Spring Cleaning Includes Your Closet

Spring Into Action

Spring is just around the corner and, with it, comes spring cleaning. While this can seem boring and time consuming, it can also be cleansing and freeing. While many people pick rooms to focus on until the whole house is clean, one space in our homes that we often overlook (or stuff things in to “hide our shame” when cleaning) is our closets. That’s why at T.R. McTaggart we’ve put together some tips that will show you how to spring clean your closet as well as how to tackle the rest of the house.

The first thing you need are boxes. Next, take a marker and label them ‘Keep,’ ‘Maybe,’ ‘Donate,’ ‘Sell,’ ‘Swap,’ ‘Upcycle,’ ‘Repair,’ and ‘Toss’:


If you feel fabulous in it, it stays! You have a treasure on your hands.


Try to be decisive, but if you want to sleep on it make a box for that to avoid regret.


If you don’t care about recouping cash, want a tax deduction, don’t want to take the time to sell, or want to do some good in the world, donate to a charity.


Sell at a local re-sale shop or online. Online marketplaces include eBay, Bib + Tuck, Poshmark, LetGo, and Threadflip.


Like they say, one man’s trash is another’s treasure! Host a party and invite friends to bring a garment they’d like to swap. Have dinner and wine and make a night of it. One option is to take off the labels so that it’s not about designer labels; it’s about trying on a new outfit for awhile.


If you have old T-shirts or just too many T-shirts, consider cutting them up and using them as rags. This will help you with the next stages of spring cleaning! Another option is to cut out the designs and make a quilt if the items are sentimental.


However, if it’s the case of a broken zipper or a missing button, fix it and then decide based on its repaired state.


If you personally do not want the item and don’t feel it is even donation-worthy because, perhaps, there are tears or stains, toss it.

Time to Purge

Let’s face it. You have a lot of clothes and accessories, many of which you don’t even wear or use. Many people in the U.S. have a lot of clothes, yet we tend to only wear a small portion of them regularly.

That’s why spring is the time to purge!

This can be exciting, overwhelming, and stressful, but it’s oh so necessary! Think of it as a cleanse, but without the juice. Though, heck, if you want to drink a healthy refreshing juice while you work, by all means go for it!

Once you have your boxes set up in a row, take everything out of your closet and drawers. Though it will likely be a mess, with everything out in the open you will see just how many clothing items you actually have. Many people are afraid that if they get rid of clothes they’ll end up with nothing to wear. But, if you’re like most people, this will be far from the case!

Now is the time to ask yourself, “Will I honestly ever wear this again?”

Don’t think of this as losing a bunch of clothes. Think of it as freeing up space to bring new clothes into your life that more accurately reflect who you are today and how you want to present yourself.

Also remember that they’re just clothes. Donating them can also help with this mindset since you know your items will be going to someone who needs it and can make good use out of it.

How to Decide What to Keep and What to Toss

It can be challenging to decide which box to put your clothing in. We live in our clothes and often become attached to particular apparel items. Some clothing brings up fond memories or reminds us of another time in our lives – or our children’s lives. However, we have a few tips to help you be more decisive when sorting.

While we recommend slim hangers and canvas shoe compartments, organization will only get you so far.

Set aside a full day to dedicate to spring cleaning your closet. Consider asking a roommate or friend who tells you the truth for a second opinion when sorting through your pile.

Questions to Ask Yourself When Spring Cleaning

As you debate what makes the cut, ask yourself some questions. The following questions:

  1. Does this fit?
    While it may have fit like a glove when you purchased it, be honest with how it fits today. For example, if you’ve given birth, your hips change and the jeans that fit in your 20’s likely aren’t going back on no matter how much you exercise.
  2. Have I worn this in the past year or so?
    If you didn’t miss it then, are you likely to miss it in the future?
  3. Is it likely I will wear this again?
    This is a key follow-up to question #2. You might not have worn something in the past year or so, but if you have an expensive dress reserved for black-tie occasions, you’re going to appreciate having a go-to piece rather than trying to come up with an outfit – and the money – to buy something appropriate that fits your style. The last thing you want is a countdown to find something pricey that you think is “so-so.”
  4. Is this still my style?
    Each decade we should re-evaluate our wardrobes. While your pajama pants and worn mini-marathon T-shirt might have served you well in college, is this the image you want to portray to others as you continue to establish your career? Then again, maybe you do feel comfortable wearing it around family for a lazy brunch. In that case, throw it in the ‘keep’ pile!
  5. If it’s damaged, will I realistically ever repair it?
    If they answer is “yes,” then say ‘hello’ to an old friend. If the answer is “no,” it doesn’t make sense for the item to take up precious real estate in your closet.
  6. If I were shopping right now, would I buy this?
    If you wouldn’t, then maybe it’s time to part ways.
  7. Do I feel confident wearing this?
    Fashion is all about making people feel good about themselves. If your clothes aren’t giving you confidence, making you smile, or aren’t a joy to wear, you shouldn’t be wearing them. Give them to someone who answers, “Yes!”

If any of your answers are “no,” it goes.

Store Clothing Safely

Part of spring cleaning is switching out your clothing by moving winter clothing into storage to make room for spring styles. But take great care with your clothing when doing so.

Launder items first and then store them in a protective enclosure, such as a cedar chest or canvas boxes that allow the clothing to breathe. Evening gowns should be hung on padded hangers with cotton canvas or muslin covers.

To store bulky items, hang them, store them in plastic bins, or on high shelves.

Spring Cleaning One Day at a Time

It’s an art to properly spring clean your closet, and so is spring cleaning the rest of your house!

Don’t know where to begin? Since spring cleaning can be overwhelming, our list breaks things down into small manageable tasks so that you can feel accomplished each day as you work toward your goal.

The Ultimate Spring Cleaning List for Your Closet!

It’s amazing how much you will be able to accomplish in a week or so if you do just a few of these items each day. Your closet will thank you!

  1. Sort through clothes
  2. Switch out and store seasonal clothing
  3. Take clothing items that need repair to the tailor
  4. Take shoes that need repair to a cobbler
  5. Take clothing items to the consignment store or photograph items to sell online
  6. Cut up old shirts to make into rags
  7. Wash your heavy sweaters and store them
  8. Plan a clothing swap party!
  9. Take a broom to the corners of your closets
  10. Wipe down all of your shelves and racks
  11. Wax the hang-bars (simple wax paper works wonders)
  12. Clean the floors of your closets (vacuum or mop)
  13. Drop off items you plan to donate
  14. Take a trip to the dump

Places to donate clothing:

Bring your used clothing here and help someone in need! We love a win-win solution!

  • Vincent De Paul
  • Goodwill
  • Women’s shelters, such as Shelterhouse Resale Shop
  • The Salvation Army
  • Homeless shelters
  • Any other charitable re-sale shops
  • Dress for Success
  • The Cinderella Project

There’s No Time Like the Present

This truism couldn’t be more accurate than when it comes to spring cleaning. At T.R. McTaggart, we wish you the best of luck in your spring cleaning this year! May your life be full of beautiful, well-kept, age-appropriate apparel – now and every year! Now that you know how to spring clean your closet, let the spring cleaning start now!













Baseball Season Must-Haves and How We Can Help

‘Tis the season. Baseball season that is! The snow is melting intwo Spring and soon our parks will be filled with sound of the crack of the bat and the ball smacking leather. To field a winning team, look no further than baseball team apparel from T.R. McTaggart! We have all of the baseball season must-haves to get ready for a winning season.

Must-have baseball team apparel:

  • Hats
  • Jerseys
  • Pants
  • Warm up jackets
  • Socks
  • Promotional items


Baseball team apparel that provides shade while you’re under the sun.

A must-have item for any team! Our hats will keep keep the glare of the sun out of your eyes and proudly display your team’s logo for all to see. Our six-paneled hats are made of polyester, cotton, and spandex to give you the perfect blend of what natural materials and synthetics have to offer. We also have 100% cotton hats to offer maximum breathability.


Baseball team apparel that shows who you are. 

The heart of the uniform! Jerseys identify your team right away and provide a sense of team unity. At T.R. McTaggart we have a myriad of color choices so we can find the exact shades to display your team colors and logo.

