Send Your Customers Back to School in Style with Personalized Supplies!

For many parents, the end of summer signifies the beginning of hectic schedules, high-spending and hasty decisions: enter back-to-school season.

Emotions run high as families scramble to drag their kids away from the pool and into department stores – which can feel discouraging in itself. Toss in the unreasonable prices of plastic character backpacks and a kid’s desire to own every impractical celebrity-endorsed notebook available. The parental pressure to keep the kids happy and the teachers happier mounts, and suddenly the school shopping trip has turned into one giant, expensive guilt trip.

And unfortunately, all of those overwhelming emotions don’t disappear at checkout – and they are not unique to just parents, but teachers, too. The thing about kids is… as cute as they are, as responsible as they may seem…there’s an exceptionally good chance that $50 Spiderman backpack will need to be replaced before the third week of school even starts. Markers and pens will be lost after the first art project of the year. Water bottles and keys will be misplaced. The frustration and spending seems to never end.

But – what if you could help make that first day of school extra special for the kids while also making parents feel a little more secure about how much money they are forking over for supplies (which may or may not be lost on day one)? Personalized school supplies are easy to produce with a little organization and a lot of creativity and fun!

Check out these back-to-school ideas to offer your customers and help their families start the year off right!

Custom Backpacks for All Personalities

With its sublimatable front panel, these canvas backpacks can be customized to appease kids of all ages, which helps make going back to school a breeze. Personalize them with your customers’ names, monograms or school mascot.

This backpack includes a padded laptop pocket and side mesh pockets to store reusable water bottles.

Stay Hydrated, Save the World

Pair the backpack above with a custom matching water bottle – this way, kids will never mistake it for a friend’s. Keep germs away and the kids hydrated while saving the planet from the overuse of plastic and styrofoam cups.

Dude, Where’s My Car?

While your customers may have a bigger problem on their hands if their 16-year-old comes home without their car, losing the keys to said car can be just as big of a dilemma!

Creating custom keychains can help your customers easily find their keys and support their favorite sports team or player. Shop sublimation keychains on our site – our selection includes a football helmet, megaphone, jersey and more!

Sublimation Football Helmet Keychain

Teachers Need Love Too!

Help your customers show appreciation for the people that ensure their kids are learning new things everyday. Offer your clients custom plaques, mugs, clipboards, canvas bags and more so the teachers in their lives feel special and celebrated.

Teacher of the Year Sublimation Plaque

Decals for Days

Use sign vinyl to keep your customers organized in the classroom! Create vinyl decals of each school subject – or personalize the decals so important notes won’t get lost in the classroom.

personalized heat transfer vinyl folders back to school biology geometry language arts coastal business supplies

5 Custom Gifts to Create for Father’s Day

It’s time for Father’s Day, yet another gift-giving holiday full of potential for personalized merchandise to offer your customers. This opens up new sales opportunities and a time to get creative with your products you sell.

We offer a variety of blanks ready to be personalized for your customers. Offer gift packages or sell individual products as stand-alone gifts.
Products Perfect for Fathers

Father's Day Gift Guide - Coastal Business SuppliesFor the Grilling Master

Sell a grilling essentials package including our sublimation apron, pot holder, and  oven mitt. Also, consider using our sign vinyl to customize any set of grilling utensils.

For the Beer Lover

When it comes to products perfect for beer lovers, we offer all the blanks you need. Consider packaging our metal bottle opener with our frosted glass beer stein.

Sublimation Bottle Opener - Coastal Business SuppliesFor Those that Prefer it a Little Stronger

Create custom shot glasses to compliment your customer’s favorite man cave. Sell in sets of four or six to bring in more profit for your business.

For the Golf Lover

Offer custom golf towels, with clever quotes or a message of love from the family.

For the Outdoor Adventurer

Offer your customers what they need to prepare their fathers’ to hit the trail. Create custom water bottles, t-shirts, and hoodie’s to use year round.

For the Lake Lover

Gear your customers up to cool off at the lake, pool or beach with a “Summer Essentials” bundle, including a custom designed towel, koozie, and flip flops.

Create Custom Mugs for Father's Day - Coastal Business SuppliesFor the Coffee Lover

Every father needs the essential “#1 Dad” Mug. Offer these mugs pre-made or promote custom mugs with popular quotes.

Our Favorite Father’s Day Sayings to Use*
Dad:

  • A son’s first hero, a daughter’s first love.
  • The best dads get promoted to grandpa.
  • You’re our favorite (don’t tell mom)
  • Who needs a super hero when you have a dad
  • Yoda best daddy
  • Go ask your mother
  • Father Fuel

*From unknown sources 

How to Press Sublimation Plaques and Awards

Commemorate special events and awards with our high-quality sublimation plaques! These plaques are perfect for sports teams, employee recognition, or honoring a special hero. Pressing these sublimation blanks can be easy when done correctly. That’s why we’re providing you with these tips on getting professional results while avoiding common mistakes.

We used the shield award plaque, our small format Sawgrass Virtuoso SG400 printer, and Image Right R paper.

Design with Templates

The nice thing about sublimation is that you can use any computer program to set up your design. However, for odd shapes like our shield plaque, it’s best to use a template. We offer templates in PDF and EPS formats.

For more information on how to use templates, click on one of the following programs to check out our Youtube video!
Adobe Photoshop CS
Adobe Photoshop Elements 12
Corel Draw X4

For Sawgrass Virtuoso users, try out Creative Studio, which you can find on the Sawgrass website! Creative Studio makes everything so much easier by providing a template in which you can easily upload your own image. Check out our webinar video on how to use this online program.

Get on With Printing

Don’t forget to print your design in reverse. The Powerdriver (the color correction driver) for Windows automatically mirrors the image, but if you are a Mac user, you may have to do that manually depending on your sublimation printing system. if you are using Image Right print on the bright white side of the paper!

Pre-Press To Avoid a Mess!

Any hard surface sublimation blank should be pre-pressed to eliminate moisture. Heat your press to 400° F, place your blank on the heat press face up, and cover it with a protective silicone sheet or polyester fabric. We don’t recommend using Teflon for this step as it traps moisture. Close and press for about 40 seconds.

If you see a lot of steam or moisture collecting anywhere on the lower platen, press again for additional 40 seconds.

Trim Your Design and Line Up

The award plaques are fairly thick and have a beveled edge, which can sometimes diminish visibility when aligning the design. We recommend trimming the paper close to the outline of the shape. Put the paper face up on a flat surface and align your plaque. Hold both the paper and the plaque firmly while you carefully tape them together for added security with thermal tape.

Press Away!

Now that you have your design taped to your plaque, place the blank face up in your heat press. The instructions for our MDF Hardboard Plaques made by Unisub are as follows:

Temperature: 400° F
Time: 30-45 seconds
Pressure: Medium (4-5 bars)

We pressed ours for 40 seconds which resulted in a perfect edge to edge sublimation! Peel away the paper immediately after the time has elapsed. Be careful to not shift the paper while the blank is still hot as that may cause ghosting and blurry image.

Proudly Display

The finished plaque should look flawless throughout. If there are any spots that look lighter than others or faded edges, try increasing your pressure and double checking that your temperature is consistent on your heat press platen.

Stock up on sublimation award plaques today!   

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