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Are You Ready for Back to School?

It seems like summer only just started, but back to school is right around the corner. Before you know it, kids will be sharpening their pencils, loading up their backpacks with supplies, and heading back to school for another year of education and learning. Even those of us who have long since finished school see the arrival of September as an opportunity to refresh our mindset, get a motivational boost, and get organized—whether it’s to prepare to kick off exciting new projects at work or to revisit long term projects and put some extra effort into them. Although it may seem a little early to begin seriously thinking about preparations for the fall since it’s high summer, it’s wise to get a head start now. Back to school’s a lot closer than it looks!

As kids get ready for another academic year, here are some great back to school-themed promotional items that students, parents, teachers, and schools alike will appreciate:

  • Backpacks. Every kid needs a backpack to stay organized at school, and there are plenty of different kinds available in a range of colors and materials including laptop backpacks, messenger bags, drawstring backpacks, and iPod backpacks. Athletic students might appreciate sports backpacks that are a little extra durable and come with water bottle holders.
  • Pens, pencils, markers, and highlighters. As students get started taking notes in class and taking tests, they’re going to need a lot of pens, pencils (along with pencil sharpeners and erasers), markers, and highlighters with which to write and highlight key points they’re learning at school.
  • Notebooks. A good notebook can make all the difference when organizing your thoughts, and they come in particularly handy throughout the school year. A weekly planner can help a student organize the week’s classes and extracurricular activities, while a journal will help them keep track of their personal thoughts and goals or engage in some creative writing.
  • Desk accessories and school supplies. If you’re like us, it’s hard to think when your desk and environment are cluttered. Handy accessories like a desk organizer, ruler, and binder will help bring order to chaos, as will paper clips and memo clips.
  • Tech accessories. A lot of kids learn with tablets in the classroom these days, so tablet bags and tablet sleeves are great accessories for them. Kids who love Legos will also get a kick out of colorful Lego USB drives that hold plenty of data while still looking cool and creative.

Curious to discover more ideas for back to school? Check out our Back to School board on Pinterest for more inspiration. We’ll keep adding to it throughout the month as everybody gets ready for the return of the school year.

Are you looking for branded promotional items to help your company stand out from the competition? There are a lot of ways branded goods can draw attention for your business. Get in touch with us on Twitter and Facebook or call us at 877-881-6845 and we’ll be glad to advise you on exceptional promotional products that can represent your brand with style and grace.

Holiday Gift-Giving Part Three: Gifts For Those Who Love the Written Word

Don't Panic!

Don’t Panic!

The holiday shopping season is in full swing. If you’re wondering what kind of gift to get for someone who’s hard to buy for, we have some suggestions that might come in handy. For the gadget-lovers, we’ve got a list of great tech gifts; last week we shared some great gourmet gifts for food aficionados. This week we’d like to share our top gifts for people who love the written word. Anyone who appreciates journals, fine writing instruments and stationery will likely enjoy one of these thoughtful choices:

  1. Moleskine notebook – Known for their quality, sturdy and elegant Moleskine notebooks come in a variety of sizes and can be enjoyed for everything from recording travel notes and drawing sketches to logging daily observations. A Moleskine weekly planner is also a great option for those who wish to stay organized in style.
  2. Writer’s log – Many people who enjoy writing particularly appreciate the tactile experience involved—opening a smooth leather or soft wool cover, touching the pages, and putting pen to ink. An attractive writer’s log would be a fine gift for them.
  3. Pen gift set – A beautiful pen, presented in a classy case, is another thoughtful choice. There are a range of pen gift sets available, some fashioned with maplewood or rosewood. For those who prefer a clean, modern aesthetic, metal pen sets are a good choice. Some sets also include letter openers, key tags, and business card cases. Pen and journal gift sets are also a great pick, as they come with everything needed to start writing on the spot.
  4. Stylus pen – Some people are avid tablet users while still maintaining an interest in writing by hand. They might appreciate a writing instrument that works well in both worlds: a stylus pen that performs beautifully on a tablet and doubles as a pen for writing on paper. Some even come with LED flashlights or laser pointers, and they are available in a variety of materials from colorful metallic options to stylish bamboo.
  5. Desk set – A fine desk set is always a great choice. When putting in long hours at the office, it’s nice to work with beautiful desk accessories that are pleasing to the eye. There are myriad options in this category, from memo pad holders to pen stands, desk blotters, paperweights, desk clocks, picture frames, and more.

Looking for more holiday gift ideas? Check out our holiday gift board on Pinterest for additional inspiration. And don’t hesitate to reach out to us for advice. If you have a special case that might benefit from some creative brainstorming, we’d be happy to recommend some tasteful holiday gift choices for the occasion. Connect with us on Twitter and Facebook—or call us at 877-881-6845 and we’ll be glad to advise on ways you can share your holiday spirit through well selected gifts.