How to Be a Customer’s Cupid This Valentine’s Day

There’s still plenty of time before Valentine’s Day, but that doesn’t mean you should wait until the last minute to get your customers something they’ll truly cherish. Any reason is a great reason to further promote your company, so why not capitalize on this holiday and pick up some promotional products to give away? Whether you’ll be at a convention or a trade show the week of Valentine’s Day or at your store, these promo items will make expanding your brand easy!

But first, a quick Valentine’s Day history lesson (don’t worry, no quiz follows it). The history of giving chocolate on Valentine’s Day goes back 2,000 years to the times of the Mayans and Aztecs in Latin America. The high-ranking and powerful would infuse cocoa beans with water to form frothy chocolate drinks for special occasions (and as sacrifices to the gods). Montezuma, an Aztec ruler, believed that chocolate was an aphrodisiac and would routinely drink it before a night of Twister or Charades (wink), thus sealing chocolate’s popularity and its association with love and romance in today’s culture.

“True love is never having to ask: caramel or coconut?”

It turns out Montezuma was a pretty smart guy, since today’s scientists have linked the chemical phenylethylamine in chocolate to feelings of excitement and happiness. This chemical almost acts as an anti-depressant and gives us the same feelings as falling in love. Not too shabby of an association for your company to capitalize on!

If giving away chocolate is the route you want to take and you have a decent budget, I recommend checking out Van Gogh Chocolate Filled Gift Boxes. You can choose what varieties of chocolate you’d like it to be filled with! For the more budget-conscious, I suggest handing out the Rockwell Square Chocolate Pieces so you can give your sweeties as many as they want and none to those who blew you off last Valentine’s Day.

For a softer giveaway that can sit in a car without danger of melting, you can’t go wrong with an adorable plushy! Spencer the bear is a cute stuffed animal that will show how you love your customers ‘beary’ much (sorry, couldn’t resist that). You choose his shirt and what information you want imprinted on it. His little plush monkey key chain friend will allow your customers to take your admiration with them wherever they go!

No water required to keep this bloom going!

Giving away a dozen red roses to every single one of your customers on this special day, while nice, would be incredibly expensive. Instead, these Potted Pens will give the same effect of receiving flowers from a secret admirer without blowing your entire budget. Or, give away flowers with “some assembly required.” These Confetti Seeds will have them seeing beautiful flowers within a few weeks. No matter which promo product you choose, anytime they’re seen by your customers they’ll think of you fondly.

Traditional chocolates, flowers and stuffed animals always make great gifts, but what about something that will help your company stand out from other Valentine’s Day gifts this year? A simple gift like these Heart Clips in a Bag will get your customers thinking about your brand every time they need to clip together papers and will keep the love going all year long. Another useful Valentine’s Day giveaway is the Heart Cloth Tape Key Rule. This handy keychain tape measure will help your brand measure up to the competition and steal your customers’ hearts.


No better way to say you care than with a pun!

If you’re looking for something a little flashier, perhaps you’d prefer the Heart Blinking Light as your Valentine’s Day giveaway. Once turned on and clipped to your customer’s shirt pocket or belt, it’s sure to grab attention for your brand. If you prefer something that’s not as flashy, why not just tell your customers that you’re their fan? Give out the Heart Glued Fan with a witty Valentine’s Day message.

It wouldn’t be a Quality Logo Products blog post without some suggestions for squishy stress relievers in it. If you want to sprinkle some good tidings into your promotional giveaway, then you can’t go wrong with Heart Stress Relievers. They’re economical and they never fail to let everyone who receives one know that you adore them. If you want your customers to be able to take your love with them wherever they go, try the also-economical Valentine Heart Stress Ball Key Chain. No matter what you hear, it’s not how much you spend but the thought that counts!

Shopping, then watching ‘Never Been Kissed’. What could be better?!

Whether you’re celebrating Valentine’s Day with a night out on the town with that special someone or spending time with friends watching a fun romantic comedy, let your customers know that you’re glad they’re in your life. These promotional products will get your point across loud and clear without any mixed signals.

Is there a really great Valentine’s Day related promotional product we forgot to include? Have you ever received something special from a company on Valentine’s Day? Do you have any special plans for this day (just a head’s up, it’s on Tuesday the 14th of February)? Sound off below!

