gifts and party favors

Weddings, Family Reunions, and Summertime Events: Gifts and Favors to Host Great Events!

’Tis the Season for Gatherings

June 21st marks the official first day of summer and rings in the season of weddings, family reunions, and summertime events. Hosting a great summertime event can be made even better with great gifts and party favors to top off the festivities. With the day’s excitement prolonged, everyone will go home with a smile. But how do you choose gifts and favors to host great events they’ll love and remember?

Party On

Gifts and party favors will enhance these events. Today we’ll discuss how to select gifts and party favors they’ll adore.

Hosting a Great Summertime Event

Summertime is traditionally party time. The sunshine provides the perfect setting for weddings, family reunions, corporate retreats, team building, holiday gatherings for the 4th, and more! As summer approaches, the days are getting longer and people are staying out later, soaking up the daylight well into the evening.

Summertime is primetime for:

  • Weddings
  • Family reunions
  • Corporate retreats
  • Team building
  • Holiday gatherings for the Fourth of July
  • And more!

Gifts and Party Favors For…

Weddings

Customized gifts and party favors for your wedding are a special, personal way to say “Thank you” to your guests, especially those who traveled a long distance. Creating gifts and party favors is also an opportunity to get creative!

Reflect on the memories you’ve already shared with your spouse to be. Do you love hiking in the woods? Take an Instagram selfie with a waterfall in the background for a coaster image.

Choose from a wide selection of glassware and customize it with the couple’s names, location, date, as well as clip art depicting city location, place where couple met, marriage themes (i.e. hearts or a bride and groom decoration on a cake), or something unique to the couple (i.e. skiing if it’s an activity the couple likes to do together).

Wedding planning is also a time to be practical while having fun with it. Hosting a reception at the beach? Get flip flops in your wedding colors!

Wedding ideas:

  1. Kristin & Company candles with personalized labels
  2. Mugs with photograph of the couple and date and place of the ceremony
  3. Key chains
  4. Pens
  5. Plastic cups
  6. Towels
  7. Flip flops
  8. Napkins
  9. Tote bags with the couple’s names, location of the ceremony, and date
  10. Glassware
  11. Coasters with Instagram picture
  12. Magnets

Gifts and Party Favors For…

Family Reunions

Family reunions are a great time to create momentos you can give to your family members to honor their heritage and feel part of a larger family. T-shirts and mugs with your family surname and date of the event make the day extra special for everyone. You can hold each other closer to home until your next reunion!

Personalized items are perfect for reunions because it gives each family member a piece of history. This can encourage younger members of the family to ask questions and inquire about their ancestry.

It’s also a time to celebrate family!

Did your grandparents emigrate from Ireland? Add a plaid background or a shamrock to surround your last name on a ceramic mug. Did your ancestors pack their bags in Poland? Make the flag the background of a banner featuring the family name. Moved from Mexico? We have almost every color to choose from seen by the human eye. Select bright cheery colors traditionally painted on house walls to give your tote bags a background color reminiscent of home.

You get the idea! 

Family reunion ideas

  1. T-shirts
  2. Polos
  3. Sweatshirts
  4. Hoodies
  5. Fleece jackets
  6. Mugs with the family name and a black and white picture of ancestors
  7. Thermoses
  8. Water bottles
  9. Pens
  10. Napkins
  11. Kristin & Company candles with personalized labels
  12. Banner to mark picnic spot or house location
  13. Tote bags with family surname, location of reunion, and date
  14. Key chains
  15. Fanny packs
  16. Lunch bags
  17. Coasters
  18. Magnets 

Gifts and Party Favors For…

Corporate Retreats

Tell your team you care by giving them a momento at the extended weekend. Supply items that will come in handy during the retreat and at the office.

Meeting in a cabin in the woods? Distribute hand sanitizer, flashlights, and water bottles. It can be lots of fun getting together with co-workers outside of work, but in cramped quarters it’s nice to give your employees the amenities of home. This keeps everyone in a good mood.

Corporate retreats

  1. USB jump drives
  2. T-shirts
  3. Thermoses
  4. Water bottles
  5. Jackets
  6. Hoodies
  7. Stress balls
  8. Pens
  9. Lanyards
  10. Tote bags with company name, event location, and date
  11. Key chains
  12. Briefcases
  13. Magnets
  14. Notepads
  15. Business card holders
  16. Luggage tags
  17. Hand sanitizer
  18. Flashlights

Gifts and Party Favors For…

Team Building

Summertime is the perfect time to plan a picnic and outdoor activities for your employees. It’s a great way to get to know each other better, form stronger bonds, and ultimately work better together when everyone returns to the office.

Which team-building activities do you have planned? Playing Frisbee or golf? Give your employees a customized Frisbee and golf ball to take home.

Team building

  1. Stress balls
  2. Pens
  3. Frisbees
  4. Lanyards
  5. Caps
  6. T-shirts
  7. Tote bags with company name, event location, and date
  8. Key chains
  9. Briefcases
  10. Thermoses
  11. Water bottles
  12. Notepads

Gifts and Party Favors For…

Holiday Gatherings For the Fourth of July

The Fourth of July is a time to celebrate our nation’s Independence, but it’s also an occasion to get together with family.

