Understanding the situation is changing rapidly, we have taken many measures already to ensure our employees’ safety, such as extra sanitization and cleaning in our office, providing additional handwashing stations for employees and visiting couriers, etc., giving our employees work from home options if possible, cancelling all in-person meetings, and spacing out work stations if a WFH option is not available.
We also want to take this time to ensure you that our services remain completely operational and we are ready to serve. Our team is monitoring emails and providing quotes, as well as processing and shipping orders. If needed, we can provide ideas to inspire and unite employees during this difficult time and solutions to delivering merchandise and collateral for virtual conferences.
Boss Promotions continues to be thankful for your business and I wish you and your families the best in safety and in health.
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