Introducing The New Now

“THE ISSUE” CONTINUED is part of my “Special Trend Report” series. This series is a collection of my favorite new promotional products & trends from the recent PPAI Expo in Las Vegas.

BONUS This report features products from two of my favorite trends. Trend “OUT OF THE BLUE & Trend “MARBLE MOMENT“. Be inspired & define your brand style with these must-haves.


 

EOS SMOOTH STICK LIP BALM
MADE IN THE USA 
EVERYTHING IN YOUR CAMPAIGN GOES “SMOOTHLY” WITH THE EOS™ SMOOTH STICK LIP BALM! FALL IN LOVE WITH A LIP BALM THAT COMBINES PURE, REFRESHING MOISTURE WITH THE SWEET FLAVOR OF FRESH VANILLA.

DUO BOTTLE W/ SPF 30 SUNSCREEN & SPF 15 LIP BALM
 MADE IN THE USA 
THIS DUO BOTTLE IS THE PERFECT TRADESHOW & CONFERENCE GIVEAWAY & IT’S GREAT FOR CO-BRANDING.

PILOT FRIXION(R) LIGHT HIGHLIGHTER
ERASING THAT WORKS! HIGHLIGHTS BRIGHT, ERASES CLEAN!

PILOT  ECO BOTTLE TO PEN
WORLD’S FIRST PENS MADE FROM RECYCLED BOTTLES. LOVE THE BRIGHT BARRELS WITH MATCHING INKS.

PHONESOAP
 DID YOU KNOW YOUR PHONE HAS 18 TIMES MORE BACTERIA THAN A PUBLIC RESTROOM? WITH THE PHONESOAP CHARGER & SANITIZER YOUR LIFE IS GOING TO BECOME A LOT MORE GERM FREE. PHONESOAP IS THE FIRST OF ITS KIND AS IT SANITIZIES YOUR PHONE WHILE IT CHARGES. IT CAN ALSO CLEAN YOUR KEYS, CREDIT CARDS, JEWELRY & MUCH MORE. DESIGNED TO FIT & CHARGE ANY PHONE. BUILT-IN ACOUSTIC AUDIO AMPLIFIER SO YOU CAN STILL HEAR YOUR PHONE RING WHILE IT’S INSIDE. PROVEN ON DISCOVERY CHANNEL’S SHOW “MYTHBUSTERS” & FUNDED ON ABC’S SHOW “SHARK TANK”

 

CLEARLY COOL WATER FLASK
UNIQUE & TRENDY RECTANGLE DESIGN LOOKS JUST LIKE A FLASK. EFFICIENTLY FITS INTO LAPTOP BAGS, PURSES & MORE. PLUS, IT’S DISHWASHER SAFE!

TREND OUT OF THE BLUE

DENIM 20″ BARREL DUFFEL
BACK BY POPULAR DEMAND, THE DENIM DUFFEL BRINGS A LEVEL OF COMFORT IN BOTH TEXTURE & STYLE. NATURAL COTTON HANDLES & PERMANENT ADJUSTABLE SHOULDER STRAP HELP YOU CARRY THIS DUFFEL THROUGH THE STREETS OR COUNTRYSIDE.


NEXT LEVEL UNISEX DENIM FLEECE FULL-ZIP HOODY

THICK STITCH ACCENT CAP

TREND MARBLE MOMENT

TWO-TONE MARBLE LOOK MUGS
EXTERIOR HAS A MATTE FINISH WITH A MARBLE EFFECT TO HELP SHOW OFF YOUR LOGO. PLUS, THEY ARE DISHWASHER SAFE!

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Introducing 16 For 2016

WELCOME TO “THE ISSUE” 
This year’s PPAI Expo in Las Vegas made a statement with 1,500 exhibiting companies, more than 3,300 booths & thousands of promotional products on display. 2016 is the year branded merchandise caught up with fashion!

Here’s your first look at everything newsworthy for 2016.


 

FULL COLOR IMPRINT TODDY CABLES LIGHTNING TO USB

 PRETTY SURE EVERY PERSON ON THIS PLANET USES THEIR CHARGING CABLE DAILY…SO BRANDING THIS ITEM IS A NO BRAINER! FULL-COLOR IMPRINTED APPLE® MFI CERTIFIED TODDY LIGHTNING™ CHARGE & SYNC CABLE. INCLUDES FULL-COLOR, DOUBLE-SIDED IMPRINT. PHOTO-QUALITY IMPRINT WITH A LIFELIKE QUALITY FOCUSED ON PRECISION, COLOR, & HIGH-DEFINITION DETAIL.