At T.R. McTaggart we also consider materials. We offer blends that combine the best that each material has to offer, such as the popular 50/50 blend of cotton/polyester. Our 100% polyester jerseys wick away sweat before it causes you discomfort. The double-hemmed sleeves and bottom ensure your garment doesn’t come apart in the wash.


Baseball team apparel made to move.

While skill is mandatory, having the proper pants will go miles (literally) toward improving your game. Our fabrics have the perfect stretch and breathability to make for ideal playing conditions.

With pants made of 100% polyester double knit, you’ll be comfortable and able to move to make that great catch or hit the game winning home run!

Pants with an elastic waistband and cuffs give you the perfect fit – for you and every player on the team. Knee-length and regular-length pants allow you to pick something perfect for your team’s style.

A double-needle hemmed bottom ensures that getting grass stains out in the wash won’t mean your apparel is fated to ware out anytime soon.

Warm Up Jackets

Baseball team apparel that keeps you warm while you warm up.

Warm up is an important part of a team’s exercise routine to get ready to play ball while minimizing injury risk. Matching jackets are also a classic way to feel camaraderie with your teammates.

Nylon and polyester make our jackets water resistant. Plus, everyone loves pockets.

Additionally, being machine washable makes it convenient to keep your team colors bright and vibrant.


Baseball team apparel to keep you cozy while you compete.

Socks are meant to be fun. Socks with your team’s logo give your players something to wear while they’re not standing (or running) in the diamond but can still feel team pride off the field.

Made of polyester, cotton, acrylic, and elastic, our knee-length socks with stripes to whatever motif your team desires!

Available with a knit-in heel and toe, our socks will keep you comfortable so you can concentrate on the game.

Made to Fit

We offer big and tall sizes because people come in all shapes and sizes! Youth sizes are also available.

Promotional items:

While being dressed properly for the field is your main concern, beyond our baseball season must-haves you can also have fun with gifts and souvenirs sporting your team logo, including:

  • Mugs
  • Keychains
  • Frisbees
  • Towels
  • And more!


A great gift and utilitarian, mugs with your team’s design will make you smile every time you enjoy a cup of Joe.

Or, get a group shot of the team and get mugs for everyone at the end of the season. With most pictures only seen in a digital format, it’s refreshing to share memories in a different way. Make it a tradition by including the year on the mug.


Keychains are a nice keepsake to remember youth sports. They’re also the perfect size and medium for displaying your logo. Their cost also makes them a good choice for gifts to family, friends, and fans!


While ideally you always want to catch a frisbee, a stray throw – if it doesn’t hit anyone – could advertise your team in a favorable light. People will see your logo before they toss it back. Just don’t throw it at people on purpose! Also, Frisbees are great for throwing in the stands as gift items to your adoring fans.


Something you are always going to need, why not add a logo and give it to your team or use as a promotional?

And More!

We also offer tumblers, flags, umbrellas, tote bags, T-shirts, hoodies, and regular jackets.

Who can benefit? Calling all …

  • School teams
  • Softball leagues
  • Intramural teams
  • Church leagues
  • Anyone who supports a team and wants to show off their colors!

At T.R. McTaggart, we treat even the smallest job with the greatest care. Whether you’re an established team or just getting started, we look forward to working with you.

Full-Service Fashion

From conception to final stitch, our experienced in-house graphic artists and technicians can create custom baseball team apparel of all styles or you can submit your own designs. We can do just about anything to meet your team’s needs (well, clothing-wise!).

Whether your vision calls for screen printing, embroidery, dye sublimation, or laser etching, we are here to make your apparel look “just right” down to the finishing touches.

You chase homeruns on the field; we run after “homeruns” in our design and execution quality in the studio.

To achieve the perfect design for our clients, we offer:

  • Screen printing
  • Embroidery
  • Dye sublimation

Screen Printing

Screen printing is probably the most beloved apparel-decorating process. Screen print your sports team’s logo on your jerseys, hats, and t-shirts to show off your team spirit!


Have your team’s logo embroidered on your warm up jackets and hats to make them extra special. This time-honored technique is durable and the direction and pattern of the stitching adds depth to your branding.

Dye Sublimation

An excellent choice when you want a lot of colors and all-over printing for your design. This option is also economical when you want to do a small run of apparel.

Gearing Up for Baseball Season

The start-up of America’s favorite pastime is something we look forward to every year. Make sure you’re ready by putting together the basics, splurging on a few items for fans, and customizing your apparel and items to make it unique to you and your team.

Contact Us

At T.R. McTaggart, we’re ready for baseball season! We provide high-quality baseball team apparel and promotional items at great prices (It’s practically a “steal”!). Is your team ready to get suited up for the season?

When it comes to fashion, don’t strike out! Call us at (800) 433-0983 or Contact Us for all your baseball team apparel and baseball season must-haves. We look forward to working with you and we wish you the best on the field this season!















All-Over Print Tees Help You Stand Out in a Crowd

Make a Sublime Fashion Statement

Sometimes a basic screen printed apparel item can’t provide the unique design options you need to stand out in a crowd. T.R. McTaggart provides all-over print on a variety of apparel items using the dye sublimation process that delivers for your dynamic designs.


Sublimation dyes were discovered in the 1930’s in Europe. If you don’t remember from science class, sublimation means going from a solid state to gas without going through the liquid stage. (Dry ice is a good example.) Today we know that the dye briefly goes through the liquid state, but the name still sticks.

Despite the process being around for almost a century, dye sublimation has really gained in popularity over the past decade or so. Now you see it everywhere, from scarves to all-over print tees.

What Is Dye Sublimation?

The dye sublimation process now challenges screen printing for short production runs and imagery requiring multiple colors and photographic detail.

In screen printing, typically, individual dots can be visible to the eye. This works well for graphics, but makes the dye sublimation process a great choice for photorealistic imagery.

Graphics or images are digitally printed on transfer paper as a mirror image of what will be the finished product. A dye-sublimation printer has a roll of transparent film embedded with CMYK (cyan, magenta, yellow, and black) dyes. The print head heats up the solid dyes so they can turn to gas and permeate the substrate before returning back to a solid state.

Dye Sublimation Printing Versus Screen Printing

Screen printing (a.k.a. silk screening, serigraphy, or serigraph printing) is an old favorite as far as printing processes go. Dye sublimation is new on the scene and has been increasing in popularity due to its ability to transfer dynamic designs to a variety of apparel items.

Screen Printing

Screen printing involves using a fill blade or squeegee to push ink through holes in a fine mesh screen onto a substrate (i.e. a T-shirt). The screen is covered with a temporary emulsion that blocks ink from moving through the mesh in specific areas, acting as a stencil.

Dye Sublimation Drawbacks

While the dye sublimation process has its perks, it also has its limitations. Sublimation dye is good for “oil-loving” fabrics. This includes polyester. Cotton is “water-loving,” and therefore wouldn’t hold the dye. So for an item such as a t-shirt, a poly-blend fabric is needed to capture the design on the material.

Other drawbacks to dye sublimation include:

  • Only works with synthetic surfaces
  • Doesn’t work well on dark surfaces
  • Can’t create puffed 3D effects on surface
  • Metallic inks and foils aren’t available

Despite this, dye sublimation is an ideal choice for a myriad of projects!

Advantages of Dye Sublimation

Small Orders Welcome

Screen printing is a great choice for high-volume orders because, after the initial set up, the process is cost effective. Small orders, however, can be impractical. After all, you don’t fly to Paris just for lunch! The dye sublimation process doesn’t have this drawback.

Detailed by Design

Screen printing and dye sublimation can both produce photorealistic images. Dye sublimation uses CMYO (cyan, magenta, yellow, and a clear overcoat) ink. Screen printing uses the four-color process, using a grid of tiny dots.


Both screen printing and dye sublimation can result in garments retaining their softness. Dye sublimation forces ink to permeate the substrate material, adding negligible weight. The result is a comfortable garment with no stiffness from ink added. Screen printing can use water-based, or discharge ink, to permeate fabric as well. Plastisol screen printing ink, however, piles up on the fabric, creating a heaviness to the fabric.

Long Lasting

Both screen printing and dye sublimation can produce lasting imagery. However, this isn’t true for all screen printing projects. Screen printing can crack over time if there are a lot of layers on the fabric. Dye sublimation saturates the fabric with ink, so the ink becomes part of the fabric rather than sitting on top of it. This prevents the build-up of ink that can crack over time.

