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Specials for Fall 2020

Fall looks a little different this year.  We can help you stay connected with gifts and giveaways that show you care!

2 oz Hand Sanitizer

Back to work and school calls for extra precautions. This 2 oz. hand sanitizer is the perfect size and meets FDA requirements with 62% alcohol content.

Imprint: Full color imprint

Minimum Quantity: 200

<p><strong>Pricing:</strong></p><table><tbody><tr><td>200  $2.85</td></tr><tr><td>725. $2.58</td></tr><tr><td>1250 $2.30 </td></tr><tr><td>1875  $2.03</td></tr><tr><td>2600+ $1.75</td></tr></tbody></table>

Antimicrobial Pens

Antimicrobial properties are built in to the pen to protect it from stain and odor causing microbial development. Colors: Clear, Black, Red, Blue, Green

Minimum Quantity: 250

Pricing: 250 – $0.82 / 500 – $0.76 / 1000 – $0.70 / 5000 – $0.64

Safety Key

This must-have tool offers protection for everyone by minimizing direct contact with high-touch surfaces. The design reduces the point-of-contact area by over 99% to put a stop to germ concerns and provide peace of mind. Color: Black

Minimum Quantity: 100

Pricing: 100 – $2.99 / 500 – $2.59 / 1000 – $2.39 / 2500 – $2.19 / 5000+ $1.99


Earsaver Headband

This lightweight, stay-in-place, moisture-wicking Earsaver Headband delivers maximum comfort when wearing face masks with elastic ear loops. Perfect for all-day wear and all-day branding. Bonus – it keeps your ears warm on brisk fall days too! Colors: Full color imprint

Minimum Quantity: 50

Pricing: 50 – $9.86 / 100 – $9.27 / 250 – $8.81 / 500 – $8.37 / 1000+ $7.95

2-Ply Neck Gaiter

This neck gaiter is a great way to showcase your brand. Offering the extra layer recommended by the CDC to slow the spread, it can be used to worn in a variety of settings and is a great multi-use cover for outdoor activities. Colors: Full color imprint

Minimum Quantity: 100

Pricing: 100 – $3.99 / 300 – $3.49 / 500 – $3.39 / 1000 – $3.29 / 2500 – $3.19 / 5000+ $3.09

Like any of these ideas or have some of your own? We are a one stop shop for holiday gifting!  

Contact us today to make your ideas come to life.  

Branded Items Foster Connection During Turbulent Times

We’re all adapting to new circumstances affecting our daily lives, including the way we do business. Whether it’s handling student orientations or commencements virtually, exploring virtual options for conferences, or helping employees navigate remote working, promotional products are a great way to bring a bit of joy to these uncertain days.

Below we share some tips for fostering connection during this changing landscape.

Q: Educational institutions from grade school through the university level are reacting to the potential that graduations and orientations may be rescheduled or cancelled. Some are considering going “virtual” through videoconferencing. Since these events are traditionally an opportunity for students to celebrate success and show school pride with awesome swag, what are some of the ways promo can still be included?

The Class of 2020 is feeling this in a significant way. Now, more than ever, swag will have a strong emotional connection and can be a great way to connect incoming and outgoing students to their school, at a time when connection REALLY matters.

Q: As people rethink large gatherings, many conferences and events are considering going “virtual” through videoconferencing. Since conferences and tradeshows are historically distribution centers for promotional products, what can be done?

Now, more than ever, event organizers will need to maintain their connection with attendees and exhibitors, even if they aren’t meeting together. Delivering a special “swag bag” to participants ahead of an event or after a virtual conference is a great way to connect and maintain top of mind awareness.

Journals are a great option and can be populated with the content for the conference, uplifting thoughts, and areas to take note of important ideas. Often paired with a pen, some of the top-selling journals include a tech option that includes images that can be scanned with any smartphone for instant access to digital content.

