Top Promotional Products of 2018

The Magellan Promotions team saw a lot of new products at the 2018 Promotional Products Association International Expo. After venturing through more than 1,200 booths and trying out all of our samples, the best of the best made our list of favorites for this year. Read on to learn more about these great products. 

Spark Tumbler

What it is:

The Spark Tumbler is a 12-ounce, double-walled, stainless steel coffee tumbler with a trendy powder-coated finish that ensures your coffee will stay warm.  

Key Feature:

Unique size and look.

Why we love it:

We love the small size! This tumbler fits under the popular Keurig brand of brewers without having to move any filters and its double-walled insulation ensures that coffee stays warm for up to eight hours. If you’re looking to give away something that’s a little more unique than a ceramic mug, and will also reduce spillage because of its lid, this is a fantastic option!

See the Spark Tumbler on our website

Braided 3-in1 Mobile Phone Charger

What it is:

This 3-in-1 charger features micro USB, Lightning, and USB-C connectors with protective covers and a braided cord. These three cords can charge mobile phones, tablets, video game controllers, laptops, and more. 

Key Feature:

Low price. 

Why we love it:

Because this conversation never happens if this product is around.

“Hey, do you have a phone charger I can borrow?”

“Sure, here you go.”

“Oh, I can’t use this kind. Do you happen to have an iPhone charger?”

“Nope, sorry. I only have stuff for Android.”

Starting as low as $3.50, this item is less expensive than other multi-chargers in the promotional product industry. One of the reasons it comes in at that price point is because the Lightning charger only charges iPhones and iPads, but doesn’t sync with your computer. That makes this charger perfect for when you’re on the go.

See the Braided 3-in-1 Mobile Phone Charger on our website

Parkside Smart Pack

What it is:

The Parkside Smart Pack is a fashion-forward backpack that allows you to get fun and creative with your ideas because it features two imprint areas, one of which is full color.

Key Feature:

No minimum orders.

Why we love it:

There are tons of unique ways to use this pack because of the customization options and the no minimum order requirement. 

Here are two creative ways that we like:

1. This bag could serve as a unique recognition award. Let the recipient proudly show off their accomplishment (and your branding) when they take the Parkside Smart Pack with them in public.

2. Whether your office has two or 200 people in it, we think that this bag make would make a perfect gift for staff members.

See the Parkside Smart Pack on our website.

Juice Box Zinc Wireless Power Bank

What it is:

Power banks have been popular in the promotional product industry for a while, but have always needed a cord. Now that Apple has joined Samsung in featuring wireless charging, it’s become the de facto industry standard. This power bank has followed suit in cutting the cord and letting phone owners charge their phone by simply resting their phone on top of it. 

Key Feature:

No-cord charging with a USB backup.

Why we love it:

We live in a world where everyone is attached to their phone and new apps and features drain batteries faster than ever before. The constant battery drain is actually starting to have some major societal ramifications. No, seriously. Nine out of 10 people panic about their battery life dipping low and 32 percent of people will literally drop whatever they’re doing to try and find a charge. We love this wireless power bank because it takes away the panic that 90 percent of society has and does so in an incredibly simple way. All you have to do is just set your phone on top of it and feel the stress and anxiety evaporate. 

It’s highly unlikely that people already have a product like this, so show you’re ahead of the curve by giving this power bank out!

See the Juice Box Zinc Wireless Power Bank on our website

Spectraflex Luggage Tag

What it is:

The Spectraflex Luggage Tag is a flexible, colorful, and durable 3-D luggage tag that is custom molded to your design.

Key Feature:

Custom die cut and PVC plastic.

Why we love it:

The Sprectraflex Luggage Tag is a unique option that will still look sharp after taking a beating in car trunks, luggage bins, and bag carousels. The custom die cut allows you to cut the tag into the shape of your company or school’s logo and reproduce even the smallest of details.

See the Spectraflex Luggage Tag on our website

Soft Fit Solid Active Wear Cap

What it is:

This performance cap features UV protection and moisture-wicking technology, but still retains a fashionable look.

Key Feature:

Performance material that doesn’t sacrifice style.

