Are you prepared for winter?

Cold and wet weather is here. We recently received this note from a customer that reminded us that our LED Flashlight Keychain could come in handy right about now. If you’re looking for a practical gift that your customers will appreciate in the winter months, look no further. We can’t tell you how many times we hear about how this little flashlight has saved the day. Just imagine how much your customers would love you if your name was on it!

“Well, there I was. It was 10:30 last night, and my son called me saying he.d gone in the ditch about 10 miles from our house. We had 10 inches of snow yesterday and it was very slick out. So, I bundled up and drove out on the very dark windswept county road to pull him out with my truck. As I backed up to his van turned backwards in the ditch, I realized I had no flashlight with me. I had to crawl under his van which was packed with snow and try and find a place to hook up the tow strap without any light to see what I was doing. I was upset.. Then a thought came somewhere from the back of my head- .didn.t I get a sample flashlight from National Pen about a month ago- and didn.t I put that in the truck…. Yes, I did have the flashlight with, and it worked great. The little tiny keychain flashlight was more than bright enough to illuminate the whole undercarriage and although I still had to belly through 10 inches of snow, at least I was able to see what I was doing, thanks to National Pen! Just thought I.d send a special thank you from me, and my son, who I hope will drive a little more carefully now on icy roads.”

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Changing the shape of business cards

Watch what happens to a lot of business cards. Don’t let yours end up at the bottom of a stack, in a drawer, or worse – in the trash. Combine your business card with our best-selling Contour pen and your customers will be sure to keep your pen on (and in) hand!

Ordering your business card pens is easy. Just upload or send us your business card and we’ll take care of the rest.

For a free sample of your business card pen, go to http://www.freebusinesscardpen.com/.

Wanna be even more creative? Put your business card on a mug, magnet, or hand sanitizer spray.

‘Tis the Season for Giving

Holiday celebrations are all about making others feel good, and what feels better than knowing you have helped someone in need? A great way to bring your employees together during the holidays is through charitable giving. Organize your team to sponsor a local family that cannot afford gifts this year, or collect toys to donate to a children’s center.

We try to support those less fortunate throughout the year, and always enjoy seeing photos and reading stories about the happy recipients (like those you see below).

If you add a giving element to your holiday celebration, we’re sure you’ll feel the same way!

“Well, our trip to Kenya was a delightful success! Many of the pens and pencils went to St. Gerald Children’s Centre, Nyeri, Kenya. The 120 children were very happy to get them. I wish it was possible to get a picture of kids with pencils where the joy was still in their faces…Thanks again for the pens and pencils, and for the shipping!”

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Personalized gifts for friends and familty


The holiday shopping rush is officially here and we’re happy to offer some fun gift ideas for kids, grandparents or special friends. You’ll get the same quality you expect from National Pen, but can purchase just a few special items personalized with your message.

Do you have a resident football or baseball fan? Put his or her name on one of our officially licensed NFL and MLB pens for a fun stocking stuffer. The NFL Monarch Metal Pen makes an impressive gift that’s easy on the wallet.


Kids will love seeing their name on a Disney pen or calendar. Choose designs from the latest movies like Toy Story and Cars, or stick with classic Mickey and Friends or Winnie the Pooh.

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Get ready for Small Business Saturday

Saturday, November 26, has been dubbed Small Business Saturday – a day all about supporting YOU. For the second year, US consumers will be encouraged to shop small and support the local businesses who continue to create jobs and boost our economy.

Next weekend marks one of the biggest shopping weekends of the year so make sure you make the most of it. Check out tips on how to promote your business in the days leading up to this event and take advantage of the opportunity to put a lasting message in the hands of the new customers that come through your door. There’s still time to use our Rush service to purchase personalized gifts that ship in just 48 hours.

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Creative holiday gifts with a personal touch

Looking for an easy and memorable holiday gift? Here’s a unique way to say “thank you” without breaking the bank.