Q: The number of employees working from home has sharply increased. How will this shift influence the types of promotional products that are in demand?

Companies have a great opportunity to support their employees and build the company brand with a workforce that has suddenly shifted to a work-from-home solution out of concern for employee safety. Gift packages are a great idea to connect a remote workforce. Including branded home office essentials such as charging cables, Bluetooth® headphones and wireless charging pads, as well as versatile branded apparel like half-zips, knit jackets, and polos reinforces connection.

Q: Are there any other upcoming product trends that should be on our radar? Anything related to “social distancing”?

A heightened concern for cleanliness will likely be the new normal. As we’ve all seen, this means an increase in hand sanitizers, especially those attached to carabiners for easy access while on the go. Also, look for an increase in employees bringing beverages and meals from home. Coolers, food and beverage containers, really anything that protects food from exposure will see greater use.

Stay Healthy and Safe From COVID-19

In the promotional product industry and in retail, we are seeing a stock issue for hand sanitizer as people begin to prepare themselves for any illnesses that may come their way. Don’t worry, hand sanitizer isn’t the only way to keep hands clean during this time! In fact, it comes second to hand soap on the list of recommended care from the CDC. Being germ-free is more important than ever right now and understanding the ways for everyone to do their part in staying clean and aware is essential to staying healthy. 

Wash Your Hands 

Washing your hands with hand soap and water is the preferred method for keeping your hands germ-free and has proven to work better than hand sanitizer. The CDC recommends washing your hands with soap and water for a minimum of 20 seconds. Our favorite and fun way to guarantee 20 seconds is singing Happy Birthday to yourself two times! It’s also important to avoid touching your mouth, eyes and nose with unwashed hands and always being aware of what you touch especially in public spaces. 

Stay Home If You Feel Sick 

If you feel sick, stay home to avoid running the risk of getting your co-workers, family or friends sick. Many companies are allowing their employees to work from home to avoid any sickness spreading through their office or to their clients! Find what works best for you and be open with your employer if you are feeling under the weather. It’s important to not be careless during a time like this. Be aware of your surroundings and the people around you, if you see someone that looks like they have symptoms of being sick, keep your distance and your hands to yourself. 

Clean and Disinfect 

Keeping your belongs and your home clean should be a top priority and should stay top of mind. Areas that are touched and used frequently should be cleaned daily to avoid the spread of germs. Disinfecting your car, kitchen table, bathrooms and kitchen should be an everyday occurrence to avoid any illnesses.  

Quick Tip: if disinfectant is sold out at a store near you, you can dilute household bleach or use alcohol solutions that have at least 70% alcohol.   

Stay up to date and alert 

Stay up to date on the risks of COVID-19 and understand the symptoms. It’s important to be aware of your surroundings and know the symptoms of COVID-19.  

For more information on symptoms, how it spreads, and general information visit the Center of Diseases Control and Prevention website on Coronvirus. 

A Coronavirus Controversy: DIY Hand Sanitizer

Hand sanitizer and cleaning products are running scarce in a time where staying healthy is more important than ever. At Gorilla Marketing, we aren’t scientists … We just love promotional products and we understand that brands want to hand out branded hand sanitizer to clients during the Coronavirus crisis. With the heightened fear of the spreading virus and the desire to keep everyone’s hands clean, there has been a shortage of hand sanitizer in the promotional product industry and in retail.  

DIY Hand Sanitizer is proving to be a controversial alternative that many believe is not worth the hassle. We think you have the right to form your own opinion on DIY hand sanitizer and to find a solution that you see fitting for yourself during a stressful time. Below are a few interesting videos we found on the controversy that we think are worth the watch.  

The Telegraph, a national British broadcast newspaper, says experts don’t find DIY hand sanitizer as a fitting alternative to the store-bought kind. They talk through some of the common DIY recipes for hand sanitizers and provide an informational case as to why you shouldn’t try this at home. 

