Tuesday, November 15, 2022

2022 Promotional Holiday Gift Guide: This Year’s Top 10 Must-Have Items

With the holidays quickly approaching, many of us are trying to come up with fresh gift ideas for our VIP business stakeholders. But when it comes to showing your appreciation to your employees, clients, and customers, it can be especially difficult to find a gift that sufficiently communicates your gratitude. A great gift should be both personal and useful, and should show that you put thought and creativity into the gift choice and messaging. To kick off your journey to finding the perfect gift for your team, here is a list of this year’s most popular choices - all fully customizable so that you can add your own unique flair!


Speaker and Wireless Charger

This combination speaker and wireless charger delivers great sound quality while making sure that your device stays charged the whole time. Featuring Bluetooth connection, call answer/hang up technology, and up to 44 hours of play time, this speaker is a fun and reliable addition to any tech lover’s collection. 

Online Meeting Adjustable Ring Light

If your team works from home, this is a must-have item. This adjustable ring light has low, medium, and high settings which provide the perfect lighting for zoom calls, photos, and videos. It’s durable, shock proof, and clips on to most devices. Combine that with its compact size and rechargeable battery, and it’s the perfect travel-friendly gift.

Clothing & Accessories:


Give your team the gift of luxury with these comfortable and stylish slippers. With a faux suede outer, faux sherpa fur lining, and 10 mm EVA rubber sole, these slippers are the perfect blend of comfy and sturdy. Add your custom branding to the top for extra flair.

Travel Blanket

If your clients, customers, or team members travel often, this blanket is a must-have accessory. It’s made from ultra-plush sheared microfiber polyester fleece and measures 36” x 58”. But the best thing about this blanket is that it’s designed for travel, packing inside a 13.5” x 10” self-bag that is specifically designed to fit retractable luggage handles.

Home Goods:

Daylight Desk Lamp

Gray winter months and many hours of working indoors can quickly have a negative effect on our mood and energy. Our bodies need sunlight, and this lamp is here to help! It is designed with 3 colors of light (white, natural, and warm), and will provide your team with their daily boost of sunshine to help keep them energetic and focused.

16 Oz. Tumbler with Lid

This classic double wall insulated tumbler is an excellent gift choice for the office and for home. The double wall insulation reduces condensation, and it’s both microwave and dishwasher safe, making it extra convenient for your busy team. Make it your own with plenty of customization options and color combinations.

Bags & Totes:

70L Waterproof Backpack/Duffel Bag

For the ultimate utility gift, look no further than this backpack/duffel bag combo. Constructed from waterproof 55C matte PVC Tarpaulin and 840D PVC Polyester, this bag features 2 adjustable mesh straps that can be used either as a backpack or connected to be used as a duffel bag. Its extra-large zippered main compartment and zippered front pocket make it the perfect grab bag for travel, the gym, work, and everything in between.

Daytripper Dual Compartment Tote Cooler

This is the ultimate carryall cooler. Its dual compartment functionality includes both insulated and dry storage, and it features a bottle opener conveniently attached for on-the-go use. For effortless transportation, it has adjustable front straps to secure a blanket or towel, and a trolley strap that slips easily over luggage handles. This tote cooler is the perfect combination of strength, space, and transportability.

Food Gifts:

6 Piece Popcorn Gift Set

This 6-piece popcorn gift set is a delicious choice for the holidays. Flavors include caramel, butter, cheddar cheese, cookies & cream, peanut butter cup, and white & dark chocolate swirl. Add your unique design to both the tins and the ribbon to create a gift that is appealing to the eyes and the tastebuds.

Crate Full of Snacks

Why choose just one gourmet treat when you can have an entire crate full of different flavors? This large crate includes bite-sized cookies, caramel corn, chocolate dipped pretzels, and much more! And after everything has been enjoyed, the sturdy basswood crate can be used to hold any number of items including magazines, catalogs, or papers.

Monday, August 29, 2022

A Fun Promo Idea for Only Murders in the Building Fans - Hoodies

With fall just around the corner, there’s one thing you can certainly expect to see a lot more of in the coming weeks: hoodies. From bundling up at football games to lounging around the house, hoodies are perfect for almost any fall occasion and come in such a wide range of styles and colors that everyone is sure to find one they love.

It’s also a great way to capitalize on the popularity of the Hulu series Only Murders in the Building, where a tie-dye hoodie plays a huge role in Season 2 of the show.

Here at Newport Promotions, we have several comfortable hoodies that you can customize with your brand or company logo just in time to heat you up for fall or as a fun promotional idea for show fans.

The Port & Company® Men's Tie-Dye Pullover Hooded Sweatshirt
This sweatshirt is bright, comfortable, and full of character. Hand-dyed from made-for-tie-dye blanks, no two pieces are exactly the same. Choose from a wide selection of individual or multi-color options tie-dye options. Ask about imprinting options. 

Premium Cotton Fleece Pullover Hoodie
If you’re looking for serious comfort, the Premium Cotton Fleece Pullover Hoodie is the one for you. Made with an 80/20 cotton and polyester blend, this hoodie will feel like your old favorite the very first time you wear it. This garment is made-to-order with screen printing, reverse applique, laser tech patch, and more to give you the exact custom look you want.

The LAT Adult Harborside Mélange French Terry Hoodie is where style and comfort intersect. This unisex hoodie features white braided draw cords, a back locker patch, and loop cuffs on the arms. It also comes complete with a front pouch for easy carrying of all your essential items. Available in a wide variety of colors, this hoodie is a great showcase for your embroidered brand or message.

Glitter French Terry Hooded Sweatshirt
Ladies, fear not–we’ve got something special for you, too! The J. America Women's Glitter French Terry Hooded Sweatshirt gives you all the comfort you need for a cozy fall day with a slightly more polished look than your average hoodie. The glitter knit helps you effortlessly sparkle, while the slim fit helps you maintain an air of sophistication. Ask about branding options. 

Women's Sidekick Hoodie

The Sidekick Hoodie was built for the lounge life. Thanks to the recycled polyester material, you will feel your coziest in this hoodie whether it’s in the house, at the gym, or out and about. Choose from three perfect staple colors: light heather gray, dark heather gray, and white. Ask about imprint or embroidery options.

If you’re still in need of the perfect hoodie to customize and wear all fall long, we’ve got you covered! Our selection of hoodies features several unique styles suitable for all of your fall activities. Reach out to dona.blunt@newportpros.com or call (847) 398-5500 to inquire or place your order today.

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 dona.blunt@newportpros.com 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 https://www.newportpros.com/or 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 salesinfo@newportpros.com 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! dona.blunt@newportpros.com or 847-398-5500 

Happy Holidays, 

Dona Blunt, MAS
Newport Promotions