Hot New Trends in Promo 2018

Every January, the promo world comes together at the annual PPAI conference in Las Vegas to showcase the latest and greatest promotional merchandise. For suppliers, the conference is an opportunity to show off best-sellers and unveil hot new products. For us, the conference is an opportunity to scout out the latest trends, see who’s doing what, and take note of emerging technology. Basically, it’s our time to totally geek out over branded merch. And while each year brings a slew of awesome new premiums, 2018 was seriously exceptional. From vinyl players to puttski machines (yes, puttski…keep reading), this year’s show had some stellar products. Here are just a few of the awesome promos that stuck with us:

The PuttSki – A promo that needs no introduction, because honestly, what’s better than skiball and golf? Sure to be a winner at any company event or party!



The Kooduu – A hybrid light fixture, bluetooth speaker, and cooler. A true triple threat, perfect for any event.


GrandTrunk Hammocks – An eco-friendly outdoor company that makes completely customizable nylon hammocks. Plus they pack up nice ‘n small, making them perfect for outdoor adventures. Connecting with the millennial market just got a little bit easier.


Smartphone Magnifying Screen – Because when we’re binging Netflix on the go, a 2×4 screen just doesn’t cut it. Trust us, your clients and employees will thank you for this one.


Custom Wakeboard – Wakeboards, snowboards, hockey sticks–you name it–all brandable and totally epic! Made in Utah, these boards are both beautiful and high quality.


Asobu Cold-Brewer – If you love coffee as much as the team at Brand+Aid, then you’ll really appreciate this one. A portable cold-brewer coffee machine that allows you to make the perfect cup of hot or cold brew, anytime, anywhere.


Wireless Charging Ports – Okay, so it’s not the hover car we were expecting to see come 2018, but wireless charging is still pretty dang cool. What’s even cooler? The sleek leather docks are perfectly brandable.


Chia Pets – Flashback to 1980…chia pets are back, and now fully customizable!


Bluetooth Water Bottle – A water bottle and bluetooth speaker, wrapped into one. This takes convenience to a new level.


Vinyl Player – As technology takes over, nostalgia for old relics is higher than ever. Capitalize on the sentiment by choosing promos and giveaways from a different era, like this awesome record player.


Custom Bluetooth Speaker – Feeling a little more modern? Create fully custom bluetooth speakers, available in any shape you can imagine (yes, including the Michelin Man).



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