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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!

2018 Trends in the Promotional Products Industry

Earlier this month, we attended the 2018 Promotional Products Association International (PPAI) Expo. The PPAI Expo is North America’s largest promotional products trade show and was the perfect place to get a sneak peek at the 2018 trends in promotional products.

Here are four trends that caught our eye at this year’s expo:

Cork

Cork isn’t just for coasters and wine anymore, it’s seemingly everywhere these days and the promotional products industry is no different. There are the products where one would expect it to show up like drink ware, pencil pouches, journals, and pens. However, the sky is really the limit with cork. For instance, check out this tote and this baseball cap!

Heather

Heathering is the process of interweaving yarns of different shades of the same color to produce an alternate color. This creates a distinct, textured look in apparel. While this can be done with any color, gray is by far the most popular color. It’s been extremely popular in apparel for the past couple of years, but it’s now expanding into products like hats and bags. A trend within a trend that we saw at this year’s PPAI Expo was combining a heathered gray base with bright colors on the trim

Wireless Charging

Qi wireless charging has been a feature in Samsung and LG phones for a few years now, but without Apple supporting the feature, wireless chargers hadn’t really caught on in the industry. However, with Apple’s iPhone 8 and X now supporting the feature, wireless chargers have started to become a popular item within the promotional products industry and it shows with the variety of designs.

Powder Coat Finish

A powder coat finish provides a soft matte look and unique texture on drink ware and was everywhere at this year’s PPAI Expo. The finish allows your branding to pop out more because it absorbs light instead of reflecting it like more glossy finishes. Customers love powder coating because it’s a durable finish that shows less wear and tear and can take a beating. It also provides a unique feel that can’t be found in other finishes. 

Want to know how you can capitalize on one, or all, of these trends? Contact your account manager, send us an email, give us a call at 414-831-0184, or fill out our contact form today!

More from PPAI 2018

If you’re interested in what products we loved at the PPAI Expo, check out three blogs for each day of the show:

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!

Day 3 at the 2018 PPAI Expo

Yesterday was the last day of the Promotional Products Association International’s 2018 expo, but that doesn’t mean we rested on our laurels trying to find great products our clients.

If you haven’t seen what we loved from the first two days, be sure to check them out!

Check out our favorite items from our last day at the show below.

Juice Box Zinc 5000

We live in a world where everyone is attached to their phone. If the battery life dips below 20 percent? A small amount of nervousness begins to set in. Ten percent? You start using your phone as little as possible to keep it alive until the next opportunity to charge arises. Five percent? Full-scale panic as finding an outlet becomes almost as important as water in the desert. Never worry about your phone’s battery again with the Juice Box Zinc 5000.

The Juice Box Zinc 5000 can charge any USB device with a cable, but what sets this product apart from other power banks is the ability to you can also set your QI integrated device on top of it to charge wirelessly. With Apple introducing wireless charging in the iPhone 8 and iPhone X, they’ve joined the Samsung product line and have essentially made wireless charging the industry standard.

Check out the Juice Box Zinc 5000 on our website

Knotty Tie

If you’re looking for ties and scarves that are made in the United States and are looking to support a company that has a social mission, then ties from Knotty will be perfect for you. Knotty creates employment opportunities for refugees from war torn areas of the globe like Syria, Somalia, and Eritrea according to their existing skills. This includes jobs like designer, seamstress, and tailoring. Another piece of their social responsibility mission is to teach skills to single mothers while paying them a good wage and giving them ample personal time off.

The products they make are also outstanding. Their ties and scarves are eco-friendly as they’re made of entirely recycled material. They are also completely customizable with color matching and sewn to specific cuts. These ties are great whether you’re ordering one or ten thousand, and you can just order one because there are no minimum orders.

Spectraflex Luggage Tag

The Spectraflex Luggage Tag makes luggage standout from the rest of the boring tags at baggage claim. This colorful, flexible, and durable tag would be a perfect item for universities to give to students studying abroad. Not only will your logo be with them during one of the most exciting times of their life, its durability ensures that it will go with them on every trip they make for years to come.

