The Origination of Gift Giving and Why it’s Still Important Today

Humans giving one another gifts is one of the oldest if not, the oldest, running traditions that has been passed from culture to culture and down generation to generation for thousands of years. In fact, it goes back as far as man can remember. By nature people are social creatures that enjoy being in each other’s company and convey our feelings through the giving of gifts. When you give someone a gift it can be an expression of love, acknowledging a job well done or a simple thank you that shows gratitude for a friend. To better understand the origination of gift giving and why it’s still important today, we must travel back in time where this unique form of expression began.

“The best things to do with the best things in life is to Give them away.” – Ambrose Bierce

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Where did it begin?

Nobody is certain, but it is suspected that gift giving originated in primitive cavemen culture. Leaders of tribes or clans would recognize upstanding individuals who took part in the success of a great achievement by entrusting them with a gift. Back then this was seen as a status symbol. Natural yet unique objects were given such as rare stones, teeth from a triumphant kill or special wood and bark from a tree. Tools soon came into the picture and allowed for more elaborate gifts to be crafted like necklaces and other wearables.

In the Egyptian era, pharaohs received a majority of the gifts and built immense pyramids to store their riches for the afterlife.

Good luck tokens were used by the Roman’s to show allegiance and presents to carry favors. This later influenced all of Western civilization and “tokens” are still used today.

During the Medieval age gifts were given to the king to gain favors or to show dedication in times of war. Upon formal engagement to be married personal gifts would be given as dowries in the form of coins, precious metals and even herds of cows or sheep.

“We make a living by what we get. We make a life by what we Give.” – Winston Churchill

2018 Gift Collection – Limelight

Why is it still important?

There’s an old saying that goes like this: “it is far better to give than to receive.” Every day gifts are given to partners, family members, co-workers and friends. Gift giving is the universal way to celebrate holidays, milestones, anniversaries, birthdays and more. Why is it so rewarding for both the giver and receiver? Simple. It allows people to connect. It gives us a sense of satisfaction to share in that with someone special.

Substantial amounts of research has been conducted over the years into the feelings of well being that occur when we give gifts. According to Northwestern Medicine  and science, “the act of giving is physically, mentally and emotionally beneficial.” Here’s a few reasons (not that you need one) to give a gift to someone you care about today:

  • Makes you feel happy
  • Gain a sense of purpose and improve your state of mind
  • Create a social connection
  • When you give it makes other want to do the same

You’re invited to explore our complete 2018 Gift Collection which includes over 30 new products and gift ideas for all occasions and any budget. Happy giving!

“The grass is greener where you Give it water.” – Neil Barringham

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Healthy Practices to Keep You Cold & Flu Free

History of the Flu

Have you heard about the Spanish flu pandemic of 1918? According to History.com, it was the deadliest in history, infecting an estimated 500 million people worldwide. At the time, that accumulated for about one-third of the planet’s population. It killed an estimated 20 million to 50 million victims, including 675,000 Americans. The never-before-seen 1918 flu strain was detected first in Europe, United Starts and parts of Asia before making its way around the world. Transport yourself to that time period and try to imagine having no effective drugs, vaccines or treatments for today’s flu let alone, back then.

What is the flu and how do you get it?

WebMD defines it as: Influenza, commonly known as the “flu”, is an extremely contagious respiratory illness caused by influenza A or B viruses (Bad Nasties). The virus is spread through the air when a person coughs, sneezes, talks etc. You can also become infected by touching something with the virus already on it and then making contact with your eyes, nose or mouth. “Flu season” tends to run from late fall into early spring here in the United States.

Man infected with the influenza or flu virus

So if you’re asking yourself (trust us, you aren’t alone), “How do I protect myself and loved ones from germs and Bad Nasties?”, then here’s some healthy practices to keep you cold and flu free this year:

1. Hygiene

  • Wash your hands often using warm water and anti-bacterial soap for 15-20 seconds.
  • Avoid favorite destinations of germs and Bad Nasties like public restrooms, restaurants, airplanes, and hotels just to name a few.
  • Make it a habit to put on hand sanitizer. When used properly it can eliminate up to 99.9% of germs on skin – Get EQP minus 15% on these best selling sanitizers! Hurry offer ends 2/28/2018
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2. Diet

  • Eat fresh vegetables, meats and other unprocessed foods.
  • Cut out sugar. Did you know sugar can stifle your immune system for several hours after you eat it?
  • Support a healthy immune system by taking nutrition supplements.
  • Drink a proper amount of water.

3. Change Your Lifestyle

  • Exercise: choose a physical activity that’s fun and works for you.
  • Eliminate stress through meditation or yoga (this promotes good health).
  • Rest up. Never take for granted a good night’s sleep, 6-8 hours depending on you.
  • Go outside to enjoy fresh air and sunshine.

 

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Chinese New Year

Chinese New Year, commonly referred to as Spring Festival since the 20th century, remains the most important social and economic holiday in China. The holiday was originally tied to the lunar-solar Chinese calendar. Time was spent honoring your household, deities and ancestors. Families also gathered together to enjoy great feasts and connect with one another. After the adoption of the Western calendar in 1912, people of China joined in celebrating January 1 as New Year’s Day. Today China continues to celebrate the traditional Chinese New Year, but as Spring Festival, a shorter version of the original holiday. However, traditions have evolved over time and younger generations of Chinese use it as a chance to take a break from work as opposed to renewing family ties.

 

How does this impact you as a promotional products distributor?

