Product Spotlight

Custom Vintage Distressed Embroidery

These are sure to become your favorite sweatshirts! These top-quality Comfort Colors garment-dyed sweatshirts are pre-shrunk and made of super-soft 100% ringspun cotton. The pigment-dyeing process infuses each garment with unique character. They are designed to become more aged and relaxed with each use and after each wash. And best of all, check out the vintage distressed embroidery. Very nice! (Click on the image for more information.)

Custom Vintage Distressed Embroidery

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Summer Lovin’ with Summer Promos

Woke up this morning and checked out the forecast. It looks like we’ll be in the ’90s again today. Yikes! Now that we’re officially in summer, we have a few cool products to recommend for your next promotion.

Promotional Beach Towels

Beach Towels
Available in a many great colors, beach towels are appreciated gifts. Your clients will use them for years to come. My favorite beach towels are the 70″ x 40″ heavyweight towels that are decorated with a tone on tone technique. They’re stylish, durable and effective promotional gifts. Very nice indeed.

Promotional BBQ SetBBQ Sets
Ideal for company picnics or just a unique summer promotional gift, BBQ sets are a personal favorite of mine. They come in all shapes and sizes, from a practical 3-piece set wrapped in a nylon bag to this awesome 24-piece Executive BBQ Set which includes a beautiful metal case. Makes my head swim just thinking about this arsenal of BBQ-ing utensils. Or combine a BBQ set with a custom decorated BBQ Apron and you’ll make any grill master flush with excitement.

Promotional Beach BallsBeach Balls
Fun at the beach, the lake, the pool or virtually any outdoor event, promotional beach balls are a cost-effective giveaway and a classic summer favorite. Available in a variety of sizes and color combinations, let your imagination run wild. One of our most popular summer promotional items.

Promotional UmbrellasUmbrellas
Promotional umbrellas can stop the rain or protect you from the sun. And this year in Kansas, we’ve already needed protection from both. Umbrellas come in a variety of sizes, and virtually every color combination imaginable. Mini umbrellas are a fun giveaway and can easily fit in a briefcase or glove box. Standard sized umbrellas are useful fundraisers and can be sold at outdoor events. And if you’re sponsoring a golf tournament this summer, the 60″ golf umbrellas provide a huge imprint area for your logo and promotional message.

Remember that not all umbrellas are created equally. My personal favorites are Stromberg Umbrellas. They’re very well constructed. Are available in many great colors, sizes and styles. And can be decorated with your logo.

Promotional Water Bottles

Sport Bottles
Traditionally used during the summer, promotional sport bottles have become popular year round. And talk about variety — there are tons of options for materials, styles, sizes and colors. Nalgene Bottles and Camelbak Bottles are BPA free and are made from an incredibly durable material called Tritan copolyester. Soft-sided bike bottles have followed the trend towards BPA free materials, and are now typically made from recyclable PET. Aluminum bottles are light weight, competitively priced, and carry a high perceived value. And if you want the cream of the crop, stainless steel water bottles are durable and stylish.

Promotional FlyersFlyers
Custom flyers are among our most popular summer promotional items. They come in several sizes and tons of great colors. The most popular size is the 9″ flyer, but my favorite is the 117 gram 9.625″ Ultimate Flyer. It’s heavier and more durable than other promotional flyers and is available in an eco-friendly option made from 100% home recycled material. Other options include a Dog Safe Ultimate Flyer, Foam Flyers, Glow-in-the-Dark Flyers, Collapsible Flyers and Fling Rings.

Promotional Koozies and Can CoolersCan Coolers
Koozie remains the premier line of can coolers, and the Original Koozie Can Cooler is still our most popular style. Made from high-quality durable foam, the Original Koozie can maintain your beverage can at 40-degrees or below for 35 minutes. Koozie offers a broad line of can coolers including Collapsible Koozies (ideal for mailings), Metallic Reflections Koozies, Koozie Jersey Can Coolers, Metal Koozies and a cool Football Koozie. But we don’t stop there. Another popular style of can cooler is the Neoprene Collapsible Can Cooler. Neoprene is a scuba-like material that insulates well and is very durable.

Promotional Sun ScreenSun Screen
Help your customers protect themselves from the harsh rays of the summer sun with promotional sun screen. One of our most popular styles is the Shady .5 oz. Carabiner Bottle. Your choice of SPF 15 or SPF 30 sun screen, this product is both water-resistant and sweat-resistant. A smart promotional giveaway.

Promotional Insulated Bags and TotesInsulated Bags and Totes
From a simple insulated lunch sack to a rolling insulated cooler with a 34″ extending handle, insulated bags and totes make great promotional gifts. With prices that range from a couple bucks to $50 each, you can find the right style to fit any budget and promotion. One of my favorites is the Koozie Kombo Kooler. This combination backpack and kooler is ideal for sporting and recreational activities. The mesh upper compartment and spacious lower compartment makes this bag very user-friendly. Available in red, blue and black.

Sales for Organic Products on the Rise

Organic Economy Tote BagsSales of organic cotton apparel and home textile products increased 35% in 2009 to $4.3 billion, according to a report released this week. Over the past decade, beginning in 2001, the annual average growth rate for organic cotton sales is 40%. “Many people thought the recession would mean an end to all things organic, but the market reacted in quite the opposite way,” said LaRhea Pepper, senior director of the Organic Exchange, which produced the report.

