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Why Brands Are Customizing Plush


Plush animals have a way of wrangling their way into your heart—and never leaving. Let’s all take a moment to reflect on that childhood teddy bear (okay, maybe yours was a dog, an elephant, a koala, etc.) that safeguarded you from bad dreams and hurt feelings by simply being the most adorable, lovable, squishy friend you could ever have. Plush animals provide comfort; something we could all use right about now. In this piece, we’ll discuss why customized plush animals make a terrific promotional gift from your brand—for kids aged zero to 100.

Why Your Brand Should Use Promotional Plush Animals 

Plush Animals Are Universally Loved

There aren’t many promotional gifts that work for all ages as well as plush animals do. A child will be delighted; an adult will appreciate the customization of it (team/company logo/colors that make it mean more)—and hey, they can always pass it on to a child in their life. But, don’t assume adults won’t keep a plush for themselves—84% of men and 77% of women own at least one stuffed animal. And since all plush products are CPSIA compliant for children ages 0 and up, you can rest assured whomever will be doing the snuggling won’t have to worry.

Plush Animals Are High Quality

A plush animal is a higher quality gift, especially when you consider price points. You can find many at only a few dollars apiece, yet they’re wonderfully durable. They can’t break and are easy and cost-effective to mail. Frankly, it’s pretty darn hard to break one, like this high quality knit plush teddy bear. Additionally, plush animals are long-lasting. People may keep them for years and they’re as cute on day one as on day 1,000.

Plush Animals Prominently Display Your Logo

When looking for an item that clearly displays your logo, plush animals are the way to go. For starters, if an animal is part of your brand, it’s wonderfully complementary (and potentially a literal symbol of your industry); for example, a dairy company opting for a plush cow. Some of our most popular choices include:

Further, your brand/logo can be customized on any number of accessories on the plush animal, like a tiny cap, t-shirt, bandana, and more. You can also fully customize the colors used to match your brand’s artwork.

Fun fact

 “Teddy Bear” was named after President Theodore Roosevelt. During a hunt he came across a defenseless black bear. He refused to kill the animal. The story was heard by a toy maker who decided to make a stuffed bear and call it “Teddy Bear”. An extra fun fact is that Roosevelt didn’t like being called Teddy at all.

Uses for Promotional Plush Animals

Plush animals are a fun way to (literally) show your brand’s softer side. They’re perfect for any number of celebrations and events. A few ideas below…

Holidays

Gifting a customized plush animal as a holiday gift is a playful touch for clients and employees alike. In particular, Valentine’s Day and Christmas are especially good holidays to gift a plush animal as they are more tender celebrations. To really spruce up your holiday gift and leave a lasting impression, consider pairing a plush animal with some custom chocolates—a totally sweet pair.

Trade Shows

A custom plush will stand out at a trade show as a unique giveaway, which is what all brands seek at these events. Another bonus of gifting plush animals at trade shows is they typically require some level of travel for participants, meaning parents have to leave their kids for a few days. Gift a plush toy that they can bring home to their children (and serve as a reminder of your brand). Even for adults without kids, plush animals can be a thoughtful gift. They’ve been linked as a stress reducer when traveling. In fact, 1 in 4 men are said to travel with a stuffed animal.

Corporate Gifts

Looking to spread some internal brand love and spirit? Consider gifting a plush animal as a corporate gift to employees. This could be to welcome new hires, commemorate a certain number of years with the company, or to celebrate the team hitting a landmark number, like all-time-high year-end sales. A cute plush animal is a great way to boast morale, not to mention to spruce up any workspace.

Charities and Tournaments

If your brand is involved in any sort of friendly competition or tournament, often to raise money for a charity or other good cause, consider having plush animals made to commemorate the fun day. This is an especially great gift if the event is family-friendly, as you’ll have a gift that will appeal to all ages. Throughout the year it will serve as a reminder of the fun day. If it’s an annual event, the plush animal can change each year to become a collectible for employees. If it’s a bigger event, consider including a plush animal in any gift or sponsored prize basket.

Hospitals

Should your business find itself working in a hospital or other medical setting, consider gifting plush animals. They can be wonderfully uplifting gifts for children in the hospital, who need comfort and some joy more than ever. A cute plush animal is the perfect gift—and it’s also practical and appropriate in a hospital setting. Check out these cuddlers, which are plush animals with a soft blanket attached. Not only are they adorable, but they will help keep patients warm and cozy in cold hospital rooms.

Custom plush animals are a fun, lighthearted promotional gift for clients and employees alike—and, as mentioned throughout, perfect for folks of all ages. While quarantining during COVID-19, teddy bears were seen as part of the “Teddy Bear Hunt” trend, where kids would mimic the famous storybook by Michael Rosen, “We’re Going on a Bear Hunt” around their neighborhoods.

And If You’re Looking to Give Back

The “Hey Buddy™ Bear” was created in memory of Francis “Fran” Ford, Jr. The Hey Buddy Bear was designed with hearts on its paws and a “Hey Buddy” imprinted t-shirt (which comes in almost every possible color). A portion of the proceeds from the sales of the Hey Buddy Bear go to the Promotional Productions Education Foundation, a scholarship fund available to promotional products employees and their children. 

With tons of different choices and total customization available, ePromos is ready to get to work on your plush animals. Scroll through our website, give us a call or email, or check out our live-chat feature right on our homepage. Our dedicated representatives are ready to walk you through each step of the process to ensure you have a smooth and happy experience ordering your next batch of customized plush animals from ePromos.


