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Five Uses for Nuckees that Make them the Perfect On-the-Go Promotional Product


We love the holidays – but the “hustle and bustle” is no joke. From shopping to cooking to wrapping (and wrapping and wrapping), there’s always something to do and somewhere to be. It’s a total crush, sure, but we wouldn’t have it any other way – and that’s why we’re loving December’s Product of the Month – Nuckees™.Nuckees phone grips are the best promotional item on the go

Scratching your head yet? Don’t – you’ve likely seen these go-anywhere, do-everything smartphone accessories. These small grips attach to the back of your device, making it easier to hold your phone, especially when you’re on the move – i.e., right now.

That, though, is just the beginning. Nuckees are a “must” this holiday season, and the perfect branded gift to give your clients, vendors and employees. Here are some other reasons we’re loving Nuckees…

#1. They’re the perfect holiday shopping companion

Make your list, check it twice, then always have the perfect grip on your must-gets with a Nuckees. With SnugHug Technology, it’s easy to attach a Nuckees to any device. Then, with a quick POP you’ve got a rock-solid grip – that means no risk your phone will slip, fall and crack this season. Because, let’s face it, a cracked screen can put a serious damper on any shopping session.

#2. They’re ideal for travel

Tray table down, Nuckees properly “popped,” headphones in and, instantly, you’ve got a private binge session at the ready. Because Nuckees have a four-way locking stand, you can quickly reposition your phone into a private, hands-free movie theater or arcade – or, even, hand off to your kids for those long rides to grandma’s house…

That, isn’t the only travel-friendly perk. Nuckees make it easy to wireless charge your phone on the go or attach your device to your dashboard before starting GPS mode. You’ll never get lost – and never have to take your eyes off the road again. Bonus.

#3. They’re a perfect sous chef/gift wrapping side kick

In that vein, why not pop out your Nuckees “stand,” queue up a YouTube how-to tutorial and get cooking or wrapping? With your hands free and your phone in an optimal viewing position, it’s simple to follow along with the pros and ensure your crème brûlée – or festive bows – are holiday-ready without the stress.

#4. They’re a mobile DJ station and caroling go-to

Heading to a holiday party? Again, it’s all about the four-way locking stand. Get your Nuckees stand into “ready” position, then click on your favorite playlist. Because the screen is visible, you can change tunes, swap players or, even let guests DJ with a quick click or two, without ever losing sight of your phone or what songs are coming up next.

#5. They’re redefining grab-and-go

And, of course, there’s the grab-and-go aspect – the original reason we’re all about Nuckees. Once “popped,” keeping a grip on your phone is easier than ever, even if you’re wearing gloves and even if you’re juggling the cookies, the gifts and everything in between. If a Nuckees can keep us from losing grips – and breaking our beloved smartphone during this go, go, go season – we’re all about it.

These gifts are the ultimate must-have this holiday season – and with your branding attached, you’ll get added eyes and be forever tied to that favorite gift. It’s a win/win, and a great way to help everyone on your wish list keep moving during these next few weeks, and beyond.


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10 Beach-Themed Gifts to Personalize for Your Wedding Guests


Customizing products to mark an occasion – especially one as momentous as your wedding – is the perfect way to introduce a personalized touch. Crafting your own unique sense of coupledom through made-to-order décor and gifts is a beautiful way to share your love story, hobbies, and passions with guests.

10 Beach Themed Wedding Gifts to Personalize for Your WeddingOne thoughtful way to do this is by branding gifts provided for your wedding party and guests. These are the people closest to you, who are just as excited for your big day as you are. Aside from making sure they’re loaded up on tissues, gifting them with a token they’ll be able to use beyond the big day says “thank you” in a way the traditional thank you card cannot. And if it’s designed to remind them of you and your special date? It’s a win-win for everyone.

Below, we share some of our favorite beach-themed gifts for weddings. Whether you’re holding a destination wedding, are hosting your nuptials in a coastal town setting, or have chosen a nautical theme for your big day, each of these products can be custom designed just for you and your guests:

1. Beach & Boat Tote Bags

Whether or not you’re saying “I do” in the sand, a tote is a necessity for all beach bums! They’re perfect for carrying everything from towels to sunscreen, water bottles and wine bottles (you’re celebrating, after all!)

