If you belong to an unsigned band, you may be struggling to come up with unique band merchandise that will bring the fans flocking to your merch table. Gone are the days when T-shirts and Stickers were enough for your fans. To meet the demands of their fans, some bands sell pocket knives, condoms, and even branded grinders!
If you don’t want to go so far as to brand and sell your own condoms, check out the list below for 10 unique items of band merchandise to help build your fan base.
1. Bottle Openers
Some music just sounds better with a nice beer in hand! If your band plays this kind of music, you should consider branding some keychain bottle openers with your logo and name. Give your fans functional and fashionable merchandise. Whenever your fans go to crack open a cold one, give them a nice reminder of your show.
2. Unique Band Merchandise Keychains
Keychains are an awesome piece of unique band merchandise that your fan can take anywhere. The design possibilities are endless, as well. Ultimately the point of merchandise is to create a fan base and to build up a well-known brand. The best way to achieve this is to spend as little as possible, on the highest quality product that you can easily stock.
Good looking keychains are easy to make, nice to look at and serve a real purpose.
This is the ultimate in unique band merchandise! Cassette tapes are coming back – just check out your local independent music scene. You’re guaranteed to find a few cassette tapes for sale! That’s because they are cheap to record and even cheaper to produce. In some cases, bands will set up a tape recorder beside their gear and play a show, recording the entire thing. Then from that one cassette tape, they create more tapes, label them themselves and sell them for a few dollars. The site Merch Now sells tons of cassettes, illustrating the demand!
People want unique band merchandise that they can hold in their hands, that comes with its own art and they can show off. Consider the opportunity to sell one of a kind merchandise at your merch table.
Buttons are a merchandise mainstay. Visit any merch table and you will find at least one or two buttons. Unique band merchandise doesn’t have to be completely outlandish, it just has to stand out from the usual fare. This means that size, color, and design all play an important role in whether or not your buttons will stand out from the crowd.
Buttons are coming back into the fashion mainstream and you don’t want your band to get left behind. Coming up with unique band merchandise gives your band the opportunity to flex their illustration muscles.
If, on the other hand, you are interested in going for the unusual, why not consider branding incense. Many people burn incense for relaxation and meditation purposes. Meaning, that your unique band merchandise can be associated with your fan’s most intimate and peaceful moments. Bonus points if the names of the scents you create correlate with albums or song titles.
The image is from the heavy metal band, Ghost. Packaging is a huge part of branding. Create incense boxes that showcase your band’s aesthetic, like Ghost’s eerie, cult-like aura, and can be cherished long after the incense is gone.
One great piece of unique band merchandise is a personalized lighter! Disposable lighters are useful tools that everyone has lying around somewhere. Whether or not your fans smoke, lighters are great for candle lovers and slow songs. How cool would it be to ask your fans to put their lighters in the air for a slow song only to see a bunch of your merch in their hands?
7. Rolling Papers
Talk about unique band merchandise – If Snoop Dogg can do it then your band can too! This is a great idea for people who live in states with legal marijuana. Brand your papers with your logo and watch as your fans light up at your shows, online and in their community. Advertising your album and starting conversations.
Who doesn’t love a good personalized mug? This is a great item to put in your online merch store. It may not be the best to sell at a show as mugs are breakable and a little inconvenient to hold at a show. The best part about mugs is the versatility. You can create them in any color, size, put any design on them. They are basically a blank canvas for any band logo, lyrics, album covers or other illustrative items.
9. Personalized Lip Balm
Help prevent your fans from experiencing uncomfortable, chapped lips with this unique band merchandise. Do you think anyone else in your genre has branded lip balm? Probably not! Nail this unique niche market and create delicious, soothing lip balms with your band’s logo on the tube. Put a QR code to your latest single on the tube so that your fans have even more incentive to snag a tube!
10. Personalized Can Coolers
Can coolers are so easy and low-cost to make that you are really doing your band a disservice by not selling them! Not only are they useful but you can also completely customize them and help them fit the narrative your band wishes to embody. This one goes along with the bottle openers!
These 10 items of unique band merchandise are sure to give your band the visibility boost it needs. Spice things up from the usual T-Shirts and stickers and be remembered for a long time to come. Order your merch, here.