What makes a good giveaway? Here at Printsome, we believe that a good giveaway is something original that not only looks cool, but is also useful and, may I add, portable! Very important. The idea is your event to be remembered for the right reasons. That cardboard cutout might have seemed like a fun idea at first, but who’s going to carry that around? Well, maybe this lady would.
If you’ve never considered using giveaways at your events, maybe you should start. A giveaway is an opportunity for you to cause an everlasting impression on your attendees. Not to mention the marketing opportunities. Give them something valuable and they’ll fondly remember you for months afterwards, if not years. A well-thought-out giveaway is not only useful for your attendee but will also reinforce your brand.
When it comes to giveaways, probably nothing is as easy or practical as garments. The benefits are many. First, they’re easy to produce. Second, they’re great for marketing as they will carry your logo long after the event is over. Third, the more you produce, then the lower the price per unit will be and four, everybody and anybody can wear them!
What can we say about the all-mighty T-shirt that hasn’t already been said? Everybody owns them, they’re easy to wear and on top of that, their marketing possibilities are almost endless. They just might be — do we dare say it? The perfect giveaway.
The T-shirt’s bigger and fuzzier cousin. While they’re a bit more expensive to produce, hoodies can be a great giveaway, particularly for events that take place during the colder months.
They’re less common as a giveaway than T-shirts and even hoodies, but for the proper event, they might be just right. A golfing event comes to mind (I wonder why). If a piqué polo shirt is too costly, one can always go for a jersey polo which is less expensive. You can find more information on polos and their materials here.
They make really good giveaways for the same reasons as T-shirts. With the difference that vests are probably more appropriate for sporting events or an occasion in the warmer months.
In our personal opinion, headwear has a marketing potential that hasn’t been exploited enough. Hats remain visible when a T-shirt can be covered with a jacket, for example. Keep in mind that the only way to customise baseball caps is with embroidery which gives them a perceived higher value.
Tote bags have become the darlings of corporate events as of late. They’re a safe choice because they’re not only trendy but can also provide a way for the user to carry other giveaways.
Chocolate and Sweets
They might be a cop out, but there is no denying that they are an effective cop out! Let’s face it, most people love chocolate, they come in many different shapes, flavours and forms, and for all kinds of budgets. Here are some ideas:
Ferrero Rocher’s excellence and the beauty of a bouquet make a brilliant combination.
The most elegant sin. Luxury made sweet. Because of its quality, variety and glam, Neuhaus Belgian chocolate is the perfect choice for a high category event.
Everybody loves candies and if it’s branded candies with your own firm, then even more. Good Karmal lets you personalise sweets with a wide variety of designs and packaging so you can choose the right option for your event.
Beautiful boxes with delectable chocolates inside. A simple and accurate combination of adorability and sweetness.
The tenderness of the truffles and the intensity of the bourbon make this giveaway an explosive and exclusive combination.
An ambitious giveaway for ambitious people. A box full of not only one kind, but all of the delicious Ferrero chocolates.
A classy option for those who like their chocolate pure and strong.
Stay away from the pens! Everyone and their mother has seen them in all models and sizes, ink colours and even the ones with the small light bulb at the tip. JUST DON’T DO IT! They bring nothing new to the table. Their electronic cousin the pen drive is not much better, either. Nowadays with everyone storing their stuff in the cloud, they’re practically useless anyway. If you want to share a presentation you can do so by uploading it to a free file sharing service like Google Drive or Dropbox. Instead of the typical, try shaking things up with something like this:
Say goodbye to those piles of post-its. Any professional who writes down their ideas would be grateful.
A portable device that comes with torch, calendar, temperature reader, timer and 18 world time cities. A great gift for jet-setters and international guests.
Customizable screen cleaner. Works on all kinds of screens and is perfect for “on the go” people.
This humidifier fits nicely inside a bag or purse and can be used with any water bottle. A great present those who often spend nights at hotels.
This calculator is not only cute, but it’s also environmentally friendly thanks to the fact that it is powered by sunlight. No more toxic batteries.
