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by David Houston David Houston on July 6, 2016

15 Badass Promotional Products Your Boss Will Love

These products are anything but boring! 

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Calling all marketers! We know your struggle.

It’s time to order new promotional products for an event, giveaway or gift, but the hundreds of options you scroll through online are simply not inspiring.

They’re predictable.

They’re old hat.

Frankly, they’re boring.

It’s time to stop accepting the same old promotional products as a given. Let’s get out of the rut we’ve dug for ourselves and break free from the box we’ve put ourselves in.

Promotional products don’t have to be boring…they can be badass! We’ve put together a list of 15 badass promotional products your boss—and your recipients—will love.

What makes these products badass?

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They're Unexpected

These are not the kinds of products you’ll find on the homepage of any typical promotional products site. They’re fresh ideas that demand to be seen.

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They Break All the Rules

You probably didn’t even know you could imprint your company’s branding on some of these items!

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They're Unapologetically Cool

These products have all the bells and whistles that take people by surprise and make them say “Woah.”

 And now, here are the products:

1. Bumpster

Badass Promotional Products

What is the “Bumpster,” you ask? It’s a compact wireless Bluetooth speaker that produces a strong, crisp sound for your listening pleasure. The Bumpster speaker comes with a rechargeable battery with a life of 10+ hours; that's a lot of listening time! The imprinting space for your logo appears uniquely on the aluminum top, which makes for a creative branding option that will really make your logo stand out. Josh Lucash, the inventor of the Bumpster, explains how it works:

 

2. SHARPDRAW Pencil

Useful Promotional Products

Tools are surging in popularity in the promo world. They're the perfect marketing giveaway for so many industries because of their usefulness. Plus, it's just plain cool to have your company's logo imprinted on a tool. This particular product from Alexander Tools is called the SHARPDRAW Pencil, and it’s a professional grade wood carpenter pencil. It comec omplete with some seriously useful special features, like a steel pocket clip and a slider button that allows for automatic lock-in place design.

 

3. Yeti Rambler Tumbler

Yeti Rambler Tumbler

Yeti is one of the biggest names in drinkware today, and for good reason. Their products are tough, durable, and beautiful. This 20 oz. laser engraved Yeti Rambler Tumbler is absolutely perfect for any situation, from exploring the outdoors to traveling to work in the morning. Yeti products are stainless steel and vacuum insulated to keep hot drinks hot and cold drinks cold. Dent-resistant and dishwasher safe, the Yeti Rambler Tumbler is a gift that will last for years to come. 

 

4. Wenger® Bound Journal

Logo JournalI know what you’re probably thinking – how can something as simple as a journal be a stand-out promotional item? This is no ordinary journal. Wenger are well-known and highly regarded makers of Swiss watches and executive business gear. Having a Wenger journal as a branded promotional item is an instant signifier of quality and professionalism.

The Wenger® Bound Journal serves as a valuable gift to show your company’s appreciation for the recipient. Features include 80 sheets of lined paper and an elastic band to keep it closed. Your logo can be color-printed or stamped on the front cover for a professional look. 

 

5. Fjällräven Backpack

Fjallraven Backpacks

If you want to align your brand with consumer trends, Fjällräven Backpacks are the way to go. These backpacks are an extremely popular product trend among teens and 20-somethings. This brand is getting a lot of hype right now, so it's pretty cool that their products are available to use for branded merchandise. 

The Fjällräven product pictured here is called the Räven 20 a popular style that comes in 10 trendy colors including Lake Blue, which is pictured above. Made of recycled polyester and organic cotton, this backpack features a zippered opening for the spacious main compartment, a compartment for laptop transportation, a small fleece-lined pocket, padded shoulder straps, and leather handle grip.

 

6. Survival Tool

Promotional Survival ToolHere’s a product that practically embodies usefulness! It’s called the survival tool, and it features 15 functions in one tiny tool. Here’s a list of some of the features:

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Can opener

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Knife edge

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Screwdriver

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Ruler

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4 wrench sizes

Best of all, this useful item comes in a custom black pouch to imprint your brand logo.

 

7. Socket2Me

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Give away a promotional item that’s perfectly on-trend and put the power of home automation in your recipient's hands. The Socket2Me lets you control lights and other appliances with an app on your phone, even when you’re not home. You can even schedule tasks in advance to manage your energy use and simplify your life. With a full-color digital imprint on its face to display your brand, home automation has never looked so good.