Gifts and party favors can add liveliness (and convenience!) to the holiday. Keep your beverages cold with a foam drink insulator. Your drinks won’t become warm in transit from home to the fireworks downtown.

Holiday gatherings

  1. T-shirts
  2. Drink insulators
  3. Plastic cups
  4. Tumblers
  5. Thermoses
  6. Water bottles
  7. Flip flops
  8. Towels
  9. Fanny packs
  10. Lunch bags

And More!

Have another idea for a customized gift or party favor? Chances are we can accommodate here at T.R. McTaggart! Give us a call and let us know what you have in mind.

A Selection to Exceed Your Needs

T.R McTaggart provides a host of customized gifts and apparel for all of your summer event needs.

We personalize a wide variety of apparel, including:

  • Polos
  • T-shirts
  • Sweatshirts
  • Hoodies
  • Warm-up jackets
  • Hats
  • Youth clothes
  • And more!

We carry personalized items across multiple categories. This includes:

  • Technology items
  • Desk items
  • Drinkware
  • Food
  • Clocks
  • Badges and lanyards
  • Bags
  • Calendars
  • Golf items
  • Home items
  • Outdoor items
  • Writing utensils
  • Stress balls
  • Tools
  • Travel items
  • And much more!

Additionally, we offer eco-friendly options! This includes products made of recycled and/or organic materials, and even biodegradable items.

Gifts and Party Favors from the Heart

Thinking ahead shows you care about your friends, family, and employees. With minimal effort, you’ll create something that people appreciate more than you probably realize.

Your Goal is Within Reach

Hosting a great summertime event is a manageable task. With a little pre-planning you can have customized gifts and party favors from T.R. McTaggart to celebrate the summer with a personal touch.

Contact Us

Hosting a great summertime event is exciting but can be stressful. But our staff is here to help make it easy! Contact Us today or call us at (800) 433-0983.

T.R. McTaggart’s expertise in helping planners provide unique gifts and party favors will help make your event enjoyable and memorable. At T.R. McTaggart, no job is too big or too small. We look forward to helping make your summertime event special and a day to remember!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Links:

http://www.promoplace.com/trmctaggart

http://trmctaggart.com/products/custom/

https://www.pinterest.com/pin/25473554119121735/?lp=true

Benefits of Outfitting Your Crew with a Branded Work Uniform

Level Up

Take your branding to the next level with a branded work uniform! The benefits of outfitting your crew with a branded work uniform cannot be overstated.

Brand exposure is vital. After all, how can a customer make a purchase from you if they don’t know you exist? A great way to accomplish this is through your company’s direct representatives: your employees!

Reasons branded work uniforms are important:

  • Creates a professional look and atmosphere
  • Instills a sense of team unity
  • Encourages brand loyalty
  • Boosts profits
  • Builds brand recognition

Brand Recognition

Why is brand recognition important? Let us count the ways!

  1. Makes your product a “must have”
  2. Establishes you as the “go to” provider
  3. Makes you a safe, trusted choice among competitors
  4. Differentiates you in the marketplace
  5. Allows you to charge more
  6. Builds loyalty

What’s It Worth to You?

While the exact value of a brand can be elusive, it’s well established that creating and maintaining a strong brand presence is important.

Interbrand decided to make figuring out a brand’s worth more of a science than an art. The brand consulting company released its 2017 Annual Best Global Brands Report. Its methodologies show that top brands are worth millions.

Values are in millions of dollars:

  1. Apple – $184,154
  2. Google – $141,703
  3. Microsoft – $79,999
  4. Coca-Cola – $69,733
  5. Amazon – $64,796
  6. Samsung – $56,249
  7. Toyota – $50,291
  8. Facebook – $48,188
  9. Mercedes-Benz – $47,829
  10. IBM – $46,829
  11. General Electric – $44,208
  12. McDonalds – $41,533
  13. BMW – $41,521
  14. Disney – $40,772
  15. Intel – $39,459
  16. Cisco – $31,930
  17. Oracle – $27,466
  18. Nike – $27,021
  19. Louis Vuitton – $22,919
  20. Honda – $22,696
  21. SAP – $22, 635
  22. Pepsi – $20,491
  23. H & M – $20,488
  24. Zara – $18,573
  25. IKEA – $18,472

See the Interbrand list for all 100.

OK, so it might take a lot more than branded work uniforms for your company to beat out Apple for the #1 spot in 2018. But branded work uniforms are a huge start. And smart.

Take a cue from some of these top companies. Apple is known for its blue shirts with the white apple logo on the Apple sales floor and “Genius Bar” in their stores. Order a hamburger and fries at McDonald’s and the person taking your order and handing you your bag or tray has the double arch embroidered on their branded work uniform.

