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Friday, 07 January 2011
 Here's a brand-new swag idea for 2011:
Fold-Flat Water Bottles

Swag Connection Item #zswih-hk

As someone who loves to travel I love this new foldable 24oz. water bottle. This takes up almost no room in a carry-on or gym bag, but it expands to hold as much as a good-size sport bottle.

This exclusive new travel water bottle comes pre-printed with the design around the edges as shown. Your logo is custom printed in the center. For now this is the only color scheme. Hopefully if the item catches on they'll start offering it in a wider variety of colors.

While the fold-flat design is handy for the recipients, it's also a space and money saver for the company that orders them to hand out. They take up MUCH less storage area than regular water bottles and also cost significantly less to ship.

If you're thinking about trade show giveaways, these are a fantastic choice. They're a brand-new item most people don't already own, they're inexpensive and useful - and they don't take up a lot of room at your booth.

Priced between $2.39-$3.29 with a minimum order of just 100 bottles, this is one of my favorite new swag ideas for 2011.

*******UPDATE: ADDED 1/20/11*******
I found another, similar fold-flat water bottle today from another vendor. It's solid color and doesn't have the pre-printed design, plus it's a little lower in price:

Click Here for more details & pricing on this one

Click Here to shop for the first item on our webstore

Thanks for reading & keep coming back for more new & unique swag ideas!

Diane Nudelman "The Swag Queen"
Posted by: Diane Nudelman AT 04:44 pm   |  Permalink   |  0 Comments  |  Email
Tuesday, 13 July 2010

High Tech meets Happy Hour:
USB Bottle Openers from Swag Connection

The iClick Milwaukee Drive

Here's a brand-new swag idea that just crossed my desk today, and what a fun item for summer! These all metal, heavy-duty USB Bottle Openers are fully-functioning USB Drives with your choice of 2GB, 4GB or 8GB of memory capacity.

While this isn't a drive for the extremely price-conscious, it has a lot going for it. Bottle openers have always been a very popular addition to people's keyrings, and this is designed for that. As most people handle their keys several times each day, the keyring is a prime location for your brand.

Usefulness is another huge factor when it comes to swag that is kept versus swag that's passed along. This USB Bottle opener serves two functions, making it superior to ordinary flash drives that can only be used for data storage. Plus it's got that 'fun factor' that sets it apart from ordinary flashdrives.

Not so long ago it was a big deal to get a promotional USB drive, as they were relatively expensive and few companies could afford to give them away. That's no longer the case. Today you can't assume that people are going to keep, use (or even remember) your ordinary custom-logo flashdrives - they've become ubiquitous. Stepping up to a cool drive like these is what smart marketers are doing to keep their branding fresh, memorable and top-of-mind (not to mention top-of-bottle!)

While this is an obvious choice for beer or soda companies, they're also a great swag idea for:


The minimum order is 50 drives, with turnaround time of betwen 2-3 weeks.

USB Memory Prices change weekly, so please contact us for a current quote:
Toll-Free - 866-247-4320

Thanks for reading & keep coming back for more new & unique swag ideas :)


Posted by: Diane Nudelman AT 04:52 pm   |  Permalink   |  0 Comments  |  Email
Tuesday, 16 February 2010

Seriously. A rugged, full size computer keyboard you can put your logo on... and PUT THROUGH THE DISHWASHER:


The Seal Shield dishwasher-safe line of keyboards was originally developed for use in the medical industry as a way to help stop the spread of germs in hospital settings. This is not a gimmick - they're full size, full function computer keyboards that are 100% waterproof.

I recently discovered these "dishwasher keyboards" are now available with custom corporate logo decoration in the promotional products industry. This is a great swag idea!

If you have any inkling at all of how germy and nasty the average office keyboard is (hint: much worse than a public toilet seat), your company should JUMP at the chance to convert your employee workstations to custom logo Seal Shield keyboards from Swag Connection. Not only do they cost about the same as ordinary keyboards ($35-$59 depending on style & quantity), they're a tangible way your company can prove it cares about employee health and well-being.

As a promotional business gift or incentive, this is a swag idea that's simply brilliant. Talk about a branded promotional gift that people will use and keep for years and years with daily logo exposure. If your company sells any sort of high-tech software or computer systems, thanking your customers for a nice order with a custom Seal Shield keyboard or two is a no-brainer.