Boat totes can also be a timely gift when given before your wedding day, as your bridal party may find them useful to stash emergency provisions and an extra pair of socks and shoes for dancing.

Beyond that, tote bags are a fun item with plenty of surface area to design a memento for your wedding guests. Consider adding your wedding hashtag, the ceremony date, or even a custom logo crafted for your day (ePromos can help with that). If you’re feeling extra generous, fill each bag with a few more goodies!

2. Beach Towels

If you’re throwing a destination wedding, a custom designed beach towel will receive plenty of use! From sunny days catching rays to nights spent around a bonfire, you may find beach towels to be a meaningful investment for all involved in your wedding excursion.
For the nautical themed ceremony, your special present will have an obvious tie-in! How nice to have loved ones reminded of your wedding day when they’re packing for their own special getaway? From plush terry, to nautical stripes and colorful beach motifs, ePromos has plenty of design options from which to choose – and all can be customized online.

3. Sunglasses

The most beloved of all photo booth props! How could sunglasses not make our list?

At ePromos, we offer a range of products, including aviators, Ray-Ban style, and half-lens frames. Once you pick the style you like, you can choose the color(s) that match your palate. Most shades also have room for further customization on the armband, so you could add your wedding date, location, new last name or hashtag!

For those holding a day-time, outdoor wedding, a pair of shades is a great gift to hand out to guests as they arrive, so they can use them during your sunny ceremony.

4. Flip Flops

Let’s be real – stilettos and dress shoes have no place at a beach wedding. Even so, your guests may feel a bit awkward about dressing too casually. Help guests loosen up and get comfortable by providing flip flops or sandals for them to slip into after your ceremony!

A custom shoe designed to commemorate your wedding date is perfect for dancing and merrymaking against a gorgeous beach backdrop. Or consider springing for comfortable, beach-ready footwear for your bridal party, who will be on their feet from sunup to sundown on your dream day.

Customization can range from selecting particular colors, to adding a quote or message of your choosing, to printing a photo or other visual on the shoe’s strap or footprint.

5. Waterproof Cell Phone Cases

When it comes to your wedding day/weekend, you’ll want as few emergencies as possible. Fight the odds someone heads home with a ruined smartphone by gifting water-resistant protective cases to friends and family!
Designed with your colors, messaging and/or imagery, A cell phone case can be used by guests lounging poolside or out in the sun and surf. Design yours with colors to match your décor, and imprinted to include personal details (the date, city) or something fun for the wedding party.

6. Travel Kits

Destination weddings are a dream combo: Vacation, celebration, and your closest family and friends all together. That said, travel is definitely not everyone’s bag. And for those who don’t mind it, it can still be exhausting.

Help guests chill out as soon as they arrive with a handy travel kit! Find the product that suits your budget and your guest’s needs. Some come with neck pillows, eye masks and ear plugs; others, with TSA-approved travel bottles, lip balm, and sunscreen. Did we mention you can request free samples from our online store?

7. Wine Tumblers (WITH a Lid!)

If a to-go wine tumbler with a lid doesn’t scream bridal party, we’re not sure what does. These cute, convenient, lightweight tumblers are the perfect choice for sipping rose while getting wedding-ready – minus any worry about spillage.
To-go wine tumblers are also fun for toasting the happy couple in the days pre-and post-wedding ceremony beachside. With options in wood, plastic, and stainless steel, you can custom create the tumbler that fits your wedding vision.

8. Beach Balls & Accessories

If you want a gift that really plays into your theme or destination, here’s an obvious choice! ePromos has a sizable selection of inflatable beach balls, sand buckets, and toys perfect for use in the surf and sand.

Imprint your favorite engagement pic on a full-color kite or stamp your names and date on an inflatable toy or beverage holder. Not only are these gifts fitting, they’re quite easy to pack up for the flight home!

9. Outdoor Toys

Similarly, you might find a winning wedding favor amongst our larger collection of custom toys. Sure, you could design beach wedding favors just for the kids… but we think your adult friends and family will have a blast with them, too. Choose from a slew of whimsical gifts, including bubbles, flying discs, glider airplanes, and toy water guns!

