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    Fun Ways To Spice Up Your Gift Exchange!

    Fun Ways To Spice Up Your Gift Exchange!

    I don’t know about you guys but I’m a little bored of the same gift-giving routine year after year. Sitting in a circle handing out gifts to family members or friends is fine, just not as exciting now that everyone is older and out of the “Santa” phase. So, I decided to ask around the Campus Classics office and see if anyone had any fun gift-giving traditions that they were willing to share. Some of these I’m sure you’ve heard before, but some might spark a new tradition for you and your family! Take a look at what I’ve found:

    Secret Santa

    This one is a classic but if you’re not already doing it, it can add a fun flair to your gift exchanges! Basically what happens is you get a group of people together, throw all their names in a hat, and then everybody blindly pulls a name from the hat. Once you pull a name, that is who you will be buying a gift for. The most important part: don’t tell anybody who you’re buying for! All of the fun comes from seeing them open their gift and knowing you were their Secret Santa (and rocked it!)

    Establishing some ground rules is necessary to ensure a successful Secret Santa. The most important rule is to set a price limit. This typically ranges anywhere from $10 to $30 but make sure you’re being mindful of everyone participating when you set the price cap. And be sure to stick to that price limit, going way over can make the other gift-givers uncomfortable. *Cue that scene from The Office (season 2, episode 16) when Michael gives Ryan a $400 iPod for the gift exchange when they had a $20 limit*. Don’t be that guy, it’s not worth it.

     

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    Rule number 2: Put some effort into the gifts. Everybody has the same price limit so nobody is expecting the perfect gift, but you can still make it fun! Dig into a hobby they have and find a fun, quirky gift. If you don’t know a whole lot about your person, discreetly ask around. When in doubt, the safest bet is getting them something for their home. Blankets, a fun mug, and especially ornaments are great gifts if you’re uncertain about what to gift someone.

    The final rule is to receive your gift graciously. You know how much time and effort you spent trying to find that best $15 gift for your person, so just keep that in mind when you receive your gift. Keep the evening light and fun for everyone!

    White Elephant

    This is another one you may have heard before but it’s way too fun not to mention. For a White Elephant, you aren’t shopping for a particular person like in Secret Santa. Instead, all the participants bring a wrapped, unmarked gift to the exchange. Numbers are drawn and whoever goes first picks a present at random and opens it. After that, the participants can either steal someone else’s gift or choose a new gift to unwrap on their turn. The fun here is in the gamble! Do you go for the socks that your buddy Steve already opened or do you go for the huge gift sitting on the table that may or may not be great? Like any good game, rules are required to keep it festive and fun. Here are the rules I’ve always played by:

    1. Establish a price cap. Again, it’s just better when everyone is on the same page.
    2. If someone steals your gift, you can choose to either open a wrapped one or steal someone else’s gift.
    3. A particular gift can only be stolen one time per turn (i.e. if someone takes your gift, you can’t take that gift back in the same turn. BUT you can take it back on a different turn.)
    4. Once a gift has had 3 owners, the gift can no longer be stolen anymore and stays with its third owner for the rest of the game.
    5. The game ends when the last wrapped gift has been opened.

    The fun part about White Elephant is the range of gifts available. You can either get a “gag” gift like a can of Spam or a really great gift that everyone will love like a new ball cap. If you want to take White Elephant to another level, establish a theme. Maybe this exchange is with your fraternity brothers so everything you gift has to be Sigma-Chi-themed or maybe everything has to be culinary-themed or movie-themed, it’s completely up to you. You never know what you’re going to end up with in a game of White Elephant!

     

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    Chimney Drop

    Now this is one I had never heard of before but I absolutely love the idea! It’s called a Chimney Drop because little gifts will randomly show up at your fireplace any time between November 1st and December 24th! 

    The way this works is: anytime you’re with your friends and family within that time frame, you have the ability to gift them (or be gifted with) Christmas gifts. Say for example, you’re sitting at the Thanksgiving table with your family and your mom says something like, “Do you hear that? I think it’s Santa on the roof, I wonder if he dropped anything off.” And then you all rush to the fireplace to see that he did in fact drop something off! Imagine everyone’s excitement when, out of the blue, they get a surprise gift. Little moments like this can happen for almost two months straight so you never know when someone (*ahem* Santa) will feel inclined to drop off a gift a little early.  This fun game can also be incorporated into other Christmas traditions like Elf On The Shelf because maybe Santa needs some help delivering his presents early - who knows! 

     

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    I know on the surface it may sound a little childish but I can definitely see college roommates or family members with college kids having  a lot of fun with this one because everyone loves a surprise gift! 

    I hope these ideas help to spice up your gift-giving routine this year and make some great memories! 

    Your Holiday Gift Guide

    Your 2019 Fraternity Holiday Gift Guide

    In the chaos of the coming holiday season, we’re all overwhelmed by Christmas shopping. Running between sales and stores, trying to keep every gift secret up until that magical morning, it’s exhausting. Let us give you a leg up on your shopping! As your Campus Classics Christmas elves, we’ve put together some of our top products that deserve a spot on the nice list. 

     

    Computers. Water bottles. Phone cases. Stickers belong everywhere and anywhere. Grab a new sticker sheet today and feed the college student obsession.

    Now available!  

     

     

     

    Perfect for upcoming fraternity formals and events, our silk ties are professional grade quality. Woven and classic, they’re a great addition under the tree.

