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Top 10 Holiday Business Gifts for Clients & Employees in 2017


Ready. Set. Give.

We’re here to take the guesswork out of holiday shopping for your potential and current customers. Each year we compile a list of our 10 best holiday products to help you with today’s “now trending” promotions.

Why Should I Invest in Promotional Holiday Business Gifts?

Handing out holiday business gifts helps promote loyalty and sends good cheer for the holiday season. Promotional products are often cheaper than other forms of advertising such as commercials and billboards. In fact, the average cost per impression of an ad specialty is seven-tenths of one cent (beat that expensive TV ad)! Promos have proven time and time again they are loved, used and even reused.

Gifting during the holiday season helps your company or organization rack up potential customers while leaving your current clients with the “warm and fuzzies.” It’s also a great way to demonstrate employee appreciation. Basically, it can make your brand look like a rock star.

How Does ePromos Pick the Best Office Holiday Gifts for 2017?

We’re so glad you asked! Our collection of top corporate gifts for the holidays is brought to you by our very own merchandising team in their infinite wisdom and experience. Based on current trends, historical data and insight of the industry’s leading suppliers, we’ve sifted through thousands of products to deliver the top 10 for 2017.

And here they are:

1. Copper Insulated Water Bottle
Reusable water bottles are perfect for the eco-conscious consumer. This tumbler is insulated with copper and lined with stainless steel to keep cold drinks cold for up to 24 hours and hot drinks hot for up to six hours. Its trendy, sleek and durable design features double-wall vacuum insulation to prevent condensation while the screw-on lid helps prevent spills.

2. Soft-Touch Power Bank
Smartphones and tablets are amazing pieces of technology we just love. Their biggest flaw is the battery never seems to last long enough for our needs. Power banks such as these are the solution to this problem – a must-have for anyone on the go! Customers can keep track of the lithium battery’s life with a built-in capacity light. Its sleek design makes it easy to carry for the convenience of anytime charging out and about. Available in three metallic colors, this vibrant power bank is sure to get noticed. Plus, the gray, soft-touch strip on the end complements the large plastic imprint area calling attention to your logo. Charging cable included.

3. 3 Cubes of Gourmet Pretzels
Food gifts are always a big hit around the holidays. This beautiful presentation allows you complete customization – everything from the design of the sleeve on the box to the individual cubes and labels! And, with three different flavors of chocolate-covered pretzels as well as more “fill and cube” options available, your brand will be truly memorable this holiday season.

4. Tuscany™ Heathered Knit Beanie
Nothing keeps you cozy in the dead of winter like a beanie hat. Made of 100% acrylic knit, this beanie will impress not only with its warmth but also with your logo debossed on a classy, genuine leather patch. Its trendy, retail-inspired design will have your customers begging for more. One size fits most.

5. Carabiner Fidget Spinner
Fidget spinners are trending right now, which means everyone (of all ages) is sure to love this 2-in-1 gift! This “executive” fidget spinner is both a zinc alloy carabiner and a stress-relieving toy. The center disc is securely welded to provide optimal durability for two-minute spins.

6. Tremblant® Knit Jacket
Jackets are another winter favorite. The classic style of this knit jacket will please any of your customers with its comfort and warmth. This retail-inspired coat offers all of the great features they love at a fraction of the cost. Features include trendy thumb exits, an earbud port and a chest pocket – all in one affordable jacket.

7. Laptop Backpack
Timbuk2 does it again with this unique and stylish bag. Made of sturdy 400D polyester, it features a large main compartment, pockets galore, an internal organizer and an in-pocket key keeper. With a ventilated back panel and removable strap, it’s the ideal giveaway for both students and professionals.

8. Leather Journal
In this technology-driven age, hand-written notes are making a come-back, believe it or not. This hand-sewn, full-grain leather journal with 96 natural-lined pages comes in an individually packaged bag for a sophisticated look. Choose from 11 different waxed linen colors for the front cover “X.”

9. PopSocket Phone Grip & Stand
One of the hottest phone accessories will display your logo and allow people to talk hands-free because PopSockets give a grip to your phone. With so many uses it’s sure to gain your brand some recognition and thanks. Customers can use it as a media or video chat stand, texting, tablet or photo grip, and cord wrap – an all-in-one workhorse of a gadget.

