Promo Cafe Blog

Hootie is Excited

Feb 08

It is a great time to build teamwork as people start to return to the office - remember to include teamwork building time to every week. There are so many good ways to do this from group puzzles and g...

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Hootie is Cooking

Jan 26

Today's trends show a huge increase in cooking and experiential promotions - everything from a nice gift for the home to a fun activity targeted promotion. There are many new opportunities to use cook...

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Hootie is helping the earth

Jan 17

Our mascot owl is finding the trends for 2022 - Sustainability is the key to adding more meaning to your promotional materials. Remember earth day is in April.

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Celebrate being Vaccinated against Covid-19

Jan 14, 2021

Hoping that this happens soon for everyone so we can celebrate the defeat of Covid 19.

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Hero Hoodie

Oct 19, 2020

Great item for our changing weather - the Quikflip sweatshirts come in several styles and weights - great gift with a difference - back pack to cozy - hoody with brushed fleece interior, contrast draw...

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Mask Ready Wearables

Oct 06, 2020

A new category of wearables - mask ready! and it looks good too! We have an introduction special on these hoodies with a mask - consider them for your end of year employee gifts! And ask about the spe...

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A New Way... New Needs

Jun 22, 2020

As we move into a different “normal" day to day protocol, there are items that should be considered for practical use and for promotion as well. Masks and mask accessories are essential. No To...

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New Normal Needs 2

May 21, 2020

Distancing reminders, for hand sanitizer stations and just for personal messages to make our friends and family feel they are special and remembered! Let us know how we can help with these - Happy to ...

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New Normal Needs

Apr 16, 2020

Wearing a face cover in public spaces for the general population is needed now and probably for a while going forward - this may be the new normal. There are many options for face masks available. Con...

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Stop Spread Of Germs

Mar 04, 2020

Remember you can get hand sanitizer for your event participants to help during this flu and virus season. Hope you stay well, and here is one way to help not spread germs and care for those who might ...

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Repurposed Bottles

Feb 19, 2020

Make an eco-conscious statement the next time you get shirts, bags or even umbrellas (and more). Ask about items made from single use water bottles. They are really great quality items and you will be...

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Kitchen Gadgets - Staying Power

Jan 17, 2020

The average person spends 2 to 3 hours a day doing things in the house - mostly in the kitchen! Cooking is one of the fastest growing 'productive' hobbies. Consider these kitchen gadgets for a 2020 pr...

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Why Umbrellas?

Jan 09, 2020

Umbrellas for 2020: The basic umbrella was invented by the Chinese over 4000 years ago - But today there are new designs and materials to make this item even more useful for either sun or rain! Ask ab...

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Print Positions

Dec 05, 2019

Consider different print positions for your next t-shirt project. Often the unexpected will attract more attention to your message! Sometimes you want your print more subtle - the hip or shoulder area...

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Promotional Tee Shirts - 80 years and still strong

Oct 09, 2019

As promotional t-shirts celebrate 80 years, notice some of the trends in fabrics, printing and styles. All part of the history of advertising on shirts. As a medium it is very effective to spread a ...

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Wear Those Single Use Bottles!

Sep 09, 2019

Go with Eco Fashion - New style is converted out of five plastic water bottles and 25% recycled polyester. Super modern with a varied knit style and mesh side panel details, this is an optimal example...

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Travel With A Perfect Bottle

Aug 14, 2019

As of August 20th, 2019 you cannot buy single use bottles of water at the SF Airport - a first, but it is a growing trend at public spaces and events. Be sure to offer reusable bottles to employees an...

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Give A Delicious Experience

Aug 08, 2019

Food gifts are appreciated by everyone - sweet or savory they are always a treat. And people remember - Maybe try something fun like the desk toy jelly bean dispenser. OR a 'different' twist with ice ...

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Celebrate Earth Day

Mar 25, 2019

Earth day is April 22nd. Plan a tribute to our planet with a recycled promotion. Contact us for more ideas!!

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New For 2019 - Drinkware

Mar 01, 2019

There are many new looks in drinkware. Different materials, styles and features. Here are just a few - bottles, mugs, tumblers find the best option for your programs - we can show you what will fit yo...

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Go Wireless

Feb 07, 2019

Everything wireless is the way technology goes - here are a few new items to consider for wireless promotions.

