Post-Grad Gift Idea: How to Create Customized Alumni Coolers

Post-Grad Gift Idea: How to Create Customized Alumni Coolers

Custom coolers make unique graduation gifts. Graduation—whether from high school, college, grad school, or another program—represents an opportunity to show the grads in your life that they’re beginning a new chapter. Plus, nothing says ‘You’re entering the next phase of your life’ like a present that’s actually useful. 

The best and most unique graduation gifts combine practicality, frivolity, and fun, and aren’t too expensive because if you want to be the favorite parent, grandparent, aunt, or uncle, you’re probably going to give your grad a little startup money, too. Custom coolers definitely meet all of the above requirements.  

Here’s why: 

1. Custom coolers don’t scream academia or alumni. Sure, you might personalize your grad’s cooler with the name of their school and their graduation year, but at the end of the day, a cooler is something they’re going to take to the beach or sporting event.  

2. Custom coolers are a thoughtful gift. Personalizing a gift shows that you know the recipient a little better than the average Joe, and people tend to like personalized gifts more than impersonal ones.  

3. Coolers are useful. Everyone needs a cooler now and then, whether it’s a small lunch cooler or a cooler that can accommodate a party’s worth of drinks, though interestingly, a lot of people don’t have one. 

4. A custom cooler isn’t something the grads in your life would typically buy for themselves, but it is something they’ll find that they use regularly. That alone makes coolers great gifts for grads.  

5. You’re giving the gift of happy memories when you give grads custom coolers. First, your personalization will remind them of those great bygone high school or college days, and second, drink coolers and party coolers are typically something you use when you’re having fun. Your grad will use their cooler every time they’re making new memories.      

So, now that we have established how and why coolers make great gifts—and that personalization is the way to go when you’re looking for unique graduation gifts—you might be wondering how to customize a cooler. Surprisingly, it’s easier and less expensive to buy a custom cooler than you might think!  

First, let’s look at personalization.  

How to Personalize a Unique Custom Cooler for Your Graduate 

The biggest challenge most gift givers face when personalizing presents for graduation and other special events isn’t picking the present itself. It’s actually deciding what text and/or images to put on that special gift!  

Sometimes deciding how to customize a gift is a no-brainer—especially when there isn’t much space on the gift being personalized, as is the case when you’re giving someone a pen or a ring. But when you’re giving someone something larger like a cooler and there’s a lot more space to fill, deciding what to print on your gift gets a lot tougher.  

 Here are some ideas to get you started: 

Get the school colors - If the cooler you think your grad will like best comes in different colors, why not choose their school colors? It will make them smile for years to come.  

Keep it simple - The easiest way to customize a cooler for a new grad is to put the name of their school and their graduation year on it. Every time they use their cooler, they will be reminded of their school days and their academic accomplishments.  

Include their name or initials - In addition to (or instead of) putting their school name on a custom cooler, you can add their name or initials. That’s about as custom as you can get! 

Add an inspirational quote - Your favorite graduate has already accomplished big things, but you know they’re capable of so much more. The inspirational or empowering quote or saying you put on their cooler may just prompt them to dream bigger.  

Decorate a cooler with their school crest - If your grad’s high school, college, or other school has an attractive crest or logo, see if you can have that put on your cooler.  

Now let’s look at how to order custom coolers for your favorite graduates.  

How to Create Custom Coolers for the Special Grads in Your Life 

To make it easier to come up with a unique graduation gift, we put together this step-by-step guide to creating custom beer coolers, custom drink coolers, and custom lunch coolers to give as gifts this graduation season.  

If this is your first time buying a custom gift for someone, you might be worried that the ordering process is overwhelming or will take a long time. The fact is, though, that it really couldn’t be any easier. 

Step 1: Choose the Cooler They’ll Like Best 

Or the cooler they’ll use most often. At Bagmasters, we have so many custom coolers to choose from. You can check out everything from small lunch coolers to huge rolling coolers from brands like Big Chiller, Igloo, New connections, Arctic Zone, and California Innovations. All of them are high-quality and will last your grad for years.  

