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Employee Holiday Gifts: The Top 8 Promotional Product Categories for 2017

Employee Holiday Gifts: The Top 8 Promotional Product Categories for 2017

by Liz Peacock, Product Data Manager

Can you believe we are already in the midst of the holiday season? Decorative Gourd Season is here, Thanksgiving is coming, and before we know it we will be ringing in the New Year. While you probably know that promotional products are great for marketing initiatives, trade shows, and client gifts, you may not think about promotional products as employee holiday gifts. The holiday season is all about gratitude –  your employees have worked so hard this year, and a great way to express your gratitude is to thank them with a custom branded gift.

Since it is unlikely that all of your employees have the same hobbies and are into the same types of things, it might be hard to narrow down the perfect personalized gift for everyone. Don’t worry, we’ve got your back. Here are the top 8 promotional product categories we are excited about for the 2017 holiday season:

Entertaining

Fall is absolutely my favorite time of year. Fall in Georgia is short and sweet, and one of my favorite things about Fall, and the holiday season, is spending quality time with family and friends. Whether I am hosting a Friendsgiving or sitting by the fire and playing cards with my husband, aesthetics are important to me. I don’t know if I’ve caught the "Fixer Upper" bug, or if it’s simply my personal preference, but when I’m entertaining I like for my home to feel and look polished, warm and inviting.

Copper is in this season, and one of my favorite custom entertaining pieces we offer for entertaining is our Bullware Mixology Set. This five-piece branded mixology set has all of the essentials you need to make an excellent cocktail – just bring the booze. Not only is this custom gift modern and high quality, it’s also very thoughtful. Most likely, your employees will be using this while mixing a drink and relaxing at home. Even though they are away from the office, this gift will enhance their downtime and remind them that they have a great job to be thankful for.

Another favorite holiday gift of mine is the Field & Co. Plaid Sherpa Blanket. I love this customizable blanket because it is soft, trendy and versatile. If you work in an office, then you know that sometimes it is boiling hot, and other times it’s freezing cold. This gift is great because your employees can keep it at their desk, or use it to cozy up around a bonfire. Either way, you’re keeping them warm and showing how much you appreciate them.

Plaid Sherpa Blanket
Bullware Mixology Set

Drinkware

Drinkware is one of the most popular promotional product categories, and we have some fantastic options for this holiday season. I suffer from a *minor* caffeine addiction, so I love a custom tumbler that I can use for hot coffee in the morning and that I can wash out and use for iced coffee throughout the day.

It’s pretty incredible that the branded Himalayan tumbler can keep beverages hot or cold for up to 6 hours. Some days I am so busy that I find myself sitting at my desk from the moment I get here till I get up to take my lunch break. When you are in the middle of a project, the last thing you want is to go for a sip of your delicious hot java only to find that it’s turned lukewarm. The Himalayan tumbler is such a life-saver for busy workdays, and the Everest Edition Himalayan Tumbler is my new favorite design. This custom branded tumbler is excellent for cold mornings on the soccer field, or for hot summer days at the park. It will help keep your employees fueled up and also hydrated for any kind of day their week might throw at them.

I also have to mention the Hot & Cold Celebration Tumbler. This promotional tumbler was a big hit at an event we held here at Pinnacle a few months back, and ever since, it has become a coveted item around the office. Everyone loves this thing, and it’s no surprise as to why: it holds up to 24 oz of liquid, can be used year round in all season and for various occasions, and is just plain cool looking. It also has a double-wall acrylic construction, press-on lid with a twist opening, and is BPA free. Plus, it's sparkly. Real sparkly. As in, shake-it-up-and-flash-back-to-glitter-pens sparkly. If you are looking to "wow" your employees with a unique (and sparkly) gift this year, then this is your show-stopper. It’s large enough to fill with smaller gifts, or is cool enough to gift on its own. Either way, your employees will be impressed!

Everest Edition Himalayan Tumbler 20 oz.
Hot & Cold Celebration Tumbler 24 oz.

