Updated May 2023
It’s nearly summertime – which means marketing departments are putting the finishing touches on summer promotional giveaways. Office staff are busy planning company outings like outdoor corporate team-building events, company picnics and even charity golf tournaments. June-August is also an ideal time for brand promotion at business and community events including summer trade shows, conventions, and outdoor festivals.
Cost-effective summer swag ideas like branded sunscreen, beach towels, and logo visors can help make your summer corporate events and promotional giveaways more memorable. Distributing branded corporate gifts at summer events is also a great way to engage and reward your employees, clients, and customers.
Spectacular summertime corporate giveaways and events need great swag. That’s why we put together a list of the best summer swag ideas for 2023. We also included some tips that will help make your summer promotional events and mid-year corporate parties as cool as possible.
Beach Swag Bag Ideas under $5
Building a beach swag bag for a promotional event by the water? Here are some economical summertime swag ideas that will make any beach (or pool) party a breeze:
Broad-Spectrum Sunscreen with SPF 15 Lip Balm & Carabiner – Choose from broad-spectrumSPF 30 or SPF 50 sunscreen paired with SPF 15 lip balm, both attached to a handy carabiner clip.
Tie Dyed Drawstring Bag – Perfect for a parade, a rally, a concert, or any type of event, the Tie-Dyed Drawstring Bag is sure to be a hit. This on-trend cinch features a drawstring closure.
Allen Sunglasses – Classic folding eyewear in a trendy wood-look finish. UV 400 protective lenses.
Glow in the Dark 9 5/8″ Ultimate Flyer – This professional style glow-in-the-dark custom flyer is perfect for the beach and park.
Poncho Villa – Portable plastic poncho housed in a reusable compact carrying ball with clip attachment. Poncho matches ball color; one size fits most.
SUMMER SWAG TIP #1
Help your employees and customers reduce plastic waste, avoid dehydration and cool off from the summer heat with brightly colored branded drinkware and drinkware accessories including custom water bottles, personalized koozie can coolers, reusable straws and insulated tumblers.
The Best Summer Swag Gifts under $15
Some fantastic summer swag ideas that won’t bust your budget. These useful yet inexpensive customizable promotional products make excellent swag for company BBQs, Fourth of July celebrations, or concert and festival giveaways.
Fun in the Sun Summer Essentials Kit – This all-in-one set features summer must-haves including our 1.9 oz. SPF 30 sunscreen, 1 oz. aloe gel, SPF 15 lip balm with hook cap (clip and go!) – all organized in a dye-sublimated drawstring bag.
Dye-Sublimated Head and Neck Sleeve – This all-weather warrior converts from headband to neck sleeve to a knotted beanie, balaclava, lightweight face mask and more in seconds. Make it your own with fun stock patterns or custom artwork. Bring versatility, style and function to your next outdoor event, race or sporting event.
The Parched Pup – Tritan Bottle & Folding Dog Bowl – 26 oz Tritan Flair Water Bottle with Drink Thru Lid and Portable Dog Bowl. The dog (or cat) bowl folds flat when not in use. Carabiners conveniently clips both items to a leash or backpack. Easy to bring along to the park or on a hike. Good promo idea for vets, pet charities, community festivals and healthcare events!
Outdoor 5-Piece Wellness Set – The Outdoor 5-Piece Wellness Set includes a pen spray bottle of hand sanitizer, SPF30 Sunscreen, After Burn Spray Insect Repellent, and After Bite Spray.
SUMMER SWAG TIP #2
Promotional products that are seasonal, colorful, functional and fun work best for summer giveaways and promotional events. Universally appealing summer staples to consider distributing include brightly striped custom beach towels and blankets, folding camp chairs, portable beach chairs and sun loungers, sunglasses, caps and visors, sunscreen and bug spray. More whimsical items associated with summer leisure activities range from custom frisbees to branded drones to hammocks embroidered with your company’s logo.
Eco Friendly Corporate Gifts for Environmentally Friendly Summer Swag Giveaways
Environmentally friendly and sustainable promotional products make excellent branded corporate gifts for summer giveaways. For additional ideas, check out our guide to sustainable and eco-friendly swag.
Cotopaxi Bataan Hip Pack – With its 3L size this handy hip hugger keeps your necessities secure, organized and 100% at-the-ready. Wear it up front on the side or in the back. Every pack is a unique color combination that provides retro, Caribbean-style flair. 100% re-purposed lightweight remnant nylon fabric.
Allmade® Unisex Tri-Blend Tee – Feel your impact in this crazy-soft sustainable tee that uses an equivalent of up to 6 recycled plastic water bottles. All yarn is spun, knit, fabric dyed and finished in the U.S.A. Available in six colors and a range of sizes (XS-4XL).
Port Authority Eco Cap – This baseball cap is made out of 100% recycled polyester twill. Hook and loop closure. A great eco-friendly promotional gift for outdoor events.
SUMMER SWAG TIP #3
Popular summer apparel and accessory ideas include casual short-sleeve camp shirts and utility shirts, visors and headbands, moisture-wicking t-shirts, quick-dry baggy shorts, and fanny packs. Customizing these essential summer apparel items is a cost-effective way to spend your advertising dollars.
The Hottest Summer Swag Ideas for 2023
These customizable, premium promotional products make great employee gifts or raffle/door prizes.
KOOZIE Backpack Cooler Chair –Whether camping in the woods or enjoying a day at the beach, this cooler backpack chair is the perfect lightweight alternative to a separate large chair and cooler. The durable steel frame can hold up to 250 lbs. and it folds down easily to be worn as a backpack for easy transport. Comes equipped with a waterproof interior Koozie cooler with double zippers to easily access your cans, ice and snacks.
Barrow Torch Lantern & Bottle Opener – The Barrow Torch Lantern’s collapsible head allows it to function as an LED flashlight or traditional lantern – and the top doubles as a bottle opener for late night brews. Perfect for camping trips and beach bonfire parties!
Puffy Outdoor Blanket– The Puffy Outdoor Blanket is lightweight, but with plenty of warmth for your outdoor adventures. Use this comfy blanket for camping trips and picnics – or just keep it in your car in case of emergencies.
Grill Master Apron Kit in Royal Blue – This barbeque chef’s apron features multiple pockets including an insulation pocket for keeping beverages cold & handy when you need a swig! Kit includes detachable bottle opener, padded oven mitt and towel.
Be a Part of Their Happiest Moments
Summer is one of the best seasons to hand out company swag. Why? The plethora of live outdoor events offer ample opportunities to connect with consumers. Giving away attractive branded merchandise that your customers and employees will want to use for months – or even years to come* – during the happiest time of year, will help people associate your brand with sunny days and carefree summer nights.
*A 2017 study by Promotional Products Association International found that 81% of consumers keep promotional products for longer than one year. 38% of men and 43% of women keep promotional products for 1-5 years.
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