Breaking Design Boundaries

Dye sublimation lets you create designs that wouldn’t have translated well to production in the past. With dye sublimation you are granted:

  • All-over printing
  • Full color
  • Photo quality
  • Nearly unlimited design options

Products Best Suited to Dye Sublimation

While screen printing is often used for T-shirts and apparel, dye sublimation is an excellent choice when working with materials such as nylon, plastic, and polyester. These synthetic materials contain polymers that bond with ink when heated.

A Whole New Material World

New polymer-treated materials prepared specifically for dye-sublimation applications include aluminum, brass, glass, fiberglass, acrylic, plastic, and hardboard sheet materials. 

  • Rigid products
  • Soft signage
  • Apparel
  • Ceramics
  • Photo printing

A Wide Selection of Products

T.R. McTaggart offers dye sublimation on items including:

  • Polyester knits
  • T-shirts
  • Jerseys
  • Socks
  • Key chains
  • Mouse pads
  • Tote bags
  • License plates
  • Flags
  • Banners
  • Plaques/Awards
  • Aluminum signs
  • And more!

All-Over Printing

One of the best things about dye sublimation is its impeccable job executing all-over print tees.

All-over print tees might seem intimidating to add to your wardrobe at first, but the possibilities are a lot of fun! All-over print tees are surprisingly versatile and jazz up even the most ordinary outfit.

Teen Vogue suggests pairing printings with subtle accessories so they eye is drawn to the print, the star of the outfit. Harper’s Bazaar declares ‘60s florals as a trend to follow in 2018. Other fashion magazines say all-over-print florals drawing from any decade are fab.

Get Creative with All-Over Print Tees

We say all-over print tees can all be fabulous if they’re designed well, whether working with floral patterns or any other motif.

Consider transforming your logo into a pattern fit for an all-over print tee. Design it yourself or have T.R. McTaggart’s in-house design team help you craft the perfect size and spacing to turn your logo into a pattern that functions as a design element and promotes your business, nonprofit, or sports team at the same time!

Since dye sublimation doesn’t have an extensive set-up, individualizing apparel is another option to play with.

For a basketball team, why not make an all-over print tee with basketballs interspersed with each player’s last name repeated over and over? Or use each player’s name on the team for a fashionable take on traditional signatures? Or space basketballs and your team’s logo far enough apart to leave room for players to sign their names by hand.

There are a lot of possibilities!

Make All-Over Print Tees Ready to Wear

T.R. McTaggart provides all over printing to deliver you endless design options. Our staff can work with your designs or our design department can create unique designs for your business or nonprofit.

Who can benefit from dye sublimation?

  • Businesses (work apparel)
  • Non-profits (fundraising or apparel for workers and volunteers)
  • Sports teams (team and fan apparel)
  • Gift & souvenir shops (eye-catching items to stock your racks)

Only Quality Here

T.R. McTaggart employs the highest quality printing techniques and quality assurance process to ensure that your designs stand out.

Contact Us

T.R. McTaggart’s expertise in providing high-quality apparel at a great price is apparent in the products we create for our clients. Give us a call at (800) 433-0983 or Contact Us for all of your all-over print and dye sublimation design needs!



















Top Color Trends of 2018

The Future is Coming

What do Beyoncé and Hillary Clinton have in common? W Magazine recently points out that both women embrace deep purple fashions. Perhaps the end of 2017 was foreshadowing the 2018 color trends. The top colors for 2018 build on this bold violet to make for a refreshing Spring 2018.

The Importance of Staying Trendy

2018 color trends serve a practical purpose. If you have colors that are out of date (and not in a cool retro way), automatically your potential customers transfer this onto the product. For example, if you’re a tech company, customers might subconsciously think you are embracing old technology and not headed toward the future.

Pantone’s color of the year, however, is all about embracing the future.

Color Tells the Story

One way to ensure trendiness is to refer to the 2018 color trends. (OK, if you have a bad design, color alone is not going to cut it. But color can go a long way!)

How the “Colors for the Year” are Determined

So, how do the annual fashion-forward colors get selected? The colors of the year have a lot to do with the attitude of the culture at that point in time. In this way, 2018 color trends serve as a cultural indicator, not merely a design aesthetic.

What Will Be the 2018 Color Trends?

Last year’s color of the year was Greenery. While 2017 was about getting in touch with the earth and nature, 2018 is about harnessing possibilities and looking toward the future.

Pantone Color Institute executive director Leatrice Eiseman says, generally, neutrals are ‘in’ and iridescent colors always will be. For this year, intense saturated colors have replaced pastels as the go-to colors for fashion in 2018. 

Introducing the Color of the Year for 2018!

PANTONE 18-3838 Ultra Violet is the PANTONE® Color of the Year for 2018!

“Inventive and imaginative, Ultra Violet lights the way to what is yet to come,” says Pantone.

“Violet communicates originality, ingenuity, and visionary thinking that points us toward the future,” says Eiseman.

Ultra Violet is associated with:

  • The cosmos
  • The future
  • Discovery
  • The vastness of the universe
  • The night sky
  • Possibility
  • Counterculture
  • Unconventionality
  • Art
  • Prince
  • David Bowie
  • Jimi Hendrix
  • Meditation

The Color of Royalty

Though purple points to the future, the color has a long history. Centuries ago, purple dye was made from the mucus of sea snails in the Phoenician city of Tyre. Due to expense of dying fabric purple, for centuries purple has also been associated with royalty, power, and wealth.

In 1856, while he was trying to create a synthetic cure for malaria, William Henry Perkin discovered a way to make purple synthetically. Thank you, Perkin, for bringing violet to the masses – so we can all enjoy wearing it in 2018!

Ready to start dreaming about apparel possibilities for 2018?

Top colors for 2018

Announcing 12 complex, saturated colors and 4 neutral classics for fashion in 2018!

The Pantone Color Institute creates the PANTONE Fashion Color Trend Report London Fashion Week Spring 2018. The colors are nuanced yet easy to mix with other colors. Consumers today want to experiment and have fun. They aren’t concerned about colors fitting in to a certain gender or season. The 12 vibrant colors and 4 beloved classics hold many possibilities for fashion in 2018.

The 2018 color trends invite creativity. The colors can be easily layered and contrasting hues can add some punch from the runway to the work uniform.

Eiseman told the New York Times that Ultra Violet “takes two shades that are seemingly diametrically opposed — blue and red — and brings them together to create something new.”

About the Spring 2018 Classic Color Palette

Classic color is the foundation that stays the same from season to season. Easily paired with anything, these colors enhance the colors of the season.

Pantone describes these mainstay shades as conveying “energy, sophistication and serenity.” Pantone says while some of this year’s colors are multi-dimensional and grounded hues, others are vibrant, uplifting shades.

Introducing the 2018 Color Trends! 

Cherry Tomato

(PANTONE 17-1563)

Cherry Tomato is an orangey red that is punchy and exudes energy. It stands out in a crowd – and in a textile print! Get ready to make a statement!

Palace Blue

(PANTONE 18-4043)

Palace Blue reads like an invigorated royal blue; a powerful, intense color both in hue and emotion.

Ash Rose

(PANTONE 17-1514)

A sophisticated color, Ash Rose looks like the perfect blush and eye shadow for the daring personality. This muted pink could serve as an unexpected neutral.

Nile Green

(PANTONE 14-0121)

Nile Green is a light green that you can’t quite place, which keeps it interesting. It references nature. An optimistic color, it unabashedly invites Spring to come.


(PANTONE 13-0646)

A fun color meant for the bold personality, Meadowlark makes a statement. Confident and daring, Meadowlark could be the focus of the fashion or, more likely, a highlight that reminds you life doesn’t always have to be serious.

Blooming Dahlia

(PANTONE 15-1520)

Blooming Dahlia offers another sophisticated swatch that harkens to nature, bringing influence from the outdoors to be celebrated.

Ultra Violet

(PANTONE 18-3838)

A bold statement, Ultra Violet is as intense as it is beautiful. How could you not have a good 2018 wearing it?

Spiced Apple

(PANTONE 18-1325)

Brown with a red undertone, Spiced Apple adds another intense choice to the Spring 2018 palette. A shade with a classic quality about it, Spiced Apple is unexpected.