These luggage tags are custom molded to your design and include amazing small detail reproduction. The back comes with a paper insert for name, phone number, and address, but the color of the back is also entirely customizable.

Check out the Spectraflex Luggage Tag on our website

We had a great time at the 2018 PPAI Expo, and we’ve got even more great products and industry trends to share with you! If you’re interested in any of the products we’ve written about, or any other product, just email your Account Manager to set up a time to chat! 

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!

Top Promotional Products for Colleges in 2017

After exploring the PPAI Expo’s tradeshow floor in early January, the Magellan Promotions team came back with many great ideas that we’d love help you incorporate into your promotional product offering for 2017. Check out our favorite products for colleges below.

For pricing on any of these items, either click the item name, or visit our showroom.

Cell Phone Fan

What it is:

Have you ever held an outdoor event on a hot day where everyone is using your brochures as fans to keep themselves cool? Thanks to the cell phone fan, your event attendees can actually read those brochures instead of waving them around! The fan attaches to smart phones using the charging port and once plugged in can run up to 10 hours. With attachments for both Apple and Android phones, it’s usable by almost everyone.

Why we love it:

The cell phone fan is the perfect, budget-friendly summer event giveaway. On a hot day, your event attendees will definitely thank you for thinking of their comfort! Plus, the small size means it’s easy to throw in a purse or backpack for easy access after your event has ended. Any time your recipient wishes there was a breeze on a stiflingly hot day, they’ll be glad to have the cell phone fan around!

Find more information and pricing here.

econscious Full-Zip Up Hoodie

What it is:

The econscious brand makes organic and sustainable apparel out of organic cottons and recycled polyester that is durable, comfortable and stylish. Our favorite piece from the brand is their full-zip hoodie that is made from 80% organic cotton and 20% recycled polyester and comes in six different colors.

Why we love it:

Over the years we have seen our college partners becoming more and more environmentally aware, and we know that it is important to have apparel options that are eco-friendly. We love this piece because it is comfortable, stylish, and eco-friendly all at once! If you are looking to make a statement in both style and on the environment with your apparel, the econscious hoodie is the way to go.

Find more information and pricing here.

Custom Tote

What it is: 

We know just how hard it can be at times to find a bag you like in your schools colors if the colors are anything other than black, white, red or royal blue. This tote bag is the solution you’ve been looking for. Pick from a selection of fourteen different colors for the front and back panels, side gussets, handles and your logo.

Normally you’d expect that a custom bag like this is an overseas project with a 5,000 piece minimum and 90 day production, right? Not this time! Production time is under 10 working days, and you can go as low as 250 pieces.

Why we love it:

Reusable bags are always a popular giveaway since they can be used so many ways. We’ve been right there with you on project where you want to match a bag your school’s colors, but can’t find the right combination in a stock item, and we know how frustrating it can be when the colors you need just aren’t available. This bag gives you the flexibility to highlight your school’s colors, without requiring you to find the budget for an overseas project or having to figure out where to store thousands of bags you don’t need right away. It’s the perfect custom bag option for any school.

Find more information and pricing here.

Kanga Wallet

What it is:

The Kanga wallet is a new twist on the traditional phone wallet. Just like the original phone wallet, it attaches to the back of your phone to store credit cards, school IDs and more. But unlike the original, the Kanga is made of faux leather and looks more like the traditional folding wallet, and can hold up to seven cards. It even has a hidden pocket to hide a little bit of cash. For extra security, it also has a strap along the side that ensures that the wallet stays closed.

Why we love it:

The traditional silicone phone wallet has been popular with many of our clients for years, and we continue to sell it to departments across campus. We love the phone wallet – but it does have it’s limitations as it only recommends that you use it to store two cards. The Kanga phone wallet allows you to store up to seven, and it has a more professional look than the colored silicone wallet. It makes for great gifts for staff, or students about to graduate who are looking for their fist job.

