8 Best Custom Tumblers & How to Design Your Own

Posted on August 23, 2021 // All, Branded Merchandise

Promotional drinkware, including custom tumblers, are some of the most popular and most-searched promotional items out there. 

We know firsthand how efficient it can be to share personalized, high-quality swag with your employees and clients and that’s why we’ve created a detailed list of the best personalized tumblers for all companies.

Here are some of the tumblers we’re going to talk about:

  • A wheat straw tumbler
  • A  wine tumbler
  • Plastic tumblers

Plus, we’re going to take you through the process of creating your very own, cool custom tumblers. 

You must be excited so we’re jumping right in. 

Table of Contents

What’s a Tumbler?

8 Best Custom Tumblers for All Brands

How to Create your Own Personalized Tumbler

What’s a Tumbler?

First things first, tumblers are usually made from plastic or stainless steel and are used to store hot and cold beverages, while keeping them at a stable temperature.

They’re a very popular drinkware item; they can be taken anywhere, from the office and gym and to the beach or on trips.

We need to note that companies all over the world are creating and customizing tumblers for their clients, employees, and audience. 

One of the most recognizable and stylish tumblers comes from the American company, Starbucks. 

Have a look:

Image Source: Starbucks

That’s a great example of a branded tumbler which shows us how businesses customize these items to be used as promotional products.

Are all tumblers the same?

Definitely not; you can find a wide variety of them with different designs and practicalities.

Let’s have a look at a few of the most common and popular types.

8 Best Custom Tumblers for All Brands

As we just covered, tumblers come in different shapes and forms, despite serving the same purpose.

This means that brands need to know which are the right ones for each occasion, so they can customize and offer them as personalized gifts or promotional items.

Let’s get started.

Custom Tumbler #1: Double-wall ceramic tumbler

The first item on our list is the double-walled ceramic tumbler.

What these tumblers do best is keep liquids warm since the double wall provides insulation and can keep beverages like hot chocolate and chilled juice at the right temperature.

This makes them perfect for on the go as travel tumblers and can be accompanied with other travel promotional items as well.

What’s more, they make a great Christmas gift idea for employees and clients to enjoy their warm drink at the office or when working at home!

Let’s move on to the next tumbler type we’ve got for you.

Custom Tumbler #2: Wheat straw tumbler 

Our next tumbler on this list is the wheat straw tumbler.

With people nowadays being more mindful of the environment when it comes to their purchases, the wheat straw tumbler is an excellent eco-friendly promotional product.

What’s more, these tumblers come in a variety of colors, whether you go for multi-color or full-color ones, meaning you can get as creative as you want when styling them.

This also applies to how you’ll brand them; they’re easily customizable and you can add your brand logo and name on the side in order to create great promotional gifts.

Whatever your audience or the occasion, everyone will get great use out of a tumbler like this!

Author’s Tip: You can include the wheat straw tumbler in a nice gift set with other eco-friendly promotional items, such as reusable straws and reusable food bags.

Let’s continue.

Custom Tumbler #3: Tumbler with straw

Our third item on this list is a classic – yet irreplaceable – tumbler with straw.

This tumbler cup is a great gift for any occasion – you can enjoy your drink at the office or at home through the straw provided.

Even better, you can opt for various sizes of tumbler, like the 16 or 20oz ones.

Want to thank your remote employees for all the hard work they’ve done?

Why not customize a tumbler like this and send it to them along with other gifts for employees who work remotely

Think branded coffee mugs, earbuds, and t-shirts.

It’s even ideal for your audience at events and tradeshow giveaways.

Simply make sure to brand them according to your business and you’ll have yourself a great promo item.

Moving on.

Custom Tumbler #4: Wine tumbler

Looking for the perfect tumbler to sip your wine from?

Then you’ll be glad to hear that wine tumblers are actually a thing.

What we love about these types of stemless tumblers is the fact that their lid not only minimizes the chance of your wine being spilled, but also prevents bugs from falling into it.

The latter is a common problem we all face when enjoying our drink outdoors, such as at barbecues or the beach.

This makes the wine tumbler a great summer promotional item for your employees.

Author’s Tip: Remember to accompany the wine tumbler with other summer promo items, such as branded sunglasses, beach towels, and hats.

You can even offer it to your new hires as part of their welcome kit to make sure they feel pleasant and connected with your company when starting their new job. 

Let’s continue to the next tumbler we have for you.

Custom Tumbler #5: Stainless steel tumbler

One of the most popular types of tumbler is the stainless steel tumbler and there are a few reasons why.

Image Source: PCNA

A great benefit of these double-wall tumblers is the fact that they’re ideal for temperature-sensitive beverages; they manage to maintain hot and cold drinks at the right temperature for quite a long period of time.

What’s more, they’re highly durable, making them a perfect companion when traveling and you want to stay hydrated.

Whether you go for a 16, 18, or 20oz tumbler, we strongly suggest the stainless steel one as one of your first options.

Needless to say, stainless steel can also look very stylish, since silver and rose gold are great colors for it.

After customization, it also works as a promotional product for any occasion; whether that’s an event, conference, or tradeshow giveaway.

Let’s move on, shall we?

Custom Tumbler #6: Plastic tumbler

Plastic tumblers are a best seller and often the go-to option for drinkware items.

