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  • Halloween Way Back Then

    Vintage Halloween - How it used to be compared to modern dayHow many of you can remember what it was like when you were growing up and you went out to Trick or Treat on Halloween?  Things have certainly changed over the years, at least by my recollection.  I remember growing up in St. Louis, throwing some sort of costume together as an excuse to get out of the house as soon after dark as possible, and meeting up with my friends to scour the neighborhood for this year’s stash of candy and treats.  With any luck, this treasure trove would last us until Christmas – certainly until Thanksgiving.

    Parents breathed a sigh of relief that we were out of the house for at least a couple of hours.  What a bummer when you went to a house where the adults insisted on inviting you in so you could perform your “tricks” before they would give you any treats.  “Wait a minute!” you were thinking.  “This is all backwards – you people should be giving me treats so I will NOT pull any pranks, like soaping your windows or kicking over your jack-o’lanterns!”

    Besides, they were wasting our precious TIME.  You couldn’t spend more than a minute holding open your brown paper shopping sack from Famous-Barr department store at each doorstep if you hoped to cover all 150 houses in the subdivision before curfew.  This was all before cell phones, and I certainly didn’t have a wristwatch, but we all somehow knew about how late it was getting, and when to be home.  One clue was when the streets started to empty about 9:00 pm, it was time to head home.

    If we were really ambitious, we would plan our route so it would loop back by home about halfway, so we could empty the first load of our stash before lighting out again at double-time pace.  Do you remember getting the home-made treats?  Nobody wanted yet another Rice Krispies ball or cookies that would promptly turn to greasy crumbs coating everything in the bag.  There was no telling what was in the hand-twisted, wax-paper-wrapped wad of whatever, but it was sure to pale by comparison to a York Peppermint Patty or a Milky Way. And forget about hitting the houses that were giving out healthy stuff like apples or oranges – are you kidding?  We were out for the good stuff, and we compared notes to get it.  The dentist’s house was avoided at all costs because all he ever gave out was pennies and toothbrushes.  Who can forget finding out about the old lady on the corner who was giving out WHOLE HERSHEY BARS?!  We made sure every kid knew to hit that one – more than once, if we thought we could get away with it.  Even though we had reinforced the handles on our paper sacks, inevitably someone would have a blowout, and then it was free-for-all time.  No honor among thieves for us.

    Speaking of thieves, the inevitable gang of older kids would try to intercept little ones and swipe their goodies.  We would alter our route, or travel in packs to foil them. The only constraints that limited the number of rampaging teens on the street were the disdainful looks they got if they tried to innocently go up to one of the doors and ask for candy.  There was an unwritten cutoff age of about 12 or so, where no one condoned Trick-or-Treating for anyone not obviously in the pre-teen years.  It was back in the day when kids could actually be shamed into a modicum of good behavior by any adult with just a strong disapproving look.  I remember being asked just once, “Aren’t you a little old to be Trick-or-Treating?”  That was enough for me.

    Popular Candy Giveaways from Halloween Years Ago

    So where are the memories being made today for this generation, this October?  Parents of young children, even newborns, feel an obligation to escort their children around the neighborhood, or to just a few friends’ houses where the ritual can continue.  Sometimes their own neighborhoods are considered so unsafe that they cart their kids to “safe” suburban developments or gated communities, and pick them up at the end of the next block.

    What used to be an innocent excuse for kids to dress up like goblins and witches and scare each other has become something to be actively avoided.  Some Christian churches have recently tried to “cleanse” the holiday of any potential connection with Satanists by holding it on some other day than October 31, and they have tried to make it “safer” by holding it on church grounds in broad daylight, holding “Trunk-or-Treat” parties with clowns, slides, and games.  Witches, brooms, black cats, ghosts and goblins are noticeably absent.  All the goodies are safely dispensed from open car trunks, each candy piece thoroughly wrapped and inspected, lest there be hazards lurking among them.  A sign of the times is that hospitals offer their x-ray machines to worried parents so the goodies can be scanned for foreign objects.  Another sign of the times is the way that adults have seemed to take over Halloween.  Who has not stepped into their favorite bank to find all the tellers in ghoulish costumes?  Maybe these folks didn’t get the holiday out of their systems when they were little.

