From Scrivener's Friday 5 site.
1. What’s the most practically useful article of schwag* you’ve ever received?
Pens are particularly useful especially when you have to find one in a hurry. Always seem to be a promotional pen in my house somewhere.
2. What’s the most useless schwag you’ve ever received?
Bumper Stickers - I don't like to deface my car and the sticky residue many leave behind after they are peeled off. Yuck!
Buttons - I never wear them.
Irregularly Shaped CDs - They can get suck in your computer!!!!
3. What schwag do you receive on a regular basis, and how do you feel about it?
Pens - I like getting them because I don't have to buy any! Second to that I would probably say T-shirts and then tote bags. Free tickets are good depending on the event.
4. What’s something that could reasonably be great schwag material but for some reason isn’t?
Flash media cards. Who doesn't need a free one every now and then?
5. What the schwag that’s physically closest to you right now?
Pens, tote bag, water bottle.
* From Wikipedia: Promotional merchandise, promotional items, promotional products, promotional gifts, or advertising gifts, sometimes nicknamed swag or schwag, are articles of merchandise (often branded with a logo) used in marketing and communication programs. They are given away to promote a company, corporate image, brand, or event. These items are usually imprinted with a company’s name, logo or slogan, and given away at trade shows, conferences, and as part of guerrilla marketing campaigns.
The schwag in these photos include pens, pencils, two campaign brochures, one for Chris Lethem running for Senate in the 12th District (Honolulu) and for Carol Kaapu running for State House in Kalihi. Other items include a flashlight, tire pressure gauge and a Michlen tire guy statue.