 

46″ UMBRELLA WITH COLLAPSIBLE COVER

 THE COLLAPSIBLE COVER MAKES CLOSING AN UMBRELLA SUPER EASY!


 

 

APPEEL JOURNAL

THIS JOURNAL IS MADE FROM APPLE RESIDUALS & OTHER VEGETABLE FIBERS THAT ARE GROUND & EMULSIFIED INTO AN ORGANIC PAPER, WITH AN ECO-PEEL COVER. PLUS, IT SMELLS LIKE REAL APPLES!  

SHARPIE CLEARVIEW HIGHLIGHTER

KNOW WHEN TO STOP! NOW WITH A SEE-THROUGH TIP, FOR PRECISE HIGHLIGHTING.

CUSTOM WINEO WINE STOPPERS

MADE IN MICHIGAN! ENGRAVE OR FULL-COLOR UV PRINT ANY LOGO. THE PATENTED DESIGN LEAVES NO CORK CRUMBS & ALLOWS NO OXYGEN PERMEATION. YOU CAN STORE THE BOTTLE VERTICALLY OR HORIZONTALLY WITH THIS STOPPER.

COTTON 22″ WEEKENDER DUFFEL

 LOVE THE CLASSIC LOOK OF THIS ICONIC COTTON WEEKENDER STYLE DUFFEL.

STRETCH-FIT MESH BACK CAP

LOVE THE MESH STRETCH-FIT!

GOLDEN GATE STRETCH BAND

INEXPENSIVE, VERSATILE & PORTABLE. HAVE A GREAT WORKOUT ANYWHERE!

VISION ELITE PEN

FULL COLOR WRAP IMPRINT!

ALTITUDE PEN
2 IMPRINT LOCATIONS!

GROTTO CERAMIC MUG 16OZ


GEOMETRIC GLASS BOTTLE 20OZ

TUMBLING TORCH

THIS EGG-SHAPED 5 LED LIGHT IS HANDY FOR PORTABLE LIGHTING. IT TURNS OFF & ON BY TAPPING ON A HARD SURFACE FOR EASY ACTIVATION.

RADIAVATURE 21 LED SILICONE FLEX LIGHT

BEND, FOLD, WRAP, HOOK OR MAGNETICALLY ATTACH IN ALL DIFFERENT POSITIONS! 21 LED LIGHTS WITH 3 FUNCTIONS, SILICONE & ABS & WATERPROOF!

FINE SOCIETY 3-IN-1 WORK-GYM TOTE

 BE THE STYLISH, INNOVATIVE PROFESSIONAL WITH THIS FINE SOCIETY 3-IN-1 GYM TO HOME MODULAR TOTE. THIS TOTE INCLUDES 3 BAGS IN ONE WITH A  PROFESSIONAL TOTE (INCLUDES LARGE MAIN COMPARTMENT WITH A PADDED COMPUTER POCKET, SIDE PANE ORGANIZER, FRONT & BACK D-RINGS, & FRONT SLASH POCKET), A GYM TOTE  (INCLUDES A LARGE MAIN COMPARTMENT WITH BOTTOM ZIPPERED DROP POCKET FOR SHOES, ADJUSTABLE STRAPS ON THE BOTTOM FOR A YOGA MAT, SIDE MESH WATER BOTTLE POCKET, & A LARGE FRONT SLASH POCKET.) & A LUNCH COOLER.

STORMTECH DONEGAL REVERSIBLE HOODY
CONSTRUCTED WITH A POLYESTER KNIT MELANGE OUTER SHELL & A REVERSIBLE SHOWERPROOF D/W/R COATED FABRIC, BRUSHED TRICOT HAND WARMER POCKETS, & A QUILTED LINING FOR INCREDIBLE COMFORT, WARMTH & STYLE.

 

Meet The Masons

MEET THE MASONS
These standout mason jars will give your brand some serious style. Plus, as a Mercury Insider Member, you get exclusive savings on these styles.


MASON MUG WITH COLOR LID & HANDLE
MIN. QTY. 48 | WAS $7.59 NOW $6.59
16 oz glass mason drinking jar with handle with threaded polypropylene lid & soft straw.

STAINLESS STEEL MASON MUG
MIN. QTY. 48 | WAS $9.99 NOW$8.99
30 oz h2go single wall 18/8 stainless steel water bottle with threaded lid & black drinking straw. Retail gift box included.

MASON MUG WITH COLOR LID
MIN. QTY. 48 | WAS $6.99 NOW$5.99
25 oz tritan copolyester mason jar with color threaded acrylic lid & matching straw.

