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If They Mated: 5 Two-in-One Promotional Products to Stretch Your Marketing Dollars

You would think that promotional products lead very simple lives. They’re manufactured, they wait around to be imprinted with your logo, and then they are transferred into your clients’ hands to bring you endless brand impressions and new business. And that’s it, right?

Nope.

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This woman has never received a 2-in-1 item.

In true Toy Story fashion, your promotional items are constantly trying to better themselves when you’re not looking. They are not content to be just a pen, or just a tote bag. They want to be the entire package: a two-in-one product that will enchant your customers.

I discovered this last week when on the search for my white out. I had forgotten that I had left a pen and highlighter unsupervised in one of my drawers. But when I opened the drawer and saw a new pen/highlighter combo tucked into a corner while the original pen and highlighter stared at me blankly, it was then that I learned that things happen behind closed drawers.

After searching through my office, I discovered many new and exotic hybrids that I just had to share with you here. And with two functions in one, they’ll definitely extend the reach of your marketing dollars and promotional efforts.

It started innocent enough. I found an ice scraper cozied up with a glove from our Keep Warm Buddy Set. What resulted was the brilliant, not-your-father’s Ice Scraper Hand Mitten.

ice scraper glove hand mittenThese ice scraper hand mittens are even better than the conventional ice scraper. They’ll make great items for any brand in the automotive industry, or any business located in areas with harsh winters.

I moseyed into the kitchen and opened one of the many cabinets when I spied a pizza cutter and pie server resting a little too close for my liking. As I pulled out the drawer more, I discovered their child, the Slice and Serve Pizza Cutter, and that I wanted pizza real bad.

pizza cutter pie server Any pizza lover will be tickled pink with this cutter and server combo. Not only will it cut down on time from switching from cutter to server, but it also reduces the amount of dishes to clean. These would be a huge hit at community fairs and grand openings.

Our media team has boxes upon boxes of stress balls in their office, so naturally that was the next place for me to look. Lying within the stress balls was a single yo-yo. I shook my head, dug deeper, and stumbled upon a fleet of stress ball yo-yos.

stress ball yo-yoThese fun, little stress ball yo-yos will be exciting additions to trade shows and community events with families.

But then it got stranger. No longer were innocent promo products just expressing their feelings. Oh no, items like a fanny pack and a radio had mated to spawn the bizarre AM/FM Radio with Earphone.

fanny pack radio am fmThough while a little bizarre in looks, the combo radio and fanny pack is great for clients that jog a lot or work outdoors.

And then it got better…or worse, depending on your definition. We sell empty jars, we sell pocket knives, but did you know that we sell their offspring, an entire Jar of Knives?

empty jar knives pocketEach and every knife is engraved with your logo, so you can just pick up a few jars and have great handouts for an outdoor sports and equipment store.

But the madness doesn’t stop there. We have hundreds of two-in-one items (some with even three or four-in-one) available. As we discover them, we’ll keep putting them up on our site for you to see if you’ve found a promotional match made in heaven.

And if you’ll excuse me, I just saw a clock and pencil cup sneak around the corner…

Have you ever received or purchased a two-in-one item? Did you like it? What’s the most bizarre two or more-in-one item you’ve ever seen?

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Mandy Kilinskis

Mandy is proud to be a part of QLP’s content team. A self-professed nerd, her interests include video games, sitcoms, superhero movies, iPods and iPhones but never Macs, and shockingly, writing. Her claims to fame are: owning over forty pairs of Chuck Taylor All Stars, offering spot-on coffee advice, and knowing an unbelievable amount of Disney Princess facts. You can connect with Mandy on

Comments

  1. Jana Quinn

    Talk about bang for your buck. I like how the items you highlighted were all matches that made sense; there weren’t bizarre hairbrush/cowbell combinations. The mitten going with the scraper makes total sense, because you need both when scraping your car anyway. All of these are buy-one-get-one free! Great finds. :)

    • Mandy Kilinskis

      Not gonna lie, if there was a bizarre hairbrush/cowbell combination, I wouldn’t have been able to resist putting it on this list. If it ever exists, I’ll have to do a follow up post. ;)

  2. amy

    My favorite from this list is the radio fanny pack. It’s so ridiculous that I can’t help but chuckle and shake my head at it, haha! My favorite combo promo items are ones that make my job a million times easier. At my old job I would occasionally need to cut fabric for customers. This was such a huge pain because I’d have to find a tape measure, a pen, and paper to write down how many yards they bought. A Pen with Tape Measure (http://www.qualitylogoproducts.com/custom-pens/pen-tape-meeasure.htm) would have been a Godsend! Craft stores, fabric stores, scrapbooking stores, etc.. could benefit from handing these out.

