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by Cathy Houston Cathy Houston on August 31, 2015

Employee Incentive Ideas: 10 Promotional Products They'll Love

Show employees your appreciation with these 10 rewards.


In terms of running a successful business, I believe that rewarding employees is just as important as delighting customers and finalizing sales. Employee rewards don't always have to mean giving them a raise or awarding them with a fancy trophy engraved with their name and achievement. Promotional products serve just as well as employee incentives.

Employees have said themselves that they like promotional products as awards and incentives, are motivated to win the awards, and work hard to win awards according to a study done by PPAI. It works like this: you define a specific goal or objective for employees to achieve. For instance, you may challenge employees to accumulate 15 business leads through a landing page they create on a blog article. Whoever generates 15 leads in the shortest amount of time receives a promotional gift.

Now for a real life example. American Eagle Outfitters motivates sales associates to utilize exceptional customer services skills to make the biggest sale of the day by offering the winning associate a free clothing item of their choice. What a great way to motivate employees to be the best they can be all while generating sales.


Get inspired to choose valuable gifts with my 10 employee incentive ideas below.


1. Branded Writing Pad

Logo PadfoliosYour employees will find value in this professional product. The branded Metropolitan Writing Pad is a great gift for employees who like to take notes and keep organized. This high-quality product is made of leather which makes for a unique imprinting process that will make your brand name and logo stand out on a professional backdrop. This promo item also comes with a pen attached to the front cover. And on the inside, you can include a personal message to the outstanding employees. GET IT HERE.


2. Custom Ogio Jack Pack

Custom Messenger Bag

This sleek bag will seriously motivate employees. The custom Ogio Jack Pack is a messenger style bag with a lot of desirable features: a padded laptop sleeve, one main compartment with multiple pockets, digital media/audio pocket with a headphone port, a back pocket, and an adjustable padded shoulder strap. Employees will love toting this high-quality bag to and from work after receiving it as an incentive. GET IT HERE.


3. Promotional Metallic Flare Earbuds

Promotional Earbuds

Everybody loves music, so high-quality earbuds are a perfect gift for any employee. The promotional Metallic Flare Earbuds are made of a dense metal that allows for a quality sound. This gift comes in a microfiber pouch that can clean smartphone screens and carry the earbuds. GET IT HERE.


4. Personalized Frame Rectangle Large Hardcover Journal Book

Custom Notebooks

Here's a more simple writing gift for employees who don't want all the bells and whistles of the branded writing pad. The personalized Frame Rectangle Large Hardcover Journal Book is great for employees who like to keep organized. It includes an important contact page and a three year calendar. It comes with a heavy coated insert page visible from a window in the front cover that displays your intricate logo. The front cover comes in multiple colors to go with your logo. GET IT HERE.


5. Customized Ogio Big Dome Duffel

Logo Duffle Bag

Here's another awesome Ogio bag! The customized Ogio Big Dome Duffel is great for employees who do a lot of traveling for your business. It has a large packing space for going to the gym or on a short trip. Includes one large compartment, a ventilated shoe compartment, and padded handles, and is made of all metal hardware. GET IT HERE.


6. Logo Slazenger Fit Pedometer

Logo Slazenger Fit PedometerPromoting a healthy work environment is a great way to show employees you care. Employees will find value in the Slazenger Fit Pedometer because it offers many different functions including a step counter, distance traveled, a belt clip, and sleep mode. Another appealing quality of this pedometer is its ultra-thin body design that makes for a sleek look. Your logo will appear imprinted above the tracking window. Further customize this product to your brand by picking from a blue or gray trim. Batteries are included. GET IT HERE.


7. Branded Clarity Cotton Cooler Sack

Custom Cooler Lunch Bags

Give employees a unique cooler they can use anywhere. I like the branded Clarity Cotton Cooler Sack because of its simple look and because of how useful it is. Take it to the beach, the office, anywhere! It has a velcro flap closure and an open front pocket for maximum storage. The inside is lined with insulated PEVA to keep food and drinks cold. Imprint your logo on the fresh cotton to give your brand a natural feel. GET IT HERE.


8. Personalized Game Day Stadium Blanket

Custom Sports Blankets

Here's a great incentive for your sport loving employees! The personalized Game Day Stadium Blanket is perfect for sitting on hard bleachers or for wrapping yourself in warm. It also folds easily into an included nylon bag with carrying straps as a well as a place to store your phone. Made of cozy fleece, pretty much any employee would appreciate this warm blanket. Comes in black, navy, red or royal blue. You can choose from color imprint, embroidery, or four color process printing when it comes to your logo. GET IT HERE.


9. Promotional Game Day Cup with Lid

Promotional Cups

This cup goes perfectly with the above item! Made of Eastman Tritan material (a special material that prevents condensation to keep your hands dry and drinks cold), the promotional Game Day Cup is durable and Game Day ready. This cup also works with hot beverages and includes a lid to prevent spilling. Choose from five unique metallic colors as the backdrop of your logo. Your employees will appreciate this sturdy cup that doubles as a mug for hot liquids. GET IT HERE.


10. Custom Ifidelity Groove Bluetooth Speaker

Logo Bluetooth Speakers


Bluetooth speakers are so convenient; they let you stream music from a smartphone or MP3 wherever you go! Employees will love the custom Ifidelity Groove Bluetooth Speaker and will tote this item with your logo wherever they go - picnics, parties, at home, or in the office. Give employees something they'll definitely want. GET IT HERE.

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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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