8. King Cobra VR™ Viewer

King Cobra VR Align your brand with the latest technology and innovation by imprinting your logo on the King Cobra VR Viewer. Show your recipients a whole new world with this full-size headset designed to shield external light, enhancing the realism of the virtual reality they’re seeing on-screen. Let users interact with games and apps using the built-in trigger. Attract visitors to your next trade show booth or event with the fun of virtual reality!     

 

9. Pantone Matched Folding Sunglasses

Folding Sunglasses

You may have seen promotional sunglasses before, but these have to be some of the coolest promotional shades available. These Folding Sunglasses are fully customizable, allowing you to create a complete brand experience with full-frame printing and Pantone color matching. Best of all, these sunglasses easily fold into a custom pouch, making them super portable while maximizing your brand exposure.

10. Sherpa 11-oz Vacuum Tumbler & Insulator

Sherpa Tumbler

We have these tumblers at our own company, and all of our employees love using them! The double-wall construction, vacuum insulation, and clear lid with slide closure all work to make the Sherpa Tumbler a truly useful to-go mug. One of the features our team loves the most is the fact that these 11 ounce tumblers are the perfect size to fit under a Keurig. A rainbow of colors is available to match your brand, and your design can be printed around the full surface.

 

11. Oreo Logo Delight

Oreo Logo DelightI don’t know who could dislike these yummy treats! These Oreos covered in white chocolate are a complete departure from the usual branded edibles. It's not just the wrapper or the packaging that gets the promotional treatment--your full-color logo is imprinted directly on top of the cookie. 

As we mentioned in our blog about logo chocolates, edible promotions are a universal crowd-pleaser because they’re a heartwarming, personalized gift. Your brand will definitely be remembered for this tasty treat!

 

12. SHOLDIT Convertible Infinity Scarf  

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This scarf is more than stylish--it can stash your stuff! Each scarf comes complete with a built-in zippered pouch for holding cell phones, wallets, cash and more. Imagine the possibilities for wearing the SHOLDIT convertible infinity scarf for traveling, sporting events, concerts, evenings out, and beyond. Choose a solid color that reflects your brand, or create a custom design.

 

13. Laptop Shoulder Bag

Promotional Laptop Shoulder Bag

Laptop bags are essential in the working world, so promote your company with an item that is truly useful. This laptop shoulder bag by Onsight Equipment is truly a built to last accessory that stands far apart from similar items of lower quality. Completely waterproof, this bag features a mesh padded shoulder strap and a padded computer sleeve. To please eco friendly recipients, this bag is made of 60% recycled materials. It also comes in 3 sizes to fit your needs: micro, midi, and grand.

Bags are the highest generators of impressions in the U.S. when it comes to promotional products. Just think about it: everywhere the recipient takes your bag, your brand is making impressions with everyone that sees it. That's what I call an effective promotion!

 

14. Leatherman Super Tool ® 300 Multi Function Tool

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What is more badass than having the power of a huge variety of tools right in your pocket? You can trust the Leatherman name to deliver a top quality, majorly useful tool that does it all. The compact size means you’ll always have the right tool on hand. The Super Tool includes multiple types of pliers, screwdrivers, and wire cutters, plus an electrical crimper, wire stripper, plain and serrated knives, saw, awl, ruler, bottle opener, and metal file.

 

15. California Innovations 12 Pocket Can Cooler

Promotional Coolers

The reason this California Innovations cooler is unlike any other is because it can hold up to 12 cans in the main compartment with room for another two in the thermal drink pockets on the top. However, this cooler is more than just storage friendly--it has functional benefits, too! It features high-density thermal insulation with leak-proof PEVA lining. Various imprinting options allow for a product fully customized to your brand.

 


What's next?

Now that you've got some awesome ideas for badass promotions, how are you going to use them? Here are some ways in which you can put these products to use:

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Employee Appreciation Gifts

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Employee Incentives

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Client Appreciation/Gifts

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Branded Merchandise

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Office Promotions

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Corporate Event Promotions

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Trade Show/Event Giveaways

With these promotion ideas in your arsenal, your marketing strategy is sure to send a powerful message about your brand's ability to please your employees and customers.

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David Houston

Written by David Houston

David’s 30 years of marketing experience bring valuable insight into every aspect of a company’s marketing approach. He naturally sees the bigger picture and has a strategic approach to marketing that is laser-focused on measurably growing his clients’ businesses.

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