Posted by Ed Gaug
The temperatures are starting to drop and that means our attentions are moving from t-shirts and sweatshirts and on to jackets. This means finding the right combination of style, warmth and versatility. The best way to get the most use out of a single jacket is to find the perfect soft shell jacket.
Soft shell jackets started becoming popular in the past 3 to 4 years when brands like Patagonia and Eddie Bauer started designing jackets that were just as warm as their traditional down jackets, but not nearly as heavy or bulky. This was perfect for those who need to keep themselves protected from the cold, but wanted something that they could wear all the time without having to take off their jacket to sit down at a restaurant or coffeeshop to be comfortable.
Soft shell jackets utilize a few great materials to maximize the way they trap internal heat while blocking out the cold weather to keep you comfy even in the worst conditions. The shell, or outside of the jacket, are made of wind and water resistant polyester that is tightly woven to deliver a perfect fit while maintaining breathability. The interior of most soft shell jackets are a designed with a soft fleece-like material that is thin enough to accommodate extra layers like sweatshirts, but warm enough to be comfortable without extra layering. Add on a strong zipper and the option of a hood and this jacket becomes your go to all-season jacket. From spring rains to winter snow, a soft shell jacket can get the job done.
With soft shell jackets being so popular, it didn’t take long for brands to offer specific ladies versions of their jackets. Ladies have the benefits of a more feminine cut, shorter arms and body and a wide range of colors geared towards women.
Soft shell jackets offer many features that aren’t available in many other styles that you won’t believe you lived without. Many jackets offer venting or mesh breathability in the under arms to keep you cool if your body temperatures starts to rise while hiking or biking. Insulated zippered pockets allow you to keep your valuables safe from any moisture and your hands warm when you need a bit of extra protection. For high comfort levels, stretchy fabrics allow the jacket to fit like a glove, letting you forget you are wearing a jacket at all. Add in soft fleece lining and this jacket may get more wear time than your favorite t-shirt!
Now that you are an expert in soft shell jackets, take a few minutes to find the perfect soft shell jacket for your needs. Whether you are looking to buy for your entire company or just yourself, the right soft shell jacket is waiting for you. Choose from top brand names like: Eddie Bauer, Patagonia, Columbia, Callaway, Devon & Jones and more. We make it easy for you to co-brand your corporate jackets with these top name brands when you upload your own logo or artwork into our online designer and create a custom jacket that all your employees will love to wear. Designing your new jacket is easy and can be done in just a few minutes. If you decide you don’t want a customized jacket, many of our jackets can be bought without decoration – the choice is yours. Now is the time to stay warm and stay comfortable.
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Posted by Ed Gaug
2: Get a good night’s rest. Staying refreshed keeps you focused and lets you get more accomplished.
3: Make room for your new purchases. Donate or dispose of things you no longer use or need.
4: Plan ahead. Review gift buying guides and create a list of gifts to buy for everyone on your list to save time.
5: Make sure to take a break. Don’t overdo it. A 20 minute coffee break helps you calm down and regain your wits.
6: Shop online and avoid the crowds. There is nothing worse than trying to find a parking spot and trudging through the mall with thousands of people, just to find that what you need isn’t available in store.
7: Set a realistic budget. Determine ahead of time what you spend and stick to it.
8: Forget being perfect. The gift wrap may tear and the pie might get a bit burnt, but during the holidays, it is the thought that counts.
9: Make a list. Where would we be without a good list? Make sure everything is checked off…or at least check it twice.
10: Treat yourself —don’t forget about you. Make sure that you reward your hard work. We recommend a cozy blanket, Christmas movie and a nice strong cup of eggnog. (Click on the link for a great eggnog recipe video)
Posted by Ed Gaug
The holiday season is quickly approaching and now is the time to start thinking of what the perfect gift is for everyone on your list. While your first instinct might be to head over to your local mall or big-box store, why not skip the traffic and lines and order something unique and personalized for your friends, family, team, coach, employees or co-workers? All of our gifts can be personalized using our easy to use online designer to upload your own artwork, logo or text or can be bought without decoration.
