Get into the Holiday Spirit: Great Ideas for Your Company’s Custom Santa Hats

The lead up to Christmas is always an exciting time of year and for almost any business in America, it’s also an extremely profitable time of year. In fact, small or mid-sized companies can make up to 40% of their year’s sales in the last two months of the year!

So embracing this festive boom is a great idea for any employer.

But if you’re struggling to get your employees in the Christmas mood then you might need a bit of help. Rather than decking out your office or store with tinsel, why not go for something a bit more personal?

Custom Christmas hats are a great way to promote festive cheer and your business at the same time. Whatever your reason for investing in personalized Santa hats you want to make sure you get the best of the best.

For more help deciding on the best custom Santa hat for your company, read on!

Boost Your Employees’ Morale and Surprise Your Customers

Investing in custom Christmas hats for your company might just feel like a fun gimmick but it could have a huge impact on your company’s success.

If your business is retail, they’re a great way of drawing in customers and promoting your brand. Employees wearing Santa hats look immediately more friendly, approachable and ready to engage. This is great for making the most of the dramatic increase in consumer spending at this time of year.

This festive cheer works in the same way as bright window displays or popular Christmas music to boost sales.

But promoting Christmas cheer isn’t just about drawing in customers. It is also a great way of boosting your employees’ morale.

This can be a time of year when motivation drops. Everyone knows that the holidays are coming and they’re ready for the break.

Embracing the holiday season can be a great way of keeping everyone going. That’s probably why 80% of offices throw Christmas parties each year. So why not go all out and up that Christmas cheer with custom-designed hats?

After all, higher morale in your office can boost productivity rates by up to 31%. And a more efficient workforce also means more profit.

Whatever your reasoning behind investing in custom Santa hats, don’t mess it up by choosing a weak design or poor quality hat. Let’s take a look at some of the important things to consider when picking your company’s custom Christmas hats.

Let Your Custom Santa Hat Design Reflect Your Company

Your design is absolutely key when it comes to your hats. And the design you go for might depend a little on the purpose of your Christmas hats.

Obviously, the traditional design is a rich, festive red with white trim and there’s nothing wrong with this in the slightest. It’s a great option if you want to stick with tradition. After all, traditions last for a reason, right?

But if you’re going to spend the money on a custom design then you have the opportunity to create something unique. So you could go wild!

You could try out a unique color scheme or even opt for a patterned Santa hat.

If you’re using your Christmas hats as a way to promote your company any entice customers, then you might want to use your company logo or name on the hat. A lot of custom design sites will provide you with an option to upload an image and create a Santa hat logo.

You could also use your company color scheme in your hat design. This will make it stand out from the crowd and create a keepsake for your employees. After all, you don’t want to spend money on a hat that they’re just going to toss in the trash come January!

Look For Quality and Quantity

No matter how good your design is if you don’t opt for high-quality materials your hats will end up looking cheap and a little sad!

You might save a little money by opting for plain felt hats but these look cheap and often don’t come in rich colors. In comparison, plush hats will give your employees the proper ‘Santa’ look. They offer rich color choices and are soft to touch.

Good quality hats might cost a little more but they’ll also stand the test of time. And this is extremely important if people are going to be wearing them while at work. So invest in better quality that won’t fall apart or fade after a few wears and washes.

You can also save some money by ordering bigger quantities! This might seem a little confusing but when it comes to custom clothing, the more you order the less you have to pay per item.

This is because whenever a custom design company makes an item of clothing they have to set up their equipment for that specific design. And you, the customer, pays for that time.

But if you order more items with the same design they don’t have to repeatedly set up the equipment, as it’s already in place. So the set-up cost per item reduces and so does the overall price.

So if you’re thinking of buying a large number of custom-made hats make sure you do it in one go! This will bring down the overall cost and means you can invest your money in some really high-quality items.

Custom Sizing vs. Generic Adult Hats

If you’re ordering hats for a large number of people then the likelihood of them all needing the same size is fairly low. So take time to think about sizing and quantities when you’re ordering.

You can’t ask an employee to wear a hat that is too big or too small for them. This will be uncomfortable and definitely won’t help to boost morale.

