Press Release: Hammacher Schlemmer Introduces The Fashionista Christmas Tree

New York, NY, October 23, 2012- Continuing its 164-year history of offering the Best, the Only, and the Unexpected, Hammacher Schlemmer introduces The Fashionista Christmas Tree, an artificial tree in the shape of a couturier’s dress form.

Available exclusively from Hammacher Schlemmer, The Fashionista Christmas Tree eschews the geometric lines of typical trees and is tailored to the shape of a three-dimensional mannequin, a form more common to department store windows and fashion designers’ studios.

The Fashionista Christmas Tree allows one to celebrate the holiday season in an elegant, fashionable manner, while still providing a way to display traditional Christmas decoration,” explained Hammacher Schlemmer’s General Manager Fred Berns.

The dark-green needles wrap tightly around the high collar, along the torso and arms, and across the hoop skirt, evoking memories of traditional Christmas conifers while accentuating the curves of the dress form.

The Fashionista Christmas Tree is pre-strung with 150 LEDs that glimmer through the evergreen foliage from the shapely torso past the perfect size-four waist, and eight removable, iridescent globe ornaments cast a ruby-red hue while leaving room for personal holiday trimmings.

Topped with a matte-finish metal star, The Fashionista Christmas Tree has a 15″ hem that leaves ample clearance for gifts.

Press Release: Hammacher Schlemmer Releases its Holiday Gift Guide

New York, NY, November 5, 2012 – Hammacher Schlemmer, America’s most distinguished retail catalog company, has issued its Holiday Gift Guide for 2012 to offer gift ideas from a selection of the Best, the Only, and the Unexpected.

The perfect tool for finding the ideal gift for someone who has everything or professes to want nothing, Hammacher Schlemmer’s 2012 Holiday Gift Guide is filled with a wide array of products that solve problems or are one-of-a-kind. Selected by Hammacher Schlemmer’s gift consultants, this year’s product assortment includes The Hand Reflexology Massager, a device that applies a gentle, soothing massage to relieve hand pain, The HD Video Recording Sunglasses, polarized sunglasses that record high-definition video from the wearer’s point of view, and The Indoor Flameless Marshmallow Roaster, a tabletop appliance that toasts marshmallows without the hassles of cooking over an open flame.

“The Holiday Gift Guide provides customers with a means to finding unconventional gifts that cannot be easily found anywhere else,” said Hammacher Schlemmer’s General Manager Fred Berns.

For gadget lovers, the Holiday Gift Guide offers The Direct To iPhone Scanner, a portable device that imports photographs to your iPhone and The Best Electric Wine Opener, rated The Best due to its perfect worm insertion and rapid, effortless cork removal.

Practical problem-solving gifts include The VHS to DVD Converter, a media player that transfers VHS tapes to DVDs at the touch of a button, and The Insulated Ear Warmer Headphones, an audio device that allows you to enjoy your music without exposing your ears to the cold.

Whimsical gifts include The iPhone Controlled Ball Dropping Bomber, a flying drone that releases its table tennis ball-sized ordnance from the command of a smartphone, and The Glow In The Dark Driver Ejecting Bumper Cars, remote controlled bumper cars that pit two players in a duel to literally unseat an opponent driver.

As with all of Hammacher Schlemmer’s products, the items included in the Holiday Gift Guide are backed by the Hammacher Schlemmer Lifetime Guarantee, allowing gift-givers and recipients to exchange or return gifts at any time, for any reason.

About Hammacher Schlemmer

Hammacher Schlemmer is America’s longest running catalog, offering the Best, the Only, and the Unexpected since 1848. The company provides unique products that solve problems or represent the only one of their kind, and backs its products with The Hammacher Schlemmer Lifetime Guarantee. Hammacher Schlemmer’s innovative offerings are available through its catalog, online at www.hammacher.com, and at its landmark store on East 57th Street inNew York City.

Press Release: The Full Phrase Talking Translator

Hammacher Schlemmer introduces The Full Phrase Talking Translator, a pocket-sized device that translates and articulates entire sentences, phrases, or single words that are typed on its keyboard.

Unlike typical models that only translate individual words, The Full Phrase Talking Translator provides instant translations to and from English for 210,000 common travel phrases and 1.8 million words in 30 different languages.

“The Full Phrase Talking Translator’s database contains three times more phrases and words than previous generations and allows users to type in entries instead of requiring them to select words to translate from a finite list,” explained Hammacher Schlemmer’s General Manager Fred Berns.

About the size of a smartphone, the device stores unobtrusively in a pocket and flips open to reveal a full QWERTY physical keyboard, integrated speakers, and 3″ backlit LCD, allowing travelers to quickly type entries, listen to pronunciations, and view translations in a preferred language.

The Full Phrase Talking Translator uses the New Oxford Dictionary and provides translations for 24 European languages, three Asian languages, Arabic, and Hindi (see full list). It maintains a history of searched terms for future reference and allows users to create a list of favorites for commonly used phrases.

The translator also converts eight currencies, displays the current time for 260 cities worldwide, and comes integrated with scientific and basic calculators, six games (like Sudoku), and a voice recorder.

Press Release: The Point And Click Dictionary

The Point And Click Dictionary eliminates the hassle of thumbing through bulky dictionaries or navigating a computer to define words while reading,” explained Hammacher Schlemmer’s General Manager Fred Berns.

The scanner has a 2.4″ color LCD with 320 x 240 resolution that clearly displays definitions, comprehensive etymologies, and related word forms. It also provides audible word pronunciations through its built-in speaker.

Smaller than a smartphone, the portable scanner provides 500,000 definitions from the Collins English Dictionary and offers translations to and from French, Italian, Spanish, and German using the award-winning Collins foreign language dictionaries. Users can navigate the device via the touchscreen or the included stylus, it has an integrated MP3 player, voice recorder, and picture viewer, and it recharges in two hours.