The Most Wonderful Time of Year…to Eat Customized Food Gifts

It’s the most wonderful time of year for custom printed food gifts. More promotional food gifts are sold during the holiday season than any other time of the year, and with good reason. Everyone enjoys a little indulging this time of year, and there is no shortage of customizable food gifts to help you show your logo to your customers, clients, family, and friends this holiday season.

Whether you’re feeding the masses and need an affordable giveaway or require an impressive tower of sweets for a top customer, Show Your Logo can help you find the perfect gift to suit your needs and your budget.

Individually packaged cookies and brownies are available in a variety of flavors. This particular cookie features your four color imprint on a 2-inch round label. When your budget is tight or you have a crowd to feed, these single cookies are an obvious choice.

Single Cookie – A3314
As Low As $1.49 each

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When you need to make a lasting impression on a top client, consider food gifts with the word “tower.” Towers of snacks are an unforgettable way to make a lasting impression, and there’s plenty to share.

Presidential Sweet Nine-Tier Tower- A3231
As Low As $37.49 each

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Don’t count out beverages when considering custom printed gifts. Take, for example, this adorable kit that includes a Mason jar and five servings of hot chocolate to share.

Hot Choocolate Kit in Mason Jar – A3263
As Low As $7.43 each

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You’re not limited to sweets when it comes to fantastic food gifts. Long after the delectable cheeses in this Deluxe Cheese Sampler have been consumed and savored, the eco-friendly bamboo cutting board (fire branded with your custom imprint) will serve a useful purpose in the kitchen.

Deluxe Cheese Sampler – A3302
As Low As $55.46 each

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Lest you think honey hams are only available at the grocery store, think again. This Honey Cured Spiral-Sliced Boneless Ham is also available with a fire branded, eco-friendly bamboo cutting board, making a much appreciated gift that leaves an impression long after the holidays are over.
Honey Cured Spiral-Sliced Boneless Ham – A3312
As Low As $59.21 each

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In need of more ideas? Contact our friendly, helpful sales team here at Show Your Logo. From hot chocolate to ham, we have the food gifts you need to wow your customers at prices that fit your budget.

T-shirts: Facts and Trends

sylrobottAs with everything in this world, your standard, basic t-shirt continues to evolve.  Amy did a great job of breaking down the basics of t-shirts awhile back in her three part series (Custom T-shirts Part 1, Part 2, and Part 3).  Things have changed since then, and it seems like a good time to recap some of those changes.

How you determine the weight of a t-shirt has not changed.  It is still the weight of one square yard of material that is used to make the t-shirt.  That was discussed in Custom T-shirts Part 1.  What has changed is the ranges of weight that t-shirts are being made with now.  There used to be two basic weights.  You had a 5.3/5.5 oz. option or a 6.0/6.1 oz.  Now the options range from 3.0 oz. to a 6.1 oz.  The industry has really shifted from “bigger/heavier is better” to more of a “fashion is king” point-of-view.  Today’s fashionable t-shirt trends are more about lightweight and slimmer cut shirts.  Because of that,  the weights of the shirts have come down.  Even the staple diet shirts like the Fruit of the Loom 3930R that once were 5.5 oz. is now a 5.0 oz.  You will not find a fashion cut shirt that is over 5 oz.  The Next Level Fitted Men’s Crew, Men’s District Very Important Tee, and the Bella Ladies T-shirts are some examples of the new lighter weight fashion fit shirts.

 

It is also interesting to note that weight of a particular style is based off the average weight of the different colors that shirt comes in.  There might be some shirts in a particular style that weigh more because it takes more dye to create that color, and the reverse is also possible.

 

With t-shirts becoming lighter weight, some people may assume that t-shirts are a lesser quality or might not last as long.  That couldn’t be further from the truth.  Many of the new shirts are also incorporating better fabrics.  Most of the old basic shirts were made with 18 singles yarn.  The new styles now are made with 30+ singles yarn.  Singles refers to pieces of sting that go into each yarn.  The more singles the tighter and smoother the weave is in the yarn.  Ringspun cotton used to be only used in a couple different styles of shirt.  The Beefy T is a good example.  This type of cotton is goes through a spinning process that makes the cotton stronger, straighter, and softer.  Ringspun cotton is now used in many of the newer t-shirts that are coming out.  Combed cotton is also becoming more popular in today’s t-shirts.  Combed cotton means the fibers have ben combed through to remove any impurities.  These newer styles of shirts are lighter and stronger than the t-shirts that were made just a couple years back.