DOUBLE WALL MASON MUG
MIN. QTY. 48 | WAS $7.99 NOW$6.99
18 oz double wall acrylic mug with accent threaded lid & matching straw.

EXCLUSIVE LIMITED TIME PRICING
VALID THROUGH JULY 31, 2015 WHILE SUPPLIES LAST.
PRICE INCLUDES 1 COLOR IMPRINT. SETUP CHARGES APPLY.
CONTACT YOUR MERCURY ACCOUNT MANAGER FOR DETAILS.

In The New Take Four

IN THE NEW TAKE FOUR
My Special Trend Report series continues! Check out more of my favorites from the PPAI Expo in Las Vegas.


 

THE NEW HOME

 SILICONE BOTTLE STOPPER SET
PRICE AS LOW AS $4.98

SILICONE GRILLING MITT 
PRICE AS LOW AS $9.98

MASON JAR SALT & PEPPER SHAKER SET
PRICE AS LOW AS $7.98

ADJUSTABLE APRON 
PRICE AS LOW AS $7.48

UTILITY SCISSORS WITH MAGNETIC HOLDER
PRICE AS LOW AS $6.14

LOVE THE FULL COLOR IMPRINT OPTION & MAGNETIC BACK THAT MAKES FOR PERFECT STORAGE.

 

THE NEW SECURITY

GADGET GRIPS KANGA PROTECT
PRICE AS LOW AS $4.49

IWALLET PLUS THE ADDED SECURITY OF RFID BLOCKING TECHNOLOGY. IDENTIFICATION BLOCKING (RFID BLOCKER) TO PROTECT YOUR CREDIT CARD INFORMATION, & KEEP IT SAFE FROM HACKERS & IDENTITY THIEVES. STORES CREDIT CARDS, CASH, DRIVER’S LICENSE, & EVEN KEYS. SPANDEX FABRIC STRETCHES TO SECURELY HOLD FIVE OR MORE CARDS. NON-SLIP GRIP DOTS ADD SECURITY, KEEPING YOUR PHONE SAFE FROM SLIPPING & SLIDING. INSIDE DIVIDER MAKES TWO POCKETS FOR SORTING CARDS. PROTECTS THE BACK OF YOUR PHONE FROM SCRATCHES, BUMPS & DENTS. SECRET HIDDEN COMPARTMENT, UNDER THE FOLD, SAFELY STORES EMERGENCY CASH. PATENTED 3M ADHESIVE KEEPS IT SECURELY ATTACHED TO YOUR PHONE, LEAVES NO STICKY RESIDUE. EASY TO MAIL.

 

KRYPTONITE RFID CASE
PRICE AS LOW AS $2.99

EFFECTIVELY BLOCK UNWANTED SCANNING & KEEP YOUR DATA SAFE WITH THE KRYPTONITE RFID CASE. HOLDS UP TO 10 CARDS WITH SNAP LOCK CLOSURE. LIGHTWEIGHT ALUMINUM OUTER WITH PLASTIC INNER TO PREVENT UNAUTHORIZED ACCESS TO PERSONAL INFORMATION BY RFID READERS.

 

THE NEW BYO

RETRO LUNCH BOX
PRICE AS LOW AS $4.25

I HAVE ALWAYS HAD A THING FOR THIS TIMELESS CLASSIC LUNCH BOX & WAS THRILLED WHEN ONE OF MY FAVORITE SUPPLIERS INTRODUCED IT TO THEIR LINE! THIS METAL LUNCH BOX IS A FUN, EYE CATCHING ADDITION TO ANY PROMOTION. PLUS, CLASSICS STICK AROUND FOREVER. AVAILABLE IN 2 SIZES, 3 COLORS & THE OPTION OF FULL COLOR DECAL OR DIRECT PRINT.

 

SOUP CUP
PRICE AS LOW AS $2.59

REHEAT OR FREEZE SOUP, STEW OR OTHER LEFTOVERS IN THIS 24 OZ. CAPACITY POLYPROPYLENE CUP. IT FEATURES A SNAP-ON LID WITH SILICONE SEAL & VENTILATION HOLE & AN ERGONOMIC HANDLE. IT’S MICROWAVABLE & BPA-FREE.

 

MICRO BREW SIX COOLER
PRICE AS LOW AS $12.99

SIZED PERFECTLY FOR A 6-PACK OF YOUR FAVORITE BREW! IRIDESCENT RIPSTOP MATERIAL IS STRONG & EYE-CATCHING. FRONT POCKET & MATCHING KEY-RING BOTTLE OPENER.

