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The Best Promotional Items, Giveaways & Swag — Period

published: October 14, 2020 | Updated: August 30, 2022
The Best Promotional Items, Giveaways & Swag — Period

With more and more customers tuning out ads, businesses and organizations must find new ways to promote their brand. One way they are finding success is with top promotional products, which include a selection of unique corporate gifts and cool swag for a variety of events. It may seem simple, but unique promotional products attract attention and are cost-effective compared to other forms of advertisement.

Here, we're going to show you the best promotional items you can buy — period — and why these products are so versatile when it comes to brand building. We'll cover the cool promotional items from last year, the best swag items according to our staff and trendy ideas of the future according to our merchandising experts. Read on or jump to the section that piques your interest below:

All-Time Staff Picks

Here at Crestline, We Know Promo™. That's why we have the best Quality Obsessed Experts who are PPAI-certified and have an average tenure of over 10 years. These experts are always there to help you find the best products, so we asked them to offer up some of their top picks.

Abrey Recommends

Water bottle with infuser

Take 5 & Revive Kit

“Great way to show your employees that you haven't forgotten about their well-being by sending a health & wellness gift to their home.”

Travel exercise set

25 oz Fruity Infuser Bottle

“I like adding lemon or cucumber to mine, but you can add any fruit. The easy to clean basket screws on off inside the lid.”

Alicia Recommends

SLENDERIZE DATA POWER BANK

“During a recent power outage, I plugged it in and was able to completely recharge my phone!”

Allen Recommends

Ceramic travel mug

16 OZ GROTTO MUG

“It's easy to clean and I won’t use anything else!”

LED lantern

RETRACTING LED LANTERN

“This light is invaluable when camping. Once the tent is set up we hang them on the inside and it's like sitting in a fully lit room.  And when someone has to exit the tent they can just grab & go.”

Cathy Recommends

10 OZ YUKON TUMBLER

“It is the perfect size for enjoying a glass of wine at a picnic or BBQ.”

Absorbent stone coaster for car

ABSORBENT STONE CAR COASTER SET

“They help keep the bottom of your cup holders clean and dry.”

Dan Recommends

Jar opener with logo

CIRCLE JAR POPPER

“I love custom imprinted items that make my life easier.”

Pet travel kit

PARK PET KIT

“An inexpensive, yet convenient branded item that your client will use on a daily basis for their beloved four-legged friends.”

Deborah Recommends

Piggy bank with logo

BIG PIGGY SAVER

“Valuable teaching tool for teachers and parents. Children can set a goal to save for something whether a short-term goal such as a toy or to plan for a trip as my family did.”

Elizabeth Recommends

Stackable Bento Lunch Set

Stackable Bento Lunch Set

“I love my lunch container. I've used it every day since I got it.”

Lori Recommends

Glass water bottle with silicone grip

20 OZ COLOR BURST WATER BOTTLE

“I love this bottle because it is made from a durable glass that does not give my drink a 'metal' taste to it and the silicone sleeve protects the  bottle and gives it a nice grip.”

Stainless steel multi tool with logo

STAINLESS-STEEL MULTI-TOOL

“This was given to me by my insurance company and stays in my truck, because it is a lifesaver!”

Peter Recommends

Event tote with full color imprint on front pocket

FULL COLOR TRADE SHOW TOTE 14” X 12” X 6

“A durable, affordable event bag with 2" wide adjustable shoulder strap for easy and comfortable carrying.  These bags are both tear-resistant and water-repellent!”

Rhonda Recommends

BIG STORM GROCERY TOTE

“A grocery tote is the gift that keeps giving. From the market to the shopping center, carrying a favorite dish to a family outing, brand exposure is occurring on a wide scale.  It can be washed and reused over and over.”

Sandy Recommends

Apple shaped magnetic clip

APPLE SHAPED MAGNETIC CLIP

“This "apple" shaped clip can be given to teachers or nutritionists!”

Star shaped magnetic clip with logo

STAR SHAPED MAGNETIC CLIP

“This clip can be given to “star” employees or students!”

Seanna Recommends

Translucent tote bag

PURE ACCESS TOTE

“My own collection of totes has options, but this is by far my favorite! With a weight tolerance of around 44 lbs. this tote is durable enough to carry books, binders, hair appliances, gym equipment, and the list goes on. This tote is incredibly trendy and I’m receiving compliments from everyone who sees it!”

Sherpa throw blanket with embroidered logo

Super Soft Sherpa Blanket

“This sherpa blanket is a surefire crowd-pleaser and will please draw all audiences with its luxurious feel”

Sue Recommends

Plastic stemless wine glass

12 OZ PLASTIC STEMLESS WINE GLASS

“Great for outdoor gatherings of any kind: weddings, graduations, family get togethers or just sitting around the fire pit.”

Metal pen with engraved logo

PRESTIGE PEN

“This is the only pen I have used since starting here nearly 15 years ago. Once this runs out … It’ll be time to retire!”

Tabatha Recommends

SILICONE OVEN MITT

“I like this mitt because of its silicone exterior which protects the skin and withstands up to 250°C/482°F. This is also great to wear while grilling out on the deck because of its longer glove length.”

Wanda Recommends

Customized measuring tape

HANDYMAN'S HELPER LOCKING TAPE

“This is the perfect size tape measure to keep in my purse. I’ve used mine to measure for furniture, and other miscellaneous items when shopping at yard sales and flea markets. Very handy!” - Wanda

Rubber ball lip balm

LIP BALM RUBBER BALL

“I really like the orange flavor and it keeps my lips hydrated much longer than other balms I’ve tried. Not to mention it’s a cute container!” - Wanda

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Tomorrow's Top Items

Our ace merchandising team always stays ahead of the curve when it comes to the best swag. They offered their advice on the top forward-thinking items that have recently come out. You can keep your company trendy with any of these unique promotional items.

WORK FROM HOME 4 PACK

Tech set for working from home

Everyone should be watching cybersecurity — this 4 pack stops unwanted people from seeing and hearing from your computer and can block unwanted data sharing.  This is a must for everyone working at the office or remotely.

CENTRAL SLING

Sling bag with logo

Hands-free is the way to go. The sling allows you to wear it on your front or back and keep everything you need with you at all times.

BLUE LIGHT BLOCKING GLASSES

Blue light reducing glasses

Most everyone is working on a computer now. With fewer in-person meetings, we are spending more time in front of a screen. This is a great way to rest those tired eyes. Blue light technology helps filter blue light and reduce eye strain.

UV CLEAN MICRO

UVClean Micro

We have all become aware that germs are everywhere. This device using UV technology kills germs on the surface. Keep it handy to clean things like your phone and high touch surfaces.

SNACK & LEARN MEETING IN A BOX

Snack box for online meetings

We are all meeting virtually — this box of snacks is for those afternoon meeting when you need a little pick me up. Mailing each member of the meeting a box brings you all together virtually.

JAVALINA ECO

Eco friendly pen with logo

Our best-selling pen just got earth friendly. It's made from a renewable and sustainable resource — wheat straw ABS plastic — which is created from reclaimed stalks of wheat.

SMALL SILICONE STORAGE BAGS

Reusable food storage bags

We all want to do our part to save the environment and leave the planet better than how we found it.  This silicone bag eliminates the need for disposable plastic baggies when packing a lunch, taking snacks on the go, or storing foods.

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The Best Promos for Your Industry, Event or Purpose

We've looked at some of the best promotional products according to our customers and staff. Now, let's dig in and look at the different things that “best” can mean depending on your industry, event or purpose.

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Still not sure of the best promotional product choice for your organization? Give us a call or chat in and we’ll help you find it!