How to Make the Most of a One-Color T-shirt Design

When you’re talking about screenprinted T-shirts, more colors mean more money. To keep costs down, many marketers opt for a one-color design on their promotional T-shirt. But that doesn’t mean it has to be boring! Here are 5 ways to end up with a super creative shirt design with only one ink color:

Method 1: Choose a color shirt!

Texas A&M University - Central Texas / Warrior Kids Promotional Shirt in Multiple Colors

Why? A white t-shirt is sort of a no-brainer for an inexpensive shirt. But did you know a color shirt with a one-color design is actually cheaper than a white shirt with multiple ink colors? There are shirts available in almost any color of the rainbow these days, so pick a fun color that suits your brand and make a splash!

Extra Cost: Less than a white T-shirt with multiple ink colors!


Method 2: Use a distressed effect for a trendy vintage look.

Why: Retro and vintage designs are very IN right now. It’s a simple process to add a distressed effect to your logo or message to make your shirt look more like something the cool kids would wear.

Extra Cost: None. It’s all done in the art file itself, and it doesn’t cost a thing.


Method 3: Be creative with “negative space”.

UMHB Promotional Shirt in one-color


Why? Use the color of your shirt as a “second” color in your design. Your logo could be “cut out” of the middle of a shape (your home state, or another shape relevant to your organization). It gives your imprint a big impact with out adding ink colors!

Extra Cost: None.


Method 4: Go for subtly with tone-on-tone.

Why: It’s trendy, saves you money, and makes your shirt extra wearable and hip! Tone-on-tone refers to the low contrast between the color of the shirt and the imprint color. Simply select an imprint color that’s a shade or two lighter (or darker) than your shirt color. BOOM!

Extra Cost: None, unless you need a very specific color for your imprint, which can cost anywhere from $25 to $60.


Method 5: Choose a unique shirt!

Why: Super soft shirts, V-neck shirts, 3/4 sleeve shirts, moisture-wicking shirts… the list of features is long. Invest your advertising dollars in a quality shirt your recipients will want to wear over and over, for maximum exposure — and no one will even notice or care it’s just a black or white imprint.

Extra Cost: Varies by shirt, but it’s built for attractiveness!


Bottom Line: While any one of these methods will give you some oomph, you might consider combining two or more. A tone-on-tone design that uses negative space and a distressed effect can bring a shirt design idea to life and make it THE hot promo item you’ve been looking for.

Need help creating a fun design for your promotional T-shirt? Call Perry Office Plus today: (800) 234-6605 or email for quotes and recommendations.

4 Questions We Ask Before You Buy Promotional Products

When you discuss promotional products with our Promotional Consultant, we’ll ask you (at least) these four simple questions. Each is meant to save time, and get exactly the information needed to recommend products that meet your specific marketing needs. Who doesn’t like to save time? So let’s cut to the chase!

1. What’s the timeline?

Some products are available on a RUSH, but others can take WEEKS. We only want to offer you options that are available in your required timeframe.

2. What’s your budget?

We don’t want to suggest a $10 item if your budget is $2 per item! We can make better recommendations when we have a rough idea of your total budget — factoring in shipping, setup, and any needed art fees.

3. What’s the quantity needed?

We’ll want to check inventory to make sure that the imprintable items we’re suggesting are in stock.

4. What and who is it for?

If we know the type of event and the audience, we’ll be able to suggest much better items to boost your ROI. We wouldn’t want to suggest a high-tech giveaway for a children’s event, or an embroidered blanket for an outdoor summer event. Knowing the event and your audience will keep our recommendations on target.

That’s it!

That’s everything your Promotional Consultant will need in order to get you a quote on just the right items for your needs. Call us today to get started: (800) 234-6605 or visit to request a quote!

6 Types of Custom Coasters to Save Tables and Market Your Brand!

Drink coasters are a great way to market indirectly and are perfect for both business and pleasure. Whether you’re creating brand awareness at an event or business, or saying thank you with a gift your clients will take home and use every day, beverage coasters come in a variety of materials that might work for you!

