The Nose Knows: Allergy Season Is Here

The warm days and cooler nights of August can trigger many feelings: a wistfulness that summer is ending, eagerness over the impending start of the school year (sometimes parents more than students), and the runny nose, itchy eyes, and sneezes that signal seasonal allergies.

Ragweed is the most frequent cause of late summer and fall rhinitis. According to WebMD, climate change has acted to extend the ragweed season an additional four weeks beyond long-term averages. Any allergy sufferer would welcome unique gifts to help them breathe easier during this time. 77024_300x300

The Sinus Relief System is a medication-free means of clearing nasal passages. The system uses the same principles as the traditional Indian neti pot. The device delivers a gentle, low-pressure stream of saline solution to irrigate sinuses, removing impurities and irritants in the process. 81655_300x300

Prevention is worth a pound of cure, and cleaner air means fewer allergy symptoms. The Mold and Germ Destroying Air Purifier eliminates up to 99% of airborne bacteria, mold, viruses, pet dander, dust mite allergens, and of course, pollen. The purifier uses natural convection to draw airborne impurities into its ceramic heating chamber, then releases cleansed air into the room. It will quietly and efficiently scrub the air in a room up to 650 sq. ft. in about four hours. You’ll enjoy the unique gifts of allergy relief and better sleep. 83895_300x300

For travelers, this pocket-sized purifier uses a technology similar to that used by NASA on the space shuttle. Ultraviolet light inside the device combines with a nickel catalyst to reduce airborne allergens, bacteria, mold, and odor-causing volatile organic compounds. It cleans up to 175 sq. ft., making it perfect for hotel rooms as well as automobiles. It makes a great unique gift for any sniffling road warrior.

So pack away the tissues and try these natural remedies for sweet sinus relief. The nose knows you need it.

Unique Gifts Help Ease a Golfer’s Rough Days

This weekend, the PGA Championship match will be held at Whistling Straits. This is a links-style 36-hole course in Kohler, WI.

Links-style courses typical present challenges to golfers in the form of uneven fairways, thick rough, and small, deep bunkers. Players with the unique gift of accurate shooting tend to do better on these courses than do long hitters.84014_300x300

For those of us without the unique gifts of professional-level golfers, we have a few items that can help improve your golfing experience on any style of course. 12245_300x300

A Hammacher Schlemmer exclusive, these glasses help golfers locate golf balls obscured by shadows and thick rough. The lenses have a blue pigment that filters light as it passes through, making white golf balls easier to locate against dark backgrounds. 84767_300x300

Everyone has a bad day on the course now and then, even the pros (hello, Tiger). Here’s something that will divert attention away from your game, while still making you the talk of the course. The Golf Cart Hovercraft lets you one-up the pros while assuring your popularity with your foursome. This cart glides over hazards on a cushion of air as easily as it does over fairways and the rough.

If all else fails, your foursome will forget how you played when they remember you for your skill on the grill. The Golfer’s Grill Clubs are grill utensils with authentic golf club grips that ensure a confident hold while flipping burgers or turning a steak. The tools store in a mini golf bag, allowing your caddy to carry your clubs with ease.

Any of these items would make great prizes for a corporate golf outing, or unique gifts for your favorite weekend duffer.

Vision Health – The Eyes Have It

August is National Eye Exam Month – a great time to celebrate vision health, one of the most unique gifts of physical well-being.

If you are between the ages of 40-65, your eyes should be checked at least every two years; annually if you’re over 65. At any age, eye strain can make you feel more tired, give you a headache or make your vision less sharp. We have some recommendations for reducing the everyday eye fatigue caused by close work, glare, or poor lighting. 78347_300x30083536_300x300

Available only from Hammacher Schlemmer, these magnifying reading glasses are infused with melanin to prevent eyes from tiring as you read or view a computer monitor. By age 65, eyes lose about 50% of their reserves of melanin, the pigment that gives eyes their color, protects from UV damage, and reduces glare naturally. The synthesized melanin in the lenses compensates for aging eyes’ increased sensitivity to glare.

