From fulfilling required spend programs to getting items in clients’ hands faster, there are plenty of reasons to consider promo products made in North America.

“Some organizations choose USA-made items for their lower carbon footprint, while others, like unions, aim to support local workers,” says Lindsey Cole, director of marketing and communications for Massachusetts-based distributor Ethix Merch (PPAI 358342, Standard-Plus), which specializes in American-made promo products. “Many small businesses also prioritize domestic manufacturing, recognizing that USA-made products are typically high-quality and offer quick turnaround times.”

In honor of July Fourth – and Canada Day earlier the same week – here are four potential benefits of choosing domestically produced promo products:

1. Support Fair Labor

“U.S. labor laws ensure that workers are treated fairly, paid a minimum wage and work in safe conditions,” says Cole. “While there are occasionally exceptions, these regulations provide a baseline of workplace standards.”

2. Support Local Business

Buying locally (or at least on the same continent) supports local workers and economies, especially if you choose goods produced by small businesses and communities.

3. Go Greener

Products manufactured and decorated in North America have a smaller carbon footprint because they don’t have to be shipped as far.

4. Get It Faster

“Local suppliers offer quicker turnaround times and can swiftly pivot to provide essential items,” adds Cole, “as demonstrated during COVID-19 with PPE for local healthcare organizations.”

Here’s a sampling of brandable products made in the USA:

red and white Igloo Playmate hard-side cooler with company logo on lid/handle

The Igloo Playmate Pal 7 Quart Cooler, first introduced in 1971, has become an American classic. Add you client’s logo to this sturdy and versatile 9-can hard-sided cooler, available in red, blue or black body with white lid.

Gemline / PPAI 113948, Platinum

4 different custom branded 3D fireworks glasses by American Paper Optics

Not just for the Fourth of July, 3D Fireworks Glasses make a great promotional or retail item for sporting events, music festivals, theme parks and much more. The diffraction lenses work by breaking a light source into the spectrum of colors. Custom shapes and imprints available, as well as tear-away coupons.

American Paper Optics / PPAI 110778, Silver

Royal Apparel triblend raglan baseball shirts on adults and kids

These Unisex Triblend Raglan Baseball Shirts offer classic American athleisure style for all ages. Available in 11 colors and sizes from infant through adult 2X. “Sustainable, USA-made, ethical fashion can be produced in a cost-effective manner [that supports] not only environmental sustainability but also fair labor practices and the American economy,” says CEO Morey Mayeri.

Royal Apparel / PPAI 269959, Standard-Base

gray Recyclable Steel Chill-Cup with logo

These 16-oz. Recyclable Steel Chill-Cups provide a plastic-free partyware option that’s sturdy enough for reuse and easily recycled. Not intended to be filled with hot liquids. Hand wash.

PCNA / PPAI 113079, Platinum

custom bean bag toss / cornhole game board and bags by Baggo

Make a big impression with a Custom Bean Bag Toss Game that includes a pair of game boards featuring your custom design printed in digital HD, eight bean bags in your choice of 20 colors, a wall mounting bracket for storage and display and more. Lifetime warranty.

Baggo / PPAI 191766, Standard-Base

union-made relaxed faded red Brushed Slide Buckle Dad Cap

A perennial top 10 product category according to SAGE, hats literally keep your client’s brand top of mind. This unstructured, relaxed Brushed Slide Buckle Dad Cap is is 100% union made in the USA and offers six different embroidery areas. Available in 21 colors.

Unionwear / PPAI 11926, Standard-Base

yellow ceramic mug with Warner Bros. logo etched in blue with puffy effect and made in USA sticker on the bottom

Mugs are another product in the top 10. Perk up recipients with a USA-made 15-oz. El Grande Mug featuring your client’s design in deep etch, sand blast or puffy print, as well as a “Made in USA” decal on the bottom.

Berney-Karp/Ceramic Source / PPAI 111427, Standard-Plus

custom-labeled Mineral SPF 15 Broad Spectrum Lip Balms made with 100% zinc oxide by Raining Rose

These Mineral SPF 15 Broad Spectrum Lip Balms are made with 100% zinc oxide as the active ingredient for SPF protection in a soothing formula that includes sunflower oil, beeswax and olive oil. Available in unflavored, coconut or pineapple.

Raining Rose / PPAI 232508, Silver

red wine glass by J.Charles etched with company logo on a blue background

This 16-oz. Lyrica Red Wine Glass provides everyday stemware that’s sturdy enough for the dishwasher and ready to be etched with your client’s brand and messaging. Machine-made in the USA, the Lyrica line comes in a variety of shapes and sizes.

J.Charles / PPAI 113624, Silver

3 different KEEP-IT chip clips with company logos by Evans Mfg.

Give recipients something they’ll keep and use indefinitely with a 4-inch KEEP-IT Clip to help keep opened food items fresher, longer. Available in eight solid or translucent colors with an almost 3.5-inch imprint area. Optional magnetic backing available.

Evans / PPAI 110747, Platinum

And here are a handful of promotional products made in Canada:

man wearing red quarter-zip Spirit Bear Zip Polo pullover sweatshirt by Redwood Classics

Get cozy with a unisex Spirit Bear Zip Polo pullover sweatshirt. This stylish layering piece is made of 100% cotton brushed back fleece and features a quarter-zip with teardrop pull. Available in 17 colors and sizes S-3X.

Redwood Classics / PPAI 696010, International

custom-etched leaf-shaped bottles of 100% Pure Canadian Maple Syrup by St Regis Group

What’s more Canadian than maple syrup? Give a sweet gift with a custom-etched bottle of 100% Pure Canadian Maple Syrup. Available in 250ml or 500ml. Gift box included, imprint optional.

St Regis Group / PPAI 230188, Platinum

array of brightly colored spiral notebooks made with recycled materials by Spector & Co.

This 6-by-9-inch ECO Spiral Notebook, made with 100% recycled materials, features a black spiral binding, a soft cover in your choice of nine colors and 144 lined pages. Pages and covers are printed with organic, soy-based inks.

Spector & Co. / PPAI 168328, Gold

sage green Unisex Pom Pom Toque beanie with forehead logo patch and faux-fur pom from the Attraction union-made Ethica collection

Made from organic cotton and recycled polyester by unionized workers, this Unisex Pom Pom Toque is available in eight colors. Beanie also available without the faux-fur pom.

Attraction / PPAI 474094, Standard-Base