We’re Going Back to the Basics

Lately it’s all about the trends—what’s cool NOW, or must-haves for 2020. But what about the basics that you’ll always need? Whether you’re a start-up, on-boarding a new team member (remotely or in the office), running an event or re-filling supplies for your office staff, you will always need the basics. Here’s our lineup. It’s short list, legit—products that have more than earned their spot in the promotional premium hall of fame. Let’s start with the office essentials…

The Legendary Sticky Note

Sure, chances are you take notes and jot down numbers directly in your smartphone most of the time. But think about it—when was the last time you couldn’t dig up the sticky note affixed to your computer or office phone?


Those good old fashioned BiC® Sticky Notes aren’t going anywhere fast—for a reason. Invented by accident back in the late 1960s (3M® scientist Spencer Silver accidentally created an adhesive that had a certain “removability characteristic”) and perfected over the years, these office essentials really caught on in the 1980s, when sales went through the roof.

As we move further away from physical paper into the digital sphere, it’s easy to forget about these convenient little notes—but don’t underestimate the power they still have to help you build and run your business. These branded sticky notes are a wonderful, inexpensive promotional item you can hand out at trade shows, use as giveaways, and just keep around the office. We offer full-color, 3″ x 3″ Sticky Notes, adorned with your business name, logo or an inspirational phrase. Whatever it is that you want to portray. The world is your oyster!

The Classic Notebook

From meetings to conferences, to the grocery store and beyond, you can always rely on a classic spiral-bound notebook to help you keep track of every detail (and to keep you from losing your mind). If you’ve scribbled up and down every page of your current notebook and are in search of the perfect replacement, check out our assortment of notebooks, journals and jotters.

They’re the perfect canvas for lists, quick thoughts, meeting notes, and more (or meeting doodles—we don’t judge). Decorate them with your message and gift them to your new employees or your most loyal clients. No matter who the recipient is, they’ll definitely get use out of a practical notebook—and you’ll get brand recognition as an added bonus.

You Can Never Have Enough Pens

Ballpoint pens, gel pens, stylus pens – pens: you always need them, yet they’re always going missing. Needless to say, you can never have enough pens lying around the office, at home, or in your bag. Whether you pass them out to clients as gifts, or you write miles of notes every single day, custom pens are equal parts useful and brand-building. Each promotion pen, in fact, generates about 3,000 impressions over its nine-month life! Embellish them with your logo, choose from a wide variety of colors, and use them in gift bags, at trade shows, and even for yourself or your team at the office!

These office essentials are just the beginning. Let’s also mention the out-of-office essentials your clients can’t live without, starting with…

Lip Balm

Did you know your lips are one of the most sensitive areas of skin on your body? And when it comes to skin cancer, no measure of prevention is too little to consider—and that’s why it’s always a good idea to have an SPF lip balm on hand, even when you’re indoors.

Our various choices of Lip Balm are the perfect way to promote your brand and promote good skincare habits at the same time. Imprint each one in full color, and pass them out to employees, at outdoor promo events, in customer care packages, and more. And the best part? These promotional lip balms come in various flavors such as citrus, coconut, vanilla bean, peppermint, to name a few!


It goes without saying that an umbrella is essential in everyone’s life—so why not take advantage and use it to promote your brand? Every city restaurant can sell them. Every hotel can use them in rooms and in lobbies. The possibilities are endless for promotional umbrellas. Choose from a wide variety of color combos, sizes and uses.

Umbrellas are the ultimate weather-bearing, brand-building promotional item that’s perfect for giveaways, outdoor events, and client gifts. Our most recent fav? The Inverted Umbrella.

The Perfect Carry-All

Whether it’s to the gym, to the beach, at a trade show or even to work, Drawstring Bags are completely versatile. Their large space provides ample room for belongings of any kind, and their large imprint areas can display logos in one or many colors. There are so many different models to choose from, making them a classic choice where you can’t go wrong.

So, if you’re ready to get back to basics? Call us, the Promo Know-How People to get started.

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