Operating under the same principle, these sunglasses help relieve eye fatigue by filtering out 100% of damaging UVA/UVB ultraviolet and 98% of high-energy visible light. Also a Hammacher Schlemmer exclusive and a convenient alternative to clip-ons, the sunglasses slip comfortably over most prescription eyewear frames and look like regular sunglasses. 83226_300x300

Unlike incandescent bulbs that produce glaring, yellow light, this desk lamp’s fluorescent bulb generates clear light that reduces eyestrain and enables clearer vision. Simulating the color fidelity of natural sunlight, the bulb illuminates books, crafts, or computer screens with a distortion-free glow.

The gift of sight is one of the best unique gifts you’ll ever enjoy, so make your appointment to see your optometrist or ophthalmologist now, during National Eye Exam Month.

Are you ready for some football?

This Sunday, the Pittsburgh Steelers and the Minnesota Vikings will face off in the Hall of Fame Game, a pre-season kick-off to the 2015 NFL schedule. The game is held in Canton, OH, as part of the Football Hall of Fame enshrinement festivities.83359_300x300

As we launch into a new season of Sunday afternoons spent enjoying great match-ups and long-standing rivalries on the gridiron, consider these unique gifts for any football-loving sports fan. 12565_300x300

Put your feet up and cheer on your team while wearing these NFL slippers. They proudly display an embroidered logo and the colors of your team. The easy-to-clean stain- and water-resistant treated polyester suede slippers have a breathable plush lining of fleece. 12602_300x300

The Official NFL Team Watch displays the logo of your team on its face. It’s the ideal unique gift for the football fanatic who pays homage to gridiron greats on Sundays or fans who insist on holding players accountable with honest armchair quarterbacking. A tachymeter inscribed on the bezel enables precise calculation of speed and distance during sprints to the refrigerator and back to the couch during commercial breaks.

Any NFL fanatic would love a personalized locker room print that shows his own stall, complete with a nameplate, jersey, and equipment bearing his name and favorite number. His jersey will hang forever next to the uniforms of two players from the current roster, providing visual evidence of his working relationship with Eli Manning, Aaron Rodgers, or Drew Brees.

So get the snacks and beverages ready, pull up an easy chair, and draft your fantasy football roster. Kick-off time is almost here!

Spend a Night Out with Your Neighbors

In communities across the nation, tonight upwards of 37 million people will participate in National Night Out.

The event started over 30 years ago to encourage community building and strengthen the relationship between neighbors and law enforcement. The goal is to bring back the unique gifts that come from a true sense of community: the days when everyone looked out for one another, neighbors helped neighbors and it truly did take a village to raise a child.

In many towns, National Night Out is celebrated with festivals, block parties, or a big camp-out in a local park. For anyone camping out tonight, or any night, we have some suggestions to make the experience more comfortable. 83769_300x300

Perhaps the worst part of a camp-out is being eaten by mosquitos. Our exclusive wearable mosquito net shields the skin from mosquitoes without the use of harmful and malodorous chemicals. Worn over regular clothing, the long-sleeved pullover protects against insect-borne illnesses such as West Nile virus and Lyme disease, as well as the discomfort of itchy welts. 84826_300x300

Just because you’re camping doesn’t mean you should be without your fully charged smartphone. This rechargeable lantern also recharges a phone. The lantern’s two LEDs generate bright light for up to 48 hours. When the battery is full the unit can recharge a smartphone twice, an ebook once, and 40% of an iPad’s battery. We recommend this as a unique gift for anyone who likes to escape to the great outdoors. 86042_300x300

Make the most of the tie-in between National Night Out and local police departments with this powerful flashlight. It’s a style preferred by law enforcement personnel and search and rescue operators for its ability to cast a cone of light up to 2,240 feet.  Constructed from tough, lightweight aluminum, the flashlight’s rubberized o-ring seal provides reliable water resistance, too.

So tonight, celebrate the unique gifts your community gives you and take an evening walk or participate in a National Night Out event near you.

Make Summertime Livin’ Easy

Have you logged some lounging around time yet this summer? Whether by a pool, on a beach, or simply in the backyard, doing nothing in the great outdoors is one of the unique gifts of summer.