    Your examples are perfect here, Mandy! Great job!! I think you just scratched the surface on crazy promo product combos ;)

    • Mandy Kilinskis

      Oh man, that pen with tape measure awesome (and practical)! Not only would those stores benefit from handing them out, but they should definitely keep a handful or so for in-store use.

      Great find, Amy! :)

  3. Eric

    Love carrying your tunes with you where ever you go, but hate having to lug around that 30-pound, D-size-battery-powered, 1980′s boom box? Fret not. They’ve a radio fanny pack.

    These are all pretty hilarious. The jar of knives, well, just baffling. Unless you’ve got a busy day working the sideshow at the circus, and you run out of things to throw at the person tied to a spinning wheel.

    I do think, however, that college should invest in those dual pizza wheel/cutter tools, and hand them out to newly-rolled freshman. That’ll definitely come in handy over their next four years.

    • Mandy Kilinskis

      Perhaps throwing knives is one of your favorite ways to relieve stress? If that’s the case, then you would need an entire jar of them.

      If the colleges themselves don’t, then the local pizza places really should. There was one pizza place close to my college that handed out magnets. Let me tell you, I ordered SO MUCH pizza from them and would’ve continued if they hadn’t been shut down for laundering money. (Only in Naperville…)

  4. Jeff Porretto

    Mandy, this is hysterical! What a novel post!

    I can’t tell you how many times the Fanny pack radio has saved my life. Actually I can… it’s zero. But STILL! I think the designer of some of these awesome products watched a little too much Frankenstein…. or not enough…. where’s the 3-in-1 products?!?

    • Mandy Kilinskis

      Some of these products are straight-up brilliant: I mean, the pizza cutter and server? I wish I had one myself!

      As for the 3-in-1 products, I’m sure that they are out there and waiting to be discovered…

  5. Rachel

    Pizza slicer AND server? That rocks! And of course who doesn’t love the infamous Jar of Knives, a promo product appropriate for every occasion. ;)

    Fun post, Mandy!

  6. Jen

    I love that two-in-one stress ball + yo yo! What a sweet promotional product. Anyone would be tickled to receive such a cool promo hybrid. Nice post Mandy, the jar of knives and the radio fanny pack always crack me up!

    • Mandy Kilinskis

      Thanks, Jen! I can’t say I would’ve ever thought to put a stress ball and yo-yo together, but it’s definitely fun to play with. :)

  7. Jill Tooley

    Way to take an ordinarily dry topic and make it funny, Mandy! I got a kick out of this post. :)

    The ice scraper mitten is my favorite — by far. Whoever invented that should be commended! I don’t know how many times I’ve forgotten my gloves and still had to scrape off my car (while battling frozen fingers). One of those would help tremendously!

    P.S. I can’t think of any bizarre 2-in-1 items I’ve actually received, but this one’s pretty strange: the 4-in-1 tape/calculator/pad/light. It’s a tape measure, a calculator, a note pad, AND a light all rolled into one! A pencil is the only necessity not included. :)

    • Mandy Kilinskis

      I want that ice scraper mitten so much. I remember all-too-well how cold my hands get in the winter while I’m scraping off my car. I’d love any company that gave me one!

      That 4-in-1 product is crazy! That’s a whole lot of functions in one place. You would think that after designing that, they would’ve gone for the gold and added a built-in pencil. What a great find! :)

  8. Cybernetic SAM

    ahahahahaha! This is awesome! I am glad my two favorite items are hybrids! That fanny pack is amazing, and I would be something to be seen wearing the fanny pack and carrying a jar of knives. Best day ever.

    • Mandy Kilinskis

      I think that needs to be a thing. I can only imagine the awesome that would contained in that single sight, haha. :D

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