China factories will be shutdown from 2/7-2/25 to celebrate Chinese New Year, causing production and order delays for your business. 

Domestic Manufacturing

Thinking about ordering from an overseas promotional products supplier? Think again.

Save yourself some time and the irritation of not knowing where your order is.

At SnugZ USA we’re open all year long. Let us handle all your needs with your local inventory and products assembled right here in the USA.

Zip-It

Remember to take advantage of Zip-It! Zip-It is SnugZ USA’s next-day service program. If you place your order before 2:00 pm EST, it ships the very next business day at no additional cost. Zip-It is available for our most popular items.

What Products Qualify for Zip-It Service?

Look for the “Z” icon next to the item number in the SnugZ Catalog or on our website to indicate which items are offered on the Zip-It Next-Day service program. Get more details about the program here.

25 Reasons a Lanyard Should be Your Next Promo

Let us help you with all of your lanyard and badge needs. We have been slingin’ lanyards since ’89 and manufacture everything here in the good ol’ USA. Polyester, cotton, nylon, glow in the dark, even cork! Yes, I said cork! Screen printed or sublimated, 1/2″ up 1 1/2″ widths, any imprint color and the most attachment options in the industry. Need them next day? ZIP-IT! Why would you go anywhere else? Here’s 25 more reasons:

1. SnugZ USA has a lanyard to fit every budget.
2. Customization is practically limitless!
3. Increase your brand awareness by being worn around every neck.
4. Perfect for trade shows, offices, events, seminars, hospitals, employees…the list goes on and on.
5. Provides an individual gift at any company event.
6. Dual use lanyards convert to provide useful before and after events.
7. 25 years of lanyard-making experience.
8. Worried about losing your essentials? A lanyard will keep the most important things attached to you.
9. All our lanyards are manufactured here in the good ol’ USA!
10. Keep your logo easily visible to all.
11. Several material types to choose from including polyester, cotton, nylon, glow in the dark, and even cork!
12. Most attachment options in the industry. Period.
13. Countless pairings.
14. Billions of lanyards, a #SnugzillionUses…and counting!
15. Strap on a pair of “LanyardHosen” and it will forever change your yodeling game.
16. Lanyards make great goat food, just ask Mocha.
17. You won’t have to worry about a bear getting your food if you have lanyards on hand
18. Laugh so hard and stay on your dinosaur (they make a great harness).
19. Easily transformed into a ghillie suit so you can avoid daily duties.
20. If you need to grow a beard ASAP your lanyard is there to save the day!
21. Procrastinate a little too long? Not to worry, there is NEXT DAY SHIPPING with ZIP-IT!
22. Never lose your keys again. Unless you lose your lanyard with them…some people you just can’t help (only joking).
23. 33.7% keep a promo item (like lanyards) on their person – a coveted location for advertising.
24. High quantities, quick turnaround, diverse and affordable.
25. Above all, those receiving the lanyard will not only thank you, but remember the experience as well.

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“BILLIONS OF LANYARDS, A SNUGZILLION USES…AND COUNTING!”

SnugZ USA knows a thing or two about lanyards – we’ve been making lanyards right here in the USA for more than 25 years. Visit SnugZUSA.com to see how easy it can be to build the perfect lanyard.

 

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Don’t just live life, Traverse it.

With every order, the Traverse craftsman starts with the raw ingredients. A piece of leather and a brand logo. But instead of working with detailed blueprints, the master is able to craft his work one stitch and cut at a time. Just enough structure to provide a template while still leaving room for improvisation and creativity. The result is not only the longest lasting promotion you’ve ever seen but one which will elicit a visceral response above and beyond the mere function of the leather good itself. A smart brand wants its reputation to be associated with multiple fibers of a quality experience. Traverse has emerged as more than a great promotional product – it’s an emotional charge to the senses.

A few months ago, a distributor customer of ours called seeking a unique promotional item for a client that truly embodied our craftsman mantra we not only made her a beautiful leather purse and notebook which instantly became incorporated into her brand’s daily workflow, but we also made a film to tell the story.

What we found has implications for the entire promotional industry. If you think about it, every brand has a story. And for those whose story is dedication to being the innovators, the disruptors and the leaders in their category – this is what being a craftsman is all about. This is the essence of what it means to TRAVERSE life. By taking the path that leads to the unknown is risky but it’s the only way to truly break new ground. Brands who understand this inherently surround themselves with products that stand for the same thing. Traverse leather goods elicit a response each time they are shared and used. It’s a piece that will be kept and integrated into your life for years to come.

We invite you to explore our new Traverse leather line which includes journals, notebooks, wallets, accessories and more.

Don’t just live life, Traverse it.
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50K Screen Printed Lanyards in 5 Business Days

50,000 Screen Printed Lanyards

Did you know at SnugZ USA we can make up to 50,000 screen printed lanyards in only 5 business days (from proof approval)?

Top reasons to order a SnugZ Lanyard

  • Made in the U.S.A.
  • Best lanyards in the Promotional Products Industry
  • 20+ Attachment Options
  • Endlessly Customizable
  • 5 Day Business Production
  • Zip-It next day shipping available on many lanyards. View the parameters here.

 

Now through April 2017, we’ll waive setup on orders over 1,000 pieces. Use code ‘PCLY217‘.

 

Applies to domestic screen printed lanyards on cotton, polyester, nylon, neoprene, heathered and marled materials only.
Excludes earplug and sewn lanyards (ask about rush production). Valid through April 2017. 
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