Apparel

I love sporting my company's custom swag, especially on casual Fridays. I love where I work, and I feel proud to wear my company's branded attire to work and also out and about. Wearables are such an excellent and practical holiday gift for your employees. It’s pretty impressive when you realize how many different types of apparel and wearables you can brand with your company's logo.

One gift idea that has particularly caught my attention this year is the Polar Wireless Earmuffs. Everyone makes resolutions for the New Year to become a fitter and happier version of themselves. The wireless earmuffs will encourage your employees to get outside and start moving, while keeping their ears warm. They are packaged in black drawstring pouch, and they have high speed Bluetooth 3.0+ EDR capabilities, which means that they have a faster response time and Wi-Fi speeds, and more efficient power usage.

Another favorite of mine is the Port Authority Ladies Interlock Cardigan. This is another coveted item around the office, and is flattering on all body shapes and sizes. This cardigan is lightweight, has an open front, and the back seaming details at the waist give it a sophisticated and timeless look. What I really love about it is that it can be dressed up or down. I can wear this with workout clothes, to run errands, around the office and dressed up for meetings with my clients. This custom piece pairs well with so many different styles and and occasions, and is a classy way to promote your brand. The Port Authority Interlock ¼-Zip is our men’s compatible piece.

Branded apparel is one of our top selling product categories, and we are adding more unique styles all of the time. From short and long-sleeved polos, jackets, cardigans, dress shirts, workout attire, winter attire, or even wireless Bluetooth earmuffs, you will be able to find the perfect gift for your employees this holiday season.

Polar Wireless Earmuffs
Port Authority Ladies Interlock Open Cardigan

Food Gifts

Charcuterie boards are all the rage this year. Whether you are hosting a holiday event or bringing food to potluck, the Wisconsin Variety Package with Bamboo Cutting Board is the perfect item for the holidays, and year round. This comes with large, half-pound blocks of naturally-aged private stock medium and mild Wisconsin cheddar, paired with a five-ounce stick of tangy beef summer sausage and a box of water crackers. All are packaged with a handy knife on a bamboo cutting board. Delicious food, and high quality cutting board and knife make for an excellent and thoughtful custom holiday gift for your employees.

Mason jars are also very popular this year, and we have the perfect gift to fit this trend. Our Taste of Elegance Set is such a cool and "out of the box" (pun intended) way to show employee recognition this year. It comes with a heat sealed bag with your choice of fill, and two sweetZ filled mason jars in a wooden custom gift box with a laser etched lid and brown crinkle paper. Your employees can use the wooden box as a decoration or even for storage, and they can also use the mason jars for all sorts of things. Maybe they will keep them at their desk and fill them with promotional pens, or to save their coins for the vending machine. However they choose to use the box and mason jars, one thing is for certain, they will love emptying the delicious food that once filled them!

It is difficult to choose just a few food gifts for this season, but we have so many different offerings to meet your needs this season, that you will have no issue picking something that is tasty, classic, and memorable.

Wisconsin Variety Package with Bamboo Cutting Board
A Taste Of Elegance Set

Outdoors & Safety

We are so busy these days, and the holiday season is definitely the busiest time of year. Between working 40+ hours a week, trying to prep healthy meals, exercise, and sleep 8 hours a night the last thing most working professionals think about is their car battery. Most people commute to work everyday, and put a lot of wear and tear on their vehicles. Being prepared for the worst is important, and safety gifts are a great way to make sure your employees are safe on the road and able to get to work on time and arrive less stressed. The 8000mAh Car Jump Starter is the perfect gift for your commuter employees.

The Jump Starter kit has an 8000mAh UL certified Lithium Polymer battery that ensures 1000 charging cycles and power for up to 20 jump starts on one charge. It also includes a 20-inch Micro to regular USB cable, AC wall charger and 12V adapter. It comes with a spark proof smart car jump cable with short circuit reverse polarity and over/under voltage protection, and is packed in sturdy nylon case with zipper closure and operation manual. This is the perfect holiday gift for employees that have to commute to work. Living in Atlanta, commuting takes up a good portion of my day. On a good day I can make it to work in 45 minutes, and I would love having a kit like this in my car…just in case.