Find more information and pricing here.

20oz Congito Byron Tumbler

What it is:

If you’ve ever had the chance to visit the Magellan Promotions headquarters, you’ll probably notice that we all have a Contigo tumbler or water bottle on our desks. When it comes to a high-quality, retail-name brand piece of drinkware, it’s hard to find something that will be better than the Contigo brand.

In 2016, the Congito Byron was introduced as an alternative to the Contigo Westloop as a less-expensive but still high-quality tumbler. The Byron tumbler is a double-wall, vacuum insulated tumbler with a SNAPSEAL lid, meaning that when the lid is closed you can throw it in a bag without worrying about it spilling. Trust us, we’ve tried it! This year’s introduction is a 20oz version, meaning that you can hold an extra 25% in the tumbler over the original version. It’s plenty big to satisfy anyone’s daily caffeine addition (we’d hope).

Why we love it:

Because of their superior quality, the 20oz Byron tumbler makes for a great gift for staff, guest speakers, alumni, donors and more. The value in the Contigo brand name and quality will show that you’re giving a gift of great value, but you won’t break the bank.

Find more information and pricing here.

Custom Dye-Sublimated Polos

What it is:

Our custom dye-sublimated polos allow you to fully design a polo from start to scratch with no limit on the number of colors or restrictions on logo placement that you would normally have on a polo with a standard left-chest embroidery. You have the ability to create a design that is completely unique, from design, to color, logo placement and more. With a online creation platform, you can design your apparel from scratch, or start with one of our premade designs. Within 30 days, we can produce and deliver as few as 4 custom shirts to you.

Why we love it:

Just like with the bags we previously talked about, we know that it can be hard to find a polo that perfectly matches your school’s colors, especially if you are looking for a specific PMS match or want to stand out from the crowd. You can create a piece that no one else on your campus will have. These polos are perfect for helping brand your staff apparel for events, making sure your brand stands out from the crowd.

To discuss information and pricing for a custom polo project, please contact one of our Account Managers.

Knit & Sublimated Socks

What it is:

We’ve seen knit socks before, and we’ve dye-sublimated socks too. The newest trend to hit our industry is combining the best of both decoration methods – a knit in foot and cuff, with a dye-sublimated ankle. This allows you to get the thicker feeling of knit in the foot of the sock, while getting the extra detail and full-color printing available through dye-sublimation on the ankle. Plus, with new developments in the dye-sublimation process, you no longer have to worry about the white background making your logo from being lost when worn. The new process dyes the threads deeper into the sock, helping maintain the integrity of the logo when worn.

Why we love it:

You can never have too many socks, right? Plus a good pair of socks can be a little expensive – which is why people will appreciate getting them as a gift. The combination of dye sublimation and knit-in decoration allows you to get really creative with the design and show off your brand in a new, unique way! Socks are great giveaways for fundraisers, athletic events, admissions events and more.

Find more information and pricing here.

Wine-O Wine Stopper

What it is:

Have you ever struggled with getting a wine bottle in your fridge once you put a wine stopper on it because it either doesn’t fit on the shelf or it’s too tall to fit in the door? Many of the wine stoppers in our industry are the taller style that add extra height to a wine bottle making it more difficult to fit in your fridge (but that just means you have to finish the bottle instead of putting it back in the fridge, right?). The Wine-O wine stopper is the solution, as it fits flat on the top of a wine bottle without adding too much height.

Why we love it:

The Wine-O wine stopper eliminates the struggle of trying to get a wine bottle with a stopper into your fridge, while at the same time having a sleek look that is the perfect accent for your logo. Imprinted with either a laser engrave (our favorite) or with UV ink, it is a very sleek gift. Wine-related gifts are always perfect for alumni giveaways and events, or fundraisers. Plus the low minimums and price under $4 means it’s the perfect budget-friendly giveaway.

Find more information and pricing here.

