Friday, April 22, 2022

Our Top 5 Eco-Friendly Reusable Coffee Mugs

 Starbucks has a pretty big goal for the year 2025: to officially phase out the use of their famous single-use plastic cups. In keeping with the global trend towards sustainability, Starbucks is joining with its customers in creating a more environmentally friendly coffee experience. 

As a result of the change, customers will now be able to bring their own cups when they go to get their Starbucks coffee, whether they wait in line at the shop or order ahead. It’s a great opportunity for a unique gift for customers and employees they’re sure to love! Customize any of the following five high-quality mugs with your brand logo and gift away. 

1. 16 oz. Wheat Straw Mug

Juice up your morning commute with this handy reusable take-out coffee mug that's great for the environment. A cool, wide mouth accommodates most straws, and a secure lid with a drink-through opening keeps your beverage cool. This mug is Prop 65 compliant and comes in blue, green, pink, and natural.

2. 16 oz. Commuter Tumbler

The Commuter Tumbler features a double-wall insulated design, silicone grip, and matching lid for ease in carrying hot beverages. This reusable and recyclable tumbler is perfect for taking on the go and fits into most auto cup holders. It holds 16 oz.

3. 13 oz. Stainless To-Go Coffee Tumbler


When you want a little coffee on the move, the 13 oz Stainless To-Go Coffee Tumbler is just what you need. This 13-ounce stainless steel beverage tumbler is perfect for everyday use and has a leak-proof design, keeping beverages hot or cold all day long. It also features a powder-coated finish and tapered design for easy handling.

4. BruMate 16 oz. Toddy Coffee Cup

BruMate Toddy: the #1 insulated tumbler for hot drinks and cold beverages with a leak-proof, stainless steel locking lid. DrinkLock Technology and an insulated stainless steel outer wall keep your drink at its desired temperature longer. Compliant with FDA guidelines and California Prop 65.

5. 12 Oz. Elemental® Stainless Steel Tumbler with Ceramic Lid 

Make a statement without saying a thing with these durable, reusable Elemental® Stainless Steel Tumbler. This artisan drink container features a sleek design, double-wall insulation, and the world’s first fully ceramic lid. It can keep hot beverages warm for up to 6 hours, and cold drinks cool for up to 18. hours. Choose either an artisan teak wood finish or a sleek white marble design.

With sustainability at the forefront of many people’s minds, now is the perfect time to invest in eco-friendly promotional items that make reducing, reusing, and recycling easier than ever. To make an inquiry or place an order for your own custom coffee mugs, email me at or call me at (847) 398-5500.

Monday, February 28, 2022

2022 PPAI Top Product Picks

In 2022, we’re all about the little things that make life a lot better. The associate editor of The Promotional Products Association International, also known as PPAI, released her picks for best products of the year, and we predict you’ll like what you see. From the home to the office and out and about, there is a perfect customizable item for a multitude of uses. Ready to find out what items made the cut? Let’s get started…

1. Topping off the list are eco-friendly BagitoTowel rolls. Don’t get bored yet—these aren’t just your ordinary towel rolls. Perfect for the eco-conscious consumer, BagitoTowels are made out of 100% cotton waffle fabric that’s ultra-absorbent and machine washable so you can use them over and over again. To sweeten the deal, a portion of Bagito sales is donated to support K-12 environmental literacy. Screen print your one-color logo or marketing message on the band.

2. The second item on our list helps users work smarter, not harder. This innovative upgrade to a classic running cap contains four LED lights that produce visibility of up to 72 feet, a welcome addition to any runner, walker, or contractor’s arsenal. The POWERCAP Lighted Running Cap is available in both men’s and women’s styles and has a battery life of over 65 hours.

3. If you’re a fan of clever products with lots of practical use, the Twintech Industry Chi-Charge Trio is an absolute must-have. Small but mighty, this versatile charging station has not only a vertical dock for easy viewing while your device charges, but also 2 USB ports, 2 AC outlets, and a USB-C. Talk about a comprehensive solution! Add a four-color logo or message to the top so people remember who it came from.

4. Next up is the oh-so-charming Sip-N-Seed Grow Planter. With the help of this small steel-coated mug, users have everything they need to start growing room-enhancing plants in the comfort of their homes. The kit comes with one mug, a seed packet, and soil pods. Simply place near natural light and water frequently, and watch the creations come to life! Add your one-color logo to the mug.

5. Our final item could appropriately be called the Golf Lover’s Best Friend. The Fast Eddie Golf Belt is a versatile accessory that can be customized with a logo on the buckle. Flip the buckle face down and you’ll find a divot tool that can be used as a bottle opener, great for full days spent out on the links. This handy gift idea is guaranteed to be a hit amongst golf fiends and their friends. Add your four-color logo to the belt buckle or add the matching ball marker and divet tool which can be etched with your logo as well.