Amy Hoidas

Amy is one of Quality Logo Products’ Community Manager. She is a self-professed newspaper nerd and thoroughly enjoys reading business and financial news and having impromptu discussions about it. Oh yeah, she’s “one of those” people! A true Midwestern girl by nature, she loves riding her bike, photography, and the Chicago Cubs. You can also connect with Amy on


  1. JPorretto

    Valentines Day 2000 was when Laura and I started dating =] We used to pull out all the stops for anniversaries, but the problem was EVERYONE is pulling out the stops on Feb 14 every year and it got to be too insane. Good thing we got a new one to celebrate from the wedding ;]

    Now chocolate and plush animals for V-Day sounds like a guaranteed winner to me! Thanks Amy!

    • amy

      Aww, that’s sweet, Jeff! I can only imagine how difficult it would be to plan an anniversary on Valentine’s Day. Restaurants are filled with teenie-boppers and they drive the prices of roses up. Ugh, ridiculous. Yay, for being married and having that “excuse” to celebrate instead 😉

  2. Rachel

    I love all these suggestions, Amy! The plushies are my favorite, of course, because who doesn’t want a plushie?? I also really like the Potted Pen — besides being a substitute for a fresh flower, it’s also a great reminder of spring and summer during these cold winter months. Thanks for all these ideas!

    • amy

      When I saw the Potted Pen I knew it was meant to be in this post. I’d love to receive one of those from a company. Shoot, they’d have my business for life probably.

      Thanks for commenting 🙂

  3. Alex Brodsky

    While I’m not sure I approve of already being barraged by Valentine’s Day reminders, I DO approve of twister and charades 😉 That Montezuma was a wise fellow.

    Nice post, Amy!

    • amy

      Gotta order early to beat the rush 😉 Thanks, Alex!

  4. Mandy Kilinskis

    I would love getting one of those adorable plushies for Valentine’s Day! This bear is exceptionally cute and will make absolutely anyone fall in love with your brand. I would also never say no to some grow-it-yourself confetti. 🙂

    Sidenote: I watched Never Been Kissed recently, and I was bummed to see that the romance wasn’t the A or B part of the plot. It was buried very far down and Michael Vartan was barely on screen. I get that it was more of a self-discovery story, but com on!!

    • amy

      Any item with ‘plush’, ‘baby’, and ‘bear’ in it has me sold. He’s so freaking adorable!! AWWWW!! Thanks Mandy for this awesome suggestion!

      I loved ‘Never Been Kissed’, but nor do I personally watch rom-coms for any true value to my life. I just love them for their “fluff” 🙂

  5. Eric

    I’ve found, usually, it’s the thought and effort that go into the holiday that make it worth it. Shelley waits tables for the day job, so suffice it to say, the last place we go on a big holiday is a restaurant. Wound-up cooking her favorite meal for her, and baking/decorating a cookie cake myself. FAR cheaper than a dozen, fresh, long-stemmed roses, or that of the like, and she appreciated it far more. You ever see me in a kitchen, and I’m cooking…you know it’s some sort of special occasion.

    And, when in doubt…Montezuma totally had it figured out. Chocolate’s always a welcome gift.

    Nice post, Amy!

    • amy

      You hit it exactly right, Eric. It’s the thought and effort that really matters 🙂 Anyone can go to Dominick’s and pick up a dozen roses while picking up TV dinners for the week, but it means a lot more when preparation and planning is done. And if planning isn’t your thing, then you’d better have a hefty supply of chocolate on hand (or whatever ‘guilty pleasure’ they may enjoy)- haha.

    • Amanda

      Wow! Well done Eric! Such a nice thing to do on V-Day (especially since she’s a waitress!). =)

  6. Jen

    I love Valentines Day. I think it is sweet to have a special day to show someone how much you really care about them. Sure you can do that everyday, but I like that it’s a holiday. Plush toys, flowers, and chocolates are a few of my favorite things on V-Day, but I think an nice home-cooked dinner, desert, and spending time with the people I love is even better. Take note people, if you want to play Twister and Charades on Valentines Day cook a romantic dinner for two. <3

    Great post Amy, I love the V-Day history!

    • amy

      Hahaha, well judging by the number of November birthdays I think a lot of people enjoy playing “Twister” and “Charades” on Valentine’s Day 😉 tehehe

      It doesn’t matter who you spend Valentine’s Day with, as long as it’s with people you love, then bring on the chocolate!! 😀

  7. Jill Tooley

    Awww, cute ideas, Amy! 🙂

    Might I also suggest the Valentine Rubber Duck (he’s on closeout right now, so he’s extra affordable) or the Heart Highlighter? The latter would be the more practical option of course, but who could resist that rubber duckie?

  8. Amanda

    Great post Amy! You mentioned so many cute ideas here! I like the idea of Valentine’s Day, but it’s just too much sometimes. We usually go out to dinner, but it’s usually the weekend before or after–to avoid the crazyness. I love flowers, but not often, since they cost so darn much!! 😉

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