Pink Lavender

(PANTONE 14-3207)

Pink Lavender is the adult, sophisticated version of pretty in pink. The color has the possibility to play off other colors in smart ways.

Almost Mauve

(PANTONE 12-2103)

A dark ivory, Mauve adds a serene resting place for the eye. It’s the perfect cotton canvas to support the bold colors of the season.

Rapture Rose

(PANTONE 17-1929)

A romantic color, perfect to create a heart-shaped Valentine, Rapture Rose is sure to lift the mood.

Lime Punch

(PANTONE 13-0550)

Lime punch is a screaming shade, ready to take on the year. It’s a color that will influence all other colors in the same design. Not for the faint of heart!

And the Core Classics!

2018 color trends that draw from wardrobe basics.

Sailor Blue

(PANTONE 19-4034)

Sailor Blue is a sophisticated navy that serves as a neutral and reads professional. It also happens to look like a midnight sky.

Harbor Mist

(PANTONE 14-4202)

A mid-tone dove gray, Harbor Mist is a beautiful classic neutral ready to complement whatever’s next to it or it can stand on its own.

Warm Sand

(PANTONE 15-1214)

Raising the temperature this season, Warm Sand is a neutral shade with an earthy vibe.

Coconut Milk

(PANTONE 11-0608)

Coconut Milk is chock full of possibilities. A cold neutral, Coconut Milk holds a graceful simplicity.

About Pantone

Pantone LLC, an authority on color, was founded in 1963 when Lawrence Herbert created an innovative system for matching and communicating specific shades of color.

About Pantone Color Institute

The Pantone Color Institute is the division of Pantone that predicts color trends and advises companies on color.

Where Can You Find Apparel and Uniforms in Pantone’s 2018 Color of the Year?

T.R. McTaggart provides the latest fashions featuring the 2018 color trends, including deep purple.

Contact Us Today

T.R. McTaggart provides its expertise to provide custom apparel and promotional items for clients of all sizes, including resort and gift shops, local sports teams, non-profit organizations, and businesses. Inspired by the 2018 color trends? Ready to explore your future in 2018? Give us a call at (800) 433-0983 or Contact Us to see how you can incorporate the top colors for 2018 into your next design!




















Create a Lasting Impression at your next Trade Show or Business Expo

Don’t Throw Away Your Shot!

You want to have a successful trade show or business expo. After all, countless articles stress the importance of maximizing tradeshow and business expo opportunities. A big part of having a successful trade show includes turning good impressions into sales. Of course you want to make a great impression at the trade show, but you also want that impression to be lasting! So, what is the key to trade show success? How can you make potential clients not only like what they see at your booth, but also remember your product or brand following the event?

Have a successful trade show or business expo in 2018!

Don’t worry! We’ve put together some tips to set your business up for lasting success.

The importance of trade show success

First, why are trade shows so important in the first place? Reasons include brand exposure, lead capture, supply line relationships, networking, promoting your company, and gathering business leads.

  • Brand exposure
  • Lead capture
  • Supply line relationships
  • Networking
  • Promoting your company
  • Gathering business leads
  • Growing your customer base

Brand exposure – The more people are exposed to your brand, the more apt they are to remember it.

Lead capture – The process of providing information about your products and services with potential customers to effectively lead to sales.

Supply line relationships – Building a close relationship with your suppliers is more important than you might think. Bullying companies into low prices doesn’t accomplish this. A close relationship tends to increase product quality.

Networking – Even if it pulls you out of your comfort zone, strike up a conversation with those around you. Ask them about their business. A successful business – and trade show success – is all about genuine relationships.

Promoting your company – Trade show success involves getting the word out – about you!

Gathering business leads – Try to find fun ways to encourage visitors to your booth to leave their business cards.

Growing your customer base – With trade shows, you can see a lot of potential clients in a short amount of time. It’s kind of like speed dating for businesses! These prospective clients are also a more targeted demographic because they elected to attend the trade show, making potential leads or sales more likely.

They say showing up is half the battle. However, that still leaves the other 50% you have to undertake to be successful! A booth at an expo is great, but you need to put in the work to maximize the opportunity.

Take the long view

When planning your business expo, always ask yourself how it will serve your overall business goals.

What constitutes success?

Assessing trade show success depends on your goals. What “trade show success” means to your business should be determined beforehand because it will lead you to make the best decisions in order to achieve those goals.


Budget for Trade Show Success

Devise a budget. Consider which products you want to promote, how much you want to spend, and what type of advertising is likely to be most effective.

Don’t overlook costs

It’s easy to overlook hidden costs, so separate trade show expenses into four exhibition categories: renting the space, designing the exhibit, promoting your products, and travel expenses for employees and exhibition transport.

  • Exhibition space
  • Exhibit design
  • Promotion
  • Travel

A typical trade show budget

In 2013, industries typically spent:

  • 5% on the exhibition space at the expo
  • 5% on travel
  • 2% on show services
  • 8% on construction and design of the exhibit
  • 3% on shipping
  • 1% on exhibition promotion
  • 6% on graphic design and production
  • 6 % on miscellaneous

Booth layout

Design something that draws people in and showcases your products. Simple enough!

Clean cut

Trade show success depends on a clear message. You might be excited about your new line of products coming out, but be selective. Consumers can only absorb so much. With too much stimuli they get overwhelmed. You also don’t want things to look cluttered. Everything representing your brand should look clean and professional.

On a theme

Brainstorm a theme that is visually memorable and works across mediums.


Ways to Make Your Trade Show Fun and Memorable

First impressions are important, but lasting impressions are also paramount.

Guerrilla marketing

Guerrilla marketing can be a surprise event or activity or something of your own invention. Use humor. Grab attention. Be creative. Make it memorable!

Create an experience

Make it interactive. Experiences are memorable.

Photo contests

Photo contests give you exposure and get clients and potential clients to engage rather than passively participate. Encourage visits to your booth to upload contest entries to social media. Create a memorable #hashtag to promote the event.

Make it a game

Games to win promotional items such as branded apparel, pens, mugs, key chains, and hats are always a big hit. Games also encourage people to be engaged.

Game activities

The best activities have contestants as active rather than passive participants. Ask yourself how they can engage with your product or service. Games might include:

  • Prize wheels
  • Trivia
  • Counting contests
  • Golf
  • Arcade games
  • Jumbo games

Promotional items

So, you’ve picked out a game, now you need prizes! Also consider a theme for your promotional items; the quirkier the better as long as it’s professional and reflects your brand. Imagination and giveaways draw in visitors.

What’s the use?

Put most of your resources into promotional items that are useful. Mugs, pencils, and pens are items most people keep and – even better – use.

Be purposeful

Don’t just give away items to give them away and always feature items that reflect your brand. If you’re at a food expo and you’re a monk representing your monastery’s homemade jam shop, logoed beer cozies probably wouldn’t make sense (although they would be memorable!). Of course, if your monastery still brews beer, maybe it would be appropriate. You know your business, your consumers, and your brand.

A lot of trade show success hinges on knowing your customers, their tastes, and what they respond to.

Promotional items made for trade show success

All items are fully customizable by T.R. McTaggart to make your business look great!

  • Umbrellas
  • T-shirts
  • Hoodies
  • Jackets
  • Hats and visors
  • Scarves
  • Tote bags
  • Water bottles
  • Pens and pencils
  • Coasters
  • Coffee mugs and Tumblers
  • Beverage cooler
  • Stress balls
  • Keychains
  • Sports items and jerseys
  • Drawstring backpack
  • Clocks
  • Mouse pads


Advertise via Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn to inform attendees of what’s happening at your booth. Get the word out!

Invite your loyal clients

It’s easier to make a pitch to someone who already trusts you and knows your company delivers on-time quality products and services!

Creating first impressions (and not leaving it to chance!)

It takes one-fifth of a second for a potential client to form an opinion of a display and 94% of that opinion is design related. So make sure your booth is professional and eye catching!

Send the right people

You want to send your employees who are good at customer service. People frowning at a booth not making eye contact isn’t going to cut it. People on their cell phones looking busy won’t seem inviting.

At the show

Make sure your company’s promotional items are well designed, attractively displayed, and handed out.