    Whatever the motivation, Halloween presents an opportunity for young and old to have fun, just in different ways than in the past.  For example, today’s hugely popular Haunted Houses present an opportunity to raise money and awareness for different causes, and can be appropriate for even the youngest children when properly set up.  If people didn’t like to be scared and a little out of control, where would horror movies be?

    There are opportunities during this Halloween to promote your business, getting into the spirit of the holiday while consistently burnishing your corporate image.  Besides the obvious Trick-or-Treat bags, custom imprinted with your business information, here are some other marketing ideas you might consider:

    1. Chattering teeth.  These can be wind-up operated, and make great promotional giveaways for dentists and orthodontists when imprinted with company info.
    2. Glow in the dark stickers and glow sticks. Self-stick highlights can be put on any costume, making it easy to spot after dark.  Sticks can be carried to enhance visibility at night.
    3. Halloween Stress Balls. These can be excellent for handouts in your business, and will be a hit with the adults as well as kids.
    4. Novelty ears, lips, and teeth. By supplying just one item for a costume, you make an impression, and get customers’ creative juices going.  Each one would be imprinted with your information.
    5. Solar-powered animated figures. These are attention-getting and put your business info on display in a variety of locations.
    6. Banners, feather flags, motion signage. All of these can be tailored to a Halloween theme, getting your customers and employees into the spirit of Halloween.
    7. Logo-imprinted candy. Let your customers know how much you appreciate their business by giving them some custom-wrapped Trick-or-Treat candy to take with them at checkout.  For sales calls, M&M candies imprinted with your message or theme make great conversation starters and “thank yous.”

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  • Have Some Balls This Christmas

    Are they big? As in big, I mean jumbo. Maybe they are normal sized. Possibly they are flat, which is a newer variety over the past few years. They very likely could be fragile like glass! Whatever type you get, just make sure you have them. However, balls of steel or brass don't work well for this purpose.

    Christmas Ornament Balls Classic Christmas Ball Ornaments

    The types of balls I'm talking about, of course, are the classic and ever-traditional Christmas ball ornaments. They have been around for decades and most everyone garnish their trees with at least one or two. They come in several different sizes and materials, such as standard size or jumbo, and glass or shatterproof.

    It's a great practice to give out gifts around the Christmas holidays to your clients and company Christmas ornaments are a great choice. By gifting, it subconsciously helps deepen the rapport between your company and that client. They will have a deeper feeling of loyalty toward your business the next time they need your services. When giving out custom Christmas ornaments, it is a good idea to change up the ornament colors and imprints each year. Below are a few ideas to vary from year to year so your recipients will create a worthy collection to display on their Christmas trees.

    Ideas to Help Your Clients Create an Ornament Collection

    • Give away a new ornament color each year.
    • Print a different Bible verse or holiday saying on the ornaments each year.
    • Vary the type of ornament that you give each year.
    • Think about doing custom shaped Christmas ornaments to compliment your logo or product line.

    Once you begin giving away these collectors items, they will become something that your clients expect each year, which is a great thing. That means they are keeping your company at the top of their mind! Below are a few of the top selling ornaments for Christmas.

    USA-Made Christmas Ornament Balls Christmas Ornament Balls - Made in the USA
    Sun Catcher Christmas Ornaments Acrylic Sun Catchers - Budget Friendly!
    Flat, Round Shatterproof Christmas Ornament Flat Shatterproof Christmas Ornaments

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

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  • Creepy Staring Eyes Halloween Bags - Exclusive Design

    Have you ever felt like someone or something was staring at you? With this creepy new Halloween bag design, there are three sets of eyes staring back at you! This fun design has an area at the bottom of the  bag to print your full color logo. This Halloween, try out some new and unique treat bag designs to give out from your business. Only 100 bag minimum order!

    Halloween Trick or Treat Bag with Creepy Staring Eyes

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  • Give the Gift of Leatherman for your Outdoorsman Clients

    A pocketknife is a must for anyone who spends a fair amount of time outdoors. However, for a serious outdoorsman, a great multi-tool is a must! But don't settle for just any multi-tool, go for the best name in the industry - Leatherman. No other brand or off-brand can come close to the quality and dependability of Leatherman brand tools. If you are looking for a great premium promotional giveaway for your outdoorsman clients, Leatherman tools are a great choice.

