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ACT Promotional Products Trivia, Wilmington, NC

In each newsletter sent to A Creative Touch customers, I share something personal. I’ve revealed that I’m a Kentucky Colonel; I’ve shared my garden party hat at the local Azalea Festival; and I even confessed to tp’ing the football players’ cars in high school. But I bet you didn’t know these things about A Creative Touch and the Queen of Promotional Products:

  1. The Queen and Her Prince

    The Queen and Her Prince

    We can create custom products. You dream it up; we’ll design it, and we’re not just talking a stock product with your logo!

  2. At this writing, we are 12 likes away from 200 likes on Facebook – the 200th person will receive a cool promotional product from the Queen!
  3. 12 years ago, I carried the Olympic Torch for the Salt Lake City Games.
  4. I practice Feng Shui in my office.
  5. Less than 3% of people in the promotional products industry have just one certification (CAS, MAS, and MASI) and I have them all!
  6. My office chair is one of my favorite belongings (and it should be–I spend a lot of time in it).
  7. In my world, every Wednesday is Renee’s Day. On this day of the week, I get to do “whatever I want”. This usually means that I ask my Prince to take me to dinner at a place he doesn’t care for. He always comes with me and never complains!
  8. I have a vision board that I update regularly.
  9. I once won a week’s worth of free peach milkshakes at Chick-Fil-A.
  10. I’m a small town girl (from Cherrytown, population 5800) with big city tastes.
  11. Thanks to technology, we have the ability to show you how various products will look when customized with your logo, before you purchase them!
  12. In 12 years, we’ve never, ever missed a deadline (but you already knew that didn’t you?)
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L-O-V-E is in the Air at
A Creative Touch

act-purple-vaseThanks to Valentine’s Day, February has long been known as the month of L-O-V-E. The oldest known valentine was a poem written in 1415 by Charles, Duke of Orleans, to his wife. Charles was imprisoned in the Tower of London after he was captured during the Battle of Agincourt, which no doubt made his missive even more romantic. Today an estimated 1 billion Valentine’s Day cards are sent each year, and approximately 85% of those cards are purchased by women, a fact which will come as no surprise to husbands everywhere.

Here at A Creative Touch, we don’t think Valentine’s Day should be celebrated exclusively by couples. We want to spread the love, including friends, family, employees, and volunteers in the festivities. To that end, we’ve rounded up a few of our favorite promotional products for your perusal. Put them together, and you’re sure to fall in L-O-V-E with these gifts.

L is for Lip Balm

act-lip-balm-mint-containerNothing says “LOVE” like soft, luscious lips, and minty fresh breath seals the deal. You can achieve both these things with Item #WTCIJ-IRFGX, our natural lip balm and mint container. With a variety of flavors such as Vanilla Mint, Orange Citrus, Raspberry, Green Tea, you’ll be able to please every palate. For those with special dietary needs, we also offer Unflavored Lip Balm with Sugar Free Peppermints, as well as a gluten free option. This Valentine’s Day, let your lips do the talking.


O is for Organizers

Let’s say you’ve got a date with Johnny on Friday, and one with Charles on Saturday. You certainly don’t want to mix those up! Luckily, we’ve a number of different organizers to help you keep your social outings in order. My favorite is Item #KXGJA-HJZYA. While it’s technically an academic planner, the monthly layout makes it easy to see all your events, meetings, and dates at a glance. Plus, when you’re a student of love, class is always in session.

V is for Vase

For the volunteer or employee who has gone above and beyond, our Jaffa Calla Lily Award Vase (see photo above left), Item #ZAJIA-HJVYO, is a real statement gift. Elegant, beautiful, and engraved for a personal touch, it’s the ultimate way to let someone know how much they’re appreciated. Fill it with a simple bouquet of stunning lilies and you’re good to go!

E is for Emery Boards

act-emory-boardLove means pampering, and what better way to treat yourself than with a spa day? A manicure is the natural way to start things off, and our oval emery boards, Item #VYGFI-HJYNK , make that easy. Great for spas, resorts, and salons, and a unique addition to any women’s organization. Paired with a bottle of bright pink polish, it’s the perfect way to tell someone how much they mean to your organization.

Whether you’re looking for gifts for volunteers or want to show your employees that you care, A Creative Touch has just the promotional and imprinted products you’ve been looking for. Call today and let us help you spread the L-O-V-E.