TODAY says that the golden standard is and always will be soap and water and to proceed with caution with DIY hand sanitizers. The focus should shift towards stocking up on essentials such as pain relivers, freezer friendly foods, fever reducers, and household supplies in case of a quarantine emergency.  

If you are still interested in making hand sanitizer on your own, CBS News shares a quick and easy way to make it with common household products. When making your own hand sanitizer at home, you should always follow the directions and use the correct products. 

The World Health Organization has easy to follow Instructions for a mixture that they recommend using when creating your own at home. The information can be found in WHO’s detailed guide to creating DIY hand sanitizer. 

We are not experts on this topic but the products we do offer in the realm of hand sanitizers are FDA compliant and safe to use. We understand that this shortage can cause branding frustrations and fears. Reach out with any questions you may have about stock shortages, shipments and germ fighting alternatives that we may have to brand!  

What Makes a Product Eco Friendly?

2020 is the year that of the planet. Everyone’s saying it but what does that mean? 

In the world of promotional products, branded giveaways, and swag, it can seem very confusing. After all, a reusable water bottle is eco-friendly because it eliminates single-use plastics, but what about the material it’s made from? Is that eco-friendly? 

At Gorilla Marketing we hold sustainable and eco-friendly promotional products to a higher standard and help you to understand the benefits of going green with your branded merchandise. When deciding which eco-friendly products to add to our collection, we look at several different attributes that show us the value the product has to the environment so you can decide for yourself the value a given item adds to the environment.  

Criteria #1: Reduces Impact 

Many products are made from a percentage of renewable and sustainable materials to significantly reduce the amount of plastic that is used in making products. These products will range anywhere from 20%-90% environmentally friendly fiber with the rest of the product being made from polypropylene. This significantly reduces the impact these products have on the environment.  

Criteria #2: Reusable 

Reusable items are sustainable alternatives to everyday items. These items may not necessarily be made from a sustainable material, but they are made to replace items that we often don’t use as reusable. Reusable straws and grocery totes are some of the more popular reusable items that help make a sustainable impact.  This year, we will start seeing more sustainable items like this such as reusable sandwich bags and produce bags. These items will help eliminate the wasteful plastic options that are overly used and wasted in the environment.  

Criteria #3: Made from Recycled Material 

Items made from recycled water bottles or RPET are popular, sustainable and impactful. These items are usually fully made from these recycled materials and significantly reduce wasteful consumption and come with a fun backstory. Knowing the story, as well as the percent of recycled material in a product makes decision making easier. 

Criteria #4: Biodegradable  

Items that are made from biodegradable material can be left outside and will begin to decompose. Items such as backpacks made from washable paper and some cardboard pens are biodegradable options. Suppliers of these items typically indicate an amount of time. Shorter time to biodegrading is more desirable. 

Criteria #5: Socially Compliant and Chemical Free 

Prop 65 compliant items are important to our health and well-being. The items in the Eco Collection are all Prop 65 compliant (unless otherwise noted on the item description). We also note if items are BPA free, PVC free and Phthalate free.  

Criteria #6: Organic 

Organic cotton is a popular material for totes and apparel items. It is created without using chemical pesticides or harmful fertilizers, making it a better alternative to everyday cotton.  

Criteria #7: Certified Products  

Certified recycled products and FSC certified paper products are products that have specific certifications to back up what the product is made form. Certified recycled products need to have a certain percentage of recycled content that meets Federal Trade Commision guidelines. FSC certified paper is certified by the Forest Stewardship Council, guaranteeing that no harm was done to the world’s forest in the creation of that product.  

As the Eco-friendly product category continues to grow in popularity, we will add to our collection. Our hope is that by sharing information such as this and highlighting awesome products that meet these criteria, we can help to increase the popularity of these products and see the offering expanded to include even more choices for products that don’t negatively impact our environment.  

Have any questions or looking for something specific?  

Reach out to us about The Eco Collection!