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Conference T-Shirt Alternatives

conference t-shirt alternatives

Tired of the same old conference t-shirts? Looking for the best conference swag and promotional products your attendees will love?

If you've ever organized a conference, you know much time goes into planning and running a successful event. You literally have thousands of details to figure out, and let's be honest, choosing an awesome conference giveaway falls very low on your priority list.

With little time to spend brainstorming alternatives, t-shirts have sort of become the defacto giveaway for many conferences. If you attend one conference a year, t-shirts can be nice, but what if you attend a couple of conferences over a few years? Eventually, you and everyone else in that boat ends up with a drawer stuffed full of t-shirts.

I have 10 alternatives to conference t-shirts that I think your attendees will love!

Morpheus meme - What if I told you attendees don't want another conference t-shirt

Not convinced? Need ammo to persuade a committee? Here are a few reasons to consider ditching the conference t-shirt.

  • Potentially cheaper. Who doesn't want to save money? If you're tight on funds, some of these promotional items can actually cost less than t-shirts, making you the hero at budget time.
  • Useful. Unless your attendees are going weeks without washing clothes, they don't need dozens of t-shirts. Many of these alternatives are actually useful and might be something they don't already own.
  • Memorable/unique. If you want to be remembered in a positive way post-event, choosing something unique or different is a good way to stand out from your competition.
  • Portable. If you've ever transported large quantities of t-shirts, you know they're heavy and bulky and can require special vehicles to deliver. Many of these alternatives are smaller, lighter, and generally easier to move around and distribute.
  • One size fits most. Another pain with conference t-shirts is sizes and genders. Unless you're asking attendees during registration, then ordering the perfect quantities, then distributing the exact size to each person, you're stuck with guessing. Guessing leads to over-ordering and buying too many of one size and not enough of another and you're stuck with a pile of extras in sizes nobody wants. If you've been down this road, you know the pain, and that's why I love one-size-fits-most promotions.

1

Full Color Dress Socks

Dress socks are a fun and memorable alternative to t-shirts. These colorful dress socks are one of my most popular options and start around $7 per pair.

2

Round Drink Coasters

Starting in the $2 range, these ceramic coasters are cork backed and can be customized with your conference logo and messaging.

3

Telescoping Umbrella

Having a small telescoping umbrella is so useful for travelers and this 42" Arc umbrella is the perfect promotion for attendees on the go. 

4

14 oz. Ceramic Mug

A great ceramic mug is a promotion that will last for years and for under $4, this is an excellent and affordable alternative to conference t-shirts. 

5

Spiral Notebooks

Made from 100% recycled materials, this eco-friendly notebook is a favorite. It features a black spiral, 144 pages, and comes in 9 popular colors.

6

PopSockets Grip

Extremely popular and useful, PopSockets are one of the hottest promotional items of the past few years and start around $5 a piece.

7

25 oz. Water Bottles

Another favorite with attendees on the go, these metallic colored travel bottles come in 7 great colors and are stylish, useful, and affordable. 

8

Ultra-thin Webcam Cover

Starting under $1 each, branded webcam covers are a fantastic bargain and a highly sought after giveaway. You can even customize the insert card!

9

Tote Bags

Made to reduce our reliance on single-use plastic bags, these reusable tote bags are a great, cheap, eco-friendly conference giveaway. 

9

Reusable Straws

One of the hottest trends around, reusable straws are another affordable option. These silicone straws come with a matching travel case. 

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