1. Paper

paper coaster

Pub style paper coasters are strong and absorbent, and give your brand exposure every time someone puts down their drink. Perfect for events, restaurants & bars, and inexpensive office giveaways. See an example >

2. Cork

cork coaster

A great option when you have a bold logo that looks good in one color. Cork is also a sustainable product for an even “greener” coaster option. See an example >

3. Wood

wood coaster

Wood coasters are Earth friendly & renewable and no two pieces are alike. Consider  laser engraved wooden coasters for your next gift. See an example >

4. Stone

stone coaster

Carve out so me space at the top of your audience’s mind when they use an absorbent stone coaster. These make excellent high-end gifts, especially in sets of 4. See an example >

5. Leather (or leather-like vinyl)

leather coaster

Deboss your logo on a quality leather or vinyl coaster for an executive look! Perfect for corporate giveaways and incentives. See an example >

6. Neoprene

neoprene coaster

Koozies work well for keeping the condensation off your hand — and it works for coasters, too! With benefits like full color imprinting and a non-slip rubber backing, the neoprene coaster is a great marketing tool. See an example >

Don’t forget about Car Coasters!car coaster

One of the more popular types of coasters recently is the absorbent stone, cork, or neoprene coasters that fit into your car cup holders. Since most cup holders have a similar size, car coasters are pretty universal and are a great way to get your brand in front of your audience on the go! See an example >

Coasters are a great marketing tool, and we can help you choose the right one for your event, audience, and budget. Call or email us today! (800) 234-6605 / View our Project Gallery >



Tips for Buying Custom Label Bottled Water

custom water

Want to carry your brand through the entire customer experience? Custom label bottled water is a prominent feature in many organizations, from car dealers and law offices, to hospitality. It’s considered a kind gesture, and is always a great way to keep your brand the focus, to the last sip. Here are some things to consider when you’re adding custom bottled water to your marketing ice chest.

1. Pick the type and size of bottle that’s right for your needs.

Crushable bottles, recycled bottles, premium bottles, even LIGHT-UP bottles… there are so many to choose from! Whether 8oz, 12oz, or the typical 16.9oz bottle is what you’re looking for, make sure you get a sample of the bottle so you know the quality you’re getting. And a pro tip: Smaller doesn’t always mean cheaper. The 8oz size is usually more expensive per bottle than the 16.9oz (although it would cost a little less in shipping).

Look at how many bottles there are! >

2. Know your label & maximize your imprint.

Most bottle options include a full color label, and only a small space is dedicated to the bottling information, so you have a nice canvas to display your logo and message. Consider adding a coupon or special offer that gives your label a longer “shelf life”.

And a label that isn’t waterproof will start to run when it meets the condensation. We always recommend a waterproof label for that reason.

3. Don’t forget about shipping (..and storage… and expiration).


There is usually a minimum of a half pallet on custom printed bottled water. Depending on the case quantity and size, that can be several cases of very heavy water, and it’s not cheap to ship, so factor that into your budget.

You’ll also want to consider where you will store your water to keep it from getting too hot (or too cold, if you’re not into bottled ice).

Also, many bottlers will stamp a recommended “best by” date on their bottles, or a “bottled on” date. Of course, water doesn’t really go bad, but for best taste, and to avoid grossing out your thirsty recipient, have a plan for using your water within about 1 to 2 years.

If navigating the bottled waters (haha!) sounds daunting, don’t worry. We’re here to help. Call or email us today to get started on your project: 800-234-6605 /

Red, White, & YOU: Marketing with Patriotic Promotions

Need something fresh for your July 4th event or Independence Day parade giveaway? Here are a few ideas for promotional products that are great options for marketing your brand and showing your support for the red, white, and blue!

Get your crowd in the spirit with this Statue of Liberty Crown.

What party-goer can resist a fun hat? Perfect for your July 4th photo booth!Libery Hat Patriotic Promotional Product

There’s a little bit of everything in this Celebrate America Kit.

This fun kit includes pen and sunglasses in a waterproof phone pouch.
What a great way to get your brand noticed!

Celebrate America Kit Promotional Product


Kids and students will enjoy this Patriotic Pencil!

For your school and kid-friendly event, you can’t go wrong with (or less expensive than) a pencil.

Patriotic pencil


Patriotic Beach Balls are a great way to bounce into summer.

Americans celebrating at outdoor events or water parks
will appreciate a fun branded beach ball!


Patriotic Hand Fans give patriotic event-goers a great way to stay cool.

The only thing hotter than summer will be your logo.


Business minded? Sticky notes are easy to make patriotic!

Add a patriotic background to a handy sticky note
and your brand will be shared and seen all over!

Promotional Sticky Notes

Get your grill on this Independence Day!

This patriotic spatula even has a built-in bottle opener. A great high-end giveaway or gift-with-purchase.

Patriotic Spatula Sportula Grill BBQ

Don’t stress this summer!

Need a great way to show your LOVE for your country?
Give this stress reliever a squeeze: your logo can be printed on the opposite side!

