3 Famous Promotional Gifts

Promotional gifts are a great way of staying in the minds of your customers, clients and prospects. Tara offer a wide range of promotional gifts, from USB sticks and mouse mats to pens and mugs.

Let’s look at some left-field promotional gifts that have been given throughout the years:

The Statue of Liberty

The Statue of Liberty was gifted to New York City by France in 1886. The move came about when a French political thinker wanted to congratulate the victory of the anti-slavery Union in the American Civil War. The intention was to celebrate the still quite young United States, the concept of freedom and to serve as a welcoming sight to immigrants arriving to New York. It was built in France and shipped over in pieces to America to be assembled. The designer and builder was Gustave Eiffel, who a few years later went on to build a famous monument in Paris.

The gift also served to foster good relationships between the two republics and to promote the friendship between the duo.


On every St. Patrick’s Day since 1952 the Taoiseach, or another high-ranking minister, presents a crystal bowl full of shamrock to the President of the United State of America at a reception in The White House.

It’s believed this tradition started in order to improve Irish-US relations after Ireland remained neutral in World War Two. To this day it still promotes the great relationship between the two nations.

Funnily, the Secret Service almost immediately destroy the shamrock after a photo opportunity or two as part of their security protocols.

The Wooden Horse of Troy

Never has a gift been given with a nastier ulterior motive. After a fruitless 10-year seige, the Greeks pretended to sail away and left a large wooden horse to their enemy as a gesture of goodwill. The horse was paraded around the city as a victory trophy. Of course, a select force of skilled warriors were inside the horse and in the midst of the night they emerged from their hiding place and opened the city gates, paving the way for the Greek army who brought about the end of Troy.

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