Gift giving shouldn’t be hard or stressful, so we’ve compiled an easy to search list of the top gifts for those special people on your list. Shop the categories below and find the perfect gifts that will become cherished items that continue to be used year after year, or in some cases, all year long.
Check Out Our Holiday Headquarters, Shop Early & Get Gifts In Time For the Holidays!
Team & Sports
Giving a gift to a team or an individual sports fan doesn’t need to be overwhelming. For a team, gifts that bring your players closer together are always a great success. Many coaches and parents find that team warm-ups or sweats do the trick. New team warm-ups for the holidays will give your players a much need boost in confidence and pride the next time they head to a game. It also brings a sense of professionalism when your entire team matches and looks like a cohesive group. Players will want to wear these all the time to show off their team spirit.
If team warm-ups aren’t practical or in the budget, team sweats are a great alternative. Since sweatshirts have made the jump from exercise-only to everyday apparel; team sweatshirts have become the most sought after items for players, parents and fans alike. It keeps you warm during the winter and early spring months and promotes your team spirit. For players, hooded sweatshirts are the most popular, but many parents find crewneck sweatshirts to be more comfortable. Both styles allow you to add your team’s name or logo on to the front of the sweatshirt prominently so you can wear it with pride!
Who doesn’t know a sports fanatic on their list? Fan jerseys are a great gift that you can design in support of their favorite team or player. While we cannot produce licensed or copyrighted material, you can create something truly unique that no one else will have! What sports fanatic wouldn’t want to have a one-of-a-kind jersey they can wear at the next game?
While players, parents and fans are indeed important, a team will go nowhere without a coach. This is why we never want to leave coaches out of the gift conversation. Many coaches volunteer their time and money to help their players and team succeed. This holiday season, remember the coaches in your life and show your appreciation for their hard work and dedication. A new coaches polo or jacket can be the perfect gift. It shows that you care and it lets them show their team pride while on the sidelines.
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Family & Friends
Giving gifts to the ones closest to you can sometimes be a challenge because they mean the most to you and you want to give them the best gift possible. This year we recommend giving gifts that are not only special, but will keep them comfortably warm through the cold months ahead.
Jackets are one of those items that all of us have and depending on where you live in the country, some jackets may get significantly more use than others. With a wide array of jackets ranging from lightweight soft shell jackets to sub-zero down jackets, the perfect jacket is always available for your loved ones. This year, the most popular jackets have been fleece-lined soft shell jackets. These jackets are lightweight and have a slimmer profile, but can keep you warm in even the coldest temperatures. With water-repellant shells, you won’t have to be worried about getting wet if snow or sleet starts to fall.
Sweatshirts offer many of the same benefits as jackets, but allow you much more flexibility when it comes to personalizing them. Sweatshirts come in styles to suit everyone — the hoodie (go to staple for younger family members), the traditional or crewneck sweatshirt (never goes out of style) and zipper front (from quarter zip to full zip).
Blankets are a popular holiday gift because they can be used in so many situations and are a great gift for almost everyone on your list. Super soft and super warm fleece blankets are easy to carry, can be stowed anywhere and are always useful in the house, at the game or even in the car on long trips to visit family for the holidays. Fleece blankets come in many different colors and styles, so no one’s tastes are left out. If you want to customize a fleece blanket for someone special, you can choose to have a message or design embroidered on the blanket to make it unique.
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Employee & Corporate
Holiday gift giving for business and corporations has grown tremendously over the past few years. In the past, many companies gave out logo branded mugs, pen sets and small items but more recently these gifts have upgraded to soft shell and fleece jackets, sweaters, dress shirts and even tech accessories. These items are seen as being a much higher quality and can be worn and used around the office after the holidays come to an end.
Soft shell and fleece jackets are great solutions for those businesses that have people traveling for work or just want to keep their employees comfortable at their desk. Both styles of jackets are light enough to wear indoors but warm enough to be worn outside without having to switch to a much bigger jacket. Soft shell and fleece jackets also allow for you to have separate men’s and ladies’ cuts of the same jacket. This means everyone has a jacket that fits perfectly.