007-Approved Promotional Products

act-martini-shakerThere was Goldfinger, The Man With the Golden Gun, and Goldeneye.  At A Creative Touch, we have to agree that all things Bond are solid gold, even when it comes to promotional products.  Guys (and Bond girls) are sure to love these 007-inspired bar accessories and fun promotional items made with golden flair:

A cocktail shaker and two martini glasses are perfect for those Bond martinis, whether shaken or stirred.  Each glass holds 7 ¼ oz., and imprinting is available for the shaker and glasses to make a beautiful matching set.  Do you prefer wine to martinis?  Then consider, Item #EZJLJ-IPFAB, a rosewood wine set with a brass engraving plate that houses a set of stainless steel tools including a waiter’s key-style corkscrew, a pourer with stopper, a drip ring and a bottle stopper.  The tools might even double as some of Q’s secret weapons!

Or, choose a stunning fluted 22 karat gold-plated pen, which has all the style of Sean Connery in his prime.  Whether you’re seeking promotional products for globe-trotting secret agents or “golden” volunteers, A Creative Touch can help!

Dynamic Dynasty-Inspired Promotional Products

act-tumbler-with-strawDo you remember the divas of Dynasty? Whether you were a fan of sweet Krystal or scheming Alexis, we have the perfect promotional products for your Dynasty-themed event or party. Your volunteers will love these items; in fact, you may want to order enough promotional products to prevent cat fights from breaking out!

Tumblers are perfect for fans of Dynasty’s heroine, Krystle.  Double-walled, BPA-free, customizable, and able to hold 16 oz. of your favorite beverage, tumblers come in a variety of colors.   Your volunteers will appreciate the convenient matching straw and lid. Paired with packets of lemonade, it will help you stay cool and calm in a social crisis! Check out Linda Evans in this retro 1980s ad for the similarly-named Crystal Light lemonade.  It might make you want to revisit aerobics, too.

act-horse-stress-toyIf your employees or volunteers prefer Alexis-style glamor, then choose a microfiber sunglasses and/or phone pouch that can be imprinted on two sides. Item #QWCMH-JBHAZ  holds, protects and cleans sunglasses and mobile phones and is perfect for keeping important accessories safe.

Need to soothe your injuries after one too many cat fights? Go for a handy rectangular gel pack, which can be customized with your company’s logo  Available in shades like pretty pink or pale blue, they remind me of certain Dynasty-friendly jewelry store!

If all of this drama leaves you stressed and anxious, try our horse-shaped stress toy. You may not have the lavish stables of a Blake Carrington, but you can still de-stress with this cute brown equestrian-inspired toy. Whatever your promotional product needs and budget, here at A Creative Touch, we’ll help you feel like a millionaire!

Golden Girls Love SWAG

act-bingo-dauberDo you miss the “Golden” era of television?  It might be time for a Golden Girls inspired viewing party! They’re all the rage now that the show is available in re-runs and on DVD.  Golden Girls was famous for its sassy wisecracks and the loving rivalry between its four stars. Whether you’re a Dorothy, a Sophia, a Rose, or a Blanche, you can host a fabulous party or event themed around this zany series. Just remember to bring the cheesecake!

Some people even throw Golden Girls birthday parties, so if your friends or volunteers have a milestone birthday in 2013, we have the perfect decorations and promotional products for you.  Why not decorate with images of the show’s stars, pick Florida-inspired décor, serve cheesecake, and send invites with selections from their hilarious lines, like this one?

Rose: “Once I read your diary.”

Blanche: “You did WHAT?!”

Rose: “Well, it was an accident, you left it open on the kitchen table. I was twenty pages in before I realized it wasn’t a Sidney Sheldon novel.”

Channel your inner Golden Girl with these nifty promotional products, which make for funny Golden Girls gifts. They’re ideal for giveaways and expo gifts, too!  Our bingo dobber (above), available in bright colors like blue, green, purple and red, contains 3 oz. of genuine Dabo ink. It’s great for party games, and for any Golden Girls themed party, a bingo game is a must. You’ll be ready to call ‘bingo!’ in no time with this customizable promotional product.

act-gripperNeed a little help opening those pill bottles? If you were Blanche, you’d probably want a man to do it, but the rest of us can use a handy plastic gripper. Available in more than a dozen shades, this plastic has a nice, soft feel. You’ll never struggle to open a bottle with this promotional product. Like many of our items, it can be customized with your logo and is small enough to fit inside a gift bag.
Are your guests a little nearsighted, like Sophia? Do you remember the episode where Sophia lost her glasses?  Pick up some of our handy magnifiers as a useful little promotional product that easily fits in a wallet slot. Even if their vision is 20/20, these also do double duty as book lights.  And, they can be imprinted with your company’s logo.

