Our 14 Favorite Products From The PPAI Expo


Another year, another PPAI Expo. We’ve chugged some Emergen-C, we’ve propped up our swollen feet, and we’ve gotten back to what we do best – blogging about our favorite products! One of the best parts of The PPAI Expo is getting to walk around and discover the trendiest products suppliers have brought to the show. And this year did not disappoint. As we walked the show floor, it was clear that everyone had brought their A-game. Below are our fourteen favorite products from The PPAI Expo – because ten just wasn’t enough.

Bluetooth Plant Pot

SAGE #50203

This product takes gardening to a whole new level. This 4-in-1 plant pot by Symbio includes a Bluetooth speaker and a multicolor LED light. You can either connect your phone to the pot’s Bluetooth speaker and jam out to your own music, or – and this is the cool part – you can touch the leaves of the plant to create your own melody! The pot features a Piano Play Touch that allows you to connect with your inner Mozart. The multicolored LED light in the pot also brings some ambiance to any room. The product comes with a charging cable and a user manual. It only takes four hours to charge and has a playing time of eight to ten hours!

This pot takes such an unexpected twist on the regular potted plant. Why have a regular plant when this one can play your music, too? Need to see it to believe it? Check out this cool video where you can see for yourself.

Deluxe 9-Piece Car Care Kit

SAGE #63814

Do you remember when you were a kid and your dad would ask you to wash his car? It was the worst possible chore. You’d juggle with a bulky bucket of soap and water, and end up soaking yourself trying to get your hose to spray with more force than its usual drizzle. It’s no wonder that we ended up looking like the beginning of an infomercial.

Enter the 9-piece car care kit by The Premium Line. This product is so simple, yet absolutely genius. It carries everything you could possibly need to care for your car. The care kit includes a collapsible water bucket, a 25-foot Scrunchie hose, two chenille cleaning cloths, a mitt microfiber applicator pad, a sponge, a spray head for your hose, and a storage bag to keep everything together! This product is not only a great organizational tool, but it’s also the perfect giveaway for car shows and any auto enthusiasts.

Beer Blizzards

SAGE #68218

These Beer Blizzards by Best Promotions, Inc. just made summer a lot more enjoyable. The Beer Blizzard is a reusable, plastic, dome-shaped ice cube that’s designed to fit the bottom of an aluminum can. All you do is freeze it and then stick it to the bottom of a can under a beverage insulator. Whether you’re enjoying a nice beer by the pool or drinking a soda at a kid’s soccer game, the CAB-certified Beer Blizzard will keep your drink cool for a solid 21 minutes.

This product is brand new to the public and is such a clever product that makes a great addition to the classic beverage insulator. Beer Blizzards are clever promotional products for bars or restaurants. And, you know this is a great product when even Mark Cuban vouches for it!

Custom Design Video Card

SAGE #51225

Videos are marketing departments’ all-stars and it’s no secret that the use of video in content is on the rise and not a tactic that should be taken lightly. These super trendy video cards from Giraffe Technology can make a potentially HUGE statement. Buttons, memory, material, and power adapter are all options that you can tailor to your specific needs. The HD screen is a unique viewing experience that makes your company memorable. How fun would these be for a new product reveal, an event invitation, a realtor, or a spa to list their services?

Custom Luggage Tags

SAGE #51292

Nothing says “international” quite like luggage tags. These high-quality, heavy, luggage tags from Nuks will definitely turn heads. I know what you’re thinking: “What makes these luggage tags so different?” These tags add customization options you didn’t even think you could add. Why not add a touch of scent? Or you can also add glitter print and even have your product glow in the dark. Because being ordinary is so 2017. Nuks also creates custom USB drives, custom-shaped Bluetooth speakers, power banks, keychains and more. Nuks brings personality and creativity to your client’s campaign to give them the results they want.

