The beginning of the school year, and the changing weather, always seem to signal one thing in my house: colds. I'm obviously not the only one, as there are people sniffling and sneezing all around the office today. At one point this morning, Counselor Editor Andy Cohen sneezed so much that Product Editor Joe Haley stopped saying, "Bless you!" and instead told him he was "just showing off." At any rate, now is the perfect time to pitch cold- and flu-related items to your clients.
–Melinda Ligos, editor-in-chief Follow me on Twitter: @ASI_melinda
Keeping It Clean The Pitch: There's a reason why teachers make every child in my daughter's elementary school bring a bottle of hand sanitizer to class on the first week of school. I can only imagine that most of those bottles are used up by the end of September. This ½ ounce Antibacterial Hand Sanitizer with carabiner from Admints & Zagabor (asi/31516) features aloe moisturizer and a citrus scent. It comes in several colors and is priced as low as $1.09 (R) each. The Bottom Line: Great gifts for anyone who spends time in schools and day care centers.
No More Germs The Pitch: Do you ever fret about who uses a pen or marker before you? Worry no more. The USA Guard Shield Anti-Microbial Buddy Pens from All-In-One (asi/34256) are made of antimicrobial plastic, which fights bacteria and other microbes using silver ion technology. They feature a Tungsten Carbide ballpoint, a comfortable grip and Easy-Glide non-toxic black ink and a one-color imprint on the white barrel. Priced as low as 79 cents (R) each. The Bottom Line: Ideal for those in the health-care, hospitality and retail industries.
Tissues in a Cup The Pitch: No one likes to sneeze in the car. It's scary for one thing (I don't know about you, but I involuntarily shut my eyes when I sneeze), plus you don't always have tissues at the ready when you need them. This Tissue Cup from Hit Promotional Products (asi/61125) solves the second problem at least. It contains 20 tissues and fits nicely into a car's cup holder. Pricing as low as $1.99 (R) each. The Bottom Line: Auto enthusiasts (and their noses) will rejoice.
Cap It Off The Pitch:Your mom always told you to wear a hat when it's cold outside. It turns out the link between being cold and catching a cold is questionable. Still, no one would argue that it makes sense to keep warm when you're not feeling so hot. The Knit Beanies Cap from Bel Promo (asi/39552) is a stylish option. It's 100% acrylic and comes in four color options (I like the navy blue). Pricing as low as $3.79 (R). The Bottom Line: This is a natural for fall/winter sports teams and spirit wear.
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