The Best Promotional Items of 2019: Best Promotional Pens, Bags, Drinkware & More

When it comes to marketing your company or cause, you want to find the best promotional items, but man, there are so many options out there! This list brings all the most effective products together, whether you’re looking for stationery or the best promotional pens.

5 Best Metal Pens

5 Best Plastic Pens

5 Best Full Color Wrap Pens

5 Best Pencils

5 Best Bags

5 Best Mugs & Cups

5 Best Utility Items

5 Best Promotional Metal Pens

Metal pens are a mainstay in best promotional items lists because they offer a professional impression of your business to customers and prospects. Most metal pens are laser engraved pens, which means your imprint won’t get scratched or rubbed off through the years.

1. Alpha Soft Touch Pen with Stylus®

The Alpha Soft Touch Pen with Stylus® makes for one of the best promotional pens for any business and industry because of its elegant look, versatile colors, soft touch feel, and plenty of logo space.

2. Paragon Pen

Sleek and modern, the Paragon Pen highlights your logo or message on the shiny barrel in all its laser-engraved glory.

3. Soft Touch Diamond Stylus Pen

When your recipients hold the Soft Touch Diamond Stylus Pen, they’ll be impressed by the weighty feel—they’ll assume you spent a lot of money and we won’t tell them otherwise.

4. Bright Soft Touch Maya Stylus Tip Pen

The Maya has a larger barrel covered in a velvety soft touch coating and is finished with chrome accents and a handy stylus at the tip of the pen.

5. Bright Alpha Soft Touch Pen with Stylus

Another Alpha Soft Touch Pen with Stylus made the list, of course, and this is because of its striking bright colors that grab attention wherever the pen goes.

5 Best Plastic Pens

Plastic pens get you the exposure you want at the price point you’re looking for. They make for great giveaways at events, thoughtful gifts with purchase, or perfect additions to your reception area.

1. Soft Touch Accent Gel Pen with Colored Stylus

Full color imprint? Check. Soft touch feel? Check. Gel ink? Check. Stylus? Check. The Accent Gel Pen has all the features of the best promotional pens, and the price isn’t too bad, either.

2. Soft Touch Cozy Gel Pen

Go with a custom gel pen and everyone is sure to comment on its smooth writing. The Cozy offers that classic smooth-glide gel ink along with a soft touch feel and classic chrome-plated details.

3. Metallic Splendor Pen

Perfect for handing out at trade shows and conventions, the Metallic Splendor Pen is budget-friendly and comes in plenty of great colors.

4. Metallic Cirrus Stylus Pen

The matte metallic barrel of the Cirrus Stylus Pen will bring them in and the smooth writing and stylus tip will keep them coming back.

5. Translucent Squiggle Pen

If you’re looking to add a bit of levity to your promotions, the Squiggle Pen is the choice for you. The playful clip isn’t just for looks either—it draws eyes right to your imprint.

5 Best Full Color Wrap Pens

Full color wrap pens are some of the best promotional gifts because they give you all the available space on the barrel to market your business.

1. Contour Pen

Two words: SmoothWrite™ Ink. That’s what makes our Contour Pen a writing dream. It’s a low viscosity ink that provides a smoother writing experience and allows for a lighter grip.

2. Colorama Pen

Also with SmoothWrite™ Ink, but with a thinner barrel, the Colorama is a promotional winner.

3. Superball Pen

Even thinner than the Colorama, the Superball is everyone’s favorite stick ballpoint pen.

4. Nile Pen

The comfortable grip, unique clip, and SmoothWrite™ Ink all come on the Nile Pen, and without a high cost.

5. Colorama Deluxe Pen and Stylus

By now, you know our Colorama Pen, and this one comes with a comfort grip and stylus tip.

5 Best Pencils

Don’t sleep on pencils when it comes to the best promotional items. Many are geared towards specific industries, so check them out below!

1. Hexagon Golf Pencils

The hexagonal barrel of this pencil make for easy gripping when using to keep score on the golf course. Lots of great pencil and imprint colors, too!

2. Hex Golf Pencils with Eraser

Don’t we all need a little bit of a margin for error? These golf pencils come with a handy eraser and no. 2 lead.