We currently offer 3 styles of name-brand Seal Shield dishwasher-safe keyboards through industry supplier Logomark, as well as the waterproof, dishwasher-safe Seal Shield mouse. They can be ordered with or without your company's custom logo imprint.


Simply contact us here at Swag Connection to get started. We'll be happy to answer any questions you have and get your project started!

Phone: 866-247-4320
Email: Sales@Swagconnection.com

Thanks for reading & keep coming back for more great swag ideas!



Posted by: Diane Nudelman AT 06:31 pm   |  Permalink   |  0 Comments  |  Email
Monday, 25 January 2010

If you're in the business of creative marketing you may already be familiar with Brandelopes, which were used by (and feaatured on) the Ellen Degeneres Show during her 12 Days of Giveaways over the holiday season.

For those who haven't heard of them yet, a Brandelope is really just a customized version of a FedEx or Priority Mail envelope. Printed on both sides with full-color graphics, Brandelopes are a great way to create visual excitement for your direct mailings & increase your open/response rate. However, it's not the traditional Brandelope that I'm excited about today - it's their new product - the TABELOPE - which is a Brandelope with one very important feature... a tab that turns it into a file folder:

While this is pretty much identical to the Brandelope, it's the tab feature that I think is genius. Hardly anyone would hang on to a Brandelope after opening it up, but a Tabelope has the extra functionality of a file folder that makes it much more likely to be kept, possibly even for years after it's opened. This is especially true if it's used to deliver information or documents that need to be kept or referred to over time, such as tax returns or insurance policies. Since it's printed with your contact information, a Tabelope is a great way to keep that info literally at your recipient's fingertips in their file drawer.

With the entire front of the 9 x 11-3/4" sized Tabelope available for your custom graphics and message, this is a great vehicle for delivering your brand image with eye-popping full color impact. Priced at around $2/each (with a low minimum order of 200 pieces) this is creative direct marketing that even small companies with a modest budget can afford.

Here's how the tab feature works:

This is a GREAT swag idea for:
Tax Preparers
Insurance Agents
Finance Companies
Mortgage Brokers
HR Departments
Property Managers
Banks & Credit Unions
Senior Living Communities


We'd be more than happy to send you a sample of either the Brandelope or the Tabelope at your request. We can also quote your custom Brandelope or Tabelope project and help you with artwork development if needed.

Phone: 866-247-4320 (Toll Free)                 Email: Sales@Swagconnection.com

Thanks for reading & keep coming back for more swag ideas for your creative marketing!

Posted by: Diane Nudelman AT 06:33 pm   |  Permalink   |  0 Comments  |  Email
Thursday, 10 December 2009

I read somewhere once that the average office keyboard is covered with more germs than the a public toilet seat. If that's true, it's really gross, but it sure makes one think about the spread of germs in an office environment - especially now during cold and flu season.

Happily, I've found a great new swag idea that can help stop the spread of germs while inexpensively promoting your brand at the same time:

Introducing The Anti-Microbial Mouse Pad!

Ecoswag Item HND-33124

We recently got a sample of this soft-surface mouse pad and have been using it for a few weeks. It's comfortable, durable and grippy, which are the 3 things we like in a promotional mouse pad. This pad gets bonus points for also being made from recycled rubber, which is why we added it to our Ecoswag.com website. Given the combination of low price, full-color graphics, recycled material and anti-microbial protection, this may be the best promotional mouse pad on the market!

More about that Anti-Microbial Protection and how it works:
Dirty desk surfaces create ideal conditions for harmful microbes to grow and reproduce. To fight these microbes, our supplier (HandStands®) uses built-in antimicrobial technology to provide an added level of cleanliness.

Here's how it works: when microbes (bacteria, mold and mildew) come in contact with the product surface, the antimicrobial protection penetrates the cell wall of the microbe and disrupts key cell functions so the microbe cannot function, grow or reproduce. In simple terms, this HandStands® mouse pad featuring antimicrobial treatment is designed to:

? Last the life of the product
? Leave the mouse pad looking great and odor free
? Withstand over 75 washings in hot water

Why The Swag Queen LOVES Mouse Pads as a Promotional Item:
I think with or without the germ-killing angle, promotional mouse pads are one of the best things you can put your company logo on. They're the quintessential desktop advertiser, literally putting your information at the fingertips of your recipients. Because they're printed from edge to edge in full color, feel free to go crazy with your artwork design. Add the facts that they're small, lightweight, inexpensive, easy to store and easy to distribute (including via mail) and I think you can see why I think they're a great staple swag item for practically every business or non-profit.


