Camping: Nature’s Cure For Mind And Body

A camping trip is a great way to reap the many unique gifts this warm weather season provides, such as better sleep, peace of mind, and staying in shape. We recommend these items to make your next outdoor outing even more beneficial to your mind and body.

Take a trip back to the Psychedelic 60’s, and capture the feeling of flower power in a VW tent. The Volkswagen bus tent is based on the Type 2 model, also known as the “Camper Van” or just “The Bus”, and it is near scale with an easy to set up steel frame and fiberglass poles. This waterproof tent comfortably sleeps four people. It is a cozy 72 inches high, providing a spacious interior with a clip-in divider to create two private sleeping areas.

Here’s an easy way to keep sitting pretty off the damp, dirty ground while camping or attending outdoor events. The Messenger Bag Director’s Chair is a portable chair that folds to about the size of a laptop, with a messenger bag to store it in. You can carry it over your shoulder to the campsite to avoid sitting amongst all the nasty bugs. If the portability wasn’t enough, it also includes a cup holder and two pockets, to store all those s’mores making supplies.

It’s impossible to relax and enjoy the great outdoors when you’re swatting pesky mosquitos. For protection, try this hooded, lightweight jacket, created only for Hammacher Schlemmer, made of netting that zips-up to shield your skin from mosquitos. Simply wear it on top of normal clothes, and your risk for Zika, West Nile Virus, or even just itchy bug bites decreases significantly. The polyester is stretchy so you won’t feel constrained, and it is breathable to prevent overheating, even in tropical climates.

With summer days winding down this is as good a time as ever to take a camping trip. Don’t forget these unique gifts from Hammacher Schlemmer—ensuring your journey to peace of mind and a healthy body—that will create a more enjoyable camping experience.

Unique Gifts from “Hammock”-er Schlemmer

July 22 is National Hammock day, but why limit it to a single day? We believe any warm, sunny afternoon is worth enjoying a hammock’s unique gifts of swinging, swaying, and simple relaxation.

For a classic hammock, look no further than The Pawleys Island Oversized Hammock. Its original home is Pawleys Island, South Carolina, designed by Captain Joshua Ward in the late 1880s. This hammock is handwoven and made of high grade cotton twill rope. It supports two people, so you can bring someone along for a little rest and relaxation, with no fear of falling because of the seasoned oak staves that provide maximum stability.

For comfort, easy transport, and simple set-up, The Tailgaters’ Hammocks is a dual hammock with all of these qualities that sets up on a trailer hitch. It consists of two 600-denier polyester hammock chairs with hanging footrests, allowing for reclining and elevation of the feet and legs.

Looking to get into the full relaxation zone? Consider The Pendulum Zome. Similar to a dome, zomes have a more geometric pattern that mimics the shape of a pineapple, pinecone, or artichoke. It is filled with plump pillows, and swings back and forth to create a soothing, swaying motion for the ultimate pseudo-hammock experience.

No matter how you choose to spend a day with gorgeous warm weather, you can still make every day a hammock day. They will provide the unique gifts of rest, relaxation, and limitless comfort all summer long.

We’re in the midst of Everybody Deserves a Massage Week. Have you booked yours yet? It’s a great time to experience the unique gifts and healing powers that come from the helping hands of a professional massage therapist.

But because many of us don’t always have the time or resources to get frequent professional massages, we also have some ideas that will bring the benefits of massage into your own home.

This full-body massage chair combines the invigorating touch of a massage therapist’s hands with the restorative sensation of hot stone therapy. Available exclusively from Hammacher Schlemmer, the chair uses a sophisticated body-scanning system to adjust the pressure of its thermal massage rollers. It delivers targeted concentrated warmth to help soothe and relax sore lumbar muscles. When not in use as a massager, this chair serves as an elegant recliner with leather-like upholstery that conceals its massage functions.

Another unique gift you won’t find anywhere else, this flexible vibration massage pad provides relaxing, full-body massage on soft or irregular surfaces such as beds, couches, or chairs. Unlike typical massage pads that require a solid, level surface for operation, this one flexes at four points, so you can drape it over any piece of sitting/reclining furniture. With a heating element in the lumbar section, the pad’s built-in massaging motors target areas you control with the tethered remote.

