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The always popular printed mug - The Promotional Ceramic Mug range

What is the difference between printed bone china mugs and branded ceramic coffee cups?

Mugs are one of the most iconic branded giveaways within promotional merchandise. As well as being the ideal corporate gifts they are a great retail seller, appealing to a huge and varied audience. There is a vast array of different printed mug styles, colours and designs to choose from, the most common for custom printed mugs being either ceramic or bone china. The most popular continues to be the branded ceramic coffee cups. Promotional products like the printed Cambridge Mug or Sparta, these are the most recognisable promotional mugs on the market. The technical difference between ceramic and china is to do with the clay used and how they are finished in the kiln. Ceramic and cheap branded mugs are produced using a standard and less expensive clay, this delivers an overall, thicker-walled product when fired. Branded China mugs are produced using special Kaolin clay, and when heated at a higher temperature it delivers a thinner-walled, almost translucent bright white and a more delicate to the touch product. They are both popular branded mugs and depending on affordability and who you want to gift them to, they both possess a unique appeal with their notable difference in quality. 

Important things to consider when choosing your promotional mugs

When choosing printed mugs for your branded merchandise giveaways then there are many factors to consider, to ensure your promotional ceramics arrive just as you expected. Due to the many possibilities on offer for custom branded mugs, it is important to choose who will be using them and where. If you require your mugs to be perceived as premium branded giveaways, then opting for high-end elegant china mugs for executive corporate gifts would be recommended. Lightweight and delicate, they deliver an unmistakable quality that is unrivalled by any other promotional mugs on the market. The classic Cambridge white mug is a highly versatile mug, its size and unforgettable design make it perfect for general use around the home and office and even on the building site! These conventional mugs as branded products boast an incredible print area, that can hold a full wrap or dye-sublimation print and they are robust and immensely durable. Many branded ceramic coffee cups can offer alternative features to the standard styles, Pantone colour matched mugs to add that exclusive feel or the attractive and extremely eye-catching duo mugs, with a wide catalogue of coloured outers to choose from with a white inner. 

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Consider adding little extras to your printed mugs, here is our suggestions

Some great little extra promotional merchandise ideas can be added to your branded mugs, for that something just a bit more special. Promotional confectionary such as custom company mints, printed wrapped sweets and branded chocolates are fantastic additions, along with a variety of bakes like cookies, muffins and cupcakes. Other branded merchandise items such as printed sticky note pads, promotional pens and a range of promotional technology products such as custom branded charging cables and printed earphones make for some exciting add-ons that will surely impress your clients and prospects. 

How do we brand your promotional ceramics?

The most favoured and certainly the most popular branding methods for mugs is the classic screen print method. This is ideal for solid colours and depending on the size and shape, can usually be wrapped around the body in one print process. For branded full colour mugs, photos and more intricate designs then a dye sublimation or even an applied transfer option is recommended. Dye sublimation can produce a stunning finish and covers a large portion of the mug, recommended on mugs such as the Cambridge which has straight edges with no lips or curves. Transfers are used for company mugs that cannot be printed due to the shape, or where you may want to achieve an inner rim print or to the base. Need some advice on which promotional mug will work best for your logo?, contact the Merchandise Ltd team, we will be glad to help.