Patriotic Stress Reliever flag heart

These are just some examples of ways to use patriotic promotions to highlight your brand this summer. Americans love to party and we LOVE promotional products. Let us help you find the right one for your event. Visit for more info, or reach out by phone (800) 234-6605 or email

10 Products that Make You Feel More Organized Just Looking at Them

Feeling a little overwhelmed at the office and looking to de-clutter and get organized? Here are 10 office products to inspire you to organized greatness!

12-Compartment Organizer with Mesh Drawers
Organize much? You’ll enjoy every one of the 12 drawers here.

Master Vision Magnetic Calendar Combo Board, 48 x 18
So much organization in a shorter height, perfect for underneath overhead storage or in a cubicle. Feels like the best way to start a day. Right after coffee.

Post-It Full Adhesive Roll
Use it as a note or label! The Super Sticky adhesive sticks securely and removes cleanly and the dispenser allows you to pull and cut the perfect length every time. You can use it as a sticky note to leave reminders and notes, or use it as a label to identify rooms, doors, supply baskets, tool boxes, shelves, tubs, and more. The full adhesive back means  it won’t peel up until you’re ready to remove it!

Safco White Mesh Organizer
Use it as an inbox, a to-do box, or to keep on-going projects close at hand. Five 1″ wide vertical sections hold file folders, slim binders, magazines and more, while three 1″ horizontal sections accommodate any letter-size document. How fresh and fun is that white, right?

HON Flaghship File Cabinet
At 30″ high, this multipurpose filing and storage cabinet can also double as part of your worksurface. Check out the link for other configurations. And don’t forget our Furniture Team can help you find just the right storage for your needs — just call 800-234-6605!

Smead Expanding Project Organizer
One of our favorites around the office — this has 10 pockets for keeping track of multiple projects — or multiple parts of a larger project. Keep track of project progress, contacts and notes, all in one place.

Pendaflex Assorted Clear Poly Index Folders
This 10-pack of file sleeves is a great way to put a visual with your ongoing projects. Durable poly folders have color-coded strips, plus white, write-on tab at top for color-coded organization.

Smead Cascading Wall Organizer
Save desk space by utilizing often overlooked wall space! The six cascading pockets are removable to make viewing and access to documents easy, and an elastic cord closure allows you to contract all the pockets and secure them for transport. Bonus: It adds a pop of color to your workspace!

Safco Onyx Mesh Mobile File
Ever wish you could roll that file cabinet out of the way? This a great option, with two supply drawers, a file drawer, a top shelf, and sturdy casters to keep you rolling through your day.

Dymo LabelManager 500TS
Now THAT’S a label maker! This touchscreen, handheld label has a full-color screen that allows you to easily change fonts, format text, and add graphics to your customized labels. Compatible with labels from 1/4″ to 1″ widths, you’ve got a lot of options for getting everything labeled and in its place.

Shop the Perry Office Plus website at for many more organization tools and supplies!

7 New Ideas for Promotional Giveaways for 5K Races and Fun Runs

Are you tired of giving out the same old items for the springtime fun runs and yearly 5K races? We’re right there with you. So we’re suggesting some new ideas to get the most impact out of your marketing dollars this race season. (Pstt! These could also be good giveaways at any athletic or outdoor event!)

1. Wrap Sunglasses: How cool do you want your brand to be? This cool! These dark, ultraviolet protective lenses with UV 400 rating protect your eyes from the sun and feature sporty, wrap-around style frames.

Wrap sunglasses2. Bammies – The perfect outdoor accessory. These are inexpensive, covered in your brand, and can be worn a dozen different ways to suit the wearer — from a handy head band/wrap or dust mask, to a trendy armband or scarf.



3. Mini Water Bottle: A cutie quencher! A more compact version of the classic water bottle, for no-fuss refreshment on-the-go!

Mini Water Bottle

4. Waterless Tattoos: Don’t water down your brand! These are a fun, easy way to get your brand noticed at outdoor events.

Waterless Tattoos

5. Earbuds: Just add tunes! Not everyone is wireless and if you lose them like we do, an extra set of earbuds can really come in handy.


6. Hot/Cold Packs: Heat up your marketing! Plenty of shapes and colors available to match your brand.

Hot Cold Packs

7. Massager: Pick a fun style to rub potential customers the right way! 



Whether it’s an outdoor event, athlete-related, or simply a fun run, your next promo doesn’t have to be boring! Call me for more ideas today!

Debbie Yearwood
Promotional Consultant
Perry Office Plus
(254) 778-4755 x 112
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