"Wastin' away again in Margaritaville" ... actually, it's more like vodka-tonicville. That's right, folks. I am on vacation, but would that stop me from sending you some suggestions straight from my beach chair in Ocean City, MD? Of course not! Wish you were here! These ideas are inspired by things I am doing on vacay. Enjoy and send your feedback directly to: firstname.lastname@example.org. It may be published in a future issue of Advantages magazine.
– Kathy Huston, editor
Hit the Beach (beach kit) The Pitch: Just what any beach bum needs, item BDDBB is a deluxe beach gift set from Ball Pro Inc. (asi/38120). A cinch-top sling tote holds a velour beach towel, a 16" inflatable beach ball, a 1-oz. SPF 25 sunscreen tube and lip ice. Now, don't think of this as only a summer idea. This would be a great travel agency, tourist board or resort giveaway any time of the year. Also, think about pool supply stores, pool installers and yacht clubs ("yacht clubs"... who am I, Lovey Howell?). Pricing starts at: 72; $53.89 (R). Check it out at: www.promoxml.com. The Bottom Line: Fun and sun.
The Eyes Have It (sunglasses) The Pitch: You can't look cool by the pool without an awesome pair of shades (plus, they help when you're people-watching and don't want anyone to see you staring). Coast Fulfillment Corp. (asi/45523) has a fabulous pair that would be perfect for an incentive program or company store. Item EV0244-H is a pair of Nike Haul sunglasses with an interchangeable lens system. You can quickly adjust the lens tint to match any condition. They feature scratch- and impact-resistant polycarbonate lenses and offer 100% UVA and UVB protection. They are $100 (T) per pair. Click here for more info: www.coastfulfillment.com. The Bottom Line: Play it cool.
Point and Click (underwater camera) The Pitch: Of course I am taking lots of photos this week; well, as many as my 15-year-old son Andrew and his best bud Joey will let me take (you know how teenage boys are: "Mom, no more!"). The Premium Connection (asi/79370) has a relatively inexpensive, underwater, 35mm camera for 50 at $10.56 (P). See item 050-CAMUW here: www.premiumasi.com. The Bottom Line: In the deep, blue sea.
Start the Day (Bloody Mary mix) The Pitch: Well, Steve-O and I have been starting our days with spicy Bloody Marys (it's five o'clock somewhere, and the celery stalk makes it healthy, right?). Captain Foods Inc. (asi/43805) has a nice bottle of Bloody Mary mix, just add vodka. Item #BMM-24 starts at: 601; $5.25 (R) and this would be a unique giveaway for restaurants that offer brunch, B&Bs, and any number of businesses that want to spice up sales. Click here for more info: http://43805.asisupplier.com. The Bottom Line: Hot stuff.
Summer Breeze The Pitch: In my opinion, there is nothing more relaxing than the scents of summer and I can experience them all year long with gel candles from Tekweld (asi/90807). Item TC102 is a 2-oz. candle in a round tin and it burns for 8-12 hours. It would be perfect for traveling too and it comes in a variety of scents, including Pina Colada, Tropical Fruit and Summer Breeze. Pricing starts at: 150; $2.25 (R). Go here: www.tekweld.com. The Bottom Line: Makes me feel fine.
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