At A Creative Touch we can help you find everything you need for “golden girls” and “golden guys”. Phone us today-910.452.4788-but remember to wear your glasses!

Quacking Up Over Duck Dynasty

act-camo-flashlightI am a fan of the A&E reality show Duck Dynasty. Have you seen it? It stars the hilarious Robertson family, who own a multimillion-dollar company that manufactures duck calls, the wooden whistles used to mimic duck sounds in hunting. The Robertson men are almost as famous for their long beards as they are for their company’s products!  If your organization would like to host a Duck Dynasty event or has fans among its volunteers, these cute promotional products will “call” to you!

Try our Illuminate LED flashlight in a Duck Dynasty inspired camouflage print. It’s a perfect promotional item for hunting, camping, and hiking enthusiasts. And even if you’ve never hunted before, it’s a convenient and useful household tool. This 9 LED flashlight has a wrist strap for added accessibility. Plus, it can be customized to your unique specifications. Light up your company’s name with this camouflage flashlight!

act-camo-hatIf your volunteers really love camo, chose of our camouflage hats. We have multiple options, both with and without brims, which can be customized with your company’s logo. You can chose from an all-camo print hat or one with a contrasting bill in hunter-friendly orange, too. Wouldn’t it be great to see your volunteers wearing your company’s mission on their hats?
If you want a more female-friendly option that could still fit in within the Duck Dynasty theme, pick one of our women’s or juniors’ pink camouflage pullover sweatshirts. You add your specifications without sacrificing a feminine look! These hoodie sweatshirts have a handy pouch pocket and come in a fleece and cotton-poly blend for maximum comfort.

act-camo-duckLast but not least, you need a duck for your Duck Dynasty event! Choose one of our rubber ducky toys as the perfect fair, expo, or promotional giveaway. Our “ducks” include bathtub toys, key chain ducks, and even rubber ducks on springs! We have over 800 duck options for you, so the sky is the limit.

Here at A Creative Touch, we can make your Duck Dynasty event redneck worthy-and you don’t even need to bring the “Duck” tape! Call us today to order your custom promotional products.

Promotional Products for Wheelchair Sporting Events

act-wheelchair-medalIf you’ve seen the thrilling, rough and tumble documentary Murderball, featuring the US quad rugby team, you know that wheelchair bound athletes are as intense, competitive and athletic as any others.   I got to witness their power and dedication when I volunteered last year at the National Veterans Wheelchair Games.  Events include swimming, table tennis, weightlifting, archery, air guns, basketball, nine-ball, softball, quad rugby, bowling, hand cycling, trapshooting, wheelchair slalom, power soccer, a motorized wheelchair rally, track and field, and more.

I had such a great time at last year’s games, this year I’ve devoted an entire week to volunteering at the 33rd National Veterans Wheelchair Games in Tampa, Florida in July.  This got me thinking about the fantastic promotional products we carry for wheelchair athletes:

We have dozens of sports-friendly options, like basketballs, backboards, and customizable medals for the winning team. My personal favorite is the Wheelchair Racing Medal. At 5/16ths of an inch, in classic brass, it can be hung on the ribbon of your choice. That makes it a perfect memento for any wheelchair racer. If you’ve ever watched Wheelchair Racing in the Summer Paralympics, you know that these athletes can break records for speed, at more than 30 kilometers per hour!

act-led-lights-wheelchairIf you are hosting a wheelchair based sporting competition, pick up some of our customizable sport water bottles in a variety of colors and styles. Everyone needs H2O! We have BPA-free options for health and safety.

Plus, we have all kinds of sports and marathon-ready apparel, from custom t-shirts to armbands. All of these items come in a range of colors, sizes, and styles, ready to be ordered to your specifications. I think our flashing LED lights for bicycle spokes might make an excellent and fun accessory for your wheelchair, too. I might bring some of them with me to Florida to test my theory!

If you’re hosting a wheelchair-based athletic competition, we’re cheering you on at A Creative Touch. Call us to order your favorite promotional products today.

Give Me Liberty, Or Give Me Tacos?

act-liberty-bellIn these tough economic times, it’s great to hear some good news! Did you know that Taco Bell is buying the famous Liberty Bell? It’s all part of an effort, the company says, to “help the national debt,” by purchasing and maintaining national landmarks privately, instead of depending on the American taxpayer to protect these treasures. Taco Bell believes this will start a trend of charitable purchases of landmarks and historical items by other US companies. The Liberty Bell will be renamed the Taco Liberty Bell, but will still be viewable by the public, the company says in their press release, which ran in multiple newspapers across the nation.

