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Jake Wang
Jake Wang
Jr Marketing Manager

Last updated: February 22, 2021

Welcome to the Swag Vault!

Did you hear that?

That was the sound of you unlocking the SwagUp vault of our favorite top swag picks 🔓  If high quality swag isn’t enough… if you are the kind of person that doesn’t just want the cream of the crop but also the latest, coolest, and trendiest swag ideas…

You’ve come to the right place. It’s no easy feat for a swag item to earn a spot in the Vault. Curated by our Swag Experts, this is a collection where high quality is just the table stakes. 

To be considered for the Vault, a swag item must have:

  • Quality. We’re talking about maximizing the value per dollar spent in every budget. We’re talking swag items your employees, clients, and community members will be proud to wear (and humble brag) about. We’re talking unique custom swag that doesn’t break after a single use and will never be tossed in the trash for spring cleaning.
  • Novelty. There’s a special something to every piece of swag that makes its way into the vault. Whether that’s in the artisanal, handcrafted sense or in the premium and luxury sense, it’s an undeniable and eye catching part of the swag that makes it worthy of the vault. Getting specific — especially in consideration of your company values — is the key to a great swag experience.
  • Functionality. No matter how cool a swag item is, it’s not worth much if it can’t be used for anything. Context matters. Every swag item in the vault has a variety of use cases you can use as inspiration for your next swag project. Whether that’s onboarding clients, hosting a virtual event, or building community with your brand, these are the swag picks to help you do it.

Let’s get started 😎


🌟  TOP SWAG PICK

Rains Classic Backpack

WHAT WE LIKE ABOUT IT:

In preparation for the rainy season ahead of us (which, for some of us, is actually year-round), we’re big fans of the Rains Classic Backpack. Rains is a minimalistic and modern brand that specializes in contemporary rainwear. 

Their waterproof designs are distinctly influenced by the brand’s Scandinavian heritage, and much like SwagUp, embraces “an uncompromising approach to simplicity that is as equally rooted in functionality as it is in relevance.”

In short, you’ve never shouldered a water-resistant backpack like this. With a matte finish, this modern day pack is available in a beautiful selection of natural colors, from more muted colors like olive and taupe to a bright and energetic yellow sure to stand out on a rainy day – perfect for the teams that seem to bring the sun with them wherever they go. 

Featuring a boxy silhouette with a slim profile that sits flush to your back, this backpack is fully lined and includes an inside 13” laptop pocket in addition to the spacious main compartment. 

But our favorite part might just be the hidden phone pocket on the backside, making your phone or wallet within easy reach throughout your commute in the city.

The finishing touch? Magnetic closings, a stylish carabiner clasp, and adjustable straps.

If your team wishes to be invincible in any weather (and to avoid losing their work from water accidents), this is the backpack upgrade you’re looking for. (Looking for something a little bigger? Don’t miss the Rains Rolltop Rucksack.)

BEST SWAG FOR: Weatherproof Swag, Team Culture, WFA Swag, Remote Teams, Lifestyle Swag, Giveaways, Swag Shop Pick, High Quality Swag, Premium Swag, Backpacks, Onboarding Swag




🌟  TOP SWAG PICK

Bamboo Glass Bottle

WHAT WE LIKE ABOUT IT:

Here’s the secret to the awesomeness of glass water bottles — the glass doesn’t retain flavors at all. That means you can pour in coffee, wine, infused fruit water, and even your favorite pre-workout mix into this thing, and still enjoy the nice crisp taste of water as it was meant to be tasted. Glass isn’t just the secret to a pure drinking experience. It’s also a 100% recyclable material. In other words, for teams and organizations looking to be conscious about the swag they pick, nothing is better than a water bottle like this.

Its nature-inspired lid is made from bamboo, while the silicone sleeve provides modern tactile comfort and grip to this simple and stylish piece of swag drinkware. We can’t forget to mention either that its built-in, adjustable stainless steel carry loop makes it easy to carry this thing wherever you go. 

