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As you probably know from browsing the hundreds of stress ball shapes at Quality Logo Products, the choices can be overwhelming. How do you know which stress reliever will not only best fit your advertising campaign but also successfully correlate with your company’s products and/or services? How should you choose between a fun, playful squeezie shape and a basic, straightforward shape? Do you really want to be forever known as "the company that gave away those buttocks-shaped stress relievers" just because you gave them away one time? How do you know which stress ball to buy when there are so many options?

First of all, you should take a deep breath and stop worrying about stress balls! You’ve found this article, which can help you judge different types of stress relievers and find the ones best-suited for your business or your promotion. Sit back, relax, read on, and learn!

Basic Stress Ball Shapes vs. Unique Shapes
This is one of the most common dilemmas faced when choosing a stress reliever. When you’re in doubt about a specific shape, just refer back to one of the most important rules of selecting any promotional item: consider your audience. Are your recipients fun-loving or are they all business, all the time? You’ll have a bit more leeway if your target audience isn’t too uptight. Will the squeezie you select only be given away at one specific event, or will it be your primary giveaway item? You may have an easier time with your choice if you’ll only be using a stress ball shape on a promotion-by-promotion basis, because then you’ll be searching for a shape that fits one event and not necessarily for a shape that defines your entire brand. (For example, a heart stress ball would be perfect for a Valentine’s Day promotion even if it wouldn’t epitomize your company for 365 days of the year).

Also figure out what kind of message you’re trying to convey if you want to make the process easier on yourself—think of things that relate to your company or organization and keep them in mind when looking at potential stress balls. What products or services do you offer to customers? People will probably better remember your chiropractic office if you personalize spinal cord stress relievers than they will if you go with a generic shape. What is your company slogan? Help people remember that your business "unlocks a wealth of opportunities" by printing your contact information on a key-shaped stress reliever. Get creative!

Untraditional shapes tend to get the most attention, but don’t hesitate to customize and distribute round stress relievers if you’d rather play it safe—they relieve just as much tension and they’re available in practically every color of the rainbow!

Stress Ball Colors
Speaking of colorful stress balls, sometimes it’s difficult to choose a color after you have a shape in mind (if that particular shape allows for color changes). Many squeezies are only available in one color, but basic shapes like circles or squares can be customized in a wide variety of colors. So, how do you know which to choose? You could have your information imprinted on several different colors of the same shape, depending on your marketing campaign and on the availability of the stress balls. Or, you could coordinate your stress balls with your company colors (for example, orange and blue are the official colors of Quality Logo Products, so we could opt to have a blue imprint on an orange stress reliever).

You don’t have to stick to your company colors when you’re personalizing giveaway items like stress balls, but there are benefits to doing so. Successful branding encourages people to recognize you—whether it’s your logo or your slogan—and you’ll increase your success if you remain consistent whenever possible. Customers may find it challenging to recall your logo if you’re always switching your colors!

Multiple Results for One Stress Ball Shape
Sometimes, your selection process isn’t over even once you’ve settled on a specific stress reliever shape. Let’s say that you’ve searched the Quality Logo Products website for "apple stress balls" (because you knew exactly what you wanted) and received several different search results—all similar in price. Why are there so many apple stress balls? Quality Logo Products is able to offer more choices because we closely work with so many stress reliever suppliers all over the country.

Believe it or not, the varied search results are not put there to confuse you! If you’re wondering what is different about each apple stress ball you see, then allow us to shed a bit of light on the subject. There are several factors that could differentiate the apple stress balls in your results: materials used, durometer (hardness), color, and detail. Some suppliers use polyurethane and others use materials like foam to create their stress balls. Durometer levels, which determine the denseness of stress balls, vary depending on the supplier. Each supplier uses their own shades of color, like the red or green used for their apple stress balls. Details like the stem of an apple stress reliever differ on each product (and sharper details often result in a higher price). Thus, the handful of choices you see when you search for "apple stress balls"!

So how do you know which apple stress ball is the best? Well, "best" is subjective. Do you prefer a firmer stress ball or a softer one? Do you like the darker red or the brighter red? You can request a sample or two from Quality Logo Products if you’d like to determine quality differences for yourself, and you can always speak to a representative about the quality of a particular stress ball if you get confused. Don’t allow price to be a sole indicator of quality, because sometimes we just have excellent sales!

If You’re Still Lost…
What if you’ve read this entire article and you’re still having trouble finding that perfect stress ball? If you haven’t found any stress reliever shapes that appeal to you or fit your advertisements, then you can take advantage of a special service offered at Quality Logo Products: custom stress balls! Is your company mascot a purple lizard wearing a clown suit? NO PROBLEM! As long as you order the minimum number of pieces, you could have completely custom stress relievers for your business. That way, you’ll know for sure that your toughest competitor didn’t place exactly the same order and you’ll be able to make your company stand out that much more.

Also keep in mind that the customer service representatives at Quality Logo Products can help you with questions about stress balls and about promotional items in general. There is a "Live Chat" option on every product page, so you have the option to chat with one of our experts at any time during your shopping experience. Or, pick up the phone and call us at (866) 312-5646 or email us at

Article By Jill Tooley
Jill Tooley

Jill has been obsessed with words since her fingers could turn the pages of a book. She’s a hopeless bibliophile who recently purchased a Kindle after almost 6 years of radical opposition, and she loves stumbling upon new music on Pandora. Random interests include (but are not limited to) bookstores, movie memorabilia, and adorable rodents. In addition to managing the QLP blog, Jill also manages the content development team, assists with the company’s social media accounts, and writes like a fiend whenever given the chance. You can connect with Jill on Google+.

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