Best Tradeshow Giveaways for 2020

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Personalized Notebooks & Promotional Pens

Company logo branded journals and pens are the perfect corporate show gifts for networking at trade shows, conferences, and recruiting events. After all, your prospective clients and business partners will need a way to write down all the valuable information on your offerings! Adding your custom printed logo to a custom notebook and writing utensil, ensures that you will leave a noteworthy impression on your target audience!

Custom Logo Portable Chargers

If you’re looking for a promotional item that your event attendees will actually use then this is probably the product for you. Seriously, will all the travel, seminars, and breakout meetings it’s nearly impossible to keep your battery charged… unless you’ve got a portable phone charger with your custom printed logo. Your customers will thank you when they’re not fighting for outlets at the airport on the way home.







Candy and Snacks with Your Logo

They say the way to someone’s heart is through their stomach and that principle holds true when it comes to promotional giveaways too! There’s no sweeter way to spread your brand than by adding your custom printed company logo to the wrappers and labels for some of your favorite candy and snack brands. Plus, they’re the perfect size treat to tide you over during those long-winded speeches.

Reusable Custom Water Bottles & Drinkware

This is another tradeshow giveaway that attendees will surely use! Personalized water bottles, coffee mugs, and tumbler cups are the ultimate way to stay hydrated (or caffeinated) all day long at trade shows. Custom drinkware is also an eco-friendly way to generate brand awareness too since it cuts back on plastic bottle consumption! Check out some of the custom drinkware options available from brands other than the expensive brands you’ve heard about. There is no reason to pay more for a brand name when other products work just as well.

Custom PopSockets & Phone Wallets

Phone accessories are all the rage when it comes to promotional items. Seriously, if your goal is to make the most impressions possible on your prospective clients, customers, or colleagues, a PopSocket or phone wallet with your company logo is the way to go. Just think, how many times do you look at your phone a day?








Personalized Tote Bags

It’s no surprise to see the tote bag on this list, as custom totes have been the go-to option for promotional bags for years. That’s because totes can easily hold all your trade show swag and they’re perfect for an embroidered company logo or custom design.








Custom Printed Bottle & Can Koozies

If you want to affordably maximize impressions then personalized koozies are the way to go. These wholesale bottle and can coolers by Koozie are a cheap and easy way to get your corporate logo into as many hands as possible! Plus, we can all agree that warm beer and soda stinks.








Custom Audio Devices

Company branded audio devices like custom Bluetooth speakers and wireless headphones are always a hit when it comes to premium promotional products. Part of this is simply because people just love getting new tech and gadgets, especially when it’s free. The other reason is that a speaker or a pair of headphones comes in handy on these business trips whether you’re jamming out in your hotel room or just blocking out the noise on your flight home.







Company Branded Lip Balm

Trade show season is also chapped lip season. There’s very little humidity in the air in the winter, causing lips to get chapped, and even if your convention is in Las Vegas, there’s little reprieve from the dry air. That’s what makes lip balm and chap stick tubes with your custom printed company logo so fitting as trade show giveaways. An added benefit is the fact that your clients will probably use these for months on end and see your logo every time.







Reusable Straws

This is a very recent development and is turning out to be a great promotional idea. They tie into the move away from single-use plastic items. They are a bit witty and unusual and have some serious staying power.

With the state and local governments bringing awareness to using less plastic, straws and plastic bags are being targeted.

More and more restaurants have opted to “no straw” or a “metal straw” unless a plastic straw is requested. Plastic straws take up to 200 years to degrade and even then don’t fully return to the soil. They end up affecting wildlife, the ocean, and the air we breathe. It’s no wonder many restaurants are banning disposable straws altogether!

But, if you have ever gone out for a drink with friends and received one of those paper straws that taste funny and stick to your lip, you will get why people are carrying their own straws.

Straws are the promo product to use if you are trying to bring awareness to an eco-friendly brand or campaign. Silicone or stainless steel straws are the trendiest promo product. They have small little cleaning brushes and carrying cases.

A new addition to this listing…Hand sanitizer.

Corona virus has made a mark on the psyche of most people. The “wash your hands” message we see on nightly news has made us acutely aware

From the CDC website:

Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom; before eating; and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.


  • If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol. Always wash hands with soap and water if hands are visibly dirty.


The CDC has dedicated an entire page with instructions on how best to wash your hands and how hand sanitizer when and how to use it.

We also hear that hand sanitizer is unavailable or in low supply. That’s not the case with branded versions. There is huge variety of styles and sizes with various price points. This promo product is a win all around. 6 months ago hand sanitizer was just another inexpensive promo product. Obviously it’s grown in popularity for obvious reasons.








***Since this article was written, branded hand sanitizer’s availability is now maxed out! Most suppliers are no longer accepting orders for them, and if they are, the minimum quantities are in the thousands.***

Submitted by Sheila Fox-Lovell

Shandy Creative Solutions


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