And finally, this one’s for the multi-taskers: a nice wide-mouth opening means you can grab a quick gulp of your favorite drink without worrying about accidentally spilling said drink all over yourself. Trust us on this one – an unplanned recreation of the Ice Bucket Challenge really breaks the flow of concentration.

Welcoming a new hire? Throwing a virtual event? Choose the Bamboo Glass Bottle for a great swag pick that everyone can appreciate.

BEST SWAG FOR: Drinkware Swag, Eco-Friendly Swag, Company Culture, Onboarding Swag Pack, Welcome Gift, Client Appreciation, Swag Shop Pick, Community Swag, Summer Swag




🌟  TOP SWAG PICK

Harney & Sons SoHo Black Tea Blend

WHAT WE LIKE ABOUT IT:

Hit pause on your workday and escape to the atmospheric hustle and bustle of the streets of SoHo in southern Manhattan. Think dark pink walls and simple, elegant woodwork. This tea blend from Harney & Sons is all about bringing that experience to wherever you are. And it’s got quite a history behind it too — Emeric Harney created this unique black tea blend to celebrate the Harney & Sons SoHo flagship store’s grand opening at 433 Broome Street. Today, the blend is considered a landmark favorite with its artful blend of chocolate, coconut, vanilla, and amaranth petals. 

Features a medium body with tropical and sweet flavors, like eating coconut candy. Brewable in 4-5 minutes, perfect for a rejuvenating afternoon break between meetings or to shift gears between execution and planning.

A great edible swag gift for teams that pay attention to how energy impacts performance, coffee and tea lovers (because sometimes you need something a little softer than another cup of coffee), and companies/organizations that embed thoughtfulness into their culture.

BEST SWAG FOR: Food & Drink Swag, High Quality Tea Blends, Health & Wellness, Team Appreciation, Employee Care Packages, Community Giveaways, Swag Shop Picks, Employee Appreciation, Virtual Event Swag




🌟  TOP SWAG PICK

Eco-Friendly Wooden Barrel Speaker

WHAT WE LIKE ABOUT IT: 

This little beech wood eco friendly speaker is one of the most stylish modern designs we’ve seen! With a  modern nature-inspired look, the speaker includes thoughtful touches like a leather strap for easy carrying and a night-light function.

Built with a 5W sound system for a pleasant listening experience in a small package. Plus, you can laser engrave your team or company logo on the side for an instantly awesome piece of swag.

In short, a simple and straightforward swag pick for the modern workplace.

BEST SWAG FOR: Travelers, Remote Offices, Creatives, High Energy Teams, Virtual Events, Swag Giveaways, New Hire Swag, Customer Appreciation




🌟  TOP SWAG PICK

Classic Unisex Bomber

WHAT WE LIKE ABOUT IT:

A bomber jacket is classic cool at its finest. With a history rooted in military flight, the bomber was engineered for the practical purpose of warmth while possessing the toughness to survive rough conditions. In other words, a fitting piece of swag apparel for startups and teams at the forefront of innovation.

The sleek cut of this classic unisex bomber features a flattering silhouette and retail fit that just effortlessly works. The traditional rib-knit banding at the collar, cuffs, and hem is what identifies this bomber as a classic style icon. Details like a utility pocket on the sleeve, a premium YKK zipper, and medium fill for comfortable year-round wear rounds this versatile bomber as a high quality swag pick.

And with 70 gsm insulation in the body and sleeves, no need to worry about staying warm.  

Ideal for the hustlers, style icons, and modern teams out there doing good work to live the good life.

BEST SWAG FOR: Company Culture, Casual Swag, Employee Appreciation, Team Spirit, Community Swag, Uniform Swag, Award Swag, Brand Awareness, Unique Swag, Apparel




🌟  TOP SWAG PICK

Barrow Spork

WHAT WE LIKE ABOUT IT:

We’ve never seen a spork like this. This laser-engraved swag tool is perfect for your next great outdoors adventures – whether that’s in your backyard, or up on the mountain trails. Made handsomely in matte black steel, the Barrow Spork features a slim design and is equipped with 7 useful functions, including a wrench, screwdriver, serrated edge, bottle opener and carabiner. 