Sweaters and dress shirts are great for the corporate work environment that demands a higher standard of in office clothing, but still allows employees to feel appreciated. Sweaters and dress shirts with the company or brand logo not only make great gifts for your employees, but also great gifts for clients and vendors during the holiday season. These are considered very high value gifts because they are not limited to just the holiday season or certain times of the year, these gifts can be worn 365 days a year.
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We hope this guide helps take some of the stress out of your holiday shopping season. Remember to buy early so all your gifts arrive before your holiday or year-end parties. If there are any other gift ideas you think we missed, let us know in the comments or find us on Facebook or Twitter. Have a happy holidays and a tremendous new year!
Posted by Sharon La Riviere
Being a fan is a lot of hard work. It takes hours of planning each week to make sure your schedule is cleared for game time, the food is ready and your favorite shirt is clean…or dirty if that’s your superstition.
Your favorite shirt is the key to winning. Every fan knows that. But why spend hundreds of dollars on a team jersey with a player’s name on the back that may not be there next season. Why not design a custom fan jersey that’s truly unique!
Choose from hundreds of different jersey styles and colors on TeamSportswear, including football, baseball, basketball, hockey jerseys and more. Finding a jersey that fits your needs and matches your team’s color can be done with ease.
Step 1: Pick Your Jersey Style. Are you gearing up for the World Series, than pick from our inventory of baseball jerseys. Choose from professional looking full button-down jerseys, v-neck pull over jerseys or classic ¾ sleeve t-shirts. Football fans also have many options to choose from. For most people, the Overtime jersey is the best bet for custom fan jerseys. It looks and feels like a traditional football jersey, unlike many new professional jerseys that are very snug and not quite as comfortable.
Step 2: Design Your Jersey. While using a team’s official name and logo is not possible due to licensing agreements, you can still design using your team’s colors or informal nicknames. Recently, many people have been designing their custom jerseys with their team’s favorite Twitter hashtag. This means things like #GetBeard for the Red Sox fans and #StLCards for Cardinals fans. Other design ideas come from social networks, fan sites and message boards where other fans are sharing clever or unique ideas. Don’t have an idea? That’s ok, we offer thousands of great free design templates.
Step 3: Share Your Design. Now that your design has been finished and your order has been placed, you can share your design with friends and family. Many people like to post their new creation on Facebook and Twitter to show off their new jersey and show support for their team. Create a fun post and show it off!
Step 4: Wear It With Pride. The last thing to do with your custom fan jersey is to put it on and wear it with pride. Whether you’re heading to the tailgate and game, the bar to join friends or just setting up on the couch with some snacks with family; show off your team pride with your new, personalized fan jersey.
Now that you know the steps, start designing your custom fan jersey at TeamSportswear and find the one that you will love to wear for years to come.
Posted by Sharon La Riviere
As many of us know, supporting a cause very near and dear to us is fulfilling, but rarely ever easy. And finding the best way to raise money is sometimes difficult and overwhelming. Planning large gatherings like Relay Walks or 5Ks take a lot of upfront planning to make sure things go smoothly.
The first step is to determine what type of fundraiser will best suit your needs. Are you looking to bring people together for an event? Raise awareness for your cause? Find additional funding? Why not combine all three? An event can bring people together, raise awareness and bring in additional funding.
Follow these five steps to help make your event a success.
1. Plan Ahead
Timeline: 6-8 months in advance
First, plan ahead. Make sure before you start spending money or sending out invitations you know exactly how everything is going to work. This means big details like where the event is taking place and how many people it can accommodate down to small details like amount of available restrooms and whether you need to feed volunteers. Once you have all the details sorted out and on paper you can begin spreading the word.
2. Spread the Word
Timeline: 6 months in advance
There are many great ways to market your event and make sure as many people as possible will attend. If your audience is mostly comprised of working adults, than advertising in local newspapers, flyers and e-mail will be the best way to get your fundraising event info to a large group of people in a small amount of time.