Don’t keep marketing your business using the same run-of-the-mill promotional products–stand out from the rest with one of 2022’s hottest new items! This diverse selection was hand-picked for its ability to make life easier, and each item can be customized with your very own brand name or logo to make spreading the word about your business a breeze. Visit contact me directly to inquire or place your order!

Friday, February 25, 2022

Eco-friendly Promotional Products

If there is one thing the past several years have taught us, it’s that sustainability is the way of the future. After witnessing a time marked by record fires, storms, and other natural disasters, many consumers actively want to be part of a better way forward, starting with small changes in their own lives. By incorporating eco-friendly promotional products into your repertoire, you can effectively share your business with the world while displaying your commitment to sustainability in the process. This unique collection of sustainable items makes it easy to do both in an on-trend and convenient way.

1. Keep your essentials organized on the go with the KAPSTON Willow Recycled Backpack. Complete with all the features you’ll need to carry around your things–interior organizing pockets, a front zippered pocket, two side pockets, and a fully lined inside with padded laptop sleeve, this pack is also made with recycled PET materials to preserve natural resources. There is a large space to screen print your one-color logo on the front pocket for great brand exposure.

2. This next item helps you engage your customers in a way they won’t forget. This customizable hexagon wooden puzzle is a fun and challenging brain game that can be branded with your company’s logo to create a memorable gift. The hexagon wooden puzzle is a natural wood product that complies with CPSIA and California’s Prop 65.

3. Stay hydrated and protect the environment while you’re at it with this Stainless Steel Water Bottle and Bamboo Lid. This 500 mL reusable water bottle is made of stainless steel and can have your company name engraved on its bamboo lid. Your logo can be laser engraved on the bamboo lid.

4. The ApPeel® Medio Slim offers you a sustainable way to keep track of all your notes. Made from reused apple peels, this notebook is eco-friendly, animal-friendly, and 100% natural. Each one comes with 160 fresh pages for note-taking and journaling, as well as a ribbon marker to help you keep your place in the book. Customize it with your company’s logo debossed on the front cover to create a useful and inexpensive gift.

5. Rounding out our top five list of eco-friendly products is the Carton Garden, a complete starter kit perfect for green thumbs and novices alike. The set contains 3 types of seeds, 6 starter soil pods, 3 blank wooden seed stakes for organization, all inside one egg carton made from recycled pulp. This gift is one that your employees and clients will certainly find memorable! Add your full-color logo or message to the wrapper for some brand recognition.

Sustainable doesn’t have to mean basic. These innovative products put a creative twist on what it means to be eco-conscious in day-to-day life, and we’re happy to offer them completely customized for your business. If you’re looking to leave a more eco-friendly impression on your next wave of employees and clients, PromoDona can help you get there. Contact me or visit my website to order your very own sustainable promo items!

Friday, February 11, 2022

Gift Ideas for Employee Appreciation Day

Employee Appreciation Day (March 4th) is just around the corner. Stopping to recognize the contributions of employees has always been important, but with the combined effects of the ongoing pandemic and millions of workers having left their jobs in the past year, it is now more crucial than ever to show your employees how much you value them in and out of the office. In honor of Employee Appreciation Day 2022, we’ve compiled a list of some of the best gifts you can give to thank your team without breaking the bank.

But first, here’s an idea to truly make your gift stand out with employees - personalize them with their names. To help you do that, one of our product lines, Starline, is offering name personalization on their Bags & Drinkware through 3/31/22 for only $1! Check out a few of our favorite Starline products and then call me to get information on pricing and the personalization offer.

This year, treat your employees to a sleek and functional gift idea they’re sure to love. The Colton Washed Canvas Backpack is slim, durable, and complete with both washed canvas and vegan leather. There’s a large main compartment where you can store laptops and large books, as well as a small front pocket perfect for chargers, pens, and other small essentials. This pack also features padded shoulder straps and a padded back for all-day comfort.

Keep your team hydrated all day long with customized stainless steel tumblers. Boasting vacuum insulation and copper lining, these drink containers keep beverages at just the right temperature all throughout the day.

Are your employees active? Do they love to spend their days out and about? If so, a custom fanny pack just might be the perfect gift to reward them for their hard work on Employee Appreciation Day. These custom JanSport fanny packs have an adjustable waist belt and two convenient spaces for storing your things–one main compartment in the back and one small additional pocket along the front. Thanks to the lifetime warranty, you’ll never have to worry about your packs becoming damaged or broken.

The classic duffel bag is a perfect choice for carrying small to medium amounts of luggage in a compact and ergonomic way. At Newport Promotions, we offer spacious, water-resistant and fully customizable bags that are sure to be a favorite among your team. Featuring padded carry handles, sturdy YKK zippers and a lifetime guarantee, our 100-liter duffel bags were created with your ultimate comfort and satisfaction in mind.