Sherpa Fleece

SAGE #69214

As much as we want winter to be over, we’re not out of the woods yet. What better way to stay warm and comfy during the harsh weather than by sporting these sherpa fleeces by J America? And not only are these fleece pullovers completely cozy, but they are also trending on Instagram right now. Plus, having your logo embroidered on this fleece is the classiest way to promote your brand.

Sigg Water Bottle

SAGE #51011

The Sigg Water Bottle by Clearmount Plastics Ltd takes a fresh new meaning on the phrase “making your logo pop.” Demonstrated by our friend, Kate, this new water bottle features 3-D printing. Seeing a logo is one thing, but when you can actually feel the logo, it’s hard not to remember that product. Another great thing about these water bottles is that you can use them across countless industries. Hosting a local fun run? Sigg Water Bottle. Trying to instill healthy habits in your employees? Sigg Water Bottle. Marketing the opening of a new gym? Sigg Water Bottle. This promotional product is versatile and a great addition to any marketing campaign.

Customizable Ski/Snowboard Goggles

SAGE #51282

With the Olympics inspiring people around the globe to hit the slopes, these customizable ski/snowboard goggles by STAGE LLC are not only timely, but also a unique product to offer your clients. Have you ever seen goggles that you could customize? This product gives you choices for a variety of lenses for different light conditions, customizable straps, and an assortment of different colors and frame sizes. Whether you’re hitting the bunny hills or shredding up a black diamond slope, these high-quality goggles can withstand any kind of activity. This product is a wonderful promotion for ski resorts, ski teams or clubs, ski or snowboarding events, or tour groups.

Customizable Candy Box Sets

SAGE #50902

Meet the candy for grown-ups. And we’re not talking about your everyday Twizzlers or Hershey’s bars. Sugarfina has collected the finest, high-quality sweets from around the world and added a special twist. This gourmet candy is infused with your choice of alcohol. These trending gummies and chocolates have been popping up all over the US and Canada in popular boutiques and large retail stores. Beyond the delicious candy, the packaging of this product is what makes it a first-rate giveaway.

You can customize the candy cubes with a label that matches your client’s campaign, as well as the outside packaging of their Candy Bento Boxes©. If you want to add a personal touch to this product, you can include a custom printed message on an insert card that’s tucked inside the Candy Bento Box. These are a perfect giveaway for company tradeshows, special events, and retreats.

Tassel Topper Grad Cap

SAGE #50126

*cues Pomp and Circumstance*

For high school seniors marching proudly across the stage at graduation, this is one of the biggest moments of their young lives. Wouldn’t it be great to make their graduation even more special? The Tassel Topper Grad Cap by Tassel Toppers LLC is a genius marketing tool for colleges and universities. Whether your client is a large or small university, this product can be used by admissions boards, university marketing departments, student enrollment teams, and alumni associations across the country. Think about what a great admission gift this would be from colleges! The custom design could say “I’m on my way to (insert school name)” or “(insert school name), here I come!”

Packable Down Jacket

SAGE #50648

Who doesn’t love a multi-purpose product? This down jacket by Tumi Outerwear converts to a travel neck pillow through a hidden pouch in the collar. Made from lightweight, water-resistant nylon and filled with down insulation, it has engineered seams to give it shape. This innovative jacket is the perfect companion for any weary traveler. Whether your client works for an airline or wants to give their traveling salespeople an appreciation gift, this packable down jacket is a unique product to bring to the table.

Washable Kraft Paper Bag

SAGE #50220

Sometimes, doing your part for the environment doesn’t have to be a monumental task. It can be as simple as carrying your belongings in the Washable Kraft Paper Bag by American Ad Bag Co. This eco-friendly bag features crisp fold lines, elegant kraft colored stitching, and natural-colored web handles. Grocery stores, bookstores, or any retail shops can use these durable bags as a way to promote their devotion to saving the environment.

We’re excited to see so many new ideas in our industry! Did you see a unique or innovative promotional product at The PPAI Expo? Tell us about it in the comments below!

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  1. I loved the luggage tags from NUKS!

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