3. Carpenter Pencil

The unique flat shape of this pencil is great for job sites where you definitely don’t want your writing instrument rolling away!

4. Hex Pencil

The lacquered finish provides a sleek and smooth background for your text, which we hot stamp on the barrel.

5. Round Pencil

Who doesn’t love a good, old-fashioned pencil? This one offers five lines for your imprint, so your message will wrap around the barrel.

5 Best Bags

Did you know that for a promotional bag that costs $5, it will have a cost per impression of under 2/10 of a cent*? That’s a great way to advertise your company and not break the bank!

1. Budget Shopper Tote

Affordable, colorful, dependable. The Budget Shopper Tote is all of these things, and is ready for your logo now!

2. Foldable Shopper Tote

This promotional tote can be easily folded back into a small ball, making it great for throwing in purses and bags.

3. Large Shopping Tote

Your customers can stash it all in this large tote, which comes with space for up to eight lines of your personalized imprint.

4. Economy Tote

Everyone says the Economy Tote is one of the best promotional items to give away to large groups thanks to its affordable price.

5. Non-Woven Sports Pack

Sports teams, marathon runners, and concert goers alike will all use this hold-everything pack.

5 Best Mugs, Cups & Tumblers

Whether for their desk, commuting or at home, custom drinkware is a favorite promotional gift because they get used over and over again.

1. 11 oz. Ceramic Mug

Everyone can always use a classic mug, and this one gives you tons of space to advertise your company, cause or message.

2. 16 oz. Big Sur Travel Tumbler

Big enough for a healthy dose of caffeine, this is a classic stainless steel travel tumbler that’s a must for your promotional product arsenal.

3. 22 oz. Pitcher Stadium Cup

Beer just tastes better in this party-perfect stadium cup.

4. 16 oz. Ava Plastic Stadium Cup

If you’re looking for a smaller pour, this 16 oz. stadium cup is the promotional item for you.

5. 11 oz. White Ceramic Mug

The white of this ceramic mug is the perfect backdrop for your imprint.

5 Best Stationery Items

Another way to think about what makes the best promotional gifts is their longevity—journals, caddies, and notepads stick around for a long time on someone’s desk, which means they’ll see your branding each time they reach to take a note.

1. Meissa Journal with Pen

Two-in-one gifts bring a lot of value, and your customers are sure to appreciate this journal and pen combo. The journal comes with your imprint engraved on the cover.

2. Two Sided Oval Note Caddy

Consider this a mobile office thanks to the sticky flags, sticky notes, and calendar.

3. Spiral Flip Notepad

Say it in full color! A fun (and inexpensive) way to get the word out about your brand.

4. Sleek Notebook with Pocket and Pen

With 60 sheets of lined paper, two pockets on the front cover, and a matching pen, this promotional giveaway is ready to hand out.

5. Nifty Note Caddy and Paragon Pen Set

Your business info is going to look so good on the metal plate label attached to the front of the notebook!

5 Best Utility Items

These promotional products will be there for your customers when they most need them—when the power goes out, looking for something lost into the depths of a couch cushion, or when a screw needs to be tightened.

1. LED Flashlight Keychain

This sturdy flashlight is small enough to attach to keyrings and powerful enough to illuminate any dark space.

2. 6 SMD Utility Light Bar

The convenience level of this LED light bar puts it into the top promotional items category—the easy-to-grip handle and bright light make any project a breeze. Plus, it comes with three AAA batteries.

3. Tool Box Pen

This multi-functional wonder comes with a stylus, ruler, level, a flathead screwdriver, and your imprint on the barrel.

4. Caravan 6 Function Pocket Knife

You’ll love the way your laser-engraved imprint looks on this knife, can and bottle opener, flat head screwdriver, Phillips head screwdriver, and corkscrew.

5. Handy Dandy Screwdriver Tool

People love the magnetic port that keeps the bits in place and you’ll love how big your logo is on this tool.

Do you know what truly makes these the best promotional items and pens? Your imprint! So get to customizing and we’ll get to making your business look its best.

Looking for more ideas? Shop our best-selling pens and more, and be sure to check out our newest promotional items and coupons at National Pen!

*From the ASI Global Ad Impressions Study.

Catherine O.

Word nerd. Burrito connoisseur. Pen pal.

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