Coca-Cola, Disney, Nike, Pepsi, and others have taken things a step further and have gotten the general public to, in a way, wear branded work uniforms too! If you find yourself in a crowd you’ll see people wearing vintage-looking T-shirts with soft drink logos prominently written across the chest. Nike swishes assert themselves on T-shirts, shorts, hats, and shoes as not just a label, but as an integration of the logo into the design of the clothing.

Mickey Mouse is the most recognized brand and Disney made #14 on the list of top brand worth. Not too shabby! Every bit helps.

Consistency Counts

Before you order those branded work uniforms, however, first take stock of the other modes of advertising your company uses. Advertising must be used consistently across channels. Make sure it sounds like it’s coming from one voice. This ensures branding avoids customer confusion about who you are and what you sell.

What the Stats Say

Future business growth

In order for a business to grow, 77% of B2B marketing leaders claim branding is critical to success.

Take the long view

Strategize long term and sales will follow.

While selling products and services is the ultimate goal of business, 89% of B2B marketers say gaining brand awareness is the most important goal, with sales the second most important. Indeed, 72% of brand managers agree that building an audience should be prioritized over sales. Once you’ve established yourself as a trustworthy brand, your audience will convert to customers.

Remember me?

On average, 5 to 7 brand impressions are needed for someone to remember your brand.

So when your employees are out and about wearing branded work uniforms, they would only have to be seen wearing the garment 5 to 7 times by a potential customer to make a brand impression! That’s not to say that the same potential customer would spot the exact same employee every time, but collectively you get the picture of what branded work uniforms can do to promote your business!

The Rest Will Follow

If you build your brand, the sales will come! B2B companies with strong brands generate a higher Earnings Before Interest and Taxes (EBIT) Margin than other companies, all things equal. 

Maintaining Your Lead

You might have struck success connecting your brand to your audience. Congratulations!

However, now isn’t the time to put things on autopilot! You have to keep your audience; that means maintaining a strong relationship with it.

In People We Trust

In a world where 42% of consumers say they distrust brands, what’s a business to do? You guessed it! Branded work uniforms. The public views advertisements on apparel and accessories worn by actual people as more trustworthy. After all, the message is being delivered by a real person, not an actor or slick print ad.

Consistency Counts

Brands that present themselves in a consistent way are 3 to 4 times more likely to establish brand visibility. Consistent brand presentation increases revenue, on average, by 23%.

Color increases brand recognition by up to 80%. At T.R. McTaggart, we have a wide selection of colors that allow us to match your brand’s logo colors perfectly to create a consistent experience for customers. The quality of our clothing will also enhance your brand’s reputation (or future reputation!) for quality.

Tips for creating a strong brand:

Here are some traits of “alpha” brands. Try to check as many boxes as possible when strategizing for your brand.

  • Consumers understand it
  • Inspires affinity
  • It’s clear what company is offering
  • It’s clear what the company is about
  • The product is perceived as the best solution to a problem
  • Appeals to rationality
  • Appeals to the emotions
  • Appealing to multiple audiences
  • Unique advertising aimed at different audience segments
  • The company does what it says it will do

Uniform options that are anything but uniform:

No matter what industry your business hails from, we’ve got options to dress your employees appropriate to your sector and consistent with your brand image.

  • Polos
  • Dress shirts
  • T-shirts
  • Knits
  • Wovens
  • Fleece
  • Sweaters
  • Sweatshirts
  • Suits
  • Outerwear
  • Workwear specific
  • Safetywear
  • Sports apparel
  • Caps
  • Bags

Featured Apparel Brands

We offer a wide variety of quality brands to choose from. Contact us to find out how we can accommodate your brand needs.

Contact Us

T.R. McTaggart’s expertise in providing high-quality branded work apparel for nearly any industry can help your business’ bottom line. We provide stylish and durable branded work apparel to help take your branding to the next level. Contact Us today or call us at (800) 433-0983.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Links:

http://trmctaggart.com/products/corporate/

http://www.sportswearcollection.com/?site=CRGHPGYDZS

https://www.trimountain.com/products

https://www.augustasportswear.com/#H

https://www.sanmar.com/

https://www.lucidpress.com/blog/25-branding-stats-facts

http://info.zimmercommunications.com/blog/20-stats-that-will-remind-you-of-the-importance-of-your-branding

https://www.reuters.com/article/us-donaldtrump-idUSTRE7AK2IT20111121

https://www.tourolaw.edu/lawreview/uploads/pdfs/27_2/9.pdf

https://onbrand.me/state-of-branding-report-2017

https://www.circle-research.com/wp-content/uploads/B2B-Branding-Research.pdf

http://www.pammarketingnut.com/2014/05/personal-branding-strategy-social-media-marketing-white-paper/

https://www.forbes.com/sites/mckinsey/2013/06/24/why-b-to-b-branding-matters-more-than-you-think/#1f338edc59dd

https://www.businesswire.com/news/home/20130929005029/en/Interbrand-Releases-14th-Annual-Global-Brands-Report

http://interbrand.com/best-brands/best-global-brands/2017/ranking/

 

 

Wild Birds Unlimited Annual Conference in June

  • Wild Birds Unlimited Annual Conference

When: June 30 – July 1, 2018

Where: Devos Place

City: Grand Rapids, MI

Website: https://devosplace.org/schedule/wild-birds-unlimited-2019-annual-conference

What: Leadership conference featuring backyard bird feeding products and focused on improving vendor knowledge about available technology that will help improve outreach and overall product sales.

