About the author
Alyssa Mertes

Alyssa is a promo expert with over four years of experience in the industry. She is the Lead Copywriter at Quality Logo Products and has had work published for the Promotional Products Association International and the Advertising Specialty Institute.

Office Life

How Do You Fix or Replace a Broken Stylus Pen?

Technology is wonderful, but it can be a huge pain in the butt when it doesn’t work quite right. Anyone who’s ever failed at connecting to Bluetooth, or lost internet in the middle of the work day knows exactly what I mean. Another big frustration…

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18 Adorable Baby Shower Favors Your Guests Will Love

Cute Baby Shower Favor Ideas Spa day items like lotion & bath salts Chocolate Mason jar drinkware Succulent plants Mini popcorn bags Flavored sugars in little containers Playing cards Elegant drink koozies Mugs with a spoon on the handle Kitchenware like whisks or oven mitts…

Industry Insights

Buying Guide & Design Tips: How to Customize Lanyards

Learn More About Lanyards Buying Guide & Design Tips: How to Customize Lanyards   Learn More About Lanyards Buying Guide & Design Tips: How to Customize Lanyards What is a Lanyard & What Are the Different Types? 9 Swag Bag Giveaways for Your Video Game…

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12 Things You Can Do Now to Improve Your Work Life Balance

According to the Pew Research Center, 71% of employed adults in the U.S. are currently working from home as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. Everyone else is either back at the office full-time, or is doing some kind of hybrid schedule. No matter what…

How It's Made

11 DIY Lip Balm Recipes You Can Make in Your Kitchen at Home

Easy Lip Balm Recipes Beeswax & Essential Oil Vegan Lip Balm With Shea Butter Hydrating Cocoa Butter Coconut & Honey Hemp & Honey Sweet Petroleum Jelly Maple Syrup Flavored Glycerin With Vitamin E Avocado Kool-Aid Fresh Fruit Are you looking for a fun weekend project?…

Marketing & Branding

12 Real Examples of Promotional Marketing That Are Clever & Unique

You’ve probably encountered promotional products at some point. You know – t-shirts, water bottles, pens… all that merch you see at concerts, worn by fans at an NBA game, sold online by your favorite podcasts, or sitting on the tables at college job fairs. Swag…

Industry Insights

What is a Lanyard & What Are the Different Types?

Learn More About Lanyards What is a Lanyard & What Are the Different Types?   Learn More About Lanyards What is a Lanyard & What Are the Different Types? Buying Guide & Design Tips: How to Customize Lanyards 9 Swag Bag Giveaways for Your Video…

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What is a Swag Bag & How Do You Put One Together?

Are you in charge of a trade show, or hosting a fundraiser? Either way, the people who come to your event want to go home with free swag bags! Whether you’re planning the first in-person trade show after the COVID-19 pandemic or you need virtual…

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Buying Guide & Design Tips: How to Customize Koozies

Learn More About Koozies® How to Customize a Koozie®: Advice from the Experts   Learn More About Koozies® How to Customize a Koozie®: Advice from the Experts How Does a Koozie® Work? Why Foam Keeps Your Drinks Nice & Chilly 9 Alternative Uses for Koozies®…

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20 Personalized Mother’s Day Gifts That Mom Will Love

Best Mother’s Day Gift Ideas Rose Gold Coffee Mug Scented Candle Unique Picture Frame Gardening Gift Set Plush Blanket Wooden Cutting Board Engraved Wine Glasses Manicure Gift Set Personalized Yoga Mat Glass Water Bottle Comfy Sweater Custom Cosmetic Bag Moscow Mule Mug Personalized Sleeping Mask…

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Buying Guide & Design Tips: How to Customize Calculators

Learn More About Calculators Buying Guide & Design Tips: How to Customize Calculators   Learn More About Calculators Buying Guide & Design Tips: How to Customize Calculators What Are the Different Types of Calculators? What is Inside of Calculators & How Do They Work? In…

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What Are the Different Types of Calculators?

Learn More About Calculators What Are the Different Types of Calculators?   Learn More About Calculators Buying Guide & Design Tips: How to Customize Calculators What Are the Different Types of Calculators? What is Inside of Calculators & How Do They Work? There may come…

How It's Made

What is Inside of Calculators & How Do They Work?

Learn More About Calculators What is Inside of Calculators & How Do They Work?   Learn More About Calculators Buying Guide & Design Tips: How to Customize Calculators What Are the Different Types of Calculators? What is Inside of Calculators & How Do They Work?…

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20 Giveaway Ideas & Swag for Your Virtual Trade Show

Giveaway Ideas for Virtual Trade Shows Webcam covers Face masks Stemless wine glasses Drink koozies Bumper stickers Post-it Notes Reusable grocery bags Kitchen utensils T-shirts Mini notebooks Slippers Sleeping masks Beach towels Playing cards Fandanas Pedometers Safety items Cosmetic bags Luggage tags Novelty pens The…

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11 Things You Didn’t Know About Band-Aids

