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Custom Ink’s Custom Gear Guide for Teachers & Faculty

Being a teacher isn’t just about lesson plans and grading–it’s about inspiring your students and rallying together to show school pride. What’s a better way to do that than with custom t-shirts and personalized gear? Custom Ink offers many great products to customize using your school colors, mascot, or classroom slogan. Whether you want to unite your classroom or the entire school, customized apparel is sure to do the trick. Below are our top picks and tricks for custom gear for teachers, faculty, and students.


Show Your Pride in Classic T-shirts 

A group of students, accompanied by their teacher, heading out of their school to go on a field trip. They are wearing royal blue t-shirts and hoodies bearing their school name in yellow and white lettering: Greenville Middle School.

Not sure where to begin? A t-shirt, for sure! A t-shirt is a timeless piece of swag that you’ll wear for years to come. It’s also perfect for casual Fridays or to wear to your after-school event or sports game. We can see you wearing these while chaperoning prom or a school trip! 

If you have a school logo or mascot, you can upload it right into our Design Lab and make it just right for your t-shirt design. You can even upload photos to your shirts if you want to show off your classroom or teacher’s group. We’d customize the Bella + Canvas Jersey T-shirt. It’s a premium tee with super soft cotton and comes from a brand you know and love. These classic tees come in nearly 100 colors and are available in women’s sizes so it’s perfect for your staff of any shape and size.

Customize Something the Whole School Can Wear 

A crowd of students on the bleachers cheer on their team. Their t-shirts are orange and black and show the name of their school and mascot, the Jefferson High School Mustangs.

In charge of creating a look your teachers, staff, and even students and parents can wear? Then keep it simple and customize something that works for everyone! Whether it’s your school name and logo in an understated design on the chest of a tee, or going for a spirited look on a sporty shirt, creating something timeless can work in so many ways. 

Give away the t-shirts at your pep rally, or start a school fundraiser. For groups, we love the Hanes Perfect-T—it comes in men’s, women’s, plus, and youth sizes, so everyone in your school can get a tee that fits them just right.

Make Use of Your School Colors and Mascot 

A student sits in their chair wearing headphones in front of their computer. They're wearing a yellow t-shirt with their Bobcats mascot on the front and looking at their computer screen, which shows a video chat with other students showing off their custom school gear.

The best way to show your school pride? Your colors and mascot! We have shirts in so many colors it’ll be easy to find one to match yours. If you have two colors, use one as your shirt color and the other as your text and ink color. Just upload your logo or mascot into the lab and you can add text in tons of fonts, your school letters, and more. 

Don’t have a mascot logo handy? Check out our mascot templates or art in the lab to find one that works for you. We have tons to offer from bobcats to Vikings. For spirit wear, we’re really into the Sport-Tek Raglan T-shirt. It gives us all the varsity vibes and we could see it stealing the show at your next school event.

Layer With Zip-Ups 

As they explore the woods, a group of students and their teacher wear matching green t-shirts that show their school name, Wakefield Forest Elementary School. They're also wearing matching gray zip hoodies and looking at a specimen inside a plastic cup.

Add some depth to your custom apparel with layering pieces. Try a classic quarter zip-up, like the Sport Tek TriBlend Quarter Zip—you’ll look great like these Global Studies teachers! Looking for something super trendy? We’re loving these OGIO Performance Zip Sweatshirts! They keep you looking so sharp and stylish and come with great features, like reflective taping and thumb holes.

 Another great option is the Champion Powerblend Quarter Zip Sweatshirt. Your staff will be so stoked to scoop one of these up. Teachers can keep them at their desks for chilly days and they’re also great for bringing outside for recess. These layering pieces would be prime items to customize as a gift for your staff! 

Stay Hydrated With Water Bottles and Tumblers

There are few things as universal as the primeval imperative to drink water, so get something everyone can use with custom water bottles and tumblers from CamelBak. Hand them out to mark the occasion for a field trip or pair it with other custom apparel to make a complete gift for teachers and faculty. 

Choose from options like the CamelBak Laser Engraved 12 oz. Insulated Tumbler to keep liquids hot or cold for long periods or the CamelBak 25 oz. Eddy Tritan Renew Water Bottle to take to and from the classroom. Whichever you choose, these premium picks will be appreciated by all!    

Come Prepared With Zip Totes

Everyone knows that teachers and faculty tend to tote around a lot of stuff for classes and activities, so help them out with custom zip totes so they can always have what they need. 

The Large Multi-Pocket Zippered Tote Bag is perfect for keeping all of the essentials organized and accessible, and the zippered main compartment keeps everything secure. For an eco-friendly option, check out the Large Recycled Poly Zippered Tote Bag, which is made from 50% recycled material an comes in 17 colors. 

Polish Your Look With Embroidered Polos 

A teacher talks to their student in the classroom while wearing a navy blue polo with "Atmosphere Academy" embroidered on the left chest.

Looking for a uniform of sorts? Polos are the way to go. If you want something nice to wear some days, or even want to customize a set of polos in a bunch of different colors for your staff, a polished look is always in style. If you want a classic polo, the Hanes EcoSmart 50/50 Jersey Polo is the choice for you. 

For something perfect for warmer months, check out the Nike Dri-FIT Micro Pique Performance Polo 2.0. We love the Nike branding on the sleeve so that it lets your logo on the front shine, plus the Dri-FIT fabric is breathable and comfy, and it’s available in women’s sizes. Matching polos would be fun for your staff for the first day of school, or as a gift for Teacher Appreciation Week.

Accessorize Your Classroom 

Who doesn’t love back-to-school shopping for notebooks, pens, and desk accessories? We sure do! But you can make it even more exciting by customizing all of your classroom gear. Design amazing signs and banners to welcome new students, celebrate Teacher Appreciation Week, and decorate for events like Ocean Week. 

Customize Moleskin notebooks for your class or school to give out to new students–you can even make your own pens to go with them! We also have sticker rolls you can personalize for your classrooms to kick off the new year, or to use for grading assignments.

Feeling inspired to customize your own gear for the school year? Head into our Design Lab to get started. Or if you want one of the products from this post, click on the link above, choose your color, and head into the lab to get started. What are you going to create for your school?

Stephanie Self loves to tell stories and expose new perspectives through writing. When she's not typing on a laptop or buried in a book, she loves watching horror movies and pro wrestling, playing video games, and snuggling with her cat, CleoCatra. Lest you should think she never sees the light of day, she also spends time practicing hot yoga, hiking, and traveling.

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