Contact John Rudberg for more information:

(989) 846-9577 or (800) 433-0983

jrudberg@trmctaggart.com

1-800-433-0983

effective product display

How to Display Products So They Fly Off Your Shelves

Effective Product Display

For shop owners, especially business owners of gift and resort shops, creating an effective product display can be the catalyst for an increase in sales. Utilizing these smart product display tips that work will help your items fly off the shelves – or racks –before you have time to restock!

These tips are most relevant to shops selling:

  • Apparel
  • Gifts
  • Souvenirs

Product Display Tips That Work

Want your problem to be that you can’t replace things on the shelf fast enough?

Try out these tips for an effective product display:

  1. Determine your store layout
  2. Through the door, on the right
  3. Devise a floor plan
  4. On a theme
  5. The rule of threes
  6. Feature high markup and luxury items
  7. Put like with like
  8. Arrange items logically
  9. Help customers envision themselves with the products
  10. Be your own model
  11. Appeal to the senses
  12. Use your imagination (or someone else’s)
  13. Change it up!
  14. Be inspired
  15. Connect with other advertising forms
  16. Have fun!
  17. Produce a good product

Determine Your Store Layout

Before you start creating your masterpieces, you need to get in your customers’ shoes and understand the flow of your store. How are they experiencing it? How will they come across your displays? Think about how the display relates to and reacts to traffic flow to ensure you are placing key items where customers are sure to see them.

There are three main types of store layouts. In reality, many stores are a combination of:

  • Straight
  • Angular
  • Loop

Straight

This is a typical layout for grocery stores and dollar stores because it most efficiently uses every square inch of space. Add displays at the end of the aisles, called the endcaps.

Angular

Also called a “mixed” floor plan, a lot of clothing and jewelry stores use this layout. Angular floor plans use space less efficiently than straight floor plans, but the space is more aesthetically pleasing. While grocery stores are functional and use a straight layout, fashion is more about style and so the space supports this value. Place featured displays in areas that people are funneled to based on your layout.

Loop

Shelving is set up to create a loop for customers to walk through. Think of a museum exhibit. Loop floor plans use the space the least efficiently but it feels luxurious walking through the space. No one has to worry about knocking over breakables in a store packed to the brim. Your products are also the most visible to customers.

Through the Door, On the Right

Right where they turn right, that’s where you want your display. While there are exceptions, most people tend to turn right when they walk into a store. Knowing this, you will want to make an effective product display to catch their eyes as they walk away from the entrance into the space. 

Devise a Floor Plan

With merchandising, it’s not just an effective product display that matters. First you need customers to see them! This is why it is important to design your floor plan to create an easy flow throughout the store to draw customers to your displays.

On a Theme

It’s human nature that we want to make sense of our surroundings. Choosing a theme is satisfying because it ties things together. Think of curating effective product displays like a fashion show of product vignettes rather than outfits in a collection (although they might also be outfits!)

The Rule of Threes

Think in threes. It’s a satisfying number and it’s an odd number. Asymmetry ensures your customers’ eyes are always moving, exploring your products, and never getting bored. An effective product display keeps the customer looking at products.

Feature High Markup and Luxury Items

High markup items are smart items to highlight because you’re using your space to advertise something that brings in the most profit. For example, there’s really no reason to market something like table salt, a product that’s cheap with a low profit margin. People buy it anyway and, for those who don’t, it won’t gain you much to bring in new salt-consuming customers!

Luxury items are also strategic because they encourage large purchases and, even if people don’t purchase the item, people will enjoy looking at an attractive item and it’s aspirational. Your visitors will buy other products and perhaps buy the display next time!

Put Like With Like

An effective product display puts like or complimentary items together. For example, you could set up a kitchen display with coffee, tea, cloth napkins, and cups and saucers. A display featuring items that go together can makes purchasing everything they need easy for customers.

Arrange Items Logically

Under or next to your display, arrange items so they’re easy to find. Arrange apparel from lightest to darkest, and smallest to largest. Keep extra stock close at hand so you can quickly replenish stock if a size runs out in your display.

Help Customers Envision Themselves With the Products

Anything that can aid customers in picturing themselves using the product or having it in their homes is helpful. That’s why people love to sample food and try on clothes. It convinces them that they will enjoy eating the salsa or wearing the sweater.

Perhaps a mannequin displays a swimsuit and there are sandals sitting on top of sand and seashells. Customers can picture what the apparel looks like when worn and the real sand links fantasy to reality.

Be Your Own Model (Be a Walking Billboard

Enlist employees to wear the clothes you’re selling. Shoppers are more likely to purchase items – and pay more for them – if someone is modeling the clothing, rather than just looking at a stack of T-shirts on a table – even if they are perfectly board folded. Have your employees become a walking, effective product display!

