Updated September 2023
Technology promotional products (including personalized flash drives, wireless charging stations, branded drones, and waterproof earbuds) are frequently distributed to consumers via promotional events, trade shows, and direct mailing campaigns. According to research from the Advertising Specialty Institute, electronics and computer-related products (non-mobile tech) like USB Drives accounted for 2.6% of all promotional product sales in 2022 (a slight increase from sales in 2020). In addition, 2.2% of all promo product sales last year were mobile tech accessories like smartphone cases, covers, and other phone accessories.
Quality branded electronics and technology accessories are popular and effective promotional items capable of generating a high number of impressions. However, consumer tech can become outdated quickly. That’s why it’s important for marketing managers to look at consumer technology trends when selecting the best tech swag for technology-themed promotional giveaways.
Consumer technology spending surged during the COVID-19 pandemic and is finally slowing down due to inflation. The Consumer Technology Association (CTA) estimates that U.S. technology retail revenues will reach $485 billion in 2023. Consumer spending on technology services, including gaming, video streaming, and apps, continues to grow and is set to reach $151 billion in 2023. Consumers will also continue to increase their spending on health and fitness technology products and apps including fitness subscription services, digital therapeutics, and over-the-counter hearing aids!
Sustainable tech products (tech made from recyclable materials and energy-saving technologies) are a major trend seen at consumer electronics trade shows like CES 2023 and IFA 2023. Additional trends to watch over the next few years include wearable AI-powered devices, foldable devices, and consumer robotics. Consumer AR/VR has yet to see widespread adoption though more affordable prices and the development of richer VR content could drive growth of this segment.
Matter, an open-source, universal smart home protocol, was released at the end of 2022. Because this protocol is meant to improve the compatibility and security of smart home and Internet of Things devices, Matter could help drive renewed interest in smart technology devices.
Based on these overarching consumer technology trends, our top tech swag ideas for 2023/2024 include:
Trendy Tech Swag Ideas
These fresh and on-trend tech items make fantastic technology gifts for employees or valued clients.
Smart Water Bottles
Smart drinkware like HidrateSpark Smart Water Bottles is a trending consumer tech item. Smart water bottles by HidrateSpark are designed to track your water intake. They feature LED Smart Sensors that glow when it’s time to drink. Use the free HidrateSpark app to track down your bottle (based on its last synced location), create a custom glow color scheme, and set daily hydration goals.
Solar Power Banks
Sustainable tech is a growing trend. Reduce power consumption and improve brand awareness with promotional solar power banks and portable solar panels. The BioLite SolarPanel 5+ features an integrated sundial and 360 degree kickstand to simplify positioning on uneven terrain.
Matter-Compatible Smart Devices
Matter-enabled smart devices are an innovative tech swag idea! Add your company logo to Matter-enabled smart bulbs and other smart home devices.
Virtual reality headsets, branded with your company logo, make premium, high-end tech swag! AR devices like smart glasses are another in-demand tech item for promotional giveaways.
Promotional Ring Lights
Rings lights for computers are uber popular with businesspeople who need to look professional on Zoom calls. Phone ring lights aka selfie lights are essential tech swag for aspiring social media influencers.
Moleskine Smart Notebooks
Add your company logo to a novel Moleskine smart notebook and/or smart pen! Moleskine’s smart writing system makes it easy to digitally store ideas developed on paper, and then access and share them instantly on any device.
Cool Office Tech Gadgets
With more workers telecommuting than ever before, office tech items make great branded gifts. These useful and unique items will help your customers and employees equip their home offices and improve their work lives. For additional suggestions, check out our article on Essential Branded Merch Products for Remote Work.
Happy Daylight Desk Lamps
Looking for a wellness tech gift for hybrid or remote workers? This daylight desk lamp uses UV-free LED light bulbs to simulate natural sunlight, which helps regulate our mood, appetite, sleep schedule, and energy levels.
Wireless Clip-On Microphone
The Lateur Wireless Clip-On Microphone is a great option for hybrid and remote workers who need a hands-free microphone for Zoom calls.
Qi Wireless Charging Mouse Pads
Wireless charging mouse pads are one of the most popular employee tech gifts to stock in your company merch store. The NoWire Mouse Pad, a 10W Qi charger and mouse mat, is highly favored due to its attractive design and universal compatibility.
Wearable Tech Swag Ideas
Wearable electronics, including health tech wearables, are a premium tech swag idea. Add your company’s logo to these stylish wearable tech promotional items:
Izzo SWAMI Golf Watch
Perfect for gifting to CEOs and executives, this personalizable golf GPS watch provides precise distances to the front, center, and back of the green as well as distances to water hazards, bunkers, and doglegs. The SWAMI Watch can improve your round by providing pin-point accuracy before your next shot.
Wearable Fitness Trackers
Wearable fitness trackers like fitness rings and fitness watches use sensors to collect, store, and analyze physical activity data. Many wearable fitness trackers also monitor and measure your heart rate, blood pressure, and sleep patterns.
Hearables aka smart headphones are a popular technology item. Hearables are wireless earbuds that offer features beyond wireless audio playback such as active noise cancellation and touch controls. Wireless earbuds with biometric sensors and features for health tracking and monitoring are also available.
Unique Tech Swag Ideas
These unusual tech products make great gifts for techies who have everything…
Popl Digital Business Cards
Popl’s digital business cards use NFC technology to seamlessly share business contact info and other digital content between devices.
VSSL Insulated Flask with Bluetooth Speaker
This all-in-one wireless speaker and insulated flask makes a memorable, high-tech gift. The 8 oz. VSSL Insulated Flask features a fully-integrated, weatherproof Speaqua Bluetooth speaker in addition to durable stainless steel construction.
Tunezie Wireless Earbud Beanie
Wireless earbuds are securely integrated into the Tunezie beanie hat so there’s no risk of losing them on the move. Controls are embedded into a leather patch sewn onto the hat for easy access on the move.
Gift Trendy Tech Swag Ideas They’ll Love
The best tech swag ideas for giveaways are useful, high quality, and on-trend items that can be imprinted with your company logo. Contact Metron Branding for one-on-one assistance with planning your next technology giveaway!