Omega Collection Tumbler

What it is:

Yeti-style tumblers were one of the most popular drinkware trends in our industry in 2016. But the double-walled, copper vacuum insulation that is used on Yeti-style tumblers means that they can require a bigger budget. The Omega Collection tumbler is a Yeti-style tumbler that won’t break the bank. Instead of the double-walled insulation, the Omega Collection tumbler is a single wall tumbler, cutting the prince almost in half from the double-walled option.

Why we love it:

The most recognizable thing about the Yeti brand is their look and style, and the Omega Collection tumbler lets you take that style but doesn’t break the bank. It comes in a few unique colors that will make your brand stand out. The straw also makes it easier to drink from, compared to many other Yeti-style tumblers that only have sip-through lids. If you’re looking for a great drinkware piece to use as a giveaway or gift, the Omega Collection is a great option!

Find more information and pricing here.

Ollie Computer Backpack

What it is:

Over the past year we’ve talked a lot about how the most popular items in our industry are our interpretations of retail brands, but at a less expensive price-point. The Ollie computer backpack is no exception. The Ollie mirrors the look of a Timbuk2 backpack, but at a much lower price point. Available in red, blue or black, the Ollie backpack can hold up to a 17″ laptop, and features a zippered accessory pocket, interior mesh pockets for organization, adjustable, padded shoulder straps and more.

Why we love it:

Backpacks have been trending within the bags category in our industry, and the Ollie is a sharp-looking option that won’t blow your budget. The retail-brand style means that it will appeal to college students, and they’d be happy to wear it around campus promoting your brand. Perfect for scholarship events, admissions giveaways and more, you can’t go wrong with the Ollie computer backpack!

Find more information and pricing here.

Would one or more of these items be perfect for branding your company in 2017? Contact one of our Account Managers or check out our showroom for more information and pricing.

Top Promotional Products for Businesses in 2017

After exploring the PPAI Expo’s tradeshow floor in early January, the Magellan Promotions team came back with many great ideas that we’d love help you incorporate into your promotional product offering for 2017. Check out our favorite products for businesses below.

For pricing on any of these items, either click the item name, or visit our showroom.

Endurance Tumbler

What it is:

No matter where we seemed to be on the tradeshow floor, there was an example close by of a tumbler that mirrored the style of the retail-brand Yeti tumblers. The Endurance tumbler was no exception. It is a 12oz. double walled stainless steel tumbler with a vacuum sealed copper lining and comes with a plastic, thumb-slide lid. The vacuum insulation means that it will keep your coffee hot for 12 hours when the lid is on.

Why we love it:

In addition to the Yeti style-tumbler being a huge trend in the promotional product industry, the Endurance tumbler is a great combination of two of our favorite drinkware products – it is the size ceramic mug and has the features double wall stainless steel tumbler. It’s the perfect size for your morning cup of coffee, and it is short enough to fit underneath the Keurig in your office, unlike a traditional tumbler. And unlike a ceramic mug, it’s going to have heat retention abilities because of the double wall and copper vacuum insulation. As an added bonus, we are able to print in full-color around the entire tumbler, giving it a truly custom style when branded.

Find more information and pricing here.

Woodwick Candles

What it is:

Have you ever heard a fire crackling inside someone’s house, but you don’t see a fireplace? It was probably a woodkwick candle! Woodwick is a well-established retail brand that is widely enjoyed by candle lovers. It is unique because (just like the name sounds) the wicks of the candle are made of wood and make a crackling sound like a fire when they are burned.

Why we love it:

Woodwick is widely enjoyed by candle lovers, and anyone that has purchased a Woodwick candle knows the value of they gift they are receiving. Any time that you pair your brand with a well-regarded retail name brand, it adds additional credibility to your brand. It is the perfect appreciation gift, for anyone from employees to clients. Given the length of time it takes a candle to burn, it will be on display in the recipients home for a long time, and will be appreciated by everyone who receives it!

Find more information and pricing here.