 

THE NEW PAW-RIFFIC

PET WIPES IN CANISTER
PRICE AS LOW AS $0.99

TENNIS BALL THROWER
PRICE AS LOW AS $1.99

PET DRY SHAMPOO
PRICE AS LOW AS $1.20

HAPPY DOG LEASH
PRICE AS LOW AS $7.25


In The New Take Three

IN THE NEW TAKE THREE

YES, I’m still reporting my favorites from the PPAI Expo in Las Vegas! Health and Wellness is my focus this week. Wellness in the work place has been on the rise. The US spends more than double the worldwide average on public health, making health & wellness a great investment for companies & their employees.

 

THE NEW H20

CITRUS ZINGER
PRICE AS LOW AS $12.95

DRINKING WATER MAY BE HEALTHY, BUT IT DOESN’T HAVE TO BE BORING. GIVE YOUR WATER A ZING BY INFUSING IT WITH THE FLAVORS & NUTRIENTS OF FRESH CITRUS. THE CITRUS ZINGER ENCOURAGES A HEALTHY DIET & WILL HAVE YOU EXPLORING ALL KINDS OF FLAVOR COMBINATIONS TO KEEP YOUR TASTE BUDS ZINGING!

PILL ORGANIZER WATER BOTTLE
PRICE AS LOW AS $9.49

INTRODUCING THE NEW, SLEEK “IN STYLE” PILL ORGANIZER & WATER BOTTLE COMBINED. THE PRACTICAL, MODERN WAY TO KEEP YOUR PILLS & WATER ORGANIZED.

BOBBLE®SPORT WITH TETHER CAP 22oz
PRICE AS LOW AS $9.98
MADE IN THE USA

SPORT-LIFESTYLE READY WITH SOFT-TOUCH INTEGRATED CAP & EASY CARRY HANDLE. TALL & SLIM DESIGN TO ACCOMMODATE BIKE & CAR CUP HOLDERS. UNIQUE GRIP TEXTURE FOR EASY CARRYING. PATENTED SLEEK REUSABLE WATER BOTTLE FILTERS AS YOU DRINK. INCREASED FILTER FLOW RATE. REPLACEABLE CARBON FILTER THAT REMOVES CHLORINE & ORGANIC CONTAMINANTS FROM MUNICIPAL TAP WATER. 1 FILTER = 300 WATER BOTTLES. BPA FREE, PHTHALATE FREE & PVC FREE

THE NEW KEEP IT CLEAN
CHARACTER SANITIZER SPRAY
PRICE AS LOW AS $1.25

STAND OUT FROM THE CROWD WITH THE NEWEST HAND SANITIZER SPRAY. THE UNIQUE CHARACTER CLIP IS THE PERFECT WAY TO ACCENT YOUR BRANDING FOR ANY THEME OR INDUSTRY.  IMPRINT YOUR LOGO ON A BEAUTIFUL FULL COLOR LABEL ON THE SPRAY BOTTLE & CHOOSE YOUR CAP CHARACTER FROM  STOCK LIBRARY OF ADORABLE LITTLE PEOPLE. THIS SANITARY ACCESSORY COMES IN A .33 OUNCE / 10 ML TRANSLUCENT FROSTED TUBE & HAS A PLEASANT CITRUS SMELL.

SQUEEZE POUCH SANITIZER
PRICE AS LOW AS $0.85

AWESOME NEW PACKAGING! GREAT FOR THE FITNESS ENTHUSIAST OR EVEN TO TAKE THROUGH AIRPORT SECURITY. PORTABLE, COLLAPSIBLE, AND PERFECT FOR CUSTOMERS ON THE GO, GIVE THEM SOMETHING TO HANG ONTO.

THE NEW BRAND AID
T-SHIRT BANDAGE DISPENSER 
PRICE AS LOW AS $0.75

LOVE THE T-SHIRT DISPENSER

BANDAGE DISPENSER 
PRICE AS LOW AS $0.70

LOVE THE BRIGHT COLORS

FASHION FIRST AID KIT 
PRICE AS LOW AS $2.18

ZIPPER TOP CLOSURE TO KEEP ITEMS SAFE. AMENITIES INCLUDE: 1 IBUPROFEN PACK, TWO 3/4″ BANDAGES, 1 MINI BANDAGE, 2 ANTISEPTIC TOWELETTES & 1 ANTACID.