Appeal To the Senses

You’re a brick and mortar location, which means that you can appeal to senses beyond site. And you’ll have a leg up on the competition if you can appeal to all five.

It’s ideal that people can feel the fabrics, but what else can you do to capitalize on your access to the other senses?

Play calming music so customers aren’t in a rush or rock songs that appeal to the demographic of your shoppers. Timely holiday music also inspires and invigorates shoppers.

There’s a reason realtors bake bread when they show houses to prospective buyers. You don’t need to make your store smell like “home,” but a pleasant scent will encourage customers to stay longer. Burn a Kristin & Company candle to make the space refreshing (Vanilla is a scent that appeals to almost everyone.).

Use Your Imagination (or Someone Else’s)

Planning effective product displays is your chance to get creative. If you don’t feel comfortable creating a display, perhaps you have an employee who has a flare for artfully displaying products. Tap into it!

Change It Up!

You should change displays every month. You don’t want your customers to get bored. And you want to highlight new merchandise. A window display also indicates to passers-by that you have new inventory – and that they should check it out! For someone who hasn’t visited the store, a different display might catch their eye. The more effective product displays, the more chances to pique potential customers’ interests.

Be Inspired

Wherever your travels take you, be mindful of how others are utilizing displays and think, “Could this serve as a creative and thrifty product display in my shop?”

Instead of hitting the highway, take the back roads and stop by small towns. If they have more than a church and a bar, they’ll likely have imaginative store displays you won’t see anywhere else. However, you don’t have to drive 500 miles to be inspired. You can also check out trade magazines or Pinterest to get ideas.

Connect With Other Advertising Forms

If you have a print or digital ad campaign, marry your store displays with it. Customers want a consistent experience across your brand. So, give it to them! Your brand should tell a story. Each display is a chapter in the book!

Have Fun!

Don’t be intimidated, have fun with shapes, colors, textures, and props. If you have fun making a whimsical display, it will show to your customers.

Produce a Good Product

While selling strategy is important, behind the message needs to be a quality product. If you convince customers your shirts are high quality but they go through the wash only to look threadbare, clients are not going to become return clients! T.R. McTaggart provides products that your patrons are sure to love and quality you can trust will bring them back.

Items T.R. McTaggart carries that are front-window-display worthy at your shop:

  • T-shirts
  • Sweatshirts
  • Jackets
  • Hats
  • Umbrellas
  • Bags
  • Mugs
  • Tumblers
  • Assortment of Great Gifts
  • And more!

Contact Us

T.R. McTaggart has expertise in providing retailers nationwide with quality apparel and products that sell. Contact Us or call us today at (800) 433-0983 to talk about how we can help your store meet your customers’ high expectations. Use these product display tips that work and see where your results take you. Happy selling and we look forward to working with you!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Links:

https://trmctaggart.com/

https://fitsmallbusiness.com/visual-merchandising-guide/

https://www.shopify.com/retail/120040003-visual-merchandising-101-how-to-create-store-designs-with-high-converting-displays

https://www.retaildoc.com/blog/7-ways-to-transform-retail-store-displays-into-sales-merchandising

https://www.thebalancesmb.com/creating-attractive-displays-2890497

https://www.entrepreneur.com/article/78992

top retail events

Top Retail Events that Can Help Grow Your Business

Top Retail Events to Improve Your Bottom Line and More

Sometimes when you’re trying to expand your business and boost profits, getting outside input can spark new ideas and motivate yourself to improve. You might even step out of your comfort zone and try something new with your business. Conferences and top retail events are a great place to learn new things, keep up with business practices, network – and have a good time while you’re at it! But what are the retail events you should attend?

There are plenty of great conferences that every retailer should attend. We’ve featured some of our favorites.

This year is the best year as any to attend a conference that can help improve your bottom line. After all, why not start increasing your profits today?

Your Shop is More than Goods and a Cash Register

Running a business takes more than providing excellent customer service or the highest-quality products. Though this is helpful! You also need to keep up to date with trends in the retail industry, reach out to your peers, and always strive to learn something new to improve your business.

Make Time for Top Retail Events

It’s an exciting time for retail. Keep abreast of the hard challenges and new opportunities by attending a retail conference. While it might seem frivolous to take time off with looming deadlines and a seemingly endless flow of work, conferences can pay off big time in terms of what you gain.

So, stay current by packing a suitcase and having a willingness to meet new people and try something new!

What Are You Interested In?

There are so many conferences and so many seminar topics to choose from. Are you interested in technology? Design? Marketing? Digital strategy?

Does your business consist of e-commerce? Logistics and delivery? Straight-up retail?

Whatever your interest, you are spoiled for choice!

Be a Chatty Cathy

OK, not exactly. But go to the conference with a smile and bring a genuine interest in meeting people and learning about new developments in the industry. Conferences are the perfect place to network. So, take advantage of this opportunity!