10. Drawstring Bag Gift Set
This ePromos exclusive includes an infuser water bottle and lined notebook with pen all conveniently packaged in a heathered drawstring bag. The bag features a zippered pocket to keep valuables secure. The entire kit is available in a variety of colors to match your brand’s style. In addition, you can imprint each item in the gift set – all for just one low setup fee.

Now that ePromos has narrowed your search for the best office Christmas, Hanukah and holiday gifts for 2017, start your holiday-shopping engines, and let the giving begin!


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3 Must-Read Tips For Corporate Holiday Gifts


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You know the adage: It’s better to give than to receive. For businesses, this couldn’t be truer. More businesses are expected to give corporate holiday gifts this year than in the last six years thanks to a steadily improving economy.

Corporate holiday gifts aren’t just a nice gesture – they’re a smart way to strengthen business relationships and get things started on the right foot in the New Year.

Just look at the people on your gift list – your employees, customers, business partners. These are your company’s VIPs. These are the people who impact your revenue stream. It pays to show them some love during the holidays by giving them carefully selected corporate holiday gifts.

If scary visions of bags of money flying out the window are dancing in your head, don’t worry – you don’t have to spend a lot to show your appreciation. In fact, there’s really no hard-and-fast rule at all on how much you should spend on corporate gifts.

The most important thing, nearly all experienced gift-giving business owners would agree, is to give useful items that people actually want to receive.

The holiday season is in full swing, and your employees and customers likely expect a little something from your business. Here are three tips to keep in mind when giving corporate holiday gifts:

 1. Give an experience.

Sometimes the best gifts don’t come wrapped up with a bow – they’re ones that can be experienced. Show your employees and clients your appreciation by treating them to a special experience. Maybe it’s a dinner out or a visit to the spa. The idea is to give them something thoughtful that they can kick back and enjoy.

Ian Aronovich, president and co-founder of GovernmentAuctions.org, gives his employees movie passes for three free movies plus discounts on snacks.

“Seeing a movie in theaters nowadays is an expensive ordeal, so they make a nice treat,” he says. “It’s a great gift to get for your employees to thank them for their hard work and let them know that you appreciate them.”

Aronovich doesn’t give out generic movie passes, though. He gets his company logo stamped on the actual tickets themselves.

“By stamping the tickets,” he says, “it’s a friendly reminder that we’re looking out for them and their interests.”

It turns out many people actually keep their ticket stubs as mementos.So they get to enjoy the experience and have a lasting reminder of your business.

That’s the downside to gifting an experience – once it’s over, it’s over. There’s nothing tangible remaining. Your employees have watched the movie. Your clients have enjoyed that fancy dinner out. They don’t have a physical product to keep afterwards.

An experience is just that – an experience. But you can elevate it into something more permanent by doing what Aronovich has done.

Add your logo to those theater tickets and turn them into mementos of a great night out. Slip a restaurant gift card into a wine glass imprinted with your company logo. When you do this, your business is part of the immediate experience, and your logo sticks around long after the final credits and dessert wine.

 2. Useful gifts simply get more use.

Everybody loves receiving a gift that fills a need. If they find it helpful, they’ll keep it and use it. And, if your company logo is on the item, they will see your name each time they use it.

That’s Katya Constantine’s gift-giving philosophy. For holiday gifts, her company, DigiShopGirl Media, gives external phone batteries customized with the company logo.

“Our clients love these,” she says. “I always want to offer something that our clients will find useful.”

When you take the time and make the investment to give corporate holiday gifts, you want to make sure the items are well-received.

Cell phone-related gifts are ideal since they are used constantly throughout the day. Ninety-one percent of adults have cell phones, according to Pew Research, which means that external phone batteries – also called powerbanks – make incredibly useful gifts. As a result, Constantine’s clients are more likely to hang on to the gift and use it throughout the year.

Of course, there’s always the chance that your customers and employees already have that really great gift you’re excited to give. Some of Constantine’s clients may have phone batteries already. That’s okay.

Think of your corporate gift like a shiny, new toy. If it’s attractive, functional, and the recipient finds it useful, it has a good shot at replacing the original item. It doesn’t matter if it’s a coffee mug or a phone accessory. People are fascinated with what’s new. It’s just human nature.

3. It’s okay to mix things up.

Many companies think they need to have a one-size-fits-all strategy with their gift-giving, but that couldn’t be further from the truth.