Slate Coasters

What it is:

Stone coasters have been available in the promotional products industry for years, and this is the newest twist on this product. The slate coasters are made of a thin slate piece, backed with cork to prevent the stone from scratching table surfaces. It comes in a single, double or four-pack, as either a circle or square.

Why we love it:

Matte black has been a big trend across the industry for a few years, and this is the newest way to incorporate that trend into desk items. We always like desk items because if you have customers who spend 40+ hours a week at their desks, your logo is always in front of them. The matte black color of the slatemeans that the coasters are subtle enough to be a crisp, professional edition to your customer’s desk. With a subtle glossy black logo (our favorite way to print on matte black items), the slate coaster is the perfect thank you gift for your customers.

Find more information and pricing here.

Wall Charger Night Light

What it is:

The Wall Charger Night Light is an AC charger that allows you to charge three devices at once, two through USB outlet and one through a traditional outlet. The top of the outlet doubles as a night light. Are you sick of loosing an outlet when you plug in a night light or USB charging port? This is the solution!

Why we love it:

Almost every time you plug something in, you lose an outlet. But on the wall charger night light, you not only keep your outlets, but you get two bonus USB outlets as well. It makes for a perfect event or tradeshow giveaway, as it’s a practical item, and your clients will thank you every time they go to plug something in.

Find more information and pricing here.

Beverage Wrench

What it is:

The beverage wrench is an convenient way to always make sure you have a few golf tees within reach, and will make sure you always have a way to open a beer while on the golf course. It combines a bottle opener, a golf tee holder with six golf tees and a clip so it is easily attachable to your golf bag.

Why we love it:

The beverage wrench is the perfect inexpensive giveaway for golf events or fundraisers, or as you are networking on the back nine. Anyone who receives it will appreciate that they have a way to have a few extra golf tees at hand.

Find more information and pricing here.

Wireless Headphones

What it is:

With the loss of a headphone jack on the newest version of the iPhone, we are now in a world where Bluetooth headphones are going to become more and more common. They have been around for a while, but most of our customers have preferred the traditional headphones as they don’t require charging, and unlike some version of wireless headphones, aren’t susceptible to losing one of the earbuds. But as major technology changes are coming to our cell phones, our industry has evolved along with them making Bluetooth headphones a necessity for anyone who upgrades their phone.

Why we love it:

Since Bluetooth is going to become the new norm for headphones, everyone is going to need to eventually get a pair, but many people haven’t ventured out and bought their own yet. Giving a pair of Bluetooth headphones away will make your brand look forward thinking, and any recipient will appreciate them. We love this pair in particular because it is a high quality pair with a great imprint area, and having the earbuds attached means you don’t risk losing one, like the unattached pairs. Use them as part of an employee fitness incentive or as a gift to special clients, and your brand will be hard to forget.

Find more information and pricing here.

Ibuprofen Packets

What it is:

The ibuprofen packets are prepackaged sets of 12 ibuprofen pills. You can customize each packet with a full color design around the entire package.

Why we love it:

Everyone usually has ibuprofen around, or wishes they did. That is what makes this such a great, inexpensive giveaway. The best promotional products are those that you need, but don’t want to buy for yourself because they get used and are always appreciated. The ibuprofen packet is small enough to get thrown in a purse or desk drawer, and your recipients will appreciate you every time they reach for it. The packets would be perfect for an inexpensive event giveaway, or for health and wellness related companies and events.

Find more information and pricing here.

C-Slide Webcam Cover

What it is:

The C-Slide webcam cover is a patented webcam cover for laptops, computers, and more that helps protect your webcam being used if your computer is hacked and someone takes over your webcam (yes, unfortunately it does happen). An adhesive backing attaches the cover to your computer or tablet, preventing your webcam from being used unless you slide the piece sitting over your webcam.

Why we love it:

Anyone who works in an office spends most of their day sitting in front of a computer screen, many of which have built-in webcams.  That means your brand will be front and center every time your client looks at their computer screen. Webcam covers are perfect for giveaways for banks, safety and security related companies, or office giveaways if you’re looking to boost your computer security.

