Big Game Party Checklist: 7 Football-Themed Event Essentials

If your office or team is planning a football-themed party for the big game, you will want to get a head start. This handy checklist will make it easy to put it all together in time for the “super” event you’ve been waiting for all season. ◊ Paper Goods Football-themed paper plates and napkins are essentials for any party and are a great place to start. Add your company logo and choose the colors of the team you are cheering for. ◊ Decorations Add confetti to the center of the tables and place helium balloons around the room to add some color and visual interest. Tie a balloon to each centerpiece with the table number on it if you are using a seating chart. ◊ Food and Drinks Nachos, hot dips and buffalo chicken wings are the most popular food choices for football parties, and icy cold sodas and beer … Read More

February is American Heart Month: 5 Ways to Spread Awareness

Whether you are a hospital, school or business, promotional products can be a great way to make health and wellness information more engaging and when taken home, can serve as an important reminder to make heart-heathy choices all year. Wear Red on National Wear Red Day Wearing red on National Wear Red Day (which takes place this year on February 3, 2017) is a great way to show your support for the cause and get the word out. Custom imprinted hats and t-shirts make great giveaways at schools, awareness events, health fairs and at the office to promote heart-healthy habits.               Build in Fitness Breaks Encourage stretching, walking and yoga breaks at the office and at school to increase physical activity among students and employees. Give out prizes as incentives, such as a stickers and balloons and send them home with a heart-shaped hot/cold … Read More

How to Manage Holiday Stress

The holidays represent fun, festivity, and celebration, but often they are also accompanied by competing demands, such as work vs. family, generosity vs. financial responsibility, and fitness vs. indulgence. Expectations of perfection can leave anyone feeling overwhelmed! Help your team mitigate holiday stress with these soothing tactics and tools: 1. Take time out. With several consecutive weeks of special events and gift giving, it can be difficult both to focus and to relax—but practicing self-care is essential during this busy season. Turn an office or other workplace into a frenzy-free zone with essential oils and calming coloring books. Just 15 minutes of quiet alone time can make a big difference to wellbeing.             2. Avoid interpersonal drama. When surrounded by people and activity, it’s easy to become entangled in social tensions and competition. After all, none of us is at our best when tired and … Read More

Your Guide to Winter Skin Care

Winter offers the festivity of the holidays and the special magic of snow sports, but it also means tough conditions for our bodies–especially our skin. Keep your skin in top shape this winter with these skincare tips and tools! 1. Stay hydrated: One of the best ways to keep your skin from drying out is by increasing your water intake. Even if you don’t feel as thirsty as you do during hot summer weather, you should drink consistently throughout the day to avoid dehydration. A light, BPA-free water bottle makes steady sipping easy (and cute!). Try the skinny insulated or poly-squeeze–either can be tossed in your purse or fit in a car cupholder. 2. Moisturize regularly: Regular application of quality creams and lotions is your best bet for replenishing the moisture that dry winter air poaches from your skin. Layer on cream right after a shower, when pores are open. … Read More

Prep for Your Pop-Up Shop

As the retail industry adjusts to more online purchasing, pop-up shops are growing in popularity. Popups are an easy, affordable, and efficient way to connect in-person with customers, showcase products and promote a brand. Plus, they can occur anywhere from a street corner to inside a larger store! Is a popup right for your business? Here are a few things to consider and some tips for success: Make your brand the center of your display. You’ll need signage and decorations to attract attention and generate interest. Try a bright, welcoming table cover, a stand-up or hanging banner, or a folding display board. Stand out with a bright balloon cluster. Find the right location. Websites like thestorefront.com are a great way to find short-term retail locations in major cities around the country. Have the right staff. Whoever represents your company should reflect your values and be warm, energetic, and informed. The … Read More

Get Winter Ready

To get the most out of winter, it’s critical to have the right gear. Here are five customizable “winter-ready” products that will ease daily life for you and your team until the spring thaw: Core 365 Prevail Packable Puffer Jacket This comfortable, versatile jacket, available for both men and women, is as convenient as outerwear can get. It comes with a handy storage pouch for easy stowing, whether you’re traveling or just warming up and shedding a layer. The water-resistant finish and thermal poly fill keep you dry and warm, in a variety of colors. You can embroider your company or team logo on it for a distinctive touch.  7” Intensive Ice Scraper A sturdy ice scraper is a necessity! On freezing mornings, no one wants to wait for the engine to warm up and the defroster to kick in. At 7”, this intensive scraper is the right size for … Read More

The Do's and Don'ts of Office Holiday Parties

  Office holiday parties provide a fun opportunity for boosting employee morale and bonding among colleagues–but they can also go disastrously wrong. We’ve included 5 tips to help make this year’s party festive and stress-free. Do Decorate: Even little touches make a big difference when it comes to cultivating a festive atmosphere. Order customized napkins, balloons, drink holders, and candy, or treat employees to a branded pint glass or wine glass they can continue to use long after the party ends. Don’t Be Exclusive: In order to make everyone feel welcome, it’s best to skip references to specific religions and make your holiday gathering a general celebration of the season. Also, be conscious of the preferences of your workforce: if your team likes a casual setting, don’t throw a formal party. If they aren’t interested in exchanging gifts with each other, don’t make that a required activity.   Do Have … Read More

2017 Holiday Gift Guide

The holiday season has arrived! This is the perfect time of year to show clients and employees you care with corporate gifts thoughtfully selected and customized to reflect your unique business. We’ve handpicked an assortment of customer favorites here, based on their rave reviews.             16 oz Accents Stainless Tumbler Help your clients or employees keep their winter beverages warm for hours with a stainless steel travel tumbler featuring double-walled insulation and a secure slide-lock opening to prevent leakage. It comes in seven vibrant colors for easy matching to your brand. “Our academic booster club gave these to the school staff as a Christmas gift. They loved them and have commented on how well they keep the beverages hot or cold! I would definitely recommend these tumblers, a great product at a great price!” – Valerie             Prestige Pen Gold … Read More

In the News: The Personal Safety Keychain Alarm

In response to a violent crime against an elderly New York City resident, the NYPD’s Community Affairs Bureau started Senior Safe, a new program aimed at protecting senior citizens. As part of this safety initiative, the NYPD has made plans to distribute bracelets with the personal safety keychain alarm attached, to every senior center in the city. Read more here The Personal Safety Keychain Alarm is extremely loud at 100-110 decibels, and can be heard up to 175-225 feet away. It also has an LED light for additional security. It is fast and simple to use, making it ideal for emergency situations.

5 Ways to Beat the Flu Season

Fall brings with it pumpkins, cozy evenings by the fire, and mugs of warm beverages. But unfortunately, it also means the onset of flu season. Here are five top tips for avoiding the flu and maintaining an office environment that promotes good health: Boost Immunity: The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) urge all adults and children 6 and older to be vaccinated for the flu by the end of October. A flu shot won’t stop all strains of the virus, but it will defend against those expected to be most prevalent each year. It’s also important to keep your immune system optimized by sleeping enough and maintaining proper nutrition (think fruits and vegetables). Practice Good Hygiene: After getting a flu shot, keeping your hands clean and germs away from your nose and mouth are the most important techniques for preventing the flu. Wash your hands with soap regularly–always before … Read More

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