“I am stuck on Band-Aid brand ‘cause Band-Aid’s stuck on me.” This infectious jingle was all over the place in the 80’s, and it really gets to the heart of something true. People have really been “stuck on Band-Aid” since the brand was introduced by…

Promo History

20 Popular Toys of the 80’s & 90’s: A Brief History of Your Childhood Favorites

It’s hard to believe, but there used to be a time when kids were entertained by something other than YouTube, Netflix, and “Fortnite.” Back in the 80’s and 90’s, it was all about dolls, puzzles, board games, and all kinds of other retro toys that…

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Buying Guide & Design Tips: How to Customize Stylus Pens

Are you in the market for some new pens for your company? Why not go with something useful like styluses? With a rubber tip that works on cell phones and tablets on one end, and a handy black ink pen on the other, you’re getting…

How It's Made

What is a Stylus Pen & How Does It Work?

This is a tech-centered world, and you basically can’t live in it without a cell phone or tablet. We use these devices for it all – looking up recipes for dinner, staying in touch with our friends and family, taking road trips without getting lost,…

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Buying Guide & Design Tips: How to Customize Sunglasses

Tom Cruise in Top Gun, Laurence Fishburne in The Matrix, Audrey Hepburn in Breakfast at Tiffany’s…these are some of the most iconic movie characters of all time. And the one thing they all have in common – a good pair of sunglasses! Sunglasses exude mystery,…

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11 Best Reversible Umbrellas to Save for a Rainy Day

Does the forecast call for rain? Make the most of the downpour by hiding under an inverted umbrella! These super cool reversible umbrellas are having a moment lately thanks to their ingenious design, which keeps you from getting wet when you use them. They’re awesome…

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9 Easter Promotional Gifts & Giveaway Ideas for Your Celebration

Best Easter Promotional Gifts Candy & other sweet treats Animal stress balls & toys Jute bags Pastel shirts & apparel Inverted umbrellas EOS lip balm Coloring books & crayons Drink tumblers Picnic blankets Feel that fresh spring air. It’s the first Sunday in April, which…

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15 Incredible Works of Art Made With Post-it Notes

Painting, drawing, sculpting items from clay… these are all wonderful ways to express your artistic talent. But in this day and age, you can branch out and create art from so much more. This includes Post-it Notes – that’s right, those little sticky pieces of…

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13 St. Patrick’s Day Giveaway Ideas for Your Bar Crawl, Party, or Celebration

St. Patrick’s Day Giveaway Ideas Beer mugs Shamrock stress toys Bamboo coasters Rainbow pint cups Green clothing like t-shirts & socks Wine or beer koozies Teddy bears Bottle openers Shot glasses Chocolate coins & other candy Moscow Mule mugs Beaded necklaces Hand sanitizer Pour yourself…

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Buying Guide & Design Tips: How to Customize Chocolate & Candy

Do you have a crush on someone and want to give them a Valentine’s Day gift? Is your kid celebrating their 10th birthday with a party? Either way, custom chocolate is perfect for the occasion! Chocolate is not only delicious, but it’s also great as…

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Is Chocolate Good for You? The Pros & Cons of Eating Chocolate

Few among us can resist a sweet bite of chocolate. It’s not unusual to buy candy bars on an impulse at the grocery store. Chocolate is even part of our most special moments, from weddings and baby showers to holidays like Christmas and Valentine’s Day.…

How It's Made

How Are Chocolate Bars Made? From Cacao to Candy

Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory makes it seem like chocolate is made by Oompa Loompas and “a world of imagination.” In realty, there aren’t little orange guys running around and singing while they work. It takes plenty of farming, cooking, and molding to make…

Promo History

The History of Chocolate: A Sweet Look at Who Invented Your Favorite Treats

Chocolate is one of America’s favorite desserts with 90% of people claiming to love this sometimes bitter, sometimes sweet treat. You eat it in candy bars, cakes, muffins, and even mix it with your milk, coffee, and liquor. At this point, chocolate should be one…

Miscellaneous

How to Draw With Ink Pens: The Best Tips & Techniques for Beginners

Unless you’re a real deal artist that displays your work in a gallery or at places like artist alley, you might not know a ton about pen and ink art. That’s okay! It’s easy for you to start out with this drawing style, and all…

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Buying Guide & Design Tips: How to Customize Backpacks

You can go to Target and buy a plain, basic backpack for school or work. Wouldn’t it be more exciting, though, to use a custom backpack from one of your favorite brands? A variety of places, from colleges to theme parks, can print their logo…

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What Are Fandanas & How Can They Be Used?

You probably have worn bandanas at some point in your life, whether you’re trying to keep the hair out of your eyes while you clean your house, or are randomly pretending to be a cowboy or ninja. But what in the world are fandanas?! It’s…

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How Do You Clean a Backpack With & Without a Washer?

If you wear a backpack all the time, it’s likely exposed to situations that will make it super dirty. It could be a hike through a muddy forest or an epic food fight in your school cafeteria. Either way, you can’t expect your bag to…

How It's Made

How is a Backpack Made?