  • Include useful information on them for your target audience. For example, the HR Department of a large corporation could put frequently-called numbers for benefits questions on these pads and distibute them to all employees
  • Include them in your press kits or information packets
  • Mail them out to your clients and/or prospects with a special offer

We'd be happy to help you! You can order this item online through our Ecoswag.com website, or contact us by phone if you prefer. We will gladly answer any questions, send you a sample or quote your custom mouse pad project.

Our Phone: 503-281-6420 in Oregon, or 866-247-4320 Toll-Free
Our Email: Sales@Swagconnection.com

Thanks for reading my blog & keep coming back for more timely swag ideas!




Posted by: Diane Nudelman AT 02:53 pm   |  Permalink   |  0 Comments  |  Email
Thursday, 03 December 2009

Just a quick post to tell everyone about a new feature we just added to our Swagqueen.com website called a ZoomCatalog library.

Here's the story - I'm an active social networker and made a connection on LinkedIn with the founder of ZoomCatalog. She was a promotional products distributor (like me) for many years and (also like me) she was appalled by the amount of catalogs our industry puts into the waste stream every year. Unlike me, she made it her mission to do something about cutting down on catalog waste and the ZoomCatalog concept was born!

The timing couldn't have been more perfect. I was just trying to put together a 'catalog library' of sorts on my own (using links to supplier websites) but what ZoomCatalog has to offer is much more sophisticated. It's allowed me to add an entire online library of catalogs to our website, each exactly the same as the paper catalog versions we have here at our office. The pages are flippable, it's easy to use, and the technology enables you to search the entire library by keywords if you're looking for a particular type of item.

I invite you to check out SwagQueen.com's Zoom Catalog Library for yourself & would love to hear your reviews or comments. New catalogs are still being added to the library, so over time it will become an even better resource for finding swag ideas.

Posted by: Diane Nudelman AT 06:44 pm   |  Permalink   |  0 Comments  |  Email
Tuesday, 20 October 2009

Looking for a tasteful, customized holiday business gift that's appropriate for EVERYONE?

of premium Olive Oil & Balsamic Vinegar:

Custom Labeled Olive Oil

If you're the person in charge of deciding on your company's holiday gifts, you know how hard it can be to find something that's appropriate for everyone on your list. Wine is a popular gift, but problematic because some people don't drink for personal or religious reasons. Plus it can be a real hassle to ship due to state liquor laws. Since people's taste in wine varys greatly, even a very expensive bottle may not be appreciated by everyone who receives it.

Nuts, popcorn, candies and gift baskets of food are other popular choices, but they can be a problem for diabetics, folks on sodium-restricted diets (or those who are simply watching their weight). Also, the sheer popularity of food gifts makes it likely yours will be one of several your recipients will get this holiday season, which makes it hard to stand out from the crowd.

That's why I really like this new swag idea I came across recently - CUSTOM ETCHED bottles of premium Olive Oil and Balsamic Vinegar for the holidays. These quality, all-purpose condiments come with your choice of a custom-printed label as shown above, or a deep-etched bottle like this:

Custom Etched Balsamic Vinegar

Both olive oil and balsamic vinegar are natural, healthful, all-purpose gifts that are different enough to stand out from the crowd. The custom-etched bottles have a high-end look and feel, as well as plenty of room for your logo or artwork. Olive oil and vinegar are also consumed over time compared to snack-type gifts, which keeps your logo around long after the holiday season is over.

These custom etched bottles are from Etching Wines and Spirits, and sold exclusively through promotional products companies like Swag Connection. The minimum order quantity is a low 12 bottles, with prices in the $30-$40 range. To see a PDF with more information and pricing, click here.

For an extra-special touch, laser-branded wooden gift crates are a beautiful way to package your gift and make a lasting impression:

Custom Label Bottle in Matching Gift Crate

These custom-etched bottles could also be delivered in a reusable wine tote, like this inexpensive one from Ecoswag.com.

While this is a great swag idea for the holidays, it's also good for other times of year as well. These would be nice gifts to reward clients, donors or employees in nearly any type of business!


