Make Your T-Shirt Packaging Memorable

by liz on July 9, 2009

in t-shirt packaging, t-shirt promotion

t-shirt pakaging idea

Creative T-shirt Packaging for Burn Card Clothing

When you ship out shirts to your customers, it’s your last chance to make a positive, professional and lasting impression. Beyond the obvious – shipping good product that’s neatly folded and arrives without being all beat up – there’s a lot you can do to go above and beyond and make your customer’s purchasing experience truly memorable. This in turn increases the chance they’ll buy again, or recommend your shop to a friend.

To help you get started (and inspired) we’ve compiled a list of tips (with links for resources) for packaging your tees and some samples of really remarkable stuff that other folks have done.

Tips for shipping your shirts in style:

  1. Invest a few extra bucks in plastic bags to individually package your t-shirts. This looks especially pro when you are shipping multiple tees out to a customer.
  2. Order some hang tags to attach to each shirt. Some of the most memorable shirts I’ve received had tags that are as well designed as the graphics on the tees themselves. Put your company name, website URL, and some amazing artwork on your tag. There will be people who keep them just because they look cool.
  3. Throw in a few stickers (here or here), buttons, or other trinkets with each order. These are cheap to produce in bulk, make sweet little freebies, and are great for promotion if they are cool enough that people will use them. Don’t mention it on your website – just do it without saying anything and be a hero.
  4. Find a way to say THANK YOU. Whether it’s a hand written note, or a pre-printed message, let your customer know you really do appreciate their order.
  5. Include a coupon code good on your customer’s next purchase. Many big-boy retail shops follow this policy to lure shoppers back and turn them into repeat buyers. Even if it’s just 10% off an order, you can easily increase your chances of getting that next purchase.

Really Creative Packaging Ideas

Of course, one of the best ways to stand out is to make your actual packaging unique. If you’re on a budget, just getting some pre-printed mailers is a great way to start. But here’s a few examples of some out-of-the-world packaging to inspire you:

Johnny Cupcakes is a juggernaut in the world of established t-shirt brands. Their packaging, and this is just one example, is always creative. (via lovely package)

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Oddica has been around forever, and has always had custom printed flexible shipping bags. The design has changed over the years, but the branding is always consistant. (via notcot)

meat

Butchrd Apparel, who we’ve featured before, actually packs their tees in styrofoam meat cases. The idea is perfectly inline with the concept behind their line which is an example of really smart marketing and branding.

Here’s another example of packaging matching up to the brand. Creative + cheap + easy to pull off = a true winner. (via flickr. ldandersen)

Want to share some tips or other outstanding packaging ideas you’ve seen? Post em below!

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{ 38 comments… read them below or add one }

MJ July 9, 2009 at 4:25 pm

Great article, lots of good advice

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MJ July 9, 2009 at 9:25 am

Great article, lots of good advice

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Andy July 9, 2009 at 9:21 pm

Great post!

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Andy July 9, 2009 at 2:21 pm

Great post!

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Rob July 10, 2009 at 4:57 am

Great post with some very useful tips!!!

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Rob July 10, 2009 at 11:57 am

Great post with some very useful tips!!!

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Rob July 10, 2009 at 11:57 am

Great post with some very useful tips!!!

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Wasted Clothing July 13, 2009 at 11:40 am

Thanks!

Some really good tips.
I’m going to start using ‘Include a coupon code good on your customer’s next purchase’ right away.

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Wasted Clothing July 13, 2009 at 11:40 am

Thanks!

Some really good tips.
I’m going to start using ‘Include a coupon code good on your customer’s next purchase’ right away.

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Wasted Clothing July 13, 2009 at 4:40 am

Thanks!

Some really good tips.
I’m going to start using ‘Include a coupon code good on your customer’s next purchase’ right away.

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liz July 13, 2009 at 1:59 pm

Glad ya’ll found it helpful!

@Wasted – the coupon thing is pure genius I think. Can’t tell you the number of times I’ve gotten coupons from online retailers and stuck them up on my fridge to use them the next time I buy.

Even when I forget to use them, the name of the company is still sitting there staring at me.

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liz July 13, 2009 at 1:59 pm

Glad ya’ll found it helpful!

@Wasted – the coupon thing is pure genius I think. Can’t tell you the number of times I’ve gotten coupons from online retailers and stuck them up on my fridge to use them the next time I buy.

Even when I forget to use them, the name of the company is still sitting there staring at me.

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liz July 13, 2009 at 6:59 am

Glad ya’ll found it helpful!

@Wasted – the coupon thing is pure genius I think. Can’t tell you the number of times I’ve gotten coupons from online retailers and stuck them up on my fridge to use them the next time I buy.

Even when I forget to use them, the name of the company is still sitting there staring at me.

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DefunktOne August 11, 2009 at 7:15 pm

Awesome post. Thank you!

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DefunktOne August 11, 2009 at 7:15 pm

Awesome post. Thank you!

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DefunktOne August 11, 2009 at 12:15 pm

Awesome post. Thank you!