Why we love it:

Simply put, this performance cap just feels better. Unlike other performance caps that “slouch” on your head, this one has some structure to it, but remains incredibly comfortable. The cap is also stylish enough (as evidenced by it embracing the heather trendthat it can be worn in a casual setting as well

See the Soft Fit Solid Active Wear Cap on our website

Cut Maps

What it is:

Cut Maps are laser cut aerial maps of specific areas. They have stock city-specific options, but their custom process allows for a map of any area that you can bring up on Google Maps. Not only can you put the map into a frame (pictured), but they also make great ornaments.

Key Feature:

Google Maps customization. 

Why we love it:

Alumni offices are always on the lookout for gifts that can tug on the heartstrings a little and a Cut Map does just that. People spend four (or more) of their most formative years on a college campus and during those years campus becomes home. Remind your alumni of “home” with a gift that they’ve never seen before.

Contact us if you’re interested in learning more about Cut Maps.

Tumbling Tower Game

What it is:

The Tumbling Tower Game is the promotional version of of the classic family game Jenga. Players remove blocks one at a time until the tower tumbles. 

Key Feature:

Every single block can be imprinted on for no extra cost. 

Why we love it:

It’s fun! But aside from the personal enjoyment we got from it, we absolutely love the plethora of decoration options. Just imagine how creative you can get with every block. You can share your company message, core values, corporate mission, branding, and anything else you can think of. Plus, who doesn’t love receiving a fun game that you can play with your friends and family?

See the Tumbling Tower Game on our website

Knotty Tie Co. Ties and Scarves

What it is:

Knotty Tie Co. makes eco-friendly ties and scarves from recycled material in the United States. The ties and scarves are completely customizable and are sewn to specific cuts. 

Key Feature:

Social mission and eco-friendly products.

Why we love it:

Knotty Tie Co. creates employment opportunities for refugees from war-torn areas of the globe like Syria, Somalia, and Eritrea. This includes jobs like designer, seamstress, and tailor; jobs that the refugees held in their home countries. Another thing they pride themselves on is teaching skills to single mothers while paying them a good wage and giving them ample personal time off.

If you’re looking for a gift that has a powerful message behind it, this is it. You’re not just giving out a tie or a scarf, you’re helping refugees and single mothers earn a living by making outstanding products in the United States.

Contact us if you’re interested in learning more about Knotty Tie products 

Eclaire Illuminated Stylus Pen

What it is:

The Eclaire Illuminated Stylus Pen features a laser-engraved imprint that lights up whenever the stylus is pressed. The pen also features a deeply textured rubber grip and an ergonomic design to ensure comfort when in use. 

Key Feature:

Light-up logo.

Why we love it:

There are tons of ways to have a brand imprinted on a pen, but this laser-engraved light is one of the coolest we’ve seen. The laser-engraved light wouldn’t mean much if the pen wasn’t comfortable and didn’t write well, but this pen does those both exceptionally. 

See the Eclaire Illuminated Stylus Pen on our website

New Era Tri-Blend Fleece Pullover with Cowl Neck

What it is:

The New Era Tri-Blend Fleece Pullover features a trendy cowl neck while also combining style, comfort, and warmth. This cotton/polyester/rayon tri-blend includes longer length cover-stitched seams, 3-panel hood, and a heat transfer label for tag-free comfort.

Key Feature:

Cowl neck.

Why we love it:

New Era recently unveiled its line of promotional apparel and we’re big fans. The cowl neck collar on hoodies is a new style that we haven’t seen before and adds a bit of flair to an already fashionable hoodie. This comfortable hoodie is the perfect “the office is just a bit too cold in winter” apparel option.

See the New Era Tri-Blend Fleece Pullover on our website

Interested in one or more of these products for your 2018 branding plan? Contact your account manager, send us an email, give us a call at 414-831-0184, or fill out our contact form today!

Introducing The North Face and New Era apparel options

The North Face and New Era are both retail brands that people will seek out because they’ve become synonymous with quality and this has inspired brand loyalty. There are people who won’t wear a fleece unless it has a The North Face logo and people that won’t wear a cap unless it has the New Era flag on it. We’re happy to announce that we have offerings from both of these premier brands as another option for our clients.