Simply contact us with questions or to get started on your project:
Toll Free: 866-247-4320

Thanks for reading & keep coming back for more timely & appropriate swag ideas!


Posted by: Diane Nudelman AT 03:42 pm   |  Permalink   |  Email
Friday, 09 October 2009

Associate your brand with safety & protection this flu season with these timely swag ideas:


Hand sanitizers are by far the TOP-SELLING swag item right now, and with good reason. The swine flu is all over the news worldwide and sanitizer usage is at an all-time high as people in all walks of life take steps to protect themselves from germs.

In a business conference or tradeshow environment where people are shaking hands and exchanging business cards, providing custom-label hand santizers is good for both public health and your company branding. After all, associating your company name with health and safety is never a bad thing, no matter what line of business you happen to be in.

When we recommend promotional hand santizers as a swag idea, our favorite supplier is The Humphrey Line, which is based here in Portland OR. Not only do they have the widest selection of styles of hand sanitizer in the promotional products industry, they also manufacture right here in the USA. Choosing their products helps support US jobs and reduces carbon emissions compared to imported sanitizers that come from overseas.

If you're interested in learning more about Humphrey Line hand sanitizers, click the You Tube logo below to view a video about this USA-made product line:

The entire line is available through Swag Connection, of course! Simply call or email us for more information or to get an order started. Good idea to plan ahead if you like this swag idea however, these are such a popular item that orders are taking 3-4 weeks right now.


These handy kits are specially designed for the flu season

This is one of the newest kits from Ready4Kits, the industry leader in sports and safety kits for over 10 years. This custom-logo zip pouch comes packed with flu season essentials as shown. These are not only an appropriate (and appreciated) swag idea for conferences and trade shows this fall, they are also an excellent item to distribute to your employees internally.

Swag Connection proudly carries the entire Ready4Kits line, which includes the option to create your company's own uniquely customized kit if you wish. Any of the items you see on their website are available through us with your custom logo imprint.

OTHER SWAG IDEAS FOR FLU SEASON include custom-label tissue packs, logo-printed digital thermometers, logo-embroidered fleece blankets and nice big ceramic soup mugs with your company logo.

Please contact us for more information and ideas in this product category:
PHONE: 866-247-4320
EMAIL: Sales@Swagconnection.com

Thanks for reading & keep coming back for more great swag ideas!

Posted by: Diane Nudelman AT 11:51 am   |  Permalink   |  Email
Thursday, 23 July 2009

Here's a cool and useful swag idea for promotional campaigns targeted to a female audience:

Logo-Customized Purse Pal Handbag Hooks

My client & winemaking friend Kelley Styring of Insight Farm was one of the first to explore the connections between brands, women and what women carry in ther handbags. The results of her study were really quite fascinating - and are well presented in this article on CNN titled: The Power of the Purse. Did you know that 95% of women aged 18-64 carry a purse every day? Getting your brand connected with a woman's purse is one way to gain favorable daily exposure for your brand or cause.

Now there are lots of things you could give out that go into a purse - tins of breath mints, pens, lip balms, hand sanitizers and compact mirrors are popular swag choices - but they're also commonplace items most women already own, so they may not make much of an impression.

That's why I really like this Purse Pal handbag hook - it's a classy purse item that not many women currently own. It perches on the edge of a table or counter at restaurants and lounges and keeps a woman's purse in easy reach. The clever design rolls up as shown here when it's not in use, and the velvet gift bag is a nice touch that also keeps it from getting scratched up in the purse.

One of the other things I like about this as a marketing swag idea is that it has the potential to become a conversation piece when women get together socially. I know if I whipped one of these out to hang my bag when meeting the gals for cocktails it would certainly be noticed & commented on. Giving a smart little gadget like this is a great way to enhance your brand's image for a female audience.


I just started a "Diane's Top Picks" section on SwagConnection.com and added this item, so click the link to view product details and pricing online. This gift item comes from IMC-Miracles which is one of my favorite business gift lines here at Swag Connection. Anything you see on their website can be purchased through my company.

As always, feel free to give me a call or shoot me an email if you are interested in any of the swag ideas I feature on my blog. I love hearing from my blog readers and many of them have become clients over the years.

Phone: 866-247-4320
Email: Diane@Swagconnection.com

Thanks for reading & keep coming back for more cool & unusual swag ideas - Ciao!