Its thin profile and small footprint allows it to easily travel with you. Just clip it to your jacket or tuck it away in your weekend duffel.

Ideal for teams that love doing it all – and want swag that works the same way.

BEST SWAG FOR: Team Culture, Community Swag Kits, Unique Swag, Outdoors, Hobbies, Lifestyle Swag, Custom Branded Swag, Swag Giveaways, Travel Swag




🌟  TOP SWAG PICK

Classic Cocktail Set

WHAT WE LIKE ABOUT IT:

Every home bar deserves a set of ready-to-go cocktail syrups. This simple gift set includes four 4oz bottles featuring foundational flavors like Vanilla Ginger, Cherry Almond, Grapefruit Basil, and Maple Cinnamon. 

We like the Vanilla Ginger for its versatility. Try pairing with bourbon or vodka, or skip the spirit and try it with lemonade, iced tea, or even cranberry juice. For the teams that like something bolder, we recommend the Cherry Almond, which works well with bourbon, whiskey, vodka, and rum. Of course, the Maple Cinnamon syrup is, appropriately, the perfect complement to a holiday cocktail. And finally, don’t overlook the Grapefruit Basil – this light and refreshing flavor offers a tartness that works wonderfully in a mimosa (or with gin, vodka, and tequila).

Get this fun food swag gift for teams that enjoy mixing their own drinks, whether they’ve been doing it for ages, or just recently picked it up over quarantine. Best of all, this gift is perfect year-round. (Bonus points if you send them this before your next virtual company happy hour!)

BEST SWAG FOR: Food & Drink Swag, Employee Care Package, Company Culture, Virtual Happy Hour, Lifestyle, Employee Appreciation, New Years Celebration




🌟  TOP SWAG PICK

Slow North Neck Wrap

WHAT WE LIKE ABOUT IT:

Melt away the tension in achy muscles with this cloud-inspired neck wrap! We’re big fans of this beautifully designed supplement to promoting health and wellness at home. Works both as a warm or cold pack.

Ideal for work from home and remote teams spending long hours at the desk.

BEST SWAG FOR: WFH Swag, Remote Teams, Employee Care Package, Health & Wellness, Employee Culture, Self Care Swag




🌟  TOP SWAG PICK

DJI Mavic Mini Fly More Combo

WHAT WE LIKE ABOUT IT:

Looking for a new perspective?

Take to the skies with the DJI Mavic Mini, a lightweight and beginner-friendly drone that weighs about as much as the average smartphone.

Produced by well-known drone company DJI, the Mavic Mini is not only portable and easy to use, but also accompanied by the DJI Fly app (and Flight Tutorial!) for a high quality user experience.

In other words, this drone is a shortcut to elevating the ordinary. 

Capture 12MP aerial photos and 2.7K HD videos. Plus, the Fly More Combo pack comes with two extra batteries, boosting total flight time to an impressive 90 minutes.

We love this swag pick for the teams that have a penchant for getting creative and thinking outside the box.

BEST SWAG FOR: Creatives, Techies, Company Events, Celebrations, Speciality Swag, Novelty Swag, Premium Swag, Team Culture, Marketing, Leadership Thank You Gift, Hobby Swag, Unique Custom Branded Swag, Photography




🌟  TOP SWAG PICK

The Cupanion Sustainable Bottle

WHAT WE LIKE ABOUT IT:

The Cupanion Sustainable Bottle is a reusable, unbreakable water bottle that lets you track your collective impact with every refill. But don’t let its simple, clean, and minimalistic design fool you — the Cupanion Sustainable Bottle packs everything essential for a water bottle that just plain works. No spills or leaks. No random cracks or chips. And best of all, it’s a water bottle that helps your community be environmentally friendly – and track your collective impact at the same time. 

Every bottle comes with a unique scannable barcode so you can see your entire organization’s contributions through choosing to refill. 

There’s a lot to love about the bottles themselves too. Think dishwasher safe, able to hold carbonation, and the look of glass but without the fragility thanks to its unbreakable Tritan material. 

Pro tip: The flat sides of the Cupanion Bottle make stacking in the fridge easy, whether you’re storing your favorite holiday drink or simply crisp and refreshing cold water!

