Adding a Retro Feel to Advertising: 25 Throwback Promo Items That Channel Past Eras
Nostalgia is in. Whether your heartstrings tug you back to the 50s, 60s, 70s, 80s, or 90s, you can bet there’s a customizable product to accompany you there. Thinking of adding a retro feel to your advertisements? Or perhaps you desire to share your fondness of past eras with your customers? I’ve got your back with these throwback promotional items!
Break out the poodle skirts and slick back that hair, because it’s time to attend the sock hop with your sweetheart! The 50s era conjures images of muscle cars, classic diners, rotary phones, drive-in movie theaters, and pop icons like Elvis Presley or Marilyn Monroe. To make your promotions as bubbly as your memories, try customizing one of the following items:
From left to right: Diner Mug (this is a classic); Oscillating Fan (four words: The Seven Year Itch); Classic Car Calendar (they don’t make ‘em like they used to); Antique Car Stress Ball (a modern twist on a retro favorite); Motel Key Tag (these are making a comeback).
The 60s were far out, man! Sure, this was the time when psychadelic patterns, peace signs, and tie dye heightened in popularity, but it was also the time when rock and roll music gained some grit and changed the industry forevermore. If you can’t shake your nostalgia for this epic decade (or if you’re a manic Mad Men fan), then you’ll probably favor at least one of these vintage-themed products:
From left to right: Decanter Set (Don Draper would love this); Electric Guitar Stress Ball (a la The Beatles, Rolling Stones, Elvis, and more); Lava Lamp (one of the best mood boosters); Confetti Flyer (bears a striking resemblance to tie-dye); Flower Highlighter (flower power is back).
Disco balls. Bell bottoms. Avocado-green appliances. Ringing any bells? Say what you will about the 70s, but many of the things we see in stores today (from clothing to decor and everything in between) were inspired by this era! Satisfy your cravings and show the world you like to boogie with one of these personal tributes:
From left to right: Glimmer Light Up Pen (the best method of stayin’ alive); Printed Poly Pro Tote (paisley, stripes, and geometrics…need I say more?); Fiesta Notebook (just look at that pattern!); All That Glitters Bounce Ball (the disco ball that bounces); Expressions Umbrella (it’s SO groovy!).
If Michael Jackson, Prince, and Madonna don’t immediately make you think of the 80s, then something’s seriously wrong. This era was brimming with neon colors, leg warmers and leggings, puffy hair, and big attitudes. It also brought cartoons back into the mainstream and started the digital age with DOS computers. Don’t just stand there; bust a move with one of these 80s-esque items:
From left to right: Neon Rubber Sunglasses (do you wear your sunglasses at night?); Neon Flyers (nothing says 80s like neon); Sonic Groove Cooler (a retro cooler that plays music!); Flat Erasers (trade them with your friends); Rubik’s Cube (we dare you to solve it in under a minute).
Technology exploded during this time, spawning wonders like personal CD players and handheld Tamagotchi pets. If the 90s was your decade of choice, then you probably owned high-top sneakers, wore glittery slap bracelets, and grew up with Nickelodeon TV shows. Oh, and you probably had a either a grunge band or a boy band disc in that CD player! Share your passion with others via one of these fantastic throwbacks:
From left to right: Retro Handset (remember when having a phone in your room was a luxury?); Glitter Bouncy Ball (glitter galore for 90s kids); 3D Glasses (remember when 3D was exciting?); Neon Gel Pens (for the artsy ones in your group); Slap Bracelet (be the envy of your friends).
There are several other promo items that evoked nostalgia but didn’t quite make it into the featured portion of my post. For example, the Foam Koozie, one of the most popular koozies on our site, is making a comeback lately. We think it might be because of its thick, soft foam material that screams retro (remember when stuff like that was all the rage?). The Cat’s Meow Desk Clock is a slick addition to any sophisticated workspace, and the curved handle and flannel pattern of the Automatic Stick Umbrella brings on all sorts of fashion compliments.
Showcase the attributes of your favorite decade by including an era-appropriate giveaway item in your next promotion!
Did you see anything you like? Are there other retro promotional products you would have liked to see in this post? What’s your favorite era?