If you’ve ever visited a physical therapist, you may have received ultrasound treatments to relieve pain and muscle tension. This handheld massager uses safe sound waves to deeply penetrate tissue and relax sore muscles in a similar way. The massager’s imperceptible sonic vibrations penetrate below the skin’s surface to help reach—and relieve—pain and tension at their source. The gentle massage treatment activates the body’s natural healing mechanisms, stimulating circulation and repair.

The unique gifts that come from massage include relief from tension and stress, reduction of pain, an increase in flexibility and even a decrease in blood pressure. Plus, there’s one more great reason to enjoy a massage…you deserve it!

Get Your Dose of Vitamin Sea

The freshness of breezes cooled by a lake or ocean…the sound of gentle waves lapping at the shore…a beautiful sunrise or sunset over the water.

These are the unique gifts that make us crave Vitamin Sea: a getaway to the beach or a cozy lakeside cabin. It’s time to plot your personal getaway, and we have the accessories to make the trip easier and more memorable.

This beach-friendly wagon, exclusive to Hammacher Schlemmer, is impossible to fill with sand. It’s made from material based on military technology that was developed to suppress helicopter brownouts in sandy or dusty conditions. The wagon filters sand back to the beach as soon as it falls on its surface. It folds for easy transport and storage, making it the ideal unique gift for campers, too, as well as parents who haul small kids to the park.

When it’s time for a swim, you’ll find these swim goggles truly worthy of The Best rating from the Hammacher Schlemmer Institute. A panel of competitive swimmers lauded these goggles for providing an ideal level of suction, unlike lesser models that provided “no suction at all” or too much to the point of discomfort. The Best Goggles create a comfortable-yet-watertight seal and the smoke tinted lenses provide 100% UVA and UVB protection for sunny days.

This two-person “killer whale” watercraft breaches and submerges just like the Orcinus Orca after which it is designed. The pilot pushes and pulls twin control levers to articulate the whale’s pectoral fins for rolls and stealthy dives. Steering is provided by dual foot pedals that control the craft’s vectored thrust, enabling realistic behaviors such as porpoising or skyhopping. The craft can hydroplane up to 50 mph over the water’s surface and cruises up to 25 mph while submerged. This unique gift is guaranteed to make you the talk of the seaside town.

And at the end of your day on the water, if you feel relaxed and at ease, happy and at peace with the world, it will be becaus e you got a healthy dose of Vitamin Sea.

Let’s All Scream for Ice Cream

Nutritionists generally don’t consider ice cream a super food, but perhaps they ought to reconsider. It provides the body with the unique gifts of calcium, bone-strengthening phosphorus, potassium, B vitamins and protein. And it’s so tasty.

Fitting, then, that this Sunday is National Ice Cream Day, time to celebrate this delicious and, yes, nutritious treat. In many parts of the country, Sunday promises to be one of the hottest days of the year, so grab a scoop and enjoy a refreshing dish or cone of this cooling treat.

Perhaps you know someone whose ice cream cone turns into a drippy mess before the licking is done. Here’s a unique gift for them: this motorized spinning cone features a 25-30 rpm rotating dish, providing lazy lickers the luxury of frozen flavor without the tedious task of moving their mouth. A built-in drip basin provides permanent relief from sticky struggles.

This unique gift can help dieters or the lactose intolerant enjoy Sunday’s festivities. This frozen dessert maker provides a superior smoothness that rivals soft serve. It makes banana-Oreo and strawberry-raspberry frozen treats with superior texture and even consistency. It purees frozen bananas, chocolate chips, and marshmallows into a healthy, dairy-free alternative to Rocky Road in less than a minute and a half. Substitute your own fruit-based recipes for rich ice cream and you could banish the chubby hubby forever.

Perhaps you want to share the delights of National Ice Cream Day with a crowd. Imagine riding up to your family reunion, company picnic or block party on this genuine ice cream cart made by Worksman Cycles. It even has the brass bells as featured on the original carts first produced for the Good Humor company over 75 years ago.

