Recruiting Event Promotional Giveaways Buyers Guide

Custom Logo Recruiting Event Giveaways Buyers Guide

Swag Bag Ideas: Promotional Items for College Recruitment

Maintaining a great workforce is crucial to the success of any company, which makes executing recruiting events so vital. In this buyers guide, we will outline some ways that you can leverage custom promotional giveaway items with your corporate logo to make your business stand out in the crowd and stick in the minds of potential future employees or interns.

If you’ve attended a recruiting event before you know that there’s a ton of competition. So, how will you separate yourself from the pack and garner the attention and interest of those in attendance? While the company and positions being offered will almost always be the most important to future employees, custom promotional products with your logo are a great way to make sure that attendees remember your name after the event. Here are a few swag bag ideas to get you started for college recruitment.

Custom Water Bottles

Personalized water bottles with custom printed or engraved logos are a staple in any recruitment event giveaways package. Check out our custom water bottle selections from brands like S’well, Thermos, H2Go, and Nalgene.

Custom Swell Water BottleCustom Printed Water Bottle

Custom Drawstring Bags

If you’re putting together a “swag bag” for your hiring event, then custom cinch sacks are a popular choice to use as a receptacle for all your branded gifts.

Tough Mudder Logo Custom Drawstring BagGemline Black Elite Sport Cinchpack with Insulated Pocket

Custom Hats

Adjustable custom hats make fantastic promotional giveaways at recruiting events because you don’t need to know everyone’s head size in advance – one size fits all! Check out our Custom Hat Buyers Guide for all the info you need to select the perfect personalized headwear for your business.

Custom Under Armour Hat                New Era 9FORTY White and Royal Snapback Contrast Front Mesh Cap

Custom PopSockets

A custom PopSocket makes a great promotional product for a couple of reasons. First, it’s an extremely affordable and functional product that prospective employees will actually use. Secondly, your target audience will see your logo every time they use their phone, which is approximately 74 times a day on average for Americans ages 18 to 24.

PopSockets Aluminum Space Grey Phone HolderPopSockets Black Phone Holder in Use

Personalized Coffee Mugs

Imagine your employment prospects at their desk sifting through totes and brochures after the recruitment event is over. What do they have next to them at their desk? Probably a cup of coffee, right? Maybe even their brand-new custom coffee mug with your corporate logo…

Custom Logo Coffee MugETS Bolzano Black Lime Ceramic Mug 18 oz

Custom USB Flash Drives

The custom USB flash drive is a classic when it comes to custom logo promotional products. That’s because they’re affordable and easily customized promotional products that still provide their users with a high level of functionality.

Norwood Blue On The Go USB Flash Drive- 4 GBNorwood Red Oval USB Flash Drive- 8 GB

Promotional Pens

Graduates-to-be and prospective employees are going to need something to write down all of the good things about your company! That’s where these custom pens and pencils come into play!

Moleskine Black Classic Click Roller PenGoogle Logo Pen

Custom Notebooks & Journals

What’s a pen without paper? Pair your personalized pen with a custom notebook to give attendees a completely branded notetaking experience. Even when they’re writing about other companies, they’ll be looking at your corporate logo.


Moleskine Slate Grey Hard Cover Ruled Large NotebookMoleskine Navy Blue Cahier Ruled Pocket Journal

Custom Tumblers

Sometimes an ordinary water bottle just doesn’t cut it. Sometimes you need your coffee to stay hot or your water to stay cold all day long. That’s what these custom tumblers do best. Now you can customize tumbler cups from the top brands in the world like YETI, Contigo, ETS, and S’well.

YETI Brick Red Rambler-20 oz. TumblerLeeds Navy Valhalla Copper Vacuum Tumbler with Cork 16oz

Custom Tote Bags

In addition to the drawstring bag, the custom tote bag is the go-to choice to serve as the swag bag itself. Plus, custom embroidered totes can be incredibly cheap for how many branded corporate gifts you can fit inside!

Gemline Black Seaside Zippered Cotton ToteHeritage Supply Natural Red Catalina Cotton Tote

Custom Printed T-Shirts

The logo-printed T-shirt is the most common choice when it comes to promotional apparel because you can affordably order a large number of them in a variety of sizes without breaking the bank. Just make sure to use whatever information is available to you to make an educated guess on which sizes to order more of – Medium and Large are the most popular custom t-shirt sizes!


