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Fall Trends

October 31, 2017

We’d like our clients to consider us to be their experts on all things branded. And, we enjoy searching high and low to find the most suitable promotional item that is functional and valued by your unique recipient. Part of being experts means brushing up on seasonal trends each year. That’s the fun part of our job! Here’s what’s hot this fall and holiday season:

Wood accents

Wood accents are having a moment. With a natural ability to add depth and warmth to a range of stylish interiors, wood has designers branching out and going with the grain when it comes to creating meaningful home details with a fresh, modern look. In an increasingly virtual world, wooden accessories are providing an organic, earthy sense of soul. Easily tailored for style preferences from the rustic and to the refined, it’s no wonder wood finishes appeal to nearly everyone. They’re hitting the promotional products industry in a big way — and we are loving it!


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Camo is back with a vengeance. Urban adventurers everywhere are donning this trend. Givenchy, Dries Van Noten and Valentino are major (fashion) designers who want us to  be seen (or not seen) in camouflage this year.  BIC Graphic added several new products to its camo assortment  in 2017. Expanding existing product categories such as koolers and drinkware and moving into new ones such as Captain’s Chairs and backpacks.

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Shades of Gray

Two-tone grays and patterned grays are increasing in popularity and add a new dimension to the always classic black and white. The color gray is everywhere these days. It’s one of the hottest neutral colors on the market and design experts predict that it will be around for a long time.  As a color, gray encompasses everything from a soft silver to a stark, dark charcoal. It’s the perfect neutral because it’s compatible with almost every other color, and it folds easily into every style of decor. It’s the sort of color that complements a full spectrum of shades, from bold red to mellow ivory.

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Uncategorized — Marie Young @ 3:39 pm

A few of our favorite things part 2

October 16, 2017

‘Tis the season! Our Gift Guide will have your brand rockin’ the holidays. Our brochure features plenty of holiday helpers and stocking stuffers. Let Bankers help take the stress out of finding the perfect promotional gifts for the upcoming holiday season. Our incredible variety of decorated promotional gifts includes items everyone will love including helpful tech gadgets, high-quality apparel, gourmet chocolates, and more. Here are a few more of our favorite items.

Rachel Manthey

KANGA Wallet #06593, page 8 – No need to carry a bulky wallet anymore. Just have your phone and all your cards and license with you. Since it closes, nobody can see that you are carrying credit cards. Round Sherlock COB lighted Magnifier #BA59RM, page 14 – Everyone has a use for a magnifying glass, but how many people will go buy one? Even if it’s not front and center on a coffee table, it’s a product that will be kept for years – your logo will have longevity with the customer that receives it.

Erica Kelley-Gogel, CAS

I like the from Tube of Savory Treats #TUBE-SAV, page 13 – not only for their selection, but for the large, full color imprint area. It can make a big impact. The Moderne Stadium Seat #45758, page 17 is a new favorite because I see a need for one in my immediate future with my girls’ sports schedules, I will be attending a lot of games. It is more comfortable than the average stadium seats, and the back is adjustable. The Epic Hydration Holder#3944, page 16 – I like that it’s adjustable for different sized bottles and that it will hold a phone, and has the earbud port. Sabre Umbrella #MFL29, page 17 – just because it’s really cool! I like that the shaft and handle light up. It adds a measure of safety to the item.

Molly Beavers, CAS

Ceramic Ornament #1793, page 2. These are really attractive ornaments that make a nice keepsake. Everyone has seen the glass ball ornaments, so consider something new and different. Brookstone® Night Light Charger #70274 on page 3. I love this item especially when I travel or even in my bedroom at night. When I travel, I want a light in the room resulting in leaving the bathroom light on. Now I can have a nightlight and charge my phone at the same time. At home, we usually have two phones to charge at the same time, and a night light too. It’s a great multi-function item anyone can use, plus it’s a recognizable brand name. Sound Dome Bluetooth Speaker #ESP-SD17 on page 8. The sound quality is great for an $8.00 speaker. This is a great buy that your customers won’t be disappointed with. Palmero Ceramic Mug on page 12. As an avid coffee drinker, I love coffee mugs like most people love shoes. I especially like the marble look of this mug, it’s so unique and classy. All the colors are sharp. Laser Level with 8’ Tape Measurer #T78LL on page 19. Everyone enjoys receiving items that are useful and they can use around the house. With the growing trend in DIY projects, this item makes a practical gift for anyone.

Whether you are looking to thank your best team members or show appreciation to your customers, we have all the corporate gifts you will need. Check out our Gift Guide or contact us to learn more.

Uncategorized — Marie Young @ 8:07 pm

A few of our favorite things. Part 1.

October 10, 2017

Make your brand shine bright this season. Check out our Bankers Gift Guide! Our brochure features over 90 exciting products that are sure to make the holidays sparkle. We thought we would share some of our personal favorites from the brochure.

Brenda Thurness, Sales Manager:

I like the Tartan Kooler with Fleece Blanket on page 5. It is great for ballgames. I like the carrying strap for the additional $0.40 and love being able to throw things over my shoulder when you have to walk a distance. I was impressed with the Tube of Savory Treats on page 13. It is really a nice large item at 18” tall. This is a great Christmas food gift. I also really like the Tech Wrap & Snap Organizers on page 14. I picked one of these up at the Chicago show and I still have it in my purse. I love not having all those cords tangled up in my purse. The other item I was impressed with was the Sabre Umbrella on page 17. I haven’t had a chance to use one, but it looked really neat lit up and I liked the idea of having an umbrella and flashlight all in one.

Melanie Lamb, Sales Manager:

I think the LAMZAC Original Lounge chair from BIC® is really cool. I watched several videos of different things you can do with them such as a chair for two and even a raft for the water. What a very versatile item that is very compact. Just remove from the carrying bag, open the end and move the piece through the air to fill for seating within seconds. If it is a windy day, it sure helps fill it up. Simple and easy to use and instructions are included. This lounge chair has a low minimum of 10 pieces so they would make a great appreciation gift.

Item #26024, page 17. Multi-use items seem to be very big right now. The Ultimate Auto Safety Tool is just that. This handy device is prevention and emergency safety wrapped into one tool. This tool features a seat belt cutter, flashlight, digital tire gauge and glass breaker. What a great give away for everyone at the holidays.

If gifts are not in your budget this year, consider holiday cards. Let your customers know you’re thinking of them during this special time of year. See page 2.

Brian Johnson, Marketing:

The #ZIP1524 Ultimate Auto Safety Tool on page 3 would a great piece for every car with the safety features, flashlight and tire gauge. You’d hope to never have to use the window hammer or seat belt cutter, but it also has utilitarian features like the flashlight and tire gauge.

The #Mi1720 Holiday Mini Cookie Cutter Collection on page 2 – Kitchen items are always popular and the shapes are great for many holidays when making cookies or cutting sandwiches into shapes for grandkids.

#G256 Kitchen Basics Gift Set, page 6 – Another item for the kitchen and it’s hard to find better knives than those from American Made Cutlery and the peeler is the best around. A great set for under $20.

#32088 Dual Charging Cable, page 8 – I use this charger all the time. I like that the apple charger will work even with my Otter Box case on.

Stay tuned for more of our Favorite Things Part 2!

Uncategorized — Marie Young @ 7:55 pm