Swag and prizes promote your brand after the event. And, yes, they make the day – and your business – memorable!

Be welcoming

Greet people, offer coffee and tea, offer comfortable seating, and yummy snacks. Generosity begets generosity.

Enough about me

Show interest in others. Ask them about their company.

You can never be too organized!

Carry a folder with the schedule, a checklists, marketing materials, and business cards.

Get social (media)

Don’t let social media distract from real-life interactions, but employ social media to get out the word about your brand. Use social media to inform clients about your exhibit and post documentation of the event itself. Create a unique #hashtag for the event and promote it pre-event.

Stay motivated

Trade show success is also dependent upon staying power. Even at the end of the day, try to stay energetic. You want each potential client to experience a quality interaction.

The early bird (or business!) gets the worm

Trade show success isn’t just determined by what happens during the trade show. Follow up with leads the next day, if you can.

Sales leads are the point of the show, so it’s surprising how many businesses never follow up. Don’t be one of them! Relationships require follow-ups. Sales can’t happen unless you make contact with the buyer!

Categorize leads by how interested they seemed in your business and follow up with clients who seemed the most interested first. Make sure to personalize the message to the client.

Don’t forget to follow up on social media too!

It’s all about the ROI

Be strategic before, during, and after the trade show. Measure your ROI and let that inform your strategy next year.


Discuss what went well and what didn’t with your employees and devise a plan for trade show success for next year (and beyond!). Look at:

  • Immediate sales
  • Leads
  • Social media followers gained
  • Tweets with the official hashtag

Contact Us

For 50 years, T.R. McTaggart has provided expert advice and all the promotional items you’ll need for trade show success.

Our expertise in providing high-quality branded promotional items at the best price will ensure you have a successful expo. Call us at (800) 433-0983 or Contact Us for all of your trade show promotional item needs! We’re here to discuss design, gifts and apparel, strategy, and what’s worked in the past from our own and our customers’ experience. We’re here to help our clients succeed!

Have a successful trade show or business expo!



















What Makes for Good Design?

What makes for good design? For most of us, “we know it when we see it,” but good design can be dissected to tell us why it’s good design. There is a list of ingredients for good design that should always be included in the recipe, including balance, white space, readability, scale, hierarchy, material, and successfully communicating brand message.

Whether you design your own logo and apparel, hire a professional designer at T.R. McTaggart, or a combination of the two, there are things one should consider during the design process. Keep what makes for good design in your mind when you look at the final proof before it goes into production.

Key elements for good design include:

  1. Readability
  2. Hierarchy
  3. Scale
  4. Balance
  5. White space
  6. Go easy on the fonts
  7. Kerning
  8. Mind the grid
  9. Material
  10. Make it seamless
  11. Take risks
  12. Be original
  13. Make it last
  14. Take care
  15. Successfully communicating brand
  16. Take note of beauty around you

1. Readability

Some design trends call for writing on a vertical plane, in all caps, in a fancy script, in small text, or with text and backgrounds similar in color. While your design might look cool, it’s impractical.

What not to do

  • Vertical text
  • All caps
  • Fancy, hard-to-read script
  • Small font size
  • Similar text and background color

While you want attractive artwork, you also want to inform your audience so you can translate your efforts into brand recognition and potential clients! Unless you’re already famous and can get away with things like designing a record cover that’s only white and without your band’s name on it, clarity is the way to go. That said, if you’re one of the Fab Four, go for it!

So, why are the aforementioned poor design choices?

Vertical text

Vertical text is hard to read.

All caps

All caps are hard to read. Angry people in online forums should learn some good design tips!

Fancy, hard-to-read script

There’s nothing wrong with fancy scripts per se. However, if it’s hard to read, your brand will be quickly overlooked and forgotten. Don’t make your audience decipher. Do you want to limit your reach to only people who are patient or do you want everyone to be able to readily recognize your brand?

Small font size

Keep in mind that your potential audience could be everyone from young to old. Don’t make people squint to read text on your design. Chances are if they have to strain to read it, they won’t.

Similar text and background color

If the text and background are a similar color, no matter the size and font used, the text could be difficult to read due to lack of contrast.

2. Hierarchy

Similar to whitespace, you don’t want to overwhelm the viewer. If your audience is overwhelmed, they’ll stop looking. However, if you can guide the viewer from most important to least important, they’ll follow your road map. The audience simply wants direction of where to look.

3. Scale

Changing scale can make your design more dynamic.

4. Balance

You want your design to feel resolved. You don’t want people to get irritated looking at it. Their irritation could transfer to irritation toward your brand. Harmony is paramount.

5. White space

While the detail you put into your design is great, there really can be too much of a good thing. In order for your audience to appreciate your design, they need some space to breathe.

6. Go easy on the fonts

As a rule, limit yourself to no more than three fonts in one design. Two is OK. One is great! When you have too many fonts they compete for attention and it becomes more about the different type rather than the content. Good design should be invisible. Typography should support your message rather than steal the show.

7. Kerning

Back before digital word processors, manual typewriters designated equal space for each letter, whether it was a wide capital ‘M’ or a thin lowercase ‘i’? While this has its charm, unless you’re trying to evoke nostalgia, you should space out letters to make it easy for the reader.

Take into consideration how each letter relates to the next as well as the overall look of the word. When we read, we don’t look at the letters – we memorize the shapes of the words.

If a potential customer is waiting in line at the grocery store and the person ahead of them has a bag with your logo, you want it to be instantly recognizable.

8. Mind the grid

Have a grid in mind when you’re laying out your design. Line up text so it’s easier to read and less chaotic to the eye.

9. Material

Is your material supportive of your design? For instance, if you’re outfitting a heavy metal band, opt for screen printing rather than delicate embroidery, unless you are seeking a contradicting juxtaposition.

10. Make it seamless

Your logo, any additional content, and the color and material you display it on should all work together to support one message.

11. Take risks

Don’t be afraid of design. Don’t be afraid of being bold. Embrace creativity.

12. Be original

It’s true that everything has been done before, but aim for the imaginative and innovative. The last thing you want is to look like a knock-off. You want to be the trendsetter. We have faith in you!

13. Make it last

If you are designing your logo, a novelty t-shirt, or even a mug, you want the design to be attractive down the road. You don’t want the appeal of your design to end before the usefulness of the product.

14. Take care

Don’t stop designing once it looks half-way decent. Every decision should be considered. Especially if it’s your logo, you’re going to be looking at it a lot. Your design also reflects on your business. If you’re not putting care into how your logo, apparel, and other promotional items look, how much care are you putting into your products and services? You can invest your heart and soul into your business, but it won’t appear that way to customers.

15. Successfully communicating brand

The logo you design might be beautiful or funny, but does it communicate your brand? Even if it’s a great design, if it doesn’t get consumers to act it’s not successful. Have you ever seen ads on TV that are hilarious, but you have no idea what they’re advertising? While it’s great to entertain the world, ambiguity is what you want to avoid. Let the comedians tell the jokes. Let fine artists create tranquil paintings and sculptures. You keep focused on your goal: effective branding!

16. Take note of beauty around you

Look at signs and storefront windows as you walk down the street; pay attention to typography when you peruse magazines; notice leaves when you go for a hike in the woods. There is inspiration everywhere. Take time to look and it will inspire you!

Should I break the rules?

Also note: There are exceptions to every rule, but these guidelines have helped designers for centuries be successful at what they do. They say, “You have to know the rules to break the rules.” Just make sure you have thought out your design and asked yourself questions about these 16 tips to see if there is room for improvement.

There is much more to good design, but this should get you started!

Contact Us

At T.R. McTaggart, we’re excited to be celebrating our 50th anniversary and celebrating 50 years of good design. Contact Us today to discuss what good design can do for your branding and business. Our expert designers can create something thoughtful, elegant, and smart that will make your brand stand out to customers.

Here at T.R. McTaggart, we love and live good design. Drop us a line to discuss your design needs!














Join Us In Celebrating 50 Years of T.R. McTaggart!

Happy New Year!

Help us chime in the New Year and celebrate the 50 year anniversary of T.R. McTaggart!

We’re excited to reach this milestone, and we couldn’t have done it without our loyal customers! Our 50 year anniversary means a lot to us. We can’t say “thank you” enough. You’re the reason we’ve been going strong for so many years. Here’s to serving you for 50 more!

