Product Spotlight

Custom Ink’s Hot Products & Trends for 2019


Bring on the new year and the new trends, 2019! Custom Ink’s product experts voted on the top trends for the new year, and we’re ready to spill. From super soft tees to tech products we can’t live without, our list is carefully curated to show off the best of the best. No matter what your occasion or event, Custom Ink has the products and trends you’re looking for. Now, without further ado, let’s crown the winners!

Softest T-shirt

1st Place – Next Level Sueded T-shirt
Runner Up – Sport-Tek Tri-Blend Performance Raglan T-shirt

Stay cozy in 2019’s softest tees—the Next Level Sueded T-shirt and the Sport-Tek Tri-Blend Raglan. The Next Level Sueded T-shirt is made from combed ringspun cotton and a polysuede blend, which means super buttery fabric you’ll want in every color. The Sport-Tek Tri-Blend Performance Raglan T-shirt is a close second thanks to its blended, soft-as-a-cloud poly, cotton, and rayon jersey fabric.

Best Group T-shirts

Men – Hanes Nano
Women – Hanes Ladies V-Neck Nano T-shirt
Plus Size – Just My Size Plus T-shirt
Youth – Hanes Nano

For the second year in a row, the Hanes Nano T-shirt was hands down our winner for group shirts. We love that the Nano has sizes for men, women, plus, and youth—which makes it a great choice for every single person in the group. Rest assured knowing that this tee will have everyone looking and feeling great.

Hats Off

First Place – Rectangle Printed Patch Hat
Runner Up – Sportsman Pom Pom Knit Hat

It was hard to pick just one winner with so many great hats to choose from, but we think you’ll love our top two for 2019. The Printed Patch Hat, a trucker hat with a rectangle perfect for logos, has a great vintage look thanks to contrast stitching and pigment-dyed fabrics. Our runner up, the Sportsman Pom Pom Knit Hat, is everywhere right now. Whether cheering on your favorite team or bracing against the winter wind, this cozy-comfy hat will keep you warm and totally on trend.

No Minimum, No Problem

1st Place – Champion Authentic Tri-Blend T-shirt
Runner Up – Lightweight 100% Cotton Tote

The only thing missing from these no minimum products (which means you can order as few as one!) is your design. We can’t brag enough about the Champion Tri-Blend Varsity T-shirt. Between the brand power and the nod to vintage varsity tees, this shirt was a no-brainer for sweeping the no minimum category. The honorable mention goes to the 100% Cotton Tote. There’s no such thing as too many totes, so treat yourself or create a custom gift that’s tote-ally useful!

Trendiest Tees

1st Place – Next Level Ringer T-shirt
Runner Up – Bella + Canvas Women’s Racerback Crop Tank Top

Speaking of trendy tees, we’re crushing on another vintage-inspired tee—the Next Level Ringer T-shirt. This classic ringer will have fans cheering on the team in style. Try one of the cream shades, like natural with midnight navy accents, with distressed ink to achieve the ultimate lived-in look. 2019 is the year of crop tanks, so we have to brag on the Bella + Canvas Crop Tank Top. The relaxed fit and raw edge armholes promise to take bachelorette tanks to the next level.

Warmest Winners

1st Place – North Face Color Blocked Tech Full-Zip Fleece Jacket
Runner Up – Charles River Classic Striped Hooded Packable Anorak

We can’t wait to see these jackets everywhere! The North Face Color Blocked Jacket is a stylish and lightweight fleece full-zip that easily goes wherever your day may take you—from the office to workouts to happy hour. The cadet collar (a collar that stands straight at the neck) offers a polished look that we’ll see well into those unpredictable spring mornings. Our second place jacket of the year, the Charles River Anorak, comes in tons of shades which makes matching school colors a breeze.

Color of the Year – Living Coral

Shop our favorite coral products from left to right: Ceramic Camper Mug, Gusseted Patterned Bottom Tote, Adams Pigment Dyed Hat.

The Pantone Color Institutes’s 2019 Color of the Year is Living Coral! Bring on the energy with this “animating and life-affirming” deep pink. We’ve pulled some of our favorite products in the warm shade, like camping mugs and totes. No matter what you’re looking for, Custom Ink’s got coral covered.

Style of the Year – Drop Shoulder

Shop our favorite drop shoulder products from left to right: Comfort Colors Women’s Drop Shoulder Long Sleeve T-shirt, Bella + Canvas Women’s Drop Shoulder Cropped Hoodie, American Apparel Flex Fleece Drop Shoulder Crewneck Sweatshirt.

Get ready because 2019 is the year of the drop shoulder. Drop shoulder style, meaning a seam that hits lower on the upper arm rather than at the shoulder, typically means a baggier looking garment. This trendy look is flattering in tons of styles—we’ve even seen it on denim jackets! From sweatshirts and sweaters to tees and dresses, we promise you’ll see this style everywhere in 2019.

Tech Promo Products of the Year

1st Place – Full Color PopSocket®
Runner Up – Wifi Bluetooth Speaker with Amazon Alexa

Technology is constantly changing, but we’re predicting these two products aren’t going away any time soon. If it isn’t already, the PopSocket® is about to be your BFF—it’s a sturdy grip that attaches (and reattaches!) easily to the back of your phone. It makes taking photos, texting, or scrolling through Instagram so much easier. With this year’s tech runner up, a portable bluetooth speaker loaded with Amazon Alexa, it’s as easy as ask and instantly receive four hours of continuous playtime. Alexa, can you play the hits of 2018?…We’re feeling nostalgic.

Breakout Product of the Year – Insulated Wine Tumbler


Say hello to our favorite product for the new year—the Insulated Wine Tumbler. Customize this cutie for bachelorette parties, get-togethers, or wine clubs. The 12oz tumbler comes in several great powder-coated shades, like maroon and mint, which gives it that super trendy matte look. The push-in sipper lid means sipping in style all year long.

Popular Brand of the Year – Champion

Shop our favorite Champion products from left to right: Champion Authentic Sueded Fleece Crewneck Sweatshirt, Champion Authentic Sueded Jogger Sweatpants, Authentic Slub Long Sleeve Henley.

Champion definitely had a comeback in 2018, and the wave continues on into the new year. While the brand always perfectly combines trend and quality, we’re seriously crushing on the Authentic line. From luxurious sueded material to the 90s retro vibe the collection has going on, we know Champion is going to be everywhere this year. It’s perfect for students to customize for school spirit gear, to add your Greek letters to, or to raise company pride and brand power with. However it’s customized, your group will love wearing it.

T-shirt of the Year — Champion Heavyweight Heritage

Champion is going to be unstoppable in 2019, which is why we crowned the Champion Heavyweight Heritage T-shirt our T-shirt of the Year. From sporting events to friends trips, this heavyweight tee will withstand the test of time. Sport the signature “C” logo on the left sleeve and your custom design right on the front.

We can’t wait to see how you make these great products your own! What event are you ordering custom gear for this year? Let us know in the comments! Once you’ve picked the perfect product, check out our templates to jumpstart your creativity!


Lissa is the Site Content Specialist at Custom Ink. She hopes to create content that engages and inspires customers. Lissa loves to see ideas of hers brought to life by customer's orders!

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