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Buying Guides for Promotional Products

Motivators' buying guides for promotional products were created to help you shop for event giveaways, corporate gifts, customer handouts and more. With over 40,000 items in our inventory, narrowing down your selection can be a daunting task. These how-tos will guide you through this process by helping you get into your audience's mindset and see things from your customers' point of view. They also help you take a look at other important factors like your budget and the best ways of distributing the items you choose. More...
So let us teach you how to promote your brand with fun, out-of-the-box, cost-effective promotional products. Browse the promotional products buying guides below to start learning.

Motivators is proud to offer an extensive selection of products for you to choose from, but we understand that buying promotional products can be somewhat difficult if you don't know where to start. With so many categories and so many choices, it's easy to get lost in the vast array of merchandise and lose sight of what's important: marketing and branding your business in the most cost-effective way possible. That's where our promotional products buying guides come in. They help you to refocus on what matters as you shop for branding materials.

All of our buying guides for promotional products are written by industry experts here at Motivators. In them, we share all the tricks of the trade so that you know what to look for as you shop. Whether it's the type of product, material, imprint method, style, size or any other pertinent information that you need to make a sound buying decision, rest assured that we've got you covered on the essentials.

And as always, if you have any questions at all about our guides, products or how to promote your brand, our friendly and knowledgeable promotional consultants are standing by to help you every step of the way. So study up on smarter branding for your business today. Less...
 A Guide to Winter Gifts
Are you thinking about giving out winter gifts to your customers and clients this year? It's the perfect way to remain in their hearts even after the excitement of the holiday season has died down. Consider the following points when choosing a gift.
 Apparel Buying Guide
Putting your logo on apparel can help your brand accomplish a variety of goals. From dressing your staff for success to widening your company's reach with giveaways, the possibilities are endless. And better yet, apparel is the most popular category of promotional products. Read this guide to find out more about how to take advantage of that fact.
 Apparel: Corporate Apparel Buying Guide
Corporate apparel can be used to portray your company or organization in a professional light at all times when you supply your staff with it. These items are perfect for trade shows and offsite meetings, allowing your employees to represent your brand the way you'd want to be represented. Read more to find out how corporate apparel can help your company dress for success.
 Auto Accessories Buying Guide
Take advantage of the average 1.5 hours Americans spend in their vehicles each day with promotional auto accessories. Inside and outside the vehicle, there is tremendous opportunity for building brand exposure and loyalty.
 Awareness Event Planning
Organizing or participating in an awareness event is a great way to get involved with your community, get behind an important cause, and show the world that your company or organization cares. When you support an awareness event, you not only show your support for a particular cause, but you also show off your company's human side. Most importantly, every time you have a hand in generating attention for an important cause, you will feel better about yourself and your contribution to something great.
 Back-to-School Buying Guide
Getting ready to go back-to-school can be an exciting time, but it can also be stressful for parents, teachers, and students who need to prepare. With such a vast array of back-to-school items to choose from, you might be feeling a bit lost. Ask yourself the questions in this guide and we'll help you sort out exactly what you need.
 Bag Buying Guide
There are a huge variety of bags that you can choose from for gifts and giveaways. Narrowing down your options starts with taking a step back and looking at your choice from the recipient's point of view. Who is going to receive your promotional bag? What will they use it for? Ask yourself these questions before you begin, and take a look through our printed bags buying guide below for more details.
 Beach Ball Buying Guide
Some people might think that all beach balls are the same. But with one look at the large amount of beach ball giveaways available on the Web, it's clear that there are actually many, many different options. From color and style to size and shape, there are several ways in which you can customize your beach balls.
 Breast Cancer Awareness Buying Guide
Motivators wants to help you help others. Get your message (and your logo) out there this October for National Breast Cancer Awareness Month and beyond. Learn the who, what, where, when and why of breast cancer awareness giveaways with this special awareness buying guide.
 Button and Badge Buying
You probably have a basic idea about what you're looking for, but to help you along in the process we've created this guide. Once you've answered all of the following questions, you'll be well on your way to finding the perfect button or badge.
 Buying Branded USB Devices
USB devices are items and accessories that you can connect to your computer via a USB port. Giving your audience branded USB devices is a smart way to position your brand as forward-thinking and tech-savvy.
 Buying Budget Corporate Gifts
At Motivators, we believe everybody deserves to be rewarded for a job-well-done. That's why we've made shopping for the whole office doable by offering budget items available for under $10. Which products will you choose for your recipients? Let us help you through the shopping process.
 Buying Government Giveaways
There are many different reasons one might want to purchase government promotional products, and that's because there are various types of governments. From federal and state politics to the town school board, giveaways help a variety of governments to get their message across.
