Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Best Selling Holiday Business Gifts Under $25

The Holiday Season is almost upon us and that means end-of-the-year thank you gifts for clients, employees, and your business referral sources. Here are some of what we think are the best and most impactful Holiday Business Gifts, all under $25. These gifts deliver a big perceived value that will work well with your budget.

Bamboo Cheese Board and Wire Slicer
This elegant cheese board is a nice gift for clients who love to entertain. The stainless steel wire is ideal for slicing soft cheeses. It's easy to imprint your logo and the bamboo wood makes it environmentally friendly as well.

Micro Boom Bluetooth Speaker
Give the gift of music with this bluetooth speaker. It connects to a mobile device using wireless Bluetooth technology so your phone or electronic device can be across the room. The speaker uses a rechargeable lithium polymer battery that charges through a micro USB port. This is an always appreciated tech gift.

Mobile Charger and Retractable USB Cable Set
Everything a person needs to stay connected while on the go is included in this economically priced charger and USB cable set. This is a much appreciated gift for traveling clients and employees so they can keep their phones or electronic devices charged. This gift set will definitely get used, giving your brand extra exposure.

Glass Business Card Holder and Message Pad Holder Gift Set
Here's a high impact gift idea! This striking glass gift set includes both a business card holder and message pad holder. These cut glass accessories capture the brilliance of light with their cut glass multi-faceted edges. Etch your logo on the glass for great brand visibility on the recipient's desk. Daily brand exposure! It also comes in a nice box that is easy to wrap.

Textured Tuscany Journal & Executive Stylus Pen Gift Set
This elegant journal and pen/stylus make for a great executive Holiday gift. The journal comes in a variety of colors so you can pick the one that reflects your brand best. It's all packaged in a beautiful box, perfect for gifting. This promotional product offers great brand visibility with the imprint on the journal, as well as the printed logo on the pen.

Stainless Steel Flask and Tumbler Gift Set
Another great gift for a mobile warrior. Your logo will stand out clearly on this stainless steel flask and tumbler with plastic liner. Flask is double walled and insulated to keep liquids hot. Best yet, it is packaged in an elegant gift box.

Don't Wait. Get Started on Your Client Holiday Gifts Today!

Don't see what you are looking for? Give me a call and we'll help you pick the perfect gift for your employees, clients, or referral partners this year - 847-398-5500 or

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Thursday, October 9, 2014

Promotional Product Ideas to Support the Movember Men's Health Campaign

Are you ready for Movember? Since a lot of men participate in October's Breast Cancer Awareness activities, like NFL team players wearing pink on game days to show their support, we know women want to get equally involved in the male-oriented Movember awareness campaign. Here are some ideas on how they can, even though they can't grow a mustache.

What is Movember exactly? 

The Movember Foundation is the leading global organization committed to changing the face of men’s health. The Foundation challenges men to grow mustaches, or moustaches if you are outside the U.S., during Movember (a word combining mustache and November), to spark conversation and raise vital funds for its men’s health programs.

Guys (Mo Bros according to the charity) take action by signing up, and growing a mustache for the month of November. They ask friends and family to donate to their efforts in growing a mustache and creating conversations about men's health.

However, women (Mo Sistas) can also get involved and serve as champions for keeping the men in their lives healthier. Mo Sistas can rally their loved ones to join the movement, grow mustaches and have important conversations about men’s health.

The Movember community has raised $559 million to date and funded over 800 programs in 21 countries. 

So, if you are a woman or a business who can't grow a mustache, how can you get involved?

Using Promotional Products to Start a Conversation

Create awareness and generate conversation by showing support for the men's health movement by gifting and using Mustache-themed promotional products. 

Here are some of our favorite Mustache Promotional Products:

This ceramic mug is so fun! The mustache handle makes this a great conversation piece the office. 

Get the whole family involved with these whimsical sunglasses. Now everyone can sport a mustache this November. If these sunglasses don't attract attention and start a conversation, I don't know what will. The Wayfarer style sunglasses come in a variety of bright colors with matching color mustache and dark lenses. These would be super fun giveaways for a Mustache-themed birthday party, too. 

Add some levity to your next office meeting or hand these mustache pens out at trade shows to create awareness for the Movember Campaign. At only $1 each, these pens offer huge impact for a very small price. Restaurants can give these mustache pens to their wait staff or retailers can have them next to the cash registers so customers will get a kick out of signing their credit card receipts with the fun pens. 

Print a company logo or a men's health tip on these fun meeting, conference or event giveaways. Travel incognito, protect your secret identity, or make a fashion printed mask made from high density white poster board. This would be a fun prop to use if your event is featuring a photo booth. This mustache-themed promotional item is super cheap at .30¢ each, but again offers huge impact. 

Hand out this mustache keychain during the month of Movember, wild west celebrations, and costume-themed parties to turn up the volume on your promotional event! This item is so fun that people will be using it for months to come. 

Ready to show your support for Movember? Give us a call today to choose the perfect Movember Awareness promotional item that fits your marketing goals and budget best. 847-398-5500 or email me at We have plenty of ideas to build awareness and support for other Causes, as well. We'd be happy to send you some ideas.

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Dona Blunt Wins Top Dealer Award for Kaeser & Blair for Fourth Year in a Row

I was thrilled that for the fourth year in a row, I was recognized as one of the top U.S. dealers for Kaeser & Blair, the 17th largest distributor of Promotional Products in the United States. I also was honored to receive the "Dick Kaeser Legend Award" for finishing as one of the Top 20 sales people nationally, out of a group of 3,000 authorized dealers. 

In the photo with me, is Kurt Kaeser, President of Kaeser & Blair, a company founded by his grandfather. The promotional products distributor is a member of the PPAI (Promotional Products Association International) and ASI (Advertising Specialty Institute), and they do a very nice job of updating their dealers and sharing new promotional ideas and best practices at their annual 3-day conference.

One day of the conference is devoted to educational events where the application of promotional products to specific business needs was explored. Another day featured a trade show set-up with 190 leading industry product lines exhibiting their product ideas and how to use these products to help our clients promote their brand and grow their business. 

I truly enjoy helping my clients brand their company, launch new products, thank customers, and reward their employees with promotional products. I work hard for my clients understanding their business objectives and generating creative ideas that help them stand out and get results. 

Now, it's back to work to make sure I win this award again next year. 

If you need help with any promotional product ideas or end of year client thank you gifts, please give me a call. I'd love to prove to you how promotional products can get you effective results. Give me a call at 847-398-5500 or shoot me an email at