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What do you give out at a Freshers Fair?

by | Aug 3, 2023 | Marketing | 0 comments

Freshers fairs can be an excellent way for you to market your business and get your brand out there to more people. They usually have a variety of stalls available which host a mix of businesses and student clubs. 

Each stall presents an opportunity to leave a mark on those who visit the stall. Promotional items are an excellent way to market your brand effectively at a fresher fair.

You’ll have a variety of freebies for students with branding attached, and those items can then act as advertising for your brand.

We specialise in designing branded mugs which we sell in bulk, making them perfect gifts at freshers fairs.

In this post we will talk about other branded items you can use at freshers fairs and why we believe branded mugs are the best option to choose from.

Let’s get into the best freebies for students. 


What Can You Give at a Freshers Fair?

There are a number of items to choose from, the most important thing is choosing the one that fits your needs – and your budget.

Here are some examples: 


Bottle Openers 

bottle opener

Bottle openers are usually a very popular freshers fair item due to the student demographic which attend.

Bottle openers can last a long time depending on the material and they are small items which can help them be cost effective.

The main issue with bottle openers is that they don’t have a great reach for your brand as they spend most of their life in a drawer or on a set of keys.



  • Durable items which can last a lifetime depending on material.


  • Not great for brand reach.


Torch Keyring 

Torch keyrings aren’t as common as other branded items but they are used at freshers fair nonetheless. 

Whilst torch keyrings can look great they tend to not be very useful from a usability perspective and a branding one also.

Everyone has a mobile phone these days which has a torch built into the camera and as the torch is on your keys they aren’t seen often by anyone.



  • Compact and lightweight.


  • Not very useful.
  • Not placed for maximum brand exposure. 



usb drive in hand

Another hugely popular item at freshers fairs.

USB’s are an item which can be of great use to students and people in general. Most of the population uses computers and having additional external storage can come in handy.

From a branding standpoint there aren’t going to be a lot of people seeing your new USB due to its tiny size. They also have a high chance of getting lost.



  • Useful for students and young professionals.


  • Easily lost.
  • Slim chance brand promotion.


Pens and Pencils 

promotional pencils

Pens and pencils are practically used by everyone so there is no doubting their usefulness. Especially among the students attending a freshers fair.

The main sticking point with pens and pencils is their product life cycle. Most pens and pencils end up in the bin after a short time using them.

So when using them as branded items you’ll need to give away many at a time to maximise brand reach. 



  • Practical items that are always needed.


  • Disposable.
  • Poor brand reach.


Fidget Spinner

fidget spinner

Fidget spinners were a huge fad a few years ago and thanks to social media they became a sensation across the globe.

Their actual benefits are still contested but there is no doubt that they still have a place in the market for branded items.



  • Fun to use.


  • Not used as often as other items.


Portable Hand Sanitiser 

Hand sanitiser has always had its place in society but after the events which led to the world wide pandemic there was an even bigger emphasis placed on it.

Hand sanitiser is obviously very beneficial for users, it keeps their hands clean and sanitised throughout the day.

A major drawback though is that once it is done it will be put in the bin, meaning it has a very short product life cycle. 



  • Helps keep hands germ free.


  • Disposable.



Earphones are a branded item that has been given out at fairs and events for a long time. They are very light and can be purchased in huge quantities which is perfect for giving out at large events.

The issue with earphones is that wireless earphones are becoming increasingly popular now so they aren’t as widely used as they once were.  



  • Extremely lightweight which is perfect for bulk buying. 
  • Inexpensive.


  • Wireless earphones used more frequently. 



Branded mug in office

Mugs are ideal branded items to give out at freshers fairs. And there are a number of reasons for this including:



  • Lightweight and easy to order in bulk.
  • Cost effective items to purchase.
  • Come in a variety of shapes and sizes.
  • Even the cheapest material is of good quality and will last a long time.
  • Everyone uses mugs in all kinds of settings meaning great coverage for your logo/brand.


  • Can be more expensive than other items but are higher quality.


As you can see the promotional mug is the ultimate item to give out at a freshers fair. While it may be more expensive than the other items listed, its benefits far outweigh any negatives.

Their long lasting quality and extensive range of shapes and sizes make it a formidable item to have in your promotional item arsenal. 


Branded Mugs for Your Freshers Fair Stall

Our business has been supplying promotional mugs to various industries since the 1950’s. Over the years we have seen the growth and popularity grow for these branded mugs. 

Our state of the art factory is able to mass produce quality printed mugs which are then sold and shipped in bulk to our customers all over the UK.

If you need a bulk order of branded mugs for your freshers fair then please contact us.


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