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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!

Day 2 at the 2018 PPAI Expo

Day two of the PPAI expo is in the books! Day one had a ton of great new and exciting products and day two didn’t disappoint either. Check out some of our favorites from day two below.

Journals

Journals have been a trending item for the past few years. This year it’s the design of the journals that’s making the biggest impact.

We’re now able to do a debossed design edge-to-edge on journal covers with the Bohemian Textured Journal. This is a great way to increase the perceived value of a giveaway and it also boosts the retail look.

The other journal we loved this year was the Swanky scrubs Junior Writing Pad. These will make for great giveaways for medical schools and nursing programs, doctors and dentists offices and more. Don’t just give away any promotional product with your logo on it, hand out a journal that shows what you do, before the recipient even sees the logo.

The Sentinel Tumbler

Drinkware is always a hot category at the PPAI Expo.

In past years we’ve told you about the popular trend of mirroring the look of retail drinkware in the promotional product market, such as the Yeti and S’well bottles. This year has been no different. The newest spin on this trend is taking high-end, metal retail pieces and giving them a lower price point by making them from plastic.

Our favorite piece so far this year is a new spin on the Yeti style tumbler, known as the Sentinel Tumbler. The Sentinel has the same look as a Yeti tumbler, but instead of being a traditional metal style tumbler, it is made of plastic, making it more affordable for many buyers at around $4.00 each. It comes in a great painted finish, and includes a plastic sealing top.

We’ve also seen this trend with other retail-like bottle styles, including the S’well, and other Yeti shapes and styles.

Tumbling Tower Game

The best part of promotional products are that they are fun! What better way to take advantage of that feature than to give a promotional product that screams fun, just by looking at it?

One of our favorite finds this year was a promotional version of Jenga.

The best part of this version, is that you’re not just limited to printing on only the box, as many versions of the game allow. At no additional charge, you can imprint on each and every block. This gives you the opportunity to take your message to the next level. You can share your company message, core values, corporate mission, branding and more. The opportunities are endless! Plus, who doesn’t love receiving a fun game that you can play with your friends and family?

Want to take on a different game? We saw cribbage, dominoes, mini bag-toss and more.

We’re just getting started on the PPAI Expo! Stay tuned for more new products throughout the week! 

For more information on any of the above items, contact one of our Account Managers for more information and pricing! 

Day 1 at the 2018 PPAI Expo

Yesterday was day one of the 2018 Promotional Products Association International Expo in Las Vegas and Magellan Promotions is here learning about all of the new and trending items that are coming to our industry in 2018 and that can help you achieve your goals. The expo has 3,100 booths from 1,260 exhibitors and welcomes more than 21,000 people. This year, there will be more than 600 new products on the show floor, so we have our work cut out for us.

Here are a few of our favorites from the show yesterday.

 

3 Pack Golf Ball Lip Balm, Mints and Sunscreen

Everyone likes to give away golf balls for golf outings, right? After a while, the same golf balls can get kind of boring. Looking for a new spin? How about mints, sunscreen and lip balm, all packaged as golf balls. It’s a creative way to give away items that are great to have in your golf bag, and you stick with the golf ball theme. They even come with a great golf-themed packaging as well. Want just two of the three options? We can do that too. Just ask!

Assant Stylus 360 Degree Imprint Pen

Put something more than a logo on your pens. With this new 360 degree imprint, you can use the entire pen to get your message out. Whether that’s a football schedule (see right), your mission statement, or anything else you can think of, you can include it on this Assant Stylus Pen, which comes with a stylish matte metallic finish and a comfortable etched rubber grip.

Parkside Smart Bag

One piece decorated pieces are really hard to come by in this industry. This production partner has really figured out how to do it economically and effectively. New products from this production partner are their backpacks, which are fashion forward and really well thought out. Two nice imprint areas for this product, one of which is full color, so you can have a lot of fun and creative with the artwork.

Want to branch out from the typical plaques for awards? Completely personalize a bag for your winner so they can sow off their accomplishment wherever they go. There’s no charge for customization, so whether you’re ordering a thousand or just one, this is a great backpack.

 

Silicone Pint Glass

The 16 oz. Silicone Pint glass is a unique item that we saw at the first day of the PPAI show. These pint glasses won’t break, crack, chip, fade or scratch. Plus they’re microwave, freezer and dishwasher safe. They even withstand temperatures from -80℉ – 450℉. We love this item for colleges and corporate clients alike! It’s great for student giveaways or employee incentives.

