Graduation is about possibilities. Whether its from high school or college, graduation means a fresh start. From the moment a student walks across the stage, they get a new beginning and a chance to build the life they choose. That’s a significant and powerful moment worth celebrating!

The question is, when your friend or loved one is stepping out into the world, what gift can you give that really celebrates this rite of passage? Sure, you could go with a gift card or cash, those things are always appreciated. But if there were ever a time to give a gift of significance, this would be it!

We may not be experts, but in our experience, you can’t go wrong if you ask yourself these three questions when shopping for a graduation gift.

DOES THIS SUIT THEIR STYLE?

The most important thing you need to think about is the person you’re buying for. This may sound elementary, but even when you’re out shopping for someone else, it can be really easy to pick up the items that you love. Make sure the gift reflects the taste and style of the graduate.

WILL THEY EVER USE THIS?

Graduating usually precedes a big move or lifestyle change, so consider what the graduate may need moving forward. Are they moving to a dorm room where they’ll need everything from decorations to basic sheets and towels? Are they starting their first big job out of college? Think about their upcoming needs and try to get them something they can use on a regular basis.

IS THIS GIFT PERSONAL OR MEANINGFUL?

The best graduation gifts reflect this moment in time. Graduation is both a beginning and an end (sort of), so you can go either way! You can give a gift that will make your graduate feel excited and inspired for the future, or you can opt for the gift that will take them down memory lane. Both are wonderful, you can’t go wrong. The most important thing you can do is make it personal. Choose a gift that you can customize and personalize.

We may not be experts, but we know how to customize and personalize just about anything. So while we can’t give you a “top ten things to buy a graduate” list, we can suggest a couple of things that are guaranteed to make any graduate feel special.

Canvas prints

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The best thing about canvas is that it’s super versatile! You can print custom designs, quotes, artwork, photographs, and more. Canvas can be mounted, framed, or hung as-is and you’re not limited to standard sizes.

Not sure what design you want printed? We offer custom design services as well as canvas printing, so if you’re not an artist, we’ve got you covered. If you’re fresh out of design ideas, our favorite graduation gifts for 2017 are customized maps. You can choose the map you like, and add a quote or a name that fits your graduate! This gift is great for grads who are about to embark on their journey into the world. They can even check off the places they visit as they go! It’s a keepsake for life.

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Interested in pricing for a custom canvas print? Simply fill out our short request a quote form and we’ll get you all the info you need!

Embroidered gifts

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Custom name or monogram embroidery is another great way to create a personalized gift your grad will use and love. We find that the most loved embroidered gifts are the ones students can use at school! Personalized blankets are great for dorm life because they can’t get mixed up with a roommates. We also suggest towels, backpacks, and cozy bath robes.

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Want to see more options for embroidered gifts? Shoot us an email and we’ll be happy to send you some more ideas! Maybe you’ve already got a special gift and you’re just looking to add that special personal touch. We can help you with that, too!

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Curious about other potential gifts? Check out our website and follow us on social to see more of what Cornerstone Impressions can customize for you!

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As a Fort Worth based company,  we are right in the middle of an area with multiple colleges and universities. Every fall, sororities and fraternities from these local universities begin recruiting their new members.

Recruitment for sororities is a huge deal. For nearly a week, hundreds of girls go from sorority house to sorority house meeting girls, learning about the various philanthropic efforts of each sorority, and eventually deciding which one is the best fit for them. Once the week is over, the new sorority members are super excited to wear their new Greek letters!

Sometimes finding congratulatory gifts for sorority girls is hard because not every company is licensed to sell these products. Fortunately, we are! Just in time for fall recruitment, we’ve added plenty of new products to our online sorority shop. It’s now easier than ever to purchase Greek apparel and gifts for the sorority girl in your life.

Check out some of our sorority gifts below!

CHARLES RIVER EMBROIDERED PULLOVERS

 

GOLD GLITTER EMBROIDERED V-NECKS

 

 

CAR DECALS AND STICKERS

 

EMBROIDERED STADIUM BLANKETS

 

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In addition to our online store, we take custom orders. So if you have a different gift in mind, just shoot us an email here: hannah@csimpressions.com and we’ll make sure you get the gift you’re looking for!

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If you’re like us, you love giving gifts at the holidays. You like to make the people in your life feel special and you like to see them smile. What you probably don’t like so much, however, is selecting the right gift for each person! When you’ve got a long list of people you appreciate, it can be challenging to find the right gifts for everyone. You want your gifts to be meaningful and enjoyable. After all, nobody wants to give another basket of coffee and pecans. But with so many people on your list, how can you make sure each gift feels personal and special?

