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Promoting Fun in the Sun

June marks the official kick-off to summer, and with it, a huge surge in outdoor activity and amusement. People flock to the outdoors and inevitably, this leads to incidental exposure to the sun. We have some fantastic personalized items that offer sun protection and preserve outdoor activity for what it is—fun! In order to prevent the negative effects of sun exposure, the CDC recommends applying a generous amount of sunscreen, with an SPF of at least 15, every two hours. Other action steps to prevent sun damage, the effects of which can range from cataracts to skin aging to skin cancer, include resting in the shade, covering the skin and protecting the eyes.

 

We’ve got summer-friendly promotional items to cover all those bases:

 

Sunscreen: By far one of the best defenses against sun damage, sunscreen should always be the first line of defense against harmful sun exposure. Lucky for you, we have a wide selection of imprinted sunscreen bottles and packets that you can customize to your own liking. One suitable option is our 4-oz bottle of SPF30 Sunscreen.

 promotional sunscreen

Large umbrella: Taking shade is strongly recommended when possible. The RainShade UV Protective Umbrella is specifically designed to deflect UV rays and its giant 62″ arc creates shade even where there isn’t any to be found.

 Custom umbrella with UV protection

Protective Clothing: According to the CDC, basic T-shirts offer less than SPF 15 rating. However, we have several apparel options that offer UPF protection. Our Reflex Performance Embossed Polo is one excellent example, touting a UPF 40+ value and performance qualities that are perfect for outdoor recreation.

 custom performance polo

Big hats: It’s a good thing giant straw hats are on-trend these, because they’re great for head protection—one of those spots you probably rarely cover in sunscreen. Our Outdoor Cap Gambler Straw Hat boasts a UV 50+ rating for travel, beachcombing and gardening.

Custom straw hat

Sunglasses: Your peepers are another one of those susceptible places where you can’t apply sunscreen. Combat that exposure with a pair of personalized sunglasses, such as our UV-Turn Sunglasses. Not only do they shield the eyes, but they’re also stylish and change color in the sun!

 personalized sunglasses

UV Indicators: The EPA offers an excellent online tool to monitor UV level in your specific geographical area along with tips and safety guidelines. When you don’t have access to this information, you check the approximate UV levels with our UV Safe Indicating Card or UV Indicator Key Tag. Both let you know when the sun is shining at its most intense so you know when it’s best to seek the shade.

 Imprinted Sun Detector

With all these sun savvy tools at your disposal, you shouldn’t have a problem minimizing some of those potential sun dangers. Make sure their time in the sun is fun, not worrisome! Now is the perfect time to begin advertising on summer friendly promotional items.

~Jessica

The heat is on: tips for summer safety

Government News: Celebrate Parks and Recreation Month

Ah, yes…summer time is just about here. Many people are looking forward to the lazy, hazy, crazy days of golfing, swimming, hiking and barbequing. But, along with all the fun in the sun come some summer bummers, too—heatstroke, sunburn, bug bites and food poisoning, to name a few. Without the proper precautions, it can be a cruel summer.

These four tips for summer safety can help keep your community out of harm’s way and help them beat the summertime blues. Keep reading for more information.

Four tips for summer safety
Here are some tips you can share with your community members to help prevent common heat-related incidents.