THE NEW HOT & COLD
SERENITY GEL HOT/COLD PACK
PRICE AS LOW AS $1.79

PACK CAN BE USED AS A HOT OR COLD COMPRESS. FOR HOT PACK, SIMPLY PLACE IN MICROWAVE CONTAINER WITH WATER FOR 30 SECONDS UNTIL REACHING THE REQUIRED TEMPERATURE. FOR USE AS A COLD PACK, PLACE IN THE FREEZER FOR 2 HOURS. EACH PACK HAS PRINTED INSTRUCTIONS ON THE BACK.

THE NEXT BIG THING
INTRODUCING THE ALL NEW ZEN LINE

FEATURING: ESSENTIAL OILS, DIFFUSERS, HANDMADE SOAP, BATH SALT & CANDLES.

WHY ESSENTIAL OIL?

THE SURGING POPULARITY OF ESSENTIAL OILS & AROMATHERAPY MAY SEEM LIKE A NEW AGE TREND, BUT THEY’VE ACTUALLY BEEN AROUND FOR CENTURIES. THROUGHOUT HISTORY, ESSENTIAL OILS HAVE BEEN USED FOR THEIR THERAPEUTIC BENEFITS.

AROMATHERAPY IS A TOOL WE CAN USE TO POSITIVELY IMPACT OUR MOOD & CREATE A MUCH HAPPIER STATE OF BEING.

CONVENIENT & QUICK & EASY TO USE.  WEAR THEM DURING THE DAY, DIFFUSE THEM IN YOUR HOME OR WORK PLACE, OR SIMPLY KEEP THEM IN YOUR POCKET.

I’M OBSESSED WITH:
LAVENDER
A FRESH, FLORAL, HERBACEOUS AROMA HAS A LONG STANDING HISTORY OF THERAPEUTIC USES FOR MIND & BODY. A WONDERFUL RELAXING AID, SKIN SOOTHING PROPERTIES & ALSO A FOOD ENHANCER. TRADITIONAL USES: BALANCE, STRESS, EARACHES, HEADACHES, HIVES, INSECT BITES, BEE STINGS, MENTAL CLARITY, RELAXATION, SUN BURNS & MORE.

PEPPERMINT
A STRONG, DISTINCT, CLEAN, FRESH, MINTY AROMA IS POPULARLY KNOWN TO HELP OPEN UP RESPIRATORY PATHWAYS & AID IN DIGESTIVE FUNCTION. TRADITIONAL USES: ALERTNESS, CONGESTION, ENDURANCE, HEADACHES, JET LAG & MORE.


In The New Take Two

IN THE NEW TAKE TWO is part of my “Special Trend Report” series. This series is a collection of my favorite new promotional products and trends from the recent PPAI Expo in Las Vegas.CLICK HERE to view part one “IN THE NEW


 

THE NEW TECH

ROUND CHARGER W/ WRIST STRAP

PRICE AS LOW AS $8.99

ULTRA SLIM POWER BANK 

PRICE AS LOW AS $15.99

THE NEW SHADES

CAMO SUNGLASSES

PRICE AS LOW AS $1.63

TEAM SPIRIT SUNGLASSES

PRICE AS LOW AS $1.89

THE NEW DRINK

MASON JAR TUMBLER WITH INFUSER
PRICE AS LOW AS $3.99
MADE IN THE USA

MY FAVORITE 20 OZ. “AT HOME” MASON JAR-SHAPED TUMBLER HAS BEEN UPDATED! NOW IT FITS IN MOST CAR CUP HOLDERS, FEATURES OUNCE CAPACITY MARKINGS & HAS AN INTEGRATED FRUIT INFUSER.

THE SIR CERAMIC MUG
PRICE AS LOW AS $7.48

YOU MUST DASH TO GET THIS SUPER FUN CERAMIC MUG! LOOKS LIKE YOU’RE SPORTING A MUSTACHE WHEN YOU TAKE A SIP. PEDESTAL BOTTOM & C-HANDLE. CHOOSE BETWEEN COLOR IMPRINTING OR OUR CUTTING EDGE DISHWASHER SAFE LASER DECORATING METHOD.

CONTIGO SHAKE & GO FIT
PRICE AS LOW AS $7.98

28 OZ SINGLE WALL PLYPROPYLENE BOTTLE WITH ROUNDED BOTTOM & WEIGHTED MIXING BALL FOR EASY MIXING & CLEANING WITH FLIP TOP THREADED LID & CARRYING HANDLE.

