Swag Ideas

We Don’t Carry Cheap Promotional Items— But This Affordable Swag Will Elevate Your Brand

Let’s just cut to the chase— we don’t believe in cheap promotional products, and neither should you! 

Cheap is the wrong word to describe what we’re after. We prefer terms like inexpensive, budget-friendly, or even low cost. After all, swag doesn’t have to be expensive in order to get the job done. But ‘cheap’ swag that’s poorly made or poorly designed will do the opposite of helping your brand. That’s why we don’t carry any cheap products at Swag.com.

However— budget-friendly swag items are a great way to get your name out there without breaking the bank. Maybe you are trying to experiment with new forms of marketing, or maybe you are looking at a swag initiative at a massive scale. Either way, we have a great selection of inexpensive swag items to suit a variety of use cases!

Without further ado, here’s our guide to our favorite budget-friendly promotional products! 

Low cost swag for giveaways:

Custom Vinyl Stickers

Stickers are a tried and true brand booster that won’t break the bank. Our custom vinyl sticker options are broad, with something for everyone no matter what you’re looking to achieve. These are high quality while still coming in at a price point that makes it easy to distribute them in mass quantities. 

Pinback Buttons

Believe it or not buttons are still a very popular (and effective) swag giveaway item. People love rocking pins on their clothes, bags and more. Choose from a variety of shapes, and add your own custom artwork to create an affordable giveaway item that people will be excited to display. 

16oz Spirit Cup

There are tons of high end water bottles out there, but sometimes a simple and effective option works best. The Spirit cup is one of our favorites not just because it’s extremely affordable, but also because people actually really, really love them. Usefulness is not to be overlooked when it comes to promotional products!

Read more: Our Favorite Promotional Product Ideas for 2022

Inexpensive swag for events:

12” Polyester Lanyard

Lanyards can be a great way to offer up a piece of branded merch without spending a fortune. What’s cool about this lanyard is that it’s completely customizable, down to the very last stitch. Let your creativity run wild without worrying about eating up a huge chunk of your budget. 

Silicone Wristbands

Ever since the Livestrong bracelet craze of the early 2000’s, silicone wristbands have been a popular, subtle and most importantly affordable way to spread a message and raise brand awareness. Choose this high quality version and watch as wrists around the event space promote your company.

Custom Keychain

Keychains are perfect for events, especially when many attendees are traveling, or otherwise in need of some way to differentiate their credential documents from others. Get creative with your color and design choices to make this inexpensive item feel like a collector’s piece. 

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Budget friendly swag for the office:

Gildan Tshirt

Everyone loves a nice branded t-shirt! For companies with large offices, a low-cost option to outfit the team can be found with the classic Gildan tee. It’s high quality cotton, and cut to flatter. Not to mention it comes in a huge variety of colors and customization options. 

Main Street Tote Bag

Tote bags are useful, fun and affordable pieces of swag that employees love. Stock your office with this model and you’re sure to see a bunch of happy people running errands with your branded merch all over town.

All Natural Lipbalm

We all know the feeling of wishing you had a nice chapstick on hand. We recommend these custom lip balms as office items you can buy in bulk and have on hand for whenever your team needs a little self-care throughout the day. 

Read more: How to Choose an Office Gift

Affordable custom gifts for clients and leads:

Strutton Luggage Tag

Luggage tags are great swag because they offer a clear usefulness that people will appreciate. When customizing these items, we always recommend a subtle approach, especially when giving them away to external parties. 

Sorbet Pen

Do not underestimate the power of the pen— after all, it is mightier than the sword. This low-cost model writes like a dream, and with your branding applied over attractive colorways it’s sure to have the impact you’re after without costing you an arm and a leg. 

7” Frisbee

Frisbees rock. There’s nothing else we really need to say. They’re fun and whimsical and usually not what clients are expecting, making them perfect swag items. Did we also mention that they aren’t that expensive. Win win win!

Read more: Best Corporate Gifts for Clients

If you’re looking for cheap promotional products, we guarantee you are not going to get the result you’re after. But if you want high-quality swag at an affordable price, we can help you perfect the ultimate package of products that you can distribute at scale.


Looking for more inspiration or ideas about how you can reach an audience with swag without a huge budget? Our team of expert swg curators are eagerly awaiting to hear from you in order to put together the perfect suite of items for your project. Fill out the form below to get in touch.