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5 Budget Merch Ideas You Can Give Away at Gigs 

5 Killer Merch Ideas (On a Budget!) for Your Next Gig

In this post, I’m sharing 5 awesome ideas for merch you can give away (or sell!) at gigs without breaking the bank. Because let’s face it, nobody should leave a gig empty-handed, right? This list includes freebies and some cool email-capture options too.

#1: Badges: Wearable Art on a Budget

Just like me, you probably love a good badge. They’re perfect for showcasing your band’s logo or artwork, and totally wearable! Now, while you can expect to pay around £10-£15 for 100 badges depending on size, printing, and shape, forget buying a fancy badge press (they’re pricey!). I learned the hard way and just buy mine online. Saves time and money.

#2: Signed Flyers: A Classic with a Twist

Flyers are a gig staple. But why not take them up a notch? Grab a stack and have your band members and yourself sign them! They’re cheap, collectible mementos for fans. You can even get other bands to sign them – a great way to collaborate and save some cash.

#3: DIY Stamps: A Unique Touch

When I was working on our first album, “Million TV,” I wanted something special that captured the DIY spirit of the project. For the release gig, we created custom cardboard CD sleeves and stamped them with a bespoke logo stamp. It was a huge hit! Imagine stamping fans’ clothes, notebooks, or anything they bring along – a truly unique merch option.

#4: The Mighty Plectrum Press: Unleash Your Creativity

Forget buying custom picks online. This is where the plectrum press comes in! For around £20, you can create plectrums from almost anything. Get creative – the possibilities are endless! This is a great investment for unique, personalized merch.

#5: Download Cards: Spread the Music (For Free!)

No physical CDs or vinyl? No problem! If you have music on Bandcamp, consider creating download cards with unique codes. Here’s the tip: give them away for free. People are hesitant to spend money on a small card, but a free download is an enticing offer.

That’s it! Let me know in the comments if these ideas sparked some inspiration!