Step 2: Pick Your Color Option

As noted above, getting a cooler that harmonizes with your grad’s school colors can be a fun way to personalize your gift. That said, if your graduate has a favorite color and the cooler you want to buy happens to come in that color, that’s also a great option. Don’t feel like you have to choose their school color just because you’re buying a graduation present.  

Step 3: Select a Decoration Method 

We employ multiple decoration techniques on our custom coolers, and depending on which cooler models you’re considering, you may have to choose one. The most common options available are silk-screening (where ink is applied to your cooler using special screens for a lasting finish), embroidery (where a digital sewing machine stitches your image onto the cooler for a beautiful, high-end look), or digital transfer (where a computer processes your image and prints it onto your cooler directly).  

Step 4: Select a Printing Position

You tell us where on the cooler you want your personalization to appear. Not sure where to put your words and imagery? Contact us and one of our representatives can help you find the most attractive spot. 

Step 5: Upload Your Text or Artwork

For a lot of people, this is the tough part. How do you know if your text or image is large enough? What if you can’t visualize how it will appear on the final product? That’s why we are happy to walk our customers through the process of customizing a cooler from start to finish. We’ll even send you a free digital proof via e-mail so you can see how the final product will look before we start your order.  

Step 6: Place Your Order 

It really is easier than most people realize to create a customized gift like a graduation cooler in no time flat. All you need to do is pick a product and tell us what you want. We do all of the heavy lifting for you.  

5 Reasons to Give Your Graduate a Personalized Gift 

Chances are that the gift your grad will appreciate most is some cold, hard cash, but there are actually lots of good reasons to give grads something tangible in addition to that here’s-a-little-something-to-get-you-started check.  

Here are just a few reasons you should consider giving your graduate a customized gift: 

1. It’s nice to have something to unwrap 

Money is a useful thing to have, but there’s nothing like tearing the paper off of a well wrapped and well thought out gift. So why not give your grad both? You can always stash the check inside the cooler, making your gift a double surprise.  

2. Personalization will keep you connected 

Custom gifts show that you love your grad enough to go the extra mile to make them smile. And they’ll think of you (and smile that smile) every time they use their cooler. A personalized gift is extra meaningful when your grad is headed to a college or other school that’s far away. 

3. Your gift will stand out 

Even though personalization is in (a Deloitte survey found that more than 1-in-3 consumers want to be able to personalize products), a lot of people don’t take advantage of the opportunity to make presents extra special. When you customize a gift, your giftees will remember your gift while others are quickly forgotten.  

4. Personalization takes practical gifts to the next level 

A custom cooler is a pretty practical gift, but that doesn’t mean it’s a boring one! Customization can turn a basic, useful gift from meh to magnificent. You can personalize a custom cooler that’s as fun and creative as you want. The sky is the limit.   

5. It’s harder to steal or to lose 

This is just a side benefit for anyone just starting out. Dorm living isn’t always easy, and keeping track of all your stuff when you’re living on your own for the first time can be a challenge, too. Your choice to customize a gift might just make it easier to hold onto.  

Help Your Grad Celebrate in Style

Why else should you look into custom coolers as a grad gift? We can think of one more very good reason. The fact is that your favorite graduate has just hit a huge milestone. They have put years of hard work into earning that degree and now, unless they’re going straight to work or into the next phase of their academic career, they’re going to take some well-deserved R&R. A cooler is one of the few gifts that they’ll take with them as they have an unforgettable post-graduation summer.  

Are you ready to personalize one of our high-quality custom coolers for the special graduate in your life? At Bagmasters, you can choose from more than 200 unique coolers—including cooler bags, beer coolers, or lunch coolers—that can be customized in many different eye-catching and creative ways. Your grad will get a kick out of this unique graduation gift whether they're spending their post-grad summer catching rays at the local beach, shooting hoops in the driveway, or catching the home team’s games before heading off to their next adventure.  

Ready to get started? Order your custom cooler today!  

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