4imprint, LLC

| Updated: February 21, 2022

It may surprise you, but there’s still a growing interest in low-tech items like pens and paper. Turns out, many people are getting so much screen time that they’re looking for alternative ways to communicate and keep track of information. You can capitalize on this trend by helping bring handwriting back into vogue. How? Take a look at some exciting new ideas in the promotional notebook and pen marketplace. When you promote your brand with unique branded notebooks and pens, you’re giving your customers, employees and prospects exactly what they really want: a way to unplug.

Promotional notebooks and pens are perfect for when your customers are planning to journal about their day or just jot down a phone number. There’s something for everyone: the classically designed pen, the unique promotional pen with a message, even the long-time favorite fountain pens. Notebooks can be the standard spiral-bound or have a twist like a zip closure. Branded pens and notepads are practical giveaways and will have your customers, employees and prospects thinking of you with gratitude as they step away from the screen.


Unique promo pens: What’s old is new again

Pens are pens, right? Wrong! Unique promo pens can help your brand fit with their sense of style. The interest in all things retro is putting the promotional fountain pen center stage, once again. The Pilot® MR Fountain Tip Metal Pen – Retro Pop Collection provides a splash of color and retro patterns. The genuine stainless-steel fountain point nib is available in fine- or medium-point.

Pilot MR Fountain Tip Metal Pen – Retro Pop Collection


Pilot’s Animal Collection features fountain pens with additional style. Go wild for your customers by choosing white tiger, crocodile or leopard print.

Pilot MR Fountain Tip Metal Pen – Animal Collection


If you’re looking for something more modern to showcase your brand, check out the Pilot Metropolitan Collection. These pens have a brass barrel and polished stainless steel accents for a timeless look.

Pilot MR Fountain Tip Metal Pen – Metropolitan Collection


Looking for something more whimsical to help your customers up their writing game? Impress them with your flower power by handing out the Potted Pen – Sunflower featuring your logo. It’s sure to grow your customer base.

Potted Pen – Sunflower



The MopTopper Stylus Pen will put a smile on their face. This pen features a stylus by the nib, and the hair works as a screen cleaner. Plus, it comes in a variety of colors to put anyone in a cheerful mood.

MopTopper Stylus Pen


The Flashlight with Pen and Lanyard will draw crowds to your trade show table. It’s two tools in one: an LED flashlight and a fine-tip pen. Plus, it comes on a lanyard, so they’ll never lose sight of your brand.

Flashlight with Pen and Lanyard


If you want to go outside the box, consider a promotional pen that’s sure to spark laughter: the Googly Eyes 4-Color Pen. Each one has black, blue, red and green ink and a retractor button to switch them. Plus, the unique top features a built-in carabiner, so your brand can quickly go wherever they travel.

Googly Eyes 4-Color Pen


Branded notebooks: Gather words of wisdom in style

With writing by hand back in vogue, branded notebooks are in high demand. Never before has there been a wider selection of promotional notebooks. Moleskine®, a leader in the journal and notebook market, is one of the best choices to impress your clients, employees and prospects. The company is even recognizing recent trends by opening cafés for those who want to unplug.

For an elegant option, look at the Moleskine Soft Cover Notebook, featuring your debossed logo on the cover and an expandable inner pocket. It is sure to inspire poetry—or at least, poetic thoughts about your organization!

Moleskine Soft Cover Notebook


Want something with a hard cover? The Moleskine Hard Cover Notebook is a colorful option. It’s great for taking notes at meetings or writing for pleasure, and it fits easily in a purse or bag. Available in nine colors, its rounded corners and ribbon bookmark help it stand out from the crowd.

Moleskine Hard Cover Notebook


Moleskine is a key player in the notebook market, but it’s not the only option. There are so many choices, and it’s easy to find something that meets your customers’ needs.

For a classic look, check out the promotional Sonado® Notebook with Pen. It’s perfect for the travelers who like to journal because of its soft faux leather cover and 80 sheets of lined paper.

Sonado Notebook with Pen


If you’re looking for a multi-function option, try the All-in-One Mini Notebook. This handy go-everywhere branded notebook comes in 11 colors and features a spiral-bound notebook, a color-coordinated mini pen, adhesive notes and a built-in ruler. It is a must-have tool for people on the go.

All-in-One Mini Notebook


The Sorbet Pocket Notebook with Curvy Stylus Pen is another all-in-one model ideal for your busy clientele. This spiral-bound notebook has a loop to hold the popular Curvy Stylus Pen, which has a rubberized grip that matches the notebook cover. There’s even a pocket on the front cover for extra storage.

Sorbet Pocket Notebook with Curvy Stylus Pen


And if you or your customer base are concerned about the environment, consider the Die Cut Recycled Notebook – Globe. It features 100 percent recycled paper. The front and back cover, spiral and included pen also contain recycled material. This is one notebook with global appeal!

Die Cut Recycled Notebook – Globe


Handy promotional notebooks and pens make perfect giveaways

As technology expands into seemingly every corner of daily life, it’s no surprise that some people are looking for simpler options. When they seek out old-school items like unique promotional notebooks and pens, be ready. It’s easy to find the product for your happily unplugged customers, prospects or employees.


Suzanne Worwood

Suzanne Worwood

Suzanne Worwood is VP of Merchandising and has been with 4imprint for 23 years. Inspired by the retail environment and her own world travels, Suzanne writes about all things product: trends, uses, colors, designs.

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