Black Friday is a day that is anticipated after Americans stuff themselves on Thanksgiving, they go in search of stuff to buy the day after. People camp overnight outside stores to take advantage of the doorbuster specials. However, over the last couple of years things have changed to turn away from unnecessary spending and consumption. Now, instead of people racing to open their wallets, some stores are even closing their doors. Outdoor retailer REI announced that from this year, that will shut down for the whole day on Black Friday and encourage its employees and members to spend time outside rather than shopping.
Many people tend to buy more than they want or even need during these Black Friday sales, which is contributing to a host of environmental issues. Happily, “conscious consumerism” is gaining momentum in an attempt to find mindful materialism. Last year, an event called “Green Friday” hit the retail calendar in Australia, timed to coincide with Black Friday through to Cyber Monday. Green Friday challenges consumers to not rush to the shops and instead choose to shop sustainable products – or to better yet not shop at all. So show your clients and employees that your brand cares for the planet – while also showing recognition and appreciation for them! Two birds, one happy stone (or planet).
Some sustainable themes to consider gifting this Green Friday:
Upcycling: One of the best solutions to environmental issues is to find other purposes for discarded items. Below are some “upcycled” merchandise options.
Preloved Blowaway Mitts
The Blowaway Mitts upholds Preloved mission of using upcycled vintages by carefully curating each complimentary selected vintage fabric for distinctiveness and style to incorporate with our signature 16oz fleece, creating a timeless, unique and beautiful piece that promotes sustainability and tells a story.
The glasses are rescued from the community, and upcycled into new stylish drinkware sets. Each glass is created from a wine bottle that has been collected from local bars and restaurants, working towards Refresh Glass’s 10 Million Bottle Rescue Mission.
Ethica Rectangle Cushion
Composed of 100% mixed premium quality recycled fabrics (organic cotton / recycled polyester) and transformed by Coup de Pouce, a company allowing the development of employability of young people with learning difficulties. The purchase of an Ethica cushion allows you to revalue the fabric scraps generated by the production of more or less fifty items of clothing.
Circular® 20 oz. Bottle
Circular Bottle is the reusable bottle made from bottles. Each Circular Bottle is made from 92% single-use bottles – 14 single use, disposable bottles that are recycled, given new life as Circular Bottles and kept out of our waterway and landfills.
Sustainable Material: From recycled plastic to wheat straw, bamboo and organic cotton – these days almost any product has options that are constructed with sustainable materials that you can feel good about.
Recycled Wheat Wireless Earbuds
Pairing tech and eco-friendly material is music to the ears! These TWS earbuds are made from 35% recycled wheat husk and support wireless technology V5.1, allowing up to 4 hours of playback time. If you are on the go, even better!
Linden Recycled Felt Coasters (Set of 4)
What says you care about your customers, the planet, and preventing unsightly water marks? The Linden set of four recycled felt coasters of course. Unlike a happy hour buzz, the process used to make these coasters is completely sustainable.
5000 mAh Bamboo Wireless Power Bank
The Plank 5000 mAh Bamboo Wireless Power Bank has a rechargeable lithium polymer battery that doubles as a wireless charging pad or regular power bank. Includes a USB to Micro USB cable that can recharge the power bank or other devices with a Micro USB input, like Android smartphones. Designed to support any smartphone or tablet without wireless technology through the normal power bank capabilities.
Gift Green: Gifting plants can bring joy to any office space – plants have been proven to reduce stress, boost creativity and productivity. Plants can encourage teamwork with coworkers by creating schedules to care for each others plants when the other is away. Include an uplifting message with your branded plant to increase the happy effects.
Modern Sprout® Rooted Candle
A 6oz soy-blend scented candle is outfitted in a matte glazed ceramic vessel and includes an organic seed packet to grow plant once the candle has been burned down.Candle and seed packet are packaged inside a beautifully designed box for easy gifting with plastic-free packaging!
Wooden Cube Blossom Kit
Blossom Kit Ornament
Ceramic Planter Set
Avoid Stuff: A consumable gift is a gift that can be used up one way or another. Great examples include: food, drinks, soap, and candles. They’re the perfect gift for minimalists, environmentalists, or the person who has everything. These gifts are unique options for those who deserve to enjoy a little something without adding another trinket to the shelf.
Cookie Decorating Kit
Candle in Glass Jar
This 8oz jar is available in clear glass with a white lid or amber glass with a black lid. It’s filled with 7.2oz of 100% soy-based wax (no paraffin) and is available in 20 fragrances. Once the candle has been completely burned, wash out the remaining wax and continue to use the container.