After our 50 year anniversary, T.R. McTaggart looks to 2018

Thank you to all of our customers who, over the years, have helped us grow into the company we are today! We couldn’t have made it to our 50 year anniversary without you!

A family affair

T.R. McTaggart was started by Lyle and Helen McTaggart. Lyle McTaggart wanted to run his own business and provide for his family. Lyle was Terry’s dad and Emily and Abby’s grandfather – names our loyal customers may be familiar with.

The evolution of T.R. McTaggart

The company started as a small operation out of the trunk of Lyle McTaggart’s car. Orders were pulled and packed in Lyle’s garage. Lyle drove around the area and hand-delivered products to customers.

As time went on, the business grew and Lyle bought a building and hired sales people to better service customers.

When Lyle and his wife Helen were ready to retire, they sold their business to their son, Terry McTaggart. Terry was part of Forward Corporation, so they merged T.R. McTaggart Wholesale and Forward Corporation.

After the merger, T. R. McTaggart added screening and embroidery to the business plan and continued to grow into the company it is today.

It’s a generational thing

T.R. McTaggart is currently in the fifth generation of McTaggart ownership of the company.

We’ve changed with our customers

One of the biggest changes over the years has been our Custom Online Stores for our customers’ employees to conveniently shop through. Our customers sought convenience for their employees to order work apparel and products featuring their company branding. Our online stores allow our customers to offer select products to employees with little effort on our clients’ end – and they are delighted by the convenience!

New Opportunities

We didn’t get to our 50 year anniversary without embracing new opportunities. In 2005, we added Kristin and Company soy candles to our line and we continue to look for business opportunities to serve our loyal customers.

T.R. McTaggart started out as strictly a Michigan company. In the 90s, we began to grow nationally, starting with Minnesota, Wisconsin, and Illinois. Next was the East Coast and now we are continuing to expand West.

Still going strong after half a century

The combination of smart management and staying on top of trends has been key for our success. We offer great designs, awesome garments, and the best customer service around. We care about our customers and try to help them be successful in what they do; this, in turn, makes us strong.

Low turnover rate means first-rate quality for customers

T.R. McTaggart is a great company to work for. We have numerous long-term employees, including many with over 20-25 years of service!

Our customers come first

Our customers know we are always there to help. Our employees take great pride in their work and understand that our customers are #1!

Giving back to the community

T.R. McTaggart is also committed to giving back to the community. We proudly support the Special Olympics, as well as many local charitable organizations.

A national reputation for quality

T.R. McTaggart has nationwide representation and an exclusive line of screen printed, embroidered, and decorated apparel.

We have become industry specialists in the resort, souvenir, and gift market, servicing thousands of retail clients from Alaska to Florida.

We deliver decorated apparel to corporate, custom, sporting, and non-profit organizations. We are a full-service provider of branded ad specialties and customized sales promotional items.

Serving customers everywhere

T.R. McTaggart has had the pleasure to serve over 5,000 customers over all types of industries.

That’s saying something!

More than 80% of our business is referral.

Service oriented

T.R. McTaggart strives to exceed customer expectation. Always. Our priority is you!

Quality is key

We offer high-quality garments from trusted brands.

We’re pretty trendy

Our staff travels coast-to-coast to bring you the latest fashion trends. T.R. McTaggart carries garments you won’t find anywhere else!

We’ve been around awhile!

T.R. McTaggart has mastered the art of decorated apparel and promotional items. We know what it takes to make a quality product worthy of your brand.

Our goal

T.R. McTaggart’s mission is to create sophisticated and effective designs, apply graphics to apparel with exacting standards, and consistently deliver quality products to our customers. The way we see it: If we succeed, your customers succeed!

Our vision

Our vision is to be internationally recognized as an industry leader and locally recognized for contributing to the success of the communities with which we operate.

Our values

  • Enable delivery of exceeding customer satisfaction, always.
  • Embrace change and drive continuous improvement.
  • Encourage fun, creativity, and innovation.
  • Empower growth and learning.
  • Elevate communication and teamwork.

At T.R. McTaggart we provide the same quality principles for every client regardless of size. We believe our customer service is a large part of why we’re celebrating our 50 year anniversary.

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What’s New for 2018?

We know we wouldn’t have made it to our 50 year anniversary without innovation. At T.R. McTaggart, we are always creating new products – and 2018 is no different!


Next year we’re adding a quilted pocket zip hoodie that comes with matching pants with a quilted back pocket. The new outfit will come in three hot colors – yam, blue, and green! We will also premiere five other garments in 2018 … stay tuned.


Reaching our 50 year anniversary, we’ve seen a lot of changes in how business is conducted. In 2018, we will be focusing on adding sales groups, distribution centers, as well as growing our online store business. After all, they say the future is all about logistics!


For our 50 year anniversary, we thought we’d have a little fun! We will also launch our retail line of “Jokes on You” line in late 2018 or beginning of 2019. This is already available in wholesale.

The “Jokes on You” line has over 100 designs created. This comic line features our designs with comics and humorous slogans.

Thank you, Thank you, Thank you!

At T.R. McTaggart, we’re excited to celebrate our 50 year anniversary. We want to thank our loyal customers for 50 great years and we hope you’ll stick around with us for 50 more!

Wishing you a happy holiday and a Happy New Year from the McTaggart staff!
Tina, Kelly, Theresa M, Monica, Sue, Lindsey, Jason, Irene, Claire, Theresa C, John, Mitch, Marylynn, Linda, Jeff, Jerad, Holly, Ken, Kristie, Deb W, Jackie, Brenda, Tracie, Jill, Ted, Rod, Brandon, Mandy, Cindy, Kellen, Jacob, Dan, Deb L, and Karisten





Unique and Thoughtful Personalized Gifts that Show You Care

Personalized Gifts Tailored to Them

It can often be difficult to find the right gift for that special someone, whether it be your boss, friend, colleague, school teacher, or family member. Have you ever thought about a personalized gift? Why consider personalized gifts? Because there are so many gift options to choose from and personalized gifts are gifts that show you care!

What NOT to do

  • Guess what a person wants.
  • Go to shopping malls with nothing in mind and come home empty-handed or buy a gift that’s “meh.”
  • Pick anything out of fatigue and desperation.

A New Trend in Shopping

The new way to shop

Before personalization came down in price, one was left to find something personalized in stores with products meant to attract a diverse customer base. How does one find a gift that’s designed to appeal to everyone’s unique taste? Good question! Luckily, with personalization, we no longer need to look for a needle in a haystack.

Instead, we personalize gifts on demand! With a little lead time, the step of making a gift personalized goes a long way. It communicates to the recipient that they are special to you. It also says, “I didn’t buy this at the mall or convenience store at 11 p.m. on Christmas Eve!”

Spending less time to get a gift tailored to a recipient seems like a no brainer once you think about it.

What is a personalized gift?

A personalized gift is when you add the name or initials of the recipient, a message, your name, or anything personalized to the giftee.

Why Personalize?

Personalization matters

You want to get the person something special. Tailoring the gift to fit one person accomplishes this and accomplishes it well!

Personalized gifts have become increasingly popular. It makes sense. If it doesn’t take that much effort to make a generic gift personal, why wouldn’t you put in a little extra effort? Engrave or etch a person’s name or add a note! After all, it is the thought that counts. In the eyes of the recipient, the time it took you to personalize the item increases its value well beyond the cost and effort to get it done.

People love hearing their name and we all love feeling appreciated and special. Personalizing a gift shows that you’ve thought about the person and you care. It also shows you have a history with them – you know them and want to do something nice for them that they will appreciate.

The SMART way to shop

Even simple gifts can be transformed by customization. Gifts that show you care really come down to the thought you put into it. Say it all with a customizable gift unique to them!

So, why spend more time and money?

Key benefits of personalized gifts

  • Not generic
  • Something they wouldn’t buy for themselves
  • Celebrates and reinforces personal connection
  • Meaningful
  • Memorable
  • No more searching store after store (Instead of finding a perfect gift – make one!)
  • Expresses your feelings
  • You have control over design, color, and message to get exactly what you want
  • Your gift will stand out in a crowd
  • Personalization lasts forever
  • Personalized gifts are gifts that show you care!

