Thursday, June 8, 2017

two impressive ideas for swag bags

Do you know what a swag bag is?  It's a little gift you get when you attend an event.  It's a nice touch and fun to receive.  I recently created TWO items for swag bags that are UNIQUE and FUN!  I love how much these make me stand out!  These are great for business (which is what I'll be showing you here today), but these are also fantastic ideas for goodie bags for birthday parties or any other gift bag occasions you have.

I go to a couple of networking groups that have swag bags that I can contribute to.  Since I can't give away a true sample of my business like a book of your vacation to Florida or your grandma's life storybook, I wanted to come up with just a little something that would be a taste of my business to go inside the swag bags.

IDEA #1:  goodie bags with chocolates
  • Business cards.  I actually have three business cards--a regular one, a social media one, and an events one.  They're all double-sided (made with Heritage Makers).  The social media one gives people who haven't heard of my business before a chance to really SEE what it's about through their chosen method--my YouTube channel, Pinterest, Instagram, Twitter, etc.  The events one is an invitation to my local "bring your laptop and work on Heritage Makers projects" events.  (I have online events, too, BTW!)
  • Specially-made chocolate labels.  These serve as a sample, advertising, and a treat.  :)  You can put pictures, logos, anything you want on these!  They're made with Heritage Makers, too.
  • 4x3 bags.  Everything goes in these bags.  Available at craft stores.

I think they're adorable, but I also love that they're not that expensive!
  • Business cards:  The double-sided cards are around $5 for a pack of 50.  That's 10c each, so for my three cards, just 30c per bag.
  • Labels:  The address labels I used for the chocolates are about $2.70 for a set of 54.  That's about 5c each.  For my three labels, that's 15c per bag.
  • Chocolates:  A bag of Hershey Nuggets is around $3.50.  I counted about 33 chocolates inside, so we'll call that 10c each, so 30c per bag since I'm giving 3.
  • Bags:  I got 100 for $2 at Walmart, so that's 2c each.
The way I did the bags, this comes out to 77cents per bag.  If you did one chocolate and one business card, that's 27 cents per bag!  They're impressive and completely personalized for your business, yet very inexpensive!

By the way, if you missed my tutorial video on how to make the chocolate labels a few months ago, you can see it here.  Chocolate labels are one of the most fun and impressive things you can create using Heritage Makers.  They're great for wedding favors and all kinds of things.

IDEA #2: recipes from playing cards

  • Playing Card Deck.  I LOVE everything you can do with a playing card deck from Heritage Makers.  You can certainly create traditional {family playing cards} or even {family stories playing cards}, but these have business information and a message on one side and a RECIPE on the other!!  Isn't that cool?! 
You'll create the backs once (they'll be the same on every card), like this:
 And, yes, the card deck comes in this plastic case.

The fronts of the cards can be made different (like a regular deck of cards is), but for this one I wanted them all the same, like this:
I turned these sideways when I was making them so they would print this orientation.  Because I wanted them all the same on the fronts, I created this once digitally and then used the "duplicate" button to recreate the exact same card to fill the deck of 54.  (If you need help with that, just ask!  It's SO EASY!)

These are great because once you create these digitally and submit them for publishing, there's NO work to package them or do anything more!  PLUS they come out to about 33c-40c each, so pretty inexpensive for an impressive bit of swag!

I do have a tutorial video that walks you through all the steps of making a deck of cards.  You'll obviously have to adapt just a little for swag.  :)  Playing Cards are such a fun and unique idea for swag or goodie bags.
If YOU make goodie bags or swag bags with these ideas, I'd love to see them!  Send pictures to and tell me what fun and amazing thing YOU did!  I'd love to feature you and your business or event here.