If your group may skew slightly younger than social media is king. Creating a Facebook page and/or event will ensure that many people from the age of 13 to their mid-30s will be sure to see information about event. This will also give people a way to share your fundraising event with all their friends and family at the same time, spreading the word of your event quickly. Being active on social media will help you stay connected with your community and build engagement with your supporters. (more…)
Posted by Sharon La Riviere
We polled our staff – Check out the Top 10 All Time Favorite Coaches Quotes according to LogoSportswear.
1. “Young players need freedom of expression to develop as creative players…they should be encouraged to try skills without fear of failing.” – Arsene Wenger, Arsenal Football Club
2. “Winning isn’t everything, but the will to win is everything.” – Vince Lombardi, Green Bay Packers
3. “You’re never as good as everyone tells you when you win, and you’re never as bad as they say when you lose.” – Lou Holtz, University of Notre Dame
4. “Winning takes talent, to repeat takes character.” – John Wooden, University of California Los Angeles
5. “You’re never a loser until you quit trying.” – Mike Ditka, Chicago Bears
6. “Excellence is the gradual result of always striving to do better.” – Pat Riley, Los Angeles Lakers
7. “If you’re going to make every game a matter of life or death, you’re going to have a lot of problems. For one thing, you’ll be dead a lot.” – Dean Smith, University of North Carolina
8. “Every season is a journey. Every journey is a lifetime.” – Mike Krzyzewski, Duke University
9. “A person really doesn’t become whole, until he becomes a part of something that’s bigger than himself.” – Jim Valvano, North Carolina State University
10. “About the only problem with success is that it does not teach you how to deal with failure.” – Tommy Lasorda, Los Angeles Dodgers
What quote inspires you? TELL US!
Posted by Sharon La Riviere
I know I’m not alone when I say that I’ve personally been affected by breast cancer and all of the pain and suffering it brings not only those who are suffering from the disease but the families and friends of those standing by. While I have not battled the disease myself, I’ve been by the sides of several family members and friends for whom this terrible disease has touched. I’ve been there to witness the strength of the survivors who are still here with me today as well as those who put up their bravest and strongest fight yet lost their battle and have left me only with memories. Because of this, breast cancer awareness is a cause near and dear to my heart and that of many.
During the month of October many people, businesses and organizations promote Breast Cancer Awareness Month (BCAM) to increase awareness of the disease, raise money to help support research into its prevention, diagnosis, treatment and cure and to support those affected by breast cancer. Also known as National Breast Cancer Awareness Month (NBCAM), it was founded in 1985 as a partnership between the American Cancer Society and Imperial Chemical Industries (pharmaceutical company producing several anti-breast cancer drugs) and continues today to promote the cause by using mammography to help with early detection.
Today many different organizations hold a variety of events that are held during the month of October and throughout the year including: charity walks and runs, benefits/galas for individuals battling, selling t-shirts with profits donated to a charity, poker rides, bake sales, corporate donations and sponsorships, garage sales, silent auctions and many more. A pink ribbon and the color pink are often used during events to symbolize breast cancer awareness. If you’re planning any of these types of events, we want to help!
We sell a variety of products that can be used for giveaways, event promotions and sold to raise money for the cause. You can add your own artwork,design and event details on t-shirts, sweatshirts, caps, polos or pretty much anything. We also have a wide selection of free design templates that you can use if you don’t have a design in mind. We make it easy for you to create inspiring breast cancer awareness apparel for your upcoming event.
If you want to create a fundraiser to sell t-shirts but don’t want the hassle of having to buy shirts upfront, check out our new partnership with Tfund. It’s a free way to run a fundraiser to raise money by selling t-shirts without any upfront costs. It’s simple to do just:
1. Go to Tfund.com
2. Design your t-shirt (upload your own design or choose from free templates)
3. Choose the price you want to sell it for and the number of shirts you’d like to sell
4. Spread the word to your friends, family, businesses and event contacts
5. Earn the profits and donate them to your favorite cause
Tfund has even set up their own breast cancer awareness t-shirt fundraisers in honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month. They’re donating 100% of the profits from the t-shirts sold from these campaigns to the National Breast Cancer Foundation, Inc. Check out the 4 awesome designs below that they’ve created, buy one, and help support this great organization!