The set contains 5 glass Test Tubes measuring 30 mm x 120 mm, with Cork Lids. 100+ spices and blends to mix and match. Buy in bulk and reuse the tubes once you run out of a spice.
For more sustainable gifting ideas, revisit our lookbook from earlier this year: Fresh & New
Yes, its nice to buy presents and show recognition, but part of that train of thought should include what we can do to make the world a better place. And that starts with each of us – what and how much we are purchasing, and the choices and changes we can make to help the planet. Trying to mix more consumables in our gifting will still be enjoyed by all and will show your brand cares for the receiver and the planet!
Since it was first recognized in 1970, Earth Day has grown to a global mobilization of over 1 billion citizens strong who share a commitment to fight for the health of our planet. With even a greater sense of urgency, this year’s theme of Invest in our Planet has a focus to “preserve and protect our heath, our families and our livelihoods” and calls on all citizens to “act boldly, innovate broadly and implement equitably”.
At BOSSPRO, we are always looking for ways to push sustainable products – ones that leave less of a footprint on the planet and offer just as high a level of quality, trendiness and usefulness for your brand. To be considered sustainable, a product should use less water and energy during production, use materials made from renewable resources or waste products, and have reduced chemical waste and emissions. Best case scenario products would be biodegradable and with minimal packaging.
We’ve created this guide to explore some of the more popular materials on the market and help you become a more environmentally conscious consumer when purchasing your everyday branded merchandise!
Recycled cotton reduces the amount of new cotton being produced and used, and reduces the impact of cotton farming. Cotton farming not only requires 250 billion tons of water annually, but also heavily relies on pesticides.
Products pictured: Tote Bag | Apron | Notebook
Recycled Polyester (rPET)
Made from recycled plastic bottles, this process diverts plastic from landfills. Plastic is melted to make fibers, which can be turned into fabrics. These fabrics can then be turned into products such as t-shirts, reusable grocery bags, and backpacks!
Products pictured: Backpack | Umbrella | T-shirt | Water Bottle
Cellulose (Recycled Paper)
Cellulose insulation is made from up to 85 percent recycled material and uses less energy to manufacture than other types of insulation. By sourcing local materials like the paper you put in your recycling bin, using low-energy manufacturing and reducing the need for long-haul transportation, cellulose insulation is an environmentally responsible choice.
Products pictured: Cellulose Waist Pack | Cellulose Cooler Bag | Recycled Paper USB
Hemp is an eco-friendly crop, requiring little water, pesticide, or fertilizers to grow quickly. Fabrics are also biodegradable.
Products pictured: Hemp tote | Hemp Beanie | Hemp Notebook
Strong and durable, bamboo is another plant that grows quickly and easily, and doesn’t need pesticide or fertilizers. Bamboo can not only be used as a fabric, but for other eco-friendly goods, such as cutlery, toothbrushes, cutting boards, etc.
Products pictured: Bamboo Utensils | Bamboo Charger Powerbank | Bamboo Hoodie
Did you know cork comes from trees? Harvested from the bark of cork oak trees that grow in Mediterranean Europe and North Africa, cork is sustainable and renewable. Cork is naturally elastic, fire resistant, cushioning, anti-microbial, biodegradable, and buoyant, making it a fantastic material for items such as shoes, and leather and wood alternatives.
Products pictured: Cork Tote Bag | Cork Name Badge | Cork Yoga Mat
To reduce dependence on traditional plastics, biodegradable resins are derived from plants such as corn and soybeans, making them biodegradable and compostable. They are widely used as plastic substitutes for items such as single-use plastics (e.g. cutlery, disposable food packaging), cosmetics, and medical products.
Products pictured: lip balm packaging made from potato| pens made from cornstarch | cups made from coffee grounds
Seed paper is an eco-friendly paper made with recycled materials embedded with plant (e.g. wildflower) seeds. After the paper is used, it can be planted.
Other products: Seed Wristbands | Seed Calendar
Wheat straw is a byproduct from grain harvesting, and when the leftover stalks are used to make plastic, it becomes compostable! It is most commonly used for straws, but is great for other plastic replacements.
Products pictured: wheat ear buds | wheat straw notebook | wheat straw utensils
Fabrics and Materials to Avoid
Materials to avoid would include products made with new plastic and synthetic fabrics such as polyester, rayon, spandex, acrylic, nylon, and rayon. These fabrics are made from petroleum and/or coal-based chemicals, making their production harmful to the environment.
