The Finer Things is a Promotional Products and Corporate Gifts distributor in the Houston, TX area. We have thousands of products to choose from for any corporate event such as trade shows, holiday parties, company picnics, awards, rewards, company store programs, safety programs and employee incentives. We have products that can be embroidered, engraved, screen printed, debossed, embossed or silk screened, if there is a way to get your logo on a product, we have it!

Everyone has received an imprinted product at some point, usually it's a pen, a key chain, stress ball or perhaps a t-shirt. Those are some of the industry's biggest sellers even today, but there is so much more out there. We strive to find you that unique product that will let your company stand out at the next event. Something that people would want to keep and use over and over again.

Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Tips on Ordering Promotional Products

To make sure that you have a smooth ordering experience when purchasing promotional products for your company's event, it is important to keep the following points in mind.
  • Most items quoted include a one color, one location imprint. There is almost always a run charge per item and or per location when a second color or imprint location is desired.

  • The majority of items have a setup charge for imprinting. Note: When a second color or location is requested, there is almost always a second setup charge.

  • Keep in mind that what looks good on paper, might not always look good embroidered. While your computer has unlimited color options, embroiderers only have selected thread colors, and will match your printed color as closely as possible.

  • It is very important to submit your art in the correct format. Printers only accept Vector files such as .eps, .ai (Illustrator) and .tiff files. Printers can not embroider, silkscreen, etch, or laser engrave with .jpg, .gif or .bmp files, so make sure that you get the correct format to avoid any additional art charges.

  • Often times a vendor will have an in-house or contract artist available that can redraw your art for a fee. Do note that this will delay your order, so allow plenty of time to meet your in hands date.

  • At times printers might recommend changes to art when there are objects that are too close together, or colored in, due to chances that colors might blend and ruin the details of your art.

  • PMS (Pantone Matching System) is an established standard of colors used by printers and publishers. Printers can match your company colors based on this system, or use whichever color is closest to the art provided. Printers may charge a fee to match specific PMS colors.

  • Occasionally there might be an overage or shortage on your order. Vendors in the promotional products industry reserve the right to a 5% overage or underage on all orders. More often than not, this only applies to the less expensive items sold.

  • The average production time for most products in the industry is 2 weeks after vendor proof approval. This means that correct art has been submitted, the vendor sent a proof of what your art will look like on the product and you approved the layout.

  • There are many vendors in the industry that will do rush orders, some as quickly as with a 24 hour turn around. Some will even do this free of charge. The requirements include proper art delivered with the order and no proof before production.
Tips on Ordering Promotional Products


  1. This information has been very useful. I have been trying to decide if I wanted to order promotional products for my firm. Some people have been telling me it is a good way for people to remember your company name and get others to recognize it also.

  2. Thank you! It is a great way to keep your company name in front of people, especially if you can give them something that you know they will use. Good luck!

  3. Be sure that the item you order is not a discontinued item. This would be beneficial in the long run when there is a need for you to re-order. If the item proves to be a hit, then you can easily and quickly order that item again.

    Nelson Tillmon