to replace your shoes if you suffer from plantar fasciitis. With fall in full swing, we have a selection of seasonal shoes that will look great with autumn clothing and give your feet the unique gift of sweet relief. 84848_1000x1000

These lady’s athletic shoes help combat the effects of plantar fasciitis with a comfortably soft, stabilizing orthotic footbed that provides superior arch support. Recipient of the prestigious American Podiatric Medical Association’s Seal of Acceptance, the shoes have mesh uppers, strong heel counters, lightweight CME midsoles, TPR midfoot stabilizers, and resilient rubber outsoles with a non-slip pattern. The positive effects of these shoes will be felt when they are worn at least a few hours per day for two weeks. 86929_1000x1000

These athletic-shoe-style mules help relieve discomfort of plantar fasciitis using the same principles. They have a lightweight, breathable leather and mesh design to provide extra comfort, even when worn all day.

For gentlemen, these moccasins will help relieve plantar fasciitis pain. The podiatrist-designed orthotic footbeds have deep heel cups that stabilize and realign feet to a neutral position for those who over-pronate, a common cause of plantar fasciitis. The outsoles are made from durable, rubber with treads for superior traction. The footbeds are covered with soft microfiber and the uppers are made from supple, full-grain leather.

Finally, at the end of the day, relief can be found with these men’s herringbone slippers. Like our other shoes for plantar fasciitis sufferers, they are podiatrist-designed. Twin flexible gores give a comfortable easy on/off fit and the breathable wool-blend uppers keep feet warm. The flexible soles are made from resilient non-slip rubber, enabling indoor/outdoor wear. With the holidays coming, these would make a welcomed and unique gift for any gentleman known to say, “Oh, my aching feet.”