 

Manufacturers haven’t forgotten about the standard shirts.  The traditional favorites like the Gildan 2000, Gildan 5000, and the Fruit of the Loom 3930R are being updated every year with new colors.  The two newer treads are heathers and bright colors.  Heathers are created when white or black shades are mixed with a color to create a new more muted color.  This gives the shirts a more vintage or warn look.  Bright colored shirts are also very popular now.  There are a lot of neon and safety colors that are becoming popular.

 

One thing that still really hasn’t caught on are eco shirts.  You would think that in this day and age of hybrid cars, electric cars, wind power, and solar energy that there would be more eco options for t-shirts.  They are out there, but there are not ton of options.  The Anvil Organic T-shirt is one of the few options.  Money is still a key factor as to why this hasn’t caught on more.  Growing cotton organically cost more money, and thus the shirts are more expensive.  The price may come down at some point, and then it could possibly become more popular.

 

In the past couple years, performance t-shirts have really become popular.  These t-shirts are normally made of 100% polyester.  Since polyester is not absorbent like cotton is, the goal of these shirts is to take the moisture of your skin, and pass it through to the outside of the shirt where it can be evaporated easier.  These types of shirts use to be used mainly for sporting events.  Now they are starting to be used in a lot more applications.  They are being used for uniforms because their washablity and durability.  Some performances t-shirts are also being used as giveaways because the prices have started come down.  One hundred percent polyester t-shirts have also led to the more innovation in printing techniques.  You can now get shirts with “all over” printing.  These types of shirts are sublimated, and can only be done on 100% polyester fabrics.  The imprint is printed on special type of paper.  The paper is set on top of the t-shirt, and then put into a heat press.  In the heat press the imprint is transferred the shirt.  This gives a very unique imprint that is very difficult to achieve with standard screen printing.

 

Custom printed t-shirts have come a long way over the years.  You would think that something as simple as a t-shirt could not change or evolve as much as it has, but a quick look back in time tells a different story. T-shirts will no doubt continue to evolve and change right along with trends and the fashion industry.

 

 

Shipping bricks or feathers? What is “Dimensional Weight”?

feather-boxRemember the old question, “What weighs more?  One hundred pounds of feathers or 100 pounds of bricks?”  Here’s a related, modern-day question:  What costs more to ship? One hundred pounds of feathers or 100 pounds of bricks? There is a clear answer to that question, and it may surprise you.

To answer that question we must first understand “dimensional weight.” The dimensional weight of a package is determined using the packages length, width and height to determine the billable weight for that package.  UPS and FedEx have used this technique for a long time, but it was mainly reserved for larger packages.  In our industry we saw it on shipments of water bottles.  Water bottles are lightweight but bulky to ship.  You can’t make a bottle any smaller than it already is.  Therefore,  you are shipping a box with a lot of dead air.  UPS would call these “oversized” boxes.  Once a package became oversized they would use dimensional weight to determine the weight to use for billing.  One of our most popular bottles the A601 has always run into this problem.  The actual weight for one box of 100 bottles is 17 lbs.  Because of the box dimensions (24” x 18” x 17”) UPS and FedEx bill this package as if it were a 45 pound package.  Needless to say, shipping a 45 pound package is a lot more expensive than a 17 pound package.  The reason UPS and FedEx did it that way is because the bigger boxes take up more room on their trucks.  This means they can put fewer boxes per airplane, semi-trailer, and delivery trucks.  To help account for that they would charge more for these oversized boxes by using dimensional weight.