We’ve got you covered. In our experience, the best way to add that personal touch is to literally get personal. Personalization can take a gift from simple to elegant in one smooth step. It can turn a basic item into something completely unique. This year, we’re giving you a step-by-step guide to gift giving that will ensure everyone on your list gets a little something special!

Step 1: MAKE A LIST OF THE PEOPLE IN YOUR WORLD

When it comes to shopping, one should never begin without a list. Shopping without a list is the reason you walk into Target for a bar of soap and leave with a full cart and $300 less than you walked in with. So, for your wallet’s sake, take a few minutes to sit down and write out a list of everyone you want to give gifts to this year. Break them down into categories like family, friends, teachers, coworkers, business relationships, employees, etc.

Step 2: WHAT’S GOING ON IN THEIR WORLD?

After you’ve got a list of everyone you want to buy for, take a minute to sit down and think about each individual on your list and what’s going on in their lives this year. Did they have a new baby? Did they get married or move into a new house?Did they start a new job or retire from an old one? Did they graduate college? Did they send a child to college? Do they have any major events or changes coming up in their lives? Make a second column next to their names and write down something personal about each person in this column.

Step 3: WHAT DO THEY NEED IN THEIR WORLD?

Now that you’ve got a list and a little something personal about each person written down, think about gifts for life events. For example, newlyweds might enjoy a gift featuring their new family name, like a decorative pillow or a photo frame. A student might enjoy a cozy blanket or a lap desk to use while they study. Someone who recently started a new job might enjoy a padfolio or a name plate for their desk. Maybe grandma could use a new scarf. Once you’ve got a few gift ideas, add a third column and put down the gifts that would work for each person.

Now, you might know five people who moved into a new house or went off to college this year, and you want to get them all cozy new blankets. Remember, it’s totally okay to give the same item to multiple people, because we’re going to add a personal touch in the next step!

Step 4: PERSONALIZE

Now you’ve got a list of people to buy for and a list of which gifts to give, all you have to do is personalize! When you take the time to add a personal touch to gifts, people feel special! It’s a very easy way to show the people in your life how special they are to you. So, here are a few suggestions for gift personalization.

  • If you’re giving pillows or towels, have the family name or monogram embroidered onto these items. These make wonderful elegant gifts for the home, not to mention useful!
  • For grandma, add her monogram to a soft, cozy robe or a new scarf. She’ll stay warm and look pretty all winter long.
  • For the college student, add their team to a blanket, jacket or any other apparel item you choose! You can never go wrong with team spirit.
  • For that friend who started a new job, try monogramming a laptop bag or customizing a business card holder!

If you follow this step-by-step guide to gift giving, we promise your presents will not disappoint! We love creating personalized products for our clients, friends and family. If you’d like to see more gift ideas from Cornerstone Impressions, email us or visit our social media sites! They’re filled with pictures so you can browse for ideas.

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Embroidered jackets and button down shirts are great forms of advertising and a popular choice among clients this time of year. When you’re shopping for shirts and jackets, you have a wide variety of fabrics, styles and sizes to choose from. In a store, all the choices are laid out in front of you so you can easily select the option that best suits your personal style.

When you’re thinking about custom embroidery, it’s a little less simple. You might have plenty of options, but if you can’t see them it’s pretty hard to choose the one that’s best for you. We don’t think that’s fair, which is why we are laying some of those options out on the table today. Now you can choose your custom embroidery style just like you would choose a shirt in a store.

LEFT OR RIGHT CHEST

Okay, we’ll go ahead and state the obvious here. The left or right chest is by far the most common embroidery location on a jacket or shirt. It’s simple, classic, and professional. Basically, if it were a person, it would be the person you take home to meet your mother.

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The left and right shoulders are also very popular locations because they’re great for advertising, and here’s why: It’s less awkward for someone to stare at your shoulder from afar than it is for someone to stare at your chest. People may not take the time to read the logo on your chest for fear of making you uncomfortable. However, if it’s on your sleeve, they’re free to stare as long as they like.

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Upper Back

Embroidery on your upper back is all about personal preference. Some like their embroidery in the center of the back, while others choose to place their logo on one shoulder blade or the other. Another common use for upper back embroidery is displaying a web address or full company name.

Yoke

The yoke, or nape of the neck, is a discreet location for those who want personalization but nothing flashy. It’s also a popular location for athletes to put their jersey number for a couple of reasons. First, the number allows the players to identify which jacket is whose. Second, the number lets the fans identify players on the sidelines during the game.

