Mae in our Merchandising Department is the kitchen tools guru. She’s always looking for fun, colorful kitchen gadgets and gizmos that are bound to delight your customers and prospects!
Mae recently shared her thoughts on kitchen tool trends, many of which reflect retail trends seen in stores. Capitalize on these fresh, appetizing trends by trying a few practical kitchen tools for your next trade show or event giveaway.
Make meal prep more fun
Simple changes can have a big impact when it comes to enjoying meal prep. “One of our vendors has introduced a line of bright, colorful kitchen prep tools that really up the fun factor,” Mae said. “Just using a translucent blue, green or orange knife, bowl or colander makes meal preparation a bit more fun! High quality, durable bowls, cutting boards, colanders and utensils help your customers eat healthier, since prep is that much easier. They also stow easily since they are collapsible.”
Start the party with bottle openers
“The party can grind to a halt if nobody remembered a bottle opener. But now there are even more options to provide a practical bottle opener in many unexpected locations!” Mae said. “Carabiner versions can be added to your cooler or keychain, so it goes everywhere. Multi-use items that have an opener and a coaster together are a great way to always have your bottle opener close by as well.” Bars, restaurants, microbreweries and other businesses can hand out interesting bottle openers for a practical marketing tool their customers will drink to!
Dominate the kitchen with bamboo
Bamboo—a quick growing and sustainable plant—is a low-maintenance wood that is very durable. It continues to be popular in kitchens, especially for cutting boards, cheese boards, utensils and more. “It has been paired with silicone material for the past few years, but I also have seen it paired with marble or slate as a new trend out in retail stores,” Mae said. Our Bamboo Cutting Board with Silicone Ring and Marble & Bamboo Coaster Set are two great examples of this retail trend that you can use for your next upscale marketing effort.
Give a unique upscale gift
“Tumblers such as the Neo Vacuum Insulated Cup and Cece Travel Tumbler mean that you can enjoy your wine outside without worrying about the possibility of your glass breaking,” Mae explained. “And for those wines that need to stay chilled, the vacuum insulation does just that—if your wine lasts that long! Most of these come in great colors to highlight your logo as well.” More shapes are being added to 4imprint’s ever-growing selection, she noted. You are sure to find just the design and color to complement your logo and promotional needs. These would make ideal holiday gifts when coupled with a bottle of wine or sparkling juice.