A backpack might seem pretty simple. It’s just some fabric, a couple straps, and a few zippers, right? Well, get ready to have your mind blown! There’s actually more that goes into making one than you may think. Your backpack is strong enough to hold…

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Buying Guide & Design Tips: How to Customize Baseball Caps, Beanies, & Other Hats

On bad hair days, you probably have a go-to baseball cap that you like to throw on your head. It’s not uncommon to have a favorite, and more than likely, the hat you reach for has some kind of design printed across the front. Branded…

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15 Bar or Restaurant Promotional Items to Bring in Hungry Customers

Bar or Restaurant Promotional Items Napkin caddies Glasses Coasters Bottle openers Mints Oven mitts Reusable plastic cups Portable coolers Apparel Coffee mugs Drink flights Keychains Magnets Fortune cookies Sanitizer wipes Your restaurant or bar has probably been closed for some time due to the COVID-19…

Marketing & Branding

15 Tips for Hosting an Outdoor Trade Show for the First Time

Learn More About Lanyards 15 Tips for Hosting an Outdoor Trade Show for the First Time   Learn More About Lanyards 15 Tips for Hosting an Outdoor Trade Show for the First Time Buying Guide & Design Tips: How to Customize Lanyards What is a…

Promo History

The History of McDonald’s Toys: Happy Meals & Other Fun Merchandise

You are hard-pressed to find any kid from the 70’s to the early 2000’s who doesn’t have fond memories of going to McDonald’s. Those golden arches are associated with not just tasty nuggets, piping hot fries, and Shamrock Shakes, but also smiles and nostalgic feels.…

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Buying Guide & Design Tips: How to Customize Highlighters

The best part about back-to-school isn’t getting your class schedule or meeting your teachers. It’s all the fun shopping you get to do! The notebooks look fresh, the backpacks are clean, and those highlighters are super bright and colorful. People love highlighters, which is exactly…

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What Are the Different Types of Highlighters?

During back-to-school season, you see hundreds of highlighters at stores like Target and Walmart. It can be almost impossible to choose a pack, especially when you’re looking at so many bright, fun colors! This guide is here to make your shopping a little easier. You’ll…

Miscellaneous

What Are the Different Types of Hats?

Did you know that people used to work as milliners or hatters in the 1800s? That’s right – it was possible to make a living out of fixing and selling hats! Men often wore them as they commuted to and from work, so these trades…

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What Are Stadium Cups & How Can They Be Used?

Nothing’s better than a cool, refreshing drink, unless of course it’s poured in a fun, plastic stadium cup. It could come with a signature drink at a restaurant or with your expensive beer at a ball game, but no matter what, these souvenir cups are…

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Does Hand Sanitizer Work on Any Surface Besides Skin?

Learn More About Hand Sanitizer Does Hand Sanitizer Work on Any Surface Besides Skin?   Learn More About Hand Sanitizer 10 Unique Hand Sanitizer Giveaways That Bring Personality to Germ-Fighting What is Waterless Hand Sanitizer & Does it Work? 5 Ways You Can Make Scented…

Marketing & Branding

What Are Pop-Up Shops and Do They Actually Work?

Back in the 80’s and 90’s, people actually liked advertising. They wanted to sing along to the jingles, watch the commercials, and see the cool Coca-Cola billboards down the highway. Nowadays, brands have to be sneakier to get their messages heard, whether it’s through targeted…

Marketing & Branding

5 Brands Pumpin’ Up the Jams with Spotify Playlists

It seems like there’s a Spotify playlist for just about everything – road trips, holiday parties, taking a bubble bath, ordering promotional products. So it only makes sense for your restaurant, store, boutique, or even insurance company to have a Spotify playlist of your own. …

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13 Inspiring Quotes From Adventure Time to Start Your Day

Children, hipsters, and many others are huge fans of the show Adventure Time. It’s a bonkers Cartoon Network original created by Pendleton Ward. Since its inception in April 2010, the show has caught on like wildfire with a wide variety of ages, from elementary students to…

How It's Made

What Chemicals Are in Highlighters & How Are They Made?

Science shows that certain smells trigger memories in our brain. For instance, grass may remind you of playing outside as a kid, or freshly baked cinnamon buns could bring flashbacks of working at Cinnabon as a teenager. Highlighters work the same way! Their chemical smell…

Promo History

When Was the Highlighter Invented? A History of Colorful Markers

Can you imagine how brutal it would be to read through stuffy textbooks without a highlighter? Even in your career, you likely use one to pull out the important stuff in paperwork and meeting notes. The highlighter is really an unsung hero, and it’s about…

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Buying Guide & Design Tips: How to Customize Sticky Notes

Plain, boring yellow sticky notes just aren’t very much fun. Sure, they get the job done, but they don’t have a ton of personality. That’s the beauty of custom sticky notes! An unusual shape, bright color, or eye-catching design can totally transform your notetaking. Here…

Miscellaneous

Are Post it Notes Recyclable? What To Do When You’re Done With Them

A sticky note isn’t like a journal or a photo album. You don’t hold onto it for years and look back at it in the future. Rather, it’s a piece of paper that’s designed for one-time use and temporary notes. So what do you do…

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