Buying promotional products can be tricky since there are so many variables like how much to spend or what kind of item to get. Most business owners can’t drop millions or even thousands on branded items. However, just because you’re on a tighter budget doesn’t mean you can’t purchase fun, effective giveaways. Some of the best promotional items cost less than a dollar, meaning they don’t have to break the bank!

Whether you pick a promotional product that’s simple or one that packs a punch with the crowd, there are many options that are cheap and affordable. Let’s dive right in and find the best budget-friendly promo item for you!

Please note: Products and prices are subject to change.

You can get useful items that people love at a price you can afford. From sleek cell phone wallets to stylish sunglasses, there’s no shortage of quality, inexpensive promotional items!

What Are Some Unique, But Inexpensive Promotional Products?

From school fundraisers to opening a new bank account, cheap branded items like pens, sunglasses, and stress balls are everywhere.

The good news is you can step up your game with unique, but still inexpensive giveaways like:

  1. 1. Tech gear
  2. 2. Toys
  3. 3. Multi-purpose keychains
  4. 4. Mood items
  5. 5. Hot or cold packs

Tech Gear

Technology plays a huge role in our everyday lives. That’s why using tech gear as promotional giveaways is a fun, new way to advertise your brand! People love electronic accessories that are convenient, can be used daily, and help protect their privacy.

Give a useful tech gadget a go!

Perfect For:

Large Corporations

Software Developers

Car Dealerships


Toys are the perfect way to bring out your inner child and kids absolutely love them. Some fun items, like Frisbees, are also great for people who have dogs. When it comes to grabbing someone’s attention, you can’t go wrong with a branded item that people can play with!

Seek out exciting, fun-filled trinkets!

Perfect For:

Childcare Centers

Pet Stores

Amusement Parks

Multi-Purpose Keychains

Keychains are very popular promotional items, but they’re even better when they have a purpose. That’s where multi-purpose keychains come into play. People love collecting new keychains, especially if it’s eye-catching, useful, and interesting.

Try a keychain with a cool extra feature!

Perfect For:


Home Improvement Stores

First Responders

Mood Items

Glow-in-the-dark and mood products have been around since the mid-1960s and are still a fan favorite in the 21st century. They’re perfect for schools, sporting events, and art museums. Adults and children will enjoy watching their giveaways change color.

Go all out with color-changing magic!

Perfect For:


Sporting Events

Art Museums

Want to see how mood pencils change colors? Watch this video to find out!

Hot or Cold Packs

Having a hot or cold pack on hand for emergencies, like slight bruising or a muscle cramp, can help ease pain and swelling. Clients will appreciate the thoughtful gift after a root canal or as a little housewarming gift.

Keep your cool or turn up the heat with hot or cold gel packs!

Perfect For:


Spa Resorts


What Other Factors Can Affect Your Total Price?

Now that you’ve picked a promotional product within your budget, there are a few other expenses to keep in mind. Depending on what you buy, you’ll have additional costs like tax, shipping, warranties, etc. The good news is that here at Quality Logo Products® we’re always upfront about our pricing.

A few things that may increase your total cost when ordering promotional products:

  • Quantity
  • Customization
  • Delivery and shipping


Buying in bulk is key. The more you buy, the cheaper the promo item becomes. Most promo products have a minimum quantity that ranges from as little as 25 to over 1,000. Keep in mind the minimum might push you slightly over your budget. Overall, when you can, buy in bulk and if you can’t, order what you need.


A setup fee is required when it comes to customizing your promotional products with your design or logo. Aside from this additional fee, there are also certain customization options that can come at an extra cost. For example, some promotional items, like t-shirts and tote bags, can have a design on both the front and back of the material. If this printing process is not in your budget, however, you don’t have to do it!

Delivery and Shipping

Just like any online order, shipping usually costs extra. You should keep this in mind when it comes time to place your order. Allow at least 2 weeks for your package to avoid the extra cost of expedited shipping or air mail.

Even with the possibility of added expenses, you can still stay within budget. Just remember to order ahead of schedule, pay attention to minimum quantities, and watch out for customization options that may cost extra.

The Bottom Line

From tech gear to color-changing items, it’s pretty clear that budget-friendly promotional products don’t have to be boring! It’s also great knowing that you can select a great giveaway without having to break the bank. The next time you’re on the search for affordable promotional products that pack a punch, give these ones a try!

About the author

Kyrsten Ledger

Kyrsten is a promo expert with a passion for branding . Her vast knowledge of promotional giveaways and marketing has led to several articles and published work for PPB Magazine, a publication from the Promotional Products Association International.