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5 Promo Item Ideas & How to Pick Them

Have an event, convention, want to show appreciation, or just want to promote your department? You're going to need promotional items, and University Print & Mail Services is here to help. Instead of giving your esteemed colleagues and hardworking employees the same old swag every other department gives out, why not give them something they actually want?

How to Pick a Gift

Here are three tips for picking the right promotional item that will actually get used.

Is it practical?

Think to yourself, "What can employees use on a daily basis at work and at home?" Have you thought about choosing swag that employees’ families can use?

Don't personalize or genderize it

It would be nice to hand select the perfect gift for every U employee—but let’s be honest, that’s not realistic or affordable. A good rule of thumb is to avoid gender-specific gifts and instead, choose lifestyle gifts that all genders can use.

Promote your department outside of work

Working at the U is a career success. It’s no surprise that Forbes ranked the University of Utah as the #1 best employer in the state of Utah. And employees want to show their pride! A good tip for choosing swag is to pick something employees will be proud to wear or use even outside of work.

5 Swag Ideas

Need some help brainstorming? Here are 5 promotional item ideas.

Desk Toys

Everyone needs a break at work. Why not help them destress with a desk toy?

Child Item

Spending time with family is important for your colleagues. Try giving them something to do with their kids.

Workout Item

Promote a healthy lifestyle and give colleagues something they can enjoy outside.

Collapsible Bowl/Dog Toy

A way to your colleagues' hearts is through their pets. Try giving swag their pets can use, like a collapsible dog bowl.

Metal Straw

Help your colleagues be sustainable and reduce waste. Have you thought of reusable straws?

When you’re ready to order, University Print & Mail Services is ready to assist you. Take note that there is a minimum order requirement for promo items, and it takes 5+ weeks to have items made and delivered, so order now. Contact Roger King for help at or 801-581-3947.

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