    Leatherman multi-tools range from 10 handy tools all the way up to 19 tools! Below are a few of the most popular Leatherman tools that can all be engraved with your custom logo or business name.

    Leather Micra Multi-Tool Laser Engraved with Your Logo 10 useful tools. $42.99 and less.
    Leatherman Wingman Multi-Tool with Laser Engraving Leatherman Wingman - 14 great tools. $62.99 and less.

     

    Leatherman Freestyle Multi-Tool Premium Giveaways Leatherman Freestyle - 5 amazing tools, such as the pliers and premium knife blade.
    Leatherman Juice C2 Multi-Tools Leatherman  Juice C2 - 12 tools total! $84.99 and less.
    Leatherman Super Tool 300 - 19 Tools in 1 Leatherman Super Tool 300 - 19 tools in one. $110.99 and less.

    No matter which Leatherman you choose, you can be sure that this brand-name giveaway will be a hit. The quality of this brand has withstood the test of time and is the first choice for any outdoorsman looking for a mulit-tool. You can give these premium giveaways to your clients and know that they will be kept for many years and continue to keep your company at the top of the mind of your clients.

  • Thrifty Thursday - Cheap Trick or Treat Bags

    Thrifty Thursday - Cheap Halloween Trick or Treat Bags

    On this Thrifty Thursday, we want to let you know about about really cheap way to promote your business during the month of October. With Halloween right around the corner, these cheap trick or treat bags with your logo printed are great products that all trick or treaters need as well as budget-friendly pricing that any business can afford. These featured Halloween bags are priced at just $0.56 each and less with only a 250 piece minimum.

    Cheap Halloween Trick or Treat Bags

    Here are some other great, low priced Halloween bags!

    Halloween Bag Features 

    • Fast 5-7 day turnaround.
    • Rush production available as quickly as the same day.
    • Eco-Friendly material
    • 100% recyclable
    • HUGE imprint area on the back side of the bags - 6" x 6"
    • FREE setup to print your logo
    • Safety tips included below the design
    • Only 250 bag minimum order
    • Great looking black, soft loop handle with orange bag

    Suggested Thrifty Thursday Matchbook Options

    Halloween Photo FrameHalloween Coloring BooksHalloween Bookmarks

     

     

     

     

     

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  • Custom Santa Hats for Your Christmas Party

    Bulk Santa Hats - Blank and Custom Printed

    Santa Claus is one of the many traditional icons of the Christmas season, so it stands to reason that Santa can lighten the mood during your Christmas holiday parties. Since you can't have the real Santa Claus at your party, go for the next best option which would be many people wearing Santa hats.

    It's amazing how wearing a silly Santa hat can liven up a party so much and spread the Christmas joy that so many people love. That excitement and Christmas spirit is why Christmas is the favorite holiday among most Americans (also because of the great food and time off work that happens around Christmas).

    Below are some great Santa Hats for your Christmas party. Go traditional or be bold and go off the beaten path and get a unique color or design for your Santa hats.

    Custom Santa Hats

    Custom Premium Plush Santa Hats If budget isn't your concern and you want premium Christmas giveaways, these plush Santa hats are the top choice. They come in 5 popular colors: red, blue, purple, green, and pink. Your logo is embroidered on the front of the plush, white trim.
    Custom Felt Santa Hats These Custom Felt Santa Hats are priced right for any budget and come in 4 great colors of Red, Pink, Blue, Green with a white trim. Your 1 color imprint is printed on the front of the white trim. These promotional hats are made to buy in bulk and give out in mass to promote your company during the Christmas season and promote Christmas spirit!

    Blank Santa Hats

    Maybe you don't need your Santa hats printed and you just want bulk Santa hats. Below are some of the top choices, including a few unique options!

    Blue Christmas Santa Hats - Blank If you are having a Blue Christmas theme for your party, these plush Santa hats will be a perfect fit! Sold blank and by the dozen.
    Go Pink Santa Hats - Blank Go Pink this Christmas with these Pink plush Santa hats. These are great if you are having a breast cancer awareness theme or fundraiser during the Christmas season!
    Traditional Red Blank Santa Hats There's certainly nothing wrong with staying traditional and going with these red plush Santa hats! They are thick and fluffy and will make everyone jolly at your Christmas party!

