I don't know if any of you have shopped around for promotional giveaway products, but I have, and it's a confusing maze of companies that create and sell them.
I know that when I first made such a purchase last year, I was really nervous. I knew I wanted luggage tags with my name and URL on them, but there were so many options out there and I had no idea which one had decent products because it is impossible to tell from the websites.
I ended up going with www.gimmees.com because they had good prices, an easy-to-use ordering/customizing interface, and let me create exactly what I wanted. So I ordered my luggage tags and I waited, nervous that they would arrive and I would have 250 crappy luggage tags with blurry printing.
But they were awesome! They were thick and sturdy and beautifully created. If you got one last year at BlogHer, you may not have ended up reading Stimeyland, but you might have ended up using the luggage tag because it's so useful.
So this year, I knew that I was going with Gimmees.com. Instead of using their free clip art I uploaded my own art. And color me nervous again, because it seemed like that created a whole slew of things that could go wrong.
Fortunately, Gimmees.com is a great company. They emailed me back (on, like, a Friday night) and told me that my art wasn't vector artwork and that it needed to be and so I could resubmit it as vector artwork (whatever the hell that is) or they could create it for me for $10. Clearly, I had them do it.
As you can tell from the pens at the top, it came out great. I'm assuming that vector artwork means that it's clear, sharp, and doesn't have shades of gray. And not only do the pens look great, they write really well, which I was concerned about. (Who wants eight pounds of pens that stutter across a page?)
If you are ever looking to create some swag, I heartily recommend Gimmees.com. They have a broad selection of products, allow you to create things from their clip art or your own art, and are very fast and responsive to their customers (at least to me).
Honesty Clause: Gimmees.com has no idea who I am. I've paid for everything I've gotten from them. I'm just completely thrilled by them.