Organic Exchange, which released the 2009 sales data, projects the global organic cotton market will increase an additional 20%-40% in both 2010 and 2011, resulting in an estimated $6 billion market by next year.

While the list of top organic cotton buyers features retail giants like Walmart and Nike, it also includes a few of our favorite promotional products, including the Organic Economy Tote. Made from 100% organic cotton, we liked these totes so much we bought them for our own self promo.

Promotional Clogs and Footwear

Sandals, flip flops and clogs make fun promotional gifts. Ideal for travel agencies, resorts, or to promote an upcoming event, promotional footwear will make a unique impression on your customers. And some of them will even make a unique impression in the sand.

Kauai Flip Flops -- Promotional FootwearKauai Flip Flops
The Kauai are high-quality custom leather flip flops. Made with an 18mm EVA/rubber sole, embroidered nubuck leather straps and leather insole with recessed foot bed, arch support, and toe lift. The Kauai is available with the optional die-cut talking “Logo Footprint” that leaves an impression of your logo in the sand. Excellent for President’s Clubs, high achievers, or any customer who wants the very best corporate custom logo flip flop. Similar to Rainbow® brand sandals.

Clogs -- Promotional FootwearClogs
These custom logo clog shoes are made with a lightweight quality EVA foam, and are waterproof and anti-bacterial, similar to Crocs™ brand footwear. Custom printed straps will showcase your name or logo. Comfortable and durable, these clogs also feature non-slip traction sole, perfect for all outdoor activities, and are a unique corporate logo gift, for school fund raising, or for corporate travel. Printed in the USA.

Tourista Flip Flops -- Promotional FootwearTourista Flip Flops
The new domestic custom logo Tourista flip flop sandals are designed for those with limited budgets and high expectations, and blow away other inexpensive flip flops. Utilizing a quality PE rubber non-slip insole and real rubber straps (no pvc!), the comfortable Tourista makes a unique custom corporate gift, for school fund raising, gyms or for other clients wanting to buy bulk budget custom logo flip flops. Printed in the USA.

Just call us for more great ideas in promotional footwear. Your feet will be glad you did.

Marketing Makes Good Scents

Research has shown that scent enhances consumer product memories. According to the website Lets Get Scented, “Scent marketing is becoming an incredible tool as brands discover the role scent plays in connecting with customers on an emotional level. It is most effective when combined with other sensory triggers, such as sight, sound and textures to create a unique customer experience. Scent can trigger a memory or desire that influences a purchase decision. Across industries, businesses are using scent as part of multi-sensory marketing strategies to enhance customers’ experiences of a location and its products or services.”

The promotional products industry has been expanding into scented products. One of my favorites are these new Good Scents Pens.  They’re available in several wonderful scents including chocolate chips, mocha latte, strawberry fields, vanilla dream (my favorite), green meadow, lemon zest and orange crush (available soon).

Good Scents Pens

And better yet, these pens are made in the USA with 50% renewable plastic. Eco-friendly and USA made make these pens a Scentsational promotion.

Delicious Picture Cookies

3M Post-it NotesWant to create come buzz with your next promotion? How about imprinting your logo directly on to some delicious chocolate or vanilla cookies? Custom imprinted with edible inks in vibrant full color, these 3″ cookies are as tasty as they are beautiful. Each cookie is individually wrapped and can ship standard ground even in warm weather. They are certified Star-D kosher, and are proudly made in the USA.

But wait, there’s more! Regularly priced beginning at $1.79, these cookies are on sale through the end of  July for $.99 each.

My mom always understood that the quickest way to my heart was with a plate of cookies. Now you can utilize promotional cookies to get to the heart of your top prospects! Call us for details.

Note: Minimum order of one case required (180 cookies) and must be ordered in case increments. Prices do not include setups, S&H or applicable taxes.

Gotta Love Flying Monkeys!

My Flying Marketing MonkeyI used to work with a programmer who whenever the conversation turned to marketing would say “There just aren’t enough monkeys in advertising”. When one of our suppliers gave me my own Flying Monkey, I immediately thought of Randy and named my monkey the Marketing Monkey. He still sits on my desk. (The monkey, not Randy.) I take him to all of my marketing meetings. And I occasionally shoot him across the room just to hear him scream his monkey sounds.

My children have often attempted to steal my monkey.

The Flying Flingshot Monkey wears a cape that can be custom imprinted with your logo and promotional message. It includes a sound chip that when activated makes monkey sounds. And it’s stretchy arms allows it to be shot like a slingshot. It’s a great gift. Just ask me!

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Eco-Friendly Promotional Item Promotes Water Conservation

The Eco Water Saver™ Shower Timer is a fun way to promote water conservation. This eco-friendly product is a twist-action five-minute shower timer with suction mount. Perfect for hotels, water districts, cities, schools, plumbers and conservationists. Made from a shatter-resistant timer and 70% recycled plastic body.

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Snuggies Available with Your Logo

Snuggies Available with Your LogoQ. What looks like a blanket, has sleeves, keeps you warm from head to toe, and has sold more than four million units worldwide?

A. The Snuggie.

And now you can order the Snuggie decorated with your logo. A fun gift for your employees and favorite clients. It certainly will get them talking.

If your budget doesn’t work for the Snuggie, remember to ask us about the Hugme and the Couch Cozie!