As we launch into August, it’s prime time for beach bums and we have some recommendations for lounge chairs that will add to the pleasure of a proper afternoon of delicious laziness. 12425_300x300

This is the lounger that does everything while you do nothing…and it does it all powered by the sun. The Solar Powered Entertainment Lounger features built-in misters, speakers, and a USB charging port. Two solar panels on each side of the chair’s base provide power for all the extensive entertainment features. A control pad on the armrest reclines or raises the back and the fingertip-adjustable nozzles atop each armrest emit a refreshing mist. Integrated Bose speakers sync wirelessly with any Bluetooth-enabled device. 87254_300x300

This all-weather lounger folds into an extended cube for easy storage. The lounger’s aluminum frame splits into two wedge-shaped sections that stack to form a box. The box can also serve as a convenient end table for a patio, deck or a sun room when the outdoor season has passed, and its comfortable one-piece, 2″-thick cushion folds and stores inside the box. 84738_300x300

Recommended by physical therapists, the Ergonomic Beach Lounger provides optimal support and comfort while you lie on your back or stomach. Available exclusively from Hammacher Schlemmer, it has three pillows engineered to relieve spinal pressure and provide support. A massage-table style face opening allows you to lie prone and read in comfort without neck strain. The built-in canopy tilts to provide customizable shade. This lounger would make an ideal unique gift for any avid reader who loves being outdoors.

So go ahead and indulge in some lounge time. Come winter’s first flakes, you won’t regret it one bit.

The Best Tools for Taming Your Garden

We’re living in an urban jungle! With summer in full swing, we’re getting plenty of nature’s unique gifts by way of harvests from the garden.

Of course, productive garden and a great lawn don’t come without work. We’ve lined up some items that fared The Best in testing by The Hammacher Schlemmer Institute. They can help make outdoor chores more enjoyable and would be perfect unique gifts for your favorite gardener.

The Best Hose Reel Cart87117_300x300
Why it’s The Best:

  • It quickly retracts up to 265′ of 5/8″ hose and has a strong, 16-gauge steel frame.
  • Four 10″ pneumatic tires provide optimal stability and roll easily across gravel, grass, and concrete.
  • Its hand crank coils a garden hose without requiring laborious manual effort or causing the hose to crimp. 84647_300x300

The Best Garden and Lawn Sprinkler
Why it’s The Best:

  • It waters the largest area and is the easiest to use. This sprinkler’s spray covered up to 1,920 sq. ft., 228 more square feet than other models.
  • It’s the easiest to connect, thanks to a specially designed adapter that attaches to a hose and simply plugs into the sprinkler, eliminating tedious twisting.
  • Its built-in mechanical timer automatically turns the sprinkler off after five minutes to two hours of watering.


The Best Rechargeable Grass Trimmer83830_300x300
Why it’s The Best:

  • Its powerful, precise trimming and long-lasting battery cuts through more than 107 sq. ft. of grass in only two minutes.
  • This trimmer’s 32-volt rechargeable battery provides 35 minutes of trimming after a three-hour charge.
  • When the trimming line breaks, it automatically extends the correct length of line to ensure uninterrupted trimming.

Whether you’re into home entertaining, cooking, fitness or you’re just shopping for unique gifts for family and friends, we have tested-and-approved items that are The Best in their category, and we think you’ll agree.

Dive into Summer Enjoyment with Pool Toys

Kids just love to swim. But come mid- summer, even a child aqua maniac may be getting a tad bored. It’s time to kick it up a notch by adding some unique gifts to your pool or favorite swimming hole.


These pool toys will add playfulness, fun and friendly competition to your family’s aquatic pastimes, adding to memories of enjoying summer around the pool.

Here’s a four-person paddleball set with wearable, waterproof paddles. The four lightweight paddles slip over any size hand like a glove. Both the paddles and ball float, preventing deep dives to retrieve equipment. The game also can be played on land without a net, table, or court. 84646_300x300

Evoking a favorite carnival game, this floating pool version challenges two competitors to displace six plastic balls with integrated squirt cannons. The first player to eject all six balls from a cylinder wins. The game is ready to go in just minutes, following inflation with an air pump. 84898_300x300

For hoops fans, this swimming pool basketball hoop extends your play time beyond sunset. It includes an integrated LED backboard light that provides a reliable shooting target at night. The impact-resistant, structural poly-resin backboard is weatherproof, even in harsh weather…not that we recommend pool use in those conditions. 12210_300x300

Should you find yourself trying to amuse an entire summer camp of languorous kids, this floating raceway course challenges up to 60 participants at a time to navigate its obstacles, balancing, jumping, climbing and crawling.