THE NEW WRITING
SHARPIE GEL HIGHLIGHTER
PRICE AS LOW AS $1.55

SHARPIE PRODUCES YET ANOTHER TECHNOLOGICAL BREAKTHROUGH WITH THE SHARPIE GEL HIGHLIGHTER. THE ADVANCED GEL HIGHLIGHTING SYSTEM WON’T BLEED THROUGH PAPER SURFACES, INCLUDING GLOSSY & THIN PAPERS, AND IT PROVIDES OUR STRONGEST SMEAR PROTECTION ACROSS PEN & MARKER INKS & INK JET PRINTOUTS. UNCAP WHAT’S INSIDE WITHOUT WORRY – THE SHARPIE GEL HIGHLIGHTER WILL NEVER DRY OUT – AND IT WRITES AS LONG AS A TRADITIONAL PEN-STYLE HIGHLIGHTER.

LYNKTEC TRUGLIDE COMBO STYLUS WITH RETRACTABLE PEN
PRICE AS LOW AS $9.48

RETRACTABLE PEN & STYLUS COMBINATION FOR ULTIMATE CONVENIENCE. PREMIUM PATENTED CONDUCTIVE FIBER TIP. DURABLE, ACCURATE, SMOOTH WRITING STYLUS. RUGGED HEXAGON BARREL. CHROME ACCENTS. BLACK BALLPOINT INK CARTRIDGE. LYNKTEC BOX INCLUDED.

THE NEW NEXT BIG THING
CITY CUT & SEW
MADE IN THE USA

TAKE EVERYTHING YOU KNOW ABOUT PROMOTIONAL PRODUCTS & TURN IT INSIDE OUT!

CITY CUT & SEW IS A COLLABORATION BETWEEN PROMOTIONAL PRODUCTS SUPPLIER NUMO & PRODUCT DESIGNER & CREATIVE DIRECTOR, ANGIE DAVIS.

THE PROJECT COMBINES THE SKILLED CAPABILITY OF A COMPANY WITH OVER 30 YEARS EXPERIENCE IN CUT-AND-SEW MANUFACTURING WITH DAVIS’ MINIMAL APPROACH TO PRODUCT DESIGN, FOCUSED ON QUALITY MATERIALS & WELL-CRAFTED CONSTRUCTION.

THE RESULT IS A NEW APPROACH IN THE PROMOTIONAL PRODUCT INDUSTRY: TO PUT THE QUALITY OF THE PRODUCT FIRST. BY KEEPING THE CLIENT BRANDING DISCREET & INTEGRATED INSIDE THE PRODUCT, CITY CUT & SEW AIMS TO PROVIDE PROMOTIONAL PRODUCTS THAT ARE RESPECTFUL, THOUGHTFUL & WILL BE CARRIED FOR YEARS TO COME.

EVERY TIME YOUR USER OPENS A SLEEVE OR A BAG WITH YOUR LOGO ON THE INSIDE, THEY’LL BE REMINDED THAT YOU’D RATHER WHISPER TO THEM THAN SHOUT TO THE MASSES.

I’M IN LOVE WITH THE CUSTOM-PRINTED LINING ON THE INSIDE FEATURING YOUR LOGO OR BRAND NAME!


In The New

IN THE NEW
After years in the industry, I still look forward to seeing suppliers take risks. I was very impressed with my favorite suppliers and the exciting new products they introduced at this year’s PPAI Expo in Las Vegas.

TRENDS TO WATCH
Inspirational patterns and geometric designs offer new and fun ways to brand the classics. New imprint methods put a spin on brand essentials. Advances in mobile technology items. Retail brands and retail lookalikes everywhere.

Here’s your first look at everything newsworthy in the world of branded merchandise.


 

THE NEW TECH

GIGA CHARGER WITH POWER CHECK 
PRICE AS LOW AS $24.98

LOVE THE LED DIGITAL POWER INDICATOR THAT SHOWS EXACTLY HOW MUCH CHARGE REMAINS WITHIN THE POWER BANK.


WIRELESS WATER RESISTANT SPEAKER 
PRICE AS LOW AS $22.00

MUSHROOM USB COMPACT CAR CHARGER 2.4 
PRICE AS LOW AS $6.99
THE NEW SHADES

MIRRORED SUNGLASSES
PRICE AS LOW AS $2.25

BOTTLE OPENER SUNGLASSES
PRICE AS LOW AS $2.50
THE NEW OFFICE
DESK SET
PRICE AS LOW AS $15.00

 UP YOUR STANDARD WITH THIS FUN DESK SET. BRAND THE COMPLETE SET OR BRAND ONE OF THE ITEMS.  SET INCLUDES TAPE DISPENSER, TRAY, STAPLER & PEN CUP. ITEMS ARE ALSO SOLD INDIVIDUALLY.