BREAKING NEWS: We’ve just learned all of July has been declared National Ice Cream Month. You have over two more weeks to enjoy the unique gifts of this frozen dessert’s cooling and soothing deliciousness in copious quantities. We say, go for it!

Celebrate Summer in a BIG Way

Go big or stay home! Really, we don’t want you to stayhome during the prime time of summer, so here are unique gift ideas that will keep you at the top of your big game, whether it’s a pool party, a day at the beach, or languid summer days at your lake house.

Is “wakey, wakey, eggs and bakey” music to your ears? These giant floating breakfast favorites are for you.  The set of two pool floats—a huge slice of bacon and a big pair of sunny-side up eggs—each provide a surface to relax on while soaking up the sun. The inflatables are constructed of durable vinyl that ensures both non-runny surfaces as well as crispy resilience.


This gigantic beach mat is sized for six persons. Available only from Hammacher Schlemmer, the surface stays sand-free, thanks to military technology originally developed to suppress helicopter brownouts. The mat’s two layers of patented woven polyurethane instantly filter sand back to the beach when it hits the surface. The mat eliminates dirt, dust, and water so you’ll always have a clean expanse to stretch out in the sun, making the most of the unique gift of doing absolutely nothing.

Expecting a crowd at the lake? This big floating raceway course challenges up to 60 participants at a time to navigate its obstacles. Raised, webbed rebounding platforms at each corner require nimble negotiation to avoid ejection into the water. One length of the course tests balance while walking over a “beam”—an ideal spot for water-noodle jousting matches—while another encourages players to jump over a two-section water “pit” or descend and climb out.

We have many more unique gifts for spending a day on the water in a big way, so you can make the most of these prime days of summer.

Unique Gifts Protect from Sun’s Damaging Rays

July is designated as UV Safety Awareness Month. This time of year, the sun’s rays are at their strongest and we’re all aware that too much exposure damages the skin. But did you know leaving your eyes unprotected can cause vision problems, including cataracts and cornea damage?

These UV-blocking sunglasses are unlike most others. While they shield your eyes from 100% of UV-rays, they use optical technology developed by NASA to make objects appear more vivid. The polarized lenses filter blue and violet light that can impair vision, yet allow sight-enhancing green, yellow, orange, and red light rays to reach your retina. As a result, objects appear more distinct and distortion is greatly diminished. Consider these as a unique gift for anyone with aging eyes…they really help!

Another NASA-developed technology is incorporated into this UV-blocking sun hat. It uses a radiant barrier to block damaging rays and repel the sun’s heat. While it shields your eyes and the sensitive skin on your face from direct sun, the radiant barrier reflects up to 80% of the sun’s heat. This barrier works in concert with the hat’s breathable and lightweight nylon construction, while a moisture-wicking band aids cooling through evaporation.

Use this clamp-on portable umbrella to provide protective, cooling shade virtually anywhere. It clamps onto most furniture frame types to provide any angle of sun blocking. It’s ideal for patio chairs, beach loungers, picnic tables, and portable camp chairs. This umbrella gives you 50+ UPF sun protection and the canopy’s asymmetrical shape extends to an ideal configuration when the sun is at an oblique angle. Going to a pool party? This umbrella is a great unique gift for the host or hostess.

The health of your skin and eyes is a unique gift that can’t be replaced. Take steps to protect yourself and you will be enjoying the sun—safely—for years to come.

Cool Ways to Chill Beverages

While run-of-the mill plastic and styrofoam coolers may keep drinks and foods chilled, they lack the unique gift of personality and flair. For summer partygoers looking for a distinctive way to serve a cold one, Hammacher Schlemmer offers these coolers that run from the classic to the clever.

For a classic spin on a cooler The Coca-Cola Refrigerated Chest transports you back to when Coke cost a nickel and came in glass bottles. An authentically detailed replica of the Westinghouse Junior Coca-Cola cooler, it’s finished in the iconic brand’s signature red and embossed with the Coca Cola logo, making it a centerpiece of any man-cave or patio. Don’t let its nostalgic exterior fool you. The interior contains a modern, efficient refrigeration system that keeps up to 60 bottles or 80 cans nicely chilled.