     

     

     

     

     

     The ultimate favorite, our Comfort Colors tees are a great last minute pick up for your student before they head back to campus in the spring. Comfort Colors tees are relaxed and comfortable, i.e. perfect for all-nighters and those early morning college classes. With more than 30 designs available online, there’s sure to be a design perfect for every individual. They’re 100% pre-shrunk cotton and has been washed so many times during production that it already feels like your college student’s favorite shirt. Our most popular designs are our Retriever Tees, modeled after our beloved office dog, Max. 

     

     

    Our Nike Dri-FIT Performance Hat is embroidered with fraternity letters or symbols and it’s been a best-seller since day one. Its lightweight and goes perfectly with every vibe - casual, athletic, modern, you name it. It’s also the perfect gift for picky college students, great quality and solid style.

     

     

     

     

    Nothing says holiday season like road trips and traveling to see family and loved ones. Help your college student be ready for the upcoming excursions with our new duffle! It’s decorated with an embroidered twill patch and ready for every adventure. 

     

     

     

     

     

    Every year is a milestone and what better way to mark your college students best years of their life than through an engraved ornament? Detailed, durable, and the perfect final touch to your Christmas tree. Don’t forget to personalize it!

     

     

     

     

     

    With a Champion crewneck, you’re guaranteed lasting quality. This heavyweight crewneck is a throwback to an original classic and will soon become the go-to grab on a cool day. It’s one of our favorites this year and it’s timeless design will never go out of style. 

        *Quick note for sizing, we recommend ordering a size up as it does shrink! 

     

     

     

     

    Tasteful and top quality, our engraved leather wallet is a great gift for this holiday season! It even includes a separate, removable wallet for added convenience. Why not get a gift to last through the years, even beyond college?

     

     

     

     

     

    College is all about comfort and these joggers are here for it. With the quality of Champion and the detailed embroidery of their Greek group, these are classy AND great for lounging. What more could a college student wish for?

     

     

     

     

     

    A throwback essential, one of our other fall favorites is our embroidered classic beanie! It has detailed stitching in vivid colors perfect for the coming crisp weather. We would recommend pairing it with bonfires, hot chocolate, and snow days. Everyone needs their go-to winter cap - why not go for the best?

     

     

     

     

     

    This just scratches the surface of all we here at Campus Classics offer for fraternity gifts. Check out more ideas here in our online Fraternity Holiday Catalog, but hurry! The most wonderful time of the year is almost here!

    Favorite Fraternity Picks You May Have Missed: Summer/Fall 2019

    Favorite Fraternity Picks You May Have Missed: Summer/Fall 2019

    As with every year, we’ve come to the end of summer. The days are getting shorter, school is starting, and you can finally enjoy being outside without sweating constantly. While we love the carefree attitude and style that comes with summer, it’s exciting to get back on campus with friends and fall into the upcoming autumn activities. But before we get too ahead of ourselves, there was a lot to love about summer 2019 and here’s a few more things that made it great!


    New! Fraternity Comfort Colors Short Sleeve Astronaut ShirtThe ultimate summer favorite, our Comfort Colors Astronaut Tee, is a great last minute pick up as you head back to campus. Comfort Colors tees are relaxed and comfortable, i.e. perfect for hot summer days and those early morning college classes. With its subtle retro vibe, its right on trend and repping your favorite flag as a bonus! It’s 100% pre-shrunk cotton and has been washed so many times during production that it already feels like your favorite shirt. 


    Speaking of on trend, have you heard of Adidas? This summer, we added an Adidas performance tee and boy, do we love this product! It’s soft, flexible, and lightweight, ideal for intramurals or working out. Or, if you’re not the athletic type, it’s great even for wearing around campus. Seriously, it’s so soft. 


    As the perfect pairing for summer adventures, our fraternity flag hat is an upgrade from just embroidered letters to a full embroidered flag! It was a great way to keep cool in the summer sun and lets you hide bad hair days in peace. It’s classic without being too simple.


    But let’s not be too nostalgic - fall is almost here! Let’s take a look ahead at some of the products we’re most excited about (alongside corn mazes and apple cider). 


    New! Fraternity Champion Heavyweight Crewneck Sweatshirt A brand new addition to our fraternity collection for this fall is our Champion Crewneck Sweatshirt! With its classic varsity look and quality, this is going to become your go-to crewneck. Rolling out of bed for an 8 am class? Champion crew. Weekend retreat in the mountain mid semester? Champion crew. It’s one of our favorites of the year and it’s timeless design will never go out of style. 

    *Quick note for sizing, we recommend ordering a size up as it does shrink! 


    Along the retro theme, one of our other fall favorites is our Retro Mountain Comfort Colors Long Sleeve Tee! It has vivid colors perfect for fall and a well-worn Comfort Colors feel.  We would recommend pairing it with bonfires, hot chocolate, and hayrides. 


    Another fall item that’s been favorite is our Nike Dri-FIT Performance Hat. A top quality item that’s embroidered with fraternity letters or symbols, it’s been a best-seller since day one. Its lightweight and goes perfectly with every vibe - casual, athletic, modern, you name it. It’s also the perfect gift for new fraternity members, great quality and solid style. 


    So, don’t let the end of summer get you down! Use the opportunity to treat yo’ self (or a friend) to some of these seasonal favorites! 

    Best Music To Get Recruits

    Best Music To Get Recruits
    Here it is, the week to recruit new students into your fraternity or sorority. You have your pitch for the fraternity. You have your props and flyers. You have members of the fraternity committed to helping out. But you may be missing one key part... the music! If you are going to get new recruits you have to have music that pulls them in. Don't be worried about what songs to choose... Campus Classics has your back and will be your personal DJ for your recruiting event.

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