Look for many more ideas on how you can make better choices when purchasing everyday merchandise for your employees gifts and client giveaways in our latest Boss Curated – Fresh & New Lookbook.
April is here and the month of celebrating the planet begins! Many companies and brands will be focusing on their environmental impact more than ever this month – sharing their eco strategies as well as purchasing promotional products to help their employees and clients decrease their footprint in the world. While this is excited to see, companies must be careful to not fall prey to “greenwashing”, are marketing trap that can come across as phony and misleading.
Greenwashing is essentially when a company or organization spends more time and money on marketing themselves as being sustainable than on actually minimizing their environmental impact. It’s a deceitful advertising method to gain favor with consumers who choose to support businesses that care about bettering the planet. Greenwashing takes up valuable space in the fight against environmental issues, like climate change, plastic ocean pollution, air pollution and global species extinctions.
But, take heart, follow these ideas to avoid the pitfalls of greenwashing.
Ways to be Eco-friendly Without Greenwashing
1. Turn off the lights! This alone can cut energy costs greatly. Open curtains and use natural light, which will brighten rooms and moods. Add desk plants that thrive in sunlight and increase air quality and wellness.
People Planter Kit Wooden Cube Blossom Kit Modern Sprout Balance Kit
2. Encourage reusable lunch items. Encourage employees to bring in their own meals will not only cut down on disposable packaging from takeout but it will help cut down on carbon emissions by not having people driving to get lunch every day.
Lunch Box Set Wheatstraw Tableware Set rPET Lunch Cooler
3. Use a reusable coffee cup and water bottle. Instead of buying coffee in a paper cup every time you need a coffee fix, buy an insulated coffee mug and fill it up at the home or office with your daily coffee. Ban plastic water bottles and install high quality water coolers for refilling your gifted reusable water bottles.
Vacuum Insulated Cup Bottle w/ Copper Lining Stojo Titan 24oz Cup
4. Embrace reusable items. Talk to us about items that can reduce your waste output – refillable notebooks, whiteboards instead of post-it notes, even a pencil that lasts forever!
Retractable Infinity Pencil Reusable Memo Pad Rocketbook Notebook Bundle Set
To avoid greenwash marketing for your brand, even unconsciously, continue to do your part by reaching for reusable products – not just in the month of April – but all year long.
For more inspiration on sustainable merchandise and trends, check out our latest catalogue here.
Pride season is upon us! Show your support
The Summer of Pride is About to Begin! Ontario kicks pride off, with celebrations throughout the month of June, culminating with the Toronto Pride Parade. This great event has a 53-year history dating back to 1970, when members of the LGBTQ+ community organized the first Toronto Pride gathering. From that day on, the Toronto Pride Parade significantly increased in popularity. At Boss Promotions, pride is not about generating the most sales or the most clicks. We believe in spreading a message in the best way possible. We believe that diversity and inclusion is an organizational key therefore, creating the best possible work environment. Not to mention that 67.5% of LGBTQ+ members state that they have heard slurs and negative comments regarding their sexuality? Therefore, we are doing our part to make sure that this never happens in the workplace by actively enforcing and celebrating various anti-discrimination policies to create a safe and judgement free workplace. At Boss Promotions we believe in an inclusive and diverse community, making for a friendly and welcome work environment. Be Proud of Who You Are! To highlight the celebrations and allyship, pride products have also increased in popularity. From bags to shirts to costumes, pride products are the centerpiece of the city for the month of June. Lighting up the city with the vibrant colours of the pride flag is something that nearly every shop, restaurant, house, building and more in the city will be doing this summer. Here are just a few of the many Boss products that have featured in past pride parades and street programs. Market your business by putting your logo on a pride product this summer Finally, pride is a celebration of the progress that society has made regarding LGBTQ+ rights and a commitment to four core values: freedom, love, expression and understanding. Express your love and support through what you wear and the items you have, but more importantly: the core values you carry. Even small and subtle gestures such as bags and fans are enough to show your support for the pride community. Ultimately, all it takes is a small gesture to make someone’s day. Take a look at some of our year-round pride promotional products! For more ways to show your pride, see our lookbook...read more
The Rising Trend in Personal Care
