5 Out Of The Box Promotional Products We Love… And Your Clients Will Too!

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I’ve never been the kind of person that is creative on a whim. I need inspiration. And coffee. But mostly inspiration. So, I thought I would send a little love your way this week and provide that extra cup of creativity!

So, like most of you, I attend A LOT of tradeshows which means unless a promotional giveaway is fun, really exciting or something I’ve never seen, it doesn’t catch my eye. But, the alternative to that is when I do find something new and unique I grab it.

That being said, here are five products that I am all about, and I think you will be too:

1. The FriXion® Ball Clicker Pen by Pilot Pen (SAGE #53144 / Item #IFXC)


A pen’s a pen right?  Not this one.  This is quite possibly the coolest pen I have ever seen. It has erasable gel ink. Really erasable, not like the ones you had when you were a kid.  The gel is thermo-sensitive and disappears with the friction caused by the erasing motion. That also means that when you expose that paper to freezing temps, it comes back!

2. The Dual USB Solar Powered Charger by Smart Go Logo (SAGE #69342 / Item #SGLPB16)


How many times have you been somewhere without an outlet and your smartphone is about to die? I know power banks are fairly common these days and while those are great, the one downfall is that unless you’ve previously remembered to charge your power bank, when you go to use it, you end up really disappointed and powerless. With this solar powered charger, all you have to do is put it in the sun! This is such a great gift or giveaway for the outdoorsy type, the on-the-go business professional, or just anyone who uses their phone constantly and can’t seem to remember to charge their power bank.

3. The Mini USB 4 Port Hub by Prime Line (SAGE #53170 / Item #PL-2434)

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Speaking of tech items, which are always a hit in my book, this mini USB hub has 4 ports instead of one. Genius! This is such a great tradeshow giveaway because 74% of consumers have at least one promotional product in their workspace and in general, consumers hang on to promotional products for over six months, longer if it is deemed useful. You can never have too many USB’s obviously, but when you are traveling with your laptop and you have 5 different things to plug in, this little guy is going to be your new best friend.

4. The Leatherman® Style® CS Multi Tool by Mag-Lite (SAGE #50128 / Item #LM36)


Full confession, I own 4 of these. Some given to me at shows, and some I have acquired on my own. I have one in my kitchen, tool box, backpack and car. Here’s why. This tiny tool has scissors, a file, a knife, tweezers, a bottle opener and a mini-screwdriver. I cannot tell you how many times I have used any one of those tools and I cannot express to you enough how much you need one of these in your life. Your clients will thank you.

5. The Sharpie Gel Highlighter from Sanford Business To Business (SAGE #57690 / Item #SGHL)


Again with the writing instruments? Yes, because much like the aforementioned pen, this is no ordinary highlighter! This is actually made from a fluorescent gel that doesn’t smear or bleed. We had several of these in the office and they were quickly confiscated by myself and a few of my marketing department colleagues because they are so awesome! They are fun to color with in addition to their intended use. In fact, I have given some of these to non-industry folks and have recently been asked for more. So, there’s you proof for that one.

I hope some of these (not paid for placement) items really spark your interest and help you think a little more outside of the box when it comes to the promo products you are sourcing for your clients. Sometimes all it takes is to change your frame of mind… what do you think is cool? Chances are, someone else will think so too!

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