The North Face

The North Face logo

The North Face has been one of the premier brands in the retail apparel industry for years. They’ve decided to bring a selection of their outerwear products into the promotional apparel industry. All of The North Face products feature the same quality and attention to detail that people expect from their retail products, but with the added opportunity of customization for your brand.

One of the products we’re a fan of is their Canyon Flats Fleece Jackets. These 100 percent polyester fleece jackets are durable, but also extremely soft and comfortable. The Canyon Flats Fleece Jackets come in both men’s and women’s styles, as well as a hooded option. This fleece is perfect for corporate events, but also for everyday use.

New Era

New Era logo

We’ve offered New Era’s hats for years, so we’re very excited that the company is now expanding into the apparel world. We’re happy to offer their stylish and comfortable lineup.

The Tri Blend Performance Pullover Hoodie Tee Shirt is one our favorites from New Era. This shirt combines moisture-wicking and lightweight fabric into a classic design and is the perfect option for layering as well as outdoor activities when you need just a little more than a t-shirt. This shirt features triple-needle stitching throughout, self-fabric neck binding, and a heat transfer label for tag-free comfort.

 

If you’re interested in apparel from The North Face or New Era, or any of our many other options, please contact your account manager, send us an email, give us a call at 414-831-0184, or fill out our contact form today!

Great Additions for Your Corporate Apparel Program

Earlier this week we told you about everything we learned when Peerless Umbrella stopped by, and yesterday we switched gears to learn about new apparel options from Cutter & Buck. You may have heard of Cutter & Buck before, as they are a high-end retail brand offered in stores such as Nordstroms and many golf pro shops.

With their 2017 line having just been released last week, we saw some great new pieces that would be perfect additions to your next corporate apparel program. Check out some of our favorites from Cutter and Buck and their partner line, Clique, below:

Fine Twill Easy Care Dress Shirts

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Choose easy care for a crisp, professional look. This wrinkle-resistant 60% cotton, 40% polyester twill provides the powerful style you desire. The button-down collar, coordinating logo buttons, double-back pleat, barrel cuffs with tonal C&B pennant embroidery, and chest patch pocket offer a strong appearance for men. The tailored-fit styles are cut closer to the body with higher armholes resulting in a trimmer silhouette. Ladies enjoy pin-tuck detailing on the collar and cuffs, coordinated logo buttons, piping on the inside back neck, eye-catching princess seams, and a tonal C&B embroidery pennant.

The Shaw

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Incredible design goes hand-in-hand with sporty performance in the Shaw Hybrid Half-Zip. The mock neck protects against wind and sun while the ultra soft, 92% polyester and 8% spandex fabrication wicks moisture to keep you comfortable. The contrast piecing, C&B heat transfer at the back neck add a modern touch. Ladies’ include zip pocket at the sleeve for added storage.

Hamden Jacquard Polo/Half-Zip

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Light as a feather with an elegant tonal texture, the Men’s CB DryTec Hamden Jacquared is built to perform. The moisture-wicking 100% polyester jacquard fabrication with tonal stripes and side vents ensure all day comfort, while the silver piping at the neck, and C&B pennant embroidery at the back provide modern style elements. Look your best while you perform in comfort with the moisture-wicking Ladies’ CB DryTec Hamden Half-Zip. The 100% polyester and jacquard jersey fabrication with tonal stripes, and thumb holes on the cuff provide for a cozy start to those cool mornings.

The Telemark

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Outsmart the wind, rain, and cold with this lightweight, high-performance softshell. Fashioned from duable 96% polyester, 4% spandex plain weave softshell fabric, the Telemark fabric is waterproof to 1,000mm, keeping you dry. The mock neck, microfleece lining, and elasticized cuffs keep you cozy, dry, and protected from adverse weather.

The Moss

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Neither wind nor tight budgets stand a chance against this stylish 100% polyester windbreaker. Styled with elastic cuffs, convenient stow-away hood, and covered front pockets, the Moss is the perfect option for lightweight weather protection. it also includes an internal locker loop for easy storage when the elements are less inclement.

For More Information

Do any of these items seem like the perfect fit for your next round of corporate apparel? Just let us know and one of our Account Managers would be happy to share more information about these and other great Cutter & Buck items!