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The Best Summer Swag Ideas for Corporate Gifting

Summer (or ‘Q3’ as our corporate friends like to call it) is just around the corner, and it's the perfect time to start thinking about how to make your company's events, offsites, and outings extra special. Corporate gifting is a great way to show your appreciation for your employees, clients, and partners, and we find that many clients like to take advantage of the warm weather to do something unique and memorable.

Not sure where to start? You can’t go wrong with these summer swag ideas that are perfect for events, company outings, intern swag, and more. Let’s dive in!

1. Custom Beach Towels & Blankets

Beach towels are a summer staple, and whether you’re hosting an event near the water, or just helping your employees and clients gear up for some outdoor weekend adventures, they make a fun gift that’s sure to get some action. From outdoor throws to picnic blankets to Turkish towels, and colorful beach towels, we’ve rounded up a few of our favorites that you can customize in variety of colors, sizes, and materials to create a gift that's truly unique.

2. Branded Beverage Containers

When it comes to branded beverage containers, there are no shortage of amazing options to keep drinks cool, and to keep your employees, interns, and clients hydrated (especially important in the hot summer months!). Whether you go with an infusion carafe, insulated water bottle, tumbler set, pool-safe flexible pint glasses, or silicone Stojo bottle - a branded beverage container is something we can all ‘cheers’ to. 

3. Portable Speakers

It wouldn’t be summer without a symphony of competing personal speakers on a jam packed public beach. Aside from being a summer event essential, portable speakers make great take home gifts in swag bags, and coveted prizes for client giveaways. With waterproof bluetooth speakers starting at less than $8 a unit, there are some surprisingly affordable options, or you can go luxe with a high tech speaker/battery bank combo that's both fun, and practical. 

4. Custom Tote Bags

Tote bags are a versatile gift that can be used for anything from carrying notebooks to event gear, to beach towels.  Beyond the classic canvas tote, some of our summer favorites include recycled sling bags, neoprene totes, lightweight foldable nylon totes, cooler totes, and the utility tote. Of course whatever you choose, we always recommend customizing it with your logo or brand colors to give it that extra oomph and make it something your recipients are proud to wear on their shoulder. 

5. Branded Hats

Hats are a great way to keep the sun out of your eyes, and with a variety of styles to choose from (wide brim bucket hats, straw hats, visors, camper caps, and more) they make a gift that’s not only practical, but stylish. Customize your hats with your logo, company rally cry, or even an inside joke that’ll make your team laugh, to reflect your brand and your recipient's personality. 

6. Summer Activities

This round up of summer activity gear is for those companies who tout the “work hard, play hard” mentality (you know who you are). Get your employees and clients together for some fun in the sun with branded corn hole sets, pickleball paddles, boogie boards, skate boards, and more. They make great prizes and giveaways at the end of the day too!

7. Personalized Flip Flops

Flip flops (or ‘thongs’ if you’re Australian) are a summer staple, and make a unique gift for employees, interns, or clients who love to spend time by the pool or at the beach. Let our in-house creative team help you every step of the way (see what we did there?) with custom branding and design, to ensure some truly happy feet. Oh, and don’t worry about collecting shoe sizes from everyone. With our Preferred Gifting system, we can handle any color and sizing preferences with just an email. 

So there you have it! Just a few of our summer swag favorites to help you make a splash at your company outing, event, or gifting experience this year. If you want to see more where that came from, take a peek at our Summer Essentials Lookbook or speak to one of our Creative Partners who will craft a custom lookbook for your specific project.

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