Starting at the beginning of 2015, UPS and FedEx switched all of their pricing to be based on dimensional weight.  All weights for packages from that point on would be determined by their dimensions first.  What happened to cause this drastic change?  It was said that it was meant to help reduce package size, and that would lead to lower fuel usage and other transportation costs.  That is true, but that was the effect, not the cause.  I feel that Amazon and the Christmas of 2013 are to blame.  That Christmas Amazon had surge in holiday orders.  That surged trickled down to UPS.  UPS and Amazon were not prepared, and a lot of packages were delivered late.  Everyone was looking for someone to blame.  Amazon wanted to blame UPS and UPS wanted to blame Amazon.  Taking a look at the way Amazon was packaging items back then we can start to see why there might have been a problem for UPS to handle more packages from Amazon.   I am sure once you see the pictures below they will look familiar to you–shipping boxes that were way bigger than they needed to be for what was inside:

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This goes back to bigger packages equals less packages on planes, semi-trailers, and deliver trucks.  Had Amazon packed their shipments in smaller boxes would UPS had been able to deliver more packages on time?  UPS thinks they could have.  That is one of the big reasons they switched to dimensional weight.  They are trying to force everyone, including Amazon, to think about the size of box they use.

This has never really been a problem in the promotional products industry.  Most of the boxes that are used to ship our custom printed products such as pens, mugs, and stress relievers have been custom ordered to fit exact quantities.  It has always been more efficient this way.  We also want to limit the movement of the custom printed items inside the boxes during transit.  The more an item moves inside a box during shipping the more likely it is to be damaged when it arrives.  All of that being said the promotional products industry is still affected by these changes to using dimensional weight.  A shipment of stress relievers is now going to be more expensive because it has to ship in a bigger box.  The product itself is light, but it has to ship in a bigger box.  This holds true for a lot of items–bags, coolers, plastic cups, and hats, for example.  Everyone is now paying more for shipping for items that are lightweight, but a little bulky.

So what costs more to ship? One hundred pound of feathers or 100 pounds of bricks?  The answer is 100 pounds of feathers because they are going to need to go in a bigger box.  Dimensional weight is going to mean UPS and FedEx are going to charge more for the feathers.

Wine Wednesday

Enjoy Wine Wednesdays out of a custom glass with Show Your Logo.

Wine glasses are like people. They come in all different shapes and sizes. They range from short and stemless, to tall with a long stem, there are wide bottomed, and tube like glasses.  We have wine tumblers that are designed to keep your wine cold for those who like to take their time and enjoy all the flavors wine has to offer. We offer lighted wine glasses that can light up any party.

Try out these wine glasses. SYL item number: K0541

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These wine glasses are great for casual events, fundraisers, weddings and more. They come in many different colors which can fit all of your themes. These are great for weddings, and can be used as center pieces, for wine, or be sent home with your guests. 

These are also great wine glasses. SYL item number: A405

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These glasses are perfect for more formal events. They are great for weddings and fundraisers because of the gold halo at the top. They contain a hexagon shaped stem that make them unique. Make them very custom by printing or etching on both sides of the glass.

 

5 Unique Calendars to Show Your Logo

What’s the theme of the promotional wall calendar tacked to your wall this year? By now we’ve seen them all–the smiling kittens, the spectacular sunsets, the chrome-covered automobiles. Wall calendars are everywhere, and their feel-good themes are certainly a great place to show your logo.

While desk pad calendars and wall calendars are still highly popular choices, you should know there are plenty of other unique, budget-friendly promotional calendars out there. Take a look at some of these product ideas to help draw attention to your logo all year long in a whole new way.

1) Build A City Calendar – A1157

The Build A City Calendar shows your logo on both sides of the base.

The Build A City Calendar shows your logo on both sides of the base – A1157

Assembly is required in order to display this unique cityscape calendar, but that’s part of the fun! Your custom digital imprint (4 colors max) appears on the front and the back of the base. Six months appear on the front and the remaining six on the back. This calendar is an attention-getter from either direction.

 

2) Touchpoint Suspension Calendar – A1145

This calendar puts your logo in the hands of your customers.

This calendar puts your logo in the hands of your customers – A1145

This interactive calendar puts your logo in the hands of your customers. Who can resist spinning the suspended blocks? Choose from three designs. Each block has space for your custom imprint in multiple locations.

 

3) Touchpoint Diamond Cube Calendar – A1156

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Would you like your customers to literally handle your logo? No one can resist playing with this desktop calendar – A1156

A few flips transforms this interactive calendar from a cube to a diamond shape and back again. With a multiple location digital imprint, this calendar and your logo will be right where people can see it all year long—in their hands!