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Aaron September 2, 2009 at 2:59 am

Some interesting advice there. Hmmm, plastic wrapping each shirt isn’t particularly impressive, and it’s wasteful. If I got a shirt in wrapping, I would either not care, or find it a nuisance. Also, some of that “smart marketing” packaging is just a bit much. Don’t go overboard.

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Aaron September 2, 2009 at 2:59 am

Some interesting advice there. Hmmm, plastic wrapping each shirt isn’t particularly impressive, and it’s wasteful. If I got a shirt in wrapping, I would either not care, or find it a nuisance. Also, some of that “smart marketing” packaging is just a bit much. Don’t go overboard.

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Aaron September 1, 2009 at 7:59 pm

Some interesting advice there. Hmmm, plastic wrapping each shirt isn’t particularly impressive, and it’s wasteful. If I got a shirt in wrapping, I would either not care, or find it a nuisance. Also, some of that “smart marketing” packaging is just a bit much. Don’t go overboard.

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Joe September 3, 2009 at 5:59 pm

We started to poly bag our shirts. It ads about $.25 to have our screen printer fold and bag the t’s, but it’s worth it in the long run. We haven’t tried adding the coupon in the order, so that’s a great idea! Thanks for the post!

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Joe September 3, 2009 at 5:59 pm

We started to poly bag our shirts. It ads about $.25 to have our screen printer fold and bag the t’s, but it’s worth it in the long run. We haven’t tried adding the coupon in the order, so that’s a great idea! Thanks for the post!

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Joe September 3, 2009 at 10:59 am

We started to poly bag our shirts. It ads about $.25 to have our screen printer fold and bag the t’s, but it’s worth it in the long run. We haven’t tried adding the coupon in the order, so that’s a great idea! Thanks for the post!

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Liz September 4, 2009 at 3:28 pm

@Joe – Glad it was helpful!

@Aaron – I’ve received some packages were the shirts are just all thrown in there crazy like or have tons of dust on them from the packaging. I’m not sure it’s about impressing as much as it is about making sure your shirt stays put and stays clean.

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Liz September 4, 2009 at 8:28 am

@Joe – Glad it was helpful!

@Aaron – I’ve received some packages were the shirts are just all thrown in there crazy like or have tons of dust on them from the packaging. I’m not sure it’s about impressing as much as it is about making sure your shirt stays put and stays clean.

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RottenThread November 21, 2009 at 2:40 pm

Thanks for this! This was extremely helpful and gets you thinking.

-Shannon

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RottenThread November 21, 2009 at 8:40 pm

Thanks for this! This was extremely helpful and gets you thinking.

-Shannon

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Michael Rad March 30, 2010 at 9:22 pm

nice post, will def consider adding coupon codes to orders going fwd. at holstee we're using a fulfillment center, they required that each shirt be individually wrapped… we were bummed b/c this meant an additional layer of packaging / waste… so we did a little research and found ended up using bags from a company called http://www.poopbags.com … they're bags are inexpensive, completely biodegradable / made from renewable resources + can ultimately be reused by our customer for their original purpose… to pick up after their dogs.

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Kontrolled Khaos May 31, 2010 at 1:22 am

I dig this post and YES Johnny Cupcakes is a Juggernaut in the t-shirt industry!!

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David June 3, 2010 at 7:38 pm

Hahaha nice packings! I really liked the Deli idea :) Nice! I just put em in plastic bags :/

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Jeff Finley October 29, 2010 at 4:27 pm

really cool, love these packaging ideas

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Sex Sells Inc. February 7, 2011 at 11:08 pm

Hey thanks for this post.. I was thinking of things to put in with my shirts. I think I have an idea but will probably throw in some stickers as well.

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Crazy shirts May 28, 2011 at 7:25 am

Yeah I’ve been using coupons for next orders for a few years now and it helps out quite a bit on repeat orders. Also Stickers are a must. People will put them on their cars, kids will stick them to their binders at school and for every person who uses one of your sickers, it’s just more exposure to your company. Thanks for the article.

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Issie July 20, 2011 at 10:58 pm

This is like my tenth time reading this so I finally printed this out….lol! this is an excellent post and great info. THanks PCT!!

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Slogan Tees India September 23, 2011 at 11:42 am

Awesome t-shirt packing designs. Each tee is unique, different and something creative. Really liked it very much to share…

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kaos murah March 27, 2012 at 1:36 am

now i got the idea, thanks for inspiration, i really love the concept!

Thanks

joe

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Tas Palazzo August 30, 2012 at 2:09 am

Awesome t-shirt packing designs. thank you

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thom December 26, 2012 at 12:12 am

i have had this page bookmarked for a couple years and always refer to it haha. the meat packaging is super great. anyways i needed custom outdoor silkscreen stickers so i finally used sticker robot. super amazing quality. thanks for the reference!

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Get promotional Polo T-Shirts May 16, 2014 at 1:17 pm

Great post and such useful tips for the one who is running their T-shirt business! It will help them to attract more customers for their products.

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