Good marketing, and the products or services being promoted, are filling a void within the consumer’s present life. For millions of people, that void often centers around wellness and personal care. An overlooked element of daily life, self-care is an activity or habit that benefits the individual’s physical, mental or emotional health. This can range from getting enough sleep or visiting the dentist’s office, to catching up with friends and making use of vacation time. Though wellness looks different for everyone, but everyone requires and shares its two core components: mindfulness of ones’ needs and progress towards bettering overall health. Every business has their bread and butter items that are turned to. From pens and T-shirts to portable chargers and drinkware, each offers versatility for use across various marketing campaigns. What’s exciting about the trend in self-care is that it brings together mind, body and spirit meaning it, too, allows your client a wealth of choices for both items and their promotion. Most types of businesses can find ways to tie health and wellness into their marketing strategies. If your client needs a cheap and easy giveaway, recommend that they substitute the usual pens for stress balls. If their customers are constantly on the go, opt for water bottles with fruit infusers over backpacks or tote bags. In today’s world, no one is a stranger to stress, and most of us could spend a bit more time and energy looking after our own health. Here are some useful products to jump start a successful self-care day! FLEECE HOODIE ROBE Plush and absorbent, once you try it on, you’ll want to wear it all day! This robe has Double pockets and self belt. Available in Unisex. YOGA MAT Unwind and flow in the studio with this yoga mat and bag bundle with a front slash pocket and unique roll top and zipper opening to easily put your yoga mat in your bag. SPA GIFT SET 5-piece set comes assembled in a natural jute bag ready for gift-giving or retail display. Quench thirsty skin with the 1 oz lotion formulated with aloe and sunflower oil. Natural vanilla beeswax lip balm is encased in a wheatstraw blend ball container with a pre-chill and relax with the gel eye mask,3 oz soy candle sets the mood for relaxation. LA CUISINE PICNIC TABLE & CARRIER A clever two-in-one custom picnic table and tote basket all in one! SLOWTIDE THROW BEACH BLANKET These 100% cotton Turkish blankets are the perfect grab-and-go solution for any destination. LIVE GREEN GARDENERS GIFT SET A gardening gift designed to help one nurture their...read more
Showing Love and Appreciation in the Workplace
Today is Valentine’s Day, making it a good time to consider how you show appreciation to your colleagues and team members. If you typically send out quick thank-you emails, keep in mind that many other options are available to show your gratitude. Plus, not everyone feels appreciation in the same way. Some people might like to be commended publicly, while others may find a thoughtful note more meaningful. Maybe a one-on-one lunch or personalized gift is a better choice for some staffers. If you want to show some gratitude to those you work with every day, try putting the five languages of employee appreciation into practice at work. Below, we share some insight from Dr. Paul White, an author, speaker and psychologist, on how you can apply these languages in the workplace. *** Words of affirmation. According to Dr. White, nearly half of the workforce prefers this form of appreciation. To get it right, he recommends getting specific with your gratitude and making sure your words are as timely as possible. You should also consider asking your team members what channel they prefer, from email or Slack to team meetings or social media. Quality time. About one in four employees enjoy this form of appreciation. In the workplace, quality time means giving someone your complete and focused attention. Dr. White says this could mean mentoring employees, scheduling regular one-on-ones or expanding team meetings beyond just status updates. Acts of service. This form of appreciation is about performing small acts that can free up someone’s time, provide needed support or simply bring a smile to their day. For example, you could get a coffee for a co-worker you know is stretched thin or bring in dinner if your team is working late. Dr. White says that when someone is underwater and you can possibly take something off their plate, do it. This can create a culture of service. Tangible gifts. Dr. White recommends getting personal with gifts by understanding your team members’ wants and needs. Find out how they like to spend their time and what kind of treats they like. This can help you choose a meaningful gift, he says. Some examples are: 1. Clever Candy Smash Chocolate Heart with Triple Layer Hearts 2. Little Spa Treat Gift Set 3. Modern Sprout® Encouragement Seed Bomb 4. W&P Porter Sustainable Lunch Bundle 5. Cable Knit Chenille Sherpa Throw 6. ACE Artifact Stoneware Mug Work-appropriate physical touch. The least applicable to the workforce, with only 1% preferring a physical touch. Dr. White cautions that everyone’s comfort level differs with physical touch; while some may appreciate a heartfelt hug, others may only tolerate a high five or fist bump. Either way, always ask before initiating any physical touch. When leaders learn how to effectively show appreciation, they end up building more engaged and productive teams. If you lead a team, think about how you can apply the five love languages to show appreciation. Source: Dr. Paul White is an author, speaker and psychologist. He co-wrote with Dr. Gary Chapman The 5 Languages of Appreciation in the Workplace, which has sold over 500,000...read more