As you can see, there are so many ways that you can get involved in helping to fight this disease — so get started and make a difference in someone’s life today!
Posted by Sharon La Riviere
It’s that time of the year — time to get ready to go back to school. Whether you’re in middle school or college, here are the top 10 back to school clothing and accessory essentials to look fabulous year- round.
1. T-shirts – the tee has been around for over 100 years and they’re here to stay! There are so many designs, styles and colors to choose from that you could wear one every day of the week and never get tired of them. If you want to make your style truly unique and stand out from your friends, create custom t-shirts to have that one-of-a-kind look.
2. Polos – sometimes a t-shirt is a bit too casual or maybe your school has a dress code – collared polo shirts are a great choice. Select from short sleeve, long sleeve, sporty styles like golf polos and different fabric types such as dry performance which will keep you dry when you’re outside and active. Here’s an idea, athletic looks are in, so pair sporty polos with basketball shorts.
3. Sweats – who doesn’t love hoodies? They’re all the rage, so stock up on several different colors, styles and designs that you can make yourself. Choose from pullover styles, ¼ zip, full zip and crew neck styles. We offer a ton of different colors and you can even choose your school colors to wear for school spirit! Match your sweatshirt with coordinating sweatpants to wear when you’re on the go running from class to class or just lounging around.
4. Caps – they’re not just for guys anymore — ladies love em’ too! When you’re running late or just want a casual look, caps are a staple item to have as an accessory. Ladies – you know sometimes you just don’t have time to do your hair, so throw your hair in a ponytail and put on a cap and you’re off! We offer the brands that you love like: Adidas, Nike Golf, New Era and more. Tons of styles = tons of options. Add your own embroidered design to any of our caps and make them even more personalized. No one will have the same hat as you!
5. Bags / Totes – you’ll need a bag to cart around all your books, team uniform and other stuff. Choose the style that works best for what you need to carry – from totes, backpacks, drawstring bags, sport duffle bags, laptop cases and messenger bags. We’ve got something for everyone. And the cool thing is you can customize our bags too. Add your name, team name, school mascot or just about anything else. It’s easy to do when you use our online designer and free design templates.
6. Team Uniforms – fall sports are starting and I’m sure you’re going to need a new team uniform. Talk with your coach and have them check out the uniforms we have for over 20 different sports! You’re entire team can order them at once and save money with the team discounts we offer.
7. School Spirit Wear – show your school colors and get pumped up for the next big game or school event. Create custom school t-shirts, sweatshirts, jerseys, warmups and shorts with your school colors, mascot, name or fun saying.
8. Flip Flops – I wear flip flops all year round, don’t you? They’re easy to throw on, casual and a necessity when you’re living in a dorm. A cool new thing that we’ve recently added is a way to make custom flip flops. How fun is that!
9. Warmups – check out our best-selling personalized warmups that are perfect to wear on the field or off. They’re practical and comfortable and can be customized with your name, number, mascot and more.
10. You Choose! What’s your must have back to school item?
Start shopping to today to get your gear in time for the new school year. You can buy most of our clothing and accessories customized using your own designs, create it using our free templates or buy the items “blank” without customizing them. There’s something for everyone!
Happy Back To School Shopping
Posted by Sharon La Riviere
We’re excited to announce our new partnership with Tfund which is powered by our parent company, CafePress. What is Tfund you ask? It’s a website where you can create and run a fundraising campaign by selling custom t-shirts to raise money for your charity, project, team, school, event or just about anything else. What’s great about it is that there’s no risk or upfront costs to you, there is no cap on how much you raise, and it can be set up in minutes!
Wondering how you can use Tfund? We’ve got plenty of ideas!
Charities – Have an upcoming charity walk or fundraiser like Relay for Life? Why not create a commemorative motivational t-shirt to honor the life of a friend or family member to remind yourself and others who you’re supporting.
Family Reunion – Raise money to pay for the expenses of a family reunion and have everyone wear the tee shirt to your reunion!
School Fundraiser – Get permission and upload your school’s logo or mascot on your t-shirt and sell them to students, parents and grandparents to raise money for your school events. It makes for a great keepsake t-shirt!