 Buying Ice Scrapers
If winter weather is an issue in your part of the world, choosing to promote your company or organization with ice scrapers is a brilliant idea. Use this guide to find the right promo ice scrapers for your customers.
 Buying Military Promotional Products
There are several reasons you might want to hand out military promotional products. Maybe you're endorsing a specific branch or even recruiting new soldiers. Perhaps you'd like show your support for America's troops or honor our nation's veterans. Whatever your reason for shopping for military promos, we're here to help you find a product you and your recipients will love.
 Buying Outdoor Promos
There's nothing like a day spent outside. But will the weather hold up? That's where outdoor promos come in; you can stock up on giveaways to make sure you're prepared for anything that mother nature throws your way.
 Buying Promo Luggage
One of the best ways to promote your travel-oriented organization or company is to distribute promotional luggage items and travel bags. However, there are many factors to consider before you make your final purchase.
 Buying Union-Made Promos
If you're thinking about buying union-made promos, you probably already know that doing so can help create good-paying union jobs in the United States. Union-made items are high-quality and American-made. When you purchase these giveaways, you're supporting union jobs that will help rebuild America's economy. But what kind of items are you looking for? Consider the follow questions, and you'll be steps closer to finding the perfect fit.
 Buying USA Made Promos
There are lots of reasons why people opt to buy products that were made in the USA over ones manufactured internationally; some purchase items that were made domestically just to show their patriotism, while others do it out of safety concerns. Following this guide guarantees you will find the American-made promos you are looking for.
 Calculators Buying Guide
At any given time, whether at work, home or on the go, having a calculator comes in handy. Buying calculators with your company logo offers a great branding opportunity. Learn how to shop for customized calculators and how to determine what kind of calculator to hand out.
 Calendar Buying Guide
Calendars are one of the most useful giveaways that you can hand out. They appeal to all demographics and industries, and just about everyone relies on a calendar on a regular basis. Learn how to shop for promotional calendars by targeting your specific audience. Read this guide to learn more.
 Chocolate Buying Guide
Brand your business delicious with chocolate! This decadent treat is simply irresistible, so why not take advantage of that in your branding campaign? Read this guide to find out more about buying chocolate with your logo, the best ways to distribute it, how to make the biggest impact, and what to avoid.
 Choosing Go Green Giveaways
Has your office recently gone green? Maybe you belong to a club or organization that aims to conserve and protect our Earth's natural resources. If you're looking to amplify your environmentally-friendly message, distributing go green giveaways is a smart idea. But which handouts are right for you? Ask yourself the following questions to find the ideal go green giveaway for your organization's message and style.
 Choosing Promo Personal Accessories for your Audience
Personal accessories are a category of products that consumers always need but rarely remember to buy for themselves. So if you're thinking about distributing one of these items -- which range from lip balm to night lights -- you're certainly on the right track to branding success.
 Choosing Promotional Books
Are you looking to promote your library, book store or company? If so, one of the best ways to get your name out there is to hand out promotional gift books. Our guide will help you find the best book for your target audience.
 Church Buying Guide
Churches can use promotional products for a variety of purposes. Increase participation and grow your congregation, fundraise and show your appreciation with custom imprinted items. Spread the good word about your place of worship. Read on to learn more.
 Clock Buying Guide
There are dozens of time pieces available to choose from. But if you think carefully about your audience and the brands you love and trust, you'll find the classiest clock handouts for your customers and clients. Using this guide, you'll find the clock of your dreams in no time at all.
 Computer Accessories Buying Guide
Determining which promo computer accessories will work best for your customers depends on a lot of variables. Through following this buying guide, you will effortlessly narrow down your choices and find exactly what you're looking for.
 Corporate Gift-Giving
There are many different aspects to think about when buying corporate gifts as opposed to gifts for friends and family. This Corporate Gift-Giving Guide takes a brief look at what you should consider.
 Drinkware Buying Guide
Drinkware is one of the most well-liked categories of promotional products because the items are so useful and people can find a need for them on a daily basis. Items like reusable water bottles and travel mugs have become increasingly popular as Americans work to reduce the waste of disposable plastic bottles and coffee cups.
 Electronics Buying Guide
Electronic giveaways offer a level of convenience that your clientele will value. They appeal to a wide variety of people and portray your business as one that is growing and advancing along with technology, so why not take advantage of the opportunity?
 Fidget Spinners Buying Guide
Take advantage of the fidget fever with branded fidget spinners. These little gadgets are more than just fun - they are functional for so many people. Learn all about what they are and how to choose the perfect one to boost your brand.
 Finding Fantastic Promo Frisbees
You'll notice that Motivators' Frisbees come in many different shapes, sizes, and colors. It's important to have more than one option when searching for a product that will promote and represent your company. Let's work on finding one that matches your organization's look perfectly.
