Traveling for the Holidays? Here’s How to Avoid the Hassles.



Holiday Travel

Between extended hotel stays, inclement weather, flight delays, and bumper-to-bumper traffic, traveling for the holidays is hardly a pleasant experience. The juice is worth the squeeze of course, because nothing stirs up the warm and fuzzies quite like spending time with loved ones during the holiday season. There are, however, a few ways to make the travel experience slightly more tolerable. Along with some imprinted travel accessories, hand these useful tips out to your clients and employees. That way, they’ll be sure to know who to thank when the answer to the incessant “Are we there yet?” is a confident “yes.”

Plan Ahead

Trip PlanningI know. It’s asking a lot. In addition to pencils, books, and teachers’ dirty looks, most of us were happy to be rid of homework once we were done with school. However, a little research before your trip can go a long way. Consider alternate routes when driving to or from your destination. Perhaps there’s a more scenic, albeit longer course you and the family can take. The traffic will be lighter and you could even plan to stop at a few attractions on the way. It’s like the old adage goes, “The enjoyment is found in the journey, not the destination.”

Stay Informed

Roads can close. Flights can be delayed. Some airlines’ carry-on restrictions may differ from others. Being unaware of these inconveniences only exacerbates the problem. Instead, use your now ubiquitous smart phone and download a few apps to help you stay up-to-date with your travel itinerary. What apps? Well, we’re experts on promotional products, not mobile applications, so we suggest heading to PCmag.com for a more in-depth article on 2015 travel apps from people who research these sorts of things for a living.

Fuel Up

Whether it’s your car, your electronic devices, or your belly, it’s important to keep it fueled up for the long and often arduous journey ahead.

The first is obvious. Your car can’t run without gasoline. Make sure you check the fuel gauge often and don’t wait until that little warning light comes before refilling the tank. Give yourself plenty of leeway because there are often many miles between gas stations, especially on long stretches of freeway.

Tablets, mobile phones, and MP3 players-they’ve become such a necessity on long trips that it makes one wonder how we ever got along without them. In this regard, it would behoove any responsible device owner to keep the batteries in their gadgets topped off. Charging outlets are becoming more prevalent on buses and in airports, but they’re often few and far between, and nearly always occupied. Instead, answer the death throes of any device with a portable power bank. These handy peripherals offer a convenient contingency plan to allow you to stream, text, and Snap to your heart’s content without the fear of your device losing power.

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And of course, you can’t forget to fuel yourself up. An empty stomach can lead to a distracted, lethargic mind, which is the last thing that should be controlling a vehicle cruising down the freeway. You could miss exits, make wrong turns, or worse. Make sure to pack a few snacks and, if the trip is long enough, stop for a meal. Bracing for a 10 hour flight with multiple layovers? Arrive early so you have time to eat at one of the restaurants inside the airport. As delicious as they are, a pack of peanuts or crackers will not give your body the nutrition it needs to stave off the hangriness.

Pack Smart

Checking bags can be a hassle. They have to be weighed and tagged pre-flight, which can occasionally cost extra. Once you arrive at your destination, you need to find the baggage claim, and then wait patiently as yours tumbles clumsily onto the conveyor belt. Finally, your powers of perception are tested as you attempt to distinguish your luggage from all the bags of similar size and color.

To simplify your luggage identification task, we recommend using personalized luggage tags. They simultaneously provide recognition for both your brand as well as your customer’s baggage.

Ideally, packing light could let you avoid baggage checks altogether. Consider carrying along only the essentials to make your trip as efficient as possible.

Know When to Travel

The Wednesday before thanksgiving is by far the busiest travel day of the year. To avoid a mild panic attack, forgo traveling on this day. Instead, make the drive or flight the morning of Thanksgiving when most people have already arrived at their destination. (The earlier in the morning the better, as far as congestion on the road and in the skies.)

Relax

Even with all the preparation in the world, there is bound to be some unexpected turbulence along the way. Flight delayed? Hotel overbooked? Luggage lost in transport? No worries. You’ll be at your destination before you know it. There’s no problem that good food, great conversation, and wonderful company can’t remedy.

Custom Beanies for Every Market

Custom BeaniesAs the temperature drops in these chilly months, the winter hat, or “beanie” as it’s more colloquially known, begins to make its appearance. Adorning the heads of hipsters and housewives, lawyers and loiterers, toddlers and tow truck drivers, the beanie’s indiscriminate warmth is crucial to staving off seasonal chill. Its one-size-fits-all quality serves as both a literal description of its sizing guidelines as well as a figurative expression of how it can be given away to nearly any demographic.