After all, you really can’t go wrong with such a tumbler; from sturdy Tritan to a regular plastic one decorated with glitter.

You can use it for every purpose and for every occasion, whether that’s to replace your coffee cup at home or the office, or your water bottle at the gym or beach.

What’s more, your employees are bound to love something like this since they can keep it for themselves or give it to their children to take to school.

Simply make sure to brand this acrylic tumbler by adding your logo and business name to it; you definitely don’t want to miss out on the opportunity of customizing such a great promotional product.

Author’s Tip: For extra insulation, you can go for a double-wall vortex tumbler that’ll keep the drink cool or warm.

Let’s continue.

Custom Tumbler #7: Porcelain tumbler

If you’re looking for an alternative type of tumbler, have a look at this mixed porcelain and cork tumbler:

Image Source: Gemline

This stylish tumbler is ideal for everyday use; it can safely store your drink on the go through its push and close lid, as well as fit in most car cup holders.

All this makes it an excellent water or coffee tumbler to enjoy wherever you’re at.

If it wasn’t great already, you should also note that it’s 100% reusable and BPA-free, so it works as an eco-friendly promotional item as well. 

All you have to do is brand it in a beautiful way and your employees and clients are definitely going to love it!

Author’s Tip: When customizing your tumblers, don’t add too many designs on them because you want to maintain their stylish, minimal look.

Let’s move on to our last tumbler suggestion.

Custom Tumbler #8: Insulated travel mug

Traveling isn’t always a piece of cake, which is why items such as the insulated travel mug can be of great help.

As you’ve probably already guessed from the name, this type of tumbler is ideal for keeping beverages at the right temperature through the insulating materials it’s made of.

Whether you want to keep your water cool or your coffee warm during a trip, this tumbler is for you.

The size and shape of it even make it spill-proof and easy to carry around, which is why we strongly recommend it as one of the best travel promotional items you can go for.

Author’s Tip: You can offer an insulated travel mug at your events and conferences as part of your conference swag, along with branded T-shirts, backpacks, and notebooks. 

Now that you’re aware of the various custom tumblers you can choose from, it’s time to see how you can create your own.

Let’s get into it.

How to Create your Own Personalized Tumbler

When it comes to creating your own personalized tumbler, there are a few important steps you need to follow.

No need to worry, though; in the following guide, we’re going to go through the process step-by-step to make sure you create the best possible swag for your audience.

Let’s get started.

Step #1: Find a trusted and creative swag supplier

The first step is to find a creative swag supplier you can trust.

Why is this important?

When you create and offer promotional products, you want to make sure that your audience gets the best possible quality and overall experience.

What you must also keep in mind, however, is your estimated budget, target audience, and desired quantity.

These are all factors to consider when placing an order.

To sum up, a creative supplier will help you in terms of:

  • Finding the best corporate gifts
  • Product mockups
  • Product customization
  • Deciding on the right quantity

As well as anything else you may need.

Let’s move on to the next step. 

Step #2: Choose the type of tumblers you want to personalize

By now, we hope that you’ve got a good understanding of the many types of tumblers you can opt for.

Although they all serve the same purpose as drinkware items, many have unique designs and capabilities.

This can quickly make the process of choosing the right one for you a little tricky.

That’s why you must consider who your target audience is as well as the circumstances.

For example, are you holding an event just before summer? 

Then the insulated travel mug would be a great choice.

This is also something a reliable swag supplier can help you with.

Let’s continue.

Step #3: Create and finalize your design

Once you’ve decided which type of tumbler you prefer, it’s time to create and finalize your design.

You can do that by uploading your brand’s logo to our Swag Pack Builder

… we’ll use a random logo for the sake of example, but you can upload your own or any other design you like.

Choose the “Travel Mugs & Tumblers” category from the list on your left… 

… and select which tumbler type you want from the wide range available. 

You also get to see what they look like once customized…

… and that pretty much concludes the third step.

Step #4: Decide on the quantities you’re going to need

As we briefly mentioned in the initial step, choosing the right quantity for your product is an important factor to consider before placing your order.

You definitely don’t want to come up short when selling or sharing your personalized tumblers, neither order too many than what you can handle. 

That’s why you must carefully estimate the size of your audience depending on the occasion, whether that’s your employees or your event attendees.

You can choose the exact quantity of your items before moving to checkout once you’ve selected your tumbler type, as well as see the pricing so you know whether you’re within budget or not.

Let’s move on to the last step.

Step #5: Place your order

After having completed all the previous steps, it’s finally time to place your order.

What differentiates us from other swag suppliers is the fact that we’ll send you branded mockups for free.

That way, you’ll be certain whether you’re satisfied with the product or not before paying anything.

Once you’ve reviewed and approved the mockups, we’ll start working on your order straight away and you should expect to receive it in a few business days.

Now Over to You

There you have it.

You now know pretty much everything there is to know when it comes to tumblers and customizing your own.

We understand that choosing the right types, at the right quantity, and within your budget can be a daunting task.

That’s why we’re here to help and guide you step-by-step through the whole process, in order to make sure that you’re completely satisfied with the results and that you’ve offered your audience a fantastic promotional product.

Feel free to contact us by filling out the form at the bottom of the page and we’ll get back to you to get started with your swag needs straight away!



Featured image by Andrew Neel on Unsplash.

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