If you want to delight your customers and employees, have some fun with your corporate holiday gifts. You don’t have to give the same items every year – and you don’t have to give everybody the same gift, either.

Kassy Perry, president and CEO of Perry Communications Group, gets creative with her holiday gifts by picking out a new theme each year and giving items around that theme. She’s given gifts such as portable grills, car emergency kits, stadium seats, beach towels, and blankets.

Her staff gets in on the action, too. Employees get their photo snapped participating in a holiday activity, and the photos go onto the company holiday card.

Perry has been doing this for 10 years and says: “It’s a blast! Our branded holiday gifts are a big deal to our clients and employees. It’s our major marketing tool each year, and we love doing it as much as our clients love receiving it.”

On deck for this year? Cell phone chargers customized with the company logo and website.

“Depending on the year, we’ll do a larger, more expensive gift for clients, and a smaller gift for our ‘friends and family.’ These are the people who might not be clients, but help contribute to our success,” she says.

You Give, You Get

When you give corporate holiday gifts, you get more out of it than you might think. You spread some holiday cheer, yes, but you also inspire the loyalty of the people who are most important to your business.

The holiday season is a time to show appreciation and to really wow your clients and employees. Give them something special now, and you’re setting the stage for a profitable, successful business relationship in the upcoming year. Here’s where to get the best custom holiday gifts of 2014.

And here are some closing words of wisdom for giving corporate holiday gifts:

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Tell us about your strategy for corporate holiday gifts. Leave a comment below this post!

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One Surprising Perk Of Using Promotional Caps


How many promotional caps do you own? If you’re like me, you can never have too many. Let me explain.

I was sitting in a Paul Mitchell Hair Salon with my 3-year-old, trying to get his hair cut. He hates the clippers so we can never get his hair trimmed. After spending $20 on a haircut that didn’t quite get the job done, I took the boy home and gave it a shot myself.

I was doing so well … until the guard came off the clippers.

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So here are the positives on this home hair cut:

1)      There are no family pictures anytime soon.

2)      He’s three, so he won’t remember mommy giving him a bad haircut.

3)      All things being considered, it didn’t look that bad.

4)      It will grow back quickly.

5)      There is always a cap! (It makes him look cute anyway.)

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Oh, how I wish I had been allowed to wear a cap back in the late 1980s.

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Check out our infographic that explains just how important caps can be to your marketing campaign … or your bad haircuts.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Promotional Calendars: 7 Stats You Didn’t Know


You know the basics about promotional calendars. They keep your logo around for months on end, they’re perpetually useful, they’re offered in all kinds of sizes, styles, and designs, and so forth.

But did you know that calendars are the longest-lasting promotional items around? Or that they’re most popular with older consumers?

Take a look at our infographic with more useful tidbits about the promo that everyone loves to keep: the calendar.

Here’s a tip for you: Don’t wait until December to get in your calendar orders. Get started now so they’ll be ready to go long before 2015 rolls around. This way, you’ll have the best shot at securing your customers’ wall or desk space.

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The 14 Greatest Promotional Gifts For Grads (That They’ll Actually Want)


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Have you ever considered giving promotional gifts to new grads? Some 1.8 million college grads are entering the workforce this spring – and promo gifts are just the way for your brand to get on their radar.

New grads might turn out to be potential customers, or who knows, they might even end up working for you. Make sure they know about your business – and that they feel positively about it.

The key is to give grads something useful.

They’re moving up from the college world to the working world, and the right promo items can help them transition (while getting your brand some nice exposure in the meantime).

Here’s a look at 14 of the best promotional gifts for grads in 2014:

 

1. A functional custom laptop bag.

custom laptop bag

However they were schlepping their stuff in college likely won’t cut it anymore. Help new grads appear polished and professional in the workplace with a great-looking laptop bag.

 

2. A handy promotional travel tumbler.

promotional tumbler

Now that grads are commuting to the office or job interviews, they’ll appreciate a sophisticated, attractive way to sip their morning coffee.

 

3. A stylish custom jacket.

custom jacket

As they pack up their university logo hoodies and sweats for more corporate-ready apparel, think about giving grads a promotional jacket they’ll be proud to wear around the office and to client lunches or after-work drinks. Consider a tone-on-tone logo so the branding is subtle.

 

 

4. A promotional lunch bag with some flair.

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They’re not eating in the dorm cafeteria anymore. New grads will get a lot of use out of a fashionable, reusable lunch bag – and you’ll be helping them save money on lunches out, too.