Teams – Put your team name or logo on your t-shirt and sell them to team members and their families to raise money for an upcoming tournament or end of the season party. Now both players and fans will have a shirt to wear during your games!
Non-Profit Organizations – When natural disasters or tragedies happen you want to help. Why not design a custom tee shirt to help raise money for a non-profit organization that is donating their services to provide help to those in need. Donate 100% of your profits to the organization!
Businesses – Just starting out and want to help promote your new business? Add your logo, tagline or web address to your t-shirt and promote your campaign on your website and social network sites. It’s a great way to advertise your business!
Designers – Have an awesome design that you’ve created? Share it with others by putting the design on a t-shirt and make some extra money!
Churches – Raise funds for church activities by creating a tee-shirt with your church name or inspirational quote. Spread the word to your followers and community.
As you can tell we’re really excited about this new partnership and we want to let all of our customers know about this great new way to raise money for your cause.
Now you want to know how it works, right?
- Design your custom t-shirt using the online designer. Oh, and guess what? If you’ve used our designer on LogoSportswear or TeamSportswear the process will be even easier because it works the same way!
- Set your goal by determining the amount of t-shirts you think you can sell and the selling price and that will determine the profits you can make.
- Determine your campaign details
- Choose your fundraiser name and tell people your story of what you’re raising money for.
- Create a unique URL to point people to your fundraiser – it’s like your own fundraising website!
- Choose the amount of time you’ll run the fundraiser (7-21 days).
- Promote your campaign on social networks like Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Google+, Tumblr and through email.
- Collect your profits!
It’s really that easy! Visit http://www.tfund.com/ and get your fundraiser started!
Posted by Sharon La Riviere
What American doesn’t watch football or play football — not many since it’s been America’s most popular sport for 47 years! Let’s take a look back to how the sport all began.
The roots of American football can be traced to early versions of rugby football and association football played in Britain in the mid-19th century. The game was transformed by several major rule changes brought on by Walter Camp, AKA the “Father of American Football”. The popularity of college football started to grow in the United States in the first half of the 20th century when the bowl games (a number of post season games) attracted national attention and boosted rivalries among college teams. The origins of professional football can be traced back to 1892 when William “Pudge” Heffelfinger was paid $500 to play in the game between Allegheny Athletic Association vs. Pittsburg Athletic Club.
The NFL (National Football League) as we know it today was formed in 1922. Football became the primary sport of Midwestern industrial towns in the United States and the popularity continued to increase at an alarming rate. The 1958 NFL Championship Game between Baltimore and New York also known as the “Greatest Game Ever Played” contributed to the league’s popularity by being televised across the nation on the NBC network. The game was played at Yankee Stadium in NYC and was the first game to go into sudden death overtime. The final score was Baltimore 23, New York 17.
The merger of the AFL (American Football League) and the NFL and the creation of the Super Bowl that happened in 1960 put football on the map. It’s the most watched television event in the United States every year! Whether you watch the game on TV or are lucky enough to see the game live you can support your favorite team by designing your own custom football fan jerseys or shirts.
Fantasy football has increased in popularity with the growth of the internet but did you know that it started way back in 1962? It’s an interactive competition where users get to compete against one another as the GM of their virtual team. You can draft, trade, add/drop players and change rosters and can even track your stats online using sites like ESPN, CBS, Yahoo and the NFL themselves. At TeamSportswear we recognize the popularity of the game and offer players the option to create your own custom fantasy football jerseys to wear during the season and playoffs. What better way to show your team spirit!
For those of you who play on a football team or league we haven’t forgotten about you! From youth leagues like Pop Warner, high school, powder puff, flag football, to adult amateur teams we’ve got custom football uniforms and custom football jerseys for all levels. It’s really easy to create them using our online designer where you can add your team roster, add your colors and team name. If you need a complete football uniform, you can save up to 30% off by ordering our football uniform packages which include a jersey and matching pants.
Be sure to check out our newly re-vamped football experience at http://www.teamsportswear.com/customfootballuniforms.
We’re excited for the upcoming football season, are you?