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    Spring Break Destinations that won't Break the Bank

    Spring Break Destinations that won't Break the Bank

    Finally. You made it. The long, long weeks between starting the Spring semester and your first multi-day break from school are OVER. You’ve arrived at Spring Break and, as a college student, you can’t afford to go just anywhere. Why not strategize your spring break as brilliantly as you planned that hour gap between your afternoon classes so you have time to nap in the student union? These destinations take our votes as some of the best-bang-for-your-buck vacations. 

    STAY-CATION

    It may seem obvious, but the easiest way to save money would be to stay put! Stay-cations are a great option if there’s not a whole lot of wiggle room in your budget and can become surprisingly refreshing. Imagine, not dealing with splitting up the cost of gas with your friends or debating on whether or not you paid someone back for the Airbnb. With a stay-cation, you have complete flexibility - balance time with friends also staying in town and having some guilt-free Netflix binging. We would also do a simple Google of local favorites in your town or a city nearby; you may be surprised how much you can find to do near you! Between restaurants you’ve been wanting to try, relaxing parks, and local shops, odds are you’ll find something totally new to love. 

    GATLINBURG, TN

    Tucked in the Great Smoky Mountains, Gatlinburg is a tourist town to be sure, but filled with fun things to discover. The Great Smoky Mountains are a beautiful place to explore and there are many trails to hike. Bonus, you can even follow a piece of the famous Appalachian Trail! If you’re not big on nature, there are shops as well as oddity museums, aquariums, and more. Check out some of our favorite Comfort Colors tees to add to your packing list, they’d be a great option to go from hiking to shopping in the same afternoon. 

    NEW ORLEANS, LA

    The Big Easy is a city overflowing with culture, food, and new things to see. Why not use your week off of college to do a long walking tour of the Creole cottages and famous St. Charles Avenue mansions. Since sightseeing is free, we would recommend dedicating a large portion of your budget to food. Get authentic Cajun cooking and let yourself really relax, slow down, and enjoy the meals. New Orleans is a city unlike any other in the US and worth exploring! Be ready, rain or shine, with one of these great caps to add to your packing list. 

    PANAMA CITY BEACH, FL

    All right, all right, for all you diehard beach bums, you’re most looking forward to doing zip on your break from classes. Look no further than PCB - with its soft sand beaches and affordable area, you’ll have nothing standing between you and the ocean. And since PCB is on the panhandle of Florida, not only is the drive considerably easier than many of the more southern beaches, but the water on the gulf will be warmer than the Atlantic. Grab yourself a tank and get out there in the sunshine. 

    COLORADO SPRINGS, CO 

    If mountains are more your style and you find the Great Smoky Mountains little more than hills, give the Rockies a try. Nestled on the east side of the mountains is Colorado Springs, a town full of outdoor activities and beautiful views. Be prepared for both weather extremes (we’d recommend bringing a jacket along) and enjoy your days outside. With nearby destinations like Gardens of the Gods and the Seven Falls, you’ll have your fair share of beauty to explore. Also check out Glen Eyrie, a Tudor castle where you can have afternoon tea, and the Ghost Town Museum, that chronicles the local gold rush. 


    Happy planning! 

    The Best Ways to Celebrate Galentine’s Day

    The Best Ways to Celebrate Galentine’s Day

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    Chances are you’re already a fan of celebrating your girl friends, I mean you’re in a sorority so obviously this means Galentine’s Day is the perfect holiday for you! So on February 13th grab some of your closest friends, make like Leslie Knope, and start celebrating! There are about a million ways to celebrate Galentine’s Day, here are some of our favorites: 

    Brunch (duh)

    Be honest, does anything top brunch with your girlfriends? You could always go out to your favorite brunch spot but we recommend a DIY brunch. Better yet, make it a potluck!

    Assign different things for everyone to bring like pancakes, a breakfast casserole, different juices, etc. and see what people come up with. Maybe they’ve got a favorite muffin recipe that their mom passed down to them or they want to support the best local coffee shop and bring everyone a drink - it gives them the chance to get creative and share something they love with their friends. 

    We also recommend asking everyone to come in their comfiest pajamas! There is nothing better than spending the whole morning munching on great food in some comfy clothes while you catch up with your people.

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    Plan a Photoshoot

    Step one: Get everyone coordinating shirts (or go all the way and do matching shirts) like these. Step two: go to the dollar section at Target and get some fun props. Step three: make a killer playlist. Step four: set the self timer and your phone and start shooting! 

    I mean, is it even a Galentine’s Day party if you don’t post a bunch of pictures to Instagram with lovey dovey captions about how much your girl gang means to you? This will take those pics to the next level, I promise.


    Get Crafty

    You don’t need a man to get you flowers on Valentine’s Day, you are an independent woman who can make your own floral arrangements! 

    Head to your favorite craft store to buy a BUNCH of different flowers, some cheap vases, ribbon, and whatever else you want to add to make these arrangements pop. Then print out some inspiration from Pinterest for everyone to look at and you’ve got yourself a DIY floral arrangement party!


