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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); Two-Tone Brass Key Tag (these are making a comeback).

The ’60s were far out, man! Sure, this was the time when psychedelic 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.

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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 Award (like a totally rad lava lamp that you never have to turn on); 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 décor 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.

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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?); Non Woven Polk A Dot Padfolio (just look at that pattern!); Rocket Orb Promo Bouncer Stress Ball (the brightly colored 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.

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From left to right: Neon Rubber Sunglasses (do you wear your sunglasses at night?); Neon Flyers (nothing says 80s like neon); Encore Music 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.

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From left to right: Retro Handset (remember when having a phone in your room was a luxury?); Glitter Frame (glitter galore for ’90s kids); Retro Specs (remember when barely being able to see through your sunglasses 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 Wood 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?