Construction promotional items help drive ongoing profits for the $1.823 trillion industry. The construction industry in 2022 accounted for 7.6 percent of promotional products revenue.

As of early 2023, there were 3.7 million construction businesses in the U.S., up 2.5 percent from 2022. As the competition grows, companies need ways to stand out. Construction swag continues to be a proven, budget-friendly solution for branding.

By giving away customized promotional items to employees, clients and partners, contractors can increase brand recognition, foster employee loyalty, and attract new workers and clientele.

In this blog post we’ll take a look at some of the best promotional items for contractors and the many ways they can be used.

Top 12 construction promotional items

Here is a dozen of our bestselling construction giveaways and gifts to help you decide which promotional items are right for you. While browsing these low-cost marketing tools, keep in mind how your construction business might use them.

  1. Custom travel mugs
black promotional travel mug tumbler with construction imprint
  • Sturdy materials such as metal, aluminum and stainless steel
  • Trusted brand names such as Swig Life®, Asobu® and Igloo®
  • Minimum orders starting at six
  • Full-color imprinting available
  • On-the-go hydration solution
  • No setup fees on most styles
  • Nearly two dozen product colors

2. Safety apparel with logos

man wearing a safety yellow customized t-shirt

3. Personalized first aid kits

promotional first aid kit
  • Wide variety of styles and accessories
  • Rugged materials such as vinyl, polypropylene and nylon
  • More than a dozen product colors
  • Full-color logo option
  • Makes safety a priority for your team

4. Custom tools

custom construction tool set for construction company
  • Tool kits, multi-tool sets, screwdrivers and tape measures
  • Popular materials such as metal, aluminum and polypropylene
  • Minimum order starts at six
  • Full-color artwork available
  • No setup charges on most styles
  • More than a dozen product colors
  • Easy-to-carry pocket tools

5. Promo stress balls

customized construction helmet stress ball

6. Customized water bottles

promotional water bottle with construction company logo
  • Free delivery on most
  • More than two dozen vibrant colors
  • Popular materials such as metal and plastic
  • Brands you trust such as h2go®, Takeya®, Basecamp and Tritan™
  • About 30 different sizes!
  • Minimum orders as low as 10

7. Custom keychains

customzied keychain
  • Numerous options and extras such as engraved keychains and styles with bottle openers, flashlights and key tags
  • Sturdy materials such as metal, PVC and aluminum
  • Minimum orders starting at 12
  • Full-color imprints available
  • Free setup on most styles
  • Secures keys to company vehicles and buildings

8. Promotional lunch bags

customized lunch bag for construction company
  • Plenty of style options
  • High-quality materials such as polyester, polycanvas and polypropylene
  • Full-color printing available
  • Setup free on select styles
  • Three sizes: small, medium and large
  • Approximately 20 popular colors
  • Perfect for employees who pack lunches

9. Personalized coolers

promotional cooler with constuction company logo

10. Printed auto magnets

auto magnet advertising a construction company
  • Mobile advertising for your company
  • Full-color artwork
  • Free print setup
  • Low minimum orders
  • Quick placement and removal on vehicles
  • Numerous shapes and sizes

11. Custom-printed pens

promotional pen with construction company logo
  • Wide range of prices
  • Plenty of styles such as stylus, gel and novelty
  • Engraved pens available
  • Free delivery on most styles
  • Full-color imprint option
  • Free setup on many styles
  • Easy to transport to job fairs
  • Popular lobby giveaway

12. Wholesale carpenter pencils

personalized carpenter pencils
  • Very practical item for construction workers
  • More than a dozen colors to match your company logo
  • Free delivery
  • Free setup on most
  • Red lead option

Each of these items can be customized with your construction business logo, website address or any other design or text you’d like. Our expert team of printers are trained to create professional imprints on any of the products you choose!

How to promote your construction business

woman wearing and holding matching custom shirt and hat

Professionally printed items for branding are useless if you don’t put them to work for you. Fortunately, one of the best features of construction swag is the many ways it can be used to boost your business.

Let’s take a look at five ways you can put your construction company’s best foot forward with customized giveaways and gifts.

  1. Employee appreciation gifts
    Your employees are the backbone of your business. By showing them how much you value their hard work, you can boost morale and encourage them to continue doing their best. Branded polo shirts and hats are a great way to show your appreciation. You can also give them other thoughtful items such as sports cooling towels, hot and cold packs and beer mugs with your logo.
  2. Open house giveaways
    Promotional items can make a lasting impression if you’re hosting an open house or other event to introduce your company. Can coolers, sunglasses and sturdy clips are all excellent and very affordable giveaway options. By providing these items you are promoting your brand and creating a positive image of your business.
  3. Client and vendor gifts
    Building strong relationships with your clients and business partners is essential to any successful business. Giving them branded gifts shows how much you value them and encourages future interactions. A few good options for these types of gifts include customized golf accessories, umbrellas and tech items.
  4. Landmark anniversary celebrations
    Celebrating a landmark anniversary is a great way to reflect on your successes and show your appreciation for everyone who helped you along the way. Consider giving out kitchen products (super idea for new home builders!) and tote bags to commemorate the occasion. Don’t forget to share the news by hanging a custom banner outside your business or placing a banner stand in your lobby or showroom.
  5. Job fairs
    Finding employees to keep your business going isn’t easy these days. About 88 percent of contractors say they struggle filling positions for skilled workers. It’s not enough to set up at a job fair and hand out flyers. Give job candidates useful swag with your name and contact information so they remember you. They’ll see your company’s generosity, which is an appealing trait to job seekers. Order drawstring bags, bottle openers and ice scrapers for those upcoming career fairs.

Stock up on low-cost construction promotional items

customized koozie on a construction site

Promotional items can give your construction business the attention it needs while creating loyalty among your employees and partners.

By providing customized items to the people who matter most to your business, you can increase brand recognition, conquer the competition, and attract new customers and workers.

What are you waiting for? Shop our complete line of promotional products for construction companies!

— Sources for construction industry statistics: Zippia and IBISWorld

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Shelley Grieshop is a former newspaper journalist who earned more than a dozen Associated Press awards for her in-depth research and writing skills. In May 2016, she joined Totally Promotional as a creative writer. She currently writes company blogs about branding, marketing, logos, wedding planning and much more. One of her life goals is to teach people when to use hyphens and apostrophes.

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