Top Retail Events You Should Attend: Our Picks

  1. HLRCC Business Expo
  2. Wild Birds Unlimited
  3. Las Vegas Souvenir & Resort Gift Show
  4. Tawas Business Expo
  5. Pleasant Business Expo
  6. MI SHRM
  7. Gaylord Business Expo
  8. Special Olympics Conference
  9. IGES
  10. Smoky Mountain
  11. Boyne Business Expo
  12. Arkansas State Park

 

EVENT #1

Name: Roscommon Business Expo

When: Annually in May (this year’s event has passed, but it’s never too soon to prepare for next year!)

Where: CRAF Center

City: Rocsommon, MI

Website: http://business.hlrcc.com/events/details/hlrcc-business-expo-05-16-2018-358

What: A business and recreation expo featuring what Higgins Lake, Roscommon, and surrounding communities have to offer.

Contact Irene Jantz for more information:

(989) 846-9577 or (800) 433-0983

ijantz@trmctaggart.com

 

EVENT #2

Name: Wild Birds Unlimited Annual Conference

When: June 30 – July 1, 2018

Where: Devos Place

City: Grand Rapids, MI

Website: https://devosplace.org/schedule/wild-birds-unlimited-2019-annual-conference

What: Leadership conference featuring backyard bird feeding products and focused on improving vendor knowledge about available technology that will help improve outreach and overall product sales.

Contact John Rudberg for more information:

(989) 846-9577 or (800) 433-0983

jrudberg@trmctaggart.com

 

EVENT #3

Name: Las Vegas Souvenir & Resort Gift Show

When: September 25-28, 2018

Where: Las Vegas Convention Center

City: Las Vegas, NV

Website: https://www.lvsouvenirshow.com/270/las-vegas-gift-show-home.htm

What: The largest show of its kind. This show offers a selection of products that will help your shop stand out among the competition. Thousands of lines of souvenirs and resort products all under one roof! 

Contact John Rudberg for more information:

(989) 846-9577 or (800) 433-0983

jrudberg@trmctaggart.com

 

EVENT #4

Name: Showcase Iosco Business Expo

When: October 13, 2018 

Where: Tawas Area High School, Tawas City, MI

What: Trade show style event that provides area businesses, non-profits, and civic clubs an opportunity to present what they do and why. Businesses can display and sell products and explain services; non-profit organizations will have the opportunity to present their mission and describe their target population; and civic clubs can explain their goals, challenges, and needs to the community.

Website: http://www.tawas.com/events/showcase-iosco/

Contact Irene Jantz for more information:

(989) 846-9577 or (800) 433-0983

ijantz@trmctaggart.com

 

EVENT #5

Name: Mt. Pleasant Business and Community Expo

When: October 11, 2018

Where: Comfort Inn & Suites Conference Center, Mt. Pleasant, MI

What: This annual trade show and networking event offers local businesses and the community the chance to see the latest and greatest in the Mt. Pleasant Area market place. The Expo is designed to be a fun community event that provides highly interactive exhibitor booths featuring demonstrations, free samples, games, prizes, items for sale, and other engaging activities!

Website: https://www.mountpleasantwow.com/event-detail/business-and-community-expo/

Contact Irene Jantz for more information:

(989) 846-9577 or (800) 433-0983

ijantz@trmctaggart.com

 

EVENT #6

Name: MISHRM Conference & Exhibition

When: October 17-19, 2018

Where: Grand Traverse Resort, Traverse City, MI

What: This conference geared toward HR Professionals offers educational sessions designated to provide practical and applicable information to help you be successful. Attendees can expect to be challenged and inspired by what the conference has to offer. This year’s conference provides participants a variety of opportunities that makes it a “must event” for HR Professionals to attend.

Website: http://mishrmconference.org/index.html

Contact Irene Jantz or John Rudberg for more information:

(989) 846-9577 or (800) 433-0983

ijantz@trmctaggart.com
jrudberg@trmctaggart.com

 

EVENT #7

Name: Gaylord Business Expo

When: October

Where: Gaylord, MI,

Website: https://www.gaylordchamber.com/search-results?m=31&l=15&t=business%20expo

What: Networking event that features over 70 local businesses. Attendees learn about products and services offered and have the opportunity foster lasting relationships with other businesses within the community.

Contact Irene Jantz for more information:

(989) 846-9577 or (800) 433-0983

ijantz@trmctaggart.com

 

EVENT #8

Name: Special Olympics Conference

What: T.R. McTaggart is a proud partner with the Special Olympics. Please contact Irene Jantz for upcoming event information and how you can become involved with this great organization.

(989) 846-9577 or (800) 433-0983

ijantz@trmctaggart.com

 

EVENT #9

Name: IGES

Sieverville

When: November 3-6

Where: Sieverville Convention Center, Sieverville, TN

Pigeon Forge

When: November 4-7, 2018

Where: LeConte Center, Pigeon Forge, TN

What: A can’t-miss souvenir gift show for retailers in the industry looking for top-quality items at wholesale prices. With many opportunities for networking, many past attendees have created long-lasting relationships while finding new suppliers exhibiting at the show.

