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End-of-School Essentials for Your Online Store

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By Emily Nelson - June 15, 2023- in Go-Getter Blog

The start of summer is more than an opportunity to kick off your favorite seasonal products. It also signals the end of school & excitement for freedom. Give your customers more of what they need in their life by offering curated end-of-school essentials to help them transition from classroom to freedom. 

Here’s a round-up of what to sell & how to maximize your sales. 

Tote Bags for Organizing

Whether you sell to college students or parents of elementary-age kids, everyone needs cotton-handled totes to organize their transition into summer & get on top of the mess. Our canvas tote bags are 100% cotton canvas with durable handles & lightweight enough to fold up & tuck away. Choose your favorite POD designs for the front & back to make cleaning out desks & dorm rooms more fun.

The best part about POD is you can quickly create taglines & quirky sayings that cater to the end-of-school crowd without carrying excess inventory. Just apply your designs to your favorite products & grab one of our easy integrations. When an item sells, we quickly produce, fulfill, & ship it out with a label reflecting your online store. POD is risk-free, allowing you to explore your creativity & current trends.  

Learn how to get started with CustomCat here.

Camping Mugs

Help weary students kick off the summer with our vintage-looking camping mugs. Created from stainless steel & an enamel coating, they’re perfect for a camping trip or as an end-of-school gift. Choose your favorite colors & design a line of inspired mugs to spark interest. 

The goal of selling online is to find ways to increase the AOV (average order value) & order size. With the right designs & creativity, you can encourage shoppers to buy in sets of four to watch your revenue soar. Try selling like-minded items alongside your mugs, like jackets & blankets, that pair perfectly for a camping trip.

Custom T-Shirts

Students always need one more T-shirt to round out their favorite collection. Give customers what they want with inventive designs or custom creations that encourage personalization. Research shows that 60% of consumers will likely turn into repeat buyers when you provide personalized experiences. Whether you’re personalizing your marketing outreach or products, give customers the focused attention they’re looking for.

Personalization with POD used to be complicated or required tweaking every order yourself. We simplified the process by teaming up with Customily to broaden personalization options to help you sell more & earn repeat customers. Learn how to get started here.

Beer Steins

There’s no denying that college students & grads 21 & over want to celebrate the end of school with a bang. POD beer steins are high-quality, fun, & provide a purpose. Our white ceramic steins are 22 ounces & come with gold trim & a D-handle. Start designing & making them part of your online store’s signature style to stand out from the competition. 

Want to sell more? Market your POD beer steins as a college graduation gift for a new apartment or to celebrate landing a job. 

Duffel Bags

Let customers treat their favorite athlete to a student to a Small Colorblock Sport Duffel Bag. This bag is durable for both sports & overnight trips & comes with a padded handle & detachable/adjustable shoulder strap. It’s also easy to customize with the help of DIGISOFT® technology. 

Unlike traditional DTG (direct-to-garment) technology that may work well on some products, DIGISOFT™ is more appropriate for fabrics often found in sports clothing & other challenging materials. It’s the next generation of digital technology engineered to produce high-quality designs that look how you intended. The results are visually stunning, durable, & versatile, which sets your products apart from the rest. 

Luggage Tags

The end of school signals the start of summer & the travel season. Luggage bag tags are the perfect gift or accessory for anyone traveling the road or overseas. Our durable plastic luggage tags come in a wide variety of vibrant colors enhanced by your design & a high gloss finish.

Luggage tags can also be paired up with any accessories or products that inspire travel. Here are a few ideas to cross-sell in your online store:

Adjust your product descriptions & blog content accordingly to showcase your travel-minded products. 

Custom Artwork & Canvases

Custom POD artwork is a fun & unique graduation gift to commemorate a significant milestone. Whether students are looking for artwork for their dorm room or to dress up their bedroom, our high-quality wall art is the perfect way to do it. Apply your own designs or encourage customization to create a winning product. 

We provide a variety of horizontal or landscape canvases to bring your vision to life. Beyond traditional canvases, we also offer cost-effective satin posters that pair perfectly with special events like graduations. With so many options to choose from,  you can sell more by creating a design series or offering a selection of sizes.

Gift Card

When it comes to students, sometimes the best gift is the freedom to spend. Offer gift cards in your online store to make it easier to find the ideal gift. When it comes to gift cards, you also don’t need to create physical products. Statistics show that digital gift cards are projected to grow at an annual rate of more than 26% by 2025. Offer them as an upsell or as a pop-up offer that’s triggered when someone is leaving your store before they buy.

End-of-school essentials are all about focusing on the student experience & celebrating the season. From organizing to summer vacation fun, there’s always an essential every student needs. 


What are your favorite end-of-school essentials for your online store? Let us know in the comments below!

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