Although the beanie can be a gift that is treasured by all, certain styles are preferred over others depending on the recipient. Some may prefer a classic, tightly knit beanie with a more conservative appearance like the Sport-Tek Performance Knit Cap. Choose from seven bold colors, each highlighted by a light grey accent at the base. Embroidered to complement any design or logo, these custom beanies would be a perfect giveaway for those with a more reserved style.

Some of your clients or employees may have be more eccentric. The Two-Tone Knit Pom Beanie is great for adding a touch of that personality to their winter outfit. A fun and vibrant puff ball rests atop a slightly oversized custom beanie. A vivid white stripe contrasts all of the eight available color choices to add an extra layer of pizazz and eye-catchery to these custom beanies. Imprinted with your logo, this winter hat is sure to keep them warm while adding a touch of whimsy into your marketing.

80s trends are blowing up recently, and what better piece of apparel to epitomize the style of that decade than the headband. Perfect for making a statement on the slopes or in the ski lodge, a thick, custom headband lets others know exactly how much you value both brand exposure and as ear and forehead warmth. The Fleece Ear Band is exactly the item to let your business capitalize on this niche market.

Giving hats away at trade shows is a tremendous idea, especially during this time of year. Many people may wind up needing a winter hat but won’t have one on hand. They are also easy (and safe) to toss out to someone who may want one, but can’t get through the crowd around your display.

Perhaps custom beanies are merely the tip of your holiday gifting iceberg. The cost-effective pricing of these custom winter hats allows you to incorporate them into something even bigger. Integrate it into corporate gift baskets with a scarf, a pair of mittens, some custom mugs, and maybe even a few bags of hot cocoa mix to offer clients and employees your warmest holiday wishes.

These custom winter hats are all great options for a variety of needs. If you’re planning a company outing to the ski slopes this winter, be sure you get all your employees outfitted. And don’t forget, they make great gifts and giveaways, too! Choose a custom beanie to give out to clients and employees and you’re sure to remain both top-of-mind and top-of-head all throughout this chilly holiday season.

Introducing Price Drop at rushIMPRINT

Price Drop at rushIMPRINT

If you’re looking for exclusive pricing on some of our hottest promos, you’re in the right spot! Our Price Drop category offers a unique assortment of products priced so low they had to be given their own page. Promos with the blue Price Drop tag have been drastically reduced to offer you unmatched value.

This is no bargain bin of misfit merchandise. Our Price Drop assortment is vast, and encompasses some of our hottest products. Merchandise that is always in high demand like custom Malibu sunglasses or custom rally towels can be found here. Additionally, because we’re constantly adding new products to the Price Drop category, it will continue to expand. If you don’t see something that interests you today, come back again later and browse through the new additions! We’re sure to have something for every one of your target demographics.

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Still don’t see what you want on the Price Drop page? We’re here to help. Please get in touch with one of our friendly and knowledgeable product experts. We will be excited to help you find what you’re looking for at the most affordable price.

So if you’ve been on the fence about purchasing promotional products, there has never been a better time than now to give them a try. Our Price drop category lets you take advantage of our competitively priced merchandise so you can spread your advertising budget further. Imprint your logo on a custom tote bag or a custom tumbler for instance and you’ll be surprised how effectively it can help grow brand recognition.

To keep up-to-date on not only our latest Price Drops, but also exclusive deals, product additions, upcoming contests, and more, subscribe to our email list, and follow us on Twitter and Facebook. That way, you’re sure to never miss out on exciting opportunities to save big on promotional branded merchandise!

Custom Jackets for Cooler Weather

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As the weather turns from warm to cool, custom jackets become an integral part of any serious advertising campaign. This comes as no surprise, since they are so versatile and durable. People need coats, and receiving quality company logo coats from you will definitely give your company image a boost.

In cool, cold, windy, or rainy weather, a coat becomes a necessary addition to any wardrobe. They are worn at nights out at a restaurant, going to business meetings, playing golf, or just walking around town. Each time embroidered jackets are worn, your company logo is on display. The more often it is seen, the better it becomes known, and your marketing strategy is successful! Having your logo visible on a high-quality item like a coat demonstrates that you are a serious business, willing to go out of your way for quality products and services. Most coats have a large display area for your logo, and it is placed where it is highly visible and most likely to be seen.

