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25 Most Popular Promotional Products of 2014

Holy moly! How did we get to the end 2014 already? It seems like just yesterday that I was celebrating my 11th birthday and giving everyone at Quality Logo Products a high-five for getting our shiny new website up and running. Actually, now that I mention it, I seem to do a lot of celebrating. Maybe that’s why I can’t remember where the year went.

Well, looks like I’m going to be partying one more time, because it’s time to give it up for the stars of QLP, the 25 bestselling promotional products of 2014! You’ve seen ‘em before, and you know you love ‘em. Now, let’s find out which ones were your absolute favorites!

Top 25 Promo Products of 2014


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Take a look at the Cinch Up Drawstring Backpack! The Round Stress Reliever beat it out for the top spot last year, but this little drawstring bag came back fighting and was our best seller for most of 2014. In fact, it was a good year for bags all around. Just check out how many nonwoven tote bags made the list this year! They’re so practical for trade shows and conventions, though, that you gotta wonder: is there ever really a bad year for bags?

Okay, that was probably the least party-ready thing I’ve ever said, so let’s talk about something more interesting. Like summer. I don’t know if everybody was hitting the beach or what this year, but the 2014 list was full of items good for fun in the sun. From the practical stuff like our Promotional Lip Balm and the Alpine Aluminum Water Bottle, to the fun products like our Rubberized Sunglasses and 9” Custom Flyers, QLP was the place to go for people who want to go! Outside, that is. Man, I crack me up.

But what about people who were stuck inside all day, like the humans I pay to keep me company here at QLP Headquarters? It looks like you all took care of them, too, with a bunch of custom supplies for school and the office. Don’t get me wrong, technology is great, but sometimes you just need a Custom Pencil, or a Bic Clic Stic Pen, or an Adhesive Sticky Note Pad to jot things down.

Speaking of technology, check out one of my favorite new items: the On-the-Go USB Charger. This is a brand-new addition to our top products of the year list! Lots of people are getting smartphones and tablets now, though, so I wouldn’t be surprised if more items like this portable charger end up on the Best of the Year list next year. Seriously, I’m laying down my bets already.

I’m glad to see some of my old favorites are still around, though, like the Collapsible Koozie Can Cooler and the Budget Kooler Bag. And, no, it’s not just because I’m a stress ball and I have a preference for soft, durable things made with foam. It’s because I think these coolers are great items to have around on a hot day.

You know what? Let’s take a look at those top 3 products one more time to admire their beauty.

top 3 promo items 2014

I can’t wait to see what hot items make the list for 2015! (“Hot” items? After talking about a hot day? See what I did there?) But I guess I’ll have to wait, just to find out what you, our wonderful customers, decide to shop for in 2015. That’s okay. At least there are few more parties for me to enjoy between now and then.

If you’d like to take a closer look at any of 2014’s bestsellers, just click on the item in the graphic above, or take a look at this handy list. Thanks for a great year, everyone—now, it’s time for me to see if I remember the words to “Auld Lang Syne”!

What do you think about the best-selling items of 2014? What do you think will be our top products in 2015? Do you know all the words to “Auld Lang Syne”? Let us know in the comments below!

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  1. Jaimie

    I am not surprised at all to see that these are the items on our top list. These are great items that can be used for all sorts of events. 🙂

  2. AG

    Well this isn’t a surprise! LOL! So many bags this year but they are always a great choice! Our top 25 looks pretty neat and has a nice variety! I can dig it! 🙂

  3. Jon

    I think I have sold enough round stress relievers in 2014 to fill a 53′ Truck a few times over – I am demanding a recount.

    That drawstring backpack is a popular piece for sure and we definitely sell those daily… but stress balls are the people’s choice I am pretty sure 😉

  4. Angie

    The drawstring bags are great and have a large imprint area to maximize one’s logo. What will 2015 bring? Something new or the standard go to items?

  5. Rondell Caraos

    It’s not a surprise to see the Cinch Up Drawstring Backpack at the #1 Spot… for that price and the size of the Imprint Area, you can’t beat that! #25 is nice to see on there! Every company should have their own custom mugs! If you don’t see a cool item in our Top 25… type in anything at the top of our webpage and find something else that may work out for you. 🙂

  6. David Willits

    Lots of great stuff on that list. My favorite would have to be the Magnetic Kolder Kaddy. Those things are great!

    I’m betting that next year, we see more cell phone accessories on this list.

  7. GREG

    Spot on! The Cinch Up Backpacks will always be in the top 5!! Mood cups and the stress balls are close behind!

  8. Leo

    Need a cold beer that will stay close by while washing your car? GET Magnetic Kolder Kaddys STAT! 2015 is the year of the handy Magnetic Kolder Kaddys. This product is going to blow up! GUARANTEED!

  9. keith

    This is always a great tool to show customers who are looking for promotional products but don’t know what are the popular items. There they are! Bags are always great because they are very useful and have a very large imprint area to show off your logo.

  10. Erin

    Nice line up – those backpacks are holding strong at #1! I’m betting that the USB car chargers inch their way up the list a few notches in 2015!

  11. PMO

    Let’s go, On-The-Go USB Charger! Get some legs and move on up!

  12. Chase

    Super awesome post! Thanks! I see a ton of the same items as earlier months! To me that just locks in that some of these items are becoming staples in our industry. Super cool to confirm that the items on the site that I get to talk to people about are just as popular as I think they are! Thanks again for the great blog!!

  13. serenity

    I am not surprised that the drawstring cinch bags consistently make the top lists time and time again! With such a large imprint area it is a fantastic item!

  14. Erik Steinbrecher

    Come on Lip Balm, you need to work your way up higher than that! Pucker up and kiss some…. well, maybe just show your value with a full color imprint, ease of use for everyone, and go anywhere quality features. You’re a perfect companion to those sunglasses that made the top 10. Maybe in 2015 you’ll make it to the top 10 yourself.

  15. Kat

    YAY for the Cinch Up Backpack! My personal favorite – and obviously the choice of many of our customers as well! Can’t go wrong!

  16. Chuck

    Cinch Up bags might be the undisputed champ of 2014! I dont think I have ever seen it not #1. Not surprised though, great product for the price!

  17. Doc

    Great post! These are definitely some top sellers. Especially all the bags. Tote Bags and Backpacks are a great marketing item throughout the year.

  18. Matt

    No surprises here! Cinch-up backpack has been going strong all year. It seems like those are every other order around here. I also really like seeing the USB charger. Man are those things useful. I’m thinking the cell phone card holder might be a bit of a contender next year. Thoughts?

  19. Jeff Nicholson

    It makes sense that most of these items are made to be taken on the go. These are great for promotional purposes because it gets the brand name in front of more people. Re-usable bags are a great idea because they are environmentally friendly and some stores even give discounts for using them.

  20. Jay

    A few of these will be in the 2015 list, no doubt, but more high-end tech stuff is getting popular and people tend to move away from the typical trade show giveaways. It’ll be interesting to compare this list to the one you guys post a year from now!

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