For all those moments when the hands are busy, but the phone is still needed, this modern and useful phone holder that can be stuck on any surface.
A universal mobile stand holder for iPhone 6, 5S and iPod that will not only make every ride more productive but also safe.
For the Creative
Because of their specific tastes and a been-there-seen-it-all kind of attitude, the creative crowd can be a tough one. We offer two options, you can either help them generate ideas with creativity incentive tools or simply hand out a regular object with an unusual presentation. Remember, good design will go a long way here.
A set of sticky notes to write down ideas in the best Moleskine style.
A stylish pen anyone would hate to lose! These pens are perfect if your event is related to nature or any environmental topic.
No more ideas down the drain! These waterproof notes allow you to write and sketch anything while you’re taking a shower.
What do you get when you mix chopsticks and cutlery? Forkchops! East and West meet in this quirky design.
Shadow Coasters (perfect for the Halloween season)
If your event is taking place during the Halloween season, then this is the perfect giveaway. Also ideal for venue decoration.
This one may raise a couple of eyebrows, but you’ve got to crack a couple of eggs to bake a cake, right? … Or was it an omelette?
Add some colour to your attendees’ lives by giving them this MUJI coloured pencil box.
Everyone’s favourites! And the best part is you don’t have to blow your budget in order to get them (we both know that if you gave every one of your attendees an iPhone they’d remember you forever, but if you had that kind of budget you wouldn’t be reading this, now would you?).
This power charger allows one to charge their smartphone without the need of an outlet. The best part is that Brand Spirit lets you personalise it. They will remember you every time they charge their device (constantly)!
Virtual Reality experience for everybody made with love in Germany. Branded Google Cardboard easy to use and well designed.
This cable is flexible to the point you can bend it in whichever way you see fit, and rigid enough to hold your phone, at the same time. The possibilities are almost endless.
ThinkGeek presents the future of OCD. This small device’s buttons imitate bubble wrap paper pretty accurately, with the only difference being that it doesn’t run out so one can go on and pop and pop and pop….
This power plug kit comes in a cute zippered case that includes a USB wall charger and an adapter. Perfect for travellers!
No element should come between a user and their smartphone. Surprise them with this waterproof case. Easy to use even with wet hands!
This LED flashlight has got a handy aluminium pen-shaped case and the fact that it kind of looks like a lightsaber is a plus!
Surprise your guests with the ingredients for a fine dining experience. They will surely remember you at their next do.
The Della Terra products are so finely presented that it’s hard to believe that they will cause nothing but a good impression with even the most demanding of guests.
A eucalyptus, opal basil and mint experience taste buds won’t easily forget. Just remember to buy plenty of bread.
Known as the finest parmesan in America, the Sarvechio is described as “fruity, with hints of lightly roasted caramel, aged to crumbly perfection”. I don’t know about you, but I’m suddenly hungry.
Thanks to a wide variety of flavours and beautifully presented gifts, you’re bound to find the perfect one for your occasion.
The highest quality ingredients and exceptional expertise make these conserves some of the best in the market – and those mini jars, to die for!
Not exactly gourmet, but who doesn’t like popcorn?
Good quality at a great price and on top of that, beautiful design. This set won’t disappoint.
With all of those flyers being handed about and disposable promotional material (let’s not even start with the water bottles), corporate events can be a bit of an environmental nightmare. But it doesn’t have to be so. Small changes and some conscious decisions can go a long way. Here’s a list of some eco-friendly giveaways.
These mushrooms can be grown any time of the year and almost anywhere you want. All you need is an old paperback! Not only a green giveaway but also original and delicious.
Made with organic sweet orange oil, this sustainable hair care set contains natural vitamin E and is biodegradable.
This Kikkerland desktop eraser is not only attractive but also charitable. A wildlife charity donation is made with each sale.
The perfect combination made real: Ale beer and smoky chilli nuts. Each sale helps the Eden Project, an educational charity and social enterprise involved in transformational projects and learning programmes.