 

4) Coaster Desktop Calendar – A1144

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Drink coaster, calendar, and pen holder in one terrific promotional product – A1144

What’s one item you always have on your desk in addition to a calendar? Is a drink one of those items? Where’s there a drink, there’s a place for a drink coaster, making these Coaster Desk Top Calendars an ideal location to show your logo.  This item includes six coasters with one month of the year printed on each side. The coaster stand even doubles as a pen holder.

 

5) Case of Sticky Notes with Calendar – H1370

A calendar is located under the lid of this handy case of sticky notes and sticky flags.

A calendar is located under the lid of this handy case of sticky notes and sticky flags – H1370

Here’s another product that includes a calendar along with additional useful desktop accessories. The attractive leather-look case houses sticky notes and sticky flags (in three neon colors). Open the lid to reveal a calendar on the underside.

The closer we get to the New Year, the higher the demand for customized calendars. If you’re in the market for custom printed calendars, it’s important to know that time is of the essence. Not only does stock run low as January 1st draws closer and closer, but prices increase as demand for calendars goes on the rise.

For more unique calendar ideas, visit showyourlogo.com or contact your friendly sales rep. And remember…time is of the essence for those 2016 calendar orders!

Custom Printed Power Banks for Every Budget

Now that you’re all informed about power banks, you must be ready to shop for the perfect power bank to show off your logo!

Lucky for you, there are plenty of options to meet all kinds of charging needs and all kinds of budgets.

To start, here’s a Show Your Logo favorite. We keep a stockpile of these laser-engraved beauties as referral gifts (wink, wink, nudge, nudge). Meet the Volt Power Charger:

The Volt is available in Black, Lime Green, Red, Royal Blue, and Silver.

The Volt is available in Black, Lime Green, Red, Royal Blue, and Silver. Decorating options include color printing or laser engraving.

The Volt is an easy-to-use (no confusing buttons) power bank featuring a 2200 mAh rechargeable lithium ion Grade A battery. This little guy has enough power (when fully charged) to power up your smartphone and MP3 player. Charging occurs via a micro-USB cable (included). Use the cable to recharge the battery backup or your device. And if you happen to own an Apple product, no worries. Just use your own cable to power up your iPhone. A handy green indicator light turns on when your device is fully charged. Input: 5V/500mA. Output: 5V/100mA.

Looking for more power in a sleek, low-profile package? Check out the Ultra Slim Power Bank:

A sleek profile compliments your color imprinted or laser engraved logo.

A sleek profile compliments your color imprinted or laser engraved logo when you choose the Ultra Slim Power Bank.

This power bank features a 3000 mAh lithium polymer Grade A non-recycled battery. A USB output and micro USB input cord is included. Or, simply use your phone’s charging cord to power up! This product is powerful enough to charge most phones, MP3 devices, and tablets. It’s available in Black, Blue, Green, Red, and Silver. Output 5 Volts/1 Amp.

 

Here’s one final power bank for your consideration. It packs so much power it has dual output capability!

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The Portable Dual Port Charger features an impressive 7800 mAh Lithium Ion Grade A Non-Recycled Battery. Two 5 Volt USB outputs are included, a 1 Amp and a 2 Amp. (As you might have guessed, the iPhone is not included.)

Additional features to this device include a built-in, digital battery capacity meter that shows remaining percentage in blue lights and a 22″ USB cord. Use your the cord that came with your device as well. What’s more, your logo lights up in your choice of white, red, or blue. This item is available in Silver with your choice of Silver, Blue, Black, or Red trim.  This item is laser engraved to show the inside light…and your logo.

All logos look great in lights.

Of course, your logo also looks its best wherever and whenever your customers and prospects can see it. Extra juice for all those cherished smartphones out there will do your logo good!

 

Understanding Power Banks for Life on the Move

Power banks help you stay connected for life on the go.

Dead battery? No problem. Power banks help you stay connected!