 Finding Picture Frame Promos
While digital photography is all the rage, people still love printing and framing their shots to share with friends and family. So if you're looking for a giveaway that will surely be used, distributing photo frames is a fantastic idea. But with so many to choose from how will you decide which is right for your audience? Read through this guide to discover the best picture frame promos.
 Flashlight Buying Guide
If you're looking to promote your company or organization with a truly useful giveaway, a branded flashlight is definitely worth considering. Which item is right for your recipients? To help you decide, let's go over a few different ways flashlights can be used.
 Food Buying Guide
Promote your brand with food. Everyone loves delicious treats that command all five senses, so why not take advantage of that with promotional food items? Read this buying guide to learn how to build brand awareness and loyalty by distributing food giveaways.
 Fundraising Buying Guide
Fundraising with promotional products gives you the opportunity to not only raise money and awareness for your cause but also for your brand. Show your support, make a statement, and make a difference. Sell promotional products as fundraisers or give them away at events. You can even use them as thank you gifts for those who have donated, participated or volunteered. The possibilities are endless.
 Games & Toys Buying Guide
Bring out everyone's inner-child with branded games and toys. Some of these items are ideal for kids, but anyone can enjoy the stress-relieving factors of these custom products. Buying games and toys with your logo is a great way to capture a large audience.
 Golf Buying Guide
Golf giveaways are great for a variety of occasions. These items appeal to a wide demographic with people from all ages and walks of life. Take advantage of the huge audience that golf commands with giveaways geared toward these individuals. Read our educational buying guide to learn more about shopping for golf giveaways.
 Healthcare Buying Guide
Whether you are in the healthcare industry or not, you can do your part to promote healthy living. Read through our buying guide to learn everything you need to know about promoting healthy living with promotional products and branding materials.
 Holiday Card Buying Guide
There's no better way to reach out to customers and potential customers during the holiday season than by sending out holiday cards from your company or organization. But finding the perfect holiday card isn't always easy. Use this buying guide to determine which logoed holiday cards are ideal for you.
 Holiday Food Gifts Guide
If you're looking for a festive product that will appeal to everyone this season, why not choose holiday food gifts from Motivators? Ask yourself the questions in this guide, and you'll find great goodies for your audience in no time.
 Holiday Gift Shopping
The holiday season can be a very stressful time of year. The pressure is on to find presents that will make everyone happy. Use this holiday gift buying guide to sort out which product or products will work best for your recipients. We're here to help make this holiday season an extra-special one!
 Holiday Party Planning
Motivators is here to help you with your corporate holiday party planning. From the style and activities to the various branding opportunities, we've got you covered on everything you need to know. Give your employees and staff the opportunity to mingle and unwind while your brand shines. Read on to find out how you can make the most of your corporate holiday party.
 Home Buying Guide
Buying promotional items for the home can be difficult simply because there are so many options to choose from. Take the time to narrow down your search, and remember to keep your target audience in mind. Read this educational buying guide to learn more about shopping for promotional home items.
 Keychain Buying Guide
With so many options in logo keychains, it may be difficult to narrow down your search. As you shop, keep your target audience fresh in your mind. Put yourself in their shoes and try to determine how they will be using these items. Will they be used on house keys? Car keys? Travel? Maybe even for buildings with dozens of rooms? Once you have an idea of the intended use, you can start narrowing down the selection by factors like material, type and special features.
 Kitchen Buying Guide
From gadgets to essentials, every cooking enthusiast loves his or her kitchen accessories. These giveaways are not just for the food industry but for any business that caters to those who enjoy spending time in the kitchen. Whether it's to cook, bake, or just go about their daily routine, kitchen giveaways include items that people use every day.
 Magnet Buying Guide
Magnets make fantastic giveaways for any business or organization. Recipients find them useful, they receive plenty of exposure, and they can help your customers to remember your company name. But the key to making a big impression with your logo magnet is to find one that accurately represents your business or organization.
 Notebook Buying Guide
Distributing notebooks with your company name and logo is a fantastic way to reach customers and clients. After all, people depend on notepads and journals for everything from jotting down to-do lists to writing out essays. But with so many notebooks to choose from, you may be running into some trouble deciding which one is ideal for you.
 Office Supplies Buying Guide
The reason office supplies make such great marketing tools is because everyone needs them. From paper products to desktop accessories, corporate offices, home offices and even the average household can benefit from these kinds of giveaways. Read this guide to learn more about buying office supplies with your logo.
 Pens Buying Guide
Putting your logo on a pen is a great way to get your company or organization name out there. Build brand awareness and loyalty with the most commonly owned promotional product: pens. Read our helpful buying guide to learn what to look for when shopping for logoed pens and how to choose the ones that are best for your needs.