Ethicalsuperstore.com sales these Kikkerland pencils that are not only cool-looking but also green friendly.
This scented candle by Bambeco is so beautiful it’s hard to believe it’s made entirely from recycled materials.
This hand-made item will leave no guest indifferent.
My mum taught me never to arrive at someone’s home empty-handed and that usually meant bringing a bottle of wine. Like chocolate, most people enjoy a drink or two (or seven) and if they’re not drinkers themselves they can always repurpose the giveaway. Here are some ideas for those attendees who can hold their liquor.
You can’t go wrong with a minibar ready to go!
Original and perfectly designed wine chiller by Corkcicle. Ideal for wine-lovers.
This idea proved so popular that it spawned its own business. Hangoverkits.com offers a cheeky solution to the dreaded day after.
Have you ever seen a fancier kit? This make-your-own-cocktail carry-on will make anyone feel like Don Draper.
Style made wine. Voga Italia Prosecco is vibrant and intense. It won’t leave anyone indifferent.
Who doesn’t like a drinking game? If you’re organising that kind of event, then let it all hang out with this fun product brought to you by The Discovery Store.
Lollyphile has made the dream of countless teenagers adults come true. Lollipops that taste like beer? We’re in!
No list is complete without some miscellaneous items, right? The following are either too weird or I just simply didn’t know where to put them, but that doesn’t mean they’re any less brilliant. Enjoy!
Bored of straight lines? Then the Monkey Business Skyline Ruler may be just the thing you need. Perfect for those who are looking for something different in their day-to-day work.
Probably a non-expected giveaway! The toothbrush sanitizer by Violife zaps up to 99% of germs and bacteria!
We all have dealt with the annoying mess of tangled cables. These clips by Infmetry makes cable management a lot easier.
This Delta silicon wallet can be attached to the back of any cell phone and can hold up to 3 cards. On top of that, you can brand this appreciated giveaway!
Whatever this is supposed to be – but it looks cool!
Design brand BetonDeko presents us with these beautifully coloured, minimalist planters.
Good design and incredibly useful. Drinklip provides a smart way to contain a lot of stuff (mobile, coffee, cosmetics, etc.) and it is available in many colours!
This portable, mp3 mini speaker allows to play music anytime, anywhere. Assuming the device is charged, of course.
Another phone stand! The Easel Phone Stand keeps the device visible and folds for easy storage.
I cannot think of a single graphic designer who wouldn’t love one of these! Perfect for design events!
2016 Update: Since people seem to like this article, we’ve decided to update it with even more giveaway ideas!
Sometimes there’s just nothing better than a nice cup of tea. Treat your attendees with some of these adorable options.
A tea infuser Mary Poppins would approve of.
A must-have for tea lovers! This cute tea infuser will make any tea time much more special.
The tea made a celebration to indulge all of the senses! Unforgettable tea sachets that come in various flavours. Lovely giveaway!
Who said storage had to be ugly or boring? That’s what the Whittard designer must have asked himself/herself when they designed this caddy.
Designed by Laura Bougdanos and Vesa Jaasko, this teacup has an unusual angled bottom that allows it to rest in two different positions turning an everyday activity into a singular event.
Tea and biscuits in a London bus tin. Ideal for any quintessentially English occasion.
Customizable pyramid tea boxes that will for sure create a positive impression.
And sometime’s there’s just nothing better than a nice cup of coffee. Especially if you’ve had hardly any sleep the night before *raises hand*. Take some notes if you want to impress your coffee snob attendees.
These syrups by Amoretti are ideal for coffee, tea, soda, seltzer, iced tea, and cocktails, among others.
Uncommongoods.com says: “Discover the rich taste of Colombian java with this travel-friendly, 28-pack instant coffee cube set.”
A fun mug with great design. Movember anyone?
Ever refused a cup of coffee because it was too late? This product promises to give you the best blend for each time of the day.
The wet dream of any coffee snob. This mug designed by Ben Gibson and Patrick Mulligan will teach anything there is to know about coffee.