It’s almost impossible to keep weight off during the holidays. From work parties to family gatherings, food tends to be the centerpiece for all occasions. I am trying to exercise more and am really watching my diet. I want to be healthy, and there is a strong chance that your employees will make some sort of health-conscious resolution for the new year as well. The Solo Velocity Backpack is an excellent investment for your health. It’s perfect for hiking, but can also be used to pack gym clothes, healthy snacks, and whatever else your employees will need to tack their 2017 health goals. Corporate health and wellness initiatives are important for companies to focus on, and this is a great way to encourage your employees towards a healthier lifestyle.

8000mAh Car Jump Starter
Velocity Backpack

Technology

Technology is such a exciting and universal promotional product category. Every one of your employees uses some sort of technology every single day. From Bluetooth wireless speakers, power bank and jolt chargers, USB drives, headphones, wireless Bluetooth earbuds, and activity monitors, there are so many unique and modern gift options in this product category.

I am definitely a technology junkie, so this is the hardest category for me to narrow down, but I have to mention the TrueWireless Bluetooth Earbuds. The TruWireless Bluetooth Earbuds are the future of Bluetooth earbuds. The carrying case also doubles as a charging station. Once the case is charged it can be used as a portable charger for your earbuds. The Bluetooth working range is 10 meters (33 feet) and they also have 4 hours of talk time. These are excellent for commuting, traveling, exercising, and whatever else your employees are up to. Many of the newer mobile devices don't have a headphone jack, so wireless headphones are the way to go, making these headphones convenient and forward thinking.

We also offer an Active Gift Set which includes Force Bluetooth Earbuds, and an active health tracker with a heart rate monitor. Again, many of your employees will make resolutions for a healthier lifestyle in the new year. This is a great gift to give your employees, because it encourages them to pursue a healthy life and makes it easier for them to do so. This is a gift that can be used inside or outside of the office. We don’t realize how sedentary we are, and monitoring our activity is definitely a wakeup call. Many people in my office will walk on their lunch breaks and this increases productivity and helps with fatigue. This custom branded gift  will get your employees moving more, and ensures that your workplace will be a happier and more productive environment.

TruWireless Bluetooth Earbuds
Active Gift Set

Office

Personalized office products are practical and thoughtful. I know for me personally, I love my company branded notebook. My team has weekly meetings, and our sales department tends to have many meetings at various times during the week. The Cutter & Buck Bainbridge Writing Pad is is great choice if you are considering a nice notebook for your employee gift. It is made with genuine leather, which gives it a sleek and professional appearance. It also features an interior organizer with business card pockets and a document folder. This notebook can be used around the office or on-the-go for client meetings.

I love my notebook for organization, but there are so many other unique office categories for employee gifts. The ETL Listed Turf Charging Station is by far my favorite office holiday gift for the season.

This custom charging station is the answer to all of your charging needs. With four outputs you can charge four devices with a maximum output of 5V/6.8A. The top silicone portion holds up to three devices in place while charging. It also includes a AC cord and has passed ETL standards, which means it is safe and high quality gift. I think this item is so cool and so different. Your employees with absolutely love it.

Cutter & Buck® Bainbridge Leather Writing Pad
ETL Listed Turf Charging Station

Travel

Travel is another unique promotional product category that you may have not considered for holiday gifts. Whether your employees are traveling for business or pleasure, the Samsonite Andante 22” Wheeled Duffel bag is a fantastic holiday gift.

First, this duffel is durable and casual which makes it easy to use while traveling. The large U-shaped opening makes for easy access to pack and retrieve travel essentials. Its lightweight design and smooth rolling wheels offer effortless mobility. It also has multiple organization pockets, and comfortable top carry handles. These retractable handle locks in place in both the fully extended and stored positions for secure traveling. This duffel is a very high quality and thoughtful gift for you to give your employees this holiday season.