The best part is most of these toys are inexpensive, even with your custom design! So wedding planners on a budget can save money, while those looking to splurge might find a little something here to accompany another gift.

10. Beach-Themed Adult Coloring Books

Whether all or some of your wedding guests are traveling for your nuptials, many might enjoy a coloring book for the long flight or drive back! In our selection of customizable coloring books, we have a Color Comfort book with a “serenity by the sea” theme. How perfect!
Choose your ink color and add text, an image or both to the cover. Then gift this appropriately-themed book ahead of their trip or before they head home. Coloring books are a creative way to calm nerves and help the time pass. Just don’t forget the crayons and colored pencils to go with!

We hope these party favor and gift ideas have inspired you to think about taking your wedding to the next level! We’re all for promoting your theme and reflecting each element to be all about the bride(s), groom(s), and the love you share. Gifting your bridal party or all guests with a personalized memento is a lovely way to commemorate your big day (or even week!).

If you have any questions or need help during the design process, our experts are available by Chat online, by email and phone at 800-564-6216.


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4 Reasons We’re Loving the Wood Grain Trend–—Especially in These Tumblers


We're loving our wood tone drinkwareIt’s been a major trend in furniture and interior design – and, now, the wood tones we’re loving in our homes and offices are extending into another space: drinkware. Our new collection of insulated wood tone tumblers are taking a page from this comfy, cozy and completely chic trend – and we can’t get enough.

Our advice? Dive into this trend now.

1. Because it’s a touch of home, wherever you go

Mixed wood tones and wood grains are the interior trend for 2018 – so consider these tumblers a little piece of home whether you’re stuck in the car or stuck in the conference room. Inspired by the organic finishes everyone’s opting for, consider these tumblers your cue to make yourself at home anywhere.

2. Because there’s a richness to this trend

One of the reasons the wood grain trend has gained such momentum is that it has a very natural, very organic richness – and the same goes for this tumbler collection. These tumblers look as sleek and sturdy as they are, without looking busy or over-the-top.

3. Because they project the right image for your brand

While we’re all about branded drinkware, we’ve seen some that are a little too aggressive. If that’s your brand persona, great, but if you’re looking for something more polished, more sophisticated and more established, these wood tone tumblers make sense.

With brands like S’Well® and Corkcicle® pushing their collections to retail – and let’s not forget the iconic Mercedes-Benz® wood grain tumbler – your customers have no doubt been craving one of these cool cups. Getting one from you will solidify their perception of you and your brand.

4. Because they’re high quality insulated tumblers – and who doesn’t want that?

Beyond the cool factor, these tumblers are high quality, high performance products that keep drinks cold for up to 12 hours and hot for up to eight. Check out the classic 20 ounce Vacuum Insulated Wood Grain Tumbler, the tapered 20 ounce version and the 10 ounce Wine Tumbler, all with this on-trend wood finish.

We’re hearing this is just the beginning of the wood grain trend – and we can’t wait to see what’s next. Get in touch with us, The Promo Know-How People, to learn more and start customizing your tumbler order.

Wood grain is a popular home and furniture trend – and now, with this collection of wood grain drinkware, the hot trend can promote your brand too.

Looking for more of our top picks and best sellers? Click here.


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Pick Your Power: Our Go-to Power Banks Side-by-Side


Face it: We’ve all left home in the morning without our faithful phone charger. And it’s not good.

You’re not alone. No doubt your clients, vendors, partners and employees have been stuck out and about without that all-important cable or portable charger. That’s why we’re all about having these power banks on hand. Slim, sleek and designed to toss in your bag or pocket and go, these custom chargers will keep smartphones and tablets ready for action – and, when you’re pounding the pavement, that’s a must.

So, then, the big question: which power bank to pick? Here’s how they stack up, side by side…

Our Two Best Selling Powerbanks

GIVE ME SOME HONEY

Slim Honeycomb Power Bank – 3000 mAh

SPECS: Powered by a 3000 mAh polymer lithium battery, this power bank can get your device fully juiced and ready for whatever the day tosses your way.

