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Trend Alert! Fun, New Promotional Products Straight from ASI Chicago

Are you in the market for a trendy, fun promotional item? Perhaps you’ve used cap pens and stress balls in the past, but now you want to get a little bit bolder with your giveaway items.

Fear not, friends.

As you know, a bunch of us from Quality Logo Products went to ASI Chicago this year. We strolled up and down each and every aisle scouting out interesting and new promo items.

But don’t just take my word for it; our media team was on the scene to document these cool, best-selling products. Check out what the vendors themselves had to say about the hottest promo products this year.

Personalized Pens

If one thing’s clear, promotional pens will never go out of style! Their compact size and frequent use makes them great for any brand or business, no matter what your budget is. Stylus pens will be great for the growing popular of smartphone users!

The pens featured in the video can be found here: Curvaceous Ballpoint Stylus Pen, Metallic Curvaceous Ballpoint Stylus Pen, Sleek Stick Pen, Imperial Click Pen, Illuma Pen, and Smartphone Stylus Pen.

Promotional Drinkware

Between healthier lifestyles and a movement to buy more Earth-friendly products, drinkware is extremely popular this year. If you haven’t passed out some imprinted water bottles, it’s time to give it a try. Acrylic tumblers are great for offices and stadium cups are must-haves for company picnics and outdoor events.

The drinkware featured in the video can be found here: Double Wall Acrylic Tumbler with Dome Lid and Straw, Flip Top Freedom Tumbler (18 Oz.), Flat Foldable Bottle (20 Oz.), Sun Fun Stadium Cup (17 Oz.), and Silipint Silicone Tumbler (16 Oz.).

Custom Lunch Products

Eat healthier and save money when you start bringing your lunch to work! Even better, give your employees and customers a custom lunch container with your company logo on it. These items will be used every single day and will make your brand the hero of better eating.

The lunch products featured in the video can be found here: Cereal On The Go (12 Oz.), Snack On The Go, Lunch Pod, 3 Piece Salad Shaker Set, and 3 Section Lunch Container.

Additionally, we heard two phrases at almost every single booth we visited: “made in America” and “made of recycled materials.”

American-made products and recycled materials have been growing in popularity over the past couple of years, but now bought vendors and consumers are interested in items that directly affect their country. End users are also being more selective of the products they use.

Luckily, we carry a whole bunch of promo items that fit those qualifications.

Customizable Sports Bottle (28 Oz.) – These colorful reusable PET bottles are made in the USA, BPA-free, and hold an unreal 28 ounces of liquid. They’re great for any brand and save tons of water bottles from landfills!

Poly-Pure Travel Bottle (27 Oz.) – One of my favorite water bottles, this bottle is made of food-safe PETE which is BPA-free and made of recycled plastic. This American-made bottle comes in many fun colors and is recyclable itself!

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What’s not to love about a pen made from water bottles?

Aqua Ballpoint Pen – People are drinking more bottled water than ever, so save those bottles from our oceans and opt for these click pens instead. 80% of this pen is made from recycled plastic water bottles!

White Golf Ball (Dozen) – Get your golf game on with these high quality golf balls that are proudly made in the United States of America. We can’t promise they’ll improve your game, but your logo will definitely look awesome on the side.

The Elm Tote Bag – This reusable tote bag doesn’t just save plastic bags from the trash, it’s also recyclable itself! Your customers will be using for a long time, so you probably won’t have to worry about it being tossed, but it’s good to know and your clients will love you for thinking green.

We have so many more items, so make sure that you visit our homepage and browse through our products. If you have any questions about the products in our videos, or about any of the items on our website, please contact us by phone (866-312-5646), email (, via our live chat, or leaving a comment below.

Have you seen any of these trends in products you have distributed or received? Which new products strike your fancy?


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  1. Eric

    Anything I could use to pack myself a lunch is always something I’ll use. Most the time, I’ll only take something if I know there’s a use for it. Chip clips are one of the most under-rated products we sell, I’d say: it’s something you will need around the house, but not so badly so you’re going to go out and spend money on it. Now, if you’ve the opportunity to get a few for free? You’ll be all about it. The company doesn’t have to blow crazy money to get you something useful, and you save money having been spared the need to buy it yourself. Win-win. May have to order myself a sample of one of those salad shakers…if for nothing else but some 1990’s McDonald’s “LET’S PUT SALAD IN A CUP!” nostalgia. 🙂 Chock-full-of-goodness post, Mandy!

    • Mandy Kilinskis

      I was kind of blown away by the variety of lunch products the different suppliers had at the ASI show. I mean, a salad shaker? That’s awesome, but not the kind of product I would think about needing.

      I, too, agree that chip clips are completely underrated. My freshman year of college I received one from an organization on campus and I still use it today. Great price, longevity, real use – it doesn’t get much better than that.

  2. Kelsey

    This was an entertaining and informing post, Mandy! I agree with Eric about the whole chip clip thing, I have a few here at work and they come in handy when I want to keep snacks in my drawer! 🙂 I also think that the cereal on the go thing is right up my alley. I need to get my hands on one of those so I can bring my frosted flakes everywhere!! 😀

    • Mandy Kilinskis

      The Cereal to Go is great! I could use one for those days that I’m running a little behind schedule. And like I said to Eric, I was so impressed with the awesome designs for carrying around food!

  3. Rachel

    I didn’t realize lunch items were such a big thing — though I guess it makes sense, since pretty much everybody has to eat lunch at work at some point. 🙂 I also really like the Sun Fun stadium cup and the Silipint. Great rundown of the trends at ASI, Mandy! 🙂

    • Mandy Kilinskis

      I didn’t realize that they were so big either! I also like that some are very specialized to salads and cereal – that means you can have a whole bunch of choices of how to bring your food to work!

      I am still amazed at how quickly the Sun Fun Stadium Cup changes colors in the sunlight – and that ice water keeps its color vibrant. It’s the little things, I guess.

  4. Alex Brodsky

    I want the flashing ice cubes that were in the indestructible cups (not pictured in this video)! Woo! Shiny Things!!

  5. Jenna Markowski

    I didn’t think I needed a stylus pen, but after hearing that one vendor talk about how you can use the stylus on your phone in the winter when you have gloves on…I’m sold! I also never thought of the straws that come packaged separately with the acrylic tumblers as a problem, but I can see why it would be. Those were some interesting insights from the vendors! Great job putting this informative post together, Mandy! 🙂

    • Mandy Kilinskis

      Thanks, Jenna! I didn’t think that I need a stylus pen either. But I love that I could check the email on my smartphone while not having to pull off my gloves in the winter.

      One of my favorite products is definitely the Silipint. It’s a little more expensive than other drinkware, but considering you don’t run the risk of breaking it, it’s well worth the extra money.

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