New Ideas for Reunions and Gatherings

Are you frustrated with using snail mail and long distance to get family members together? Is it hard to obtain updates on relatives that may have moved or changed phone numbers? Use Online Tools to Organize Your Family ReunionSummer is a time for fun and leisure, not frustration and limits imposed by time and distance.  

If you’re planning for your group, don’t underestimate the Internet as a valuable tool for providing information to attendees, gathering and updating contact data, RSVPs, arranging travel, reservations for activities, sending surveys and more.  More group travelers are using the Web to arrange their plans, thus reducing, time, postage and phone costs.  The Internet is also a valuable tool in shopping for keepsake items, and custom printed shirts.

According to an industry survey of consumers and travel professionals, family reunions are the most popular type of group leisure gathering, with 55 percent of respondents saying they had planned one in the previous year; these were followed by sports outings, 29 percent; reunions of friends, 26 percent; wedding parties, 22 percent; and association or community group gatherings, 20 percent.

Two top online group travel companies — Groople and GroupAbout — offer information on hotels, transportation, activities, cruises and packages. They have tools that help groups of five or more set up Web sites that can be customized for their trips; group members can share information and book and pay for travel. The companies also offer discounted rates, particularly for hotel rooms.

Hotel Planner is a little different. Groups provide information on the site, like the city they want to visit, their needs and other requirements; the site then collects online bids from hotels in that city. Once the group accepts a bid, creates a customized Web site for the group that allows individuals to book rooms.

There are a number of other online options available that may be a good fit for your reunion.  For more information read the NY Times article “Reservations for 38, With an Online Travel Planner” for information on how one family reunion planner arranged his reunion using online tools.  For more information on custom printed t-shirts for your reunion, visit us online or call 1-800-295-5184.  Download our product quote form for a detailed quote with complete pricing on a shirt for your next event! 

The Trend Toward Natural Materials

One retail trend that will likely make waves into the promotional products industry in the near future is the move toward more natural materials and fabrics.  Straw has already become quite popular in hats and handbags.  In accessories, don’t be surprised by a move toward wood, leather, shells or any other natural substance that can be incorporated into a fashion item in part or in its entirety.  The eco-conscious trend really is beginning to reach into most markets.

Promotional Tip: The move toward natural materials in accessories perfectly compliments organic and recycled apparel available. This presents an opportunity and can help companies and organizations expand their product offering to employees and clients.  Think corporate, award and incentive programs.  — Taken from Wearables Style, Volume 72

For help finding items made from natural and organic materials, download a quote form, complete it and fax it to us.  Visit us online to see our ever increasing selection of t-shirts, including the Anvil 100% Organic Cotton T-Shirt.  Check back often to see our updates.  Read our article on Organic Cotton.

What’s Your T-Shirt Style?

It’s imprinted t-shirt season again, the season where companies and groups of all sizes will be placing their logos and advertising messages on t-shirts for high visibility.  Groups in every industry are buying promotional t-shirts for spring and summer activities. Sport Tek Ladies Vintage Football Jersey

Schools are buying custom printed t-shirts for bands, sport teams, and summer camps.  Companies are purchasing t-shirts for seasonal safety and motivational programs.  Individuals are buying custom t-shirts for church activities and family reunions.  As a group buyer, do you know if your group prefers trendy or classic, crew neck or v-neck, ribbed cotton or cotton jersey, sporty or casual?  Maybe your group would prefer a variety of styles to choose from.

Imprinted t-shirts aren’t limited to the one size fits all styles of the past.  There are lots of options for style, color, and fabrics to make shirts more durable, functional and stylish as ever.  If there is such a thing as a t-shirt personality we’d like to explore it a little and provide information on the styling options available.

When we think of a typical t-shirt it includes the relaxed and loose fitting shirts that we know and love.  The relaxed style has universal appeal and is worn by men, women, children and infants as well.  Standard shirts can include decorations like contrast stitching or feature raglan sleeves and ringer detailing to make them unique.

Raglan shirts (example below) are designed with the shirt body in one color and the inset sleeves in another contrasting or complimentary color.  Ringer styles have a body that is one color with the neck and sleeve trim in a different or complementary color. promotional t-shirts, custom printed raglan These relaxed styles fall free from the body and allow extra ease of movement and more room, making them great for sports and outdoor activities like picnics and festivals.

There’s a growing trend in t-shirt styling that appeals to a different, sometimes overlooked audience.  That audience includes women who want t-shirts that reflect their personal styles and the styles of other clothes in their wardrobe.  It’s not that they no longer like the boxier, relaxed look of the typical t-shirt, but they want some additional options. Because of this growing trend, many companies are making trendier shirt styles available for logos and imprints.  These styles include fashion tees, and shirts that provide a more fitted body style with sleeves and fabrics that reflect current retail fashions.

Fashion t-shirts are found in most junior’s and ladies lines and follow the body closely for a snug fit.  They are cut shorter in the body and sleeve length (cap sleeves are common) and appeal to a fashion conscious audience in general.  Classic shirts loosely follow the shape of the body and allow for movement and are found in men’s and women’s lines.

Football Jerseys Are Popular

Football Jerseys Are Popular

Sleeve length is often influenced by season, temperature and activity.  Options include short sleeves, tanks, long sleeves, 3/4 sleeves, and cami-straps. And don’t forget neck styles, like henley, crew neck, scoop neck, v-neck; and  and the list goes on.  These styles are usually combined with fabrics and colors to create shirts that appeal to a people of all sizes and ages.

Shirts in poly/cotton or jersey fabrics work well for those that want reduced shrinkage, improved color retention, and reduced wrinkling. These fabrics are great when durability is important.

For athletics and outdoor activities shirts with moisture management take moisture away from the body, keeping the body cooler, drier and more comfortable.  Cotton shirts are excellent for super soft absorbency, comfort and movement. Many cotton shirts are pre-shrunk for reduced shrinkage. Best of all, they provide a smooth, durable print surface for your logo.

Color options include standard, solid shirts that provide a consistent, uniform look.  Tie-dyed shirts provide a bright, younger, nostalgic look.  Another popular trend is toward the vintage look that uses garment and pigment dyes, that provide a lived in, casual look.  Shirts in neon colors (mostly green, orange and yellow) are popular with groups promoting safety.

Style, fabric, and color features and trends in the consumer market provide many options when we shop on an individual basis.  Many of us want some of those same options when we receive gifts from the companies we have relationships with.  So the next time you’re shopping for imprinted shirts, think about the group you’re buying for and ask yourself, what’s your group’s t-shirt style? Visit us online to see our current selection of classic and fashion styles.