If you have the time to get your employees measurements then this is a surefire way of finding hats that fit. But this can be time-consuming and isn’t always accurate. And if you want to surprise your employees with their new hats then measuring their heads will definitely give the game away!

Fortunately, buying custom design hats should offer you more options when it comes to sizing. Rather than buying a generic Santa hat you should get several sizing options. After all, if it doesn’t fit, it isn’t really custom, is it?

When ordering your custom design hats take them time to check out the sizing options and dimensions. And remember that more options doesn’t necessarily mean a better fit.

For example, let’s say one company offers sizes small, medium and large. Another company might offer extra small, small, small-medium, medium, medium-large, large and extra-large.

The second company offers you more range but this doesn’t mean that more of their hats will fit your employees. In fact, you narrow down the window for who can fit what.

Someone who can comfortably wear a medium from the first company might only be comfortable in the medium-large for example. While someone else who fits a medium might want a medium-small from the second company. This means you have to order more sizes from one company than the other.

Having fewer options also means that you save time sharing the hats out. People will have fewer hats to test before figuring out the best one for them.

Make Your Hats Personal

Your hats don’t just have to be about promoting the company logo. Personalizing the design really makes the most of the perks that come with customization.

The most popular option for personalization is using names. You can choose to print or embroider your employees’ names onto their hats. This is a great festive alternative to name tags.

Embroidering names might cost you a little extra, especially if you’re ordering hats for staff who all have different names. So you could save yourself some money by printing the names instead. But this isn’t your only way to add a personal touch to your hats.

You could go for a festive Christmas message from your company, such as “Merry Christmas from Everyone at [your company name].” If you’ve got a good sense of humor then why not print on a festive joke?

Or if you want to make the hat design personal to your employees you could color code them to fit different departments. For example, in an office, people working in accounting could have green hats and people who work in HR could have yellow ones.

Whether you’re on the shop floor or in an office this is a fun away of bringing together your teams. And, of course, then you have to think carefully about the design of your hat too!

Consider Your Options

If you really want to push the boat out this year and move away from the traditional red then why not think out of the box.

Sequin-covered Santa hats are a great option for a party. They’ll look great under the lights and come in a huge range of colors.

Or you could check out more novelty designs. You can get Christmas tree designs, ones with elf ears, candy cane hats or even hats with antlers. If you really want to commit to the festive spirit then these are absolutely the way to go.

In contrast, if you want to opt for something more subdued think carefully about your color palette. Christmas doesn’t have to be bright, garish and in your face.

To keep things classy why not go for a white or cream design with dark, rich red embroidery. This gives a nod to Christmas without shoving tinsel down your throat.

Whatever your style, think about how it will look in your office space or on the shop floor. Your custom design should work with your existing company aesthetic. After all, you want it to be a festive treat, not a garish Christmas battle!

Plan Ahead When Ordering Your Unique Christmas Hats

Finally, don’t forget to allow time for your custom Christmas hats to arrive. They’ll be no use if they arrive in February, will they?

Because of the customizable element of these hats, you need to allow a bit longer for delivery. Some items take two weeks to arrive while others might take as long as six. A lot of this depends on where you’re ordering from.

Before you create your design make sure that you check out important information about the company you want to use. You’ll need to check their shipping policy to ensure that they’ll deliver to your office address and get an idea of how long this will take. If they can’t ship to you within your deadline then there’s no point making your order with them.

So before doing your design allow yourself some time to find the best company for your needs. Not all companies will offer you your desired products so give yourself time to shop around.

And always get someone to check your design before you send it off. Nothing will ruin your festive fun more than a misspelled name!

To ensure that your products arrive in plenty of time then you should order your Santa hats six to eight weeks in advance of when you’ll need them.

The Bottom Line

When it comes to designing your company’s custom Santa hat, the world is your oyster so go wild! Both your customers and your employees will be able to enjoy these festive treats and they’re sure to give your business a boost. What’s not to love?

For more festive inspiration check out our December promotional ideas calendar. Or if you’re ready to make your order today, get in touch!

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