Never a Generic Gift

When you personalize a gift, the likelihood of the recipient receiving a duplicate gift is slim.

While there are a finite number of stores, the likelihood of someone buying the same item and personalizing it the same way is doubtful. There’s no need to consult a statistician; no one else will have the same idea. Your gift will be unique!

It’s something they wouldn’t buy for themselves (in a good way!)

You want to find a gift that the recipient will cherish or will get good use out of it, depending on the nature of the present. The thought of the recipient faking a smile and the gift collecting dust only to be discarded is not an option.

Many recipients say they feel special when personalization is added for a number of reasons. They appreciate that the gift cost more and that the gifter went to the extra trouble to get it personalized. We don’t typically personalize items for ourselves. People feel like it would be vain or narcissistic to do so – yet, at the same time, they’d love to have something personalized!

The gift is appreciated when it comes from someone else because it’s something the person wants and they don’t have to feel conceited every time they look at the item. Instead they get a warm fuzzy feeling!

People also find it meaningful that you planned it in advance. It shows that getting the perfect gift for them was important to you. 

Treasured Forever

Personalized gifts have the potential to be cherished forever. When a gift is individually personalized, people get attached to their gift. Think about it: Have you gotten rid of your high school or college diploma? Maybe you played basketball or track and won an award. Or, maybe you were given a plaque for playing in the band. Have you thrown this memorabilia away? Chances are you haven’t! If you did, you probably had to think twice about it.

The personal touch

A plaque for an employee’s accomplishments, or just for being an employee, shows that you care. When you engrave their name or invest in embroidered apparel you’re sending the message that they’re not dispensable. You aren’t the kind of work place that has a 50 percent turn over rate. Employees aren’t just workers, they’re people.

Whether it’s a sports ball they can use at home, or a plaque they can place on their desk, or a mug that will keep their favorite beverage warm, the gesture will be appreciated.

It’s the thought that counts

It’s true. Let the recipient know that you’ve thought about their gift and put in effort to make it something they’ll treasure. 

Go ahead – personalize it!

A little bit of customization can go a long way in making a gift special. Personalized gifts never go out of style!

Ways to personalize

Imprint or engrave a special message from you to them. Embroidery or screen printing makes apparel one of a kind (or one of a small batch!).

  • Name
  • Initials
  • Achievement
  • Year of award
  • A short message of thanks and recognition
  • Also include who the gift is from (you!)

Personalized gift ideas

T.R. McTaggart provides a host of personalized gifts.

Personalized gifts to consider:

  • Apparel
  • Beverage cooler
  • Cube-It Lip Balm
  • Drawstring backpack
  • Holiday ornaments
  • Mugs
  • Pencils
  • Pens
  • Plaques
  • PopSocket phone accessory
  • Trophies
  • Tumblers
  • And more!

Apparel – Consider making shirts or sweatshirts with your family’s surname commemorating Christmas 2017. 

Beverage cooler – Great for friends. Perhaps not the first item to consider for employees unless you’re a brewery and want to encourage “research.”

Cube-It Lip Balm – Perfect for your teenage niece who loves to be in style.

Drawstring backpack – Useful for everyone. Add their name and the recipient can throw some clothes in it to take to the gym, stash a towel and sunscreen and head to the beach (well, in six months that is!), or load it up with some granola bars and trail mix and go for a hike. Bags are versatile so it can be used for each individual’s purpose. 

Holiday ornaments – Great for family, friends, or colleagues. How cute would it be to have a tree with each family member’s name on it? Or everyone at the office to have a place on the office Christmas tree to take home right before the holidays. 

Mugs – Everyone drinks beverages, so this will definitely get some use! Instead of a mug that says “Number one grandpa,” why not add his name? After all, if he’s number one he deserves the extra effort! Also make branded mugs for your company. Employees can use them at work or home. We always need a mug handy. 

Pencils – Consider a monogramed pencil. It’s so simple, yet it makes you feel special whether you’re a child or adult. It never gets old! 

Pens – Monogrammed pens accomplish the same goal. 

Plaques – Show your employees you appreciate all they do! 

PopSocket phone accessory – Perfect for just about anyone. Unless you’re in the tiny minority that shuns technology, the cost of phones these days makes people appreciate protecting them. While you can’t prevent your cousins from throwing their iPhones in the washing machine, there are a lot of situations where the PopSocket phone accessory is a lifesaver. And maybe buy your cousins some rice. 

Trophies – Same as plaques. 

Tumblers – Same as mugs.

Visit T.R. McTaggart’s promotional items page for more ideas!

Contact us

T.R. McTaggart has been providing personalized gifts at an affordable price for fifty years now. Call us at (800) 433-0983 or Contact Us today to find out why!














Helpful Tips for Throwing a Successful Holiday Office Party: Let the 5 W’s Lead You

How to throw a great holiday office party

Throwing a successful holiday office party is important for a lot of reasons: Overall morale, team building, and celebrating the season. Since planning a holiday party for employees is so important, we’ve put together tips for a great office party. Follow them … and have fun!

Interestingly, 30% of employers did not throw a holiday office party in 2015, an increase of 13% from 2012. Indeed, parties are expensive and take time and effort to plan, but it’s worth it for so many reasons.


Show gratitude

Money is a great way to say ‘thank you.’ However, a party is more personal. It makes workers feel valuable as employees and as people. They’re not just a number.

People also like receiving things they might not have splurged on themselves. For example, if you provide a fancy meal, employees can eat it guilt free. They don’t have to think about a more responsible way to spend the money while they’re trying to savor the cuisine.

Why throw a holiday office party?

Expressing gratitude is one reason of many:

  • Brand exposure if event is off-site
  • Celebrates the diversity of the season
  • Celebrates your business’s success
  • Boost morale
  • It’s a chance for employees to get to know each other
  • Promotes team building
  • Improved staff communication
  • Express employee appreciation
  • Parties are fun!

Tips for a great office party

You want your holiday office party to be memorable – in a good way! Planning can be daunting but, however, with a few tips, you can create a great experience for everyone.


Plan for it

Set up or organize reservations, caterers, and activities well in advance.

Make sure to:

  • Save the date: Survey employees on when they want to schedule the party
  • On a budget: Determine your budget
  • When and where: Decide which type of party most suits your place of employment and find a suitable location that can accommodate


Turn the office into a party

Consider saving on costs by bring caterers and DJs to you (if your facility can accommodate). It will also mean you can buy food and refreshments at wholesale price. 

Dress it up with holiday décor

If your holiday office party is located at the office, make sure to decorate. Transform the space. Cutouts, streamers, and balloons are perfect for changing the atmosphere.

Getting personal

Or, consider hosting the holiday office party in your home. It makes it more personal. 


Be inclusive

Encourage all staff to participate. Involve everyone, from staff, to interns, to volunteers. Invite all levels of staff. CEOs and janitors should mingle. Show your employees that everyone is valued for all the work they contribute. Socializing builds camaraderie and makes it easier for people to work together when returning to their desks.


Think outside the month

Your holiday office party doesn’t have to be in late December. Hold your event in early November or mid-January. You’ll typically pay less for room rentals, deejays, and catering. Most importantly, more employees will be able to attend – and feel less fatigued from all the other holiday parties they are attending. Yours will be refreshing rather than one more obligation during what for many is a stressful season.

It’s all in the timing

An evening party on a Thursday can make for workers who feel burned out Friday morning. Consider a Friday evening party that kicks-off as soon as the work day ends – a great way to begin the weekend!

During the day

Or consider scheduling the holiday office party during business hours (of course, “refreshments” may not be an option). With many families travelling during the holidays, scheduling the event during the workweek will ensure more employees can attend. After all, the more the merrier!

Plus, employees won’t have to commute or line up a babysitter.


On a theme

Assign a fun theme to your holiday office party! Have an optional dress code for prizes. Use props and signage to jazz it up. Find food that ties-in to the theme as well.

It’s all about the food

If you provide excellent food, they will come!

Everyone eats and people love things that are free, particularly food. Plus, sharing food or a meal is a great bonding experience. Just make sure to ask about food allergies or preferences in advance to accommodate employees with special food needs. For example, ask if your employees are allergic to tree nuts, lactose intolerant, gluten intolerant, vegetarian, vegan, kosher, or anything else.