 Pet Promotional Products
Don't miss out on the huge opportunities that promo products for pets and pet parents offer to those in the pet industry. Pets are members of the family too, so don't overlook how important they are to their humans. Read more for ideas on how to use promotional pet products.
 Phone Chargers and Power Banks Buying Guide
Mobile charging devices ensure that you'll never get caught without a charge. However, they're not all created equal. Consider the points within this buying guide to find the right promotional phone charger for your brand and your customers.
 Picking Political Products
There are many different reasons to hand out political products before or during election season. Whatever you do, using giveaways is a fantastic way to get your message heard. Consider the following points, and picking political products will be simple!
 Picking Prom Handouts
Prom is supposed to be the most magical night of any teenager's life. Everything must be perfect. So if you're in charge of choosing the prom night giveaways for your school, you're likely starting to feel the pressure. Follow this guide for help picking the perfect prom handout.
 Picking Your Promo Hats
This guide will help you ascertain which hat or cap is right for your company, your customers, and your look. Ask yourself the following questions, and you'll be well on your way to purchasing a promo hat you can be proud of.
 Promo Clipboards for Your Needs
Clipboards are standard supplies that all offices need. When shopping for promo clipboards, you've got one big choice to make: What material do you prefer? Each type offers different benefits. Let's take a look at the advantages one by one.
 Promo Pencil Buying
Promo pencils can be used to promote many different events and industries. Whether you're buying giveaways for the first day of school or looking to promote your business, Motivators has the product you need. Let us guide you through the buying process and help narrow down your choices.
 Promotional Mousepad Buying Guide
One surefire way to get your brand noticed is to hand out promo mousepads. Before shopping, ask yourself the questions below. This guide will help you figure out which promo mousepad is right for you and your audience.
 Promotional Products
Promotional products are more powerful than one might think at first glance. They are, in fact, the most cost-effective form of advertising available. These items give audiences something tangible to remember the advertiser and offer tremendous staying power. Read more to find out how to harness the power of promotional products.
 Proposition 65 Guide
Spotted a "Prop 65" Warning? Read on... We admit it: we're serial rule followers. And that's a good thing, of course. Get up to speed on the 411 of Proposition 65 with our Frequently Asked Questions.
 Rulers Buying Guide
Shopping for custom rulers has never been easier. Custom rulers can be used in offices, schools and even homes, making them great giveaways to promote your company, organization or establishment.
 Rush Production
Chances are if you're searching for rush products, you've got a deadline that's approaching, and fast. This guide was written to assist you in finding a product that will get there quickly and without the hassle.
 Shopping for Sports Promos
Sports-themed giveaways are great for a number of events and occasions. If you're promoting a team, hosting a party or even attending a big game, these handouts are right for you. Through exploring our options, you'll find sensational sports promotions that match your needs perfectly.
 Stress Ball Buying Guide
Stress balls make ideal giveaways because they are popular, useful and (above all) inexpensive. They are effective for any trade, any industry and any organization because there are so many options to choose from. Stress relievers come in all shapes and sizes to suite your target audience. In fact, sifting through all of them may be a bit overwhelming. But don't worry; keep reading.
 Tool Buying Guide
Are you looking to promote your hardware shop, home improvement service, or construction company? Chances are your clients and customers would love to receive tools with your company's name and logo, so you're definitely off to a good start. But there's an added benefit to distributing these giveaways, too -- they will help promote your business and increase your brand exposure to a level you never thought possible.
 Trade Show Displays & Marketing Signage Buying Guide
Trade show displays like retractors, sail signs and banners can be used for more than just trade shows. These signs are versatile enough to work beyond the trade show floor and help you draw people into your facility. Learn what marketing signage works best and how to use it to get the most from your money.
 Trade Show Preparation
Start your trade show preparation as early as one year in advance. Create a check list so that nothing is forgotten or overlooked. Read our guide to learn more about how to prepare for your trade show. Motivators is here to help you succeed every step of the way, beyond giveaways, from planning to staffing and more.
 Umbrella Buying Guide
The power of a logoed umbrella is often underestimated. When it comes down to it, nobody likes to get drenched on the way into work or school. So if you're thinking about handing out umbrellas with your company name, you're definitely onto something.
 Water Bottles Buying Guide
Learn how to shop for promotional water bottles. Choose the material, top, size and imprint style that is best for your particular target audience. These items come in handy for industries across the board, so start promoting your brand with these useful, eco-friendly, reusable promotional water bottles today.
 Wellness Buying Guide
Companies, schools, healthcare facilities and more can promote wellness with things like programs and events. Use giveaways to remind participants of your message long after. Read this guide to learn how to promote wellness in the workplace and beyond.
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