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7 Creative Summer Charity Merchandise Ideas

17 July, 2019

Last year was officially the hottest summer on record in the UK. Perhaps you recall the six-week stint we had in August when our temps were consistently above 30C? Whether or not we break that record this summer, one thing is certain – summer is a great time to focus on your fundraising! In particular, now is the perfect time to leverage the countless fun summer merchandise options to boost your donations. Here, we present seven creative summer products that will keep people entertained and hydrated and your charity top of mind.

Beach Bags

A sad reality is that plastic pollution is now found on every beach in the world. Every day, about 8 million pieces of it enter our oceans. Reusable “bags for life” are a popular and effective way for people to do their part to reduce pollution from single-use plastic bags. Why not design and sell a durable, environmentally-friendly beach bag to help your supporters cut down on their waste while showcasing the name and message of your charity? A popular choice is this Giri Jute Bag, made out of natural vegetable fiber with canvas trims and an inner pocket, perfect for the beach and all summer outings.

giri jute

Cooler Bags

Another durable bag option is a cooler bag, perfect for keeping drinks cold at the beach, park or wherever your supporters choose to be outside this summer. We have a range of options and sizes, like this Tonbridge 12 Can Cooler, which is made from Reach-compliant 210D polyester. It also features sturdy handles and a larger size – so it’s easy for your supporters to pack and carry all summer long. You could sell or gift these at your next outdoor fundraising event.

tonbridge cooler

If you’re looking for a higher value bag that you can sell online or at a retail location this summer and fall, take a peek at our Sunshine Picnic Backpack. It’s also made from Reach-compliant polyester, and features a detachable bottle cooler, cutting board, corkscrew, salt and pepper shakers, utensils and more!

Eco-Friendly Frisbee

Toss that frisbee! Bespoke toys and games are a great idea for the beach-goers in your network. Many items can be produced at a relatively low price point, but carry a high perceived value (and fun factor), making them a perfect choice for your next giveaway campaign or charity event, like a fun run or picnic. One of our most popular options is this environmentally-friendly Turbo Pro Flying Disc. It’s made right here in the UK from recycled plastic. And we hear that it flies pretty great, too!

Water Bottles and Reusable Straws

Another perfect product for your eco-conscious supporters is a reusable water bottle. Did you know that a million plastic bottles are bought every minute and that number will jump 20 percent over the next two years? High-quality, reusable water bottles are a great alternative to wasteful disposable water bottles. On top of that, they’ll help keep your fans cool and hydrated over the summer months. We love this sleek aluminum water bottle with a leak-proof lid that makes it perfect for every day use.

Hot Summer Pick: Complement your bottle with an awesome, coveted metal straw set! It’s just another unique way to help your supporters cut down on their plastic use. We offer a special set complete with a stainless-steel straight straw, bent straw an even a milkshake straw. Each straw is laser engraved with your charity logo and comes in an eco-friendly pouch with a cleaning brush.

Sunglasses

Does your charity have a limited budget for your summer merchandise? Look for low-cost, high-value items, like bespoke sunglasses. They’re a perfect option for your summer giveaway campaigns; trendy and protective shades are always in style, especially during the hot summer months.  We have many different options, like our classic WayFarer sunglasses with coloured frames and black lenses or these fun Haris shades (shown below), with a unique wooden-look finish and mirrored lenses; both offer UV400 protection to keep your supporters safe and glare-free this summer.

sunglasses haris

Beach Tennis Set

Have you ever played beach tennis? It’s like volleyball meets tennis, but without the pain of a hard volleyball on your wrists or the need to find an open tennis court. And you can play it on the beach! No wonder it’s become a popular pastime for competitive and casual players alike. Leverage the hot summer trend and design a unique beach tennis set featuring the name and logo of your charity for maximum beach exposure. You could sell the sets in your shop as a great way to engage your supporters with families.

Beach Towels

Are you seeking a higher ticket summer item to sell in your charity shop to drive big donations? Custom beach towels are a perfect choice. They’re functional, covetable, comfortable and perfectly suited for the summer months. One of our most popular options is this 100% cotton beach pareo that’s perfect to sprawl out at the beach. Another tip is to jazz your towels up a bit with some special ribbon, packaging or a custom swing tag with information about your charity or campaign. We found some brilliant examples on Pinterest for inspiration.

branded pareo

We hope this roundup gives you a few ideas for unique merchandise for your summer campaigns. It’s a great time to appeal to families and outdoor enthusiasts to drive fundraising efforts. What else would you like to create? We’d love to hear your ideas. Now we just have to hope that we don’t break any more temperature records this year!

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