For the active employee, a water bottle is a great and inexpensive option for an Employee Appreciation gift. Not only are our water bottles leak-resistant and insulated, they also come with a wide-angle handle perfect for carrying around on the go.

If you’re okay with splurging a little on a great gift idea that your employees will get a lot of use out of, you’ve found it. This multi-piece gift set contains both the Urban Peak 20 oz and 3-in-1 tumblers, along with a 12-can waterproof hinge cooler large enough for a full day of festivities.

Don’t miss out on the opportunity to show your employees some love on Employee Appreciation Day this year. They do a lot for your company, and your business just wouldn’t be the same without them. In addition to rewarding your team for all the hard work they do, a customized gift is also a great and inexpensive way to spread the word about your company to everyone who comes in contact with your promotional items. Remind your employees that their hard work doesn’t go unnoticed, and you’ll reap the benefits in every area of your business.

Give me a call at 847-398-5500 or shoot me an email at for information on these products or other ideas to thank your valued employees.

Wednesday, December 8, 2021

There is Still Time to Get That Perfect Gift!

Can you believe the Holidays are well and truly here? It can be the most magical season...and yet the most stressful. In all of the chaos that comes at the end of the fiscal and calendar year - booking those last minute sales, meeting client's end of year financial requests, or annual strategic reviews and planning sessions - buying gifts for clients and team members may have been neglected. It happens. 

But you still have options. Newport Promotions wants to help take some of that stress away and be your one stop shop for all of your corporate gifting needs (last minute or not)!

When it comes to last minute gifts, food items are always a good bet. They are sourced here in the U.S. for the most part and can be turned around fairly quickly.

If you are still searching for a year end gift for clients or employees, this Shelf-Stable, Taste of Wisconsin Sausage Board is perfect! The heavy-duty Bamboo chopping board, fire-branded with your logo will leave an impressive lasting impression! Who doesn't love a great charcuterie board? They are so popular these days. Board comes in a variety of food options to meet your price point. Order yours while supplies last. (Call me for info on delivery options and pricing.)

We have other food gifts if you are looking for something different. Call me for more information on what is available. 

For more information or to order your specialty food items contact me today! or 847-398-5500 

Happy Holidays, 

Dona Blunt, MAS
Newport Promotions

Monday, December 6, 2021

Leave a Lasting Impression with your Clients and Team

It's the Holiday Season! While there aren't many days left to grab gifts for your clients or your team members, there are still some items with deep inventory that we could potentially still get to you in time for the Holiday or as a New Years gift. Best yet, these items are all under $25.

Take this Radiant Light Up Logo Wireless Charging Pad. It allows you to charge your smartphone without all those messy cords. Your logo or marketing message can be screen printed on the charger in one color or upcharge to multicolor printing. 

Or the Hugo Copper Vacuum Insulted 20 oz. Tumbler. The tumbler keeps beverages cold for at least 24 hours and 8 hours for hot beverages. Tumbler comes in a variety of colors to showcase your one color or upcharge to a multicolor logo. Clients and team members will think of you every time they sip their favorite drinks! That's brand goodwill!

The Hive 15" Computer Backpack features a zippered main compartment that holds your laptop and includes a padded compartment for your iPad® or tablet. Large front zippered pocket has organization and earbud access. There's plenty of space for your color logo or marketing message to be screen printed to the front pocket. 

The Oppo Bluetooth Headphones with Microphone feature extra soft ear cups for all day comfort. With built in music controls and a microphone you can answer/reject calls control the volume and music with a push of a button. The built in microphone also make the Oppo Bluetooth Headphones a great option for any webinar or virtual meeting.

You can't go wrong with a super soft blanket. This extra plush soft micro coral plush blanket is perfect to cuddle up with. Free run charges for embroidery up to 7,500 stitches. The open dimensions are 50" x 60" and the folded dimensions are 12.5" x 12".

Finally, the sporty M-Vega Tech quarter zip pullover for men and half zip for women is a versatile pullover designed for wash and wear convenience. This EZ Care tech top is made with a breathable, moisture wicking fabric, it also offers UV protection and resists snagging. It's available in five sporty colors. 

For these and more visit or contact me or 847-398-5500. 

Happy Holidays, 

Dona Blunt, MAS
Newport Promotions

Thursday, September 30, 2021

Don't Miss Out on Holiday Gift Orders! (Count Down to 2022)

With 2022 just a few months away and supply shortages occurring on so many products from overseas, you need to place your Holiday gift orders for clients and employees now. Don't wait until the last minute to order your favorite items or you may miss out.

Newport Promotions has always been your no-hassle way of getting you all the best products to customize and to gift for any event. However, overcoming the pandemic has left us with challenges out of our control. More specifically, these challenges include inventory shortages in several product categories that will limit what's available to sell, and labor shortages that impact production time.