- If you want something cheap that most people will use, consider a gift card to a fast food place or for coffee. This works for giveaways that are a door prize or given only to some users. If you have a large budget, you could give a $5 gift card to every attendee. If your company sells products or services, a gift card to your company is a good idea. Even if nothing at your business is that low-priced, customers will still appreciate the chance to save.
- Some office items are good for giveaways because users tend to keep them a long time or to use them and pass them on to someone else. Pens and pencils with your company's logo and website are a cheap item that will help you spread the word about your business. Staplers are another good idea because users tend to hang on to staplers for a long time. Note pads and sticky notes increase your exposure when the customer writes something and gives it to someone else.
- Clothing items are something that many people use and even regift. Items with your company's logo or tag line will mean more exposure when the clothing is worn. T-shirts are a popular giveaway item. When ordered in bulk, it is possible to get them for under $5 each. Other clothing items that can be cheap even personalized include bandannas and flip-flop sandals. A colorful bandanna can stand out among other giveaway items.
- Several items are under $5 each even when customized. A thumb drive is something that customers normally can use and keep. You can order thumb drives with your company's logo and contact information. A Frisbee is a unique promotional item; potential customers might take it home and play with it. Another idea is to give food in a tin, or, depending on the venue of the promotional giveaway, water bottles and light snacks.