If you know exactly what kind of corporate gift you are looking for, you don t have to use a site that carries everything under the sun. When we selected vendors for our promotional product stores review, we required the sites on our lineup to include a list of gift categories. You can often get your product more inexpensively if you shop at a site specializing in a specific category like mugs or pens, for example. You may also get a great deal at sites that don t carry as wide a selection or that specialize in a particular product.
Here are some ideas for using such sites to help you save money on your next business giveaway:
As the company's name and URL suggest, National Pen (www.pens.com) is a promotional product store that carries an array of products but primarily focuses on pens and office supplies. As such, it offers the best selection of pens of any company, even those at the top of our promotional product store lineup. The flip side of that strength, and the reason it did not make our Top Ten Reviews, is that it does not carry brandable clothing and is a bit sparse in some of its other categories. But, if your choice for business giveaways is a personalized pen, you owe it to your company to check out the exceptional selection at National Pen.
While it offers many of the items in the categories we rank in our promotional product store review, Imprinted.com is also a company that did not make our review, because you can t buy an embroidered shirt on their site. However, the company offers a huge selection of merchandise that comes with free shipping. They also have fabulous deals on a wide selection of hats. So, if free shipping would help or you re in the market for hats, this site is well worth a look.
One of the companies that did make our review is DiscountMugs. This company started out as one of the largest U.S. drinkware suppliers. Over the past few years, it s grown to include all of the categories required for our review. However, glass is still their forte, and if that s what you re looking for, this company is a great place to start. The company s glassware includes beer mugs, wine glasses, champagne flutes, shot glasses, martini glasses, brandy snifters, candy jars and even votive candle holders.
While purchasers of promotional items may find the sites in our review offer a single point of contact, if you have a specific product in mind, you may find greater variety and savings at an online store that is not quite a one-stop shop.