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  • Madeline Haney

Trade Show Giveaway Ideas - Best Summer Swag

Updated: Apr 29, 2022

Whether in person or virtually, this summer is the perfect time to reintroduce your brand to potential customers, clients, or recruits. Giveaway items are a great way to promote your brand and maintain brand recognition throughout the year. Promotional giveaway items can be distributed at events, industry conferences, and in so many more ways.

Depending on how you plan to distribute the giveaway swag, it may be beneficial for you to review our guides breaking down all the custom branded goods you need to make the most of that corporate or fundraising event.

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It's time to reintroduce your brand

To help your brand stand out from the crowd, we have curated a list of recommended giveaway promo products for Summer. These items were chosen for their affordability, usefulness, and how they connect to current consumer trends.

Eco Friendly Promotional Products

Less of a trend and more of a way of life, a focus on eco-friendly products is here to stay. That's why we've gathered options that are either made with recycled materials or offer a replacement to single-use plastics.

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Pocket Sticky Note Pack

The cover is made of 75% pre-consumer recycled materials, making it a more eco-friendly promotional product. The small size allows for easy transport, perfect for those who have a mix of work from home and the office.

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Telescopic Drinking Straw Kit

A growing trend for the last few years has been reusable straws. This kit is designed for ease of travel by including the telescoping stainless steel drinking straw with a cleaning brush all in a protective case. Great for using on-the-go instead of single-use, disposable plastic straws.

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Bento Lunch Box

Fashionable design meets a traditional bento box that lets you carry your meals in style. Its natural bamboo lid that can be used as a chopping board. Ditch the single use sandwich bags for this fun branded alternative. Microwave, freezer, and dishwasher safe (without lid).

Sustainable T-shirts

Feel your impact in this crazy-soft sustainable tee that uses an equivalent of up to 6 recycled plastic water bottles. Get your brand out there on an Allmade shirt which features 50% recycled polyester, 25% sustainable Tencel Modal, and 25% organic cotton. Review our ink guide to weigh the eco impact of ink types.

Custom Calming Fidget Toys

A trend which has been growing over the past few years, fidget toys are not only for children. Adults can also benefit the from the anxiety relief and mental boost provided by fidget toys.

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Push Pop Bubbles

The latest trend in fidget toys are silicon push pop bubbles which provide a stress relief similar to popping bubble wrap but without all the waste. It encourages focus and self-soothing for users with anxiety, attention disorders, and boredom.

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Anti-Stress Putty

A childhood favorite with real benefits in reducing stress, relieving tension, and boosting attention. The stretchy, tactile putty gel is packaged in a handy and professional looking round tin.

Top Hobbies

With the increased time spent at home, many people developed new hobbies or revisited old favorites. At home fitness, gardening, and baking all grew substantially with the public with no sign of this trend slowing down anytime soon.

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Fitness Resistance Bands

At home fitness has exploded over the past year. Resistance bands offer the opportunity to build muscle or improve mobility almost anywhere due to their compact and lightweight form. These three bands within your branded pouch offers the opportunity to connect with people through their interests.

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Flower Pot Set with Marigold Seeds

Gardening has also bloomed as people spent more time at home. Great for the home or the office, the flower pot made from reclaimed renewable materials including bamboo and corn fiber. Each set includes a flower pot/planter, compressed soil wafer and Marigold seed packet.

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Customized Whisk

Cooking and baking from home also had huge growths over the past year and will continue to stay popular as home cooks utilize their newfound confidence in the kitchen. Make your brand a part of their daily routine with a fun, brightly colored whisk with stainless steel handle.

Custom Athleisure Apparel

An already growing trend which has only been accelerated by lockdown for Covid-19 is athleisure wear. Athleisure wear provides comfort, style, and versatility. Perfect for lounging around the house, going to brunch, or getting fit.

Branded T-Shirt

A comfortable t-shirt is an inexpensive giveaway with huge potential to generate brand awareness. Good design combined with the right shirt could make your tee a crowd favorite. Our t-shirt quality guide can help you find the right shirt for your brand.

Custom 1/4 Zips

A branded 1/4 zip pullover provides year round comfort and elevates your brand from the crowd. These pullovers are a favorite of golfers, runners, and anyone who likes to lounge in style.

Branded Outdoor Gear

With limitations on in-person gatherings and the need to maintain social distance, outdoor activities and interest in spending more time outdoors has had major growths in popularity.

Roll-Up Picnic Blanket

Perfect for Saturdays in the park. This rolled blanket with handle is lightweight and easy to carry. Let your branded giveaway items become a part of your audience's favorite moments with friends and family.

Custom Cooler

Coolers are a summer staple for picnics, barbeques, camping, and much more. Represent your brand with something durable, high quality, and lasting.

Branded Tumbler

A hot item in recent years is the travel tumbler with double wall insulation to keep your drinks hot on a wintery morning and cold in a sweltering summer. Not only is it a great product but one of the most customizable to fit your brand needs.

Next Steps

Promotional giveaway items do not have to be junk that your target audience throws away when they get home. By choosing the right items for your audience, you can add value to their lives while spreading your brand message. Our account representatives can help you find the perfect items for your next event, trade show, or client swag bag.

NOTE: Be aware there have been delays in shipping and inventory shortages across the industry due to Covid-19. The earlier you can begin the process with us the better we can navigate any uncertainties and ensure your order arrives with no stress. We're committed to our values and strive to "Always Deliver".

Let's work together to get your brand in the hands of the people!

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