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Great Gift Shop Ideas – Top Selling Souvenirs &
Merchandise for Zoos, Parks, Casinos, Hotels & More

published: April 13, 2023
Great Gift Shop Ideas – Top Selling Souvenirs & Merchandise for Zoos, Parks, Casinos, Hotels & More

There’s a reason that just about every venue these days has a gift shop nearby; they can generate an added revenue stream and free marketing for your business. On top of that, customers truly desire fun mementos of their trip, unique gifts for the folks back home, and all the little things that they need but forgot to pack. Top selling gift shop items allow visitors to bring home souvenirs to remember a joyful visit to the zoo, a fun day at a theme park, or a winning night at the casino. Even hospitals, resorts, hotels, breweries, and restaurants can benefit from branded swag.

Wholesale gift shop items such as magnets, apparel, and coffee mugs become free marketing for your establishment as visitors use these items on a regular basis after their experiences. Check out the top selling gift shop items below:

Overall Best Gift Shop Items

The best gift shop items are those that are useful, practical and popular such as apparel, drinkware and magnets. Just about everyone can use an extra T-shirt for their wardrobe or magnet for their refrigerator. Take advantage of the opportunity to share your business’s brand through these wholesale gift shop items.

Custom Printed Wearables

T-shirts, sweatshirts, and baseball caps never go out of style, and they are the perfect walking billboard for any favorite business or venue. We offer a wide range of quality apparel for any season, and they are ready and waiting for your brand. Our Hanes® Comfortblend® Ecosmart® Crewneck Sweatshirt is a cotton polyester blend with a tag-free label, ribbed neck, cuffs, and waistband for extra comfort.

Check out our other personalized wholesale gift shop apparel:

Souvenir Keychains

Everyone needs to keep track of keys, and unique keychains can help your visitors do so while reminding them of a memorable experience. The Custom Wood Log Cut Keychain is made from natural, simple birch, perfect for a venue that wants to be known for its care of the environment.

These are some other favorite gift shop ideas:

Custom Drinkware – Mugs, Tumblers, Bottles & More

Whether the goal is to stay hydrated or keep a favorite caffeinated drink on tap, drinkware is a popular, useful, and always in demand gift item. Our 16 oz Vigo Stainless Insulated Bottle keeps beverages at desired temperatures for hours. Featuring a sleek and trendy design, these on-the-go, stainless steel vacuum insulated water bottles will serve as favorite souvenirs that are ready to promote your venue every day.

Our other top-selling custom gift shop items include:

Home Goods Gifts

Gift shop item ideas that make a house a little more like home are also popular today. For example, we offer a unique branded Wooden Planter Block that is the perfect complement to any windowsill. This herb planter gift set sports your logo for recipients to see every day and includes a wooden cube planter, seed packet, peat pellets and planting instructions.

Other popular home goods gift shop souvenirs include:

Personalized Christmas Ornaments

Custom ornaments are top selling gift shop items, especially during the holidays. The Keepsake Wooden Ornament is a personalized memento featuring a snowman, snowflake, tree or classic round shape imprinted with your venue’s signature logo and brand.

Peruse these other gift shop item ideas:

Imprinted Tech Accessories

In this day and age where everything touches technology, tech accessories make great gift shop souvenirs. Crestline’s Blackwater Outdoor Bluetooth Speaker is the perfect example. Its compact size makes it easy to carry, and its waterproof rating makes it ready for all outdoor adventures. The Bluetooth® working range is 10 meters, and recipients can enjoy up to two hours of music at maximum volume on a single 1.5 hour charge.

Take a close look at our other high tech wholesale gift shop merchandise:

Souvenir Fridge Magnets

Everyone can use extra refrigerator magnets that seem to endlessly get lost, moved, or used. We offer a wide variety including our popular Magnetic Picture Frame, which is available in a custom design or stock calendar option. It's perfect for holding a memorable photo of the recipients at your venue. With the Custom Shape Magnet, you can pick a shape that matches the theme of your business, or the shape of your country or island.