    Did Someone Say Pizza Party?

    That’s right, I said pizza party! Premade crust is your best friend in a pizza party situation so load up on those next time you go grocery shopping. While you’re at it, grab a variety of different toppings so that there is something for everyone.

    A fun twist on this is to shape your pizza crusts into hearts because, well, don’t your girlfriends have a pizza your heart? Bad puns aside, you really can’t go wrong with a build-it-yourself pizza and it’s not hard, I promise.

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    Do a Secret Santa  Cupid

    Same idea as a Secret Santa but now it’s Cupid’s time to shine. Set a price limit, pick a theme, choose a name, and you’re good to go! Need some theme ideas? We’ve got you covered!

    1. Doing Galentine’s Day with your sorority sisters? Make it Theta themed or Tri Delta themed or whichever-group-you’re-part-of themed. Sorority stickers are all the rage and we’ve got some great ones right here!
    2. Get your girls to relax and choose a self care theme. Face masks, bubble baths, nail polish, a good book, the list could go on and on.
    3. Chocolate. That’s it, that’s the theme. 


    Whatever you decide to do for Galentine’s Day this year, we hope you have an amazing time with the amazing ladies in your life. Cheers!

    Best Gifts for New Recruits

    Best Gifts for New Recruits

    Fall semester is over, you've celebrated all your December holidays, and now it's time to get back on campus to start your spring semester. This means one thing: SPRING RUSH. And, once rush is done, you'll have a lot of new fraternity brothers or sorority sisters. Quite a few of them could be freshmen who need some extra support while adjusting to college life. And the others could be looking for a new group of students they could call family. What better way to support and welcome new people to your chapter than with a small gift? A little something that says “I appreciate you coming into our house and joining our family.”

    That begs the question…..what do you get them?! Well don’t worry, Campus Classics has all you need to warmly welcome your new recruits! We have several items that you can personalize for each recruit and some of the most creative designs you will see on the Greek market. Keep reading to check out some of the best options you can get your new recruits!


    Retriever Tees

    Do you want something fun and playful? Something with a little style? Then check out these Comfort Colors Retriever Tees featuring Campus Classics’ own Max, the dog that brings joy to any space he is in and has such devilish good looks that he made Air Bud jealous. These pre-shrunk 100% ringspun cotton shirts come in short and long sleeve with pocketed options! There are also a variety of themes for the shirts, including seasons like summer and winter, 4th of July and Halloween, and original concepts produced by our fantastic inhouse graphic designers. 

    For the dog lover who cannot have a pet on campus grab them this shirt. It is sure to have them smiling from ear to ear!

    And if you want some comfort colors shirt options outside of retriever tees please check out some of our other great designs here! 

     

    Personalized Rosewood Boxes

    While this gift may seem a little square, it's actually pretty neat. This rosewood box has your fraternity coat of arms on the top and can be personalized with the name of your new recruit. This personalized box also has plenty of space inside so that they can keep valuable possessions and memories in the box. This wooden box has been well made so you know that this gift will stay with them long after your new brothers have graduated.

    If you really truly want a gift that your new recruits will cherish and keep with them for the rest of their days, get them this personalized box.

     


    Personalized Traditional Paddles

    A huge part of the history of Greek Life, the wooden paddle. This  time-honored paddle is decorated with your fraternity crest decal, is deeply branded with your Greek letters, and features a leather strap. What is also great is that you can add up to 10 words of personalized text on it! Add your new recruit’s name, the chapter name, or a small personalized message. Whichever recruit receives this paddle will have an immediate grin on their face!

    This is a Greek tradition that will continue long after you have graduated and will always be something a brother or sister can use to look back fondly on their years in college.

     


    Glass Mugs

    How many times do you go to an event on campus and all you get offered is a cheap plastic cup? A cup that causes a debate in your head “Should I leave it or should I take it?” Our advice, leave the cheap plastic and upgrade to one of our glass mugs!

    These glass mugs include the fraternity written in the center, with the year the brother is graduating in a circle surrounding the center. Additionally the member’s name and chapter can be added to the mug! So if you want to do gifts right for your new brothers, get them these personalized mugs.


    Sewn-on Letter Hoodies

    These sewn-on letter hoodies come in a variety of colors and have two-layer twill and are stitched tight. They are the perfect item to wear on a chilly autumn day when you want to show off your frat or sorority. They are also great for staying in your apartment and bundling up to watch Netflix during a chilly winter day. These high quality hoodies will stand the test of time and are perfect to pass down to any Littles you might acquire. Keep the tradition alive with a sewn-on letter hoodie.

    These are just some highlights of the several products that we offer for Greek members. And remember, these gifts are not only for the new students in your chapter, but for anyone in your house that you want to spread love and joy to. Anyone that you want to “Wow.” Anyone that you want to make feel at home.

     

    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.

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    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!