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Eight Custom Gifts for Trade Shows That People Will Love

The season of trade shows is upon us, so it’s time to start thinking about which branded gifts will leave a lasting impression. Many trade shows are returning to in-person events, while others will either remain virtual or give the option of both. This change presents the opportunity to create trade show giveaways that will have a meaningful impact on those who may be going in person and deeply engage those who are joining virtually. Perhaps more importantly, giving custom gifts that people will actually use and want to keep can increase their value and make their trade show experience more memorable. Our experts have put together our favorite picks for trade show giveaways in 2023! 


A spiral-bound notebook with colored tabs for easier organization and a pen attached for ease of access.

Notebooks With Pens

Custom notebooks are some of the most practical trade show and conference gifts, and we have a variety that also includes pens! Choose from sustainable options like the Eco Spiral Notebook with Pen or treat everyone to the Souvenir Plastic Cover Notebook with Vertex Pen, which has great features like an interior pocket and four color dividers. A notebook is an excellent way to engage both those attending in-person and virtually.  


A vertical row of variously colored Pilot G2 Premium Gel Roller Pens.

Custom Pens

Pens have long been a fantastic way to spread brand awareness, and having a pen that writes smoothly and comfortably is (in our opinion) completely underrated. Luckily, we offer high-quality brands like Pilot Pens and Papermate Pens to be branded with your custom logo design. Add your company logo to the ever-popular Pilot G2 Premium Gel Roller Pen or the Papermate InkJoy Click Pen, which comes in nine colors for ultimate flexibility!  


A gray Essential Zip Convention Tote Bag filled with essential items.

Convention Tote Bags

People need totes to carry all of their awesome swag from the trade show, and these custom tote bags’ durability and versatility will have them using these totes long after it’s over. The Essential Zip Convention Tote Bag has tons of space for all of your essentials as well as a zip top to safely keep everything inside. The Recycled Cotton Convention Tote Bag is a great choice for showing off your brand in an eco-friendly way.   


A purple vinyl decal with an example custom logo design.

Vinyl Decals

As we’re sure you’ve noticed, people put custom stickers on everything: cars, laptops, water bottles, phones, skateboards, notebooks, and pets! Okay, maybe not the last one, but we see them everywhere. Custom vinyl stickers and decals are a fun and easy way to boost brand awareness and give people an opportunity to use their trade show swag creatively. 


A mint green Laser Engraved Aluminum Bottle Opener Keychain


A custom keychain may seem like a small gift, but if you pick the right one it can be used for years to come. Make your custom keychains more memorable by choosing one that has another use, such as the Laser Engraved Aluminum Bottle Opener Keychain, Laser Engraved Large Carabiner Keychain, and Customized Touchless Door Opener with Stylus. Custom laser engraving also adds a sleek and professional look. You can also easily upgrade your trade show giveaways by pairing keychains with other custom products. 

The Laser Engraved Plank 5,000 mAh Bamboo Wireless Power Bank has an elegantly engraved logo and comes with a white power cord.  

Power Banks and Chargers

We’re adding new products all the time, and tech accessories are a fast-growing category at Custom Ink. Make sure everyone has enough charge to get them through the day with power banks and chargers bearing your custom logo. The sleek Laser Engraved Plank 5,000 mAh Bamboo Wireless Power Bank works as both a wireless charging pad and regular power bank. The Three Port 10,000 mAh Power Bank has enough to charge one phone and two more for anyone who needs a boost. Empower your group with these unique custom products! 


A powder blue MiiR Laser Engraved 12 oz. Vacuum Insulated Camper Mug with clear lid.


Custom drinkware is an endlessly useful and beloved choice for trade show and conference giveaways. They look high-end and professional while easily gaining visibility of your brand. Miir Tumblers and Water Bottles elevate your design with their sophisticated yet simple look and custom laser engraving. 


The TravisMathew Women's Crestview Performance Quarter Zip Sweatshirt in the color Vintage Indigo Heather is being worn by a woman and features "Your Design Here" on the left chest.


Round out an exceptional selection of gifts with TravisMathew apparel. TravisMathew offers versatile and high-quality activewear that can be worn to the office or while running errands. This collection is sure to be appreciated by any recipient. Choose from polos, quarter zip sweatshirts, and hats that will have everyone looking stylish and feeling comfortable. 


Gifts and giveaways at trade shows are a way to engage and connect with your groups, so make them count with custom apparel and accessories that will make for a memorable experience.

Stephanie Self is the junior copywriter at Custom Ink. She loves to tell stories and expose new perspectives through writing. When she's not typing on a laptop or buried in a book, she loves watching horror movies and pro wrestling, playing video games, and snuggling with her cat, CleoCatra. Lest you should think she never sees the light of day, she also spends time practicing hot yoga, hiking, and traveling.

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