    Unique Santa Hats

    If you want to be different and really unique, here are a few great Santa hats to choose for your Christmas giveaways!

    Spring Top Christmas Tree Santa Hats - Blank Looking for a crazy Santa hat this year? How about this spring Christmas tree top option. Anyone wearing these hats will certainly stand out in the crowd!
    Camouflage Santa Hats - Blank - Bulk If you want to go all Duck Dynasty or have a Redneck themed party this Christmas, you found the right Santa hats for you. These camo hats are certainly different than the traditional red hats & will be a popular giveaway!
    Light-Up Santa Hat with Stars - Blank These Santa hats have flashing stars on the trim of the hat, which will make you the star of the party. They are great for employees to wear during the Christmas season. Light up your party with these flashy Santa hats! Sold blank and by the dozen.

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Check out all of our Santa Hats here. Be sure to order in plenty of time before they are sold out for this Christmas season.

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  • Exclusive Halloween Treat Bags - Witches Brew

    Last week we released Halloween bags with an exclusive kid-friendly design of a witch brewing up her potion. This week we are feature this new design that is a tad spookier! This great design features a witch cooking her witches brew with a graveyard in the background, as well as ghosts and jack-o-lanterns. This is the fifth release of a new design this year, with several more designs to come!

    Your full color logo is printed at the bottom of these bags to promote your business at Halloween!

    Exclusive Witch and Brew Halloween Treat Bags

    With the exclusive Halloween treat bag designs that Perfect Imprints offers, your business will stand out among your competitors and reap all of the benefits of marketing your company during Halloween!

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  • Exclusive Kid-Friendly Witches Brew Halloween Bags

    Our team of amazing graphic designers has been working on a series of exclusive designed Halloween trick or treat bags. Our goal is to provide some new designs to give your better options over the Halloween bag designs that have been circulating around the internet for decades. This is the fourth design released this year with more still to come.

    This bag features a kid-friendly design of a witch brewing up her witches brew in a cauldron, accented with a black spider, bats, and Happy Halloween. Your custom logo is printed in full color on the bottom of the bag!

    Kid-Friendly Witches Brew Halloween Bag - Exclusively from Perfect Imprints

    If you want your business to stand out from your competitors this Halloween, you can by opting for some new and unique bag designs such as this one.

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  • Our Favorite Custom Christmas Ornaments

    Custom Christmas Ornaments to Promote Your BusinessYes, it's just September and still blazing hot in many parts of the U.S.; however, it is important for businesses to plan ahead for the holiday months. The fourth quarter is a critical time for most businesses to get that final boost to have a profitable year.

    So have you already thought about Christmas giveaways? We recommend custom Christmas ornaments and below are a few of our favorites as well as our top sellers!

    Traditional Christmas Ball Ornaments

    Custom Christmas Ball Ornaments that are Shatterproof

    It's hard to go wrong with these traditional ball ornaments for your Christmas giveaways. These round ornaments have been a Christmas favorite for decades. These are shatterproof, so they will hang around for many years and they are Made in the USA! Many companies large and small give these away each year to their customers and employees. They often choose a different color and a different saying along with the year printed underneath their logo so their recipients can create a collection to display on their Christmas trees.

    Sun Catchers

    Sun Catcher Christmas Ornaments

    Sun catchers have been around for years and they make great Christmas ornaments as well as nice window decorations all year. These budget-friendly sun catchers are made of light-weight acrylic; however, from a distance, they look much like an expensive crystal sun catcher. These are printed with your custom logo and low enough in price to give out in bulk to your customers during December. They also are great for fundraisers for churches, religious groups, and non-profit organizations. Included with each sun catcher is a foil hang cord as well as a suction cup to hang on a window.

    Hand Blown Glass Christmas Ornaments

    Hand Blown Glass Custom Christmas Ornaments

    We absolutely LOVE these blown glass ornaments. They come in five great colors and they look like a high dollar ornament. Your customers that receive these will be really impressed. They are made of glass, which makes them breakable. Each ornament comes in a protective gift box that can be reused each year to store the ornament to protect it from breaking. Your logo can be printed on one or both sides of these ornaments. They make excellent collectors items from year to year. Just change up your imprint and color of the ornament and your customers will have an impressive collection after a few years.