Find more information and pricing here.

Convertible Backpack/Messenger Bag

What it is:

The Vertex Convertible Messenger Bag starts out as a backpack, but can be converted into a messenger bag by unhooking and stowing the straps. It’s the perfect solution for situations where you don’t know which would be more convenient – a messenger bag or a backpack – such as when you’re traveling through the airport. It comes with multiple zippered pockets, and can fit a 15” laptop.

Why we love it:

We’ve seen a growing trend in the industry of vertical messenger bags instead of horizontal bags. The height makes it easier to access what you need, and easier to carry around when used as a messenger. The convertible features of this backpack also make it perfect for everyone, whether you prefer a backpack or a messenger bag. Given to valued customers or new employees, this is the perfect way to show your appreciation.

Find more information and pricing here.

Storm Creek Ironweave Jacket

What it is:

The Storm Creek Ironweave Jacket is our industry’s take on the $200 Spyder jacket, but at over half the cost. With a luxuriously thick, sweater-like feel, this jacket looks sharp on anyone who wears it.

Why we love it:

This jacket is the perfect addition to your corporate apparel program. No matter how you wear it, either overa polo for work or a tshirt on the weekend, it is the perfect addition to any outfit and will make your brand stand out for the crowd. Plus, with the increasing popularity of Spyder style jackets, anyone who wears this Ironweave jacket is on trend.

Find more information and pricing here.

Would one or more of these items be perfect for branding your company in 2017? Contact one of our Account Managers or check out our showroom for more information and pricing.

 

Day 3 at the 2017 Promotional Products Expo

Today the Magellan team said goodbye to Las Vegas – but not before we hit the PPAI show floor one more time! Check out our favorite items from our last day at the show below.

Chuck with some of our pet items

Chuck’s Favorite: Dog Toys

It’s hard to talk to me for any length of time without hearing about my dog Lambeau. She’s a Wheaton Terrier Poodle (but don’t even think about calling her a whoodle!)

As any dog lover like me knows, dog toys and supplies are essential. That’s why the whole array of dog and pet supplies in our industry are fantastic. We have everything from collars, to leashes, to food bowls and even foldable water bowls.

All of these products are perfect for your pet-loving clientele, for pet friendly outdoor events, and more. Are you looking for a specific pet friendly item? Let your Account Manager know, and we’ll track down the perfect option for you.

Julia with the cooler & trunk organizer combo

Julia’s Favorite: Trunk Organizer & Cooler Combo

I always keep a foldable trunk organizer in the back of my car. It’s perfect for when I’m out shopping and don’t want everything rolling around in my trunk. And and as an added bonus, they make bringing everything into the house so much easier.

This organizer takes trunk storage to the next level. Along with a single storage section, it had a great cooler attached, allowing you to throw groceries in without worrying about how long it will take you to get home. For times when you aren’t using it, it folds down for easy storage in your trunk or back seat.

For an alternative use, it’s perfect for taking to the park (or a beer garden if you’re from Milwaukee.) Pack your dishes on one side, throw your food in the cooler and your set to go!

Michael wearing the Storm Creek Ironweave jacket

Michael’s Favorite: Storm Creek Ironweave Jacket

Over the past few years, we have seen a growing trend of more casual work attire, including the expansion of layering pieces such as pullovers and jackets as acceptable office attire. As this trend has continued to grow, we’ve seen the styles of jackets increase multi fold over the traditional fleece or outerwear jacket.

My favorite jacket from the show floor today was a take on the Spyder retail brand, which can sell for almost $200 a jacket. Our alternative is the Storm Creek Ironweave, that has the same look, but comes in at over half the price.

This jacket is perfect for wearing to the office over a dress shirt, or over a tshirt when you’re not in the office. No matter how you wear it, it’s guaranteed to make you look sharp in any outfit.

We had a great time at the 2017 Expo, and we’ve got even more great products and industry trends to share with you! Check back next week or email your Account Manager for what’s coming to Magellan Promotions in 2017.