Black Friday is a day that is anticipated after Americans stuff themselves on Thanksgiving, they go in search of stuff to buy the day after. People camp overnight outside stores to take advantage of the doorbuster specials. However, over the last couple of years things have changed to turn away from unnecessary spending and consumption. Now, instead of people racing to open their wallets, some stores are even closing their doors. Outdoor retailer REI announced that from this year, that will shut down for the whole day on Black Friday and encourage its employees and members to spend time outside rather than shopping. Many people tend to buy more than they want or even need during these Black Friday sales, which is contributing to a host of environmental issues. Happily, “conscious consumerism” is gaining momentum in an attempt to find mindful materialism. Last year, an event called “Green Friday” hit the retail calendar in Australia, timed to coincide with Black Friday through to Cyber Monday. Green Friday challenges consumers to not rush to the shops and instead choose to shop sustainable products – or to better yet not shop at all. So show your clients and employees that your brand cares for the planet – while also showing recognition and appreciation for them! Two birds, one happy stone (or planet). Some sustainable themes to consider gifting this Green Friday: Upcycling: One of the best solutions to environmental issues is to find other purposes for discarded items. Below are some “upcycled” merchandise options. Preloved Blowaway Mitts The Blowaway Mitts upholds Preloved mission of using upcycled vintages by carefully curating each complimentary selected vintage fabric for distinctiveness and style to incorporate with our signature 16oz fleece, creating a timeless, unique and beautiful piece that promotes sustainability and tells a story. Refresh Glass The glasses are rescued from the community, and upcycled into new stylish drinkware sets. Each glass is created from a wine bottle that has been collected from local bars and restaurants, working towards Refresh Glass’s 10 Million Bottle Rescue Mission. Ethica Rectangle Cushion Composed of 100% mixed premium quality recycled fabrics (organic cotton / recycled polyester) and transformed by Coup de Pouce, a company allowing the development of employability of young people with learning difficulties. The purchase of an Ethica cushion allows you to revalue the fabric scraps generated by the production of more or less fifty items of clothing. Circular® 20 oz. Bottle Circular Bottle is the reusable bottle made from bottles. Each Circular Bottle is made from 92% single-use bottles – 14 single use, disposable bottles that are recycled, given new life as Circular Bottles and kept out of our waterway and landfills. Sustainable Material: From recycled plastic to wheat straw, bamboo and organic cotton – these days almost any product has options that are constructed with sustainable materials that you can feel good about. Recycled Wheat Wireless Earbuds Pairing tech and eco-friendly material is music to the ears! These TWS earbuds are made from 35% recycled wheat husk and support wireless technology V5.1, allowing up to 4 hours of playback time. If you are on the go, even better! Linden Recycled Felt Coasters (Set of 4) What says you care about your customers, the planet, and preventing unsightly water marks? The Linden set of four recycled felt...read more
Gifting Holiday Wellness
The holiday season is filled with hustle and bustle. There’s plenty of excitement, from baking and eating delicious food to seeing family and friends around town or around the country. But with fun also comes stress, sleep deprivation, travel, long lines, planning and much preparation. For many, the holiday season means planning and taking care of others and this leaves little time for taking care of oneself. Gifting wellness merchandise demonstrates that your brand encourages enjoyment of the holidays and wants the receiver to remember to take time to care for their own needs and emotions. We can add your logo or thoughtful messaging to this any of this thoughtful merchandise. Below are a few ideas to gift “self-care” during this holiday season – your clients and employees surely deserve it! DYI Spa Nothing beats a day at the spa, but a spa themed gift can transport your receivers to a moment, hour or day of Zen. 1. Cozy Mini Spa Kit 2. Modern Sprout® Seek Peace Lavender Take Care Kit 3. Everyday Self-Care Book 4. Naturally You Spa Kit 5. Made in Canada Handmade Soaps 6. Custom Material Neck Wrap 7. Aromatherapy Glass Jar Candle Awaken The Senses One of our big 2022 Trends, comfort can be enhanced by calming and engaging all your senses. Whether its the taste of delicious cookies, a beautiful smelling candle or the touch of soft fuzzy socks, engaging your taste, smell, touch, sound and sight through gifting will unleash a sense of calm. 1. FreshBaked Bakers Choice Cookie Tin 2. Recycled Glass Aromatherapy Candle 3. Concord Handheld Massage Gun 4. Happy Daylight Desk Lamp 5. Aroma Oil Diffuser 5. Custom Fuzzy Socks The Power of Sleep There is no kinder gift than something that is going to help with a good nights sleep. Sleeping improves memory and productivity, while also boosting your immune system and increasing your overall mood. 1. Cloud10 Weighted Blanket 2. Sunrise Alarm Clock with Himalayan Salt Lamp + Wireless Charger 3. R&R Sound Machine 4. Easy Rest Aromatherapy Sleep Mask 5. The Calm & Cozy Sleep Kit 6. Luxe Faux Fur Throw Blanket A New Perspective Encouraging a disconnect from the hectic world of work is very important for employers. Strong brands shine a focus on family, friends and “me-time”. Guided journals, coloring and sketch books, and more give the gift of expanding 1. Moleskin Wellness Journal 2. Mindfulness Cards: Simple Practices For Everyday Life 3. Zen Coloring Book Combo 4. Unplug (A Day and Night Journal for Cultivating Off-Screen Well-Being) 5. Hobbry Northern Lights 1000 Piece Puzzle Encouraging self-care, reflection and relaxation during the gifting season demonstrates that your brand cares about the well-being of the receiver – whether a client or employee. Talk to your sales rep today on these and more ideas that can be found in our Boss Promotions Holiday Lookbook. ...read more
Add a Little Merry to Your Holiday!