After a busy work year, relaxation is on everyone’s mind at the end of Q4. Our Aromatherapy Candle Collection is a fantastic employee gift for this purpose. Four small window tin essential oil infused candles are neatly packaged in a cardboard gift box, with brown crinkle paper and a clear plastic lid. The scent options to choose from are: Focus, Exhale, Immunity, Invigorate, Tranquility, Cloud 9 and Karma. The candles are branded with your company logo, and you can even add a thoughtful message to the label if you so choose. Your team has worked so hard this year, and they deserve to relax and feel appreciated for all of their efforts.

Samsonite Andante 22" Wheeled Duffel
Aromatherapy Candle Collection

Show your employees how much you care about them this holiday season by giving them the a unique and memorable holiday gift. Entertaining, Drinkware, Apparel, Food Gifts, Outdoor/Safety, Technology, Office and Travel are our top promotional product categories for 2017 holiday gifts. Whether you are wanting your employees to relax, pursue a healthy lifestyle, or simply enjoy a delicious treat, we can help you show your gratitude and create a lasting impression to show your appreciation. If you'd like great gift ideas broken down by price, check out our Our Holiday Lifestyle Catalog is a great source for expanded ideas in these product areas.

I hope this have given you some great ideas for your 2017 employee gifts.

From all of us at Pinnacle Promotions, we wish you a safe and happy holiday!

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Custom Athleisure Apparel Items Activate Your Brand

Custom Athleisure Apparel Items Activate Your Brand

Merriam-Webster defines Athleisure as “casual clothing – like yoga pants, sweat pants and hoodies – that are designed to be worn for both exercising and for doing (almost) everything else,” and they’ve flagged athleisure as a word to watch, and for good reason! With the original trend dating back to as early as the 1970’s, it wasn’t until the early 2000’s that it started to stick, and wasn’t until 2016 it really took off. Athleisure wear is comfortable, functional, and here to stay.

Nearly every popular brand has some sort of athleisure or activewear line, and many major retailers include “athleisure” or “activewear” as a category to sort by for online shopping (think Target, Nordstroms, Macy’s, Dillards, etc,). Classic sporting goods brands such as Adidas, Nike and Under Armour are coming out with new retail items every day, and there are a ton of companies that only sell athleisure wear – i.e. lululemon, Fabletics, Athleta, Lucy, etc.

With the increase in popularity of this trend, it’s only natural that companies will want to put their logo on athleisure items. After all, this trend is an acceptable style choice for almost all situations, so organizations from all industries are taking this opportunity to put their logo on athleisure wear and get their brand maximum exposure. Let me explain:

Whether I’m working out, running errands, doing house chores, grabbing dinner with friends, or even getting ready for work, I can grab something in my closet that is appropriate for the occasion and falls into the athleisure category.

THE EVERYDAY COMFY TEE

Custom Athleisure Drapey tee from pinnacleIf I’m going to hit the gym, I tend to go for comfortable athletic leggings paired with a flowy, breathable tank top or t-shirt such as the Ladies Drapey Cross-Back Tee. A great men’s alternative would be the District Made Mens Tri-Blend Pocket Tee – something comfortable, breathable and on trend. The best part about these tops are when they’re not being worn to the gym, they can be matched with a nice pair of jeans and it immediately creates a whole different outfit for a casual dinner with friends, just like that! They’re versatile, comfortable, and best of all, expose your brand in a subtle and trendy way. These make great Spring/Summer customer appreciation gifts, outdoor event giveaways, and a unique Casual Friday piece for your employees.

THE VERSATILE LAYERING PIECE

Custom Ogio jacket - athleisure form Pinnacle PromotionsAnother great athleisure staple is the perfect hoodie, pullover or zip-up. There are so many different styles for this category, but they all serve the purpose of layering up. From thick, comfy fleece hoodies, to light and breathable pullovers, to quarter zips with thumb holes, or full zips with a slouchy hood – they can all be layered and worn with almost everything, everywhere from the gym to the office to the grocery store. The Ogio Endurance Origin Jacket is a great piece that is my go-to in my closet, and resembles something you’d find in lululemon, but at a fraction of the cost. It comes in both a men’s and women’s style and is sure to get a lot of wear by the end user. Give these out as high-value holiday gifts or sales awards to make a great impression. We got these a few years ago at Pinnacle and I still wear mine all Fall and Spring!