Website: https://www.iges.us/

Contact John Rudberg for more information:

(989) 846-9577 or (800) 433-0983

jrudberg@trmctaggart.com

 

EVENT #10

Name: Smoky Mountain Gift Show

When: November 4-7, 2018

Where: Gatlinburg Convention Center, Gatlinburg, TN

What: Features an unrivaled networking opportunities and product selection, including wholesale destination souvenir, innovative resort and tourist merchandise, souvenirs, t-shirts, lake, mountain and lodge, ski-themed products, logo products, shell items, jewelry/fashion accessories, toys/games and more.

Website: https://www.smokymtngiftshow.com/373/smoky-mountain-gift-show-home.htm 

Contact Mitch Porvin for more information:

(954) 510-9090

mitchporvinsales@gmail.com

 

EVENT #11

Name: Business Expo and Taste of Boyne

When: November

Where: Boyne Mountain Resort Civic Center, Boyne Falls, MI

What: One of the largest business networking events Northern Michigan has to offer. This event features over 70 exhibitor booths and more than 1,000 people attending. This exciting expo includes great food, networking, music, business exhibits, and more!

Website: http://www.boynechamber.com/events/details/business-expo-and-taste-of-boyne-137 

Contact Theresa Cramer for more information:

(989) 846-9577 or (800) 433-0983

tcramer@trmctaggart.com

 

EVENT #12

Name: Arkansas Recreation & Parks Association Conference and Trade Show

When: November 7-9, 2018

Where: Benton Event Center, Benton, AR

What: An event that brings together recreation, park, and leisure services professionals for networking opportunities, exhibits, music, food, and fun!

Website: https://arkarpa.org/conference/2018-annual-conference-and-tradeshow/

Contact our office for more information: (800) 433-0983

 

Top Conference and Expo Events Motivate You to Innovate

The team at T.R. Mctaggart wishes you a safe trip and happy learning for all the events you attend! Enjoy a change of pace while learning invaluable information. Remember to make the most out of your experience, meet new people, make connections that will benefit your business, and have fun!

Let T.R. McTaggart Guide the Way

If you are interested in attending a conference, but want information or advice about which conferences may best benefit your business, contact one of our knowledgeable and friendly sales reps for the 411.

Roscommon Business Expo in May

  • Roscommon Business Expo

When: Annually in May (this year’s event has passed, but it’s never too soon to prepare for next year!)

Where: CRAF Center

City: Rocsommon, MI

Website: http://business.hlrcc.com/events/details/hlrcc-business-expo-05-16-2018-358

What: A business and recreation expo featuring what Higgins Lake, Roscommon, and surrounding communities have to offer.

Contact Irene Jantz for more information:

(989) 846-9577 or (800) 433-0983

ijantz@trmctaggart.com

1-800-433-0983

Las Vegas Gift Show in September

  • Last Vegas Gift SHow

Name: Las Vegas Souvenir & Resort Gift Show

When: September 25-28, 2018

Where: Las Vegas Convention Center

City: Las Vegas, NV

Website: https://www.lvsouvenirshow.com/270/las-vegas-gift-show-home.htm

What: The largest show of its kind. This show offers a selection of products that will help your shop stand out among the competition. Thousands of lines of souvenirs and resort products all under one roof!

Contact John Rudberg for more information:

(989) 846-9577 or (800) 433-0983

jrudberg@trmctaggart.com

989-846-9577

personalized wedding favors

Personalized Wedding Favors that Your Guests will Love

Plan Ahead for Personalization

Planning for a wedding can be hectic and stressful. To help relieve that stress, T.R. McTaggart can help make choosing and purchasing party favors your guests will love one less thing to worry about. Selecting wedding favors guests will cherish comes down to personalization. Second to personalization, those personalized wedding favors that are utilitarian will take the cake!

Why Personalizing Matters

Many guests have travelled a long way to make it to the wedding. Personalization extends the day and evening by giving them something they can take home and remember the event by. Personalized wedding favors are the way to go!

Why These Items are Great

We chose these 20 personalized wedding favors because they met a couple of important criteria. First, personalization is key. Second, it’s also great if the gift is something people can use … If your wedding favor is both, you’ve got a winner!

20 wedding favors guests will cherish:

1. Lip balm

2. Water bottles

3. Sunglasses

4. Portable stadium blankets

5. Flip flops

6. Umbrellas

7. Tote bags

8. Luggage tags

9. Instagram coasters

10. Bottle openers

11. Beverage insulators

12. Shot glasses

13. Mugs

14. Candy-filled mugs

15. Plant in a cup

16. Nuts

17. Mug cake

18. Kristin and Company candles

19. Key chains

20. Regional souvenirs

Why are these personalized wedding favors perfect for your wedding?

Personalized wedding favors tip: We looked for things that are practical and can be used long after the wedding.

1. Lip balm

In their colorful balls they almost look like candy, but inside it’s practical lip balm. Who knew putting on lip balm could be this fun? Also consider types with sunscreen depending on the climate.