As if there wasn’t enough caffeine in a cup of coffee, now we have coffee cereal! Let’s just hope nobody comes up with Coffee Orange Juice.
For just £1, IKEA lets you add foam to your coffee. Now everyone can make their own latte at home. Take that Starbucks!
Catering to the jet-setter crowd? Then you should pay attention. Any traveller will tell you that the items they want in their bag are meant to be portable, durable and good looking. Forget about the passport holders and the travel cushions, try something a bit different and you might give them what they really need.
A customisable travel mug. Comes in a wide range of colours.
NaxART takes the blueprints of famous international airports and turns them into elegant posters. These are so beautiful, I might just cry.
Everyone needs headphones. You can’t go wrong with these ones.
The tiny torchlight has been seen before, but like the headphones, they’re a safe bet.
A gorgeous diary to save travel memories.
This handmade travel diary features a gorgeous design of a mountain range on its cover.
A perfect giveaway for any airline or tourism-related event.
After a long day of work, a hot bath can bring back to life even the most abused of employees. Dip into the world of toiletries where you’ll learn to spoil and pamper the attendees of your event. Don’t ever underestimate the power of proper grooming.
Lush’s products are not only a treat for the skin but also the eyes thanks to its beautiful packaging.
Any foodie will appreciate this food odour removing soap created by Tracy Valenta. You can kiss those garlic tasting fingers goodbye – it’s a strange picture, but you know what I mean.
This customisable hand sanitizer it’s got the perfect size to carry in any purse or bag.
Any logo would look good printed on the tin of these lip balms. Since it’s a product that’s used every day by both men and women, it’s great for marketing.
A beautiful kit made by one of the top experts in the field of beauty, The Body Shop.
This one is a bit more on the pricey side, but it’ll surely create a great impression.
Incense it’s a bit tricky because not everyone appreciates their smell, but Morning Star Incenses are so delicate even the most sensitive of noses can tolerate them. Besides, the packaging is so beautiful, it’s a gift in itself.
Got an event coming up where most guests are female? Then take a look at the following list of possible giveaways, it might spark your imagination.
For those who want to celebrate Christmas all year long.
This cheeky game will get girlfriends talking for hours.
Nothing is sexier than a woman who reads. This literary journal designed by Samantha Hahn let’s invites the reader to fill it with tidbits of their favourite books.
Planning an event for pregnant women? Don’t let it slip by without this journal.
Ever wondered what the tea party in Alice in Wonderland smells like? Thanks to these candles created by Callie Meaney you don’t have to ponder anymore.
Moroccan Oil is known for its premium hair oil but now features a scented candle that if it’s smell as good as its other products then we’re in for a treat.
A beautiful key chain designed by JKWaccesories.
Or are your clients mostly gentlemen?
Is he a fan of sports? Then chances are he’s got a fair share of stadium tickets laying around. This cool diary lets him organise them.
We’ve all been there. Remembering passwords can be a hassle. Make the process easier with this Password Reminder Book. Remember to keep it safe!
A wicked bottle opener that’s sure to be a conversation starter at parties.
Another cool bottle opener.
A card designed for gentlemen by gentlemen. Each card’s got wise tidbits of information.
The perfect giveaway for any stag party.
A great gift for those who carry their ‘holy water’ everywhere.
We’ve already explored the kitchen, the bathroom and now it’s the turn of the bedroom. Every once in a while you’ll run into a couple’s event. It might be a stag or hen party, a couple’s workshop, or an adult toys showroom. Whatever the case may be, these giveaway ideas will do the trick.
A cheeky game for couples that is sure to keep the night going on and on.
Who said that spending the night at home was boring?
More than a joke than anything else, this books features such images as strapping men doing laundry.
Your very own private island – for the two of you!
We’ll let you discover this one for yourself. *Wink*
No coworker will ever eat your sandwich again. This fun plastic bags will let others know that your lunch – and bum – is already taken.
As if we needed an excuse.
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