Wondering what to get that special someone for the holidays? We’re big believers that going custom is always a good idea. In a time where generic gift cards take reign, many people yearn for something custom and personal. A.T. Cross Company recently revealed the results of their first annual gifting study that sheds light on key holiday shopping and gift giving trends. The result? The survey of more than 2,000 North American consumers revealed consumers desire personalization above all else when receiving a gift.

If you are hard pressed to find something for someone on your list, why not opt for a custom t-shirt?

The rise of online, made to order, t-shirt companies has been prolific over the past few years (think Red Bubble, TeeSpring, Zazzle, Etsy). That said, we couldn’t be more proud to say that many of the brands you love most print on BELLA+CANVAS tees because they love the quality, fit, and silhouette. Not to mention they know that we make tees that people will actually want to wear.  There are a few reasons for the rise and success of these companies:

  1. There is a huge demand for personalization to the oomph degree.
  2. They cater to the immediacy demanded by the skyrocketing market for socially relevant t-shirts (think about how many “Nasty Woman” t-shirts you saw pop up within days of that last presidential debate).
  3. These days, it’s easier than ever to build and run an online t-shirt shop thanks to the advancements of DTG technology.

Convinced? Thought so! If you’re ready to go custom, read on for our favorite spots to score the coolest custom tees on the holiday circuit.

Red Bubble:

Based out of Australia, these guys run a massive e-commerce business, which provides independent artists with a way to monetize their designs by printing them on clothing and homeware. You can find thousands of tees with the coolest graphics, made by all your favorite artists (and of course, printed on BELLA+CANVAS tees!).


Etsy is your one-stop-shop for curated, small batch, typically handmade items. Did you know that many of Etsy’s most lucrative shops sell BELLA+CANVVAS tees? Whether you’re on the hunt for a cute bulldog tank or a quirky slogan on a tee, you’ll find it all and more on Etsy.


Teespring is a platform that makes it easy for anyone to create and sell high-quality products people love, with no cost or risk. Looking for a gift that will truly impress this holiday? Teespring allows you to create a t-shirt in someone special’s name, with profits going to the charity of their choice?


Zazzle’s got everything you could ever want for the holidays. Their mission is to give people the power to make anything and everything imaginable and their Christmas-themed tees prove that and more.

What do you think about going custom for the holidays? We’d love to hear your thoughts!