Like everybody else, my family owns a plethora of mobile tech devices for life on the go. From smartphones to tablets to iPods and laptops, it’s pretty amazing to stay so connected no matter where life takes us. We’re never without access to books, to games, to Facebook, or even to work-related e-mail and content thanks to all this tech.

Well…except when the battery dies.

Techies came to the rescue with the advent of all kinds of gadgets to power up our mobile devices when there just isn’t a handy outlet to plug them in. But how do you know which gadgets will work with which device? If you’re like me, you’ve asked yourself common questions such as the following:

• Why won’t that USB car charger adapter power up my iPad?
• What the heck does mAh mean?
• How many iPods can I charge with just one back up battery device?

If you’re in need of some information to clear it all up, keep reading. I found some answers, and I’m here to share.

PrintMilliamp Hour (mAh): Tells you the charger’s capacity. The greater the mAh, the longer the charger will last while in use. (In other words, if you need to charge iPods for triplets on the go, buy the charger with the MOST mAh you can find.)

 

PrintStandby Time: Refers to how long the charger will hold a charge when not in use. (If you tend to lose these things in the bottom of your bag for months at time, lots of standby time is a perk.)

 

PrintOutput Current: Indicates whether a charger is capable of powering a particular device and how quickly. The output current is quantified in amps, with most chargers being 0.5A, 0.8A, 1A or 2A. The smaller the output current, the slower the charge will flow to the attached device. For example, if I connect a 0.5A charger to my iPad, it’s going to charge at a much slower rate than a 2A charger. Also worth noting is the fact that the 0.5A charger doesn’t have enough output current to power my iPad while in use. However, the 0.5A charger will recharge my iPad slowly when the iPad is not in use.

 

PrintInput Current: Determines how quickly a power accessory will recharge itself when plugged in. The lower the number, the longer it will take for the charger to be recharged.

 

Comparing Battery Life: Battery life can vary widely in smartphones and tablets, so it’s helpful to know how much energy the batteries in your devices can store. Look for the abbreviation mAh as a measure of how much energy a battery can store. Keep in mind that a charger’s stated mAh is never fully transferred to an attached device. Why? Chargers require a percentage of their OWN battery capacity to operate. (This is also affected by the charger’s output current, battery efficiency, and battery quality.)

Still a little hazy? Here are some helpful examples.

I have a logoed power bank with an output of 1A and a capacity of 2200 mAh. My iPad Mini with Retina Display has a capacity of 6471 mAh. If my iPad is totally dead, my 2200 mAh charger should bring my iPad battery life back up to approximately 30% before the power bank battery is depleted.

Now my iPhone 5 has a battery capacity of 1560 mAh. My replenished, fully charged 2200 mAh power bank can bring my dead iPhone 5 battery life back up to 100%.
Easy peasy!

Now let’s talk current!

My iPhone 5, being smaller, requires much less power to operate than my iPad. A 1A power bank can keep my iPhone running on the fly. The iPad draws more than 1A because of its size, so the power bank doesn’t have enough current to permit me to use the iPad while it’s charging. However, if my iPad is turned off and connected to the power bank, the power bank will eventually dump most of its 2200 mAh into my iPad, giving it a partial charge.

Hey…a partial charge is better than dead!

The moral of this story? Bigger is better but smaller will help you out in a pinch.


And now…an easy-to-reference guide regarding the battery capacity of all your favorite devices:

Tablets
Apple iPad Air – 8820 mAh
Apple iPad 3/4 – 11,560 mAh
Apple iPad 2 – 6930 mAh
Apple iPad 1 – 6600 mAh
Apple iPad Mini w/Retina Display – 6471 mAh
Apple iPad Mini 1 – 4440 mAh
Samsung Galaxy Tab S – 7900 mAh
Microsoft Surface 2 – 4200 mAh

Smartphones
Apple iPhone 6 – 1810 mAh
Apple iPhone 6+ – 2915 mAh
Apple iPhone 5S – 1560 mAh
Apple iPhone 5C – 1510 mAh
Apple iPhone 5 – 1440 mAh
Apple iPhone 4S – 1432 mAh
Samsung Galaxy S4 – 2600 mAh
Samsung Galaxy S3 – 2100 mAh
HTC One – 2300 mAh
Nokia Lumia 720 – 2000 mAh

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