  1. Be cool: It’s easy to get dehydrated when romping outdoors in the hot, hot sun. If dehydration isn’t nipped in the bud early on, heatstroke can occur. When this happens, the body’s temperature reaches dangerously high levels, resulting in fainting, hallucinations or even seizures. Preventing dehydration is easy—drink plenty of fluids (especially water), take breaks in the shade and schedule more vigorous activities during early mornings and late afternoons when the heat is less intense. Spread the word by imprinting these three ways to stay cool on flyers or handheld fans. Distribute them at your local parks and recreation department or with community mailers.
  2. Prevent sunburn: Sunburn is a surefire way to put the brakes on summer fun. Precautionary measures, like applying sunscreen, wearing sunglasses or a wide-brimmed hat, and staying in the shade while wearing sun-protective clothing can help. Sunscreen should be applied over the entire body, 15 to 30 minutes prior to going outside. And it should be reapplied every two hours—even more often when swimming or sweating. Sunscreen, handed out at local campgrounds and public pools, can be a great way to prepare the community for a day of fun in the sun.
  3. Ward off bug bites and insect stings: Stinging insects and biting bugs can put an end to picnic plans quicker than an army of picnic ants. Insect repellent can help ward off mosquitoes and ticks, and proper aftercare of bee or wasp stings can make all the difference. Immediately remove any remaining stinger by scraping it with a credit card or finger nail, apply ice and take an over-the-counter pain reliever. Readily-available cold packs at area hiking trails and park pavilions can save the day after a bug bite or bee string.
  4. Practice food safety: Picnics and barbeques are great places to meet up with friends and family, enjoy the outdoors…and pick up food poisoning. Bacteria grow faster in warmer temperatures. Couple that with no running water and an al fresco picnic can easily turn into foodborne illness. Safe food handling is the key to prevention. Keep cold foods cold and hot foods hot, don’t cross-contaminate by reusing platters and utensils, and cook food thoroughly. Get the word out and promote food safety. Post daily safe food storage or grilling tips on your website or social media channels. Hold a weekly contest where contestants enter by correctly answering a food-safety question. Reward winners with a cooler, picnic blanket or Grill Master BBQ Apron.

Passing along these simple safety measures to those in your community can help make this season a summer to remember—but for all the right reasons. Stay safe this summer!

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Promotional Sunglasses Make a Statement

When Stylesight and Eyecessorize hosted the Eyewear Product & Trend Review event for spring/summer 2014, they identified four major trends in eyewear. (Source: The Hottest Trends in Eyewear for 2014, Forbes) Bring these trends to your customers with our promotional sunglasses.

Trend 1: The Instagram Look

This 1970s style features rosy- or gold-tinted lenses and shapes and materials reminiscent of yesteryear. Think soft, round shapes and tortoise prints.

Risky Business Sunglasses - Promotional Product 433909 from 4imprint

Risky Business Sunglasses in Tortoise are a good example. The tortoise print is an eyewear classic.

 Trend 2: The Mathematical Look

This smart look features geometric shapes, angled cuts and neutral colors.

Checkered Hipster Shades - Promotional Product 115189-C from 4imprint

Checkered Hipster Shades are a good example. Available in black and white with a checkered frame, these imprinted sunglasses are more than just stylish.

Or, try the unique Foldable Sunglasses.

Foldable Sunglasses - Promotional Product 420608 from 4imprint

Available in 12 bright shades, these easy-to-carry sunglasses collapse and fold in half for extra portability!

Trend 3: The Aquatic Look

Inspired by ocean and sea life, this eyewear look is dominated by its ocean-like palette of blues, greens and teals.

Navigator Sunglasses - Promotional Product 401382 from 4imprint

The Navigator Sunglasses are one example. Among the 12 shades they’re available in: Lime Green, Kelly Green, Carolina Blue, Royal Blue and Navy.

Trend 4: Garden Look

Frames in this look reflect the earthy greens and pretty pinks that happily co-exist in nature. Likewise, glasses in this look may sport floral prints, embellishments or even a whimsical butterfly-shaped lens!

UV Changing Sunglasses - Promotional Product 121706 from 4imprint

Our color-changing, UV-Turn Sunglasses might be just the right choice, allowing you to sport two different colors in one wearing with its unique, color-changing frame!

And, while Blinking Sunglasses may not have made the Hottest Trends list, these are sure to be popular for both daytime and evening events.

Blinking Sunglasses - Promotional Product 422828 from 4imprint

These fun frames are conversation starters that encourage party-goers to relax and have a good time. With your logo on the bow, they definitely make a statement. Check them out in a range of colors, including red, hot pink, green, multicolor and red/white/blue.