Consider these other gift shop item ideas:

Custom Souvenirs for Kids

Although kids don’t have the biggest pocketbooks, they are some of a venue’s best customers and recipients. What grandparent, friend, or adult doesn’t want to buy a little something for those special small people who may be accompanying them? We are ready with these kid-friendly gift shop souvenirs. Our Little Paw Teddy Bear is a favorite stuffed toy that sits six inches high wearing a custom T-shirt with your logo front and center.

See these other favorites with children:

Last Minute Essentials

Everyone loves a gift shop that offers those must-have items that often get forgotten in the hustle and bustle of planning the special day or trip. Whether travelers have forgotten that all-important sunscreen or suddenly need rainwear, it’s up to you to have them covered. The Poncho Ball Key Chain is the perfect item that will sell like hotcakes when that unexpected rain comes through. Once the emergency poncho has been used, visitors will have an imprinted case ready for another poncho, perfect for clipping to a belt, backpack, or purse.

Look at these other gift shop item ideas:

Hospital Gift Shop Items

While hospital stays may not always want to be remembered, gift shop items can certainly be welcomed and comforting for recipients. We offer a range of gifts such as teddy bears, plants, blankets, food baskets, or fuzzy socks as perfect maternity gifts for new moms or comfort items for patients and families. Fuzzy Feet Slipper Socks are no-slip and super comfortable, helping a hospital stay become a little cozier.

Other great ideas for hospital gift shops include:
Hospital Gift Shop Items
Aquarium & Zoo Gift Shop Items

Aquarium & Zoo Gift Shop Items

Everyone needs to come home with a favorite animal plush toy or other novelty item after visiting a zoo or aquarium. Kids are especially fond of stuffed toys that resemble their favorite animal of the day. Even a small simple gift like our Fun Print Pen-Leopard Print, featuring a retractable ballpoint pen with a curvy plastic barrel is much appreciated.

Other wholesale gift shop merchandise that are favorites include:

Casino Gift Shop Items

A lucky night at the casino is one to remember. Provide your guests with a branded memento for them to take home or to share with their loved ones. For instance, we offer the Fun On The Go Games-Dominoes Set, which includes 28 melamine tiles in a decorative box. Keep the spirit of fun and games alive with this branded gift.

Our favorite custom gift shop items are:
Casino Gift Shop Items
Resort & Cruise Gift Shop Items

Resort & Cruise Gift Shop Items

After a vacation at a high-end resort or a luxury cruise, it’s natural to want to share the experience with loved ones. Bring back souvenirs for all as remembrances or special gifts of the trip. Apparel, photo frames, or beach gear are practical and appreciated. The Waterproof Dry Bag holds 2.5 liters and features a roll-top closure. Its inner pocket is perfect for a mobile phone, allowing a touchscreen to be used without removing the phone from the bag. Perfect for a beach or boating vacation, it floats if dropped accidentally in the water.

These are other best-selling cruise ship and resort gift shop items:

Gift Shop Gift Bags

Another easy way to share your brand through your gift shop is providing gift shop bags to hold all souvenirs and purchases. Crestline offers a wide variety of eco-friendly or reusable totes such as our reusable Bargain Hunter Shopping Tote. Its two 20" reinforced handles make carrying easy and help the extra-large bag from breaking.

Check out these other bag options:
Gift Shop Gift Bags
Gift Shop Displays

Gift Shop Displays

Finally, don’t forget to utilize unique gift shop displays that can attract people’s attention, publicize gift shop hours, and advertise special sales. Our Economy Wood Chalkboard A-Frame is perfect to set up just inside the gates or outside the gift shop, prominently displaying your brand. This sidewalk chalkboard easel has an A-frame design with a durable polypropylene chalkboard insert. Write the special of the day or advertise what’s on sale.

We also offer several versatile product display options. For example, our Lip Balm Display is a durable holder that can hold up to 100 tubes of lip balm or other small promotional items such as bottle openers, mints, and various small gifts.

Check out these other favorites:

Whatever your venue, Crestline offers a wide range of gift shop souvenirs including custom printed hoodies, candles, shot glasses, and decor to help your visitors remember their time with your business and spread your brand throughout their communities.