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by Cathy Houston Cathy Houston on July 3, 2015

All About Custom Printed Umbrellas

Thinking of ordering promotional umbrellas? Here's what you need to know.


Custom umbrellas are a promotional product that many people don't consider when planning an event or ordering branded items. The truth is, promotional umbrellas are essential promo items to have on hand. Before you order, consider a couple of factors.

Custom Printed Umbrellas

Course Vented Golf Umbrella

Here is what you need to know:

  • Custom printed umbrellas aren't necessarily used as giveaways. Although you can find some promotional  umbrellas for cheap, the average price is too high for them to be used as handouts.
  • Umbrellas have a wide price range. Some cost $40, others can be as low as $5. It all depends on what you're using them for.
  • Many promotional umbrellas have an imprint area located in one panel.

Now that you're aware of the basics, review my answers to some frequently asked questions I get when clients are ordering branded umbrellas.

Frequently Asked Questions

Q: What are custom printed umbrellas used for?

Personalized Umbrellas

A: Customized umbrellas are typically ordered for outdoor events, gifts, or simply as a branded item to keep around the home or office. These functional promotional products are great employee or customer appreciation gifts. Another great use for umbrellas would be at a company picnic or golf tournament. Rain or shine, it's important to be prepared.

Q: What types of promotional umbrellas are there?

A: There are standard size custom printed umbrellas, the kind you're used to buying for personal use. There are also full-size golf umbrellas, extra large umbrellas that cover a lot of ground! Golf umbrellas come in two different categories: Folding and Golf.

Q: What features do custom printed umbrellas have?

A: Many umbrellas are labeled as "folding." This just means they fold down to a smaller size for portability. Another common feature on custom umbrellas is an "automatic opening." Some promo umbrellas even include wrist straps and foam grips so they're easier to hold onto. More features include:

Vented: Vented umbrellas are equipped to deal with high winds. They have vents, or an opening in the fabric, that allow wind to escape to keep you dry and your umbrella functional.

Lights: Some umbrellas can light up! I've seen an umbrella with a flashlight handle, and we sell an umbrella with an LED Lighted Shaft.

Wooden Handles: A nice feature some people like to have on their umbrellas is a wooden handle. We have many genuine wooden handle umbrellas available in our collection.

Safety: Some of the features on safety umbrellas include reflective material, lights, and extra sturdy poles. Below, you'll find the Clear View Auto Open Safety Umbrella that features brightly colored canopy with a transparent panel for high visibility, reflective strips, and a wrist strap.

Logo Umbrellas

Clear View Auto Open Safety Umbrella

Fashion: Lastly, "fashion" means umbrellas with some serious style. They are more about the look of the umbrella rather than the function.

Q: What materials are personalized umbrellas made out of?

A: The main materials that umbrellas are made out of are pongee, polyester, nylon, and polyester pongee. Pongee is a thin woven cloth. These materials work best with silkscreen imprinting for logos.

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Cathy Houston

Written by Cathy Houston

As an innovative forward-thinker who looks beyond traditional promotional products, Cathy takes pride in finding unique products that meet her clients’ needs while integrating seamlessly with each aspect of their marketing strategy.

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