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Spread Joy Not Germs: Antimicrobial Products for the New Normal

published: April 28, 2020 | updated: May 12, 2021
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During the previous year, the coronavirus (COVID-19) became a global pandemic and changed our lives in fundamental ways. As our country continues to open, the pandemic has left lasting effects on the importance and heightened awareness of reducing the spread of germs and maintaining health going forward. We have outlined the latest trends and top products to help keep you, your employees, and your customers healthy as you plan for in-person events, returning to the office, employee appreciation and more! 

Antimicrobial Products

Antimicrobial products inhibit the growth of bacteria, germs, odors, mold, and more. Products made with antimicrobial material are becoming increasingly popular and are a way for you to show your employees and customers that you care about their health and safety.

Lanyards and Badge Reels

Does your organization require employees to wear badges and lanyards when in the office? Now is a great time to provide employees Antimicrobial Breakaway Lanyards or badge reels which are made of antimicrobial material. Also, be sure to consider antimicrobial lanyards when planning for your next tradeshow or event.

Office & Tech

For anyone who does computer work, mouse pads like the Recycled Mouse Mat® or the Round Antimicrobial Mouse Pad are must-haves. Screen cleaners with antimicrobial properties like the Galaxy Screen Cleaning Cloth are also a practical and inexpensive giveaway. With cell phones being one of the dirtiest objects we come into contact with each day, it’s important to clean them often. The Probuff™ Gift Set includes an antimicrobial cleaning cloth and cleaning solution spray to keep those devices clean.

antibacterial bic pen


With writing instruments often getting used by many people, antimicrobial pens are a great solution to limit the spread of germs. One of our favorites is the IPROTECT® Antibacterial Pen which has additive applied in the production cycle that guarantees 99.9% protection against bacteria. The best-selling BIC® Clic Stic is also now available in a style that has antimicrobial additive molded directly into the pen’s plastic.

anti-germ utility tool

Kooty Key

The Kooty Key Anti-Germ Utility Tool is a lightweight gadget with features that will save you from touching dirty, high-contact surfaces. It has a reinforced Nylon hook designed for opening door handles of doors up to 35 pounds. The rubberized tip is designed for typing on keypads of all kinds. It also includes a carabiner and is made in the USA. To top it all off, it is made of antimicrobial, hardened plastic.


Our best-selling Himalayan Tumbler and Stainless Insulated Bottle are both now available in styles that contain antimicrobial properties


Outfit your team for your next tradeshow or corporate event with apparel that has an anti-microbial finish like the men’s and ladies’ Dege Eco Knit Half Zip or the Core 365™ Origin Polos. Among our selection of t-shirts includes styles that feature antimicrobial properties such as the Core 365™ Fusion CromaSoft Performance T-Shirt.

Fitness Towels

Looking for a fitness giveaway? Add your logo to these Cleen Freek® fitness towels that feature anti-microbial technology.


For an impressive and highly used promotional item, gift employees and clients an Igloo® or Coleman® brand name cooler. The custom coolers contain an antimicrobial liner that is easy to clean after a hike or a day at the beach.


Items in the PrevaGuard™ line contain an EPA registered antimicrobial agent that is molded directly into the product. Why? The added layer of defense against harmful microbes like bacteria, mold and mildew.


  • Protect against damaging microbes that can cause stains, odors and product deterioration
  • Are introduced into the manufacturing process of the product, so they stay within the structure of the material for its useful lifetime
  • Include various elements like silver, zinc and/or copper; which are known to have various beneficial properties according to Harvard Medical School.


The MicroHalt line features products that each have an EPA registered antimicrobial agent incorporated into the plastic that protects the item by suppressing growth of bacteria. From drinkware, to pens, keychains, and grocery cart handle covers, MicroHalt™ has you covered for any event or giveaway. Here are some of the top products in the line:

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Personalized Items

Not only is personalizing promotional products a classy personal touch, it also prevents people from using the same items and transmitting germs. Next time you buy promotional products, consider the promo items below which allow for the option to add the recipient’s name or initials for an additional charge. For personalization, all we will need from you is your logo or message along with an electronic file like Excel or Microsoft Word with the list of names you would like on each item.

customized insulated travel mug


Adding your clients, customers, or employees name to the best-selling 20 oz Himalayan Tumbler helps everyone avoid accidentally sharing germs by drinking from the wrong tumbler. The Himalayan Tumbler is also available to come packaged in a customizable gift box.

personalized metal pen


Pens are another popular item to personalize. We recommend metal pens like the Maestro Pen and the Luxe Metal Pen. Or, the Dean Torch Pen features a bright LED light that’s activated with a double click. Light-up pens particularly make great gifts for medical professionals or any night-shift worker.

basecamp cooler bag


With everyone at an event or office with the same bag, it can be easy to get them mixed up. The Cityside Laptop Backpack is stylish backpack that allows for personalization. Or, check out the Basecamp® Highland Peak Cooler where you can add personalization to the dog tag.

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Stylus Pens

Stylus pens are one of the most popular and effective promotional items, and now they’ve also become a tool to protect against germs. Surfaces that hundreds to thousands of people touch each day like ATM screens or checkout keypads seem more suspect than ever before. That’s why people have started to carry stylus pens on them to prevent having to touch common surfaces with their fingertips. The Impulse Stylus Pen has a comfortable curved design and comes in metallic colors, making it a customer favorite. Another popular option is the Easy Writer Stylus Pen. If you’re looking for something fun, check out the MopTopper™ Stylus Pen which features microfiber hair that works as a screen cleaner. We also offer a variety of stylus pens that include antimicrobial properties such as the Easy Writer Pure Stylus or the MicroHalt Stylus Pen.

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washable kraft paper bag

Washable Tote Bags

To reduce plastic waste, more and more people have begun using reusable grocery bags and totes over the years. In some states, plastic bags are banned. With health precautions on high during the coronavirus pandemic, the question has come up as to whether people are cleaning their reusable bags or not. A great solution is our washable kraft paper bag line. They come in many different sizes, are durable enough to use again and again and they’re earth friendly.

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Hand Sanitizers

With even more focus on health and wellness than ever before, hand sanitizers are the perfect giveaway and a must-have for any event or occasion. We offer a variety of sizes and styles such as sanitizer spray pens or sanitizer with carabiners for easy carrying. Growing in popularity are uv sanitizers, which use ultraviolet light to sanitize high touch items like a phone or keys.

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