You can choose from inexpensive lightweight jackets, or go all-out and customize an Eddie Bauer Jacket to add brand power to your marketing campaign. Do you have service employees who often move about in the public eye? Provide them with a uniform personalized jacket that will quickly identify them as a member of your company. Perhaps you sponsor a sports team. Provide each member with custom coats in the same style and color. The feeling of unity and belonging helps to support team efforts.

When the weather begins to change from hot to cool and crisp, thoughts turn to winter and everyone begins to check out their winter wardrobe. Make sure that this year your company advertising is carried on through the coats that you have provided. Place some for sale in company stores so that employees can purchase some for their friends and family members. No matter what business you are in, coats are always a great choice for a promotional product.

Hungry for Deals? Join Us for lunch HOUR!

Because we’ve had such a great response from rushHOUR, our social-exclusive promotion, we’ve decided to serve up a second helping of savings to our followers. Every Monday starting at 11am EST, our email and social subscribers will be treated to special offers like free setup on select items, free shipping, or limited-time price reductions on our hottest products. Keep an eye on your inbox and make sure to refresh those Facebook, Pinterest, and Twitter feeds so you never miss out on piping-hot lunch HOUR deals.

Lunch is always better with a friend! Because the portions on these deals are big enough to share, we encourage you to pass it along to your friends so they can join in on the savings and special offers.

If you’ve been with us since the beginning, we humbly appreciate it. Maybe there have been products or deals that you’ve been hoping for. Let us know by commenting on this blog, posting to our Facebook, or tweeting @rushIMPRINT. We’re looking forward to hearing from you.

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Rally Your Team With A Tailgating Event

Could your workplace morale use a boost? Does it seem like there’s a lack of energy on the job? With Football in full swing, there’s never been a better reason or season to get your employees’ heads in the game!

Try organizing a corporate tailgating event. Not only will this fun activity boost employee morale, but it will also act as a catalyst for your employees to interact together as a group. They work hard, so once in a while, it’s great to get your staff out of the office for a company-wide celebration.

Get to the game early and set up your tailgating gear in the parking lot. Incorporate custom tailgating items imprinted with your company’s logo to give everyone a sense of pride and belonging. Items like custom foam fingers are great for game day. Their light weight makes them neither cumbersome nor inconvenient to carry around like other promos may be, and when your home team gets that pigskin in the end zone, it’s the perfect item to wave wildly in the air!

Of course there will be employees who aren’t huge sports fans, but that’s ok! Members of your staff who aren’t big into football can still have a good time at the tailgate. They can enjoy grilled food, ice-cold beverages, tasty snacks, great conversation, and even the traditional tailgating games like cornhole and ladder golf. On top of that, tailgating is family-friendly and fun for all ages, so husbands, wives, and kids can have an opportunity to come out and meet your coworkers.

With spirits high and inter-office relationships strengthened, productivity is sure to skyrocket. Not only will your employees have a great time at the game, but they’ll take from it the feeling that their employer cares. They will be excited to work for a company that treats its employees like a team.

Is Your Organization Fueling Breast Cancer Awareness?



October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Rally to support the fight against this terrible disease by spreading awareness in your community. Whether your organization sponsors a Race for the Cure, a charity fundraiser, or another type of awareness campaign, there’s a lot you can do to help fight the good fight.

Cancer doesn’t just affect the life of the person afflicted; a diagnosis can touch the lives of loved ones, too. And we’re not as far removed from the problem as we may think. A staggering 1 in every 8 women will be diagnosed with breast cancer in her lifetime, so it’s likely a member of our family has been directly affected by this disease.
Other than skin cancer, breast cancer is the most highly diagnosed cancer among women in the United States, equaling roughly 30% of all newly diagnosed cancers.

Though women are exponentially more likely to develop breast cancer, it’s not exclusively a female problem. Men are expected to be diagnosed with 2,350 cases of invasive breast cancer this year.

The bright side, though, is that through advanced research, early detection from screening, and awareness campaigns, mortalities from breast cancer diagnoses have continued to drop year over year.

Do your part to help the cause. By distributing pink products, you and your organization can help raise breast cancer awareness this October.

Spread the word on prevention and treatment of this disease, schedule a mammogram for yourself or encourage a loved one to do so. Partner with a charity, or start a fundraiser. By taking part in this national awareness campaign, you could help save a life!

Custom Halloween Bags

custom halloween bagsFor kids and adults alike, Halloween is always an exciting time of year! Whether you’re trick-or-treating or throwing a costume theme party, there’s fun to be had for all ages. From a marketing perspective, this makes Halloween a great time to showcase your company logo for all the ghouls and goblins to see.