 

 

 

 

 

We’re just getting started on the PPAI Expo! Stay tuned for more new products throughout the week! 

For more information on any of the above items, contact one of our Account Managers for more information and pricing!

We’re at the PPAI expo!

The Promotional Products Association International (PPAI) yearly expo begins today in Las Vegas and we’re there! The PPAI Expo is North America’s largest promotional products trade show and features more than 1,200 exhibitors showcasing more than a quarter million products over six miles of show floor. Later this week we’ll report back with what we loved and, more importantly, what we think you’ll love.

Want us to look for something in particular for you? Just let us know! Email an Account Manager, and we’ll keep our eyes peeled while we’re walking the show floor.

While you’re waiting to see what we find this year, check out what we loved last year!

Day 1 at the 2017 Promotional Products Expo

The Magellan Promotions team hit the Promotional Products Association International Expo show today in Las Vegas, and we’re excited to be learning about all of the new and trending items that are coming to our industry in 2017. The aisles on the show floor are over six miles long – just think of how many promotional items that means we’ll be seeing! We’re excited to be seeing all of these items, and we can’t wait to bring them back to you over the coming weeks.

Here are a few of our favorites from the show today.

Julia with the 20oz. Contigo Byron

Julia’s Favorite: 20oz. Byron Contigo

If you’ve ever seen me around the office, you know it’s hard to catch me without my Contigo tumbler within arms reach. The Contigo that I use on a daily basis (of which I have at least four) is a 20oz. that I bought online.  Our industry has never had one large enough to satisfy my tea (and caffeine) addiction!

I’m so excited that in 2017 we are now able to offer a 20oz. version of the Contigo Byron!  It is a 25% increase in size over the original, with all of the benefits provided by the Contigo brand including a 6 hour heat retention and snapseal technology. For those of you who have customers who could use that extra boost of caffeine, this item is a must have gift!

You can find pricing and more information on the Contigo Byron here.

 

Michael with the Cell Phone Fan

Michael’s Favorite: Cell Phone Fan

Usable technology items are always a hot category in our industry, and the newest item in that category is the cell phone fan. We saw a few versions across the show floor today, but my favorite is the version you can see to the right.

This cell phone fan plugs into your cell phone through the battery port charger. It has adapters for both Apple and Android phones, so it works for everyone. It is also UL rated, meaning that it won’t harm your phone, and it has very little drain on your battery. You can run the fan for almost 10 hours without killing your battery.

The cell phone fan is perfect for outdoor events, or for people who just need a small fan at their desk.

 

Chuck with the Endurance Mug

Chuck’s Favorite: Endurance Stainless Steel Mug

I don’t drink my coffee quickly – I’m the type of person that will sip it slowly, and in the past I’ve even put it on a small heater to keep it warm, or had to keep putting it back in the microwave. As those of us who drink coffee every morning know, a ceramic mug will only keep your coffee warm for so long.

That’s why I love the Endurance mug. It’s a double-walled stainless tumbler, without a lid, that is short enough to fit under your Keurig. That means after you make your coffee, it will be warm (and drinkable) for longer than the traditional ceramic mug. You can now sip your coffee slowly, instead of slamming it! 

As an added benefit, you can print either a one color logo, a full color logo, or a 360 degree full color wrap. We’ve seen wrapped imprints on drinkware before, but 360 degree, full-color imprints are rare. Do you have an image or design that could wrap all the way around a mug to give to your clients? The endurance mug is the perfect solution to do just that!

We’re just getting started on the PPAI Expo! Stay tuned for more new products throughout the week! 

For more information on any of the above items, contact one of our Account Managers for more information and pricing! 

Promotional Version of the YETI Rambler

83261z0Last summer we told you about the Force Copper Vacuum Insulated Thermal Bottles, our version of the still-popular S’well bottles. The Force has continued to be popular with our clients, along with many other products that are promotional versions of retail products.

The newest product that follows this trend is the Glacier, our version of the Yeti Rambler.

At 30oz this tumbler is huge, and will easily hold a day’s worth of coffee. It is made of double walled stainless steel with a copper vacuum, so it will keep that coffee hot all day too. Want to keep water cold instead? It does that too – for up to 16 hours. It’s the best of both worlds!