We all know how quickly summer goes. Be sure to maximize the unique gifts of the season with all this pool fun.

Sway Away – It’s Hammock Day!

There may be no other item that better symbolizes a summer afternoon than a hammock. And fittingly, tomorrow is National Hammock Day!

The hammock was originally developed by natives of Central and South America for sleeping elevated above the ground. The hammock provided protection from snakes, biting insects and other tropical creatures, giving rainforest dwellers the unique gifts of a good night’s sleep. Today, we use hammocks simply to enjoy the unique gifts of a lazy afternoon.

The best way to celebrate National Hammock Day is to while away substantial amounts of time in one. If you don’t already have a hammock, we are happy to suggest some styles that will complement y72116_300x300our porch, deck or garden.87255_300x300

A great addition to any backyard is The Pawleys Island Hammock — the sturdiest, most durable and most well-made you’ll find anywhere. It’s handcrafted on Pawleys Island, South Carolina, the ancestral home of Captain Joshua Ward, who designed the original in the late 1880s. Unlike ordinary hammocks, it is woven instead of knotted, and contains twice as much rope as most models.12664_300x300

Nothing spoils an outdoor lie-me-down faster than pesky flies and mosquitos. This hammock is covered by a canopy with four sides comprised of super-fine, nylon netting that keeps out flying insects while still allowing cooling cross breezes. The roof provides shade and prevents light rain from entering your personal oasis.

You’ll likely have more fun than rest in this Paul Bunyan-sized hammock that comfortably accommodates a herd of children, five 200-lb. adults or a single oversized axe-wielding woodsman. It supports up to 1,000 lbs. and spans a size larger than two king-sized mattresses.12452_300x300

Finally, if your style is more on-the-go, this dual hammock sets up on a trailer hitch, giving you a place to relax in a reclined position, adding an element of comfort to any tailgate party. The hammock chairs hang from a three-piece stand that assembles and attaches to any 2″ trailer hitch in just 10 minutes. And then, you’ll have plenty of time to enjoy the unique gifts of that lazy afternoon.

Remembering Mankind’s Giant Leap

Remembering Mankind’s Giant Leap

It was the greatest engineering feat of all mankind: to place a live human being on Earth’s familiar satellite…the moon!  Over 125 million viewers tuned in to watch this historic event, a record for its day. And this weekend, we mark the 36th anniversary of the first moon landing, Apollo 11, with astronauts Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin.

Ask any schoolboy of the 1960s what he wanted to be when grew up and he would answer without question: a NASA astronaut. Most people don’t realize that the modern life we have with cell phones, microwave ovens, computers, and the Internet all started as government research programs. The unique gifts of these National Aeronautics and Space Administration projects would be shared with us all. And for most of those technological breakthroughs, NASA didn’t charge a dime. Engineers of the day did their job for pride and cosmic curiosity, not economic gain.

At Hammacher Schlemmer, we celebrate the anniversary of the first footprint on the moon and the selfless desire to explore, create and engineer. For the now-grown school boys and girls who, decades later, still dream of space, we have several unique gifts to satisfy their cosmic curiosity.

The personalized book of New York Time articles focuses on the history of space exploration throughout the years. Procured from the archives of The Times, it presents highlights of the “Space Race” from the first satellite, the Soviet’s Sputnik, and of course, the first moon landing. The bound book displays the recipient’s name and “The New York Times History of Space” stamped in gold on the blue leatherette cover.11942_300x300

Explore the moon from the comfort of your own backyard with this observatory-class telescope. It provides the same optical performance demanded by the world’s leading astronomical research institutions. Similar to the design used in NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope, its advanced optical system eliminates aberrations to provide a flat, crisp field of view. 12277_300x300

And for the ultimate unique gift for a space buff, this watch is constructed with a cross-section from a genuine nickel-iron meteorite that landed in the Gobi desert. The watch works as a precise lunar phase chronometer for either the northern or southern hemisphere, displaying the lunar cycle throughout an entire synodic month, so thoughts of the moon are always close at hand.