Are you keeping those New Year’s Resolutions?

Remember those elaborate plans you made for 2012 just a month or so ago?  Right about now is when many plans are forgotten.  Fortunately, February is National Time Management Month.  This is the time to revisit your goals and get organized so you stay on track all year. 

Did you resolve to spend more time with your family, get to the gym more than once a month, or finish up a home project? The best way to stay committed to your goal is by making time for it.

Here are some tips for how to manage your time better:

1) Have a plan.  Whether you use an online scheduler, a smart phone app, or a “black book” planner, you’ll do better if you …read more

Lighten Up!

We have six more weeks until Daylight Savings Time starts and the days slowly get longer.  There are many benefits to getting that extra hour of light.  Retailers get more traffic in their stores in the evening hours, you can get outside and enjoy a longer stroll with your pet, and for most of us, it just feels better to leave work when the sun is still out. 

Until then, we have an array of great light products that will keep you and your customers out of the dark. 

The Light Up Lumina Pen

With a sleek brass barrel and triangle grip, this pen is one of my favorites. I have taken it on vacation, on hikes and keep one in my glovebox.  With one click, the gripper turns on a bright light.  I love that it’s dual …read more

Knowledge is Power


“Knowledge has to be improved, challenged, and increased constantly, or it vanishes.” – Peter Drucker

January 19 is Get to Know Your Customer Day. It seems like we should spend more than a day learning
about our customers, right? Customers are the key to your success so it’s important to get to know them as well as you can. Learn about their interests, needs, and challenges so you can offer the products and services that are best suited for them.

What are the best ways to do this?
Surveys: An easy way to learn about your customers is to just ask. There are plenty of easy-to-use …read more

It’s National Thank Your Customers Week

The first week of January is usually a busy week for everyone. We set business and personal goals, get excited about the promises of a new year, and are often just taking time to catch up after the hustle and bustle of the holiday season. This week is also National Thank Your Customers Week. As you begin 2012, remember to take a moment to thank those who supported your business in 2011. Everyone likes to feel appreciated.Showing your appreciation can be as simple as writing a personal note to your best customers. Include a favorite inspirational quote to help set the tone for a great year. If you didn’t get a chance to give thank you gifts last month, here’s your chance. Personalized calendars …read more

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 …read more

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. …read more

‘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 …read more

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.

The Stick ‘em Up Photo Frame is a great option for your parents, grandparents or …read more

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.Our tried and true Contour pen with bright full color designs is both …read more

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 MIX6 Quarts Instant Dry Mix1 Small Bottle (11oz.) Powdered Coffee Creamer1 Pound Nestle Quick8 oz. Powered SugarMix 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 …read more