TWIST ON A CLASSIC

Custom Nike polo - athleisure from Pinnacle PromotionsPolos are classic promotional apparel items, but the athleisure trend has caused athletic polos to really take off. Moisture wicking and performance style polos (and t-shirts!) are more and more popular among businesses and organizations. They still provide the same professional polo look, but in a more comfortable material that is durable and trendy. One of the most popular performance style polos is the Nike Golf Dri-FIT Crosshatch Polo. With a ladies’ companion, this shirt easily transitions from the office to the golf course or tennis court.

Athleisure apparel items make great marketing vehicles for many reasons:

  • trendy – often, companies like to stay in style, and their promotional gifts and giveaways reflect that.
  • versatile – athleisure apparel is useful for many occasions, so companies feel good about giving pieces to their employees and customers
  • accessible – varying price points, from budget-friendly to high-quality name brands.

If you’re looking for well known brands such as Nike, Under Armour, or Adidas, we can source multiple styles from these brands, and we are able to decorate them with your logo. These names come at a higher price point, but they are perfect for those who want to get in on the athleisure trend with the higher perceived value and the well-known brand name. For value-driven organizations with a smaller budget, there are plenty of brands that offer comparable pieces and styles at a fraction of the cost. Ogio, Sport-Tek, and Next Level are becoming more and more popular and well known brand names. They offer the same, if not more, options at different price points and in all kinds of styles.

When considering apparel as a promotional item, you want to spend your money on something functional that will give your logo and brand the most exposure, whether it’s for your employees or for your customers. Because athleisure items can be worn in multiple settings and occasions and aren’t pigeonholed into one particular wardrobe box, you’re sure to get the most bang for your buck when branding these pieces. For more ideas, check out our website or contact your account manager!

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Unique Promotional Products for Prom Giveaways

Unique Promotional Products for Prom Giveaways

The theme. The dresses. The dance moves.

Prom can be one of the most exciting and unforgettable events for high school students, and giving away the right promotional products leaves them with more than just memories.

The key is to give away items that they can treasure long after their done with high school, and with everything from promotional cups to T-shirts and even chocolate, we’re sure some of these promotional products will leave them dancing even long after the music stops:

1. Promotional Drinkware and Tumblers

Branded cups and tumblers make easy and inexpensive party takeaways that are sure to leave a lasting impression. Popular among all ages, promotional tumblers are the perfect way to leave students with a promotional item they’ll use long after their high school career has ended.

24 oz. Revolution Tumbler Item #24REVNEO

24 oz. Revolution Tumbler Item #24REVNEO

2. Promotional Chocolate

Okay, we can’t exactly promise that this sweet promotional product won’t get eaten right away, but c’mon – what’s cooler than getting your logo on a sweet piece of promotional chocolate? Get your school mascot or logo on one these party treats to leave them with some sweet and tasty memories.

Logo Caramel Chocolate Apple Item #LCCA

Logo Caramel Chocolate Apple Item #LCCA

3. Promotional T-shirts

Custom promotional T-shirts are among some of the most popular promotional products on the market, and a commemorative shirt makes for a great giveaway item. Not only are you providing everyone with a keepsake, but you’re also getting your mascot, brand or logo onto a wearable item that’s sure to gain exposure. Prom night wouldn’t be complete without the perfect promotional T-shirt.

Port & Company 5.5-oz All Cotton T-Shirt Item #PC54

Port & Company 5.5-oz All Cotton T-Shirt Item #PC54

4. Promotional Photo Frames

Take a second to think about how many pictures are taken before prom, at prom AND after prom. Between eager parents, selfies, photo booths and more, the opportunities to create photographic memories are endless. Therefore, providing your students with a promotional photo frame that’s screen-printed with the event name is a promotional item they’ll be using for years to come.

5" x 7" Aluminum Frame Item #1070-56

5″ x 7″ Aluminum Frame Item #1070-56


With the right promotional products for prom, partygoers can focus on the most important part of the night: making memories. Be sure to check out Pinnacle Promotion’s selection of promotional items for Prom Night to give away memories that won’t fade with time.