Want to take your cooler for a spin? The 12 MPH Cooler keeps your drinks cold while providing transportation to and from the party. This ice chest on wheels is powered by a 1,000-watt electric motor that provides a 10-mile range and has a chain drive, disc brake, and variable-throttle control, ensuring a unique, adventurous ride. Its underseat bin holds up to up to 24 cans and eight pounds of ice .

Wherever the picnic takes you, take your meal along in this personalized movable feast cooler cart. This folding beverage cart has an integrated cooler/tabletop and a large interior bin that transports up to 225 lbs. of ice, drinks, and food. You’ll want this for those summer barbecues, picnics, and concerts to ensure you and your group are well sustained in the summer heat. Plus, it can be monogrammed, making it a unique gift for any outdoor lover.

July is just around the corner, bringing Summer’s heat with it. Make sure you have plenty of frosty beverages on hand with these coolers that provide the unique gift of enhancing your cool factor.

You Are on a Roll!

Want to have a “wheel” lot of fun? These unique gifts will get you rolling…literally. Each item below is a fun, post-modern alternative to skates, skateboards, and bikes!

This all-terrain electric hoverboard rolls over dirt, gravel, grass, and pavement with impunity, controlled entirely by the subtle movements in a rider’s feet. The hoverboard propels forward to a maximum speed of 12 MPH, powered by a 400-watt electric motor. A smartphone app allows you to set a maximum speed, change the colors of the multicolor front LEDs, and set steering sensitivity. As if that’s not enough, it also plays music from any Bluetooth-enabled smartphone via a built-in speaker. 

These circular skates are an unusual hybrid between a skateboard and skates. Simply place your feet on the two platforms and lean side-to-side to rotate the rubber wheels around your feet. You’ll propel forward in a serpentine motion similar to longboard skateboarding. Because the wheels are not connected, this unique gift allows for 720-degree spins and turns on a dime. They’ll catch some eyes at the skate park, and make Marty McFly green with envy.

Recumbent-style bicycles have become very popular, but they require a wide turning radius or a dismount if you need to reverse direction. This three-wheeled single-speed cruiser is different: it has an easy-to-use reverse gear shift that enables pedaling backwards. This cruiser also has a low center of gravity, making its high degree of stability a unique gift for younger and older riders.

Any of these unique gifts will get you from point A to point B. But more importantly, you’ll have fun getting there…remember, life isn’t about the destination, it’s about the journey.

Hospitality Adds True Warmth to Summer

Treat your guests to an afternoon or evening outside

…it’s prime time for outdoor entertaining. Anyone can throw a pretty good garden party. But we have some unique gift ideas to make your soiree great!

The first ingredient for a successful warm-weather gathering is to have enough ice on

hand. This portable ice maker produces 1.8 lbs. of ice per hour. It freezes a batch of 12 clear, well-formed cubes in just under 10 minutes and shuts off automatically when the removable 2.75 lb.-capacity bin is full.

Another key to success is to keep guests feeling comfortable in the heat. This evaporative air cooler is engineered to provide portable cooling right where you need it, indoors or out. The unit’s patented nozzles create tiny particles of moisture that flash-evaporate to provide efficient, effective

cooling. The cooler has three speeds and dual air ports that swivel and tilt for the unique gifts of cooling comfort in any weather.

Get ready to pull out all the stops. This unique party boat comes with a built-in barbecue grill, retractable umbrella, and trolling motor to provide waterborne cookouts for up to 10 adults. The boat’s steel charcoal grill is surrounded by a table with 10 places, each with a recessed plate holder, three beverage holders, and silverware tray. A trip to the lake house will never be the same.

Finally, for a successful outdoor gathering, be sure to put mosquito control into place. Visit our online Pest Prevention Center for a big selection of environmentally friendly methods to ensure your guests enjoy dinner, but the mosquitoes don’t.