Whether throwback vintage is your style or a colorful look that is infinitely more modern, these promotional products make a stylish and practical giveaway.

-Suzanne

Edible Giveaways

Whether you’re planning a tradeshow booth, wedding reception or employee appreciation event, attendees appreciate a snack. Edible logo’d giveaways are more diverse than ever with new flavors and options to feature your logo on the packaging or the food item itself. Here are just a few ideas:

Chocolate-covered Sunflower Seeds

Our Candy Coated Sunflower Seeds are the perfect combination of sweet and salty, these edible delights come in a variety of colors, making it easy to complement the theme of your event or giveaway.

Candy Coated Sunflower Seeds - Promotional Product 297397 from 4imprint

Choose from small, individually portioned gifts pictured above, or a larger-sized Goody Bag – Chocolate Sunflower Seeds for sharing with friends.

Goody Bag Chocolate Sunflower Seeds - Promotional Product 408872 from 4imprint

Want to leave a more lasting impression on your customers and guests? Fill our longer-lasting Snack Attack Jars – Salt Water Taffy.

Snack Attack Jar - Saltwater Taffy - Promotional Product 409022 from 4imprint

When your customers put this candy jar on their desks, your logo and message remain within reach day after day.

And, while logo’d candy jars are a classic giveaway, quick-peel snack cups provide a newer way to share your story. The Snack Cup – Skittles® is one example. (These popular promotional products are available in a wide variety of flavors, including Treat Cups – Peanuts, Treat Cups – Pastel Mints, Treat Cups – Goldfish® Crackers, Treat Cups – Corn Nuts, Treat Cups – Gum Bites, Treat Cups – Mini Jaw Breakers and more.)

Snack Cup - Skittles - Promotioanl Product 438418 from 4imprint

Pre-packaged candy in a plastic serving cup makes a convenient, affordable giveaway for team events, holiday stocking stuffers or party favors. Give everyone attending your team’s end-of-season banquet a snack cup as a thank you for great teamwork. Or, stack the snack cups at an annual meeting or company picnic and you’ll see customers or employees grab and go.

For the ultimate way to put your message in your customers’ hands, add your logo to the candy itself. Edible ink imprints ensure your message won’t be missed.

Personalized Chewy Sprees - 1 LB Bag - Promotional Product 438311 from 4imprint

Select the perfect size for your edible giveaway from the Personalized Chewy Sprees – 1 LB. Bag, the convenient grab-and-go giveaway package like the Personalized Candy – 1 oz. – Chewy Sprees or the Personalized Candy Treat Cups – Chewy Sprees for the ultimate edible giveaway.

Personalized Treat Cup - Chewy Sprees - Promotional Product 438589 from 4imprint

If you prefer chocolate for your personalized candy, check out the Personalized Candy Treat Cups – Chocolate Mints. They’re the perfect giveaway for any chocolate lover. Best of all, they’re available in individually wrapped or bulk sizes, giving you the flexibility to hand out pre-packaged items, package your own or create mass displays that make a statement on their own.

-Suzanne

 

Choosing the Right Power Bank for Your Device

How do power banks work? What is mAh? How do I know if this power bank works with my iPhone®? We’re hearing these questions from our customers quite frequently, so we thought it might be helpful to offer a bit of an explanation. So let me help break it down for you:

Power banks are portable chargers for your cell phones or tablets. Having one on-hand when you’re on the road or away from electricity may be critical to maintain cell phone power. Power bank are typically charged via the USB port of your computer. Then, you’ll use that same USB charging cable that came with your Apple® or Android device to hook your phone up to the power bank for extra juice. We do offer several power banks that come with your typical universal adapters, so you might not even need your own charging cable.

mAh is basically a measure of the amount of charge that a device holds. For example, a fully charged iPhone® 5s has a 1570 mAh value based on the manufacturer’s specs. A power bank with 1600 mAh, such as our Credit Card Power Bank, is sufficient to completely charge the iPhone® 5s because the power bank charge exceeds the cell phone capacity. So, if you have a cell phone with a 1500 mAh, then you’ll do fine with a power bank with 1500 mAh or more. Also, a power bank with an mAh value of 3000 or more would charge this same cell phone at least twice.