WHY WE ❤: It’s all about the pop of color with this power bank. Choose from pink, red, blue, black or white on white – or go crazy and mix and match colors so you’re well stocked for last minute meetings, client gift backs and end-of-year “thank yous.”

MY IDEAL USER: Functional, fun and very easy to use, this power bank is perfect for any client or partner who claims they aren’t so tech-savvy. Simply charge it up and you’ve got enough power to get your phone or tablet back up and running – it couldn’t be easier.

FUN FACT: While most power banks are pretty small, this one is especially slim and sleek. Slip it in your pocket and it’s instantly undetectable.

GET CREATIVE: Before giving your custom power banks out, be sure to charge them up. Recipients will want to use them right away and, if they can’t, your premium might wind up relegated to a drawer…not ideal.

THE CHALLENGER

Faux Leather Power Bank – 6000 mAh

SPECS: With double the storage – and more charging power – this on-trend power bank looks and feels upscale and high-value. And, like its honeycomb counterpart, it’s slim, sleek and totally portable.

WHY WE ❤: Two words: faux leather. This power bank looks as cool as it is, with a sleek, executive-inspired finish.

MY IDEAL USER: The executive on the move – the faux leather makes this power bank an ideal on-hand item for the jet-setting CEO who needs his/her devices ready for action 24/7.

FUN FACT: This power bank charges not one device but TWO. iPhone® and iPad®? “Work”: home and “home” phone? Kid’s tablet and Apple® Watch? Check and check.

GET CREATIVE: This is the perfect corporate gift on its own, but, if you want to kick things up a notch, consider creating a “to go” kit around a power bank. Ideal for the constant traveler or road warrior, toss in all the good stuff she’ll need for her next adventure – a power bank, passport holder, stainless-steel bottle and other on-the-road essentials.


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Raise a Glass to November! 5 Reasons to Toast Our Latest Product of the Month


The holidays are fast-approaching – and if that’s not reason enough to raise an extra glass or two, we don’t know what is. That’s why we’re all about November’s Product of the Month: our always-in-demand Dual Wall Stemless Stainless-Steel Wine Tumbler .Our Wine Tumblers

There’s a reason this wine tumbler is such a popular promo piece – and lots of reasons we’re elevating it to POTM status this month. For starters…

#1. It’s Super On-trend

We’re in the midst of a vino revolution. The U.S. is officially the biggest wine-consuming nation in the world and your average customer is sipping on three gallons of wine per year. And, likely, much of that glass-raising is happening over the next few weeks.

In other words, this is the perfect time for a custom wine tumbler. No doubt your clients will get tons of use out of this tumbler, during the holiday season and beyond. For an even bigger impact, consider doubling up your gifting, even, and offering each client a pair of tumblers. After all, who wants to toast to anything alone?

#2. Doesn’t Discriminate

Red, white, rose, sparkling, sangria, mulled – this tumbler does not care. No matter the user’s wine preference, this tumbler keeps drinks at the perfect temperate whether that’s ice cold or not. Whenever someone takes a sip, their vino will be ready for action.

#3. Take it Anywhere, Anytime

From apple cider sangria for that post-Thanksgiving Dinner walk to hot mulled wine while caroling, your customers will love how easy to use and easy to carry this custom tumbler is. Because it’s stemless and stainless, it’s lightweight, and, again, keeps wine at the perfect temperature.

And, of course, once the weather picks back up, this tumbler is ideal for picnics, outdoor concerts and beach days – if there’s wine involved (or if wine could be involved…), this tumbler’s a must. With spill-resistant lids, it’s truly a go-anywhere, do-anything glass. Cheers to that.

#4. Never Smashes

Everyone loves a chic stemless wine glass. The only problem? They break. Even with careful use, after a while and a few too many toasts, fragile glasses tend to give – and that’s no good. But even with endless “cheers,” endless pours and endless uses, this stainless-steel tumbler will never crack, chip or cave – and that means tons of use and tons of added exposure for your brand.

#5. Promotes Good Health…

From better heart health to safeguarding from some cancers to preventing vision loss, there are tons of benefits to sipping on red wine daily. So, really, in giving your customers a wine tumbler or two, you’re indirectly supporting their heart health…right? Right! Another reason to raise a glass – or, in this case, a tumbler!