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New For 2019

Jan 29, 2019

This year take you on the go with many new travel related items. Here are a few we like!

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12 Ideas For The New Year

Jan 04, 2019

For 2019 consider something different in your promotions. Here are 12 ideas that might work well to make your message rise above the clutter! We are happy to help you with any or all of the detail...

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Gift Idea #5

Dec 24, 2018

Wooden Games are all the rage right now. They are beautifully made and encourage friends and family to get together for hours of fun. They also make wonderful gifts that will be enjoyed for years. ...

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Gift Idea #4

Dec 12, 2018

Wireless charging is a convenience that’s hard to beat when it comes to keeping your battery high. Its a gift that’s useful and appreciated.

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Gift Idea #3

Nov 28, 2018

Give the latest new toy item and give lots of fun for all. This is the classic slinky revisited and redesigned for a whole new kinetic experience and an artistic display piece.

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Gift Idea #2

Nov 19, 2018

A WiFi smart plug, the perfect year end gift, allows any object that plugs in be controlled through mobile app. Conveniently check if you didn’t turn off the stove or turn on the lights in your ...

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Gift Idea #1

Nov 16, 2018

Looking for a year end gift for employees or customers? Gift them a coffee maker they can use anywhere. Everything from grinder to insulated cup with cover included with this portable coffee maker. A...

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Breast Cancer Awareness

Sep 07, 2018

Breast Cancer Awareness Month is OCTOBER. Give things PINK as a constant reminder of the message to help defeat Breast Cancer through awareness. Support this cause by giving pink!

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Cooking To Promote Teamwork

Aug 29, 2018

Cooking together makes a fun engaging event that creates bonds and builds stronger teams. Make the event memorable and fun with some of these great items as reminders and useful take aways. For more...

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Aug 01, 2018

Join the trend to write in color! Add colorful ink to your daily routine. These popular pens write in great colors to make your message POP! It can make a bright addition to your notes or doodles i...

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Eco Friendly Straws

Jun 27, 2018

The movement to protect marine life from plastics is spreading. We recognize the environmental toll plastics in our trash have of our oceans and earth. Plastic straws are one the leading plastic human...

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Summer Picnics & BBQ

Jun 06, 2018

Summer is HERE, time to start up the grill and go on picnics. Get those essentials that are great for those summer events? Contact us! Enjoy those sunny days!

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Apr 25, 2018

Athleisure trend has been picking up pace in the workplace. Wearing comfortable clothes meant for athletic activities to setting outside the gym, such as workplace or social occasions. Goal is to choo...

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Promo Trends: Wireless Chargers

Mar 23, 2018

The new trend of wireless chargers responds to smartphones with Qi wireless charging capabilities. No more wrestling with the cable to plug in the phone, just place the phone on the charger to charge....

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Promo Trends #1

Mar 12, 2018

This trend has us going back to hydrating from glass bottles! Glass offers “purity of taste”, meaning that it doesn’t change the flavor of your drink at all. It is chemical free and...

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Custom Umbrellas

Feb 07, 2018

A truly personal gift that is perfect for all types of events. Each umbrella can be personalized by the recipient with their own photo, making it a fool-proof gift. Also a great natural followup wee...

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Fun and Games from Classic to New!

Oct 31, 2017

Give a little extra fun to anyone with these memorable gifts this holiday season or anytime! These are just a few of the games and toys we can add your logo and/or custom message for a great gift.

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It is the Season to Think Jackets

Oct 13, 2017

This is one of our favorite jackets - it is light and soft and packable! There are all kinds of new jackets introduced this year to fit any climate or budget. Ask us to do a special presentatio...

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Keep the Phone Powered!

Aug 28, 2017

POWER BANKS are useful at keeping your phone charged when you don’t have access to a wall plug or don’t have the time to sit and wait for the wall plug to charge your phone. Here are ...

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Summer Fun!

Jun 16, 2017

Summer is here! Which means it’s time for picnics and outdoor parties. Add some extra thrill to those gatherings with fun games! Give some extra fun at company events this summer!

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Don't forget - CLIPS

May 25, 2017

CLIPS are handy for so many uses and can be a great reminder item at a reasonable cost. These magnetic clips are especially good. Sturdy and functional with a great full color print area!

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Fidgeting is the Latest Sport!

