Is it fun? Is it functional? Is it creative?

These are the types of questions our merchandise experts ask themselves when reviewing new promotional products.

It’s truly hard to impress these product junkies, who are always on the lookout for the next big thing.

In the promotional marketing industry, the sheer amount of new items that come available every year can be overwhelming. Thousands of doodads, gadgets, garments and accessories fill the booths at annual tradeshows, such as the recent Promotional Products Association International Expo in Las Vegas.

It’s our job to check out as many items as possible, so that we can make the best recommendations to you.

In that spirit, here’s a look at four items that really caught our attention in Las Vegas.


Himalayan Tumbler

The biggest trend in drinkware right now: Being able to maintain the temperature of your beverage for hours and hours. This sleek tumbler can do that, and it costs a fraction of popular name brands.

BIC Image Pen

Pens are some of the most popular promotional products. This one is special because it has a modern style with lots of color options. Most importantly, it comes from a company known for making quality writing instruments. Just look at that cute BIC boy on the barrel!

USB Flexi Light

We’ve seen these handy tech lamps before, but this one is extra bright. Thanks to the powerful yet targeted white LED light, you can easily work anywhere, yet minimize the distraction to others around you.

Port and Co Ladies’ Camo V Neck Tee

This is not grandpa’s camouflage, and that’s a good thing! Camo style is definitely here to stay, and this pigment-dyed cotton shirt has a more feminine fit and modern design. It’s perfect for the adventurer who likes to look good.

Learn more about these great products and others in this video from PPAI.