Under Armour Men's Midnight Navy Short Sleeve Locker TeePort & Company Men's Athletic Heather Core Blend Tee

Custom Backpacks

Just because you’re about to graduate doesn’t mean you’ll stop using a backpack. In fact, it likely means that it’s time for a new backpack since your current one has outlasted countless trips to class throughout college. These custom backpacks from brands like OGIO, Zusa, Under Armour, or custom logo Custom Patagonia backpacks will be a hit at your hiring event!


Zusa Black Heather Structured Transit PackCustom Team Logo Backpack

Personalized Laptop Sleeves, Phone Cases, and Phone Wallets

Keeping your computer safe is priority number one, which is where these custom laptop cases come into play. That tiny computer in your pocket must be protected at all costs too. Make sure to check which model of iPhone or Android is the most popular at the moment before buying, you don’t want to look out of touch!

Speck Black iPhone 7 6 6S Plus Candy Shell CaseK & R Black Custodian Phone Wallet

Custom Portable Chargers

A protected phone is still useless if the battery is dead. That’s why these custom power banks are a life-saver. Just add your custom printed corporate logo and your brand will always be associated with the godsend that is a fully charged battery.

Custom Portable Charger with Corporate LogoBullet Red Volt 2,200 mAh Power Bank

Popular Brands for Recruiting Event Giveaways

At Merchology we're all about brands. That means we are committed to providing you with the largest selection of your favorite retail brands in the industry. We've got over 300 brands for you to choose from including Nike, Under Armour, Patagonia, The North Face, Carhartt, Brookstone, S'well, Moleskine, and YETI. Here's a look at some brands that our customers love for job fairs and internship recruitment events:

Moleskine Square Corporate LogoOGIO Corporate LogoS'well Corporate LogoUnder Armour Square Corporate LogoNorwood Corporate LogoAdidas Square Corporate LogoPatagonia Corporate LogoOrigaudio Corporate LogoNike Corporate LogoYETI Square Corporate LogoLeeds Corporate LogoLeeman Corporate LogoNew Era Square Corporate LogoThe North Face Square Corporate LogoRichardson New Square Corporate LogoBeats by Dre Corporate LogoPop Sockets Square Corporate LogoZusa Brand Logo

Customization Options for Recruiting Event Giveaway Items

At Merchology we have more than 10 decoration methods to add your corporate logo or custom design to a wide variety of products. Here's a quick look at the most popular customization techniques on promotional giveaway items for recruiting events.


Commercial embroidery is the most common apparel customization method at Merchology. For recruitment evens, custom embroidery is used to add your company logo or custom design to hats, backpacks, and totes. Learn how the embroidery process is done here.


Pad Printing

Custom pad printing is the most common decoration technique for electronics and hard goods. The primary benefit of pad printing as a customization type is that it can be done on just about any shaped surface. For hiring events, pad printing is often performed on custom notebooksdrinkware, pens, and electronics. Learn how pad printing is performed here.



Laser engraving is our go-to personalization method for metal products. Our most commonly chosen laser engraved products for recruiting event giveaways include custom stainless steel water bottlestumblersmugs, and pens. Fun fact: laser etching can also be done on clothing as well! Learn how laser engraving works here.


Screen Printing

Silkscreen printing is an age-old decoration technique that can be used to add your corporate logo to just about anything under the sun, as long as it's flat. Custom screen printing is most commonly used on custom tees but is also frequently used on custom activewearnotebooks, and promo pens. Learn how screen printing is done in our step-by-step guide here.


Other Decoration Methods

Aside from the personalization methods you see here, we also offer heat transfer printingdebossingdigital printingvinyl transferhot foil stampingapplique embroidery, and 3D puff embroidery. If you’re not certain which customization option is the right choice for you check out our complete Custom Decoration Methods Guide for a comprehensive breakdown of each decoration type.

Where Can I Add My Corporate Logo?

 The location in which you can add your company logo completely depends on the products you are decorating, but we've included the most common places our customers position their logo on promotional giveaway items for recruiting events.

Contact Us

Now you're ready to start shopping for your custom recruiting event giveaways! If you need some help planning your recruiting event, check out our How To Plan a Recruiting Event Guide. For more promotional product ideas for hiring events, check out our Recruiting Event Promotional Items Collection. If you liked this buyers guide be sure to refer to our additional Product Buyers Guides for more useful custom apparel and accessories shopping help. If you have any additional questions, don't hesitate to contact us!