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Top Healthcare and Medical Promotional Items

Top Healthcare and Medical Promotional Items

Finding the right medical promotional items for your healthcare company can seem like a daunting task – but it doesn’t have to be. With everything from promotional fitness items to promotional first aid kits, there are numerous ways to promote your healthcare and wellness brand.

Getting your logo on these types of promotional products are perfect ways to ensure maximum brand exposure. Every time someone takes your promotional water bottle to the gym or uses one of your custom-printed bandages, your brand is getting in front of an entirely new audience.

With all the medical promotional items to choose from, one could find it difficult to find the right ones to use. So to help you out, we made a list of our top three favorites:

1. Walking Enthusiast Kit

When it comes right down to it, everybody wants to be able to see the results of their exercise, whether it’s running, jogging or simply just walking. Our Walking Enthusiast Kits not only help them track their movement throughout the day, but this promotional walking kit also helps to get your brand moving, too!

Walking Enthusiast Kit Item #3804

Walking Enthusiast Kit Item #3804

2. Travelers Exercise Kit

Traveling can sometimes put a dampener on a healthy lifestyle, but not anymore! Our next favorite medical promotional item is the Travelers Exercise Kit, which is perfect for those who are always on the go! This kit comes with everything from jump ropes to hand exercisers, and it’s convenient enough to toss into a purse, travel bag or even a laptop bag. Get your logo on one of these traveling promotional products for a little first class brand exposure.

Travelers Exercise Kit Item #PL-4401

Travelers Exercise Kit Item #PL-4401


 

3. Ultimate Gym Set- Water bottle, earbuds and armband

Give the gift of fitness with The Ultimate Gym Set, fully equipped with promotional water bottles, headphones and armbands. This promotional gym set not only encourages workouts for your recipients, but it also gets your logo onto items they’re going to be using on a daily basis.

Ultimate Gym Set- Water bottle, earbuds and armband Item #GFT4106

Ultimate Gym Set- Water bottle, earbuds and armband Item #GFT4106

With health and fitness on the rise in popularity among the masses, getting your brand onto healthcare and medical promotional items is one of the most effective ways of getting impressionable exposure. Be sure to check out our promotional products for health and wellness to learn more about the products above or to browse other options.

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3 Surprising Things You Don’t Know About…Promotional Apparel

3 Surprising Things You Don’t Know About…Promotional Apparel

When shopping for promotional apparel, don’t make the mistake of missing out on 3 key factors that matter and should be part of your decision-making process.

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We interviewed our Sr. Merchandising Manager Megan McConnell and she shared her top 3 things that people need to know about purchasing promotional apparel.

Protection Factors

The trend of protection factors in fabrics also applies to promotional apparel. OSHA recommends your workforce be protected from UV Rays and monitor themselves for skin cancer regularly.

Many customizable items have fabric that is rated for UVA-blocking ingredients. Also, you can find micro-bacterial fabrics throughout promotional categories such as apparel and even home goods.

Port Authority Ladies Tech Pique Polo

Port Authority Ladies Tech Pique Polo

Port Authority Tech Pique Polo

Port Authority Tech Pique Polo

Quality Standards

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission has strict requirements for apparel labeled or sold as “Youth” apparel. The fabric must be labeled for origin of location, contents and safety issues like flammability. A hooded promotional sweatshirt labeled for “Youth” does not have drawstrings around the hood, per USCPSC guidelines.

Gildan Youth Heavy Blend Hood

Gildan Youth Heavy Blend Hood

Get a sample!

Pinnacle recommends you request an actual sample when purchasing promotional apparel or uniforms. This helps with both product use and sizing. With a sample in hand, you can see better how the embroidered image will look and you can get a feel for sizing in length and width. Looking for tall or extended sizes? Talk to your Account Manager for more information! Call us today at 800-351-4226.

When thinking about promotional apparel for your organization or your customers, think about these 3 surprising things that help guarantee the customized apparel you choose will help you to Make the right impression.™

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3 Must-Haves for a Killer Trade Show Display

3 Must-Haves for a Killer Trade Show Display

Trade show season is upon us! If you will be presenting at a trade show this season, you need to read this!

