When summer rolls around, employers have an excellent opportunity to boost employee morale by encouraging travel and leisure with customized summer gifts.
PTO is great, but developing a comprehensive plan to really celebrate the summer is a surefire way to create a healthy work-life balance in your office. Custom gifts and swag can help towards this end by creating a physical symbol of your dedication to wellness.
Swag.com has a huge selection of summer gifts and swag that you can use to heat things up for your employees. Remember that we can help you customize, store and distribute your summer swag wherever you need it to go around the world.
To get you started, we rounded up some of our top picks for the best summer swag for 2023:
Custom summer apparel
Perfect for retreats or summer-themed events, these ultra-comfortable foam flip flops add some personality to your brand. Customize the entire design of this footwear, from the EVA sole to the durable foot straps.
The summer sun can be strong – help protect your team’s eyes while they’re outside enjoying the great outdoors. This fun retro style of custom sunglasses is the perfect choice to kick off the season, and makes for a conversation starter at any summer event.
Tank tops are an essential part of the summer wardrobe. Give your employees a way to get some sun and show off company pride at the same time with this comfy cotton tank top. With tons of great colorways and unisex sizing, this summer staple is perfect for just about everybody.
Dad hats are out— bucket hats are in! Even if you aren’t planning an office fly-fishing trip, bucket hats are a great summer accessory due to extensive sun protection and flair. This model comes in great colors, is machine washable and takes your logo or branding via embroidery.
Summer tech gifts
Summer conjures images of the great outdoors: barbecues, beaches, hikes and more. To bring this vision to life, equip your team with this amazing portable speaker from JBL. It’s rugged and surprisingly crisp for a speaker of its size. It’s clip on design makes it perfect for adventuring all summer long!
To keep the party going while out and about this summer, use the High Sierra solar power bank to soak up the rays and charge your electronic devices. This is the perfect custom gift to encourage your employees, customers or leads to make the most of summer weather.
This smartphone charger works with Mag enabled devices like the iPhone, allowing for charging on the go. It attaches to the back of your phone so you can simply extend the battery life of your device without having to worry about plugging anything in.
Nothing beats reading on vacation, and with summer coming up, give the gift of pretty much every book ever written with the Amazon Kindle ereader. This device is capable of accessing hundreds of thousands of books, providing a pleasant reading experience for the 21st century.
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Swag for the outdoors
Many people wouldn’t associate a flashlight with great swag, but that’s what makes this gift so perfect. Mophie makes incredible tech products, and this high-powered flashlight is no exception. We love this gift as part of an outdoors swag box, meant to get people out into the world on adventures.
If you’re planning any sort of outdoor retreat, or simply want to give gifts that encourage outdoor adventures, custom sunscreen is a fun way to add some character to your initiative. Sun Bum makes high-quality face lotion that offers SPF 50 protection from the sun’s rays.
Nothing beats a summer fire, and with the Solo portable stove you can take that pleasure with you anywhere you go. Simply add wood, and this smokeless fire pit will have you warm and toasty in no time at all. Great for camping, the backyard or even a beach bonfire.
Custom coolers are great corporate gifts, and this one is an all-out winner. With the capacity for 48 cans and ice, you can take everything you need in this portable cooler that you will need for a great beach day or afternoon in the park with friends.
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This unique water bottle from Asobu lets you flavor your water with an easy-to-use infuser built right into its design. Simply take your favorite fruit, herbs or anything else you want to use to flavor your beverage and insert it into the middle of the bottle for all day flavor.
Reusable straws are an eco-friendly gift that is becoming increasingly popular as companies are ever more conscious of their environmental impact. You won’t find a higher quality model than this set from Asobu, which comes with a customizable carrying case.
Classic, durable, affordable and an all around homerun for summer fun. Whether you’re drinking iced coffee, seltzer with lime or anything else, this solid tumbler is the best choice for companies looking to deliver summer fun in bulk.
What do you get when you mix lemonade, iced tea and a customized presentation? This awesome Arnold Palmer drink kit of course! We encourage our customers to include this fun beverage set along with a custom water bottle to create a memorable summer gifting kit.
Nothing kills the vibe at a summer barbecue or poolside hangout than a warm drink. This handy three-in-one tumbler serves as an insulated tumbler with a lid, a can koozie and a bottle koozie to keep your drinks ice cold, no matter what container they come in.
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Custom travel swag
Even if your summer consists of commuting into the office, a fun, eco-friendly lunch box is a great gift that will allow you to take your favorite foods with you wherever you go. There are many lunch boxes out there in the world, but only this one is green, efficient and very attractive.
A nice dopp kit can be the difference between an unorganized mess in your bag and a zen-like travel experience. TOPO Designs is known for their intelligent and rugged travel gear, and we think this dopp kit is one of the best products they offer.
Protecting and organizing your travel documents is essential when on vacation. This RFID-blocking passport holder will give you peace of mind that your credit cards and electronic documents will be safe from any untoward advances from information thieves.
Fanny packs are all the rage these days, and we’re here for it. BABOON TO THE MOON makes an exceptionally well-designed version. There are many ways to wear it, and with an intelligently organized internal storage layout you can be sure you’ll always have your most valuable items close at hand.
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Summer wellness gifts
Alo Moves is a fitness app with thousands of classes, tutorials and programs that can help people take their physical and mental wellness into their own hands. This year long memberships is the ultimate way to empower your customers, employees or leads to get up and move!
Gone are the days of simply tracking our steps. This FitBit Fitness watch can track your heart rate, blood oxygen levels and more. Whether you want to optimize your fitness or begin your wellness journey, this great device can help you know exactly where to start.
Nice yoga mats are always in high demand, and we often hear from our customers that purchase them that their audience is overjoyed to receive one. Customize the entire thing, from the design on the mat itself, to the carrying case it comes in.
Burt’s Bees makes much more than just chapstick! This self care kit comes with everything your audience needs to to take care of their skin at the highest level. Add your logo to make it your own.
These are just some of the great products we’re seeing people want for the summer 2023 gifting season.
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