Certainly the most exciting time of college basketball is March Madness. Sure, there are many exciting league games against rivals and high ranking teams, but all this excitement festers and builds up to even more excitement when its time for the NCAA selection for the tournament.
68 teams will make the initial cut to determine the NCAA National Champion.
Surrounding all of this excitement are many opportunities for businesses to piggyback on this excitement with events, contests, promotions, and sales. Sports bars can use the big games to draw in crowds. Below we have listed the top 10 giveaways for March Madness for schools and many of them are great for businesses to use to promote their events.
Top 10 March Madness Giveaways
These are certainly the top giveaway at basketball games and events. Mini basketballs are fun to throw around with friends or to throw at friends. Add a mini hoop and you have hours of entertainment. You can choose from the soft, vinyl balls, foam balls, or even plastic basketballs that can be printed with your team mascot or your company logo.
Foam fingers have certainly become popular over the past few years. You can get so many shapes of foam hands other than just the #1 finger now. Other popular hand gestures such as 3-finger, victory, thumbs up, okay hand, and many more are available. Also, you can get shapes such as paws, claws, mascots, sports balls, and many more! These are great to keep the fans cheering.
If you want the most popular noisemakers for sports games, then thundersticks are your best choice. These inflatable cheering sticks are banged together to make a booming loud noise. Fans love to make noise and that’s why these are the #1 fan favorites. Choose from several options such as the traditional sticks or go more elaborate with metallic, LED, mini, or ones with poms on the end.
These key chains are popular giveaways for basketball teams and events because they combine both a mini sized basketball stress ball and a split ring key chain. Also, their low cost makes this favorable for large scale giveaways. With your team mascot printed on the basketballs, everyone will know what team you support.
If you don’t want the key chain part and want a larger basketball, these stress balls are always popular. They are great to keep around the office to squeeze on those stressful days. It’s amazing how much stress you can relieve just by squeezing these for a few minutes. Their low price points make these great for any team or business. These are great for kids and adults.
If you are selling team merchandise, then full size basketballs are a must in your inventory of basketball spirit items. You can choose from either the autograph panel style balls for display or basketballs that your fans can actually use to play a game of BBall. You can also choose a brand name such as Wilson or go with a lower priced, off-brand option.
These fun giveaways feature a basketball player with a photo insert for the face. You can choose from either a male or female player and a dark or light skinned player. These are a fun way to promote your team and allow your fans to be “honorary team players by personalizing these bobble heads with their own face.”
If you really want to get the fans cheering, pom poms are one of the traditional cheering items for sports games. These are low priced and you can get practically any team color with the many choices of streamer colors. Choose from the traditional rooter poms or go with other options such as handles shaped like your mascot, split ring handles, coupon handles, and more!
These are great novelty bags that are shaped like a basketball with the benefit of a drawstring to keep your contents in the bag. The nylon material makes these durable for carrying team souvenirs from the game. These are great handouts to fans and can be stuffed with team info and literature form your business sponsors.
These novelty koozies are textured just like a basketball all the way down to the pebbled texture. There is a smooth area on the side for your logo or imprint. These are fun giveaways to sell at games or basketball events. These also great items to sell at your concession stands to keep canned drinks cold and allow for your fans to bring home a useful souvenir.
The products above represent only 10 of the top of March Madness giveaways. There are many more available if these aren’t quite what you want. Because March Madness brings such excitement with fans, it’s important to capitalize on that excitement with the right spirit items to give away to your fans and customers.