Our Top 10 Best-Selling Promotional Products of 2021

With 2022 just around the corner, there's no better time to shine a light on our very best promotional products of 2021.

Will we have a new winner this year, or will the Double Layer Reusable Face Mask hold the crown for another year? Read on to discover the merchandise items that UK businesses have chosen time and time again throughout 2021.


What Have UK Businesses Experienced in 2021?

Well, much like 2020, this year has been unpredictable, to say the least... Brits started the year in another lockdown, but it wasn't all doom and gloom as in July almost all COVID-restrictions were lifted. Now as we head into the festive period, the world is faced with another variant of the coronavirus.

Employees have had to make the transition to remote working, then back to the office, and from this week people have been advised to work from home again. We've had the furlough scheme to help keep employment rates up whilst financially helping organisations. Safe to say, businesses have been through a lot this year; and that's without mentioning Brexit!

With that in mind, businesses have had to learn how to adapt quickly and efficiently in such rapidly changing times. And promotional needs is no exception. While superhero merchandise (such as tote bags and pens) have been a popular choice, especially as events started to gain momentum, other products for advertising a brand have been important throughout the year. For example, social distancing and health and safety items - face masks and signage, for instance - were popular with UK organisations, especially when the retail and hospitality industries could open their doors to customers again.

So, let's dive into Total Merchandise's top 10 selling products of 2021.

10. Express Drawstring Bags

Last but by no means least is our Express Drawstring Bag. These branded bags have once again made our list of top 10 best-selling items and for good reason; available in a range of colours and with prices starting from as little as 71p per unit, we're not surprised they're so popular with UK businesses.

These promotional budget-friendly drawstring bags are a no-fuss way to spread awareness for your brand and are available with 48-hour dispatch!

9. A5 Budget Soft Touch Notebooks

A staple for almost everyone! Whether the recipient is a student, teacher, office worker, scientist, or anything in between, the A5 Budget Soft Touch Notebook is a must-have. Highly useful coupled with their budget-friendly prices (starting from just £1.47 per unit), it's no wonder they've made an appearance in our top 10.

With a rainbow of colour choices and multiple print options including spot colour, full colour, debossing and foil blocking, these bestsellers offer maximum brand awareness.

8. A5 Soft Touch PU Notebooks

With notebooks being in both ninth and eighth place, it's clear to see that these were a popular choice of merchandise with UK businesses in 2021. Similar to our A5 Budget Soft Touch Notebooks, our A5 Soft Touch PU Notebooks can be customised via a range of different branding techniques and with over 20 colour choices, there's a colour to suit any corporate scheme.

Each custom printed notebook features an elasticated closure, pen loop (which gives you the opportunity to add an accompanying branded pen, too) and bookmark.

7. Double Layer Reusable Face Masks

Previously the number one bestseller of 2020, our Double Layer Reusable Face Masks have still made our top 10 list for 2021. Our Double Layer Reusable Face Mask features two layers of fabric and two elasticated ear loops to accommodate various age groups and can be washed and reused time and time again meaning repeated exposure for your logo.

With up to 37% off, stock up on your branded face masks today!

6. Adjustable 3 Layer Face Masks

Edging just in front of our Double Layer Reusable Face Masks is our Adjustable 3 Layer Face Masks; featuring adjustable toggles on each ear strap to ensure a comfortable custom size fit and a pocket for an optional filter.

Available in a range of stylish colours and printed with your design (plus the option of printing individual names!), they're brilliant for use in the workplace and in public areas.

5. Contour Extra Ballpens

A new entry to the top 10 bestsellers for 2021 is the Contour Extra Ballpen and for good reason; with low prices and high impact combined to produce a quality printed pen that offers unbeatable awareness for your business!

Take your pick from ten different colours to find the shade that best matches your branding or campaign identity. 

4. Cambridge Promotional Mugs

Sitting firmly in fourth place for another year is the Cambridge Promotional Mug, a classic merchandise option. After all, who doesn't need a mug? Whether the end-user likes hot drinks or not, they can still sit centre-stage on their desk as a handy pen pot.

Ready to order today? Buy 108 Cambridge Promotional Mugs (printed in one colour, to one position) for just £300!

3. Coloured Cotton Tote Bags

It's no surprise that these branded bags have been so popular with UK businesses this year, they're a proven powerful marketing tool! Reusability partnered with practicality means they offer long-lasting awareness for your brand.

An eco-friendly alternative to plastic carrier bags, these printed coloured tote bags are made from strong 5oz* cotton and can be printed with your logo or design on one or both sides!

2. Curvy Ballpens

In second place for the second year running is the Curvy Ballpens. And after all, who doesn't need a pen? These Curvy Ballpens are a fantastic means of placing your brand straight into your customers' hands - literally!

Brilliantly functional and with guaranteed usability, our ballpens are suitable for even the smallest of marketing budgets and are a great way to get the ‘write message’ for your brand directly in front of customers and clients.

1. Printed Cotton Tote Bags

We're sure you guessed it... Our number one best-selling promotional product of 2021 is the Printed Cotton Tote Bag! We truly believe our printed cotton tote bags are the very best in the country for helping to promote your business in style. With a variety of bag printing options available, you can easily design our high-quality custom tote bags to match your specific needs.

There we have it, our most popular products of 2021. If you're looking for the best printed products for 2022, why not invest in the best-selling tried and tested merchandise? Need help finding a specific item? Simply contact a member of our friendly and experienced Sales team on 01376 509092 or email info@totalmerchandise.co.uk today. 

Written by

Alexandra Horridge | Digital Marketing Executive

With five years of experience across both agency and client-side digital marketing, Ally brings a wide range of expertise to the TM team. Ally possesses the technical and creative abilities to create engaging promotional merchandise content and paid media campaigns. A keen photographer, Ally also takes many of the shots you'll see in our articles and social posts. Outside of work, she assists at a local smallholding and has developed a love for all animals, including her African Grey Parrot - Maxwell.

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