Have you heard of Tchotchkes? Perhaps you have and you are wondering if you got it right. Perhaps you have never heard of it and you are now curious and wanting to learn more about it. It has been a word that was used long ago by Jewish-Americans and now is a part of the normal conversations within the United States. It is originally from Slavic origin.
Tchotchkes are really just little nicknames. They are small things that you can make as a stocking stuffer, they are small gifts that you can give someone. It is not something that will break the bank but something practical that they can end up using in the future. You will see them in touristy areas or tourist shops as small things people can purchase and bring home to enjoy and remember their trip. Some of those would include a pen with the name of the city on it. Perhaps a small Christmas ornament for the tree to remember the trip. There are so many different options.
Tchotchkes are also great to give as a gift at work. They are practical and easy to brand your business on to give away at raffles, at Christmas partners, or just as a small showing of your appreciation.
What are our favorite tchotchkes? Here is our list.
Who doesn’t need a stress ball? Regardless if you use one on a regular basis, if you have an office job, a stress ball can be a great little gift. Many people will use them if they are on the phone a lot. It can become a great little habit to have of squeezing it and great for your mental health. A stress ball can come in so many different colors and can have a logo on it or even your company name if you want to give them away for branding purposes.
A water bottle is not only a practical gift, but it is also good for the environment. People can always use more water bottles and you can even brand the water bottle. This means they are great to add to a gift basket if you are looking to brand your business more. If you are on the road and purchase a water bottle, you will always remember that specific city in the world each time you use the water bottle in the future which makes it so much more fun. If you are interested in creating your own type of water bottle you can and choose the size, style, and colors.
A tote bag is great because it is wonderful for the environment. So many times when are you shopping you use plastic or paper bags and that means that they are simply going into the landfills (in most cases). Instead, you can use a reusable bag and bring it to the store and easily put the groceries inside of it and use it instead. You also can use the tot bag if you are heading to the beach or need a more sturdy bag that you don’t won’t rip right away. Again, you can brand the bag if you would like with your logo or business name. What an easy way to look like you are doing a good job in the community!
A coozie is great in the summer to put your cold or warm beverage on the outside so that it doesn’t make your hands uncomfortable. Put your logo on it and be a walking billboard for others.
A yeti will be slightly more expensive, but not by much! A yeti is a great gift if you know the person loves the outdoors. If you fill your yeti up with cold water, the yeti will keep it cold for way longer than a normal water bottle. It also is perfect for coffee lovers and they don’t enjoy drinking it all right away. Just like all of these items, a yeti can be branded. You also could make it a nice and personalized gift and add the persons name to it.
When you go into many people’s mug area in their kitchen, it typically is made up of so many different colors and kinds. It doesn’t seem like many people specifically have a matching set. If they do, they also have other ones from various other areas. Some people collect mugs from places they have visited. Some people love coffee and tea and make sure to have a lot on hand. A mug is an inexpensive and fun tchotchkes to have or purchase for someone.
A T-shirt is one of the easy tchotchkes that people can never have too many of. The only tricky thing is having the right size for so many different types of people. We recommend if you are giving this you can let them choose their own size. If you already give them away for marketing purposes, for example, you probably have a lot of different sizes in stock. When you are ordering them in bulk, make sure you order more sizes that are a lot more common like mediums and larges.
As you can see, there are so many great tchotchkes that you can purchase or you can give as a quick and fun gift. We hope that this list helped and you are on your way to a great gift for someone or at least understand a little bit more about what a tchotchke is.