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Cuff

Embroidering shirt sleeve cuffs is becoming more and more popular as a gift item for events like weddings. Brides give their bridesmaids custom embroidered shirts to wear on the day of their wedding and to have as a keepsake afterward. Popular embroidery ideas for cuffs: date, “bridesmaid,” “bride,” “maid of honor,” etc.

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 Now that you know some of your options, we’d love to see what you’ve chosen! Comment below with your custom embroidery photos and tell us what you love about it. If you happen to have some Cornerstone Impressions custom embroidery, don’t forget to post a picture of it on Instagram or Twitter and use the hashtag #csimpressions for a chance to win a $25 Visa gift card! Follow us here at Just Inkin’ Around and our social media channels below for more chances to win.

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The decorated apparel industry is constantly evolving and improving. It seems like every day we hear about a new ink or a better machine. There’s always something more to learn and room to grow. At Cornerstone, we have employees with more than 10 years of experience in this industry, and we have employees to whom apparel decoration might as well be a foreign language. This week, our whole team is attending the Imprinted Sportswear Show (ISS), the largest trade show dedicated to the decorated apparel industry.

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The expo floor is filled with new products and equipment, we could have wandered for hours!

The conference also offers a variety of seminars dedicated to apparel decorators at all levels, so every member of our team gets the chance to improve upon their specific set of skills!

For us, the Impressions Awards gallery is one of the highlights of ISS Fort Worth. Every year, Impressions magazine holds a contest for apparel decorators, and the entries are on display at ISS Fort Worth. Award winners are announced at the end of the conference, and their work is shown at every ISS show the following year. We love seeing the awesome submissions from apparel decorators across the country and beyond.

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^^^That one’s ours!!!! ^^^

The best thing about the Imprinted Sportswear Show isn’t that we get to see new screen printing toys and take classes, though. For us, the best part of ISS is getting to use what we learn to make even better apparel for our clients. Like our industry, we are constantly evolving and developing to bring our clients the best products and services available.

We can’t wait for you to see more of what we’ve learned on the blog, so make sure you subscribe! As always, email any questions you might have to hannah@csimpressions.com. You can also learn more about us on our website, and by visiting our social media pages.

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We don’t have to tell you there’s a lot to love about fall. Football is back, everything is pumpkin flavored, and the air gets crisp. When seasons change in the real world, cool air blows in and leaves change colors right before your eyes. In a screen printer’s world, the tank tops turn to t-shirts and the t-shirts turn to jackets.

Making you look good is our passion. It wouldn’t be right for us to let you run around in the cold wearing your summer tank tops, now would it? So today, we’re pulling out those warmer clothes and sharing our five faves for fall.

LONG SLEEVE TEES

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Long sleeve T-shirts are a staple in every fall wardrobe. Whether you wear them in the yard, around the house or running errands, chances are you have at least a few in your closet. Comfort Colors garment-dyed cotton tees wont lose their shape or softness in the wash, so you’ll always get that relaxed look and feel you love.

WIND JACKETSJacketsWhen the wind picks up, we pull out our Charles River jackets. These lightweight jackets are perfect for blocking you from the wind and the rain without weighing you down. A hood and convenient pockets make these jackets perfect for athletic events and other outdoor activities. Personalize yours with custom embroidery!

BEANIES

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Keeping warm is easy with beanies in every color. Beanies can be embroidered right here in our shop, so add your logo or your name for a personal touch!

SCARVES

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Scarves are fashion’s secret weapon. They can be used to dress up or dress down an outfit. They provide warmth without ruining a hairstyle. Embroider your team’s name on a scarf and you have the perfect accessory for cold games in the stands! These grey scarves are light weight and super soft, which makes them perfect for everyday wear. Customize yours with a monogram, name or logo of your choice!

LIGHT WEIGHT HOODIES

Next Level Hoodies

Light weight hoodies are our final fall fave for good reason! They’re forever soft and provide the perfect amount of warmth as the weather transitions from hot to cold. Screen printed hoodies are the most comfortable way to represent your businesses, brands and organizations, we guarantee it!

Now that you’ve seen our five faves for fall, we want to know yours! Leave a comment and tell us what you love to wear when the weather gets colder. As always, we love to hear from you, so send your questions in to hannah@csimpressions.com and we’ll answer them on the blog. New posts go up every week, be sure and follow us so you don’t miss a thing! In the meantime, we love to connect with readers on social media:

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