The holidays are here! Whether it’s Hanukkah, Christmas, Kwanzaa or Festivus, it’s a great time to serve up the best gifts to the cocktail fans in your life. Gifting alcohol and accessories doesn’t fit with every brand, but if it does fit with yours, then we can guide you to some great merchandise that will help get the party started. From glasses and accessories to cocktail mixes and recipe books, we have plenty of great gift ideas to fit any budget and delight that person in your life who deserves a very Merry (and boozy) Holiday! Budget Ideas Even the smallest budgets deserve a little merry! These small essentials will bring a smile to anyone’s face. 1. Ice Sphere Mold | 2. Belgravia 3-in-1 Wine Opener | 3. Metallic Litte Buddy Koozie | 4. Slate Coasters in Burlap Bag Mixologist Want-To-Be Choosing a cocktail-themed gift is not only trendy, but it includes bonus “experiences” that keep your brand fresh in your receiver’s mind. 1. Aged & Infused DIY Out of Office Infusion Kit | 2. Niagara Cutlery™ 6 oz Wood Flask | 3. The Curious Bartender’s Home Bar Kit | 4. CraftKitchen™ 24 oz Cocktail Shaker | 5. Be Home® Luxe Hanging Bar Tool Set | 6. 16oz Tiki Glass | 7. Various Retail Books – Branded with your logo | 8. Cocktail Multi Tool | 9. W&P Cocktail Tin Kits Whisky Wishes Gift a fun experience that can lead to a new passion! 1. W&P Peak Single Sphere Ice Mold & Soirée Old Fashioned Gift Set | 2. Asobu Iridescent Old Fashioned Glass | 3.Whiskey Stone Set | 4. Viski Smoked Cocktail Kit | 5. Various Retail Books – Branded with your logo | 6. Asobu On The Rocks Kuzie Beer Me! Beer is a year round beverage popular with many, so gift these trendy pieces to enhance the enjoyment of a cold, frosty one. 1. Wood Bar Blade Bottle Opener | 2. Frost Buddy® Universal Buddy | 3. Brewmaster Tall Boy | 4. Live Edge Beer Sampling Flight Paddle | 5. Harworth 20oz Stein | 6. Various Retail Books – Branded with your logo | 7. Brisk Beer Chiller | 8. Asobu 64oz Growler Jug Wine Time Go classic with wine gifts, and pair classic accessories with a favorite bottle. 1. Velvet Wine Tote | 2. BYOB Deep Etched Bottle | 3. Wine Glass Marker Set | 4. Moleskine® Wine Passion Journal | 5. Aware Stemmed Wine Glass | 6. Fabrizio Wine Accessories Set | 7. Out of The Woods® Insulated Wine & Spirits Valet | 8. Swiss Force® Wine Aerator and Dispenser | 9. Aviana™ Magnolia Double Wall Stainless Wine Bottle Cooler No matter the beverage theme you focus on, these gifts pull double duty as lasting experiences that build great memories, all while enhancing your brand. Ask us about our kitting services to build a themed package for your receiver that will create huge buzz. For more ideas around food and beverage experiences, check out our Holiday...read more
Holiday Gifting Survival Guide
As the end of year approaches, there’s a buzz in the air that’s both exciting and exhausting…just like Mariah Carey’s “All I Want for Christmas”. We’ve put together a few ideas to help make your holiday/year end gifting joyous for your team or clients and stress-free for you. Plan Ahead and Be Flexible The Golden Rule: The earlier you reserve your gifts, the more likely you are to be able to secure your top choice items. We recommend clients start the holiday conversation at least two months in advance of when they’d like the gifts to arrive. This allows time for ideation, product design and development, shipping, and fulfillment. So if you haven’t ordered your gifts yet and you’re reading this – you’re already late! But if you don’t have the gift of time – that’s okay too! Our team can always find workarounds – rush orders, expedited shipping, alternative options – but we’ve found that the gifts that are planned early are just way less work for our clients. 