Whether you want to add new items to your magnet collection, or you plan to embark on a cool experiment with your kids, receiving free magnets is always a good thing.
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Aside from store-bought magnets you can find in hardware and school supply stores, you can also request free magnet samples direct from certain companies. And if you need it sooner, you’d be surprised to discover multiple items stored in your own home that can be scavenged for magnets.
Where to Find Free Magnets Online
When you go online, you’ll find free magnets from 4 different types of websites:
- shops that sell magnets and other trinkets,
- printing companies that customize the prints of numerous items (including magnets),
- marketing firms that create promotional materials for other companies, and lastly
- brands giving away promotional items with their logos.
The problem with these sources is that you can’t expect to get more two or more free magnets. If you’re an individual looking for a freebie, you’d be lucky to be able to request for a sample. It is a different story completely if you have a business since these online shops would be happy to send you magnet samples if they know a future order (hopefully in bulk) is on the horizon.
So without further ado, here are the sites that offer magnet samples:
- Magnets.com – The makers of refrigerator magnets, business card magnets and other kinds of promotional magnets, this is the go-to shop of everything magnet-related. And if you’re from the US and are interested in getting a sample, just enter you details in this form and wait for your sample pack. Unfortunately, a business/org name is required, which means samples are only offered to legit companies and not individuals.
- MagnetQueen.com – If you’re not picky with designs and just want more magnets, Magnet Queen lets you order their sample pack free. It includes a free 3×4-inch photo magnet, white linen envelope and clear protective sleeve. You do have to be from the US to collect and willing to pay $1.99 for shipping.
- MagnetStreet.com – For those looking for wedding invitations, check out these magnet invitations from Magnet Street. They’re going to send you some generic invites, but even shipping fee is on the house, so what do you have to lose?
- DiscountMagnet.com – There are more magnet options available here and you are welcome to choose more than one type of magnet. However, you need to shoulder shipping fee of $4.50/magnet and an additional $0.50 for every extra magnet sample you add to your cart.
- US Magnetix – Only available for US addresses, magnet samples are available here just by filling out the form. Just make sure to tick either the “promotional magnets” or “industrial magnets.”
- Minted.com – The free magnets by Minted Weddings fall under save-the-dates and wedding invites. Note that the generic magnet sent to you may or may not include another couple’s names and faces.
- New and Blue – Similar to Minted Weddings above, the free magnets they give away are generic non-customizable ones, but they’re free of charge and includes a magnet invite, save-the-date magnet, and printed envelope. They include a font and color chart for once you decide to order.
- A Giftful Heart – If you’re okay with one free sample, pre-printed, and non-personalized, you can just request it free and have it delivered to any US address. You do have to pay $8 if you want the sample customized to your names, dates and wording.
- NBA Jr. – Register as a parent and get a welcome kit with a magnet and welcome letter.
- Sand Scripts – Get a 2021 calendar magnet from Sand Scripts just by sending your email request to firstname.lastname@example.org with your mailing address. Note that US addresses only and available while supplies last.
- TNT Fireworks – Join the TNT Club and get magnets, temporary tattoos, and other items for free. While no purchase is necessary, you must be at least 13 years old and living in the US to join.
- Moose Tracks – Become a Member of Moose Tracks Nation to receive monthly MooseMail and possibly win Free Merch like stickers and magnets every month.
- Peri and Sons – Vote for Your Favorite Charity and fill out the form. The first 2,500 respondents receive a FREE Breast Cancer Awareness Magnet. Available in US only.
- MisterMagnets.com.au – If there’s a Magnet Queen in the US, there’s Mister Magnets in Australia. The free magnets included in the kit are generic, so if you’re not picky with prints, then fill-out the form and wait for your package. They don’t deliver outside Australia though.
- Printing for Less – This company gives away die-cast magnets free, but only for companies in Canada and US. Fill out the form for your requests.
Some printing companies offer magnet samples at super-low prices. For example, Jukebox Print priced their magnet sample pack at $1 with free shipping for US and Canada buyers, and $1 plus shipping fee for international buyers.
In some cases, the magnets do not come free, but design templates are offered without charge so you could customize your refrigerator magnets, photo magnets and so on.
REMEMBER: Most of these companies host giveaways, contests and other promotions online. Register on their newsletters to be updated.
If you’re not on a rush, you can follow these companies on Facebook, Instagram, YouTube, or any other social media platforms and wait for a good offer or freebie to come your way.
How to Find Free Magnets Already In Your Home
If you really need magnets immediately, probably for your kid’s school project or you’re in a crafting mood, you’d be surprised that A LOT of stuff just dusting away in your garage could be salvaged for magnets.
Some examples of these are:
- Duvet covers (the tools that keep covers closed)
- Hooks for organizing stuff or hanging art (check the back of paintings, posters, or organizers used in bags, belts, scarves and more.
- Doorbells (some may have two or more depending on the size and mechanism of your doorbells)
- Speakers (check the broken ones stored in your garage. It isn’t worth salvaging magnets from speakers that are still working perfectly).
- Fans – Usually round magnets and softer than other types of magnets.
- HDD (hard disks) The ones you find on a computer hard disk are super small (about 1/500th of a strand of human hair)
- Refrigerator and cabinet doors – The magnets here are hidden by the door (it’s what keeps the door shut). It is the same for your fridge or any kind of cabinet.
- Racks – Most wooden racks (spice racks, knife racks, organizing racks) have magnets inside to stick the item to the rack.
- Electric toothbrushes – Got a broken one lying around? Open it up and you can find at least 2 small magnets inside.
There are also magnets inside various home appliance, electronics and gadgets, such as your TVs, old monitors, and microwave ovens. However, they can be tricky to remove if you don’t know what you’re doing. In some cases, getting the magnets can even be dangerous.
Where Can You Use Free Magnets?
From preschool, kids can already explore the basics of magnets and enjoy science concepts at an early age. Magnets serve as awesome experiments to the young minds, so it’s always nice to have some lying around.
If you don’t have kids, magnets can also be perfect DIY equipment, especially when you’re working on home organization. Make a tool kit, beer storage, utensils holder, spice rack, and so much more with a piece of wood and magnets. If you’re pretty crafty, you can even sell these on Etsy or give them away as gifts.
Not a fan of magnets? How about stickers? If you’re looking for more freebies, or a collector of awesome and quirky sticks, check out my list of companies giving away free stickers to add to your collection.