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!

Falling for Four Fun, New Products

We recently attended a show that highlighted the latest promotional products. We especially fell for four new products that really seem to be on-trend.

Mason Bottle

Maybe we can blame it on Pinterest because we are seeing Mason jars almost everywhere.  The first promotional item is a fun, mason jar-like BPA-free, beverage container that comes in nine different colors.  It is made of acrylic, so it is more affordable and durable than a glass mason jar.

mason bottle

25 oz. Mason Jar Bottle

Re-usable Red Solo Cup

Whenever anyone sees this product for the first time, they can’t help but pick it up and say, “Wow, that’s fun!” The all new CUP is inspired by the Red Solo Cup (and I am hearing Toby Keith’s song in my head), arguably one of the most popular cups of all time.  This cup is much more durable and greener than the disposable solo cups with a double-walled, insulated construction. It is re-usable and ideal for tailgating, picnics, or alumni celebrations! Available in nine different colors, The Cup is BPA free, USA made, and holds 16 oz. of your preferred drink.  An optional white lid is also available.

re-usable red solo cup

16 oz. The Cup – available in nine colors

Felt-tip Stylus Pen

We’ve seen other stylus pens with rubber tips, but we really like this one because it has a new and different felt-tip stylus. It is extremely easy to use, smoothly sliding across the surface of mobile devices. With the upscale look and great performance, we think this is one technology product that will be a big hit.

felt tip stylus pen

Fiber-tip Stylus Pen

Aqua Pearls Hot / Cold Pack

This is an aqua gel bead therapy pack that is both microwave- and freezer-safe for a hot or cold pack. This is a useful health and wellness item in fun new colors at an affordable price point. It would be ideal for promoting recreational sports, intramural sports, or even stress relief during finals week.

hot / cold pack

Aqua Pearls Hot / Cold Pack  7.5″ x 4.5″

What do you think of these new products? Do you have a favorite?  Contact us for more information.

Customize your own Mug for Long-lasting Promotion

How would you like a mug that can feature your brand, while leaving space for your customer’s own personalization?  We LOVE this idea for so many reasons:

1. Students are more likely to use a promotional product if it is targeted and useful. Students and coffee on campus are often synonymous, and bringing your own mug is becoming commonplace (and promotes eco-friendly behavior!).

2. Members Gen Y and Gen Z are considered “All About Me” generations, so they would wholeheartedly embrace an opportunity to customize their mug.

3. Beverage containers are a long-lasting endorsement that students will use on a daily basis.

The EVO Tumbler

We first learned about the EVO from one of our top suppliers. In the video below, Paul Rizzo demonstrates how it works.


Branding options

Choose from the EVO colors below and place your logo on the outer, clear shell.  As mentioned in the video, you can also design full-color paper inserts.

the EVO available in 10 different colors

The EVO tumbler is available in so many vibrant colors!

Evo green

Here’s a green tumbler with a logo on the outer shell that is currently posted on our website.

I did a test-run in the office with a sample white EVO mug.  I visited to download a template of my choice (Word, Adobe Acrobat, or Adobe Illustrator).  Each option provided comprehensive, easy to follow instructions.


The EVO mug dis-assembled: clear outer shell, white core, and lid.

Using the Word template and some imagery, I created a fun, bright future design, cutting it out on the provided guidelines and easily inserting it between the clear outer shell and inner core of the mug.  Here’s my finished product:


My own EVO design

Final Recommendations
1. Print your logo on the outside of the EVO tumbler, so your brand will be promoted regardless of what is placed on the inside.


2. Consider pre-printing your own design inside in a larger quantity.  Imagine having a full-color scene from campus inserted in this mug.


3. For targeting specific students, you could print or handwrite his or her name on top of the pre-printed color image.  A dry erase marker can also be used on the outside and easily wiped off.


This is truly a customized and memorable promotional item that we think could be very effective.


Five Ways to be Green at Work

At Magellan Promotions, we strongly believe in being stewards of the environment.  The responsibility of caring for our planet can easily be transferred to our own office environment.

In honor of Earth Day, we wanted to share a few ways to be eco-friendly at work.

1. Monitor and buy energy efficient equipment – The electricity that powers our office is from 100% renewable energy!  We also use compact fluorescent lights.

2. Bring your own cup – Bringing your own cup, coffee mug, or water bottle with you daily can have a BIG environmental impact when you consider how many paper, plastic, and Styrofoam cups or bottles are tossed every day! Billions of drink containers are disposed annually MINUS THIS ONE! Be part of the solution.We designed this logo to help promote bringing your own beverage container.  Many of our clients have placed their brand on one side of the mug and our custom-designed minus one logo on the opposite side. This is powerful promotion – especially when you consider how frequently you use your favorite mug.

Two environmentally friendly drinkware products that we love are the Eco-Pint glass – made from bamboo fiber and the Coffee Cup Insulator for days when you somehow forget your travel mug! At a recent trip to the coffee shop, I was even asked if I needed a java jacket. I did at the time, though it would be very convenient to simply leave your own coffee cup insulator in your car or work bag.

3. Think before printing and RECYCLE!  – I have often seen “Think before you print this page” in email signatures, and it really does make me pause to consider if I really need a hard copy.  In many cases, the answer is NO.  You can also use printed paper that is no longer needed as scrap paper.  When its use is completely exhausted, be sure to dispose of it in the proper recycling containers.

4. Reduce your carbon footprint – consider carpooling, using public transportation, riding a bike or walking to work.  Our office is conveniently located to give our employees several “green” commuting options.

5. Buy Eco-friendly – MANY products available are now produced using environmentally friendly processes.  This trend has also reached the promotional products industry with more and more products being made with eco-friendly materials including recycled, biodegradable, bamboo or organic material.  Check out almost 200 eco-friendly products including eco-friendly pens on our online catalog.  Buying eco-friendly promotional products can help align your marketing efforts with your brand and corporate identity.  With customers becoming more eco-conscious, this may be a trend to consider following for your upcoming efforts.

How often do you bring your own beverage container?  How are you being green at work or home on Earth Day this year?