Of course, everyone on the trade show floor will have a booth contest, caricaturist, prize wheel or some other sort of entertainment. But, don’t forget about the basics. Do you have what it takes for a great trade show display?

Here are our picks to guarantee you have a killer trade show display!

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In a show with hundreds of vendors, grab the passers-by with an eye-popping display. But make sure it is something you can take down, put up, and travel with easily!
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Don’t go bare! A classy table drape and side banners add a simple elegance and buttoned-up look to any booth space.
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Attendees will remember you long after the show is over if you have unique, economical giveaways. Essentials include a reusable branded tote for carting away the show goodies, and a functional giveaway such as a promotional stylus pen or mini-journal.

Economy Tote Bag

Economy Tote Bag

Satin Stylus and Pen

Satin Stylus and Pen

Spiral Jotter with Sticky Notes & Pen

Spiral Jotter with Sticky Notes & Pen

Stay top-of-mind on the trade show floor, and long after your attendees have returned home. A powerfully branded display, with tables drapes and banners will reel in your audience. The perfect promotional giveaway item will help you make the right impression long after the show attendees leave your space.

Comment, and tell you your thoughts on trade show display must-haves!

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3 Surprising Things You Don’t Know About…Embroidery

3 Surprising Things You Don’t Know About…Embroidery

Embroidery, as a process, goes back thousands of years. The earliest recorded embroidered garment dates back to 700 CE. Today, the embroidery process is completely digitized, though some of the foundations of embroidery are still key to the process as a whole.

Old Tools

-Hoop
The use of the embroider hoop dates back to the beginning of the process. They were originally made of wood, bone or ivory. Today, they are made of wood or plastic. Even machines with multiple stations still require one hoop per station. Hoops are necessary to keep the fabric taut while working.

Photo by Teunie

Photo by Teunie

-Fabric
Thread or yarn is used in the embroidery process. Modern commercial embroidery thread is most often made of cotton or rayon, and available in unlimited color combinations.
Photo by PKM

New Tools

-Computer design
“In 1980, Wilcom introduced the first computer graphics embroidery design system to run on a minicomputer. “
The ability to design a multi-colored image has come a long way, but it still the hardest art to set-up because it requires the highest minimum font sizes. Detail is limited because in embroidery you are using thread instead of ink, and are confined by the size of the thread.

-Computer machinery
Current embroidery machinery can run more than 55 heads at once with more than 25 colors at one time. Tajima and Barudan are two top embroidery machine manufacturers.

Photo from Tajima

Photo from Tajima

Method

-Process
The age-old process of pulling the fabric tight, setting it into a hoop and stitching into it, remains the same. However, the types of fabric and the speed of which determines the length of the process. The average logo contains approx. 8,000 stitches or less.

-Material
Embroidery is a sturdier, more substantial imprint process than screen-printing. You can embroider on most fabrics, from cotton to blends to full polyester or rayon. The favorite location for apparel, and the spot that receives the most impressions, is the front, left chest.

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Embroidery remains the second most popular imprint method for promotional apparel. The ability to customize embroider on a bucket hat or a polo shirt, a soft-side cooler or picnic blanket, allows the customer to be flexible in the promotional product choice, even when limited by design. Click for more information on other imprint methods. Contact us for more information about your logo and how we can embroider it on just about anything! 

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Can’t Miss Trade Show Tech Trends

Can’t Miss Trade Show Tech Trends

Whether you are attending the trade show, hosting the booth, or the guest speaker, trade show technology is on the rise, and fast! Technology is making an impact across all aspects of the trade show world. Here are some key areas technology is changing the way we conduct and attend trade shows.

Giveaways

Giveaways have become more prevalent than ever at trade shows, and the use of tech trade show giveaways has increased year over year. Giveaways have transformed beyond uni-function pens, keychains, and bags.