    Custom Shaped Pewter Christmas Ornaments

    Custom Shaped Pewter Ornaments

    When giving away promotional items, one major factor in being remembered by those who receive your gifts depends on the uniqueness of your giveaway. Therefore, if you give away something completely different and unique than your competitors, your company will be at the top of their mind. That's why we love these custom shaped pewter ornaments. For one thing, they are pewter and look great. But even more importantly, they are made according to your desired custom shape so no one else has the exact same ornament. Minimum order is only 125 pieces, but it is more cost effective to go with 500 or more due to the mold charge involved with the initial setup.

    Seeded Paper Christmas Ornaments

    Seeded Paper Christmas Ornaments - Stocking

    If your company takes a special interest in being environmentally-friendly, these ornaments are for you. These seeded paper ornaments have seeds embedded in the vellum paper and they can be planted after Christmas to grow plants. The paper is completely biodegradable. These ornaments show your customers that you care about the environment and it gives them a unique, new type of Christmas ornament that they have likely never seen before! They come in 5 traditional Christmas shapes: Stocking, Christmas Tree, Dove, Ball Ornament, and Star/Snowflake, as well as a cancer awareness ribbon shapeMade in the USA!

    The above are just a few of the many Christmas ornament options that can be customized with your company logo. There are many other great options to choose from on our Christmas ornament page. The important thing to do when giving away Christmas ornaments each year is to vary what you are giving so your customers will have a variety of ornaments with which to decorate their Christmas trees each year, thus keeping your company at their top of mind during the holiday season!

  • National Truck Driver Appreciation Week 2014

    Truck Driver Appreciation Week 2014National Truck Driver Appreciation Week is September 14-20, 2014. This is one of many areas of industry that is highly under-appreciated. Truck drivers are away from home for weeks at a time to ensure that we have the modern conveniences of being able to go to dozens of local stores and buy toilet paper, food, electronics, books, drinks, and other necessary and unnecessary items.

    Truck drivers endure countless hours each day driving down the highway with little thanks. While they should be appreciated each day, this is a week that we can all come together and show them our support and appreciation. Your appreciation can be shown through your kind words or by your actions and gifts. Because truck drivers are on the road more than they are aren't on the road, below are ideas for great giveaways to truck drivers during this week of appreciation.

    This is a prime opportunity for employers to thank their truck drivers for the hard work they do day in and day out. Without them, trucking companies would not exist. Additionally, retail stores depend on timely delivery by truck drivers to keep their inventory stocked, so they should be thanking their truck drivers with gifts and appreciation.

    Truck Driver Appreciation Week Gift Ideas

    • Lunch Coolers - While many truck drivers are no strangers to fast foods, there are times they may want to eat a bit healthier and bring their lunch. Promotional lunch coolers are great for this purpose. Have your company logo printed on the coolers and give out to truck drivers in your area to show your appreciation.
    • Travel Mugs - When driving hours on end, caffeine is a must. That why insulated travel mugs are great to keep coffee piping hot. Choose from many great styles of mugs that are cup holder friendly.
    • Duffel Bags - Because truck drivers are gone for weeks at a time, packing changes of clothing is a must. Duffel bags are very handy for this and this type of premium item with your logo is likely to hang around with that truck driver for years!
    • Water Bottles - Staying hydrated is important and having a great water bottle helps promote proper hydration, as well as makes it convenient for truck drivers to always have water on hand while driving cross country.
    • Tire Pressure Gauges - Truck drivers are responsible for safety of their vehicle at all time and that includes proper tire pressure. That's why having a tire pressure gauge is very important for their safety inspections.
    • Key Chains - Truck drivers always have their keys. So why not give them a really nice key chain to hold their keys? These are great for employers to give out to their employees and have the corporate logo engraved or printed on the key chains.

    Truck Driver Appreciation Week is a time to step and thank truck drivers that you know and come in contact with during the week. Hopefully, this week of appreciation will help you to better understand the importance of truck drivers.

    Future Dates for National Truck Driver Appreciation Week

    • September 13-19, 2015
    • September 11-17, 2016
    • September 10-16, 2017
    • September 9-15, 2018

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