Give your customers a personalized mug, a small plastic bag of hot chocolate mix, and a card with the recipe to make more hot chocolate mix.

Here’s a great recipe to try:

THE WORLD’S BEST HOT CHOCOLATE MIX
6 Quarts Instant Dry Mix
1 Small Bottle (11oz.) Powdered Coffee Creamer
1 Pound Nestle Quick
8 oz. Powered Sugar

Mix all ingredients in a large bowl. Fill mug half-full with hot chocolate mix and add hot water. Stir to mix thoroughly. If desired top with Marshmallows or Whipped Cream. Enjoy.

Mugs are a great promotional product that will be used for years. It’s like buying advertising space in the homes and offices of your customers and clients, and they’ll see it every day!

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How you can make small marketing dollars equal year-round advertising

One of the easiest ways to keep your message around month after month is with a promotional calendar. Calendars don’t get thrown in a drawer, they get coveted wall space, and they are a unique way to display your personalized message. Cost-effective and budget-friendly, calendars are a great way to show your customers and prospects you care. They make great holiday gifts and are the perfect way to generate goodwill and brand awareness at the same time!

We offer a variety of calendars and planners to fit your brand, your budget and your look!

Our most popular option, the Reflections Wall Calendar, offers style and stunning graphics for a fraction of what you would think.

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Holiday Gifts for employees and for customers!

How can you show your appreciation for all the hard work your employees put forth all year? Or how much you appreciate your customers for being the integral part of you and your businesses success? Typically, many companies choose the holiday time at the end of the year to show their gratitude . either through holiday parties, company outings, employee gifts, or customer appreciation gifts. But what is the ideal item or gesture? Often times business owners, especially small businesses struggle to find the balance between cost and quality. Budgets are tight, especially this year, and being able to express your gratitude without breaking the bank is a tightrope walk almost every business owner is familiar with. The answer doesn.t have to be a compromise on either side though! With a little thought, many companies will find that they can offer a low-cost AND personal gift for everyone on their list! Personalized products offer the ability to show your customers and employees how much you care . adding that extra touch of class! Mugs, high-value pens, and calendars are the perfect way to give them a gift that will last . and remind them all year that you were thinking of them . so they think of you when it.s needed most! Filling a mug with candy or popcorn is a great way to dress up a simple gift. Putting a quality pen in a small stocking will add a bit of cheer! Calendars are always a great gift this time of year . just as last year.s calendars are running out!

No matter what you choose, it.s always the thought that counts . so make sure your gifts reflect just how much thought you put into your much-appreciated employees and customers. For more holiday ideas, click here.

Summer Events – for fun…for business!

With summer officially upon us, the time for company outings, picnics, BBQs and get-togethers are in full-swing. Though you might think you don’t have the budget or even the staff to host such an event, don’t forget that these occasions don’t just serve as Fun in the Sun, but they also serve as a great way to generate awareness, leads and even sales!

With budgets on everyone’s mind, there are ways your small business can host or participate in an event for you, your customers, and your employees! Join a community fair or outing – often times sponsorships are available at many levels and advertising is offered in return. You could sponsor T-shirts or Bags for the event, or even just volunteer to work a particular booth or food stand. At the very least, you’ll be representing your company and brand name (and you can always leave your business card pen behind)! Participating in local charities is also a very worthwhile (not to mention often tax-deductible) way to help out in your local community! Join a beach clean-up, park upkeep or even a day of building houses or cleaning up a community center.

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Guarantee Your Sales!

Have you ever taken a plunge on a new product and realized it just wasn.t what you were hoping for? I know I have, and as a direct result, when I do my online shopping, I look for a guarantee. Though it might seem like a big risk as a small business, guarantees can actually pay you back with more sales, customer loyalty and buyer confidence.

When customers are looking for which product or service to choose, a guarantee might be the deciding factor . offering the risk-free purchase they desire.

Some of the other benefits of offering a guarantee are:

Customer Buying Confidence . offering a guarantee ensures customers they can purchase with you with no need to worry

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