-The promotional pen is no longer just a pen; it is a pen stylus and LED light combination.
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-The branded keychain is no longer just a keychain; it is a LED flashlight and bottle opener.
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-The imprinted bag is no longer just a bag; it is a full-color, screen-printed, reusable tote bag complete with embedded QR codes that links to the full event schedule online.
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Security

Security has become an exceedingly important part of the trade show experience. It is more important than ever to protect your identity when traveling for business. It’d not just your personal information that is at risk, but a compromised corporate credit card can be a nightmare for both employee and company.

– RFID-protection (RFID, Radio-frequency Identification, is the wireless use of radio frequency to access information and transfer data) technology can be found in everything from logo’d travel wallets to laptop bags and briefcases. 0011-28_500

-We recently wrote about the rise of RFID protection in promotional products.

Apps

Last but not least, get a good app! Whether at a small venue near your office, or McCormick Place in Chicago there are several apps that can help the trade show traveler on the go!

Google Maps can help you avoid traffic and arrive on time at the right destination.

-Whether parking at the airport or convention center, you’ll probably leave the facility with your arms full and tired feet. Don’t wander! Use the Find My Car app to help you locate your vehicle right away.

-This great blog post highlights a few other apps that can help make your trade show experience better.

Whether the attendee or host, your trade show experience will be touched, and more than likely improved by the increased use of technology. Be on the cutting edge of what you see on the trade show floor, and stand out among the competitors by upping your technology game with unique giveaways. Be safe with RFID technology promotional products. And, don’t forget to use Find My Car so you aren’t left wandering the convention center parking garage after a long day on the show floor.

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3 Surprising Things You Don’t Know About…Pens

To celebrate National Ballpoint Pen Day taking place this week, there are 3 surprising things you don’t know about pens and we want to enlighten you!

When shopping for promotional pens, don’t make the mistake of missing out on 3 key factors that matter and should be part of your decision-making process.

Safety Matters

Even pens need to meet specific state safety requirements. Most pen brands meet CA Proposition 65 requirements about chemical safety. Make sure the pens you purchase are up to code.
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Color Matters

Most legal documents need to be signed in blue ink. This helps instantly distinguish between an original document and a photocopy. Blue is standard for most pen companies, but make sure you mention it to your account manager if you prefer black ink.
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Ink Matters

For lefties, the key to pens is the smudge-factor.
People who write left-handed have a problem with pens that have ink that smudges. Some pen brands offer “quick-dry” ink that prevents the smudge-factor.
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When thinking personalized, promotional pens, think about these 3 surprising things that help guarantee the pen you choose will help you to Make the right impression.™

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Trends for 2014: More, more, more

We have had numerous vendors stop by our offices in Atlanta. We’ve seen a few things stand out as trends for 2014.

Overall, the trend we have seen in every category is the ability for a product to be more than one thing! The keys for products to be more than one thing can be boiled down to three main themes: Security, Versatility and Stress-down.

clearbagSecurity: From bags to tech gear, the thing we hear over and over is “security.” The NFL Bag policy has not gone unnoticed by manufacturers. They are creating more and more clear bags. The requests for customized clear bags have come in every shape and size, and at various price points.

Security is not limited to bags. The iWallet is a perfect example of a branded product designed with “identity theft prevention” in mind. Not only are the cards protected from deactivation from the phone, but also the grip prevents card slippage or loss. iwallet

Versatility: The key to versatility is for a product to be more than one thing. The Gwee button iPhone screen cleaner is a phone stand and a cleaner. This mouse pad is also a screen cleaner. The In-Pillow travel pillow converts from a small pillow, (with a pocket!) to a basic tablet holder to a stand-alone screen mount! pillow

Stress-down: The stress ball has been a hallmark of the promotional products industry as long as we can remember. However, the sheer volume of options in “anti-stress” promotional products has increased. You can now put your logo on everything from the traditional stress ball to Office Spa kits complete with lavender “stress relief” hand lotion.

Screen shot 2014-04-02 at 3.55.30 PMPinnacle Promotions takes the stress out of ordering your promotional products with our Rocketship 24-hour Rush Service. There are thousands of products that can be ordered with rush service and no rush charge. If there is anything that will take the stress out of your life, it is getting the right product at the right time the right way to help you Make the right impression.™

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