The White House weighed in on this story, with press secretary Mike McCurry indicating that the administration approved of the deal and that they were in talks to sell the Lincoln Memorial to Ford. America’s oldest car company hopes to rename the memorial in honor of their Lincoln Mercury car model. “We’re hoping to do a series of these,” said McCurry, regarding the White House’s attitude towards the privatization trend. With this practice already common at sports stadiums, museums, and other venues, our national landmarks are just one more sign of corporate sponsorship in everyday life.

Worried about the White House being renamed by a corporation? Thousands were similarly afraid when this notorious hoax happened in 1996. Yes, it’s a famous fake! Taco Bell designed this advertising campaign as an April Fools’ Day joke, according to the Museum of Hoaxes,  and the White House played along.  The Lincoln Memorial is safe! So is the Liberty Bell, which remains in Philadelphia under the supervision of the National Parks Service.  Looking for a Liberty Bell-themed promotional product?  Our database features 38 different products that honor Old Liberty.

Tales of TP’ing?

act-toilet-paper-tape-dispenseYou know me as The Queen of Promotional Products, but did you know that I also used to be The Queen of Pranks?

When I was in school, I played my fair share of pranks and tricks…of course, they were always legal pranks, I swear.  In high school, I helped my friends toilet paper the football players’ cars during the football season.

Have you heard of toilet papering? It’s sometimes called yard rolling or house wrapping, too. You cover trees, houses, cars or other objects with rolls of toilet paper.  Kooky, but totally harmless, right? Well, that depends on the state!  In some states toilet papering is illegal!  Am I guilty of tricking the entire football team?

Verdict: Yes, it’s true! What you may not know is that, while some states will fine you for yard rolling, it is perfectly legal in North Carolina! We’ve kept our sense of humor  about TP’ing, even if we take our football seriously!

Looking for a promotional product that shows you don’t take office work too seriously?  How about this toilet paper-inspired office station?  It’s a sure way to make sure you get all of your business done!  The toilet bowl holds paper clips and the magnetic butt picks them up. The front is designed to hold a roll of tape like toilet paper while the back holds memo pads and pens. Available in four colors (blue, orange, green and purple), this product may be customized with your company name and logo or purchased without an imprint. Office supplies are not included.

Perfect for plumbers, bathroom fixture supply companies, portable toilet rental companies, or corporate cultures with a sense of humor, this is what I call one creative promotional product!

Foolin’ Around with Wine Glasses

With April Fools’ Day right around the corner, I thought it was a perfect time to have fun with wine and wine glasses.  Let’s start with a few of my favorite wine jokes:

“I just rescued some wine. It was trapped in a bottle.”

“I drink a glass of wine a day for the health benefits. The other glasses are for my witty comebacks and flawless dance moves.”

act-vino-to-goYou’ve probably heard the old joke about wine being “a serving of fruit” too, right? If you love getting all your servings of fruit in a glass, then you’re sure to enjoy novelty wine glasses. They’re the most fun promotional products!  That is, if they’re real……can these wacky goblets be believed?  Try to guess if they are real or fake!

The Redneck Party Cup: These wine glasses resemble those cheap plastic cups you see at summer barbecues everywhere, except they have a “fancy” stem.

The Tipsy Wine Glass: These glasses look like they’ve had a few too many! They lean and list slightly to one side, to comical effect.

The Vino to Go Tumbler: This wine sippy cup is a double wall plastic tumbler that holds wine in the classic “crystal glass” shape. It is perfect for beach and poolside parties.

The Mason Jar Wine Glass: A fancier version of the Redneck Cup, these glasses have a Mason Jar-inspired style. They’re hip and square, plus they come with their own classic lid.

So, what do you think? Are these wine glasses for real? Or am I pulling your leg? Surprise, surprise, they’re all real!   In fact, these novelty wine glasses are a popular promotional products trend. The latest industry fad is for shatterproof wine glasses for spring entertaining outdoors. My personal favorite is the Vino to Go tumbler, which holds 10 ounces of wine and is BPA-free. Call us if you want a set of these clever wine glasses for your next volunteer recognition party, corporate gala, or fundraising event. Here at A Creative Touch, we’re also on the lookout for the coolest and most creative promotional products; this one definitely deserves a toast!

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