NEON EDGE NOTEBOOK
PRICE AS LOW AS $2.99

WOODGRAIN COVER JOURNAL
PRICE AS LOW AS $4.95
BUILD YOUR OWN BALLPOINT STYLUS PEN
PRICE AS LOW AS $3.50

WITH OVER 1700 DIFFERENT COMBINATIONS POSSIBILITIES, YOU CAN BE AS CREATIVE AS YOU WOULD LIKE. FIRST, CHOOSE YOUR GRIP COLOR, THEN CHOOSE YOUR DOT COLOR, THEN YOUR CAP COLOR. LASTLY, APPLY A CUSTOM LOGO TO YOUR PEN. NOW, ADMIRE YOUR MASTERPIECE!

THE NEW DRINK
GLASS MASON JAR WITH COLOR LID
PRICE AS LOW AS $5.19

25 OZ. SINGLE WALL GLASS SQUARED MASON JAR WITH COLOR LID & SOFT STRAW.

VORTEX STAINLESS
PRICE AS LOW AS $10.99

16 OZ DOUBLE WALL COPPER LINED VACUUM INSULATED PILSNER.


11 OZ SQUARE MUG
PRICE AS LOW AS $3.25

CERAMIC MUG W/ SILICONE HANDLE
PRICE AS LOW AS $7.50
LITTLE BUDDY
PRICE AS LOW AS $1.53

 ADD A POCKET TO YOUR KOLDER KADDY! CHOOSE FROM 31 NEOPRENE COLORS, STOCK PATTERNS, OR SEND US YOUR OWN!

THE NEW FUN
WHIZZIE™ SPOTTERTIE™
PRICE AS LOW AS $0.39

GET CREATIVE WITH THE SILICONE WHIZZIE™ SPOTTERTIE™. THEY ARE GREAT FOR ORGANIZING CABLES, CORDS & WIRES OR EVEN KEYS. USE THEM AS WINE GLASS MARKERS OR LUGGAGE SPOTTER TAGS. CHOOSE FROM MINI & MAX SIZES IN DIFFERENT SHAPES. CLEVER AND PRACTICAL!

MOOD GRIP PEN
PRICE AS LOW AS $0.85

PLASTIC MOOD GRIP CHANGES COLOR WITH THE HEAT OF YOUR HAND.

FOOSBALL DESKTOP GAME
PRICE AS LOW AS $14.98

NO GAME ROOM? NO PROBLEM! THE LIGHTWEIGHT FOOSBALL DESKTOP GAME ALSO KNOWN AS TABLE SOCCER ALLOWS YOU TO MOVE THIS POPULAR GAME FROM ROOM TO ROOM AT HOME OR PLAY WHILE SITTING IN YOUR OFFICE.

THE NEW TOTE
RUME XPOSE CROSS BODY TOTE
PRICE AS LOW AS $3.00

MACHINE WASHABLE, WATER RESISTANT & HOLDS 50 LBS. UNLIKE OTHER TRADESHOW BAGS, XPOSE HAS LIFE AFTER THE EVENT AS IT BECOMES A MACHINE WASHABLE TRAVEL LAUNDRY BAG, GIVING 10X THE NUMBER OF IMPRESSIONS FOR THE SAME BUDGET. TRANSLUCENT WHITE RIP-STOP POLYESTER PROVIDES BRILLIANT CANVAS FOR FULL-COLOR DYE-SUBLIMATED BRANDING.

HORIZONS LAMINATED SHOPPER
PRICE AS LOW AS $2.68
THE NEW IMPRINT METHOD
FULL-COVERAGE DEBOSSED IMPRINT OPTION

DON’T LIMIT YOUR IMAGE TO A SMALL BRANDING AREA. WITH THE NEW FULL-COVERAGE DEBOSSED OPTION YOU CAN USE THE ENTIRE COVER TO GET YOUR MESSAGE ACROSS. CREATE YOUR OWN DESIGN OR PICK FROM ONE OF THE MANY PRE-DESIGNED TEMPLATES.AVAILABLE ON SEVERAL OF MY FAVORITE SPECTOR JOURNALS!


 

In The Hood

IN THE HOOD
Every brand should have a hooded sweatshirt in its closet. This staple isn’t just for sweating. It’s classic, practical, trendy and comfy. Seriously, what other item of clothing is so versatile? From standout stripes to bold colors, I rounded up the most stylish hoodies from my favorite suppliers. Here, the ultimate selection!

 BONUS: Hoodies offer a generous imprint area for any number of clients and applications. And if they’re high-quality garments, you can be sure recipients will wear them frequently. ASI research shows 70% of U.S. consumers keep outerwear because it’s useful.


