Very often we are asked for something different, & of course we understand the desire to excite interest & stand out from the crowd.
Interestingly & perhaps also surprisingly, although we come up with a range of ideas, our client will usually select a tried & tested favourite. It's not a case of playing safe - but more in giving people what they really want.
Most of the really popular items are office consumables such as pens, post it notes, highlighters, notepads lanyards & mugs. We also find that calendars & diaries are something that regular recipients look forward to every year.
New things come along - eco products & USBs are good examples - but the old favourites remain just that!