1. Puff Puff Laptop Sleeve | 2. Stormtech Avalanche Fleece Full Zip Jacket | 3. Custom Box Chocolate Bomb | 4. Canada Made Cuffed Beanie | 5. Spruce Tree Wooden Cube Blossom Kit | 6. Luxe Faux Fur Throw Blanket | 7. Asobu® Ultimate Coffee Mug Order/Send Gifts That People Want Can’t read minds? Neither can we! How fun would that be though? Although maybe a little scary. Boss Promotions works with our clients in a number of different ways to collect information from gift recipients before a gift is sent, so that you produce exactly what people want. We can conduct surveys on your behalf, email order forms, or create an online storefront to take orders from your team or clients. Choosing options to create only what is ordered, not only saves you time and money and ensures everyone gets something they love, but it also gives you extra touch-points with your receiver. More touch-points = more engagement = more bang for your gifting buck. 1. Herschel Settlement 15″ Computer Backpack | 2. Courant Essentials Catch: 1 Charger | 3. Lynn & Lydia Acacia Baguette Board | 4. Champion Adult Powerblend® Pullover Hooded Sweatshirt | 5. Custom Box Gingerbread DYI Kit Create An Unboxing Moment, Leave A Lasting Impression Love or hate Amazon, they have trained most of us to think that a brown box on the doorstep is something we either bought for ourselves or a gift for someone else. I don’t know about you, but when I order gifts for my kids from Amazon, I wrap them. Why? Because presentation matters! When you send a gift you are trying to make your recipient FEEL something joyful. With some fun and inexpensive special touches, we can make sure your gift sparkles from the moment it hits your recipient’s doorstep. See Your Boss Sales Rep As Your Personal Gifting Elf You’re ready to get started, but not quite sure where that is or what that looks like. Talk to us, the gifting experts! Let us guide you to a holiday gift that surprises and delights. Our Boss sales team is standing by ready to assist! We operate like an extension of your team – we learn your brand and your audience, and then curate merchandise...read more
Be on the ‘Nice List’ this Holiday Season
The holiday season is fast approaching, and that means gathering with loved ones and spending quality time together. And it also means gifts and presents all around. It’s sometimes called the most wonderful time of the year, however, it’s during these times that we should also think about those who don’t have the means to give or receive gifts. Giving back during the holiday season is a great reminder to us of the good things we have and why we need to spread that good as far as we can. Value and ease of purchase are still the main drivers of purchase decisions, but values such as sustainability and giving back to charity are becoming a bigger factors. While we still want to show appreciation to our employees and clients, there’s a way to do it that could align with your brand values. Fashion and lifestyle retail brands are more often partnering their business with eco-charities and give back programs – which means any gift you give has a further reach than just the recipient. Here are some items that ‘give back’ to get you on the ‘Nice List’ this year! Hilana Upcycled Fethiye Throw Blanket Hilana focuses on women’s well-being and personal development, in addition to preserving their culture and crafts. A proud to be a Certified B Corporation, they balance purpose and profit to use business as a force for good. Sock Club Custom Socks Custom socks, made in the USA with low minimums. Sock Club donates over 100,000 socks to homeless charities each year. Denik Journals Denik’s custom lay flat journals also help to build schools worldwide. Special Edition MiiR and Slowtide Camp Cup Set This exclusive collaboration of two power house retail brands double the giving power to water charities. tentree Organic Cotton Hoody Each tentree piece = 10 trees planted! This organic cotton hoody includes a scanable hangtag which allows the receiver to track where the trees are planted. Good & Well Supply Co National Park Candles All-natural soy candle handcrafted to import the scents of the wild and pristine lands of National Parks, while donating a percentage back to them. Wooden Cube Blossom Kit The Wooden Cube Planter has partnered with One Tree Planted to plant trees! For every planter kit order received, a tree will be donated. Giving double has never been easier. Deciding what is important to your brand is the first step – and then we can suggest gifts that align with your values. You won’t regret landing on the ‘Nice List’! For more information on these brands, speak to your rep or contact us. For more ideas, see our Holiday...read more
Blankets: The Perfect Gift?