With pricing as low as $14.99, the Glacier is less than half the cost of the Yeti Rambler. You can find pricing and more details about the Glacier here.

If you’re looking for a great gift for your clients or staff to keep your brand top of mind this holiday season, look no further than the Glacier! It’s less expensive, comes with your logo and works just as well!  Contact your Account Manager today for more information and pricing.

Magellan Promotions at NACAC 2016

It’s hard to believe that summer is already over and that fall is in full swing! But as sure proof that fall has begun, the Magellan Promotions team made their annual trip to the 2016 NACAC National Conference. We had a great few days in Columbus, and we’re already planning for what we have in store for 2017.

For those of you who weren’t able to attend NACAC this year, here are a few of our favorite products that we had on display:

Keyboard Sticker

Keyboard Sticker

Custom Keyboard Sticker

We know that we have told you about our keyboard sticker before, but it has been so popular that we can’t stop talking about it!

It’s a great item, with a lot of bang for your buck. Plus, it’s easy to use across your whole campus, not just in the Admissions department. Send it as a thank you to donors, to members of your staff, to alumni who visit at homecoming and more.

You can find more information, including pricing here.

Tassel Topper

Tassel Topper

Tassel Topper

Are you looking for a great item to send to your admitted students as part of an anti-melt campaign? Then look no further than the Tassel Topper!

The Tassel Topper can be decorated on one or both sides, and comes with sticky Velcro pieces so your future students can easily attach it to their mortarboard for their high school graduation.

Your students will be proud to show off your logo as they cross the stage as part of the Class of 2017!

Drinkware

Glacier Tumbler

The Glacier

One of the most popular categories in our industry this year has been drinkware – especially non-retail versions of retail products such as the S’well and the Yeti. Our versions are the H2Go Force and the Glacier.

We love both of these items because you get the retail quality, without the retail price tag. Both are double-wall, copper insulated so they’ll keep your hot drinks hot, and your cold drinks cold.

You’ll definitely catch people’s attention with either of these pieces as a gift!

 

These were just a few of our favorite items from NACAC. If you want to see what else we had on display, check out our NACAC Showroom. For quotes on any of these items, click here or reach out to one of our Account Managers.

We look forward to seeing you at NACAC 2017!

It’s Raining, It’s Pouring… and We’ve Got the Solution!

An umbrella makes a great promotional gift because everyone needs one, but who really wants to go out and buy one? You can also never have too many umbrellas – keep one in the car, one at the house, one at the office, and more!

A few weeks ago Peerless Umbrella, our go-to production partner for umbrellas, stopped by our office to tell us about what’s new and trending in umbrellas.

Read on to learn more about our favorite umbrellas!

 

The Rebel

The Rebel

What’s New – The Rebel

The newest addition to Peerless’ line is the most unique umbrella we’ve ever seen – the Rebel.

We’ve all been in the situation where it’s pouring rain as you’re running to your car, and you have to make a quick decision. Do I try to get my umbrella closed as I’m in the car and risk getting my car wet, or do I just get soaked and close it before I get in? The Rebel is the solution to your problem.

With an inverted design the Rebel closes away from you, keeping you dry as you get into your car or walk into a building.

Click the image to the right to see exactly how it works!

 

The Mojo

The Mojo

What’s Trending – Unique Use of Color

We all have seen the basic black umbrella or the standard two-tone umbrella, but are you looking for something that can make you stand out from the crowd?

We can help you do that! From a new twist on the two-tone umbrella to a black umbrella with full-color clouds on the interior, we have just what you need to make a unique statement for your brand.

Check out our favorite to the left – the Mojo comes in black or navy blue with accented internal hardware in a variety of colors.

 

A Custom Full Color Umbrella

A Custom Full Color Umbrella

What’s Trending – Full Color

Do you have a logo that’s too unique for a standard single-color print? How about a picture of a new building or location that you want to show off? We’ve got the solution – a full color umbrella!

Pick from folding, fashion or golf for the handle and frame, and an interior or exterior full color print. An added bonus? On some sizes and designs we’re able to print domestically, cutting almost two full months off of production time.

It is sure to make your stand out from the crowd on a rainy day!

 

For More Information

Would an umbrella be the perfect fit for a project you’re working on, or would you just like more information? Just let us know what you’re looking for, and we can present some options that will be the perfect accent for your next marketing campaign. We’re here to make your brand stand out from the crowd, rain or shine!