Using Swag as Packaging

Product packaging is an often overlooked and missed opportunity in the world of branded merchandise. Think about the last time you placed a swag order - did you consider what it will be packaged in? If your answer is yes, that gives us the warm fuzzies. If your answer is no, grab a coffee, sit back and let's take you on a product packaging journey.

One off branded giveaways like T-Shirts at a tradeshow may not require extensive packaging but when you are thinking of doing kits, VIP gifts or want to create an exceptional experience around your branded giveaway, thinking about product packaging is essential.

The most obvious purpose of product packaging is to protect the product from damage, but it can also be used as a vehicle for marketing and a tool to convey your brand's messaging. Carefully crafted and well designed product packaging can make for a great user experience and will encourage the recipient to use the product more often - prolonging the shelf life of the product and in turn your brand.

Plus investing in reusable packaging is good for the environment! Here are 8 instances of swag being used to package swag - swag Inception!

Mason Jars

Socks in Mason Jar

Socks in Mason Jar

Mason jars are extremely popular, reusable and make for really awesome product packaging!Last year we sent out mittens to our clients as holiday gifts in RIGHTSLEEVE branded jars. Not only did they get to keep their hands warm, they also received a reusable mason jar to enjoy a beverage in! Double win!

Drawstring Knapsack

Drawstring

Drawstring

The classic knapsack is another great option for packaging your branded items in. It has a fair amount of room for your products and you can get really creative with design!The one pictured above was a custom order we did for Shopify and was handed out to attendees at their 2016 Summit in San Fancisco.

Backpacks

Bag

Bag

The good old backpack can easily store up to 3 or 4 products and is a top option for us when it comes to welcome kits or VIP Gifts.You can also customize it to your heart's content - material, colour, design, zippers, patches!

Shoulder Bag

MARKET swag

MARKET swag

Similar to backpacks, these have a lot of storage room and with good design prove to be very useful. The one shown in the picture was given out as panelist and presenter gift at our inaugural MARKET. There was no overt branding on them and the RIGHTSLEEVE logo was printed on the inside of the bag.

Duffel Bag 

Duffel Bags - great for packaging and also great for travel, gym, yoga and just about anything.

Lunch Tins

Google Canada

Google Canada

If you are a regular reader of our blog - for which we thank you! - you must have seen these lunch tins a few times. They were featured in our May Staff Picks with Shruti Sharma and also in a summer themed swag blog post.The whole lid is capable of holding a full colour design and the tin itself comes in silver, white or black. They have been a huge success with every audience we have made them for.

Laptop Sleeves

CBC sleeves

CBC sleeves

Somewhat unconventional but these sleeves can be used to hold a T Shirt, notebook or pens and make for a great giveaway item themselves.The ones pictured above were made for CBC.

The Humble Tote Bag 

Tote Bag

Tote Bag

The good old tote is probably one of the most used packaging ideas and for good reason. Reusable and highly functional, the tote provides a blank canvas for your brand's messaging. It is a win win for both the brand and the recipient.

So there you have it! Keep in mind that design changes everything. While multiple brands may consider using a similar packaging option, the design and what you choose to include inside adds a unique touch to your branded giveaway.