Learn more about November’s Product of the Month here , or get in touch to customize your order.

Love seeing our monthly picks? Here’s October’s in case you missed it.


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6 Holiday Gifts That Make a Sweet-and-Savory Statement


Nothing says “tis the season” quite like a festive bite (or two…). From sweet treats to savory snacks to DIY cookies perfect for your clients, customers and their families, these holiday favorites ring in the season in a big way – and, this year, we’re counting down the days until we can whip up a batch, crack open a tin and sink our teeth in. This holiday season, we’re starting with a few classic faves, adding in some new must-eats and sprinkling in some super festive snacks and sips we can’t get enough of. As you’re making your list and checking it twice, start here.

Brand these fun, festive holiday food gifts and make a serious seasonal statement.

#1. S’mores Kits

Think s’mores are only for camping trips? Think again. These Gable Box Kits are perfect for holiday gifting. Want to go big? These larger kits come complete with everything you need to make three full-size s’mores.

#2. Hot Cocoa Kits

Everyone loves a stainless-steel tumbler – but, as the holidays roll in, everyone especially loves a tumbler topped off with some festive hot cocoa. This Ghirardelli® Cocoa Kit is the best of both worlds, with a custom tumbler that keeps cocoa, coffee or tea hot, and their famous double chocolate cocoa.

Another perfect pick? This LEEMAN® NYC Tuscany set includes cocoa, two cups and a sleek faux leather-bound journal perfect for making those naughty and nice lists.

#3. Hot Chocolate on a Spoon

Want to go cup-less? Fun and festive, Hot Chocolate on a Spoon is it. Each spoon features a delicious Belgian chocolate square topped with mini marshmallows, all packaged for holiday gifting. Simply stir into a cup of hot water or milk for an instant cup of hot cocoa and marshmallows.

An alternative to the spoon? These all-in-one cups – simply add hot water, stir and sip.

#4. Chocolate Chip Cookie Mix

Speaking of mixing it up, this branded Chocolate Chip Cookie Mix is the perfect gift for the baker or non-baker on your list. Not only does this mix deliver the perfect “a little bit chewy/a little bit crispy” cookies every time, but it only require two ingredients (butter and an egg – easy!) to complete.

#5. Chocolate-Covered Pretzel Kit

Another DIY fave is this new classic – make-your-own chocolate-covered pretzel rods. As easy to perfect as the cookies, these pretzels are destined to become a seasonal must-have around your office. Simply melt the chocolate, dip a pretzel and top with a favorite candy – or candies. It’s all included –  everything your clients and customers need to make a sweet and salty holiday treat.

#6. Towers, Tins, Totes and Crates

Want to really wow recipients? These towers, tins, totes and crates are the perfect place to start.

Two gallon popcorn tins contain three seasonal favorites – butter, cheddar and caramel. Sink into these gourmet kernels and you’ll never go back to regular popcorn – trust us.

Want popcorn – and then some? We don’t blame you. And that’s why this Gourmet Treats Custom Gift Tote is a holiday classic and a popular choice in the “off-season.” Not only is this tote packed with everyone’s favorites – lemon cookies, berry and fruit nut mix, peanut crunch, butter toffee caramels and, yes, that amazing caramel popcorn, but the branded tote is the perfect carry-all once the snacks run out.

If you’re all about the cookies, this jam-packed crate of crisps and cookies is the way to go. With classic seasonal flavors including chocolate, lemon meringue, snickerdoodle, mixed berry, cranberry shortbread and, of course, chocolate chip, this oversized cookie delivery will keep your clients and customers snacking all season – and thinking of you with every bite.

And if it’s all about making the ultimate snacking statement, this is it: the Gourmet Snacks Gift Box Tower – yes, tower. This four-tier tower is overflowing with tons of treats perfect for every palate – think lemon cookies, honey mustard pretzel nuggets, peanut brittle crunch, shortbread, chocolate-covered almonds, wafer cookies and more. Tie it all up with a custom ribbon and your tower is good to go – and sure to be the favorite gift this season.

We’ve rounded up even more amazing holiday food gifts here. Have questions? Get in touch to discuss your holiday gift order now!