A cookie decorating station or a waffle bar

This gets people to mingle because they spend more time getting food instead of huddling together at a table with colleagues they already know. It also gives people something to talk about.

The sound of music

Music can also be a topic of conversation in case employees who don’t know each other very well run out of things to say. While you want to change the atmosphere, make sure the songs are office appropriate so you don’t offend anyone. Taking a survey of a few songs each employee would like to hear ahead of time provides a good snap shot of the music that could be deemed appropriate.

Take a field trip

Plan ice-skating in the afternoon followed by drinks and hors d’oeuvres afterwards in the evening. It allows employees to take part in one or both activities. Employees with young families can go home having participated, but the party can continue on. 

Give back to the community

Volunteer at a soup kitchen or other good cause together. Not necessarily a party, but the team building and gratification that comes from events such as this is invaluable – also, it’s great for brand exposure. 


Take photos so employees can look back at the memories. Post them on a bulletin board later. After all, we spend a lot of time at work, so the office, or whatever setting in which you work, is a big part of our lives. 

Don’t discuss work

Meetings are for business – not parties! The holiday office party is a time to celebrate, relax, share funny stories, and talk about all things un-work-related. Have a jar that employees have to place a dollar in if they are caught discussing work and use that for a future pizza party – or possibly helping to fund next year’s event.

Say ‘thank you’

At the party, give each staff member some form of a personal “Thank You.” Whether it’s a gift, gift card, cash, handwritten note, or a combination of these, the important thing is for you to communicate that each person is a valued member of your team.


Fun activities are also great for encouraging conversation and team building. Fun can have spill-off benefits!

Consider these:

  • Costume contest
  • Karaoke
  • In-office spa treatments
  • Human chess
  • Simon Says
  • Family Feud
  • Old-school video games projected on a screen
  • Photo booth

Party favors and prizes

Promotional items make for great gift giveaways. Hand a bag out to everyone. Have employees spin a wheel. Or, organize a drawing. No matter how you choose to do it, here are some ideas that say “Thank You.”

  • Coasters
  • Personalized mouse pads
  • Custom T-shirts to commemorate the occasion (this is a great idea for branding if party is off-site, say at a restaurant)
  • Custom sweatshirts (It is winter, after all. Bonus points if you make it “ugly sweater” worthy.)
  • Key chains
  • Kristin & Company Candles
  • Coffee mugs with personalized pictures
  • Tote bags
  • Tumblers
  • Water bottles

Let’s get planning!

T.R. McTaggart provides all the help and expertise you will need to throw a great holiday office party!

If you’re in need of party favors, prizes, or apparel to commemorate the party, call us at (800) 733-0983 or Contact Us so we can support you in planning a spectacular party! Our staff has years of expertise in providing promotional items and custom apparel fit for any holiday office party!

Happy holidays from all of us at T.R. McTaggart! May you have a festive – and fashionable – holiday season.











Corporate Gifts that Effectively Convey Employee Appreciation

Recognition Matters

You couldn’t run your business without your employees. It’s important to show your employees how much they’re appreciated – especially at the holidays. Great corporate gifts are a wonderful way to do just that this holiday season. Memorable corporate gifts are even better. We’ve put together a list of corporate gifts to give you some ideas for this special time of year.

It’s important to show your employees they are appreciated because it boosts moral, retention, productivity … and it’s just a nice thing to do for your valued employees!

Giving gifts is a form of recognition. It lets employees know that they are valued. The best corporate gifts are promotional items that say, “Thank you for all you do.”

A Little Appreciation Goes a Long Way

Some managers say their employees are just doing their job. Why should they be recognized and rewarded for doing what’s expected of them?

Many organizations offer minimal recognition. Employees can become dissatisfied at their jobs because they don’t feel that they are appreciated or valued for what they do, especially when they go above and beyond.

Recognition is nice, but it’s also motivating for employees when they feel appreciated.

Gratitude goes a long way. It strengthens your relationship with employees. Corporate gifts also increase:

  • Employee satisfaction
  • Productivity
  • Retention
  • Loyalty

It’s the Thought that Counts: Tips for Your Gifting Approach

Express appreciation

Enough said!

Make it personal

Personalizing corporate gifts makes it feel genuine. It shows that you care about that person individually – they’re not just a number!

Consider adding perhaps a group picture of the employees, or employees in your division if you’re part of a larger company. Write a personal note and be specific in your card. Depending on the gift, add the company logo and the employee’s name.

Employees will be able to tell the amount of thought you put into it.

Practical doesn’t mean boring

Ask yourself if the gift is something your employee would use. You want your employees to enjoy the gift and remember year round that they are appreciated.


Think about the gift as a whole package and ask yourself if it’s sending your intended message. Would you feel appreciated and warm and fuzzy if you received the gift?

Great corporate gift ideas:

  • Candles
  • Umbrellas
  • T-shirts
  • Tote bags
  • Water bottles
  • Pens
  • Coasters
  • Coffee mugs and Tumblers
  • Stress balls
  • Ask your employees’ charity of choice
  • Give a gift related to your company
  • Hoodies
  • Jackets
  • Keychains
  • Sports items
  • Clocks
  • Mouse pads

Kristin & Company Candles

Personalize your hand-poured candles! Kristin & Company allows you to customize candles with your business’s logo or have our artists design something for you that represents your business. Candles are shipped within 1-2 weeks.


Umbrellas make great corporate gifts. Often unintentionally left places, providing an umbrella to have on hand makes rainy days a little brighter when you don’t get drenched!

Tote bags

Tote bags have countless uses, whether going to the beach, attending a community meeting, or even bringing work home with them!


Everyone loves a free T-shirt and people actually wear them. Unless you’re printing something offensive, you really can’t go wrong.

Water bottles

Most people don’t drink enough water each day. Whether it’s the recommended eight glasses, or another amount you try to follow from your favorite study, hydration is important for well-being at the workplace as well as at home.


Writing utensils are a part of our everyday lives. We always need them, so why not give them as a gift?


Another practical item for everyday use. Even if your employees already own coasters, they’ll thank you after hosting a party with relatives who usually don’t follow coaster rules, but used them since the coasters didn’t leave enough space on the fine oak to set down a glass!

Coffee mugs and Tumblers

Keep your workers caffeinated and productive! Or, if they prefer tea rather than coffee, it can help keep them calm. Also beneficial!

Stress balls

You know the work you assign your employees can be stressful. Show some empathy and give them a means to deal with the stress of the job.

And the survey says …

Survey your employees to see what they’d like. After all, why not just ask?! You could even create a suggestion box.

The gift that gives back

Ask your employees what their favorite charity is and make a donation!

Give a gift related to your company

For example, if you’re a brewery, how awesome would it be to send your employees on a trip to see some of the old breweries in Belgium, Ireland, and Germany? Not only would your employees appreciate it, it would make them better at their job too!

More corporate gift ideas

Clothing is always useful. Consider jackets, large and tall garments (a type of personalization!), and hoodies if you have a more relaxed office culture. Sports items are a popular choice. Key chains, clocks, and mouse pads are always useful too.

Corporate Gifts, In Summary

Be creative and have fun with it! Show your employees that you’re not just shopping out of a feeling of obligation. Show a little love this holiday season!

Decorate Your Apparel

One way to make corporate gifts personal is decoration customized to your employees.

At T.R. McTaggart, we offer screen printing, dye sublimation, laser etching, and embroidery to personalize your clothing. Consider embroidering each employees name on a sweatshirt. Nothing says “personal” more than a person’s name.

Perhaps you could make T-shirts that commemorate the office party. For example, you could print a wreath with your company’s name in the middle and “Christmas Party 2017.” It’s okay if it’s cheesy; employees just want to be reminded of happy memories. (Though, the nicer you make it, the higher the likelihood they’ll wear your branded gift around town, rather than as PJ’s only to be seen by the family!)

Have fun with corporate gifts. Make it from the heart and your employees are sure to appreciate your efforts this holiday season.

Contact Us

Who provides a wide assortment of memorable corporate gifts? T.R. McTaggart!

Our expertise is in providing corporate gifts that are sure to let your employees know they are appreciated. Call T.R, McTaggart today at (800) 433-0983 or Contact Us for great corporate gifts this holiday season!











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