2. Water bottles

Keep your guests hydrated! Water bottles are something everyone should use. Whether it’s plastic or vacuum-sealed metal, water bottles come in handy!

3. Sunglasses

Having a destination wedding in Hawaii? Going to Malibu to get hitched? No matter where you are, if it’s summer, shades are an item that will make your guests comfortable and it’s something they can use throughout the season. Find shades to match your wedding colors!

4. Portable stadium blankets

Keeps your guests warm at outdoor events and doubles as a useful souvenir. Add the last name of the couple and the date in an elegant font to personalize.

5. Flip flops

Find your wedding colors! Then have the couple’s names and/or wedding date printed on the side straps. Perhaps the last names of the couple: one on either side. First names work too!

6. Umbrellas

A practical item that almost everyone needs and almost everyone loses somewhere. Just hope you don’t have to use them that day! Get the folding kind so people can conveniently stow them in their suitcases.

7. Tote bags

Emblazon with the couple’s name, place, and wedding date. Other bag options include drawstring bags, drawstring backpacks, or grocery tote bags. Fanny packs are also back in style this year!

Personalized wedding favors tip: We looked for things that would make your guests feel special.

8. Luggage tags

Luggage tags are great for destination weddings. Add a digital image to personalize it. Consider an Instagram photo. When all of your guests get to the same hotel with matching tags, it builds a camaraderie among friends and relatives who don’t know each other. This is especially nice if not everyone on both sides of the family has met.

9. Instagram coasters

You’ve taken hundreds of beautiful shots of sunsets. Don’t just look at them for two seconds never to appreciate them again! Instead, make them into a coaster. If you’re the couple, take some fun but sweet shots of yourselves. Or, if you’re having the wedding in your city, take shots of touristy things so that out-of-town company have something to take home as a souvenir of both the wedding and the city. It will remind them of their fabulous time in your town and link it to the moment in time when you said your vows.

Personalized wedding favors tip: Everyone eats and drinks!

10. Bottle openers

Bottle openers are utilitarian. Unless wine and beer go completely twist off, people will need these. Cheers!

11. Beverage insulators

Great to use at the wedding – and ever after.

12. Shot glasses

Shot glasses are the ultimate souvenir. Your friends who collect them will thank you. Your guests may raise a glass at your reception, but who are you to stop them if they want to continue to celebrate your union? Find your wedding colors and write the couples’ last names and wedding date.

13. Mugs

Everyone uses mugs. While they’re drinking their morning coffee they can remember the special day. Make one with you and your spouse’s names on them. Perhaps you could even feature a picture of you and your future spouse drinking coffee on the side?

14. Candy-filled mugs

Even better!

15. Plant in a cup

Plants represent growth and new life. It’s the perfect metaphor for a wedding. Consider a potted plant, vegetable, or herb. Succulents also make for great desk decorations. Your guests will thank you! <http://www.promoplace.com/trmctaggart/p/TVLDC-GXBNO/bamboo-blossom-kit>

16. Nuts

Take a ceramic cup, fill with mixed nuts, and wrap with cellophane and tie a bow with jute twine. Nuts are always a hit and the mug can be used later for beverages, pencils, or a re-fill of nuts!

Personalized wedding favors tip: Fun and practical win the race for some of the best party favors.

17. Mug cake

Make a cake in ceramic mugs using the microwave. It doubles as a container for cake and then it can be used for your guests’ coffee for years to come! Or, of course, they can always make more cake in the mug too! Make sure the mug you select is microwave safe.

18. Kristin and Company candles

Choose an earthy aroma or a scent correlated with the season you’re celebrating. Customize with a label including the couple, place, and date. Try something exotic like lemongrass sage!

19. Key chains

Label the key chain with the couple’s name and snappy saying. For example, a millennial pink keychain with “Sunny with a chance of rosé” on Martha Stewart’s wedding ideas website is classy and funny at the same time. What can you come up with? Also consider key chains with flashlights or that double as bottle openers. Then they’re personalized and serve two functions! Extra points!

Personalized wedding favors tip: A little thought goes a long way.

20. Regional souvenirs

Everyone wants to bring a souvenir home. Why not make it extra special? Make it specific to the city of the ceremony.

Add Your Own Touch

Seemingly mundane or generic items can be made elegant and special if you add an extra touch. For example, add a fern leaf and ‘thank you’ tag to an item to make it distinct.

How to make your wedding memorable for you and your guests

Personalized wedding favors allow guests to bring the fun home and serve as everyday reminders of cherished memories.

In sum, great wedding party favors:

1. Make it personal

2. Make it utilitarian

3. Get extra points if it’s useful at the wedding and at home!

We’re Here to Help

Need assistance selecting wedding favors that your guests will cherish? We’re here to guide you every step of the way. From design through production, we’ve got your personalized wedding favors covered. We know how important the big day is and our friendly, professional staff is here to make your day that much more special!

Contact Us

T.R. McTaggart has years of expertise in providing high-quality and affordable party favors, including personalized wedding favors. We’ll help make sure your wedding’s party favors are party favors your guests are sure to love! Contact Us today to order your wedding favors.