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Making Waves: The Top 10 Promos of March 2016

It’s March once again. The birds are up singing before dawn, news outlets are beginning to talk about the pollen count for the day, and those of us living in the Midwest will get to experience sixty-degree weather followed by rain and snow – all in the same day.

Is it summer yet?

No, of course it’s not, because we still have March’s 10 most popular promotional products to discuss. Which ones came out on top this month?

It’s time to find out! Here are QLP’s 10 bestselling promotional products for March 2016:

Congratulations, QLP customers; you know what’s up. You know that stress relievers like yours truly are tried-and-true promotional items that work for any occasion. That’s why you made the Round Stress Reliever your most popular product for the third month in a row, while its main competitor, the Cinch Up Drawstring Backpack, slipped to the number 3 spot.

We have a lot of the same items from last month hanging out in March’s Top 10, but I did notice some trends. First, we’ve got some items related to writing, notetaking, and studying making strong showings on the list. Among those are QLP’s Adhesive Sticky Note Pads (2nd place, what a finish!), Krypton Pen (9th place), and Custom Pencils (10th place). I’d throw the Brain Stress Reliever (7th place) in there, too, because studying without a stress reliever is like watching a movie without popcorn – you can do it that way, but why? Anyway, final exams at schools around the country will be coming up before you know it, so it’s great to think that people are getting prepped for them. Even if we’re not talking about the students.

The other trend? Based on what we saw last year in March, this is when people are starting to plan for their summer promotions. I don’t blame them one bit; spring weather is kinda crazy even for people and stress ball mascots that don’t run around pantsless. But I think that’s why we’re seeing items like the Rubberized Sunglasses (4th place), Promotional Lip Balm (6th place), and Mood Stadium Cup (8th place) on the list, and why we’re likely to see more of them in the months to come.

What else will we see in the months to come? Will the Cinch Up Drawstring Backpack try to climb its way back toward the top, or will 2016 be the Year of the Round, Squishy Thing? You’ll have to come back at the end of April to find out. For now, though, speaking of trends, it’s time for…

The QLP Monthly Trend Alert!

I’m a big fan of the items in this month’s Trend Alert, and not just because each of the items listed has an expressive yellow face, just like yours truly. It’s because I’ve been seeing goods with emoji faces on them all over the place lately, so I’m totally 🙂 that QLP now has some that are just waiting to be decorated with your logo. I’ve picked three standouts to tell you about this month: the LOL Emoji Stress Reliever, the Wink Wink Emoji Plush Keychain, and a category of product you’ve probably never seen before, the Flingers.

Have you ever laughed so hard that you cried? If not, then you truly haven’t lived, my friend. Heck, we do it all the time around here at QLP! For those moments with the only appropriate emotional response is an extreme one, we’re happy to offer the LOL Emoji Stress Reliever. It’s a great update to the idea of a standard round stress ball, with a face plenty of people can relate to.

If you’re looking for a key tag as your next promotional giveaway, you can’t go wrong with the Wink Wink Emoji Plush Keychain. It’s a practical item, as all keychains are, yet it’s fun, too. How can you not smile when you see this soft little toy winking at you every time you pull out your keys? We think it would be a great gift for your next college event.

These aren’t the only emoji items we offer, not by far. We have other products, like plush pouches, as well as other emojis available for the products you’ve already seen, including the “Yikes!” face and the “I Love You” face. And if you love any of the products from our Trend Alert or Top 10 Products list, you can contact our expressive Quality Logo Products® sales representatives by phone (866-312-5646), by email (, via our live chat, or by leaving a comment below.

Which product do you think will be our bestseller next month? Do promotional products with emojis on them make you want to 🙂 or 🙁 ? Let us know in the comments below!

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Bubba is the Quality Logo Products mascot. He may have started out as "just a stress ball," but he's come a long way since the company's launch in 2003. Bubba has been immortalized in numerous vector artwork designs for internal and external promotions, and you can see him change outfits on the Quality Logo Products homepage whenever a holiday rolls around. Oh, and he thinks pants are for the birds. You can connect with Bubba on


  1. Rondell Caraos

    Thank you for this list month after month. Looks pretty much the same every month with a sight difference with the Order but it is still nice to see what is trending or basically still working. People just LOVE our Round Stress Relievers and Cinch Up Backpacks. Those will never leave this list. Who doesn’t love a Sticky Note Pad though. Nice to see it at the #3 Spot! I think I over use them to be honest. :/ Mood Stadium Cups holding the #8 Spot. I have been seeing a ton of these Orders lately. I like how you could decorate the Front and Back for no additional cost. #winning

  2. Johnny

    I knew there were top selling products of ours but I didn’t about this top 10 list. Seems about right with all the orders of stress relievers I’ve seen coming in. With each item it does make me wonder as to what kind of promotional events and giveaways these top 10 are contributing to. I’m sure each item is doing its job either way. I remember when cinch up bags started to become big around my schools awhile back and it’s no surprise seeing them in the top 10. They’re cheap, a great way to get a name out there and actually useful when it comes to everyday life. Stress relievers being #1 are obviously wanted more but how useful can really be? They might be nifty at first but wind up collecting dust on most peoples’ desks. Speaking of stress relievers the new trending items dealing with emoji’s seem like they would catch on pretty quick if not already with social media and technology nowadays. Key chains are always fun to show some personality or expression and the Flingers seem like they’d be fun in or out of the office. At least around here. As for the stress relievers they have just as much use as any other one I mentioned before but if it’s an “LOL” one I feel like just looking at it would make me smile or relieve some stress.

  3. Chase

    When it comes down to it, these items make the top ten every month or so because they are cheap and versatile. With a wide variety of colors, they can fit the restrictions of alot of companies so they are almost always a great starting point for an event.I imagine this list won’t change too much in the coming months outside of a few summer items heading in like flyers/frisbees. Keep an eye out for those deals!

  4. Anthony

    These items are definitely my go to when someone needs something on the quick and they don’t want to spend an arm and a leg. Imprint sizes are fantastic for each item and they will get the job done for whatever promotion you may have. That is a promise!

    But those emoji stress balls are totally awesome! I am surprised that those are not a huge hit yet! Everyone who has a smartphone uses these all the time so it would be an easy product to relate to. I just can just see an all out emoji stress ball war… that would be sweet! But back to the list… with Summer coming up, we are going to see a lot more of the Sunglasses and Lip Balms for sure. I know they will get into the top 2 in the next coming months! Great post Bubba! Keep up the good work!! 😀

  5. Stacy Gruca

    These have been and will be my go-to suggestions for my clients who need a quick, budget friendly, and useful promo item. Its awesome to see the mood cups making their way up the list. I have definitely noticed their popularity boost since the warmer weather is upon us.

  6. Greg

    No surprise in the top ten! Tried and true items that you can use for almost any event! Great price, people love to use them and of course the best customer service around!! 😉

  7. Kevin

    I agree with Greg, no surprise on any of these… We see these 10 items on a daily basis… All of our customers know a good stand by promo item that they know will last… all 10 of these do… And, you can get a good imprint on each of them… the size is great so no worries on getting something you can’t read! Great article!

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