Personalized power bank

Tablets require quite a bit more power, as you might imagine, but the same rules apply. To get a complete charge, you would want to find a power bank with an mAh value equal to or greater than the mAh capacity of the device. The Nexus 7 has a 3950 mAh value, so the IceBang Power Bank would be sufficient to fully charge that particular tablet once.

Tablet Power Bank

Amps are what determine how fast your device will charge. Most smartphones require only 1 amp and most tablets require 2.1, so be sure to find a power bank that matches your needs. Most modern devices self-regulate how many amps are pushed through. So, for example, your cell phone will charge at 1 amp even when connected to a 2.1 amp power bank. You’ll find that our smartphone power banks typically offer at least 1 amp while our tablet power banks offer 2.1 amps.

Here is a list of power banks that we currently offer and their mAh values. Below that is a list of smartphone and tablet models and their mAh values. Check the mAh value of your smartphone or tablet to determine which power bank would work the best for you!

Power Bank mAh
Beam External Power Bank 1500
Emergency Power Bank 1500
Credit Card Power Bank 1600
Zoom Power Bank Square 2000
ROBO Power Bank 2000
Cell Phone Power Bank 2200
Portable Power Bank 2200
Cylinder Power Bank 2200
Flashlight Power Bank 2200
Slim Power Bank 2500
Zoom Mini Power Bank 2800
IceBang Power Bank 4000
Billi Power Bank 4400
Dual Power Bank 4800
Zoom Extreme Power Bank 5600
Zoom Power Bank Box 5600
Zoom Power Bank Bar 6600
Zoom Dual Power Bank Pro 8400
Zoom Energy Power Bank 11200

 

Smartphone Model mAh
Apple iPhone 5S 1570
Apple iPhone 5c 1507
Apple iPhone 4 1420
Samsung Galaxy S4 2600
Samsung Galaxy Note II 3100
Samsung Galaxy Note 3 3200
Nokia Lumina 1020 2000
HTC One 2300
Moto X 2200

 

Tablet Model mAh
Nexus 7 3950
Nexus 10 9000
iPad (4th generation) 11560
iPad Air 8820
iPad Mini 4490
Galaxy Note 10.1 8220
Galaxy Tab 3 10.0 6800
Surface 2 4200
Surface 2 Pro 4200
Kindle Fire HDx7 4550

 

I hope this post helps clear up some of the difficult-to-understand side of power bank technology and helps make purchasing a portable charger a little bit easier.

~Jess

The Ripple Effect of Community Gardens

Research shows that community gardens can reduce food insecurity, improve diet and strengthen family relationships. Since seed planting season is fast approaching, now is the perfect time to evaluate your organization’s participation in these community growing initiatives. Get your friends and colleagues excited about the prospect of participating and their hands dirty with a 3-Piece Herb Garden Set.

 Kitchen herb garden with logo

Consider adopting a small plot of land from your local community garden for your own company, recruiting volunteers and possibly contributing to your community’s food needs. Donating extra produce to food banks helps fill nutritional voids that nonperishable items and boxed meals cannot provide. We all end up with a few too many zucchini at the end of the season, so sharing the bounty may help improve the diet of those less fortunate.

 

logo vegetable peeler

 

Volunteer to clean up abandoned plots of land in your community and turn them into fertile planting grounds. Or use the land around your corporate building for employee garden plots, especially those who don’t have space at home for gardening. Get entire families involved, providing quality time together and valuable education to younger generations. However you plan to participate, the healthy connection to fresh food and the environment can actually be quite therapeutic.

 promotional play garden set

 

Visit our community garden store today to start planning your community garden involvement.

Rewarding children for good choices can make change for good!