 

 

5. A promotional picture frame.

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Help new grads spruce up their workspace or new digs with a custom photo frame. It’s best to go neutral – think silver or black – so it meshes in any corporate environment.

 

 

6. A custom business card holder.

promotional business card holder

When grads land a job after college, it’s exciting getting that first batch of business cards. A stylish business card holder lets them display their professional chops while keeping your logo always visible.

 

 

7. A gourmet food gift.

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After years of Ramen and mac and cheese, grads will welcome a more sophisticated snack. You could opt for an elaborate gift basket or keep it simple with individual packages of treats. Even better if the food gift includes another promotional item like a mug, box, picture frame, or cutting board.

 

 

8. A cool promotional speaker.

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Gone are the days of blasting music from their roommate’s computer. Give grads a sleek, portable way to listen in their cubicle or at home.

 

 

9. A sophisticated custom coaster set.

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As grads upgrade from the hand-me-down furniture of their college years, give them a way to keep their new stuff looking spiffy. Custom coasters are a creative way to give your logo a permanent home on grads’ coffee tables.

 

 

10. An engraved promotional pen.

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Whether it’s a job interview or an important meeting, new grads exude professionalism when they pull out a sleek-looking writing instrument. And, hey, they don’t have to be expensive to be expensive-looking.

 

 

11. An interesting custom desk accessory.

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Give grads a unique promo item for the desktop and your brand becomes a topic of conversation in the office. Just make sure it’s functional or it’ll never get used (or seen).

 

 

12. A custom cell phone charger.

custom power bank

Nobody wants to stay tethered to the wall while their phones charge. And nobody likes packing a gazillion power cords while traveling. Grads will get a ton of mileage out of a promotional cell phone charger or power bank.

 

 

13. A professional-looking custom padfolio.

custom padfolio

Grads can use a promotional padfolio to transport resumes and cover letters to job interviews, and when they do score that first gig, it comes in handy in the workplace, too.

 

 

14. A nice promotional corkscrew.

promotional corkscrew

Cheers to new grads! Since dollar beer nights are in their past, they can make the shift toward more refined imbibing with a custom corkscrew.

 

So, there you have it: 14 great promotional gifts for grads that’ll be useful to them in their new endeavors and provide excellent exposure for your business.

What would you add to the list?

Photo credit: Thompson Rivers via photopin cc


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Corporate Gift Ideas For Every Holiday


The holiday season is no longer limited to just Christmas time. Today’s society celebrates holidays big and small. From National Cupcake Day (December 15) to Boss’s Day (October 16), there’s no shortage of celebration. With that in mind, there are plenty of opportunities to market your brand in terms of creative corporate gift ideas. From client gifts to rewarding your hard-working staff, corporate gifts are an easy way to show gratitude. More importantly, creative holidays, such as National Teacher Appreciation Day (May 6), can also be used to further market your brand and expand business.

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Laptop Bags – The Corporate Gift Idea They Will Love

When coming up with corporate gift ideas, functionality is just part of the equation. Investing in gifts that receive exposure will help employees show off their company pride as well as bring attention to your brand. Custom laptop bags and backpacks offer a resourceful and innovative gift idea. What better way to market your brand and give employees a carrying solution for their work necessities and personal items? An employee’s bag will be seen by everyone the bag’s owner comes in contact with from home to the office and vice versa. Custom laptop bags also give your workforce a uniformed look at the office and out in the field, which adds instant company banding.

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Power Up With Cell Phone Accessories

A new and popular corporate gift idea comes in the form of cellphone accessories. It’s no secret that a large majority of Americans own a cellphone, in particular, a smartphone. These devices accomplish incredible things, however, anyone who enjoys mid-day Twitter updates or battling it out with Candy Crush can tell you that battery life can be an issue. Consider supplying your workforce with custom cellphone chargers brandished with your company logo. This item will impress your staff and provide them with the convenience of having their phones charged throughout the day.

A custom cell phone case, complete with the company logo and name, also makes for a memorable holiday present. Offering protection and style, logo cell phone cases for the iPhone show off your brand and provide an easy way to keep your company front of mind. Finding great corporate gift ideas is easy with ePromos. Whether it’s for Christmas or National Margarita Day (February 22), impress your staff or clients with the ultimate gift next holiday.