A cap makes an excellent gift for anyone who lives in a cold-climate area. The beanie-style cap was first made popular by sailors, who wore the knitted headgear on deck while on watch duty. These "watch caps" made their way into mainstream fashion when skateboarders and snowboarders adopted the headgear and called them beanies. To make the gift of a beanie more special, customise it with your own design or logo.
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Things you need
- Computer with Internet capabilities
- Logo design in .gif or .jpg file
Visit a few web sites, such as villagehatshop.com or hatsnshirts.com, to get an idea of what types of beanies are available. Not only do these caps come in a variety of colours, but they also feature patterns woven into them, including stripes and flames. At geekculture.com, customised embroidery isn't available, but you can add up to three propellers to the beanie.
Think about the function of the beanies to know which colour or pattern would be best. For instance, if you will be putting a yellow logo on the cap, don't order a yellow beanie; the logo won't show up against the background colour. If you are ordering a beanie for someone who is active in winter sports, pay close attention to the materials used to make the cap and select wool rather than cotton.
Decide how many of the beanies you will need. Do you want customised hats for your whole family, or just yourself? for an entire company camping trip or a snowboarding team? Ordering in bulk can save you a lot of money, but some sites will require you to purchase a minimum number of hats to get the best rates. Hatsnshirts.com offers customised beanies for as little as £3.20 per hat, but only if you buy nearly 600 of them; if you need only 24 hats, the price goes up to £7.10. At logosoftware.com, a customised beanie averages about £9.70, but there is no minimum purchase required.
Use the procedure of the individual web site where you found your favourite beanie. Some sites will ask you to e-mail them your design or logo to be embroidered, so make sure you have it available as a .gif or .jpeg file. Many sites will allow you to do the customising online and simply upload your design, or type in the text you would like embroidered on the cap. Occasionally a site will require you to call them for a quote on their customised caps, but generally the whole process can be completed easily online.
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