The 2012 annual back-to-school survey of parents and teens from Capital One found that only 33% of parents say they talk to their kids about money more than once a week.

Not surprisingly, the President’s Advisory Council on Financial Capability issued a report on February 19, 2013, offering 15 recommendations designed to assist in better understanding financial matters and making informed financial decisions. The Council’s four top recommendations focused on the consistent and continuing integration of financial education into our lives: in families and schools, in workplaces, and in local communities.

That’s where this new line of promotional stickers comes in.

Super Kid Sticker Sheet Dollars and Cents | Promotional Products from 4imprint

The 4imprint exclusive Super Kid Sticker sheets are designed to reinforce children’s good choices in savings, healthy eating, going green, doctor visits, healthy living and more.

Super Kid Sticker Sheet Go Green | Promotional Products from 4imprint

Your customers will thank you for providing them with promotional products that help integrate financial literacy into their everyday lives and show children the importance of saving for a rainy day.

Super Kid Sticker Sheet Dollars Doctor Visit | Promotional Products from 4imprint

Using stickers to reward other good choices makes learning fun. It can also help raise awareness of topics that sometimes aren’t on the menu for dinner table talk.

Give your customers and their families something to talk about. It’ll be like changing the world, one sticker at a time.

-Suzanne

Exclusive, on-the-go products are great for busy travelers!

Did you know that, according to the U.S. Census Bureau’s Community Survey, nearly 600,000 full-time workers had “megacommutes” of at least 90 minutes and 50 miles, and 10.8 million workers travel an hour each way? If your customers are some of them, they’ll appreciate the fact these exclusive 4imprint promotional products are ready to grab-and-go with your marketing message right by their side.

Warm up their morning commute with our exclusive, new Spotlight Travel Tumbler. A stainless steel exterior and an inner layer made of polypropylene plastic keep hands comfortable and hot beverages the ideal temperature.

Spotlight Travel Tumbler 16 oz. | Promotional Products from 4imprint

Or consider the flexible Malia Travel Tumbler.

Malia Travel Tumbler 16 oz | Promotional Products from 4imprint

This 16-oz. 4imprint exclusive is made with BPA-free plastic made to accommodate both hot and cold beverages. That makes it the perfect companion for both morning commutes to work and afternoon commutes home.

Make drive time a happier time with these exclusive products. Your customers will thank you over and over again!

-Suzanne

 

Promotional Products in the Color of 2014

If you’d like promotional products in a very modern color, look at products that give a nod to Radiant Orchid. That’s the rich, lavender-like color Pantone® named color of the year for 2014.

What makes Radiant Orchid stand out? It brings together tones of purple, pink and fuchsia, in a combination of warm and cool tones provide an attractive base for a variety of logo colors.

Promotional products available in similar color tones include the Refine Wrinkle Free Royal Oxford Dobby Shirt for men and women. Whether your team is exhibiting at a trade show, presenting at a conference or providing sales or service support, they’ll look polished in this classic shirt, made modern in Orchid Purple.

Refine Wrinkle Free Royal Oxford Dobby Shirt - Mens | Promotional Products from 4imprintRefine Wrinkle Free Royal Oxford Dobby Shirt - Ladies | Promotional Products from 4imprint

The KOR Aura Tritan Sport Bottle – 17 oz. makes a memorable giveaway for sporting events and grand openings. It features a twist-on lid and impact-resistant construction and is available in six colors, including Translucent Orchid, shown below front left.

KOR Aura Tritan Sport Bottle - 17 oz. | Promotional Products from 4imprint

Or, use the Pocket Buddy Notebook for meetings or conferences. The Translucent Orchid version is shown below on the left, one of four colors exclusively available at 4imprint.

Pocket Buddy Notebook | Promotional Products from 4imprint

There are dozens more products available in a palette that’s similar to or complements 2014’s color of the year. To give you some ideas, we’ve pulled together a boutique store with promotional products available in the orchard color. Check them out at http://www.4imprint.com/ColorOfTheYear.

-Suzanne