When it comes to custom branding, this water bottle is a versatile powerhouse. Take advantage of Pantone matching, 360 degree print capabilities, and 20+ lid colors to customize to your brand. Choose this top swag pick for a solid addition to your next sustainable swag pack!

BEST SWAG FOR: Environmentally Friendly Swag, Sustainable Swag, Drinkware, Onboarding Gifts, New Hire Packs, Company Culture, Company Branding/Promotion, Social Media Swag, Social Values, Community Impact, Team Initiatives, Employee Culture

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🌟  TOP SWAG PICK

Hillflint Chenille Sweater

WHAT WE LIKE ABOUT IT:

Inspired by its collegiate roots, the Hillflint Chenille Sweater is the Ultimate All-American sports sweater — now upgraded with a modern spin. Enjoy detailed logo artwork stitched directly on to the sweater for a more flexible, comfortable, and natural-feeling garment, in addition to the classic raglan sleeve, ribbed collar, and v-notch style for that modern varsity look and feel.

In short, we don’t just love Hillflint sweaters for their serious style. These old school sweatshirts are also incredibly soft and luxurious to the touch. The end result: a timeless garment to celebrate old memories and welcome many more to come.

Ideal for companies looking to build team spirit and company culture with swag!

BEST SWAG FOR: Seasonal Apparel, VIP Swag Gift, Employee Culture, Client Appreciation, Team Spirit, Company Culture, Award Swag, Brand Ambassador Program




🌟  TOP SWAG PICK

Moleskine Smart Writing Set

WHAT WE LIKE ABOUT IT:

The best of both worlds, the Moleskine Smart Writing Set seamlessly bridges old-school analog charm with modern digital note organization and transcription. 

This next-gen smart notebook and pen allows you to write on real paper (none of that plastic ‘page’ stuff) while instantly digitizing your best ideas in real-time. You’ll not only be able to see your notes evolve off the page into the Moleskine Notes App, but also edit, transcribe, organize, and share on any device. 

With the Smart Writing Set, you will forever have an instant and workable digital copy of everything you write. 

In other words, the absolute best swag appreciation you can get for the people always at the top of their game.

INCLUDES: Pen+ Ellipse rechargeable smart pen, USB cable, 1 pen tip ink refill, Dotted Notebook Paper

BEST SWAG FOR: Techies, Executives, Multitaskers, Modern Teams, Productivity, Digital Systems, Organization, Office Swag, Giveaway Swag, Award Swag, Virtual Events, Premium Swag Pack, Project Managers, Upgraded Notetaking




🌟  TOP SWAG PICK

Arc’teryx Outdoor Clothing & Technical Apparel

WHAT WE LIKE ABOUT IT:

Overcome the elements, go beyond your comfort zone. Arc’teryx is a North Vancouver based company that produces high quality technical performance apparel and outerwear, making for some of the best premium swag apparel gifts we’ve seen. 

Here’s just a few swag ideas to add to the list this holiday season: the extremely versatile Squamish Hoody, the sleek Covert ½ Zip, and the lightweight Atom Vest. 

Not only are these great picks for helping your team stay warm throughout the year, but they also feature clean and casual lines and performance without the bulk. This is style that doesn’t compromise form for functionality.

The Squamish Hoody pays tribute to Squamish, BC, a beautiful place where the mountains meet the coast. Befitting the adventurers that visit this getaway, the Squamish Hoody offers a high performance, minimalist design built with advanced wind-resistant fabric.

The Covert ½ Zip is ideal for the hustler on the weekday and the weekend — with modern sweater styling, this apparel blurs the line between gear for the outdoors and daily life. Its breathable material makes this layer a comfortable piece of everyday wear. 

The Atom LT Vest can be worn as a midlayer or solo. Thanks to its lightweight material, this vest is reliable year-round and in all kinds of weather as the vest dries quickly while keeping heat in. Bonus: It’s packable. Just fold the vest into its own packet for easy travel.