BELLA + CANVAS – UNISEX POLY/COTTON HOODED PULLOVER SWEATSHIRT

I AM IN LOVE WITH THE DESIGNER-WORTHY MARBLE & DIGITAL FLEECE COLOR OPTIONS. INCREDIBLY SOFT & RELAXED UNISEX PULLOVER PERFECT TO WEAR EVERYDAY.
ALTERNATIVE UNISEX COLORBLOCKED ECO-FLEECE HOODED FULL-ZIP

MADE OF ALTERNATIVE APPAREL’S FAMOUS ECO-FLEECE. THE COLOR & CONTRAST ON THIS ONE MAKES IT A MUST-HAVE HOODIE.
HOODED RUGBY PULLOVER

THIS CLASSIC UNISEX RUGBY-INSPIRED PULLOVER HOODIE COMES IN EYE-CATCHING STRIPES. MADE OF SOFT JERSEY COTTON, IT INCLUDES A LINED HOOD, HEAVY-DUTY TWILL PLACKET & RIB-KNIT CUFFS.
J. AMERICA – TAILGATE POLY FLEECE HOODED PULLOVER SWEATSHIRT

THE TAILGATE HOODIE IS ONE OF THE GREATEST INNOVATIONS IN CLOTHING. THE UNIQUE PATENTED DESIGN MAINTAINS THE SLEEK LOOK OF A TRADITIONAL HOODIE, BUT HAS A BUILT-IN SURPRISE! THE NEOPRENE BEVERAGE HOLDER CAN ALSO BE USED AS A SECURITY POCKET FOR YOUR CELL PHONE, WALLET, IPOD OR OTHER VALUABLES. THE VELCRO TOP & REINFORCED STITCHING KEEPS YOUR VALUABLES DISCRETE & SECURE. INCLUDES A METAL BOTTLE/CAN OPENER ATTACHED TO INSIDE POCKET.
JERZEES – NUBLEND® COLORBLOCKED FULL-ZIP HOODY

CONTRAST HOOD LINING, NECK TAPE, FLAT DRAWCORD, & EXPOSED ZIPPER. SPLIT FRONT POUCH POCKET & MEDIA PLAYER POCKET.
STORM FLEECE HOODY
TEFLON® WATER REPELLENT STAIN RESISTANT FABRIC. ATTACHED HOOD & HOOD DRAWSTRINGS WITH RUBBER TIPS. SET-IN SLEEVES. KANGA POCKET. SELF-FABRIC CUFF & HEM BAND.
J. AMERICA COSMIC POLY CONTRAST HOODED PULLOVER SWEATSHIRT

7.0 OZ., 100% SPUN POLYESTER FLECK FLEECE. CONTRAST COLOR HOOD LINING & DRAWCORD. RAGLAN SLEEVES WITH THUMBHOLES ON CUFFS. FRONT POUCH POCKET.

More Reasons To Smile This Season

MORE REASONS TO SMILE THIS HOLIDAY SEASON
EOS is one of the hottest lip balm brands on the market. Show your brand some love this holiday season with a customizable EOS.

EOS is a perfect gift for a stocking stuffer, Secret Santa gift, or Hanukkah present.


 

EOS LIP BALM
PRICE AS LOW AS $3.10

Show your lips some love with EOS™ lip balm that glides on your lips providing you with long lasting moisture. It is natural, packed with antioxidant-rich vitamins, soothing shea butter and jojoba oil. EOS™ keeps your lips moist, soft and sensationally smooth.

FLAVORS: Blueberry Acai, Honeysuckle Honeydew, Lemon Drop SPF 15, Medicated Tangerine, Pomegranate Raspberry, Strawberry Sorbet, Summer Fruit and Sweet Mint


Heads Up

HEADS UP

Branded headwear is a staple in every season. The traditional knit beanie is Winter’s go-to style. But this season the knit beanie is making a stronger statement than in years past.

Embrace the cold with custom woven beanies. Your logo is woven directly into the material. Add a pom-pom to the top for the ultimate winter accessory!


FINE KNIT CUSTOM WOVEN BEANIE
PRICE AS LOW AS $9.00
72 UNITS $9.00  144 UNITS $9.80  288 UNITS $9.20  600 UNITS $9.00

DRESS UP YOUR BEANIE
       
ADD A POM-POM
$0.85 additional
From the craft room to the runway, pom-poms are having a moment.

ADD A CUFF
$0.85 additional


SWAG-ARAZZI
BRANDED INSPIRATION ON THE SIDELINES