With the weather getting colder, the fireplaces are turning on and our living rooms are taking on a cozy vibe. And that means layers of blankets! Whether they are used for cozying up with a warm beverage and some snacks to read, having a streaming marathon with family, or watching sports with friends, everyone has a use for a blanket. We believe a blanket is the perfect gift, as they can be a low budget, meaningful, and practical gift that would put a smile on anyone’s face, without having to worry about sizing & gender. And aside from their aesthetic appeal, they also encourage a message of calm and relaxation, which gets passed on to the receiver. Economical Blankets These simple and affordable blankets are under $30 and are still a simple way to wish someone coziness. 1. Recycled PET Fleece Blanket with RPET Pouch 2. Super Plus Cozy Blanket 3. Lakeland Fleece Blanket Give Good Blankets Retail brands are entering the promotional industry and providing options that are high quality, eco-friendly and offer a “give back” feature that takes the gift even further. 1. tentree Organic Cotton Peaks Woven Blanket 2. Hilana Upcycled Fethiye Throw Blanket 3. Slowtide® Brushed Cotton Throw Blanket Weighted Blankets A weighted blanket is always a good option if you are looking to gift someone a blanket as they provide all of the benefits of a traditional blanket along with some extra benefits that have been scientifically proven to work. The weighted blanket uses pressure therapy and simulates the feeling of being hugged or held to put autonomic nervous system at rest which can reduce stress and produce a calming feeling. 1. Cloud10 Weighted Blanket 2. Zen 12lb Weighted Blanket Outdoor/Travel Blankets A road trip classic, having a compact and easily portable blanket is essential for a picnic, sporting event or hike. Gifting an outdoor blanket encourages fresh air and exercise! 1. Field & Co. Eco Picnic Blanket 2. Wearable Quilted Blanket 3. Tek Explorer Picnic Blanket Blankets as Art An eye-catching design will be the highlight of anyone’s couch, whether its a fully custom piece, vibrant colors, or a muted natural design. 1. tentree Organic Cotton Juniper Blanket 2. Custom Epicolor Plush Blanket 3. Slowtide Fleece Blanket Talk to us about giving the gift of warmth this holiday season. These blanket examples are just the type of the start of what we can offer – for many more of our favorites, click here. And for other ideas – perhaps a little add-on like a candle or cookie – see our full Boss Holiday...read more
Food as an Experience
Food. Glorious Food! Whether we use it to fuel our bodies, to comfort and soothe our souls, or to show love and appreciation, food plays an enormous role in our lives. Food unites us, allows us to discover new cultures, and builds memories that are triggered simply by the smell of your favorite fare. It has been almost 30 years since the launch of The Food Network, a channel that brought cooking into the mainstream and made chefs out of all of us. With the more recent launch of a flurry of social media platforms, food has now itself become the bona fide star, and has an undeniable power to influence, inspire and invite. The love and power of food has also transformed how we gift it. Beautifully designed packages of experiential themed baskets and boxes, all branded with your logo will undoubtedly create a memorable moment for your client. With the holiday season just around the corner, you have the perfect occasion to send beautiful, curated food gifts that not only share your brand but also deliver a memorable experience that can be enjoyed solo or shared with their families and friends. Here are some of our favorite food themed gifts that inspire an added experience for the recipient. Decorating and Baking Kits: Bring the whole family together with these baking and decorating kits. Beautiful Boards: Gifting a beautiful charchuterie board encourages a gathering over deliciousness! Gourmet Nights: Burger Night! Pizza Night! Taco Night! There’s always a reason to celebrate with these kits and tools that gift a party in a box. Branded Cookbooks and Journals: Gifting branded cookbooks and journals can encourage recipe sharing or social media posting contests with recipients. You’re so Sweet: Sweet gifts that create an experience – whether its a 30 second social media post of your exploding hot chocolate bomb or a hot chocolate bar for friends and family to design their own gourmet creation! Looking to take your gift to the next level? Adding cooking utensils, aprons, spices, or gift cards to a local butcher or grocery delivery service can easily be kitted with any of the above. See more ideas in our Holiday Lookbook! Whatever you choose to gift as a good experience, it will be sure to leave the recipient with warm thought about your brand and a smile on their face....read more