May 16, 2017

Fidgeting Trends Following Trends in Fidgeting or stick with the classics - Think of ways to offer a fidget for fun! Seems it is becoming a new sport! But don't forget the pencil still works to fidge...

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Catch the Craze – Your Own Play Event

Aug 30, 2016

Pokemon Go, is a game that is location based augmented reality mobile game that allows you to hunt and catch Pokemon as you explore the real world. Everyone from kids to teenagers, young adults, mom...

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End of Year is a great time to do Custom Gifts – Plan Now

Jul 29, 2016

Now is the time to think about the holidays. If you want a unique gift that is truly custom, it needs to be ordered soon. Let us know if you want some good ideas for your end of year programs

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Camo Trends

Jul 19, 2016

After camouflage-inspired prints on the fall fashion runways, camouflage has taken off to become one of the hottest trends of the year. The print that was once limited to certain items now covers al...

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New & Notable – Tech & Safety Item

Jun 22, 2016

Consider this new item – a useful tech item as well as a safety item everyone should have in their car… a thoughtful gift that will be a constant reminder of your message.

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IT’s SUMMER – fun time

Jun 17, 2016

Summer is here and we have everything from sunscreen to trendy air lounge chairs.

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Theme Ideas: Mystery – Spy – Finding Solutions

Apr 11, 2016

A themed event can add fun and a memorable message… Center around finding solutions or the “mystery” of a task, or maybe a spy event!!!! Here are a few ideas that might fit the t...

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So you want a selfie stick?

Mar 29, 2016

Have you considered which features are important to you? 1.Bluetooth enabled vs corded There are two ways selfie sticks connect to take photos, through bluetooth or through the headset port. Blueto...

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Fun Socks EQUALS Success

Mar 14, 2016

Did you know that there is a connection between wearing wacky socks and success? Thats right, this article reveals that wearing fun socks affect your cognitive processes in a positive manner, such a...

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Business Card Alternatives

Mar 04, 2016

The current trend- business cards being snapped into a smartphone and the card itself is tossed. Your business card has to stand out from the rest to avoid the trash bin. Switch from printing you...

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New Product Favorites

Feb 19, 2016

There were so many good ideas shown at this year’s promotional product trade show, it is hard to feature just a few… Nevertheless, here are some of the ones that we thought were worthy ...

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Find Anything Via Smart Phone!

Feb 02, 2016

Chipolo, a brand new brand-able item that helps you find the things that always seem to get misplaced. Attach it to anything from your keys to your kids and instead of playing hide-and-seek, use your ...

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Used Banners become Usable Bags

May 03, 2017

Check out these awesome bags made from recycled banners!

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Promoting Science!

Apr 24, 2017

Proud that the Shirt and Hat to Promote Science provided by Business Builders were represented at the Science March in SF and a bonus photo with Adam Savage from Mythbusters (a favorite) #mythbuste...

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Listen Hands and Wire Free

Mar 02, 2017

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2017 NEW – Different and Fun

Feb 03, 2017

Nailsnaps, are a quirky and fun giveaway item, that can be easily branded with your company or event logo. Great for Awareness, Cause Based Marketing, Schools/Universities, Walks/Runs, Events/Premi...

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Make Better Photos from Your Phone!

Jan 20, 2017

Everyone takes photos with their cell phones and the cameras on the phones are getting better and better but there is always room for improvement. Phone Camera Accessories are popular to improve the ...

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Impressive Gift

Dec 08, 2016

Looking for a high end gift for special recipients? How about a beautiful Cutter & Buck Bainbridge brand bag in rich genuine leather, heavy ballistic polly and premium antique brass ha...

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Quality Considerations for Shirts

Nov 14, 2016

Before blindly selecting a shirt, choose your shirt based on fabric features. Here are some ideas of what to look for in the fabric. The Devon & Jones DryTec20 shirts have been tested against others...

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Featured Product: Reinvented the Umbrella

Oct 28, 2016

Revolutionary new design. Umbrella closes away from you, thus keeping you dry when closing. Easier to close when entering or leaving a car or through a door. After 300 years,they may have invented...

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Ready to Comply with the New Law- Use Phone Mounts

Oct 07, 2016

Starting next year, under the Assembly Bill 1785, you will no longer be allowed to hold your phone in your hand while driving a car. You will however be allowed to make a single tap or swipe on ...

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