Personalized Halloween bags are as good at holding candy as they are at building brand recognition for your business. Having your company associated with the beginning of the holiday season, and the fun both children and adults alike enjoy, is a great way to get noticed.

Place your logo prominently on a custom Halloween bag such as the plastic Halloween trick or treat bag or the metallic Halloween trick or treat bag for a low cost and see how fast the public responds!

Full-color logo Halloween bags can have up to five lines of customized copy in the large ad space available, giving you the option to add either your company name, address, phone number and website, a company slogan, or even a personalized holiday message!

Promotional Halloween bags can be handed out nearly anywhere. Conventions, trade shows, and local events all make good venues. Some companies choose to place them in school stores, or at school or sporting events. They can be handed out as free gifts with the sale of candy or costumes. Children will carry them on their trick or treat rounds in the neighborhood, to church and mall Halloween outings, and even to parties. Imagine all of the free advertising by all of the children carrying the bags and displaying your logo to everyone they see. What better form of advertising than a continual stream of children having a good time? And parents will appreciate the free bags that won’t rip or tear!

Custom Trick or Treat Bags will serve well to promote your advertising needs. Give one of our helpful agents at rushIMPRINT a call at 1-866-277-7874 and discuss your marketing goals. Our training helps us find the best items for your marketing campaign, our personalities will make it a friendly experience for you!

We’re about to change your opinion of rush HOUR



Not since the silver-screen pairing of Jackie Chan and Chris Tucker have these two sequential words prompted such excitement. But aside from buddy cop action films, in the minds of the average nine-to-fiver, the term “rush hour” often conjures up thoughts of commuting nightmares; sitting stuck behind endless strings of semi trucks and tail lights in stop-and-go traffic at the end of a long work day. What a miserable experience. Our rush HOUR, however, aims to be anything but.

What does this mean for the world of promotional marketing? What the heck am I talking about?

The Short answer
Exclusive discounts for our social followers.

The Long(er) Answer
Our social accounts, that is, Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest, will soon be dropping exclusive deals on our hottest products – but only for a limited time, and only on through those social networks. Don’t follow us? We forgive you. Head over and drop us a like or follow…unless you hate both saving money and staying up-to-date on the hottest trends in branded merchandise.

To sum up rushHOUR:

What is it?

• A flash sale on a select group of unique products

Where Can I Find It?

Only on our social channels

When Does It Start?

• It will debut this Tuesday, September 1st at 3 p.m. EST.

How Do I Get These Deals?

• Follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest for the exclusive access to these limited-time flash sales.

Why Are You Doing This?

• Because we love our customers! We want your shopping experience to be both fun and rewarding, and we’re sure that our rush HOUR promotion will fit the bill.

So if you’re ready for big savings, exclusive access to fiery flash sales, and the latest insights into the world of promotional marketing, click through to our social pages using the links below. Let’s take this relationship to the next level.

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Promotional Summer Fun

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promotional sunglassesMalibu sunglasses are the perfect promos to protect those peepers while playing out in the strong summer sun. rushIMPRINT offers a large selection of Malibu sunglasses manufactured from recycled durable plastic. These sunglasses come in several different styles and colors. For a softer feel, rubberized Malibu sunglasses offer more flexible frames and are available in heap of different colors – any of which are sure to complement or contrast your company’s logo.

Half frame sunglassesPrefer frames that don’t take up all that space on your face? Scope out the Blues-Brothers-inspired half-frame sunglasses. Apart from their distinct style, the UV400 protection on these sunglasses provides a fantastic shield from the sun’s harmful rays. The on-trend look makes them the perfect party accessory and will set yours apart as a business that keeps its pulse on today’s fashion. Ideal for outdoor events, schools, travel agencies and event planners, these shades are a great giveaway option.

For summertime fun in the pool, at the beach, or in the park, rushIMPRINT offers a wide selection of colorful and inflatable custom beach balls. Some of these beach balls resemble balls used in other sports like baseball, basketball and soccer. These attractive inflatable balls convey a message and are available in a variety of color schemes. Smaller six-inch two-tone beach balls are great for outdoor summer entertaining and parties and are available in an assortment of two-tone colors. These little promotional beach balls are unique items to distribute at tradeshows.

custom beach towelAfter playing in the pool or in the ocean, it’s time to dry off in the sun with a custom beach towel from rushIMPRINT. A Malibu beach towel would not only complement the Malibu style well, but is also perfect for spreading out on a warm, sandy beach. Some towels even come with their own carry-around drawstring bag. These attractive beach towels are perfect for college parties or other events at the beach or pool.