Pro tip: Arc’teryx is swag apparel for teams that love to play just as hard as they work 😉

BEST SWAG FOR: Fall & Winter Seasonal Swag, Premium Apparel, Outdoor Swag, Remote Teams, VIP Client Appreciation, Office Team Gifts




🌟  TOP SWAG PICK

feat Tie-Dye Blanket Hoodie

WHAT WE LIKE ABOUT IT:

Think you have a favorite hoodie? Think again. These slim-fit tie-dye blanket hoodies from feat aren’t only incredibly stylish (just look at that tie-dye!), they’re also super soft. Like, butter soft. In fact, feat’s aptly named ButterWash process helps this hoodie achieve the pinnacle of softness while their propriety custom developed BlanketBlend fabric promises the performance of polyester with the comfort of cotton.

The end result: a durable hoodie built to be both comfortable and suitable for every occasion. Plus, enjoy thoughtful finishing touches like signature metal tip laces, a double lined hood, and a hidden accessories kangaroo pocket.

The perfect hoodie for community building and employee swag!

BEST SWAG FOR: Trending Swag, Hoodie Swag, WFH Gifts, Seasonal Apparel, Employee Onboarding, Client Appreciation, Care Package, Custom Swag Apparel, Brand Ambassador




🌟  TOP SWAG PICK

Fitbit Inspire 2 Activity Tracker

WHAT WE LIKE ABOUT IT:

Willpower? Overrated. Instead, let’s make healthy a habit. We love the Fitbit Inspire 2 activity tracker as a smart and convenient way for anyone at any fitness level to achieve their health goals one step at a time.

Aside from looking slick and professional on the wrist, this tracker also comes packed with features including 24/7 heart rate, calorie, activity and sleep tracking, a long battery life (up to 10 days), and more. You can also easily stay connected with your schedule thanks to call/text and smartphone app notifications. Support friends and family, compete in challenges, earn badges, and celebrate milestones — it’s all possible with the Fitbit Inspire 2. 

An especially great swag pick for techies and remote teams. As they say, healthy body, healthy mind.

BEST SWAG FOR: Giveaway Swag, Health and Wellness, Techies, Premium Swag Pack, Fitness, Client Appreciation, Award Swag, Virtual Events, Gifting, Milestone Swag 




🌟  TOP SWAG PICK

Treehouse Originals Hot Chocolate

WHAT WE LIKE ABOUT IT:

As temperatures start to dip, we’re getting out our biggest wide-brim mugs and filling up on all the hot chocolate we can get. A favorite of ours this season: Treehouse Originals Hot Chocolate. 

If you want a decadent fruity and fudge-like hot chocolate, that’s what Treehouse does here with their small batch hot chocolate, produced using a traditional European technique. These premium 72% cacao hot chocolate pouches also feature organic beans and are sustainably sourced from a Oro Verde farmer owned cooperative in Northern Peru. Plus, no preservatives or refined sugars — Treehouse focuses on ethically sourcing wholesome ingredients. In other words, you can be confident in what’s inside your hot chocolate. 

With high quality, smooth-to-the-touch packaging, this simple swag pick makes for a great food swag addition to any pack.

BEST SWAG FOR: Company Culture, Employee Care Packages, Remote Teams, Food Swag, Celebration, Holidays, Seasonal Swag, Health and Wellness




🌟  TOP SWAG PICK

Cozy Sherpa Blanket

WHAT WE LIKE ABOUT IT:

10.6 ounces of everything you deserve in life, in a blanket. This warm yet lightweight cozy sherpa blanket is a joy to snuggle up in (and is especially ideal for cooler days.) So you’ll never be cold watching TV or reading a book again. Fully hemmed with a dimension of 50” x 60”. This swag pick works as both the foundation of a simple and thoughtful care package or a special bonus to a premium swag pack. Good solo, even better with some scented candles, their favorite book, and their after 5 drink of choice. 

Good solo, even better with some scented candles, their favorite book, and their after 5 drink of choice. 

BEST SWAG FOR: WFH Swag, New Hires, Seasonal Swag, Employee Culture, Lifestyle, Employee Appreciation, Holidays, Client Gifts, Comfy Swag, Remote Teams, Onboarding


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