Posted by: Diane Nudelman AT 02:08 pm   |  Permalink   |  Email
Wednesday, 20 May 2009

Custom Logo Hand Santizers are the #1 Selling Promo Item Right Now

This is even better:

Introducing Hand Sanitzer Lotion that Protects... and Moisturizes!

With the Swine Flu all over the news lately, custom-label hand sanitizer became our industry's hottest-selling product literally overnight. Long a staple swag item for companies in the medical fields, hand santizer is now being used as giveaway swag by companies in all sorts of industries.

As readers of my blog know, I like to be on the leading edge when it comes to new, useful and innovative promotional items. So I was stoked to discover this promo hand sanitizer last week because it's better than the others in one very important way - it moisturizes!

Anyone who is a heavy user of hand sanitzing gels can tell you - it's great stuff but it's super-drying on your hands and cuticles. Most gel and spray sanitizers have a high alcohol content, which is great for killing germs but also sucks the moisture right out of your skin. This exclusive formulation is made in the USA and was developed in conjunction with a major teaching hospital in Ohio. It's the first of it's kind. It's non-greasy, odorless, effective at killing germs... and it leaves hands feeling soft, even with frequent use!

One other thing worth mentioning. This product is made in the USA. That's not only important because it supports American jobs, but also for safety reasons. With the quality control problems in Chinese factories coming to light in the news, I think it's very important to know where your swag comes from and that the ingredients on the label are truly what's in the bottle.

This new formulation comes in 1/2 oz, 1 oz and 2 oz sized clear plastic bottles that are custom-labeled with your company logo. Priced in the $1-$2 range with low minimum orders starting at 100 bottles, this is a swag idea that would be very appropriate for:

Daycare Providers
Insurance Companies
Airlines and Cruise Ships
Spas and Clinics
Corporate HR Departments
Schools & Universities
Inclusion in Event Bags


This is one of many styles of hand sanitizers we offer from our trusted supplier The Humphrey Line. CLICK HERE for a link to the hand sanitizer section of their website (Product Numbers for the Lotion Sanitizer: #359, #387, #388 & #311).

To order, simply contact us by email or give us a call: 866-247-4320

Thanks for reading & keep coming back for more new & timely swag ideas!





Posted by: Diane Nudelman AT 01:24 pm   |  Permalink   |  Email
Thursday, 30 April 2009

This Week's New Favorite Thing... The Convertible "Montezuma" Backpack from District Threads

The very first thing I must say is that the picture does not do it justice. This swag item is MUCH cooler in real life. I recently got a sample to try out (one advantage of being the Swag Queen) and it's the best laptop-compatible backpack I've ever owned.

Brand new for Spring 2009, this backpack's most innovative feature is that it easily converts from a backpack to a messenger bag so you can carry it whichever way is most comfortable for you. It's a nice size for travel with a padded, separate compartment specially designed for carrying a laptop computer up to 17" size. The roomy main compartment is also padded, as are the backpack straps and shoulder strap so it's super-comfy to carry, even when loaded with stuff. The bottom panel is rubberized to protect the contents from moisture. Even the hand-carry handle at the top of the bag is padded... you can tell the designers of this laptop backpack have put a lot of thought into every detail.

I especially love the multitude of organizing pockets that are built in to this pack. They're nicely sized and well-placed for easy access while keeping contents secure. It comes in basic black, or in the coffee-brown and black combo shown above (my fave). Your custom logo decoration can be added to the center front pocket with embroidery or screenprinting. My recommendation would be embroidery... it looks classier and will last longer, especially with heavy use.

The price? Around $40 each with logo embroidery, and a low minimum order quantity of a dozen packs.

These custom logo computer backpacks are a great swag idea for your company's Sales Team and Executives who travel with laptops for business. They'd be a nice addition to an employee rewards program or incentive prize to use in sales contests. Colleges could sell these in their bookstores or use them as an gift when recruiting new students or athletes to their programs. Computer retailers may want to consider these as an item to sell with a new laptop computer. I can also see these as a nice gift to express appreciation for non-profit donors, volunteers and Board members.


You can see more specs and detailed information about this item by clicking here to view on our supplier's website. To order, contact us at Swag Connection:

Phone: 866-247-4320
Email: Sales@SwagConnection.com

Thanks for reading and stay tuned for more great swag ideas!

Posted by: Diane Nudelman AT 02:24 pm   |  Permalink   |  Email
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