 


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Fidget Flip Stick Custom Stress Reliever


Our Fidget Flip Stick Stress Reliever

Our Fidget Flip Stick Custom Stress Reliever

Move over fidget spinners and fidget cubes, and make room for the latest craze in skill toys. The fidget flip stick, rolling stick, tabletop recreation,  wood roller, decompression rod…whatever you call this amazing new fidget amusement doesn’t matter. What matters is your business needs this new desktop toy that will challenge the child in all of us. You need to fit this trade show giveaway into your marketing budget. Branded fidget flip sticks are magical (not in the mystical sense) in that they will charm customers to your booth or exhibit.

The design is simple, but there are endless possibilities that will test your creativity and dexterity. Beginners can simply tip over the toy, let it flip and catch it with their fingers. Playing with this rollover toy is not only fun, but can sharpen your focus whether you are playing alone or with friends.

This simple handheld wooden toy was originally designed to test an individual’s balance and focus. Now, it is testing the dexterity of fast-fingered flippers everywhere.

Stress Relief!

As with other fidget toys, the fidget stick may help with concentration and imagination. The player gently touches the stick to move it into a somersault. This simple play method coupled with the smooth mechanics of the design helps to alleviate stress and decrease anxiety. Office workers, business owners, field workers, doctors, engineers and even students benefit from this fidget toy because it have a calming effect on the player. These gadgets will bring a unique attraction to any trade show, desktop or coffee table because they are played with individually or with friends for great entertainment.

Similar to other fidget diversions, a flip stick will fit into the palm of your hand. They are portable because they easily fit in a pocket or purse. They are small enough to be discreet, therefore they can be taken out to play at a desk.

Do you need a conversation starter at a trade show? People tend to wonder what in the world you’re playing with, and when you show them some tricks, it’s instant bonding.

If you want to improve hand-eye coordination for your sports team, the spinning stick will help out. Your team will have a great time while improving their hand-eye coordination, focus and dexterity. Set up the team brackets because these fidget toys are great for a bit of friendly competition, too.

If you want to have a crew-building event, one game is passing the fidget toy from one person to the next. Remember, playing with the stick is very therapeutic, as long as you don’t get too competitive. The games will be filled with concentration and laughter.

How to use:
1. Place your fidget toy, upright, on a hard, flat surface
2. Gently tip it over and watch it flip
3. Continue to watch it flip over and over again

Practice makes perfect. Once you get the hang of it, you can get creative and start inventing your own unique tricks!

There are different skill levels for the fidget flip stick: basic, advanced and expert. The fidget roller stick is designed to automatically flip upright every time it tips over. If you tip it with a bit more force, you can flip it twice. Try flipping it twice with one hand and stopping it at the standing position with the opposite hand. If you tip it hard enough, it will flip around many times over until it hits an obstacle, slows down to an upright stand or falls off the desk.

Test our skill with these beginner tricks:
• Single flip
• Double flip
• Flip it from one hand to another
• Spin it on its side and stop at the center
• Flip from one person to another
• See how many flips you can make it do across the desk.
• Now faster!

The flip stick is constructed with quality wood and has silicone ends. The dimensions are 3.5” x .8” x .8” with an imprint area of 2” x .5”. Your logo will stand out against the bright white background and the rounded contour emphasizes your brand. The fidget stick has a hollow center and has extra solid material at both ends, acting as weights. The end pieces come in five bright and bold colors: red (akai), blue (aoi), yellow (kiiroi), white (shiroi) and black (kuroi).

Branded fidget flip sticks are perfect for all your customers. Or, you can hand out these budget-friendly giveaways at a tradeshow, convention, conference or education fair. These fidgeting devices will certainly make a long-lasting impression on everyone! Take a look. You won’t be disappointed.


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Joupi Toy Stores: Promotional Shopping Bag


Check out this cute promotional shopping bag from Joupi, a French toy retailer. The store’s slogan is “Expert in Children Smiles”, and these bags bring that tagline to life. Each bag features an unhappy looking kid imprinted on the side. When the bag is filled with toys and lifted by the handle, a rotating insert built into the bag transforms the dejected faces into happy smiling ones! This is a great interactive custom bag that’s sure to capture attention and put a smile on customers’ faces! Click below to watch this imprinted bag in action:


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Custom Puzzle: Faces Will Be Rearranged


Today I’m keeping with yesterday’s theme of custom puzzles. What I like about these recent campaigns is that they use promotional puzzles as more than simple entertainment for recipients. These customized scrambler puzzles do some proactive marketing for products and events. In this case Duco Events imprinted the faces of two fighters going head-to-head in an upcoming bout. The tagline printed on the puzzle promises fans that “faces will be rearranged.”

This awesome interactive promotion garners much more attention than a traditional print ad would for the same event. This is one of those perfectly-executed campaigns that make you think long and hard about the most creative use of your marketing and advertising budget.

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Siemens: Compact Dishwasher Puzzle


To communicate the main selling point of their new line of compact appliances, Siemen’s enlisted the help of a unique promotional puzzle. Usually these puzzles have a large picture broken down into separate tiles that have to be arranged in order. In this case, each product was imprinted on it’s own separate tile to show customers that the appliances could literally “fit anywhere” in their kitchens. No matter where the recipients slide the tiles, the imprinted appliances fit perfectly!

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Stand At Attention


The last time we saw toy soldiers, Monster.com was urging us all to find new jobs. This time, the toy soldier promotion isn’t playing around. This package of what looks like soldiers was sent to UNICEF supporters and potential corporate sponsors. The “soldiers,” however, aren’t really soldiers at all. Each one of the figurines is actually a child doing things like riding a bike, reading a book, playing soccer, and other childhood activities. The message is that there are too many children being forced into combat in developing countries, especially on the African continent. This powerful promotion does a good job of raising awareness about the situation.

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